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Inaugural Entrepreneur of the Year Award Announced! Nominations Being Accepted.

Posted on | October 20, 2014 | No Comments

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce has announced its inaugural Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The award will recognize an individual or organization that best embodies the spirit of entrepreneurship, engages in responsible business practices and demonstrates a passion for innovation and success.

2015 Entrepreneur of the Year Nomination Form

2015 Entrepreneur of the Year Nomination Form


All companies that are members of the Tempe Chamber are eligible for entry. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 18.

Applicants must:
Be in business for less than 5 years
Have developed an original, creative solution to a need in the community

To nominate a company, use this form or email the company’s name and contact information to sean@tempechamber.org.

Coach Charli Turner Thorne’s “Most Important Words”

Posted on | October 16, 2014 | No Comments

Charli Turner Thorne

Charli Turner Thorne

ASU Women’s Basketball Head Coach Charli Turner Thorne spoke to us today. A big takeaway for us was her list of the “most important words” you can use. This is so true, and translates equally well to your personal life and business model.

The one most important word is “We.”

The two most important words are “Thank you.”

The three most important words are “All is forgiven.”

The four most important words are “What is your opinion?”

The five most important words are “You did a good job.”

The six most important words are “I want to understand you better.”

Isn’t it interesting how simple statements like these can make a huge impact on relationships? Thank you Charli for sharing these!

Learn more about ASU’s Women’s Basketball program.

A Message to Sun Devil Fans from Arizona State University Athletics

Posted on | October 14, 2014 | No Comments


ASU Athletics thanks the Tempe community

Sun Devil Football and the Sun Devil Compliance Office want to thank the Tempe community for all of your support of ASU athletics.  Our football team is again in the heart of another exciting Pac-12 race, and we are extremely proud of and thankful for the support our fans are providing.

We would also like to thank you for assisting with ASU’s commitment to integrity, which includes following the rules of the NCAA and Pac-12 Conference.  Given the time of year and the fan support we’re receiving, this is a perfect time to send you a reminder regarding what those rules say which we summarized in a letter that we posted on this site last year.  Click here.  Please take the time to review the letter again and help us to maintain the type of program that we can all be proud of — one that wins championships by following the rules.

Additionally, because many of you are supporters of Sun Devil Athletics, you are more than likely to be considered Sun Devil Athletics boosters under NCAA rules.  For that reason, we’re also including this short video which simplifies pages of NCAA booster legislation into two simple rules:  (1) boosters can’t recruit, and (2) boosters, like everyone else, are not allowed to give anything to ASU student-athletes or recruits.   Please click on the photo below or click here to access the video.

Thank you for viewing the video and supporting Sun Devil Athletics,

Todd Graham, Head Coach – Sun Devil Football

Steve Webb, Executive Director – Sun Devil Compliance

Tempe Chamber Military Affairs Committee Honors National Guard Airmen

Posted on | October 10, 2014 | No Comments

by Courtney McIntyre, Tempe Chamber of Commerce

On Wednesday, October 8, the MAC had the honor of presenting awards to two members of the 161st Air Refueling Wing of the AZ Air National Guard.

Master Sergeant Steven D. Plotner was awarded the TSgt Donald Plough

Master Sergeant Steven D. Plotner was awarded the TSgt Donald Plough


Master Sergeant Steven D. Plotner received the TSgt Donald Plough Award. MSgt Plotner is the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of the Base Network Control Center assigned to the 161st Communications Flight, 161st Air Refueling Wing. Using the Palace Front Program, SrA Plotner transferred from active Air Force to the AZ Air National Guard in October 1999. In Feb. 2010, he became an IT specialist for the 161st ARW and was promoted to Master Sergeant in 2011. MSgt Plotner is heavily invested in his community, volunteering countless hours of time and his personal funds. He enjoys volunteering for worthy charities and community service programs such as charity runs, CFC donations, and clothing and food drives.

Major Cheryll L. Shewbert was recognized as the Major Truman Young Award recipient. Maj Shewbert is the Force Support Operations Officer assigned to the 161st Force Support Squadron, 161st Air Refueling Wing. Her active duty military career took her from Maxwell AFB, Alabama to Tinker AFB, Oklahoma and, finally, Tyndall AFB, Forida. Maj Shewbert separated from active duty in Sept. 2007. In April 2009, she chose to continue her military service and joined the 161st ARW. Her military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device and two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon and the Air Force Training Ribbon.

Major Cheryll L. Shewbert was award the Maj Truman Young Award

Major Cheryll L. Shewbert was award the Maj Truman Young Award

These awards were established to honor Major Truman Young, a pilot, and Technical Sergeant Donald Plough, a boom operator, who were killed when their KC-135 was hit in a mid-air collision and crashed on March 13, 1982. Both men served honorably in the AZ Air National Guard with the 161 ARW and it is with humble devotion to their memory and the memory of all of the crew on Copper 5. Recipients of these awards are selected for exhibiting exceptional duty performance and military bearing, fostering esprit de corps through teambuilding, motivating and mentoring others. They must demonstrate total dedication to the mission and loyalty and devotion to country as they completely embody the Air Force core values.

The Military Affairs Committee (MAC) of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce was formed more than thirty years ago to honor outstanding military members of the Arizona Guard and Reserve Units. We are privileged to have members that are dedicated to honoring our military enlisted and office personnel assigned to various commands in the Valley. Each month, the MAC conducts luncheons during which the organization presents awards and gifts to outstanding officers and enlisted personnel selected by their units.

Business Spotlight – Falcon Water Tech, LLC

Posted on | October 10, 2014 | No Comments

As a free benefit to our members, we want to feature your company in a Business Spotlight feature like this one. This is a way for you to tell the community your story, who you are and what you do. There’s no cost involved. It’s just another advantage of your membership in the Tempe Chamber. We welcome submissions using the specifications and form at http://bit.ly/TCCblog_me

Business name: Falcon Water Tech LLC

Year started: 2014

Falcon Water Tech

Falcon Water Tech

Address, hours and phone number:
3101 S. Park, Dr. Ste. B
Tempe, AZ 85282

Website: www.a2zro.com

What does your company do? 8 inch and 4 inch Diameter Reverse Osmosis Membrane: Testing, Cleaning and Recycling.

What makes you special? This process is extremely beneficial to larger RO installations ion to maintain water quality and keep a check on costs of product. It promotes conservation by reuse of the membranes.

What do you like most about doing business in the Valley? It helps corporations achieve their stated goals of recycling. It provides a set of spares for use in emergencies for the operators and engineers close at hand.

How do you support the community? Cutting costs helps the businesses boosting operating efficiencies.

Who are your ideal clients or customers? The clients for the service are businesses water side as well who have RO installations at the feed water side as well as waste water side for water recovery. Examples are manufacturing, process industries like paper and large water users like power plants, cities for drinking.

4 Common Bookkeeping Mistakes that Put Your Small Business at Risk

Posted on | October 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Mike Johnston, Acceler8

Bookkeeping errors can stunt the growth of your small business, regardless of the strength of your business plan.   Despite the gravity of those errors, they happen all the time. If you are new to owning a business, you are particularly at risk.   Fortunately, you can learn from the mistakes of others. Check out these four common bookkeeping mistakes that put your small business at risk, and how to avoid them.

Failing to Track Receivables

No matter how great your business idea is, it will not be successful if you aren’t making sure that you are getting paid. This means that the drudgery of tracking receivables is essential for your success. Every time you send out an invoice, you record a receivable. This simply indicates that a customer owes you money. You can then check your listings of receivables to see whether customers owe you money.

When you receive a payment from a customer, you should mark the invoice as having been paid. Seems simple enough, right? Well, the practice often gets neglected because small business owners are so busy taking care of so many other things. Those checks get left in a pile on the desk, and the receivables aren’t always marked down in a timely manner.

As a result, you end up with a bunch of money deposited in your account, and you don’t know where it came from. This can be a real nightmare at tax time. Staying on top of your receivables as you receive payments will make things a lot easier in the long run.

Failing to Keep Records of Expenses

Keeping receipts for all business-related expense purchases is extremely important. You may have a credit card statement for your business expenses, but how will you remember what each charge is for? Try keeping an envelope in your car or bag where you can stash receipts, and make a standing appointment once a week to scan those receipts and store them in the cloud. You can even use a mobile app to scan and store digital copies of those receipts as you go.

Failing to Track Cash Expenses

It’s easiest to track your business expenses by using a credit card or debit card, but sometimes you have to pay for things in cash. If you don’t keep track of those cash expenses, you can miss out on the opportunity to deduct them on your tax return. You might also overstate your cash expenses because you don’t have a record to verify them. Be sure to get receipts from vendors when you pay in cash, and consider logging cash expenses into cloud accounting software immediately if possible.

Failing to Hire a Professional Tax Preparer

Many small business owners think that doing their taxes themselves is an easy way to save some money. However, that often is far from the truth. A professional tax preparer has the expertise to get you all of the available deductions and make sure that no errors are made, which can have a significant impact on your total tax liability in the end. Go ahead and spend a little more up front to hire a professional to handle your taxes. It will make your life simpler and net you a bigger refund.

For more information, please contact Mike Johnston, 480-270-8325 or mjohnston@acceler8.net

No-Cost Business Consulting Now Available through Tempe Chamber

Posted on | September 29, 2014 | No Comments

Greater Phoenix SCORE has a representative within the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. If you are in need of business consulting, you can book a no-cost appointment with them on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Meetings take place at the Tempe Chamber office.

Greater Phoenix SCORE provides free mentoring to small business owners and entrepreneurs, along with classes, seminars, and special events to benefit small businesses across the Valley.

In Arizona, for 2013, SCORE has helped 423 new businesses start and created a total of 295 new jobs. The average revenue growth for SCORE clients in Arizona was $3,367 and 282 new businesses reported growth for 2013.

Our SCORE representative is ready to help you start up a business, grow your business, or work through difficult business management issues.

Book your appointment by calling us or visiting https://greaterphoenix.score.org/

Three Ways to Stay Productive in Your Office

Posted on | September 25, 2014 | No Comments

When the race is on and you need to win, use these tips to be more productive

When the race is on and you need to win, use these tips to be more productive

by Margo Brown, Wave Productivity

On a cloudy day in Newport, Rhode Island I was on a boat, bouncing in choppy waves awaiting the beginning of a Transatlantic Race. There was tension and excitement in the air. These sailors were going to cross the Atlantic as fast as they could in a nonstop race to England. Days of sailing through all kinds of weather to beat their competitors and hopefully find some fun along the way.

Each boat was embarking on a west to east course that would take them through storms and sleepless nights. One crew member was quoted “It’s (the race) real life boat handling under pressure.” The crew needed to be focused and organized throughout the race. An unorganized boat could mean disaster. An unfocused team could mean minutes added to their race time.  Just like an organized race boat, you need an organized office space and focused time to get things done. You, too can feel pressure and stress from your businesses.  Do your days feel like a nonstop race?

Here are 3 tips to staying focused, organized and productive in your office:

  • Clear the decks and get your desk organized. With too much stuff on your desktop and everything piling up, work can become distracting. Put paperwork in files. If it’s not on your desk, clutter might be found on your computer desktop. Start filing there too.
  • Get clear on what is distracting you. Are you being interrupted by coworkers? Is it the constant ring alert from your emails? Is it hunger and you need to take a break? Having an awareness about what is distracting you can be the first step to fixing it. Consider working outside the office, at a coffee shop or library, so that you can work without distractions.
  • Get productive and stay in motion by asking yourself “What is the next action I can take to move this project forward?” Capture that action in your trusted system-your things to do list, 1-31 files, or index cards.

When the race is on and you need to win, use these tips to be more productive.

Margo Brown is a Productivity Coach, with Wave Productivity and works with entrepreneurs, small business owners and business professionals to help them get more focused, organized and productive in their workplace. She serves the Tempe and Phoenix area in Arizona. If you would like to be more productive in your office. Call 602-677-8275 or email margo@waveproductivity.com for an appointment. 

Tempe Chamber Endorses Dial, Robson, Epstein and Sherwood in General Election; Issues Proposition Recommendations.

Posted on | September 24, 2014 | No Comments

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce is endorsing Jeff Dial for Senate in Legislative District 18; Bob Robson and Mitzi Epstein for District 18 House; and Andrew Sherwood for District 26 House in the November 4th general election.

The business organization is also recommending a NO vote on Prop 122 and YES votes on Prop 304 and 480, along with a YES vote on the Tempe Elementary School District M+O Budget Override.

“After an in-depth process of reviewing campaign information and interviewing candidates, we feel that these individuals represent what is most necessary for our community to thrive,” said Mary Ann Miller, President/CEO of the Tempe Chamber. “It’s imperative that our representatives have a deep understanding of the challenges small and medium businesses face in order to create policies that will encourage economic growth in Tempe.”

The selection committee evaluated each candidate on issues ranging from taxation, economic development, and education. The process also included in-person interviews, a written questionnaire, and a review of past voting records, all of which was weighed by the Chamber Board when making our final endorsements.

Early voting begins October 9th. To verify your status, or for more information regarding the elections, call 602-506-1511 or visit www.recorder.maricopa.gov

Visit Tempe Votes for a complete toolbox of voter and legislative information.

Learn more about the candidates through the links below

Jeff Dial

Mitzi Epstein

Bob Robson

Andrew Sherwood


Your Network: It’s more than business cards. Mary Ann Miller addresses the graduating class of ITT Tech

Posted on | September 24, 2014 | No Comments

by Mary Ann Miller, President/CEO, Tempe Chamber of Commerce

I was honored to be asked to address the graduating class of ITT Tech on September 22. Here are my words of advice:

Mary Ann Miller

Mary Ann Miller

Good morning, and congratulations. I hope you are all really, really proud of yourself. It’s been hard and you’ve put a lot of things on hold to get to this spot. Along the way you gained new knowledge, new skills and new acquaintances, and they are all important to your future. The people you have met, the people in this room, are part of your network, and having a network and maintaining that network are key to your success.

Now I’m sure that to a lot of you “networking” is a four letter word. You think of walking into an event where you don’t know anyone, pasting a smile on your face and working the room. That’s not for everyone. Too often, we categorize networking as a way to drum up business. It becomes an event to bring together buyers and suppliers, a passing of business cards, a transaction.

But networking is so much more than that. It is a touchstone for your career, a sharing of ideas and challenges. It’s a method of seeking and giving advice, a widening of options and a confirmation of your path. It is a way to discover that while your idea may be a bit crazy, no one has come up with anything better.

In July, I spent three days in Sedona at the Arizona Chamber Executives conference with about 50 of my cohorts. We learned about new trends, talked politics, and had breakout sessions. We had a productive, informative formal experience.

Equally important, if not more so, were the discussions that took place outside the sessions, during breaks and over breakfast and dinner. The sharing of new programs and old challenges. The transfer of information from folks who have been in the industry for a while to those with much less experience. The recognition of common challenges across all sizes of organizations, and the realization of the mutual support of peers. Read more

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