The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo and Taste of Conway, presented by Southwestern Energy, took place Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds. The event included a breakfast, a business-to-business trade show and concluded with Taste of Conway.

At the breakfast, Jamie Gates, executive vice president at the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, gave a presentation on MyAcxiomPartner, a data-driven marketing tool that can help local businesses with targeted marketing campaigns. Conway Corporation and Baptist Health were the breakfast sponsors.

The business-to-business trade show followed the breakfast and continued throughout the day and evening. This year’s trade show featured more than 100 booths from local businesses. The theme was "Solving Mysteries in Business." Exhibitors participated in a "Conway Clue" game to encourage networking, and many vendors incorporated a mystery theme into their booth decorations. Central Baptist College’s "Mustang Machine" theme, modeled after Scooby Doo, won Best Booth for its interpretation of the mystery theme. Pro Auto Collision Repair and Towing won Most Innovative Booth. For $1, participants could enter for a chance to drive Pro Auto’s Dodge Hellcat. Proceeds were donated to the Children’s Advocacy Alliance.

Scott Bennett, director of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, provided updates on highway developments in Conway and Faulkner County during lunch. Garver

was the lunch sponsor.

The day concluded with Taste of Conway. From 5-7 p.m., 26 restaurants and caterers distributed samples of their best menu items. Preferred Medical was the Best Taste Sponsor.

Snap-on was the platinum sponsor for the 2015 Business Expo and Taste of Conway. Gold sponsors included Crafton Tull, Crain Buick GMC and Crain Kia, First Service Bank, Rogers Group Inc., Regions Bank, and Whisinvest Realty LLC.