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East Valley Business Expo Set for Oct. 1

Posted on | September 19, 2014 | No Comments


East Valley Business Expo

As the largest event of its kind in the region, the East Valley Business Expo provides a dynamic setting for both business-to-business and business-to-consumer outreach and sales. Each year more than 1,000 attendees come to interact with companies just like yours.

They’re serious about making connections, buying and selling and engaging your company in a businesslike fashion.

Hosted by the Tempe, Chandler, Mesa and Gilbert chambers of commerce, the expo showcases exhibitors from more than 100 business categories. With four powerful business organizations engaging in a combined marketing strategy, exhibitors get an incredible ROI on their investment.


“For us, the return on our costs has been dramatic, with orders directly from Expo contacts covering our booth costs for the next thirty years,” said Craig Henry with Express Employment Professionals. “I think it is also reassuring to our prospective customers to come to an event with such a positive business message for those of us doing business here.”

Ready to do Business!

Ready to do Business!

“Not only was it well organized, but it gave us such a great opportunity to network with other businesses in the valley,” said Souan Thannao, Career Services Director at Brookline College. “We met so many different types of businesses that we didn’t know existed. What a great way to market your business!”

Top Reasons to Exhibit

  1. It’s extremely time efficient. It offers the best way to connect with potential customers and clients in a short amount of time in one location.
  1. You’ll generate much stronger leads. Attendees are ready to do business. For more than a decade the event has drawn business people who want to learn more about you. They’re not there for the free food – they’re there to invest time and money with you.
  1. There is a strong return on investment. Expos are an excellent way to realize high ROI. Expo-based contacts, leads and sales outweigh those of other forms of marketing, something any business likes to see.
  1. Your presence speaks volumes. Your presence tells people that you’re an important industry player. Conversely, the risk of absence is a factor when people are more careful than ever who they do business with. If you’re not there you’re giving your competitors the stage all to themselves.

The East Valley Business Expo takes place on October 1, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Mesa Convention Center, 201 N. Center Street. Online registration is open at www.eastvalleybusinessexpo.com and you can pick your own booth from the detailed floor plan provided. Admission for attendees is free with a business card.

Business Woman of the Year Awardees Offer Advice, Inspiration

Posted on | September 15, 2014 | No Comments

Guests will hear from three recipients of the prestigious Business Woman of the Year award during lunch on Thursday, Sept. 18. These amazing women will have a conversation as they share inspirational stories about their lives, careers and experiences.

We asked them, “What one piece of advice would you give someone who’s facing a tough decision?”

Kristine Kassel

Kristine Kassel

Kristine Kassel, owner of Benefits by Design says, “I would face the tough decision head on and make sure you are clear minded. I would not delay the decision too long as it only gets harder and then it might be overthought. Typically the first decision or gut instinct is the best answer.”

Stephanie Nowack, President & CEO of the Tempe Tourism Office says, “After thinking about the issue and gathering as much information as you can,

Stephanie Nowack

Stephanie Nowack

  1.  Take out a piece of paper.
  2. Without thinking…no judgments, write down in one column all the positives that come to your mind…don’t edit them. Just write.
  3. Then, in the next column, write down all the potential negatives.
  4. It is always surprising to me how the decision becomes quite clear when everything is “out of my head” and on paper.
Christine Wilkinson

Christine Wilkinson

Christine Wilkinson, Senior Vice President and Secretary of Arizona State University and President of the ASU Alumni Association says, “Consider the facts as you know them. Consult with someone who you trust to have good counsel on the topic.”

Hear more on Sept. 18 at Monti’s La Casa Vieja, 100 S. Mill Ave. in Tempe. The format is a casual roundtable conversation and includes lunch. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Tickets are available at 480-967-7891 or online.

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Arizona Residents and Businesses affected by Severe Storms and Flooding in Maricopa County

Posted on | September 9, 2014 | No Comments

Sept. 8 Flooding in Phoenix

Sept. 8 Flooding in Phoenix

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Arizona residents and business owners affected by the severe storms and flooding that occurred August 12 – 19, 2014, in Maricopa County, U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced today.  SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Jan Brewer on September 3, 2014.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Maricopa County and the neighboring counties of Gila, La Paz, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma.

“The U. S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing Arizona with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help finance recovery for residents and businesses affected by the disaster,” said Contreras-Sweet.  “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA. Read more

How did your representatives vote? The Legislative Report Card Is In

Posted on | September 5, 2014 | No Comments

The Tempe Chamber strives to make a bottom-line impact for the community by advocating for a favorable business climate through interactive public policy engagement and providing ongoing representation in government.

Each year, in partnership with the East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance, we release a legislative report card so that you can track the voting record of our representatives, and see how well they represent your interests. See how your representatives voted by clicking here.

Remember, your chance to make a difference comes on November 4th during the general election.

Message from the Chairman of the Board Kristine Kassel

Posted on | September 3, 2014 | No Comments

by Kristine Kassel, Chairman of the Board

Kristine Kassel

Kristine Kassel

It has been a busy summer preparing for the new fiscal year!  Even though we take July off, many of our committees have been ramping up!

Our Government Relations and Transportation committee is one of those committees that started off July 2nd.  They have been very involved with the Primary Election which included candidate interviews and reviewing information on the upcoming Propositions. This truly shows first hand how the Tempe Chamber supports small business. Remember this is one of those great member benefits that allows you to keep doing what you do in business, while we keep an eye on legislation.

Also, we kicked off fall and the ASU football season with the annual Kickoff Luncheon in August. Todd Graham and his team were truly impressive from the minute they walked into the Tempe Mission Palms Ballroom. It was great to see a panel with some previous players and current team leaders. The team is headed in the right direction with such great leadership and it shows in all the players! With 500 of our closest friends in attendance you can tell we are ready for summer to end and to get ready for some football and the fall sports! I appreciate the partnership that the Tempe Chamber and ASU have together. It really helps make Tempe the neighborly city that it is! Read more

Rethink Networking

Posted on | August 8, 2014 | No Comments

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

Mary Ann Miller

Mary Ann Miller

Last week, I spent three days in Sedona at the Arizona Chamber Executives conference with about 50 of my cohorts.  We learned about new trends in organizations in engaging members, public/private/nonprofit partnerships, and increasing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.  We talked politics at the state and federal levels, discussed the upcoming election and drafted a statewide business agenda.  We had breakout sessions on non-dues revenue, dues schedules and professional certification.  In short, 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 awhile 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.

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.

This is the networking of shared experiences and supportive discussions.  It can be practiced in more formal setting like our Business Owners Forum, and it should also be considered during more informal mixers.  As you’re meeting new people and exchanging cards, think not just of how you can do business, but of how you can mentor to and learn from the people you meet.

Wishing you great success,

Mary Ann Miller

LED Lighting Solutions – Money Saving and Energy Effective

Posted on | July 25, 2014 | No Comments

By Casey Bourassa, Inspired LED

Lighting has become a key factor in the movement to reduce energy consumption, specifically the growing demand of low voltage lighting as we move into a more energy efficient future. Incandescent and florescent bulbs are quickly fading as light sources of the past, driven out of the market by a new hot commodity: LEDs. As a lower cost alternative that consumes less energy, LEDs are becoming the main light source in all lighting applications. Having several different physical forms, LEDs are a versatile option in applications ranging from commercial offices, to retail buildings and restaurants, even to everyday use within residential homes.

Benefits of LEDs

Much research has been put into the advantages of using LEDs, and researchers have compared the benefits of upgrading from analog to digital technology, with the upgraded use of this new “digital” light being both rewarding to the users, as well as our planet. LEDs have several benefits as listed below:

Long Life – LEDs are widely known for their exceptionally long operational life ranging from 80,000–100,000 hours (or to put it more realistically, a continuous operation of 11–12 years). In addition to a long operational life, LEDs do not burn out like standard lighting. Instead, LEDs tend to become less bright over time as their output levels slowly become less and less.

Durable - LEDs are much more rugged than traditional lighting. Because they do not use glass or filaments, they are more resistant to vibrations, shock, and severe temperature changes. This ability to stand up to dramatic temperatures fluctuations allows their versatility to be used in extreme outdoor weather conditions, as well as everyday use indoors.

Environmentally Friendly – Many traditional and florescent bulbs contain mercury–an extreme environmental threat–but LEDs are manufactured without the use of any toxic or environmentally threating materials. They also reduce your carbon footprint by being 100% recyclable and are considered earth-friendly.

Color Changing – LED light is offered in an array of colors, the foundation of which are red, green, and blue. There are also diodes (RGB) that contain all three colors that can be manipulated to nearly any color imaginable.

Efficiency – Energy efficiency is the leading benefit of LED lighting. LEDs are estimated to consume 90% less power than traditional lighting, meaning they operate at only a fraction of the energy an incandescent bulb uses.

In addition to the benefits listed above, LEDs emit low amounts of heat and generally have an extremely low profile. Couple this with easy installation, design flexibility, and zero UV emissions, and choosing LEDs as a light source is an eco-friendly no brainer. Read more

Tempe Chamber Leads Group Hosts City Council Candidates

Posted on | July 23, 2014 | No Comments


The Tempe Chamber of Commerce’s Coffee Connections leads group is having the candidates for Tempe City Council at its meeting on July 24, 2014. The event is open to the general public who wishes to learn more about the candidates for office.

When:  July 24, 2014  at 1:30 -2:30 p.m.

Where: Club E, 1011 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe

This is an incredible opportunity to spend some one on one time with the Tempe City Council candidates. Each will have the chance to share their positions on issues of importance to the community.

Please feel free to attend. Confirmed as of 10:30 a.m. on July 23 are Dick Foreman, Shana Ellis and Lauren Kuby.

Tempe Chamber of Commerce Releases Candidate Endorsements: City Council, District 18

Posted on | July 10, 2014 | No Comments

In the 2014 Tempe City Council race, the Tempe Chamber is endorsing Robin Arredondo-Savage, Shana Ellis and Dick Foreman for election. Council candidates can be elected outright in the August 26 Primary by receiving a majority of votes cast. The general election takes place on November 4th.

In the contested Republic primary race in Legislative District 18, which covers south Tempe, the Chamber has endorsed Jeff Dial for Senate, and Bob Robson and John King for House.  The winner of the Republic primary will move on to the November 4 General Election.

“We are fortunate to have a number of quality candidates willing to represent Tempe at the city and state levels,” said Mary Ann Miller, president/CEO of the Tempe Chamber.  “The endorsed candidates are most attuned to the needs of businesses in our community and will do the best job in representing business of all sizes.”

Candidates were evaluated on a wide range of issues, including economic development, taxation and education. Written questionnaires, in-person interviews and voting records were weighed by the Chamber board in order to choose candidates for the available seats.

“We are confident these individuals will be strong representatives of the business community,” Miller continued. “Their talents and abilities will be valuable assets in fulfilling the Chamber’s objective of promoting the best interests of business.”

Early voting in the primary begins July 31.  Independent voters and other voters not registered with a recognized political party must request a party ballot of their choice or a City-only ballot.  To request a ballot, call 602-506-1511 or visit www.recorder.maricopa.gov.

Dick Foreman

Dick Foreman

Robin Arredondo-Savage

Robin Arredondo-Savage

Shana Ellis
Shana Ellis

Welcome to Our New Chairman of the Board, Kristine Kassel

Posted on | June 27, 2014 | No Comments

Message from the Chairman of the Board
Kristine Kassel, Benefits by Design

Kristine Kassel

Kristine Kassel

A thank you for the opportunity to chair the Tempe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors this year. I look forward to using my business and leadership knowledge to help all our members move forward through the excitement and challenges that lie ahead. I especially look forward to working with the Chamber staff. They have many years of experience at the Tempe Chamber, which is hard to find in today’s economy. Their professionalism and excellent customer service help support a great board of directors and a wonderful membership. I thank each of the staff members for all they do every day to make our jobs easier.

I would like to share with you a little bit about myself. My parents moved to Tempe from Michigan in the late ’60s, so I was born a Tempe resident. After staying in my own backyard for college (I attended Arizona State University), I decided to also raise my family in Tempe. I started my own health insurance agency 17 years ago, Benefits by Design, and our office is in Tempe. I never could have become an entrepreneur without a partner like the Tempe Chamber.  As you can see, I truly love everything about Tempe and especially all the opportunities that have been offered in the past and those available today. Read more

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