After the success in its inaugural year, Connect Conway: Minority Entrepreneur Night will return this week.

Attendees are encouraged to network when doors open at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at UCA Downtown.

The event, which is sponsored by Baptist Health Medical Center, is “ocused on minority entrepreneurs and professionals in the Conway area,” local activist Jimmy Warren who spearheaded the event said.

“Minority entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to win up to $2,000 in the business pitch contest sponsored by Simmons Bank and Conductor,” Warren said.

Admission is free and includes food from Bulgogi Korean BBQ, live music from Afrodesia Studio and drinks in addition to the pitching competition.

Warren said the event is possible because of sponsors, Faulkner County Board of Realtors, Christopher Hervey: Allstate Insurance and Harris Plastering and Construction.

“If you are a minority entrepreneur and want to pitch your business at the event, please go to the link and fill out the form. There is no cost to pitch your idea,” Conway Area Chamber of Commerce officials said.

Anyone who wants to register to pitch their business ideas, can do so at

The schedule will be:

• 5:30 p.m. – Doors open; networking.

• 6:15 p.m. – Minority entrepreneur pitch contest begins.

• 7 p.m. – Networking resumes.

• 7:30 p.m. – Close.

For more information, contact the chamber’s Ed Linck at or 501-932-5404.

Staff writer Jeanette Anderton can be reached at

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