With close to 1,000 business and community leaders in attendance each year, Annual Meeting is the largest business event in Conway. The 2014 event, organized by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for March 20 at the Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds. Tickets and sponsorships are available now.

An awards ceremony recognizing individuals and businesses that have made a difference in Conway over the past year is one of the highlights of Annual Meeting. The Conway Area Chamber is accepting nominations for the following categories:

The Distinguished Service Award is the Chamber’s highest form of recognition. Established in 1957, this award is presented annually to an individual or group who has rendered special service for the benefit of the community. Candidates have demonstrated an active leadership role for the betterment of the community through their involvement in business, civic and social service organizations.

Established in 1973, the Good Neighbor Award is presented annually to an individual who has given of his or her time and talents. Candidates are known for going beyond the call of duty to help others. The nominee shall exemplify outstanding public service to the Conway area.

The Business of the Year Award recognizes businesses for their continued growth, innovation and community involvement. It is the premier honor to the best overall business in Conway and is presented in five categories based on industry and number of employees.

The Business Executive of the Year Award recognizes the owner, executive or president of a business who has displayed outstanding performance in either an individual or collaborative endeavor. The nominee is a driving force behind the company and works to maintain an enriched business climate and an enhanced quality of life in Conway.

The Young Business Leader Award recognizes a community business leader, age 40 or younger, who has helped create a more vibrant business and social environment for all of Conway’s residents.

With the exception of the Distinguished Service and Good Neighbor awards, nominees must be members of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce or work for a Chamber-member business. Nominations can be completed online via the following link: http://bit.ly/AnnualMeeting14. Those submitting nominations are encouraged to address specific examples of each nominee’s leadership, community service, personal and professional impact, work/life balance, perseverance, ethics, and success. A panel of Chamber executives outside the state of Arkansas will select the award recipients. The deadline to submit nominations is Jan. 3, 2014.

In addition to the awards, Annual Meeting features a CEO-level speaker. This year’s speaker is Steve Mueller, president and CEO of Southwestern Energy Company. Mueller serves on the boards of America’s Natural Gas Alliance, the American Exploration and Production Council, and the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

Individual tickets are $75, and tables and sponsorships begin at $600. Reserve a space by contacting Mary Margaret Satterfield at Mary@ConwayArkansas.org or 501-932-5412.