The Tempe Chamber of Commerce announced today that Chamber President/CEO Mary Ann Miller will be leaving after more than 21 years at the Tempe Chamber. She will leave her position effective August 31, 2016.
The Tempe Chamber is opposed to adding this forced sick leave pay mandate to businesses for many reasons, but first and foremost because it will place Tempe businesses at a disadvantage in the region, increasing their costs relative to the competitor down the street, or in some cases, across the street.
We’re on the front lines every day watching for City, County, State and Federal laws and regulations that can impede your growth or create a disadvantage relative to businesses in a neighboring community.
So here’s what I’m going to do: every time I have a meal I didn’t pay for, I’m going to donate $1 to United Food Bank. That means anytime I’m invited to sit at a corporate table, every time someone treats me to lunch, every time I take someone out and expense it, and any time someone invites me to their house for dinner, I give a dollar to United Food Ban
Armed with our policy agendas, Tempe Chamber staff can analyze proposals to see if they fall under its tenets and advocate accordingly. We partner with other organizations both to make our voice stronger and to forge workable compromises.
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.
A Guide to a Happy New Year by Mary Ann Miller, President/CEO Tempe Chamber of Commerce
In November, I celebrated 15 years as President/CEO of the Tempe Chamber, and January will mark 20 years since I was hired as Public Affairs Director. It’s only fitting that these anniversaries fall near days set aside to give thanks, to reflect on the past, and to plan for an even better year ahead.
Your Network: It’s more than business cards. Mary Ann Miller addresses the graduating class of ITT Tech
Networking is like planting a garden. It may be awhile before you’re able to pick those tomatoes. But if you don’t plant the seeds and water them regularly, you won’t grow anything.
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.
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