The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Women in Business Awards will take place Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds. The event will begin with a panel discussion at 9 a.m. followed by the awards luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Terri Jordan, vice president of technology for Microsoft Retail Stores, will be the guest speaker.

At the Women in Business event, five individuals will receive the "Outstanding Woman in Business Award." The honorees embody high standards of excellence, dedication and accomplishment to their respective organizations, industries and to the business community. Of the five recipients, one will receive the prestigious "Diamond Achievement Award." This award recognizes an individual who has inspired and empowered many generations of women and who has had a positive impact on those in her profession and in the community.

The award finalists are as follows:

•Candace Meeks, Simmons First National Bank

• Crystal Kemp, Conway Corporation

• Jackie Fliss, Independent Living Services

• Michelle Parsley, RE/MAX of Conway – Team Parsley

• Michelle Phillips, Michelle M Phillips CPA PA

Brad Lacy, president and CEO of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, said although a large number of Chamber members are women-owned enterprises, there had not been an event focused exclusively on the achievements of local businesswomen until last year.

"The Chamber has been happy to fill that void," he said. "We have assembled a strong and diverse committee to help ensure this event continues to be a success. Congratulations to all the honorees."

To reserve a table, please visit and click on the Women in Business icon. For more information, contact Whitney Cummings at or 501-932-5411.