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Each year the Conway Chamber of Commerce nominates five women as Outstanding Women in Business. The annual Women in Business Awards Luncheon honors individuals in the Conway area who have excelled in leadership and community service and who have inspired others on both a personal and professional level. Those selected will embody high standards of excellence, dedication and accomplishment to their respective organizations, industries and to the business community.

The 2014 Women in Business Diamond Achievement Award winner
is Conway’s Lori Melton. Lori serves as Vice President of Business Development for Arvest in Conway and has been an integral part of the local banking community for almost 29 years. Lori is honored to have earned the award and also to be in such esteemed company. The Diamond Achievement Award is presented to a woman who has been in business for greater than 25 years.
Lori, married to Gerald, has a son, Jordan; a daughter-in-law, Savannah;
and her first grandchild is due next March. She also has three stepchildren,

Happy 2015 to all our WINC readers!
We have updated the look of WINC magazine and look forward to showing this to our readers in the new year. Some changes will be subtle improvements to what we bring to you every month, while other changes will be completely new. Not only is there an overall design update, but there are also some new special sections featured throughout the upcoming year. We hope you enjoy the fresh new look for WINC in 2015.

After 40 years in the pharmacy business, David Smith is still doing what he has done from the beginning — taking care of people.
He and his wife Shirley opened Smith Family Pharmacy on Dave Ward Drive last year after a new opportunity allowed him to own his own business again. He explained when he graduated
from pharmacy school in 1974, he went to work for Central Pharmacy, which at that time shared a building with Banister-Lieblong Clinic on Parkway.

Child-Friendly Dentistry

Dr. Rachel Deal’s practice at Deal Family Dental might be best described as child-friendly.
She and her husband, Stephen, have been in business together in Greenbrier on Wilson Farm Road since 2004. They started with one office and then expanded to a second,
which they recently doubled in size. At this office, Dr. Rachel Deal has her specially designed, child-friendly area for checkups.

If you love music of any kind, you won’t want to miss the fourth annual Alchemy Songwriting Showcase, coming to Conway on January 10.
The event is the culmination of the 2014 Alchemy
Songwriting Competition, which gave aspiring songwriters the chance to submit their own original works to be heard by music industry professionals. During the month of November, musicians from all over the United States submitted their songs, which were then narrowed down to the top ten by guest judges Kris Allen (platinum selling recording artist),
Adam Hambrick (Sony/ ATV singer and songwriter),

AST will transform The Venue on Markham Street in Downtown Conway into an elegant beer garden to share an evening of beer tasting, hearty appetizers, and revelry. You’ll also get a sneak peek at our upcoming
season featuring some favorite past AST company members. The evening will feature fantastic prizes on the silent and live auction locks, and tastings from our state’s best local breweries, featuring Diamond Bear, Marshall Brewing Co, Vino’s, and many more! Don’t miss this chance to toast the Bard and support Arkansas’ only live professional Shakespeare Theatre.

It is a new year! Are you excited about the opportunity to experience a fresh start? Maybe you need a fresh start in your work place, home, church, family, or friendships. I always welcome the opportunity to hit the “reset” button in my life.
This year I want to encourage you to hit the “reset” button by embracing a work ethic that is honoring to the Lord. As you do, you have the chance to demonstrate a willingness to work hard at the task God puts in front of you. Whether it is a task that is done in your home or outside of your home, the way that you work demonstrates

Greenbrier native Nikki Jones loves to move. No, seriously. Her family includes
husband, Adam and children Makenna, 10; Maddox, 7; and Marlee,
1, and they have moved ten times in their 12 years of marriage, saying, “We love it!”
They began building their current residence last October
and occupied it in May. Her father, Jim Hawks of TriCon Builders, served as contractor for the 3300 square foot, four bedroom, 3.5 bath home. “My father has been building houses for over 20 years, so growing up a builder’s daughter I truly have a love for every aspect

Finding inspiration...

Having been involved in the arts all my life, I cannot even
begin to count the number of times I have heard someone say
“I’m just not feeling inspired” or “I don’t know what to write
(or paint or draw…)” or any number of other phrases that
translate into the dreaded artist’s block.
The thing about inspiration is that it often seems to be
abundant when not needed, and somehow illusive when called
upon. For me there are times when everywhere I go I hear
music that inspires me to choreograph – I can see the movement
in my head and it all just clicks. And then there are the

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