Letter from the Chairman 2
Chamber Numbers 3
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Business & Government 4
Member Spotlight 5
Ribbon Cuttings 5
Calendar 6
Upcoming Events 8
Volume 27 Number 9 April 2009
Chamber’s Social Media Initiative
Drives Business and Profits
16th Annual
Tempe Links Classic
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
ASU Karsten Golf Course
11:00 a.m. Registration
12:00 Shotgun Start
5:00 -7:00 Dinner and Awards
Stimulus Pricing Special!
Tempe Chamber members can enjoy special
stimulus pricing of $130 per golfer or $500 for
a foursome! Call (480) 967-7891 to reserve your
spot today. Includes: a full round of golf with
cart, lunch, two beverage tickets, prizes, a
live auction and dinner in the clubhouse. This
tournament is a modified scramble with a blind
draw for teams – a fun format that encourages
speedy, unintimidating play. Participants may
register and play as a foursome.
For more information, please contact
(480) 967-7891
The 14th Annual Women in
Business Conference and
Trade Show
Thursday, May 21
The Buttes, a Marriott Resort
8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Presented by:
Trade Show, Conference and Luncheon
Business Woman of the Year Announced!
Why We’re Using Social Media and Why You Should Too!
Featured Speakers:
Kay McDonald
Founder and CEO
Charity Charms
Mary Jo West
Communications Director
Arizona First Things First
the entire World Wide Web community.
group is accessible to all members at Designed to be a waypoint for our
members and the community to share
news, views and make new social
Twitter is a free service for communicating and business contacts, our profiles on
Facebook and other sites will represent
and staying connected through the
another way for us to reach out to the
exchange of quick, frequent updates.
community and further benefit our
It’s a great way to stay informed about
up-to-the-minute Chamber, business and members.
political news in an instantaneous format.
This new social media initiative
Send and receive short messages called
underscores what we’ve promised all
tweets via cell phones, mobile devices,
It is redefining how we relate to each
emails, online text services and more. Best along: Your success is our business. Our
other, businesses, corporate entities,
foresight and adaptability in embracing
of all, Twitter is targeted to those who
government and, increasingly, society
want to hear your message. Follow us at @ cutting edge technologies along with
in general. The growth and success
our responsiveness to the needs of our
tempechamber on
of companies across the spectrum of
membership reinforces our relevance and
industry in the rapidly evolving 21st
the value of being a Chamber member.
century may very likely depend upon the Tempe Chamber Blog
integration of social media tools with an Our blog (launching this month) is a
Naturally, we will be here to guide and
dynamic method of communicating
overall business plan.
educate you in the use of these dynamic
with our members and the community.
new technologies. Look for special
One of the greatest assets of social media Built by members, for members the
interactive blog will be a source of news seminars, workshops and articles on our
is that it is one of the most effective
website, blog and newsletter to learn how
and informative, educational articles
yet inexpensive methods of promoting
business and improving brand recognition dedicated to answering the most common to incorporate them into your business
and sales. Realizing the enormous benefit questions and needs of our members.
Expect enhanced audio and video content
it can and will have upon our members,
to round out this exciting new addition to
the Tempe Chamber has engaged in a
our website toolkit.
comprehensive strategy to incorporate
social media into our business model and
to educate our membership on how to use Social Networking Sites
Throughout the spring we will be
these tools to thrive economically.
our profiles
on social
LinkedIn is an interconnected network
of more than 35 million professionals
sites such
from across the globe, representing 170
as Facebook
industries, 200 countries and executives
from all Fortune 500 companies. Through to create an
this incredible free resource you can easily interactive,
network and collaborate with other users approachable
who can be instrumental in helping you Chamber
achieve your goals. The Tempe Chamber presence for
As part of our mission to provide the
most powerful and effective tools to
help our members thrive, particularly
in a challenging economy, the Tempe
Chamber has recently positioned itself
at the vanguard of the social media
movement. Briefly, “social media” describes
the online technologies and practices that
people use to share information, opinions,
insights, experiences and perspectives.
Keynote: Jay Parry
President & COO
Phoenix Mercury
Our first informal social media presentation will be held on April 9 at Monti’s, 100 S. Mill Ave. in
Tempe. We will provide an overview of our strategy, explain how and why the Tempe Chamber
will use these tools, and show how you will benefit too. The presentation will run from 4:00 p.m. to
5:00 p.m. with a casual happy hour Q+A session to follow in the bar and patio areas. Free to attend
but registration is required to (480) 967-7891 or online at
How to Reach Us
Phone (480) 967-7891
Fax (480) 966-5365
Email [email protected]
Spirit of Tempe Alive in
Business Community
During February’s Breakfast for Chamber Champions
we were very pleased to give the Spirit of Tempe
award to Dick Foreman of Southwest Gas. I am going
to shamelessly plagiarize a letter he sent in response.
The mission of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce
is to build an environment that enhances the
economic vitality of our membership.
Chairman of the Board Directors (cont.)
Marilyn Joyce Jim Scussel
Carl Streiff
Vicki Kringen
Eric Emmert
Stephanie Nowack
Scott Asher Jim Rund
Chris Salamone
Vice-Chair John Miller
Mike Gardner
Kim Webb Committee Chairs
Mary Lou Bessette
Immediate Past Chair Monte Borgeson
Mary Lou Bessette Neil Chitel
Eric Emmert
Directors Lt. Col. Pam Jackson
Steve Bauer Joan Jakel-Smith
Lorraine Bergman Marilyn Joyce
Tom Beswick July Livingston
Sandy Catour Kelly Lorenzen
Angela Creedon Jennifer Skinner
Marcie Greenberg Pat Thielen
Robert Normile, Sr. Malene Vessel
Clark Peterson Shauna Warner
Mary Ann Miller Heidi Santos
President / CEO Bookkeeper
(480) 736-4280 (480) 736-4289
[email protected] [email protected]
Sean Donovan Kari Sliva
Communications Director VP of Communications
(480) 736-4285 and Special Events
[email protected] (480) 736-4283
[email protected]
Brian Krupski
Membership Development
(480) 736-4287
[email protected]
Renée Lopata, CAE
Magdalena Warecka
Director of Operations
(480) 736-4281
[email protected]
Senior Vice President Kristin Knotts
(480) 736-4284 Customer Service Representative
[email protected] (480) 967-7891
Catherine Mayorga
[email protected]
Vice President Public Affairs
(480) 736-4282
[email protected]
The Business Advocate is designed by
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Articles are written by Chamber Staff.
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He stated:“Tempe’s best and brightest business
leaders do not accept any future not molded in
hope, optimism and continuous investment. Tempe’s
business leaders are clearly undaunted in the face of absurd times and the near
frenzy that many others seem to fall victim to. Underestimating Tempe’s business
community is the greatest mistake anyone could make. They have guts. They have
As I have watched the first quarter of this year pass by I have been acutely aware
of the tremendous challenges facing our country, our state and, of course, our
local community. We may all have different opinions on what should or should
not be done in the political and financial arenas but we all can agree on one thing:
Business must continue to grow and flourish or none of the rest of it makes any
difference at all.
Dick summed it up much better than I could. “These are the people (business
leaders) who continue to invest in our community even in the toughest of times,”
he said.“These are the people who government will recognize least, tax most, and
listen to mainly during election time as swells chests and feeds campaigns. In the
meantime, the Spirit of Tempe clearly prevails in the every day management of
business. You employ us, your productivity feeds us, and your generosity to others
kindles hope when so many other institutions fail. You consistently engage our
community, you care for others, and you conduct your business with pride, ethics
and commitment.”
As a business community we are the backbone of our city. Without us there would
be no sales tax, very little property tax, and certainly no fee revenue for our city.
There would be no jobs, no special events, no town lake, and very little in the way
of city services. We bear a tremendous responsibility and the offset to that is
tremendous opportunity.
Our city tries to spend our money wisely. They work hard to make this a great
place for us and our customers to live, play and be educated. They do their best to
keep us safe and to make it easier to do business here. And we, in turn, continue
to find new and creative ways to manage business and create success no matter
I agree with Dick – The Spirit of Tempe is alive and well and clearly visible every
Warmest Regards,
Marilyn Joyce
Tempe Chamber of Commerce
Tuscany in the Desert
The 7th Annual Tuscany in the Desert event was an incredible evening of
dining, dancing, and entertainment to celebrate the Tempe Chamber and its
Ambassadors Committee’s relationship with the business community. Held at the
Waterfront in Tempe, the night was captured in photos by Portraits by Reg.
Business Advocate Goes Electronic
As of January, 2009 we’ve enhanced The Business
Advocate newsletter to an all-electronic format
available as a PDF via email and on our website. With
this upgrade to an electronic version of the newsletter
our entire membership of over 1,000 member
businesses representing more than 74,000 employees
now have access 24/7 from anywhere in the world to
The Business Advocate.
Additionally, the newsletter now is accessible to the
general public along with our membership base. We
now have a far greater reach and readership, making
this resource even more valuable. Since The Business
Advocate will be posted as a PDF, anyone is able to
view it on their computer screen, print it in full color,
download it, or send it to friends and co-workers. Each
month we send emails to our full membership with a
hyperlink to the issue.
For article submission guidelines or advertising
opportunities please contact Sean Donovan at
(480) 736-4285 or [email protected]
The following is a list of ten of the most
frequently displayed members from the Membership
Directory for the month of February.
India Plaza/The Dhaba
Gainey Suites Hotel
Famous Dave’s
Great Harvest Bread Company
AccuPro Accounting, Inc.
Byblos Restaurant
Boston’s Gourmet Pizza
Hyatt Place
Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que
Aloha Limousine
February 13, 2009 with 2,491 hits
Special thanks to our caterers Big Gumbah’s Pizza, California Pizza Kitchen, Edible Arrangements,
Embassy Suites, Heidi’s Events and Catering, Honeymoon Sweets and Rosetta Espresso
Thanks to Costco and Tempe Schools Credit Union for providing the soft drinks, Four Peaks Brewing
Company for providing the fine beers, and Fry’s Food Stores for the wine selection.
We’d also like to thank this year’s sponsors, Alphagraphics, Benefits by Design, Diaz Strategies
Insurance & Financial Solutions, Kelly Services and Tempe Family YMCA.
Special thanks to The Tempe Chamber Ambassadors Committee, Fred’s Flowers, Ray the DJ and
Themers for their fine work in making the event enjoyable for all.
Become A Tempe Chamber
Preferred Member!
Preferred Membership - It’s more than just an offer;
it’s an opportunity to grow your business, outperform
your competition and thrive financially! Our Preferred
Members receive special recognition and exclusive
opportunities that expand and increase their levels of
success to new heights. Increase your exposure, boost
your brand recognition and watch your profitability
grow. Become a Preferred Member today and enjoy
the advantages you deserve.
For more details contact Renee Lopata at
(480) 736-4284 or [email protected]
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While the Arizona Senate did not hear bills last month, priorities of the
Tempe Chamber of Commerce continued to move through the legislative
Initiative Reform
An initiative reform bill continues forming in the Senate. The Chamber is
proposing a warning label on ballot propositions due to the unintended
consequences of the Voter Protection Act.
Privatization of appropriate state services continues to be a topic of
discussion in budget deliberations. The Chamber believes the private
sector can assist with many government services amid a down economy.
Western Climate Initiative
State Representative Andy Biggs’s bill to prohibit participation in the
Western Climate Initiative moved forward in the House last month. The
Chamber believes climate changes issues should not be addressed at the
state level.
Equalization Property Tax Repeal
Arizona businesses remain at a competitive disadvantage to surrounding
states due to high property taxes. If allowed to go back into effect, the
State Equalization Property Tax would hit businesses harder than other
property tax classifications. The Chamber believes a repeal of the tax
currently under suspension would help attract jobs to Arizona while
other states raise taxes in an effort to raise revenue.
Arizona Regulatory Oversight Commission
A bill allowing for the reinstatement of the Arizona Regulator Oversight
Commission continued to move forward in the House process last month.
The Chamber supports the commission’s reinstatement as a check against
aggressive state agency regulation.
Tort Reform
State Senator Carolyn Allen’s bill that provides lawsuit relief for emergency
room staff is poised for passage this year. The Chamber is hopeful the
passage of the bill will help keep healthcare cost increases to a minimum.
Health Insurance
A bill that would allow insurance companies to provide a “bare bones”
health insurance product to sole proprietors continued moving in the
House last month. The Chamber supports the measure as a way to assist
fledgling businesses with affordable health insurance.
Of course the budget continues to be the primary focus of the Arizona
Legislature. Federal stimulus funds began to flow to the State which
should provide some relief for Arizona’s budget woes.
Should you have any questions about the aforementioned issues or any
other business issues before the Arizona Legislature, please feel free to
contact Catherine Mayorga, Vice President of Public Affairs at
(480) 736-4282 or [email protected]
ASU Announces Founders’ Day Award Recipients
The Arizona State University Alumni Association honored faculty members and alumni for solving challenges with world-changing
consequences at its Founders’ Day Awards Dinner last month.
The award ceremony honors individuals who exemplify the spirit of the founders of the Territorial Normal School of Arizona, ASU’s
predecessor institution, who received their charter from the Thirteenth Territorial Legislature in 1885.
The following individuals and groups were honored.
James W. Creasman Award of Excellence:
Mark Henderson, David Jacobson, Mark Kerrigan, Brad
Rogers, Rajiv Sinha, for their work with GlobalResolve, a
social entrepreneurship initiative that improves the lives of
underprivileged people throughout the world.
Faculty Achievement Awards
Patricia Gober
Faculty Achievement Research Award
Charles Perrings
Faculty Achievement Service Award
Bernard Young
Faculty Achievement Teaching Award
Frank Serafini
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Back row L to R: Mark Kerrigan, Rajiv Sinha, Brad Rogers, Frank Serafini, Mark
Front row L to R: Christine Wilkinson, David Jacobson, Charles Perrings, Patricia Gober,
Bernard Young
Comerica Bank celebrated its new location at 425 S. Mill Ave. #101 in Tempe with
Branch Manager Susan Ligocki and Dave Szafranski from Comerica along with Mayor
Hugh Hallman, Tempe Chamber Ambassadors and friends and staff from the bank.
Comerica Bank presented a donation of $1,000 to the Tempe Community Council at
its grand opening celebration. Jason Matthews and Arlene Chin from TCC accept the
check from Comerica.
Tempe Chamber Annual Directory Opportunities
As we begin creating our annual directory, Tempe Chamber members have the first chance to take advantage of advertising opportunities within it. The directory
is the most commonly used and referenced Chamber publication and marketing your business in its pages is a powerful way to reach out to your colleagues,
customers and the Valley community.
Not only does the directory include a comprehensive listing of the entire Tempe Chamber membership, it also is a full-color guide to the economic and cultural life
of our area. This editorial information, along with photos, demographic information and much more represents a wonderful opportunity to spotlight your business
in our primary publication that will enjoy a full year of street life.
Our sales representative Larry Johnson is contacting members with more details on this fantastic opportunity. If you’d like to secure your spot on a particular page
or location, please contact him directly at (480) 363-6411.
Verification forms also will be arriving at your business by email or US post this month. It’s vital that you check this form for accuracy, as it shows how your business
listing including name, category and contact information will be displayed in the printed directory. If you do not receive your verification form this month please
contact us at (480) 967-7891.
Project C.U.R.E. recently shipped $400,000 in medical supplies and relief to three hospitals in Guatemala. The organization sends donated medical supplies and equipment to
nations in need. For more information or to donate or volunteer visit or call (480) 237-0970.
Sitewire Marketspace Solutions has been honored with the Success Award by the Arizona Small Business Development Center for its entrepreneurial success and contribution to
the economic vitality of our state.
Lorraine Bergman of Caliente Construction and Margie Traylor of Sitewire Marketspace Solutions were honored as two of the year’s 25 most Outstanding Women in Business by the
Business Journal.
The Four Points by Sheraton Tempe has hired Executive Chef, Bruce Griffin and rolled out a new menu. Visit or call (480) 968-3451 for more
NNR Multicultural Business Development celebrated the launch of Stay Connected AZ website at The comprehensive online business site aims
to reach, centralize and connect businesses statewide.
Splinter Creative has launched its new website at The creative design and marketing agency also placed 4th among the top advertising agencies in
the 2009 edition of Ranking Arizona.
NextCare Urgent Care has announced its newest service, WAHOO (Wait At Home Or Office). Patients can skip the lobby altogether by waiting in the comfort of their home or
office. For more information regarding WAHOO, visit or call (888) 306-5310.
Mutual of Omaha is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. With approximately $3.5 billion in assets it is a full-service bank providing financial solutions to individuals and
businesses across the United States.
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The Tempe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors wants to thank the following members for
renewing their Chamber Membership this past month. You are the backbone of Chamber Success!
36-49 Years
11-15 Years
1-5 Years
Baseline Animal Clinic
Webb & Greer Insurance Agency
Allstate Insurance Office of Julie
Cassano & Associates
D.P. Electric, Inc.
Enterprise Rent A Car
Hanna Development
Anahiem Angels
El Penasco, LLC
Farmers Insurance
Freescale Semiconductor
Graphics of Tempe
Miracle Method of Tempe
Morrison Maierle, Inc.
Neuheisel Law Firm
Nicholas Miner, CCIM
Quality Inn Tempe
Smart & Final
Southern Garden Apartments
US Airways Credit Union
Valley Forms & Supplies
WageWorks, Inc.
21-35 Years
America’s Best Value Inn Tempe/ASU
Arizona Central Credit Union
PB Americas, Inc.
Portraits by Reg
The Flower Shoppe
Tempe Eyecare Associates
US Airways
6-10 Years
Camala Bailey, CPA, PC
Fish Window Cleaning
G-Help Proofreading
Rick West Insurance Agency
TSYS Acquiring Services
16-20 Years
Bobbie’s Flowers & Gift Shop
Sir Speedy Printing
Allstate Insurance Office of Julie Jakubek
Cinelli & Associates
G-Help Proofreading
Honey Baked Ham Co.
April 2009
April 1
Joint Meeting
Government Relations and Transportations Committees
7:30 a.m.
Tempe Chamber of Commerce
909 E. Apache Blvd.
April 2
Women in Business Conference
and Trade Show Committee
8:00 a.m.
Tempe Chamber of Commerce
909 E. Apache Blvd.
April 2
Business to Business Connection
12:00 p.m.
Tempe Chamber of Commerce
909 E. Apache Blvd.
April 7
Ambassadors Committee
8:00 a.m.
Heidi’s Events and Catering
2095 W. 15th St.
April 7
New Member Briefing
9:00 a.m.
Heidi’s Events and Catering
2095 W. 15th St
April 9
Networking at Noon
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Four Points by Sheraton
1333 S. Rural Rd.
April 14
Tempe Chamber Executive Committee
7:30 a.m.
Tempe Chamber of Commerce
909 E. Apache Blvd.
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April 14
April 21
April 15
April 21
Tempe Links Committee
12:00 p.m.
Tempe Chamber of Commerce
909 E. Apache Blvd.
Business Resource Advantage Committee
8:00 a.m.
Tempe Chamber of Commerce
909 E. Apache Blvd.
April 15
Military Affairs Committee
11:30 a.m.
Heidi’s Events and Catering
2095 W. 15th St.
April 16
Tempe Leadership Board of Directors
7:30 a.m.
Hatton Hall
34 E. 7th St.
April 16
Women in Business Conference
and Trade Show Committee
8:00 a.m.
Tempe Chamber of Commerce
909 E. Apache Blvd.
April 16
Hot Topics & Lunch
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p. m.
Embassy Suites
4400 S. Rural Rd.
Business Before Hours
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Saturn of Tempe
7799 S. Autoplex Loop
Tempe Links Classic
11:00 a.m. – Registration Opens
12:15 p.m. – Shotgun Start
ASU Karsten Golf Course
1125 E. Rio Salado Pkwy.
April 22
Business After Hours
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Heidi’s Events and Catering
2095 W. 15th St
April 23
Business Owners Forum
7:30 a.m.
El Penasco Mexican Kitchen
19 E. Broadway
April 28
Tempe Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors
7:30 a.m.
Four Points by Sheraton
1333 S. Rural Rd.
Conference Room at 911 E. Apache Blvd.
April 30
Los Tres Amigos Mixer
5:30 p.m.
City North
5515 E. Deer Valley Dr., Phoenix
Tempe Leadership
Tempe Leadership is a nine-month program of the Tempe Chamber
that is designed to identify a diverse group of emerging leaders
and foster their leadership skills through education, experience, and
exposure and service to the community. Each class consists of a diverse
group of individuals from the business community, the City of Tempe,
community volunteers, and non-profit organizations. The program’s
goal is to facilitate involvement in the community to sustain qualified
citizens, employees and leaders to keep the community strong and
Components of the program include:
• Monthly Issue Days - class members will spend two days per month
learning about education, business, government, environment,
transportation, human services, media, crime and justice, and
higher learning.
• Leadership Focus - each class member will shadow the community
leader of his/her own choosing.
• Overnight Retreat - provides a class “bonding” experience and an
overview of the program
• Class Project - the class, acting as a team, will develop and carry
out a project that benefits the community. The class must work
outside of regular meetings to complete the project and is
responsible for the project budget, including any associated
Tempe Leadership will welcome its 25th class in September, with
graduation in May 2010. Recruitment for the limited slots has begun
and applications are due April 20th. Applications are available at www. or by calling the Tempe Chamber at (480) 9677891.
SCF SAFETY - Electrical Precautions Vital to Workplace Safety
All businesses use electricity in some capacity. Electric shock is a potential risk that many workers face, but few think about. It is the employers’ responsibility to
reduce this risk and ensure a safe workplace. This can be done by following established policies and procedures designed to reduce the hazardous exposure to
Electrical risks present in most offices and businesses can be reduced by making sure that a ground fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI, is used in all areas where
electrocution could occur. A GFCI is designed to protect people from severe or fatal electric shock. GFCIs also can prevent some electrical fires and reduce the
severity of others by interrupting the flow of the electric current.
In addition to installing a GFCI, an Assured Grounding Program should be used at work sites. Assured Grounding is a procedure for testing electrical tools and
extension cords to assure proper grounding, polarity and resistance. The testing is done according to a predetermined schedule outlined in the program, which
helps to identify faulty equipment.
The National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA, has published the “70E Standard for Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces.” This standard
covers the full range of electrical safety issues. It is regarded as the tool to show employers how they can meet OSHA electrical standards. NFPA 70E includes
guidelines for personal protective equipment required for different situations including Arc Flash hazards.
Arc Flash is a short circuit that flashes from one exposed live conductor to another, or to ground. The resulting ionized air creates electrically conductive
superheated plasma that can reach temperatures of 5,000 degrees F or greater. The explosion takes less than one second and produces a brilliant flash, intense
heat and a pressure blast equivalent to several sticks of dynamite.
Following NFPA 70E guidelines and using the proper PPE could turn such a life-threatening event into a testimonial for focusing on safety first.
For more information on workplace safety, visit or contact your SCF Arizona Loss Control Consultant.
For more information on NFPA 70E visit:
Article provided by Tod Dennis of SCF. If you would like more information on workplace safety please contact your Association Coordinator with SCF or Renee Lopata at
the Tempe Chamber at (480) 736-4284.
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Tuesday, April 7, 2009
New Member Briefing
Sponsored by:
9:00 a.m.
Heidi’s Events and Catering
2095 W. 15th St.
New members of the Tempe Chamber are invited to enjoy a light breakfast and coffee
while learning about how the Chamber works and the benefits of membership. Meet
and network with staff, members of the Board of Directors, committee chairs and other
new members. You’ll learn how to hit the ground running and make the most of your
membership. Free to all new members. Sponsored by Telesphere.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Networking at Noon
Sponsored by:
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Four Points by Sheraton
1333 S. Rural Rd.
Employing effective networking techniques can mean the difference between
success and stagnation. It is the easiest, simplest, fastest and least expensive way to
promote your business and to make the strong connections necessary to prosper and
outperform your competition. Learn the art of relationship building, enjoy lunch and
have fun promoting your business at this fast-paced unique networking event. Be sure
to bring at least 50 business cards. Networking @ Noon is sponsored by Telesphere.
$25 members in advance, $30 members day of, $35 general public.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Hot Topics & Lunch - “How Did We Get into
This Mess, and Will the Stimulus Package Work?”
Sponsored by:
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p. m.
Embassy Suites
4400 S. Rural Rd.
Featuring economics expert Dr. Stephen Happel this luncheon presentation will address
the current economic conditions, their causes, likely impact on business, and how
individuals and businesses can best position to survive and grow.
Please join us for this informative, important, pull-no-punches seminar with
Dr. Stephen Happel, Professor of Economics and the former Associate Dean of
Undergraduate Programs at the Arizona State University College of Business. Dr.
Happel’s writings appear in professional journals and popular outlets, including The
Wall Street Journal and American Demographics. Sponsored by M&I Bank.
$25 members in advance, $30 members day of, $35 general public.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Business Before Hours
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Saturn of Tempe
7799 S. Autoplex Loop
Sponsored by:
carpet systems
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Tempe Links Classic
11:00 a.m. – Registration Opens
12:15 p.m. – Shotgun Start
ASU Karsten Golf Course
1125 E. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Business After Hours
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Heidi’s Events and Catering
2095 W. 15th St
Join your colleagues for an evening of great food, fun and networking. This informal
mixer provides a welcoming and casual atmosphere where you can engage with other
members of the business community, enlarge your business and social circles and
make new connections necessary for growth.
Free for members, $10 for prospective members.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Business Owners Forum
7:30 a.m.
El Penasco Mexican Kitchen
19 E. Broadway
The Business Owners Forum continues to provide local businesspeople with the
opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer networking, information sharing and
consultation. Business owners are invited to attend this casual breakfast where an
open exchange of ideas and discussions about current issues and business-related
topics are the center of conversation. Attendance is strictly limited to business owners
only and we regret that exceptions cannot be made.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Los Tres Amigos Mixer
5:30 p.m.
City North
5515 E. Deer Valley Dr., Phoenix
The Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale Chambers of Commerce join together to celebrate
the annual Los Tres Amigos mixer. The casual networking event provides an amazing
the chance to network with close to 1,000 professionals from the local chambers of
commerce and business community. Free for members of the Tempe, Phoenix and
Scottsdale Chambers of Commerce.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Women in Business Conference and Trade Show
Join the Tempe Chamber for a morning of fabulous food and networking. Bring
brochures and business cards and be ready to give a 30-second commercial about
yourself or your business. This is a wonderful way to start the day and meet with
your fellow business people. A light breakfast is provided. Business Before Hours is
sponsored by Guaranteed Clean Carpet Systems.
Free for members, $7 for prospective members
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Through April 15, Tempe Chamber members are invited to take advantage of special
stimulus pricing for the 16th Annual Tempe Links Classic. Members can enjoy a day of
golf in the beautiful spring weather at ASU Karsten Golf Course for $130, or $500 for a
This event is a wonderful way to network and socialize with other members of the
business community and includes a full round of golf with cart, lunch, two beverage
tickets, prizes, a live auction and dinner in the clubhouse. This tournament is a
modified scramble with a blind draw for teams – a fun format that encourages speedy,
unintimidating play. Participants may register and play as a foursome as you enjoy the
afternoon with friends or special clients. Dinner, a live auction with amazing prizes and
an awards ceremony take place after the tournament from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The
general public is welcome at $150 per golfer or $600 for a foursome.
8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Buttes, a Marriott Resort
2000 Westcourt Way
The 14th annual Women in Business Conference and Trade Show features guest speakers Jay
Parry, President and COO of the Phoenix Mercury; Kay McDonald, founder and CEO of Charity
Charms; and Mary Jo West, Communications Director of Arizona First Things First. Participants
will celebrate success, learn from these powerful speakers, enjoy an awards luncheon and
share in a variety of trade show exhibits.
With a fantastic assortment of exhibitors, an energetic crowd of attendees and powerful
speakers addressing the audience, this event presents an amazing opportunity to be visible
among the movers and shakers of the business community. All attendees and exhibitors will
have reserved seats and enjoy a plated lunch. Tickets are $65. Exhibitor booths are $400 and
can be reserved by calling (480) 967-7891.
Sponsored by
Grow Your Profits with a Monday
Morning Update Sponsorship
Every Monday, our weekly newsletter is sent via email to nearly 2,000 members
of the Tempe Chamber community and shared through internal distribution
with many more. For an investment of $100 per edition your company name
and contact information will be positioned at the top of the newsletter with a
“Sponsored by” tagline above it. Sponsors also will receive a 100-word text ad or
offer of their choice at the top of the “Community News” segment. This is a great
way to gain visibility and recognition for a minimal expense. Contact Sean at
(480) 736-4285 or [email protected] to secure your spot. Multiple dates
and specific weeks can be reserved in advance.
APRIL 2009
Anchorage Self-Storage
Dave Burdick/ Julie Hernandez
215 E. Southern
Tempe, AZ 85282
(480) 967-8053
[email protected]
AT&T Advertising
ChronosTelecom LLC
Daniel Morrigan
6501 E. Greenway Pkwy #103-422
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 922-5380 Ext:101
Fax (480) 248-2153
[email protected]
Gray Development
Henry Said
3873 E. Mica Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85243
(480) 280-1777
[email protected]
Claudia Giannetta
2555 E. Camelback Rd., #1050
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 954-0109
Fax (602) 954-9308
[email protected]
Mr. Goodcents
Lonnie Merritt
1710 S. Alma School #105
Mesa, AZ 85210
(480) 752-0670
Wayne Boykin
7707 S. Kyrene Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85284
(480) 789-2846
[email protected]
NNR Multicultural
Business Development, LLC
The Peaks at Papago
Park Apartments
Regions Bistro & Bar
University of
Advancing Technology
Norma Parraz
3508 North 7th Street, Suite 130A
Phoenix, AZ 85014
(602) 265-6910
[email protected]
Sharon J. Krieger
690 S. Mill Ave., Suite 110
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 921-3770
[email protected]
Patty Haehn
815 N. 52nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008
(602) 275-4466
Fax (602) 275-6273
[email protected]
Alan Hromas
2625 W. Baseline Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85283-1042
(602) 383-8228 Ext:581
Zion & Zion
Matt Quinn
60 E. Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe,AZ 85281
(480) 751-1007 Ext:105
Fax (480) 753-3177
[email protected]
Tyler Metcalf
1419 S. Newberry Lane
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 670-5461
[email protected] Phone (480) 967-7891 Fax (480) 966-5365
The Tempe Chamber of Commerce 909 E. Apache Blvd., PO Box 28500, Tempe, AZ 85285-8500
APRIL 2009
Anchorage Self-Storage
AT&T Advertising Solutions
Anchorage Self Storage is professionally managed by the E.I.M Group,
the leader in Self Storage Management. Features: Courteous On-Site
Managers, Se Habla Espanol, Clean & Well Maintained Facility, Major
Credit Cards Accepted, Digital Surveillance System, Outside Parking ,
Drive Up Access, Month to Month Rentals. We sell packing supplies and
commercial accounts are welcome. Office - Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat. 9-5. Gate
Access daily 6-9.
Working at AT&T Advertising Solutions I help local businesses grow by
providing them with cost effective online marketing solutions. When
people search the internet locally for businesses, whether on search
engines or on internet business directories, I make sure that my clients
are well represented on both sources.
Community Tire and Auto Service
Dave Burdick/ Julie Hernandez
215 E. Southern
Tempe, AZ 85282
(480) 967-8053
[email protected]
Henry Said
3873 E. Mica Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85243
(480) 280-1777
[email protected]
Tyler Metcalf
1419 S. Newberry Lane
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 670-5461
[email protected]
BluePay Inc. is a trusted leader in the payment processing industry,
supplying electronic payment acceptance solutions to thousands of
organizations worldwide. BluePay clients include small and mediumsized businesses in multiple processing environments and large
corporate accounts in business-to-business environments.
DCSI (Digital Consumer Solutions Inc.)
John Culbert
4139 E. University Dr.
Tempe, AZ
(602) 470-0677– Phone
602-569-9627 – Fax
[email protected]
Your one stop shop for all your automotive needs from manufacturer
required maintenance, tire selection to engine repair or replacement
we are your best choice. Better Business Bureau A+ rated, please allow
us the opportunity to earn your business you will not be disappointed. 90 days no interest, OAC.
Regions Bistro & Bar
Sheila Vaughn
2520 E. University Dr., Ste 105
Tempe, AZ 85281
(866) 977-6334, ext. 924
Fax (800) 828-0471
[email protected]
Sharon J. Krieger
690 S. Mill Ave., Suite 110
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 921-3770
[email protected]
Digital Consumer Solutions Inc. (DSCI) is a cutting edge digital outof-home advertising signage network with locations throughout the
United States. DCSI offers a complete range of services to support robust
communications and advertising campaigns including placement of
digital displays, end-to-end hardware and software installation, graphic
design and development, content scheduling, and technical monitoring
and support.
Regions Bistro & Bar is a mid-upscale concept featuring an all day menu
filled with American comfort food, satisfying small plates, beautiful
salads and an inventive cocktail list. Each month a new regional menu
will feature cuisine and complementing libation from another section of
the country. Regions is located on the southwest corner of Mill Avenue
and 6th Street and is open 7 days a week with happy hour daily.
Splinter Creative
Brandon Cook
2113 S. 48th Street #101
Tempe, AZ 85282
(602) 437-9600
[email protected]
Splinter Creative is a hybrid agency providing the “total package” in media management. Focusing on graphic design, large format
printing and brand management, Splinter Creative was recently recognized as a Top Advertising Agency of 2009 by Ranking Arizona
magazine as well as ‘Best Graphics of 2008’ by Digital Graphics magazine. Phone (480) 967-7891 Fax (480) 966-5365
The Tempe Chamber of Commerce 909 E. Apache Blvd., PO Box 28500, Tempe, AZ 85285-8500

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