Minority entrepreneurs and business professionals gathered at UCA Downtown for the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce’s second Connect Conway event. Sponsored by Sandstone Real Estate Group, Connect Conway: Minority Entrepreneur Night featured presentations from local experts and gave four small businesses the opportunity to pitch their enterprises.
Denise Perry, executive broker for Sandstone Real Estate Group, shared helpful advice on what to look for when renting commercial property. She advised business owners to pay attention to the length of the lease and find out up front if insurance, property taxes, and maintenance costs are included in the rent.
Matt Troup, president and CEO of Conway Regional Health System, discussed how businesses can work with the hospital in a range of contract services. Mr. Troup provided an overview of Conway Regional’s mission and emphasized that the health system is committed to doing business with local organizations.
Following the presentations from Sandstone and Conway Regional, owners of four minority- and women-owned businesses introduced their enterprises to the crowd:
Parker Education and Development, founded by Todd Parker, specializes in high-quality educational consulting and coaching services for schools, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.
Founded by Kim Slaughter, The Blue Focus helps small businesses with turnkey marketing services, including Facebook management, graphic design, production of animated explainer videos, and promotional products.
Quiznos Subs, owned by Pintu Singh, provided the food at Connect Conway. The sub-sandwich restaurant offers catering and delivery services, making it possible to bring the franchise’s toasted sandwiches to any event.
Owned by Francisco Yanez, Las Delicias opened in September 2016 at 1815 Old Morrilton Highway. The restaurant serves homemade ice cream, paletas (popsicles), and other Hispanic gourmet snacks.
Justin Brown, owner of Last Call Bartending Service, served up beverages for attendees, and Afrodesia provided live music.
Thanks to all who attended the second Connect Conway: Minority Entrepreneur Night!
For a list of upcoming Chamber events, visit our events calendar at ConwayChamber.org.