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Setting Goals That Work

Posted on | January 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Setting Goals That Work


Margo Brown

by Margo Brown, Wave Productivity

Many are breathing a sigh of relief after the hectic holiday season, while others are feeling melancholy that it all came and went so quickly. But in most cases, people are now buckling down and becoming re-inspired to set some new goals and create resolutions that they can keep. Here some tips for accomplishing your goals once and for all.

Identify your priorities

You can’t do everything and you can’t focus on what everyone else is doing. What are the most important things to you right now? Others may be jumping on the fitness train, and that may be important to you too, but is it most important? Many people have wonderful intentions to get things done, but then quickly fail due to lack of focus. Paring down a list and identifying three major things you’d like to change is a good way to get focused and actually accomplish something that is important to you. Once you have identified your priorities, set absolute goals and make a list of real action steps to make your way toward achieving those goals.

Plan to achieve

Set aside specific times to work on your goal in order to reach it. For example, if your goal is to reach out to your customers proactively, plan ways to do that quarterly.  Plan specific times to achieve your goals in your calendar, and keep those appointments with yourself as you would any appointment. Like ‘pay yourself first’—plan yourself first.

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Tempe Chamber Names Chris Samuels to Communications Director Position

Posted on | January 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Tempe Chamber Names Chris Samuels to Communications Director Position

Chris Samuels, Communications Director Position

Chris Samuels, Communications Director Position

Chris Samuels has been hired as the new Communications Director of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to starting at this position on Jan. 3, Samuels was a photojournalist for several newspapers in the state of Utah, including the Deseret News in Salt Lake City. Samuels graduated with BA degrees in communication and international studies from the University of Utah.

“We are so excited to bring Chris on to the team and have him share the stories of Tempe’s businesses,” said Anne Gill, the chamber’s President and CEO. “Chris wants to advocate and support the growth of business in Tempe through his skills in writing, social media and photography. He will be a valuable and effective member of the chamber and the community.”

Samuels will take over the duties previously held by Sean Donovan. Donovan is the current Vice President of Media and Program Development, and was the interim president and CEO before Gill began her tenure in Oct. 2016.

Joanne Stockdale Named Business Development Director of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce

Posted on | December 19, 2016 | Comments Off on Joanne Stockdale Named Business Development Director of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce

Joanne Stockdale. Business Development Director

Joanne Stockdale. Business Development Director

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce hired Joanne Stockdale as its new Business Development Director in December. She will be responsible for the organization’s membership sector, overseeing its business support services and developing corporate partnerships.

Stockdale is an experienced business development professional with excellent communication skills and a strategic approach to her work. She has managed and directed a variety of fundraising responsibilities including corporate sponsorships, individual giving, capital campaigns as well as volunteer management and recruitment of community and committee leaders.

“We are excited to welcome Joanne to our team,” said Anne Gill, President / CEO of the Tempe Chamber. “She has a great deal of experience and knowledge and will be a valuable asset as we grow our organization into a stronger advocate for the business community.”

Stockdale recently relocated to the East Valley from Michigan where she implemented successful strategies in her director positions at Recovery Allies of West Michigan, Haggai Institute, the American Heart Association and Biblica.

A Customer with Memory Loss Doesn’t Mean Losing a Customer

Posted on | December 15, 2016 | Comments Off on A Customer with Memory Loss Doesn’t Mean Losing a Customer

Dementia informational programs in place include Memory Café, a weekly social gathering of people with memory loss and their caregivers.

Dementia informational programs in place include Memory Café, a weekly social gathering of people with memory loss and their caregivers.

How does a business assist a customer who may have dementia?  That’s one of the questions being addressed by Dementia Friendly Tempe, a community project to make Tempe a livable city for people living with memory loss and their caregivers.  Helping Tempe businesses to become dementia aware is one of the goals of the DFT project which was launched in spring 2016 with a community-wide meeting.  As one of the business representatives, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce is working with Mayor Mark Mitchell and the DFT action team of community leaders to develop training for businesses to help them recognize, assist and retain customers who show signs of dementia.

The action team has already engaged various sectors of the community, including business, finance and legal services, with a survey of dementia awareness. Businesses answered an on-line questionnaire about dementia friendly customer service and human resource strategies, and how to meet the needs of customers with dementia and their caregivers, as well as the needs of employees who are caring for someone with the disease.

With the survey information in hand, the action team is onto a new phase of its roadmap on how to become a dementia friendly city.  The team will engage leaders in Tempe to accurately assess the strengths and weakness of the dementia readiness in our community.  The Tempe Chamber of Commerce will keep its members updated on this continuing work and will also post more DFT information on business-related topics and project participation opportunities as it comes up. Read more

Proposition 206 Has Unintended Consequences for East Valley Care Providers

Posted on | December 6, 2016 | Comments Off on Proposition 206 Has Unintended Consequences for East Valley Care Providers

Shana Ellis at TCH

Shana Ellis at TCH

by Shana Ellis, President and CEO, The Centers for Habilitation;
Executive Committee Member, Arizona Association of Providers for People with Disabilities

Caring for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities requires education, ongoing training and passion – like any skilled profession, it’s not for everyone.  As a result, service providers, like The Centers for Habilitation (TCH), and our families value the care provided by direct care professionals entrusted to work with our members on a daily basis.

Since 2009, my organization, as part of our statewide association, has been advocating for the restoration of state funding that was previously cut.   These cuts have made it next to impossible for TCH, along with other care providers across the East Valley and state, to pay our direct care employees more for the essential care they provide – they deserve it.

Service providers are currently experiencing staff turnover rates as high as 80% and direct care workers’ pay is often below what big box stores or fast food chains can offer their employees. Prop. 206 will make it even more difficult for us and the entire provider network to retain existing staff and recruit replacements as staff can still choose to work at big box stores or fast food chains and make the same amount of money for arguably less stressful work.

Continuity of care for individuals with disabilities creates trust for the individual receiving care and peace of mind for the family. While increasing the minimum wage may have sounded like a simple solution to this problem, it will actually make the current state of affairs for this community worse. Read more

Arizona’s Proposition 206 Is Now Law – What Employers Need to Know

Posted on | November 22, 2016 | Comments Off on Arizona’s Proposition 206 Is Now Law – What Employers Need to Know

Proposition 206 – What Employers Need to Know

On November 8, Arizona voters adopted Proposition 206. Prop 206 increases the state minimum wage and requires employers to provide paid medical leave to workers. Details of the Prop 206 provisions are as follows:

Arizona Minimum Wage Increase

Prop 206 increases the existing state minimum wage of $8.05 per hour to $10.00 in 2017, $10.50 in 2018, $11.00 in 2019 and $12.00 in 2020. Beginning in 2021, the state minimum wage will increase each year by the cost of living. Businesses with employees that receive tips may pay workers up to $3.00 per hour less than the minimum wage, as is currently the law.

Paid Medical Leave

Beginning on July 1, 2017, Prop 206 also requires employers to provide employees with “earned paid sick time” for the following:

  • an employee’s medical care or
  • an employee’s mental illness
  • an employee’s physical illness
  • an employee’s injury or condition
  • an employee’s need to care for a family member with a mental
  • an employee’s need to care for a family member with a physical illness
  • an employee’s need to care for a family member with an injury or condition
  • family member who needs medical care
  • a public health emergency
  • an absence due to abuse of a child or vulnerable adult
  • domestic violence
  • sexual violence or stalking

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Apply Today! Women in Business Mentor Program Teaches Passion, Purpose and Professional Growth

Posted on | October 28, 2016 | Comments Off on Apply Today! Women in Business Mentor Program Teaches Passion, Purpose and Professional Growth

Through the six-month Women in Business Mentor Program, participants will learn how to assess their values, create a vision for their life, and live with purpose and passion.

Mentor Program Graduation Ceremony

Mentor Program Graduation Ceremony

Candidates selected for the program will develop into stronger, more capable leaders while increasing their business skills and learning how to grow into positions of greater importance and value.

Monthly organized events and workshops are complemented by one-on-one meetings and outings between the mentors and their protégés.  At the conclusion of the program, participants will have gained a better understanding of their true self and life goals.

The program runs from December 2016 through May 2017 and culminates with a graduation ceremony at the 2017 Women in Business Conference. Applications are being accepted through November 28.

Learn more at the Nov. 15 Informational Mixer & Happy Hour at no cost.


Here’s what some previous participants had to say about the program:

“This program set me on a new course in life! The very first week of the program I had some major breakthroughs about my own personality and how I had been hiding who I really was to please others. After that session I went straight to Barnes and Noble to buy an ‘ideas book’ and have kept it ever since, and it has helped me to rediscover who I am and brought me great joy and confidence!” – Jennifer Wagner, Protégé, University of Advancing Technology

“How wonderful to meet ambitious, positive, successful women in the professional community – such a refreshing experience. This process was worthwhile because it was the first time that I have had a community of women interested and invested in my professional growth and development for no other reason than to support and encourage.” – Melody Johnson, Protégé, Tempe Chamber of Commerce 

“The Mentorship Program was for me a great opportunity to connect on a different level with men and women who have and are making a significant impact on our community. My protégé, Jennifer, was an inspiration to me. She’s an ambitious and driven young woman who has a fresh outlook on her future. She marries drive and compassion with creativity that will continue to shape her career and ongoing success. She was by far the highlight of the program for me.” – Vicki Kringen, Mentor, TCH 

Standing Desks – The Fad and the Facts

Posted on | October 18, 2016 | Comments Off on Standing Desks – The Fad and the Facts

by Margo Brown, Wave Productivity

Standing desks continue to gain popularity as studies have shown that sitting at work can increase risk for diabetes, a general feeling of overall sluggishness and if that isn’t enough an increase in mortality.

The research on the effects of a standing desk are still in the works.  Here’s what they do know:

Here are the pros of a standing desk. There is an overall increase in:

  • Alertness and mood
  • Weight loss (hello! You can burn up to 320 calories by standing at your desk!)
  • Good cholesterol
  • Overall health

The cons of a standing desk:

  • Standing doesn’t affect or increase your overall productivity or cognitive function. Thinking on your feet doesn’t really mean it goes faster.
  • You have to be vigilant on the ergonomics of a standing desk. Check the Wave Productivity Pinterest page for correct ways to set up a standing desk.
  • It can take a toll on the legs, knees and feet. Standing desks can cause varicose veins and knee pain. Using an anti-fatigue mat can help.

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Tempe Chamber of Commerce Releases Election Endorsements

Posted on | October 12, 2016 | Comments Off on Tempe Chamber of Commerce Releases Election Endorsements

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce has issued its endorsements on state and local measures which will be on the November 8 ballot.



The Tempe Chamber of Commerce strongly encourages a NO vote on Proposition 205. The proposition legalizes recreational marijuana in Arizona. The proposition negatively impacts business by potentially increasing workers compensation rates and creating a right to possess, transport, and use recreational marijuana.


The Tempe Chamber of Commerce encourages a NO vote on Proposition 206. The proposition increases the state minimum wage from $8.05 to $12.00 an hour by 2020. It continues to allow local governments to raise the minimum wage above state statute. Prop 206 also requires businesses to pay employees for medical leave.

“Voters should be extremely cautious when considering ballot measures,” said Vice President of Dorn Policy Group Eric Emmert. “Anything passed at the ballot is virtually unchangeable. While you may personally agree with a particular proposition, once passed it cannot be adjusted for changes in the economy or technological improvements.”


The Tempe Chamber encourages a YES vote on the five bond questions placed on the ballot by the City of Tempe. Approval of the bonds will fund water and sewer improvements, street improvements/storm drains, public safety, park improvements/community services and municipal infrastructure preservation purposes. The principal of the bonds is limited to $254,000,000. The Chamber believes these City infrastructure investments are needed.

During the Tempe Chamber’s endorsement process, information is gathered from multiple trusted sources. Recommendations are discussed by three Chamber committees, with the final determination of endorsements being made by its Board of Directors.  Endorsement are made to best meet the needs of the Tempe business community.

East Valley Business Expo Attendee Tips

Posted on | October 4, 2016 | Comments Off on East Valley Business Expo Attendee Tips


East Valley Business Expo

The East Valley Business Expo takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St. from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend and registration has opened for both attendees and exhibitors.

The Expo is the Southeast Valley’s largest of its kind. For one day each year, more than 1,000 guests visit 120+ exhibitor booths at the event. It provides an incredible opportunity for networking, doing business, and learning more about the companies and organizations in the community.

Entry is free with a business card.

  1. Bring your business cards. You must show one to gain admittance. You’ll also need plenty for the raffles, prizes, and hundreds of new contacts and leads you’ll meet!
  1. The absolute number one complaint we hear each year is this: “Company X came to my booth pitching their product for 15 minutes and wouldn’t take no for an answer. I need that time to talk to potential customers!” Don’t be that person. It’s appropriate to politely introduce yourself and, where fitting, share a business card and handshake. Then thank the exhibitor for their time and move on. Offend them by hogging their booth and you are guaranteed a bad reputation and a spoiled relationship.
  1. Don’t “Trick-or-Treat”. Trick-or-treaters are those people who go from table to table taking handfuls of pens, candy and other promotional items. It’s fine to take one – that’s what they’re there for. It is completely unacceptable to sweep a pile into your goody bag.
  1. Engage in conversation. The companies are there to meet people like you. Have a conversation, even if there doesn’t appear to be an immediate need or connection for your company. You never know where it will lead.
  1. Have a follow up plan. Make sure you have an action plan for outreach with other attendees you meet to help foster a stronger network.

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