The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2014 Minority Enterprise Development awards. These awards celebrate the achievements of minority entrepreneurs as well as the individuals and organizations committed to advancing minority-owned businesses.

The Chamber of Commerce established the MED committee to foster growth and sustainability of minority businesses and as a way to recognize minority businesses and their supporters. The awards will be presented at the MED awards gala, which will take place Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in UCA’s McCastlain Hall.

The five categories of MED awards are as follows:

Access to Capital

Recognizes an individual, organization or business that has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the financial community by providing working or investment capital to minority businesses.

Advocate for Opportunity

Recognizes an individual, organization or business that has demonstrated significant accomplishments in educating and advocating for minority business enterprises.

Lifetime Achievement

Recognizes an individual who has played an integral role in the creative, technical or professional progress of minority business development over the course of his or her life. It celebrates high standards of excellence, dedication and accomplishment over a sustained period.

Outstanding Minority Business of the Year

Recognizes a business that has had a significant impact on the community.

Outstanding Young Minority Professional

Recognizes an individual between the ages of 21-39 who has committed himself or herself to business and community service.

The Chamber is accepting nominations for the awards now through Monday, July 28. To submit nominations, visit and click on the MED icon at the top of the page. For questions about the awards or the call for nominations, contact Whitney Cummings, director of events, at 501-932-5411 or at