Landings Credit Union and Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Receive Tempe Chamber’s 2014 Business Excellence Awards
Posted on | March 5, 2014 | No Comments
The Tempe Chamber of Commerce presented Landings Credit Union and Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine with the 2014 Business Excellence Awards at the 17th annual Breakfast for Chamber Champions.
“The Business Excellence Awards recognize outstanding businesses in our community,” said Mary Ann Miller, President/CEO of the Tempe Chamber. “Both Landings Credit Union and Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine are amazing companies dedicated to their customers, their staffs and the community. We are proud they’re part of the Tempe Chamber, and we celebrate their continued success.”
Recipients must demonstrate a record of business success and growth, community involvement, dedication to employees, leadership, reliability and commitment to customer service.
Landings Credit Union has been serving the community since 1953 when it was founded as Tempe Schools Credit Union. From a humble beginning run out of a high school closet by a few volunteer teachers, it now employs 70 people and has 18,000 members.
For the last 10 years, Landings Credit Union has partnered with the Tempe Community Council’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to provide free tax preparation and education to low-wage earners. During that time, over $15 million has been returned to the pockets of residents, while teaching them how to financially stabilize themselves and their families.
Aside from serving its members, community and school involvement are central to its business model. Some examples include the creation of a 0% interest education tax credit loan to support local schools and its Grade A program, which rewards students with cash deposits into their account for each “A” received on their report card.
See their award video at http://youtu.be/DhBB-uK0GKs
The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) has grown during its 20 years from a six-person nonprofit to a top-tier college with 249 full- and part-time employees and an enrollment of more than 400 students. As a school of medicine and health sciences grounded in naturopathic principles, it is dedicated to the ideal that everyone deserves high-quality health care.
SCNM trains future physicians to focus on prevention, wellness and lifestyle changes. Since its beginning in 1993, more than 1,000 doctors have graduated from the college. Along with its campus-based medical facilities, it operates nine community health centers for underserved children and families, and for domestic violence victims.
Its medical center serves nearly 14,000 patients a year and houses 27 exam rooms, six classrooms, an IV-therapy suite, an in-house laboratory, Arizona’s largest natural pharmacy and a one-of-a-kind hydrotherapy suite.
The college continues its growth with the construction of a new 47,000-square-foot building. When complete, it will include auditoriums and classrooms, an expanded library, cafe, exercise facility, teaching kitchen and a healing pain center.
See their award video at http://youtu.be/blZzgGuRqn4
The Tempe Chamber would also like to recognize the other four finalists: Caliente Construction, The Dhaba, Sun Sounds of Arizona and Tempe Mission Palms Hotel.
Posted on | March 4, 2014 | No Comments
The Tempe Chamber of Commerce presented Dawn Hocking with the Volunteer of the Year Award at the 17th annual Breakfast for Chamber Champions.
“This award is given to someone who has gone above and beyond to help make the Tempe Chamber and its programs a success,” said Mary Ann Miller, Tempe Chamber President/CEO. “Dawn has consistently offered her time, energy, services and efforts to helping our members. She seeks out roles to fill and pitches in without being asked. We are thrilled to honor her with this recognition.”
Relentless, tireless and always jumping in to lend a hand without being asked, Hocking is an amazing individual and an asset to the Tempe Chamber and the community.
Professionally, Hocking is director of development at The Centers for Habilitation (TCH). She has been there for more than 20 years, which clearly shows the loyalty she has to deserving organizations.
A strong advocate for the Chamber, Hocking is engaged in many ways. She’s a graduate of the Tempe Leadership program and is currently the chair of the Women in Business Council. In this role, and in her years of service on the council, she has worked long hours to help ensure the success of its many programs, including the “Right Shoes for the Journey” Leadership Speaker Series, the Mentor Program and the Women in Business Conference, which will take place in May. She’s a role model for others, and in her work and personal life, people look to her for leadership and support.
Many times you’ll see her at our events helping at the registration table or setting out programs early in the morning. Through her ongoing dedication to our mission and goals, she has been a tremendous asset to our organization. We continue to be overwhelmed by her enthusiasm, work ethic and positive energy.
Posted on | March 3, 2014 | No Comments
Due to the rainy weather last Saturday, the Tempe Cares service project was postponed to this Saturday, March 8 from 8 – 11 a.m. Unfortunately, this means that many of the original volunteers are no longer able to help. Now, Tempe Cares needs as many additional volunteers as it can get to make this project a success.
The project aims to restore the LoPiano Bosque natural habitat in Papago Park. Aside from serving as a wildlife refuge, the 13-acre site is used for educating students on the natural desert habitat, and recreational activities like hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Originally constructed in 1993, the Bosque is in critical need of help to remove trash and debris, re-establish rock-lined trails, and remove non-native invasive plants.
Volunteers will meet at the kick off location at Tempe’s Papago Park. The parking area and ramadas are located on the southwest corner of Curry and College Ave.
Food will be provided for all volunteers. This one day event is a great way to get involved and make a difference in our community. If you are interested in participating email TempeCares@gmail.com
Posted on | February 5, 2014 | No Comments
By Mary Ann Miller, President/CEO, Tempe Chamber of Commerce
As a nation of laws, a nation of immigrants and a nation of opportunity, we need a better immigration process.
The newly announced House Republican principles for immigration reform are a strong step in the right direction.
Reforming our immigration system will strengthen our economy and create jobs. It’s just good business. At the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, we support Congress continuing the momentum of moving immigration legislation and passing broad immigration reform this year.
It is clear that immigration reform successfully has garnered strong bipartisan support. Due to the importance and the urgency of this issue, it transcends politics. Both President Obama in the State of the Union and the Republican Party with these principles are showing the need for commonsense reform.
Welcoming these hardworking immigrants will enrich our nation. They are our neighbors who, by coming out of the shadows and having the opportunity to earn citizenship, will contribute to our communities and the workforce.
In Tempe, we value the economic vitality of our businesses, from high tech to startups and from food service to construction. We need Congress to implement a system that will benefit all of them.
Modernizing the immigration laws so that future immigration of workers and families is lawful, just and orderly is urgent. Because the United States will continue to draw motivated people with brilliant minds, we need to create a way for entrepreneurs to boost our economy by starting companies and creating more jobs.
We can facilitate this freedom and opportunity by fixing our work visa system so that farmworkers and engineers alike can contribute to our nation. Each day that passes without a new immigration process is another day when we miss out on a new immigration process that will be good for all Americans. Read more
Posted on | February 4, 2014 | No Comments
The Tempe Chamber of Commerce is 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.
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 7, and the award will be presented at the Women in Business Conference in May. E-mail your nominee’s name, company and contact information to email@example.com.
Posted on | February 3, 2014 | No Comments
Tempe Leadership will award its highest honor, the Outstanding Community Leader Award, to Shana Ellis at the Tempe Chamber of Commerce’s Breakfast for Chamber Champions event on Feb. 28.
Ellis, a native of Tempe, was named in January as the president and CEO of The Centers for Habilitation (TCH) in Tempe, a statewide nonprofit organization which has served people with disabilities since 1967. Ellis is also serving her second term on the Tempe City Council and is the current chair of the Metro Rail Board.
She has served as chair of many organizations in the past, including the Maricopa Association of Governments Continuum of Care Committee on Homelessness and the Tempe Human Relations Commission. She is a former president and longtime member of the Kiwanis Club of Tempe and is a member of the Arizona Community Action Association Board and Tempe St. Luke’s Medical Centers Board. Ellis is a graduate of Tempe Leadership Class XIII and is still a dedicated volunteer to the program.
Tempe Leadership Board President Tanya Chavez said Ellis was an easy choice for the award. “Not only has Shana served our community well, but she represents the best of Tempe Leadership and serves as an example for other emerging leaders in our community,” said Chavez.
The Outstanding Community Leader Award is an annual distinction awarded to Tempe Leadership graduates that have displayed outstanding leadership in the Tempe community. The annual Breakfast of Chamber Champions event will be held at the Embassy Suites Tempe Feb. 28, 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.tempechamber.org or by calling (480) 967-7891.
Posted on | January 30, 2014 | No Comments
by Kjell Andreassen, Acceler8 LLC
The Super Bowl is only a few days away. Execution on both sides of the ball will determine the winner. The following statistics come from CEO Advisors and are worth your consideration:
The execution ability of a team remains the single most impactful skill that we see. A few years ago Inc. 500 CEOs were asked what their company’s single greatest competitive advantage was. 88% said they just executed better than their competitors.
So, why do some struggle with execution? A Harris Interactive survey found some amazing statistics.
Big Picture Focus: Only 22% of workers are focused on organizational goals and only 23% precisely understand their organizations strategy and goals.
Clarity: Only 10% of workers have clear, measurable, deadline-driven work goals.
Prioritization: Only 8% of workers systematically schedule their priorities.
Scattering: Only 14% of the average work groups’ time is focused on its top goals, and only 60% of an individual workers time is spent actually working on key goals
If these statistics were applied to a football team:
Only two players would know what the next play was.
Only two players would be focused on executing it.
Only one player would know his specific assignment during the play.
Only one player would be totally committed to it.
Only two players would meet their commitments on the play. Read more
Posted on | January 24, 2014 | No Comments
by Jan Whalen, Whalen Voices, LLC
The Tempe Chamber’s Women in Business Council got it right again. Their annual leadership speaker series started today with the overall theme of “The Right Shoes for the Journey.” Dr. Christa Thompson’s presentation today was amazing, and the next three weeks will be just as engaging. Because next week’s question asks, “Are You Comfortable in Your Stilettos?” I wanted to share a stiletto story/confession from the first chapter of my book Rock Solid Confidence.
“I’d been looking for that trendy shoe—a cross between sandal and boot. I found a wonderful pair, but the heels were stilettos—much taller than my usual. The salesperson, Tom, persuaded me to try them on anyway. So I did. Despite the fact that I felt like I was standing on my tippy toes, this new height gave me the ability to look straight into Tom’s eyes. I realized I was instantly, lushly tall. He saw the gleam in my eyes and suggested that I ‘walk in them for awhile.’ So I did, and I fell in love with my new height, despite the fact that my right foot was beginning to hurt. Read more
Posted on | January 14, 2014 | No Comments
Provided by Acceler8
There are some common tax mistakes that many people make when filing their returns. If you watch out for these, you can help to speed up the process and get your refund quicker.
Social Security Number
One of the most common mistakes that people make on their tax return is omitting their Social Security number or putting an incorrect number on their tax return. In fact, thousands of tax returns are submitted to the IRS every year with missing or incorrect Social Security numbers. Making this mistake will slow the processing of your tax return. If you are supposed to get a refund, it will be delayed. If you owe taxes, you could be subjected to late fees.
Check your Social Security number and the numbers of all your dependents. It only takes a minute, and it can save a significant amount of time in the processing of your tax return and delivery of your refund.
Omitting Income Verification
Many people inadvertently omit verification of their sources of income when filing their tax returns. You must have a W-2 or 1099 for every source of income. If you don’t include these documents with your tax return, it raises questions with the IRS. This could prompt the IRS to conduct an audit. It’s much easier to just provide the appropriate documentation the first time around than to undergo an audit later. If your employer hasn’t provided you with the tax forms that you need, give them a call and request them.
Yes, there are still people who file their taxes using a paper, pen, and calculator. This can (and does) lead to simple mathematical errors, which cause big problems. This can result in overpayment of taxes or sacrificing a refund. Double and triple check your calculations, or use tax preparation software that does all the calculations for you. Read more
Posted on | January 10, 2014 | No Comments
Message from the Chairman of the Board
Jeff Mirasola, CenturyLink
Do you know what “hegemony” means? Up until last week I didn’t know. I had to look it up. My daughter was writing a paper regarding the media’s influence on a certain event and how various groups can frame and advance a particular public opinion. One of the prompts was to choose a recent media representation of an event and critically examine how the concept of hegemony has influenced how you view this event. The definition of hegemony is, “the social, cultural, ideological or economic influence exerted by a dominant group.”
Around the same time I was learning the meaning of hegemony, that same daughter sent me a link to a video about someone referred to as “the world’s ugliest woman” in a YouTube post. Lizzie Velasquez is a 25-year-old woman with a very rare disorder that only two other people in the world have. She can’t gain weight no matter how much or how often she eats. It has left her blind in one eye, distorted her facial features and prevented her from ever weighing more than 64 pounds or putting on even one percent body fat. She eats a meal on the average of every 15 minutes just to stay alive.
When she was in high school, she discovered the YouTube video. By then it had received four million hits. One of the comments on the bottom suggested she just do us all a favor, put a gun to her head and kill herself. Talk about bullying. How would you like to read that when you’re a teenager? It would be enough to exile myself to my room indefinitely.
The gist of this particular 13-minute video is that despite a lifetime of bullying, people ignoring her or just looking the other way, Lizzie has not let this disorder or any of the atrocities it brings define her life. Read more
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