Tempe Chamber Of Commerce

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Watching Out For Your Interests

Posted on | February 25, 2015 | No Comments

Mary Ann Miller

Mary Ann Miller

Okay, show of hands. How many of you have looked through the nearly 1,200 bills that are running at the State Legislature? Just as I thought…very few hands are up.

This is an important service the Tempe Chamber provides for you. We watch out for you as your elected representatives make decisions impacting your business.

Eight weeks into this year’s legislative session, we’ve reviewed all the bills dropped, narrowed our scope to capture more information on about 100 bills, and focused on prioritizing 40 bills on which we have taken positions.

We are supporting bills that index income tax to inflation, limit the length of time you’re subject to Department of Revenue audits, lower unemployment insurance costs, protect the growth of independent businesses, and increase review of regulations. We are opposing bills that repeal Arizona’s Career and College-Ready Standards, negatively impact municipal revenues by repealing residential lease tax, and lock Arizona into a pact with other states. We’re watching discussions on ballot reform, tax corrections, and state preemption of cities. We’re working to ensure the viability of our water and power supplies and pushing for revamping education funding.

And that’s just at the State level. This month, we’ll be releasing our Tempe Policy Agenda and finalizing our Federal Agenda.

If you have any questions on issues you’re hearing about, please give us a call. And if you’d like to participate in our discussions and have a seat at the table as we develop our policies, join our Government Relations and Transportation Committee.

At the Tempe Chamber, we’re working for you 24/7, all in an effort to make it easier for your business to succeed.

All the best,

Mary Ann Miller
President/CEO, Tempe Chamber of Commerce

 

You Can Be a CSI Agent For a Day!

Posted on | February 16, 2015 | No Comments

CSI

CSI

We’re hosting a hands on workshop that will teach all guests how forensic techniques are used to solve crimes. A CSI expert will give a brief overview of three topics and then guests will participate in activities related to each. It takes place Thursday, Feb. 19th at Dave & Busters from 11:30 – 1:00.

– How to dust for prints and collect fingerprint evidence
– How to use handwriting analysis and graphology
– How to collect trace evidence at a crime scene

Melissa Beddow, Director of the Forensic Science Program at Grand Canyon University, is the instructor. She has an MS in forensic science from the University of California, Davis with seven years of analytical laboratory experience and four years of experience as a DNA analyst. She is a court-approved expert in forensic DNA analysis.

Learn more.

Meet the Large Business of the Year Finalists!

Posted on | February 13, 2015 | No Comments

We’re very excited to introduce the rest of the finalists for the 2015 Business Excellence Awards. These awards promote the advancement of responsible business leadership in the community and publicly recognize local businesses demonstrating a passion for excellence.

For the first time ever, the awards will be presented in two categories: Small and Large Business of the Year. Below, learn a little about the three finalists in the Large Business of the Year Category. The recipient will be named at the Feb. 26 Beacon Awards.

View from the 20th Floor of the APS Building

View from the 20th Floor of the APS Building

Arizona Public Service

APS is Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electric company, delivering power to 1.2 million customers in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties and employing more than 6,400 people. As an investor-owned utility, its mission is to deliver safe, reliable and affordable power and to create a sustainable energy future for Arizona. It has been a leader in the development of solar generation for more than 50 years, building large-scale facilities and enabling customers to install solar panels while investing in smart-grid technologies. Its performance over the last five years continues to outpace the industry and it has increased total shareholder value by $3.7 billion during that time.

JE Dunn ConstructionJE Dunn Construction

JE Dunn Construction began in Kansas City, Missouri in 1924. By 2012, it was ranked the 12th largest general building company in the United States with annual revenues of $2.5 billion and 20 office locations coast-to-coast. Its presence in Arizona took hold in 2005 when it opened its Southwest office in Phoenix after nearly a decade of construction in the Valley. Most recently in 2013, JE Dunn Southwest made its permanent home in Tempe in a newly renovated office building. Local projects include medical centers and hospitals, a correctional facility, data centers, a solar plant, border station, banking facilities and more.

TruWest Credit Union

TruWest Credit Union

TruWest Credit Union

TruWest Credit Union was founded in 1952 to serve just seven Motorola employees. In 1983, it opened its very first community branch in Arizona, and has since grown to more than 220 employees, 67,000 members and 13 branches in Arizona and Texas. It is a member-owned cooperative, providing financial solutions so that its members can achieve their goals. It has evolved to offer innovative, non-traditional methods of banking including mobile banking, remotely signed loan documents and new electronic delivery channels to serve members in a manner which is most convenient for them.

The recipients of the 2015 Business Excellence Awards will be announced and honored at the inaugural Beacon Awards on Feb. 26 at the Embassy Suites Tempe, 4400 S. Rural Road. Registration opens at 7:00 a.m. and the event begins promptly at 7:30 a.m.

Additional awards to be presented at the event are the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, the Spirit of Tempe, and Tempe Leadership’s Outstanding Community Leader.

Please call (480) 967-7891 or register online for details or tickets.

Meet the Small Business of the Year Finalists!

Posted on | February 10, 2015 | No Comments

We’re very excited to introduce the finalists for the 2015 Business Excellence Awards. These awards promote the advancement of responsible business leadership in the community and publicly recognize local businesses demonstrating a passion for excellence.

For the first time ever, the awards will be presented in two categories: Small and Large Business of the Year. Below, learn a little about the three finalists in the Small Business of the Year Category. The recipient will be named at the Feb. 26 Beacon Awards.

Glen and RaeAnn of Good Works Auto Repair

Glen and RaeAnn of Good Works Auto Repair

Good Works Auto Repair

Good Works Auto Repair is a full service, owner-operated automotive repair and maintenance shop. It was opened in 2004 by husband and wife team Glen and RaeAnn Hayward and co-owner Nathan Merrill. It recently expanded by adding an additional 4,000 square feet and four more vehicle lifts. Good Works recently secured new equipment and training to work on hybrid vehicles, becoming only one of two non-dealer locations in the state that is able to do so. The shop has also implemented a new tablet-based vehicle inspection and tech program that sends photos directly to customers to show repair conditions and progress.

here on the corner

here on the corner

here on the corner

here on the corner is a locally owned and operated retail boutique in the heart of Arizona State University. Under the ownership of Tempe resident Julie Kent since 2011, the shop carries clothing and accessories made in Arizona, as well as products that are socially and environmentally responsible. Many local designers have successfully launched their lines in the shop, which continues to feature the works of established and emerging artists. The shop features the Resolana Project mural on the side of the building, which displays a mural of bicycle frames created by local non-profits.

 

University Animal Hospital

University Animal Hospital

University Animal Hospital

University Animal Hospital was established in 1962 and is the second oldest veterinary practice in the east valley. It employs 11 veterinarians and a staff of 55 under the leadership of owner Tom Gus. Its current building was built in 1996 which increased its size to 13,000 square feet. It is a complete small animal facility which also offers full-service boarding and grooming. Along with all routine care, the hospital provides critical specialty services such as laser surgery, stem cell therapy, endoscopy, digital x-rays, ultrasound, and EKGs. Its staff also teaches community classes such as Pet CPR and Pet First Aid.

The recipients of the 2015 Business Excellence Awards will be announced and honored at the inaugural Beacon Awards on Feb. 26 at the Embassy Suites Tempe, 4400 S. Rural Road. Registration opens at 7:00 a.m. and the event begins promptly at 7:30 a.m.

Additional awards to be presented at the event are the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, the Spirit of Tempe, and Tempe Leadership’s Outstanding Community Leader.

Please call (480) 967-7891 or register online for details or tickets.

2015 Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Finalists Announced

Posted on | February 4, 2015 | 1 Comment

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for the 2015 Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The award honors an individual, business or organization that best embodies the spirit of entrepreneurship, engages in responsible business practices and demonstrates a passion for innovation and success.

The finalists are All About Compression, Biostress Imagery and Ping! Development.

Kelly Lorenzen

Kelly Lorenzen

All About Compression is a retail store selling high-quality, fashionable compression garments to improve customers’ health and quality of life by eliminating the symptoms of venous ailments caused by medical conditions and air travel. The company, led by owner Kelly Lorenzen, plans to expand to world-wide sales and into major airports across the United States.

Carine Dieude

Carine Dieude

Biostress Imagery helps performers, individuals and businesses eliminate stress and promote performances by changing core behaviors and developing positive habits and behaviors. Using leading techniques in guided imagery combined with cognitive mentoring and mind/body practices, company president Carine Dieude provides long-lasting, life-changing training to eradicate chronic stress.

Peter Adams

Peter Adams

Ping! Development facilitates an increase in the growth and value of small businesses by providing cost-effective, scalable computer security consulting services. Owner and founder Peter Adams also develops programming for a wide variety of platforms, creating and marketing new digital products and services to provide small businesses the same tools available to the largest enterprises at an affordable cost.

This is the first year the award is being presented. The recipient will be named at the inaugural Beacon Awards, a breakfast event celebrating outstanding achievements in commerce and the community. Other awards to be presented at the event include the Business Excellence Awards, Spirit of Tempe and Tempe Leadership’s Outstanding Community Leader.

Interviews and photographs can be secured by media request.

The event takes place on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. at the Embassy Suites, 4400 South Rural Road in Tempe. RSVP online or to 480-967-7891.

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema to Address District 9 Residents, Businesses

Posted on | February 4, 2015 | No Comments

 

Kyrsten Sinema

Kyrsten Sinema

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce presents State of the District with Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema on February 17. Join our audience of community, educational, political and civic leaders as the Congresswoman provides an update on federal issues and shares her vision for the future of our district, state and country.

Kyrsten Sinema was re-elected in November 2014 as the U.S. Representative for Arizona’s 9th congressional district. A member of the Democratic Party, she has served in both chambers of the Arizona legislature, being elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2005, and the Arizona Senate in 2011.

The breakfast event will be held at the Conference Center @ Rio Salado College, 2323 W. 14th St. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and follows with breakfast and Sinema’s address.

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema

Advance registration is required here or by calling (480) 967-7891. Seating is very limited. Please RSVP promptly to

guarantee your spot. Once the event has sold out, no additional guests can be accommodated. We regret that no walk-ins will be permitted to enter the event.

The event is hosted by Rio Salado College and the Maricopa County Community Colleges District. It is sponsored by Gold Sponsor Southwest Gas; Silver Sponsors APS and State Farm Insurance; Copper Sponsor SRP.

Chamber Programming Helps Businesses Meet Goals

Posted on | February 2, 2015 | No Comments

by Kristine Kassel, Chairman of the Board

Kristine Kassel

Kristine Kassel

This is a great time of year where everyone around the country is focused on Arizona with the Super Bowl and The Phoenix Open. Tempe plays a big part in our growth as more people and businesses begin thinking about moving to our wonderful city.

I am so proud of the Chamber for offering some great programs during this time to help kick start the business owners with their goals and planning. The past few Fridays I have attended the Women in Business speaker series. It has been very motivating and also provided an outlet to think outside of the box. These are all lessons any business owner needs no matter what stage in business they are in!! It helps to give you to confidence to take the next step and also the methods with how to stay on task! I look forward the next two speakers over the next few Fridays. Please consider attending as I know it is the best hour you can spend to motivate yourself. (Feb. 6th with Tracy Lorenz and Feb. 13 with Rene Lyst)

I am also looking forward to the Business Boot Camp workshops which start next week. These monthly programs will look more into specific training for your business. The topics include Social Media, Customer Service, Sales and also Recruitment. It’s a great opportunity to listen to the experts on exactly what your business needs. Our Business Development Council has done a great job this year setting up all these opportunities for you.

We also have recently been working with all the businesses that have been nominated for the Beacon Awards. There are so many wonderful and successful businesses that do so much in our community. I have been very impressed with the quality of the members. This event promises to introduce you to all those businesses and recognize them for all their achievements. So join us for that celebration on February 26th.

The best question you can ask yourself as a member this year is, “What can I do to get more out of the Tempe Chamber?” Look at our programs from the Business Owners Forum to the Coffee Connections leads groups. There is a fit for everyone and the more you put into these programs and building relationships, the more you will get out of it.

My job as Chairman gives me the opportunity to be very involved and get familiar with the Chamber, the City and all the membership. I hope that each of you can find more time this year to make the Chamber work for you and your business. There is so much to offer. Please feel free to reach out to me if you are not sure what would be the best fit for you. Let’s make 2015 a strong year for our personal and business needs and making the Chamber part of that goal!

Kristine Kassel is the owner of Benefits by Design.

Improving Customer Service and Keeping Your Best Customers

Posted on | January 30, 2015 | No Comments

Nicole Spracale

Nicole Spracale

Nicole Spracale is the CEO of Nicole Spracale Consulting, as well a Chair for Vistage International. With over 15 years of Executive Leadership experience with top names in the retail, services and technology space; Nicole brings a deep expertise in talent management and acquisition, sales and operations, and strategy execution to her clients. Known for her passion and energy as speaker and facilitator, she works to tie theory to real world application, mixed with a bit of fun.  Nicole has her MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern.

Engaging, Entertaining and Retaining Your Clients February 5, 2015 at the Four Points by Sheraton, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Our clients are the life-blood of our business – and competition to win each new client is fierce. As a business owner it is critical to understand how to engage the right clients, keep them actively involved, and have them coming back for more. In this fast-paced session we will uncover best practices for:

  • Creating happy and satisfied clients
  • Learning “when to hold them and when to fold them” (go ahead, sing the song… we know you want to)
  • Using email, social media, and other technology to fit every budget
  • Recovery do’s and don’ts

Join us, and bring your best questions to this session. We are going to be hands on as we help you grow your business the old fashioned way – one fabulous customer at a time!

Business Woman of the Year nominations being accepted

Posted on | January 22, 2015 | No Comments

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce is now seeking nominations for the Business Woman of the Year Award. This award was established to recognize an outstanding business woman who has positively affected the Tempe community and the Tempe Chamber of Commerce.

2014 Business Woman of the Year Christine K. Wilkinson (center)

2014 Business Woman of the Year Christine K. Wilkinson (center)

Nominees should demonstrate achieved excellence in their chosen field; have demonstrated leadership in the community; serve as a positive role model; and be active in programs and activities in the community and the Tempe Chamber.

Nominations are due by Friday, March 6, and the award will be presented at the Women in Business Conference and Trade Show on May 20, 2015. E-mail your nominee’s contact information to meghandorn@tempechamber.org or complete the nomination form and fax it to (480) 966-5365. Last year’s recipient was Dr. Christine Wilkinson of Arizona State University.

Travel Tips for Super Bowl Visitors

Posted on | January 22, 2015 | No Comments

by Heather Lissner , City of Phoenix – Aviation Department

Welcome Super Bowl Visitors!

Welcome Super Bowl Visitors!

America’s Friendliest Airport® is looking forward to welcoming travelers to the Valley of the Sun for Super Bowl XLIX. Various events across the Valley including the 2015 Pro Bowl presented by McDonalds, Waste Management Phoenix Open and the Super Bowl will mean Phoenix Sky Harbor will be very busy. February 2, the day after Super Bowl XLIX, will be Phoenix Sky Harbor’s busiest day on record with a 60 percent increase in traffic. An average day at Sky Harbor sees about 110,000 passengers while February 2, could see 180,000 passengers. Additionally, an average day sees about 1,200 takeoffs and landings at Phoenix Sky Harbor, while February 2, the Airport expects approximately 1,600 takeoffs and landings.

“Our staff has been preparing for more than a year,” said Acting Aviation Director Tamie Fisher. “We have been working with the airlines, TSA, car rental companies, law enforcement, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, the NFL, our restaurant operators and other organizations to develop special operational and staffing plans to give our visitors a world class airport experience.”

What can you do to make your travel experience to smoother? Here are some important travel tips before your arrival:

Remember 5-4-3-2-1

Remember 5-4-3-2-1

If you are planning to rent a car, make sure to reserve your car in advance. Phoenix Sky Harbor is anticipating a 50 percent increase in car rentals around the Super Bowl and vehicles may be limited for walk-up customers.

If you are not renting a car, use Valley Metro Rail to travel between the Airport and downtown Phoenix. The free PHX Sky Train® offers an easy connection between all airport terminals and Valley Metro Rail. After disembarking from the PHX Sky Train, make sure to purchase your multi-day commemorative Super Bowl XLIX pass from the Valley Metro fare vending machine. Then, take Valley Metro Rail westbound and get off at the 3rd Street/Washington Station. It’s a quick and easy ride to all Super Bowl XLIX activities in downtown Phoenix. For more information on Valley Metro Rail, visit valleymetro.org/superbowl

If you have questions while in the Airport, ask one of our friendly volunteer Navigators in the purple jackets. They will be stationed with Super Bowl volunteers who can answer questions about Super Bowl events.

Travel Tips for Departing passengers, especially on February 2 (the day after the Super Bowl):

Remember 5-4-3-2-1.  5 hours before departure – Check out of your hotel; 4 hours before departure – Turn in your rental car; 3 hours before departure – Check in at the Ticket Counter; 2 hours before departure – Get in line at the TSA Security Checkpoint; and 1 hour before departure – Be at your gate.

If you have a Super Bowl program, please place it in your carry-on bag. For questions about carry-on and checked items, visit TSA.gov

Save time and skip the airline ticket counter – use Early Bag Check. Check your bags before boarding the Rental Car Shuttle. Bags can be checked between 4 hours to 1 1/2 hours before your flight. This service is available for those flying American, Southwest, United or US Airways. No additional charge though individual airline bag fees apply. Early Bag Check is also available at East Economy Parking and the 44th Street and Washington PHX Sky Train Station. More information is available at skyharbor.com/earlybagcheck

Visit skyharbor.com on your mobile device to check flight status and see what shops and restaurants are near your gate. Many shops both before and after security will be selling an assortment of Super Bowl XLIX merchandise.

For recommendations and referrals on restaurants, hotels, goods and services, contact the Tempe Chamber of Commerce at www.tempechamber.org or 480-967-7891. Walk in visitors are welcome at 909 E. Apache Blvd. in Tempe.

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