Tempe Chamber Of Commerce

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Tempe Leadership Gives Refrigerated Food Trucks to United Food Bank

Posted on | April 16, 2014 | No Comments

Tempe Leadership Class XXIX will donate two refrigerated food trucks, worth $90,000, to United Food Bank at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, April 25.

The ceremony will run from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., at Escalante Community Center, 2150 E. Orange St., Tempe, with the ribbon cutting scheduled for 9 a.m. Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell will participate in the ribbon cutting.

Soon to be bringing fresh food to food banks!

Soon to be bringing fresh food to food banks!

Class XXIX, made up of 18 people who live and work in Tempe, raised $60,000 in three months to purchase the two vehicles as part of their Fresh Truck Project. The funds were coupled with a $30,000 Walmart grant given directly to United Food Bank to complete the purchase.

United Food Bank will deploy these two Fresh Trucks to partner agencies across the Phoenix area that lack sufficient refrigeration.  This increased capacity will allow for local and neighborhood food pantries to distribute more produce, dairy, and other fresh foods instead of only distributing nonperishable packaged foods.

Access to nutritious fresh food is a key way to eliminate urban food deserts and increase the health of those who face hunger every day in Arizona.

“The Fresh Truck Project aimed to eliminate this gap in the food supply chain here in Greater Phoenix,” said Daniel Milner, Class XXIX’s chairman. “Our class believed that all people deserve access to fresh, nutritious food. This is a huge step toward making that possible.”

The vehicles – a brand-new Ford Transit Connect and a GMC delivery truck – will be used by area nonprofits including the Salvation Army, Tempe Community Action Agency and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley.

United Food Bank plans to collect data on the program and use it as part of a test case to seek grants to expand the program further. Read more

Business Spotlight – European Wax Center

Posted on | April 9, 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: European Wax Center

European Wax Center

European Wax Center

Year Started: 2014

Address, hours and phone:
5136 S Rural Rd. Suite 101
Tempe AZ 85282

Website: www.waxcenter.com

What does your company do: Body Waxing ~ Reveal Beautiful Skin through hair removal and skin care

What makes you special: Named #1 fastest growing franchise by INC Magazine, European Wax Center is renowned as the leader in affordable and upscale body waxing in Tempe, and across America. For first time guests, the Free Wax Offer begins by entering European Wax Center with valid in-state I.D.

What do you like most about doing business in the Valley: We enjoy the response from our Guests to our services and products, they truly supported our new businesses in Tempe, Mesa and Gilbert.

How do you support the community? We employ close to 100 young women, giving them the opportunity to work for a national franchise that is growing throughout the nation helping them to achieve financial freedom. We sponsor events in the community offering FREE services and donating raffle baskets to silent auctions for charities.

Who are your ideal clients or customers? We wax Women and Men of all ages. Our ideal client loves to take care of their skin, be hair-free and nicely groomed.

Vote “Yes” on General Plan 2040. Early Voting Begins April 24

Posted on | April 4, 2014 | No Comments

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

Mary Ann Miller

Mary Ann Miller

It starts when you’re just a kid: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

And before you know it:

“What are you going to major in?”
“Where do you want to work?”
“What do you want to do next?”
“When do you want to retire?”

At each step of the way, our answers – our visions for our future – affect the next steps we take. If you want to grow up to be a ballerina, you should start with dance lessons. Major in psychology, and you have a series of courses you must take. Working on Wall Street necessitates moving. Retirement means saving as you go.

You plan your life around the answers to these questions, and as you age, you often discover other talents and other interests. Outside forces impact your planning, sometimes for good and sometimes not. So you adjust your focus, tweak your plans, reset your GPS and put your new vision in your sights.

A community goes through just the same process. It creates a General Plan, which is a vision for its future about 20 years out. It looks at land use, circulation and public facilities. It takes into consideration what’s happening in surrounding communities and what’s changed in the past decade. New residents and businesses have the opportunity to look into their crystal ball and share what they see. The Plan is a guide for our actions. Read more

Business Spotlight – Arizona Fun Services

Posted on | April 4, 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:  Arizona Fun Services

Year started: 1986

1938 E. Broadway Rd.
Tempe, AZ  85282
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday & Friday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Closed Sunday

Website:  www.azfunparty.com

Arizona Fun Services

Arizona Fun Services

What does your company do?  We are a retail costume and party store. We do full-service carnivals, company picnics, casino parties, church festivals, and private back-yard parties or you can rent a-la-carte. Fun Services is the originator of the Santa’s Secret Shop/Holiday Gift Shop program. The in-school shopping program.

What makes you special?  Not only are we a retail party & costume shop but we also do event rentals.  You can buy decorations for your party in our store and we can set up a bounce house at your event.  We are locally owned.

What do you like most about doing business in the Valley?  The diverse cultures we have throughout the valley and the weather.

How do you support the community?  Our programs help groups such as schools and churches raise funds. We donate products and services to charities throughout the year. For example we are sponsoring the Fun Zone at the Tempe Relay for Life in May.

Who are your ideal clients or customers?  For the store it would be anyone planning a party or celebration, drama groups, and anyone who wants to have fun.  For events it would be any organization that wants to provide an exciting event for their group.

Leads Group Opens New Categories

Posted on | April 3, 2014 | No Comments

Coffee Connections Group 2 has openings for new members. The leads group’s purpose is to generate business among members of the group by establishing trusted referral-based relationships. These groups are industry specific, which means that only one person per industry can join. Coffee Connections Group 2 meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Coffee Connection

Coffee Connection

Membership in the group is $50 per year, and Tempe Chamber membership is a prerequisite.

Coffee Connection has two other groups meeting on different days for those with scheduling conflicts.

Group 1 meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. at varying locations.

Group 3 meets on the first and third Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. at varying locations.

For an application or to learn more, e-mail info@tempechamber.org

Can Alternative Fuel Vehicles Save Your Business Money?

Posted on | April 1, 2014 | No Comments

Compiled by Shemal Shukla, Tempe Chamber volunteer

In its 2014 report, Clean Cities provides information on the use and purchase of non-gasoline vehicles. Studying and incorporating these may result in savings for your vehicle fleet or company.

Alternative Fuel Can Save You Money

Alternative Fuel Can Save You Money

Clean Cities works to advance the nation’s economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum consumption in transportation. A national network of nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions brings together stakeholders in the public and private sectors to deploy alternative and renewable fuels, idle-reduction measures, fuel economy improvements, and emerging transportation technologies.


Natural Gas Basics

  • Natural gas is a nontoxic gaseous mixture of hydrocarbons (mainly methane). It needs to be stored onboard a vehicle in a compressed gaseous or liquid form. Even though a vast majority of natural gas in the U.S. is produced domestically, only 1% is used for transportation. Current gasoline or diesel vehicles can be converted to natural gas vehicles (NGVs) by certified installers. NGVs can cost $5,000 to $30,000 more than gasoline vehicles, but in the long run, the price of natural gas is cheaper. Go to www.afdc.energy.gov and www.ngvc.org to learn more. Read more

Dress Us Up in your Company’s Clothes!

Posted on | March 31, 2014 | No Comments

No, we’re not Barbie dolls, but we are willing to let you dress us up. We’ve recently started a Technology Fundraiser to help offset the cost of new computers and operating systems. Here’s how it works:

  • You pick a day and month
  • Donate a minimum of $30 to the Tempe Chamber (prices structured based on visibility of day, prices range from $30 – $100)
  • Provide 3-4 shirts

Then, on the specified day, 3-4 members of the Tempe Chamber will proudly wear your company’s shirt and act as your “walking billboard”!  We will also post pictures of us wearing your business apparel on our various social media sites. We’ll even give you a copy for your wall if you like.

State Farm gear on our staff

State Farm gear on our staff

Participants have included: Comfort Keepers dba Neleh, Inc., and State Farm Insurance Agent Judy Aguilar – Woertz.  We’re looking forward to acting as billboards for American Family Insurance Agent Holly Pritulsky coming soon!

Price structure

$30.00 = 3-4 Chamber staff without scheduled event

$50.00 = 3-4 Chamber staff on networking/monthly event, (ie. Business After Hours, Tempe Chamber Insider, Networking @ Noon)

$100 = entire Chamber staff on a casual Friday, (will need a total of 8 shirts).

Please contact Courtney at 480-736-4281 or courtneymcintyre@tempechamber.org for more information or to sign up and claim your day!

Staff in Comfort Keepers shirts

Staff in Comfort Keepers shirts

Save $40,000 or More Per Year on Your Childs College Tuition

Posted on | March 28, 2014 | No Comments

By Dave Franecki, Capstone Capital USA 

It costs a lot of money to put our kids to school today, particularly college – public or private. Currently it requires probably $20,000, $30,000, $40,000 or more per year including room and board to put our kids to school. What will it cost in 15 years? The problem is most of us had to do on what we call after tax dollars, meaning we have to earn the income here then pay the tax in our tax rate. Then we have our money left over here to put our kids to school.

Save Now for Higher Education

Save Now for Higher Education

What if you could do that put your kids to school on pretax dollars? Nothing to worry about the taxes. How’s that possible? You probably heard about the 529 plans. Many states have sponsored 529 plans. The problem with those plans is they are not truly self-directed. You’ve got to invest your capital in the products if you will, the financial products that the 529 plan allows.

True self-direction can be done through an account such as the Coverdell Education Savings Account. Coverdell has been around since the early 2000s. You can contribute the allowed contributions per year per each child and then put that money to work.

Consider this example. Let’s say that it takes $40,000 per year to put your child or maybe a couple of children to one year of school. Now, the $40,000 if you’re doing that with after tax income  and   you are in  the 40% tax income bracket or above depending upon your state income taxes. You will have to earn $66,700 at your 40% tax rate to have that $40,000 to put your child/children to school for one year. If done with an account like the Coverdell Education Savings Account one can  take the distributions out of that account to pay the education cost without any taxes and save $26,700 per year. That’s over a $100,000 after 4 years.   Read more

Business Woman of the Year Nominations Deadline Extended

Posted on | March 26, 2014 | No Comments

Do you work with or know an amazing woman who has achieved excellence in her field? Does she demonstrate leadership on the job and in the community? Do others look to her as a positive role model? Would you like to see her recognized for her accomplishments?

2013 Business Woman of the Year Kristine Kassel

2013 Business Woman of the Year Kristine Kassel

The Tempe Chamber is seeking nominations for its 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.

The nomination deadline has been extended to Monday, March 31, and the award will be presented at the Women in Business Conference on May 21. E-mail your nominee’s name, company and contact information to sachiyo@tempechamber.org.

Business Spotlight – Your Pennysaver

Posted on | March 24, 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: Your Pennysaver, LLC

Year started:  2013

Address, hours and phone number:
3116 S. Mill Ave., #24
Tempe, AZ 85282
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. / online 24/7

Website:  www.yourpennysaver.com

What does your company do? We publish Your Pennysaver magazine, Tempe’s neighborhood magazine, delivering over 15,000 copies to Tempe residents. Our new e-commerce site (YourPennysaverStore.com) brings paid customers to businesses. Contact us to find out how.

What do you like most about doing business in the Valley? We love Tempe, it is one of the best places to do business.

How do you support the community? We print hundreds of PSAs for the nonprofit community and private-party reader ads for Tempe residents without charge.

Who are your ideal clients or customers? Almost every business can benefit from advertising in Your Pennysaver magazine, and on our new e-commerce site, YourPennysaverStore.com

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