Business Pages - Prescott Chamber of Commerce


Business Pages - Prescott Chamber of Commerce
f the Prescott Chamber of C
Official Month
September 2015
What’s Inside
Executive Update................... 2
Festival Time
New Members........................ 4
Labor Day weekend Sept. 5 – 7 marks the traditional end of
summer feeling and time for “Faire on the Square,” an arts and
crafts festival on the Courthouse Plaza! More than 120 booths
are expected to line the sidewalks of the Plaza Saturday and
Sunday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Labor Day from 9:00 am –
3:00 pm. This event is managed by the Prescott Chamber, as is
next month’s Fall Fest Oct. 10 – 11. Some of your favorite artists
will be here, along with several first-time participants. You never
know what tempting items will get your attention!
Prescott Ranked Highest
of Five Arizona Small Communities
Forbes has issued its 2015 list of the 200 “Best Small
Places for Business and Careers,” and the Prescott area was
ranked 66th—the highest of the five Arizona
smaller communities that made the list.
Other Arizona communities and
their rankings were
Flagstaff (68), Lake
Havasu City (123)
Sierra Vista (174)
and Yuma (187).
Meet Chamber
Ambassadors......................... 5
Ribbon Cuttings..................... 6
PCC Mission Statement
The Prescott Chamber of Commerce
promotes its members by enhancing the
overall business environment of Prescott.
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Coming Soon!
2nd annual Healthy Prescott Business Awards
Bronze Sponsors
Sponsored by Yavapai Regional Medical Center
Watch for nomination forms and more information in October!
2015 Executive Committee
Steve Walker
(Yavapai College Foundation)................... Chairman
Mike Fann (Fann Contracting).........Chairman-Elect
Joan Gustafson (Quality Plastics)............ Treasurer
Ed Walsh (Lamb Chevrolet).............. Past Chairman
Cynthia DeGeorge
(Gurley Long-Term Care Insurance)...........At-Large
Kimberly Bierschwale
(Backway’s Physical Therapy)...................At-Large
Margo Christensen
(Ponderosa Hotel Management Services).. At-Large
2015 Board of Directors
Doug Arthur.............................. Better Deal Printing
Alyce Ayers............................. Habitat for Humanity
Kimberly Bierschwale
................................... Backway’s Physical Therapy
Andre Carman........Warnock, MacKinlay & Carman
Margo Christensen
................. Ponderosa Hotel Management Services
Sanford Cohen
........................... Arizona’s Hometown Radio Group
Cynthia DeGeorge
...........................Gurley Long-Term Care Insurance
Mike Fann..................................... Fann Contracting
Joan Gustafson...............................Quality Plastics
Dava Hoffman............................. Dava & Associates
Matt Holdsworth...........................Holdsworth & Co.
Matt Meierbachtol............................................. APS
Kelly Soldwedel..................... Prescott Newspapers
Steve Walker............... Yavapai College Foundation
Ed Walsh......................................... Lamb Chevrolet
The Prescott Business Pages
is a publication of the
Prescott Chamber of Commerce
117 W. Goodwin St. • P. O. Box 1147
Prescott, Arizona 86302-1147
(928) 445-2000 • (800) 266-7534
fax: (928) 445-0068 •
Chamber Staff – 445-2000
David Maurer, CEO – Ext. 115
Robert Coombs,
Tourist Information Manager – Ext. 122
Neal Sneller, Membership Director – Ext. 116
Scott & Jill Currey, Special Events – Ext. 112
Laura Warne, Administrative Assistant – Ext. 114
Jacquie Tobin, Membership Services – Ext. 117
Harold Viehweg, Finance Director – Ext. 121
Vol. 39 No. 9
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Dave Maurer
Dear Mayor
I am writing this letter the morning after the primary election. Unofficial
results at this time show Harry Oberg as the winner of the close race for
Mayor. Therefore, I am addressing the letter to Mayor-elect Oberg. First,
congratulations to you and all the candidates for running clean, positive
campaigns focused on the issues. It was refreshing!
As you know, there is much work to be done. Although you won’t
officially take office until November, I know that you will be making plans
and setting priorities sooner rather than later. I join with others in urging
you to start with a plan to resolve the $72 million obligation that Prescott
has for the pension system for public safety retirees. The sales tax plan
failed in yesterday’s election, so that means of paying back our obligation
is off the list of possible solutions.
Quite frankly, there are not a lot of options left. When City officials
met with our Board of Directors several months ago, the stark reality was
that there simply isn’t an “extra” $2 million or so to pay the FY16 PSPRS
obligation. Budget cuts will need to be made. I’m hopeful that you will
involve a broad, cross-section of the community in helping make these
recommendations and decisions. You personally opposed the ballot
question and obviously will play a key role in deciding how to resolve
this issue. But, I hope that you will also ask one or two representatives
from the groups that opposed the ballot question to be part of whatever
discussions take place. That may sound a bit odd coming from a group
that supported the question, but I mean it quite sincerely.
History has shown that tax issues are always controversial and invoke
considerable debate. Anti-tax groups scream “no new taxes’ and often
find support from citizens who say they are tired of taxes…period. When
a tax measure is defeated, those who opposed it have done their job, so to
speak, and move on to the next issue.
My point is this: if those who opposed the sales tax approach really
want to help, then they should be encouraged to be part of the ultimate
solution. By defeating the sales tax question yesterday, it didn’t make
the issue go away—it merely took an option off the table. The issue
remains. Appoint a group of citizens representing both sides of the PSPRS
issue and put them to work. We would be happy to have a Chamber
representative work with that group, too.
Best wishes to you Mr. Mayor-elect!
The Chamber stands ready to help whenever and wherever we can. • 3
with the Chamber
Your Prescott Chamber membership enables
meaningful connection and the ability to build new working
relationships. Each month we offer members a number
of opportunities to gain more community visibility. The
monthly mixers are fertile ground to grow your network. The
mixers attract business owners, managers, and community
leaders. New members have the chance to speak and
introduce their organization to the group. Throughout the
month, smaller networking groups named the Prescott
Possibilities Group and Chamber Area Networking regularly
meet to build long term relationships. Your Chamber
membership enables you to connect with local businesses!
On August 19th the Chamber welcomed our latest
members with a new member mixer hosted at Cuppers
Coffee Bistro. Over 35 people attended for great coffee and
conversation. This new, quarterly event is another way the
Chamber connects and empowers our members!
Did you know the Chamber offers high visibility, low cost advertising? By advertising with the Chamber your organization
will reach consumers and businesses through our website, visitor center, newsletter, maps, and calendar of events. Space is
limited, don’t delay. Call Neal at 928-445-2000 ext. 116 to learn more. If you have any questions about advertising, getting
involved with the Chamber, email [email protected] or call today!
September 3
at Home Care
4:00 pm Ribbon Cutting
et Ste.110
377 N. Montezuma Stre
September 4
at Prescott Winery
5:00 pm Ribbon Cutting
216 N Alarcon Street
September 17
ber Mixer
5:00 pm September Cham
ing Arts Center
Yavapai College Perform
1100 E Sheldon St
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new members
639 Antelope Loop
Prescott, AZ 86301
Prescott Area Human Resources
Assn (PAHRA)
Phone: 928-445-7034
P.O. Box 11837
Phone: 928-445-8880
Prescott, AZ 86304-1837
Phone: 928-814-8062
Contact: Baljinder Gill
Contact: Cameron and Erika Snow
We are an auto body paint and repair
shop. We believe in high quality repairs,
excellent customer service, and a
commitment to honesty, safety, and
integrity. Our technicians are I-Car
and ASE Certified and we work with all
insurance companies.
Contact: Terri Stephens
We offer a luxurious shuttle experience
complete with captains’ chairs, Direct
TV at every seat, Wi-Fi, charging ports,
and beverages. Call us today to book
your shuttle to the airport, Grand
Canyon, or any other spot!
Preferred Auto Body
419 N Washington Ave
Grama’s Bakery
207 W Gurley St
PAHRA is an affiliate of the Society
for Human Resource Management.
Whether you are new to the HR field or
have many years of experience, we can
help. We are a local starting point for
networking, information, professional
development, and continued support of
excellence in human resources.
Fly-U Shuttle
Prescott, AZ 86301
Prescott Area Pet Emergency
2245 Hwy 69
Prescott, AZ 86301
Prescott, AZ 86301
K9 Contracts LLC
Phone: 928-776-8485
P.O. Box 11144
Prescott, AZ 86304
Phone: 928-227-3303
Contact: Cindy Barnes
We’re Northern Arizona’s first and only
24-hour dedicated emergency and
critical care hospital for pets that is fully
equipped and staffed by experienced
emergency doctors and nurses.
Contact: Jessica Haggerty
All of Grama’s cookies, cakes,
cupcakes, and goodies are baked fresh
daily with love! Come in or call to place
a special order for any occasion!
Prescott Super Pawn
Contact: Kiley DeMond
We are Legal Zoom meets Dog the
Bounty Hunter. We provide legal
contracts and their administration for
dog breeders and rescues.
Phone: 928-778-1990
Prescott Winery
Hampton Inn & Suites Prescott
216 N Alarcon Street
703 East Gurley St
Prescott, AZ 86301
2901 North Glassford Hill Rd
Phone: 928-776-4653
Phone: 928-350-8467 (tasting room)
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
Phone: 928-772-1800
Contact: Lisa Russell
The first wine tasting room to join the
city’s array of attractions, is an easy
walk from Whiskey Row, located just a
few blocks east of the downtown square.
Set in a small, charming house, visitors
can enjoy wine either inside or on the
patio in an inviting and comfortable
Contact: Steve Todd
We offer a safe, simple, and troublefree solution to selling your unwanted
jewelry and scrap gold. Our store front is
a convenient way to personally sell your
gold and get paid on the spot. We have
an ‘A’ Better Business Bureau rating!
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Contact: Myra Moreno
Our hotel boasts an ideal location in the
heart of Prescott Valley’s Entertainment
District. Discover restaurants, shopping,
and entertainment within walking
distance of our Prescott Valley hotel.
Prescott, AZ 86301
member news
Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) was recently
recognized as one of Arizona’s highest ranked hospitals
by U. S. News & World Report in their 2015-16 Best
Hospitals’ report. The report rated YRMC as sixth highest
among Arizona’s 110 hospitals and second highest among
northern Arizona’s 24 hospitals. It was also rated as “High
Performing” for hip and knee replacements. Only 11% of
all U. S. hospitals performing hip replacement surgeries
earned this ranking. Similarly, only 10% of all U. S. hospitals
performing knee replacement surgery earned this ranking.
Congratulations YRMC!
Yavapai Humane Society has received a 2015 Top-Rated
Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user
reviews about non-profit organizations. The Top-Rated
award was based on the large number of positive reviews
that the Humane Society has received written by volunteers,
donors and customers. The Yavapai Humane Society has
been serving Yavapai County’s citizens and animals since
The City of Prescott Tourism Office is working with local
Chamber member RAXX Direct Marketing to produce a
new, more comprehensive Visitor Guide that can be used
as a primary fulfillment piece for advertising response,
city website visitors, at travel shows, as well as at Sky
Harbor Airport and other visitors centers and chambers
of commerce offices around Arizona. The 2016 Greater
Prescott Area Visitor’s Guide will feature Prescott, Prescott
Valley, Chino Valley and other surrounding communities.
Various ad and directory sizes are available starting at $125.
Reserve your ad space by September 30, 2015. Ad materials
are due October 31, 2015. The guide will be distributed
throughout 2016. To advertise, please contact Elaine Earle at
[email protected] or at the toll free number (844) 729-9769.
Credit Union West is holding a collection drive this month
to benefit the Prescott Area Shelter Services (PASS). If you
have clothing, cleaning supplies, towels and baby items to
donate, please drop them off at Credit Union West, 528 W.
Gurley St. in Prescott. PASS provides resources to homeless
and transitional women, children and families.
the Chamber Ambassadors
Each month, we profile two members of the Chamber Ambassadors—the good-will arm of the Chamber. Ambassadors attend
ribbon-cuttings and assist at Chamber events such as the monthly mixers. If you are interested in being an Ambassador, call
Neal Sneller at the Chamber, 445-2000.
This month’s highlighted Ambassadors are:
Patt Parker retired from the Department of Defense and then
served as an advisor to two governors where she advised
them on state support of the military and their families. She is
a member the Greater Arizona Development Authority (GADA)
and serves as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Prescott
Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and is on the Board
of Directors of Trinity Christian School. Patt was recently
selected as a member of Prescott Area Leadership (PAL).
Cindi LaSalle-Shanks works as a Realtor with Realty One
Group Mountain Desert. Her motto is “Your real estate
dreams are my life’s work!” Whether you are considering
buying or selling real estate, put Cindi’s 25 years of experience
to work for you. She has a highly developed listening ability
allowing her to gather the facts needed to effectively represent
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New Technologies and Your Business Series
Concludes this Month
The final two programs about emerging technologies for businesses will take place September 9 and 23, from 4:30 pm –
6:00 pm. These seminar programs are free and open to any business in the area. CenturyLink, in partnership with the Prescott
Chamber of Commerce and Quad Cities Business News, is presenting these programs to help educate business owners about
new technologies. The seminars take place at SpringHill Suites in Prescott. Refreshments will be served beginning at 4:30 pm
followed by the program at 5:00.
The two September seminars will focus on these topics:
9/9 The Secrets of “the Cloud” and what this means for your business.
9/23 What You Need to Know About Internet Security – protecting your computer systems.
While these presentations are free we do ask that you RSVP as seating is limited. You can register on-line at www.
R ibbon
oor facility on Whiskey Row,
Holiday Courtyard is a new outd
Owners Nancy and Howard
adjoining the Grand Highland
Ambassadors, cut the ribbon July
Hinson, along with the Chamber
center to the public. The stage
24th, officially opening the event
dining area can be used for even
aged by the Grand High
special events. The space is man
Call 776 -9963 for complet
ntown Prescott has installed
SpringHill Suites by Marriott in dow
tric vehicle charging station in the
the first publicly accessible elec
the dual-port charging system was
city. At a Jul. 30 ribbon-cutting,
g station. All three ports will be
unveiled, next to a Tesla cha
guests and for a nominal fee to the
available 24/7, free to SpringHill
n, Vice-President of Marketing &
general public. Margo Christense
el Management Services, LLC,
Public Relations for Ponderosa
charging station.
is shown cutting the ribbon for the
r official grand opening and ribb
Stratos Wealth Partners held thei
ners Ronda Chavez,
cutting ceremony Aug. 18. Part
are pictured cutt
Mike Woods, and Jake Carlson
assadors. Stratos Wealth Partners
with the Pres
ment firm with the client as their
is a full-service financial man
ted 100 E. Sheldon St. Suite 105
total focus. Their new office is loca
Their website is www.presco
2016 Mixer Schedule in the Works
The Chamber is hoping to finalize the schedule of monthly mixers for 2016 this month. If you have been thinking of
hosting a mixer next year, or co-hosting one with other partner businesses or non-profits, please let us know now.
General guidelines: the host must have space available for an average attendance of 100 - 125, and ample parking within
easy walking distance of the venue. The mixer host is responsible for all food and beverages served at the mixer.
For more information, contact Jacquie Tobin at the Chamber, 445-2000, ext. 116.
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