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

Posted on | December 19, 2016 | No Comments

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 | No Comments

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 | No Comments

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 | No Comments

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

Read more

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

Posted on | October 28, 2016 | No Comments

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 | No Comments

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.

Read more

Tempe Chamber of Commerce Releases Election Endorsements

Posted on | October 12, 2016 | No Comments

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 | No Comments


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.

Anne Gill Named Tempe Chamber of Commerce President & CEO

Posted on | September 30, 2016 | No Comments

Anne Gill will assume the role of President & CEO of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 31, 2016. She has served as the President & CEO of the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce since 2011.

Anne GIll

Anne Gill

Gill is a skilled nonprofit leader with more than 25 years of business administration experience who excels in corporate development, community outreach, fundraising and special events management.

“This is an exciting time for our organization,” said Brian Wood, Chairman of the Board of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. “Anne is an exceptional talent who epitomizes professionalism. She brings energy, inspiration, intelligence and business acumen to the President & CEO position. She is a proven and visionary leader – the perfect person to elevate the Tempe Chamber to the next level.”

Gill serves on the Arizona Chamber Executives Board of Directors as its Legislative Chair, sits on the South Mountain Community College President’s Community Advisory Council, Co-chairs the Tempe Kyrene Business Advisory Council, and is a member of the Western Association of Chamber Executives. She holds a B.A. in International Business from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Sean Donovan is currently serving as the Interim President & CEO of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. He has been with the chamber for 10 years and is concurrently holding the Vice President of Media & Program Development position.

Take One Small Step Toward Minimalism

Posted on | September 20, 2016 | No Comments

By Margo Brown, Productivity Coach, Wave Productivity

It was a pleasure to hear Joshua Becker speak at the NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) AZ Chapter. I wanted to share with you some of the inspiring things he said. They are followed by questions from me, ones that can move you to creating a more purposeful life and an intentional work space.

Joshua Becker is a renowned author that writes about minimalism as a lifestyle. His book Simplify hit #1 sales on Amazon in the first week of publishing, outselling many top authors. He has written 4 books on the subject.

Joshua is the Founder and Editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website dedicated to inspiring others to find more life by owning less. Joshua’s rational approach to minimalism is a rational one that focuses on passion and purpose. This has made him one of today’s most-influential simple living advocates.

How did this all get started for him? While taking the day to spend cleaning out his garage, he started a conversation with their neighbor who brought up the concept of minimalism. In 2008, Joshua and his family decided to pursue a more minimalist lifestyle. They decided to remove their nonessential possessions. Eventually, over 70% of their belongings were sold, donated, or discarded. In exchange for owning less, they found a life of more freedom, more contentment, more generosity, and more opportunity to pursue the things that mattered most.

“My possessions were distracting me from my purpose in life, the one thing that made me happy”

  • What is your purpose in life?
  • What are the non-material things that make you happy?
  • What are some of the distractions that hold you back from your purpose?
  • What hold you back from being happy?

“What is your passion, purpose and life and what are the things that support it? Keep those things that support that.”

  • What are you holding onto that does not serve you?
  • What are the things that support your passion, purpose and life?

“My intention was to remove anything that distracts me from my purpose.”

  • Is there something in your surrounding area that you know you could get rid of?
  • Do you have multiples of something, where you only need just one?
  • Is there anything outdated in your desk drawers? Old phones, cords, etc.

“I own less stuff so I can accomplish more with my life.”

  • What do you want to accomplish in life
  • What do you want to accomplish this year, month, week?
  • What can you own less of?

“People think it is a sacrifice to own less stuff, for me it was a journey inside myself, a better way to live and a better formula for living.”

Take one step towards organizing your space and towards minimalism:

Take 15 minutes, set a timer, go through your desk drawer or a small area you want to organize. Remove everything. Put back only the items that support your work and what you do. Good luck with it and let me know how it goes.

Want to learn more about a minimalist lifestyle?

Get Joshua’s most recent book, Clutterfree with Kids, it consistently ranks among the best-selling Parenting Books in America.

Contact me to move towards a workstyle that is minimal and clutter free.

Margo Brown is a Productivity Coach and Professional Organizer with Wave Productivity. She works with entrepreneurs, small business owners and business professionals to help them get more focused, organized and productive in their workplace. She serves the Tempe and Phoenix area in Arizona. If you want to get more organized in your office and in your home call 602-677-8275 or email margo@waveproductivity.com




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