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January 2016

President's Corner

Am I the only on that's tired of the cold, rainy weather?  Hopefully this El Nino thing will be gone shortly.

You may have noticed in our Peoria Times Ad, I am looking for volunteers to work in the Chamber office.  Helping around the office, assisting with committees and generally working with our team on whatever comes up on a daily basis.  If you know someone please contact us or ask them to call the office at 623-979-3601.  I greatly appreciate your help, Thanks.

Would you like a new customer today?
Complete your TCS Page
1. Log on to your member page www.peoriachamber.com

2. Click the #1 Big Red "Request Setup" Button

3. Answer the few questions asked

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Let us help you at our Member Orientation
Thursday, January 21st
10 AM to 11:30 AM

Things to do today:
- Complete your 200 word write up for the newsletter and send us your logo and a photo.
It's Free Advertising
Take advantage of it!
- Call Chamber Office and reserve your time for your TV Video Interview - email us at support@peoriachamber.com
- Call the Chamber office and reserve your time for the Radio Show - email us now at support@peoriachamber.com (Booked through June already)

If you have any comments or questions please do not hesitate to call me at 623-9793601, or e-mail:  gerickson@peoriachamber.com

Dinner on the Diamond is just around the corner!

Committee Members Needed:

Help Us Launch
Spring Training

with our annual

Dinner on the Diamond at
The Peoria Sports Complex!

Call the Chamber office to volunteer:

Next planning meeting
January 11th at 11:30 AM
at the Peoria Chamber

Join the 2016 Chamber Committees!

The 2016 Golf Classic Committee Needs You!
Join the planning committee to make 2016 the best ever!
Contact the Chamber office if you would like to be included.

Events Week of January 11th

Non-Profit Roundtable
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce

Dinner on the Diamond Committee Meeting
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce

Connecting the Chamber & Community - The Haymaker
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
The Haymaker Restaurant Co.
24762 N Lake Pleasant Pkwy, Peoria, AZ 8 Suite 101
Peoria, AZ 85383
You do NOT need to be a member of the Chamber


January Member Luncheon - Speed Networking is Back!
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Arizona Broadway Theatre

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce
16165 N 83rd Ave
Peoria, AZ 85382

Small Business Advisory Council
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce

Biz 2 Biz Peoria

08:15 AM - 09:30 AM MST
Peoria Chamber of Commerce
16165 N 83rd Ave Suite 101
Peoria, AZ 85382

David Robert at 623-374-3777 drobert@amfam.com

Networking Professionals Group
7:00 AM - 8:15 AM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce

West Valley Career Fair
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Maricopa Workforce Connections
1840 N 95th Ave Suite 160
Phoenix, AZ 85037

Food Truck Fridays at the Peoria Sports Complex
05:00 PM - 09:00 PM MST
Peoria Sports Complex
16101 N 83rd Ave
Peoria, AZ 85382

Penlina Farmers Market
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Peoria Sports Complex
16101 N 83rd Ave Suite 101
Peoria, AZ 85382

Peoria Farmers Market
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Park West
9744 W. Northern Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85345

Next Chamber Radio Show February 3rd

Peoria Chamber Radio
Dave Isaac
Breakthrough Thinking

Wednesday, February 3rd
11:00 AM

Guest Speaker
Jill Pogrant
My Office Business Suites

The 2016 Schedule:
February 3rd

My Office Suites AZ, Jill Pogrant
March 2nd
Sun City Country Club, Tom Loegering
April 6th
Life Development Institute, Justin Coller
May 4th
Plumbing Masters, Brian McQuistion

June 1st
ADIO Chiropractic, Dr. Gaylen Bartlett

Call the Chamber Office
to be a radio guest!


Tuesday, January 19, 2016
5 p.m. – Study Session
7 p.m. – Regular City Council Meeting, Council Chamber

8401 W. Monroe Street, Peoria AZ
Meeting agenda and information are available at www.peoriaaz.gov/council. City Council meetings and study sessions are broadcast live and replayed on Peoria Channel 11 (available to Cox Cable and Century Link television customers) and also stream live (and on demand) at www.peoriaaz.gov/PeoriaTV.



It's Time!

January Luncheon


January 13th
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Arizona Broadway Theatre

7701 W Paradise Ln
Peoria AZ 85382

Member Price $25.00
Non-Member Price $35.00

Register Here...

First Networking Breakfast of the Year!

Join us
Tuesday, January
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
at Birt's Bistro


16752 N. Greasewood St. Surprise, AZ

Register Here...

Meet Your Members

Todd Whittaker Drywall
Studies show nearly 83% of the population will live past the age of 65 years, 20% live with disabilities and 78% say they would like to stay in their current residence as long as possible. Now is the time to start considering valued added home renovations that will adapt to the various stages of your life.
Todd Whittaker Drywall Inc. is pleased to announce that our staff is now a part of an elite group of remodeling experts to be recognized NATIONALLY as
Universal Design Certified Professionals.
Universal Design encompasses design practices for those wishing to age-in-place but also for growing families, those with special needs and families that are forward thinking.  Small modifications can provide big improvement on the flexibility and visitability of your home. Rated one of the top remodeling companies in the nation, TWD offers a full range of services from kitchen and bathroom remodeling, home renovations, patios, garage and room additions, media walls, as well as drywall, stucco and painting services for your home.
Contact Todd Whittaker Drywall Inc., also known as TWD at TWDAZ.com, call 623-544-1211.  Please stop in to our gorgeous Design Showroom located off Grand Avenue and the 101 Freeway to experience the TWD Difference today.
Sun City Country Club
Welcome to Sun City Country Club, a semi-private golf club that is open to the public!  Proud home of the Arizona Women's Open, Sun City's original championship country club is one of those few golf courses that offers a nice break from the typical desert-style layout. Lined with large shade trees, our course makes it an easy choice for fun golf. And the design of our golf course is great for all skill levels making this a great family course.

Sun City Country Club is a great place to conduct your next golf tournament and our professional staff is ready to help.  Simply give us a call and we'll help you plan and organize your next golf tournament at Sun City Country Club.

We want to grow the game of golf by making golf affordable, rewarding, and fun for the entire family and we hope you give our course a try.  If you'd like to learn more about what Sun City Country Club has to offer, give our professional staff a call at (623) 933-1353 and we'll fill you in.

Congratulations to Haymaker Restaurant!

The Haymaker Restaurant on PBS'
Check Please, Arizona!

Thursday, January 14th at 7:00 PM
repeat on Saturday, January 16th at 3:00 PM


The Haymaker Restaurant, where The Connecting the Chamber & Community Mixer meets every 2nd Tuesday at 5:30 pm, will be featured in season six of Arizona PBS' popular restaurant review series.  Arizona residents, just like you, share dining-out experiences in a lively roundtable discussion. Each week, Check, Please! Arizona features a trio of guests who dine and then review three local restaurants they recommended to each other. James Beard award-winning chef Robert McGrath hosts the half-hour program.


ASU is recruiting for Spring 2016 SparXX 20 Business Education Program

The ASU SparXX Initiative is a series of programs and activities at Arizona State University that focus on supporting women in starting and growing new businesses. SparXX programs and activities are designed for women who are just beginning to explore entrepreneurship and business ownership, as well as women who have been business owners for years and are seeking support to take their businesses to the next level.

SparXX 20 is a business education program for women business owners in revenue of under $1Million/year and ready to scale.

SparXX 20 business owners participate in:
Six in-depth workshops
taught by expert faculty
Tuesdays, 4-8pm at SkySong, March 22nd to April 26th.
The application deadline is February 23rd at 11:59pm.

Contact Susan Halverson with specific questions at susan.halverson@asu.edu or 480-727-1353.
Application can be found at: SparXX 20

Programs & Activities

Peoria City Council Announces New Vice Mayor

Peoria City Council named Councilwoman Bridget Binsbacher Vice Mayor to serve a one-year term in the role.

"Serving the residents of the Mesquite District and the City of Peoria is an honor I take very seriously every single day," said Binsbacher. "In this new role, I look forward to helping Mayor Carlat and this council continue to move our modern, growing city in the direction our citizens want to go."

The Vice Mayor is named by the members of the Council and performs the duties of the Mayor during her absence or disability, according to Peoria’s City Charter. Binsbacher was elected to represent the Mesquite District by voters and sworn in March 2014.

Peoria City Council Announces New Mayor Pro Tem

Peoria City Council last named Councilman Jon Edwards Mayor Pro Tem to serve a one-year term in the role.

“I am honored that my council colleagues again selected me to serve as Mayor Pro Tem. I’m pleased to serve,” said Edwards.

The Mayor Pro Tem is named by the members of the Council and performs the duties of the Mayor during the Mayor’s absence or disability, in the event the Vice Mayor is not able. Edwards was elected to represent the Willow District by voters in November 2012 and sworn in January 2013.

REACH for Fitness for KIDS

REACH for Fitness KIDS
at Rio Vista Recreation Center

Rio Vista Recreation Center
8866 W Thunderbird Rd
Peoria, AZ 85382

New Fitness Program for Kids!
Did you know that one in three children is physically active every day, according to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition? It is recommended that children need 60 minutes a day of physical activity.

To help give kids that opportunity, Rio Vista Recreation Center is introducing a new fitness program for kids ages 8-12 years called Rio R.E.A.C.H. for Fitness.

Sponsored by St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center, this new program will debut on Jan. 20 and will include fitness classes, a Mighty Mountain Challenge at the Climbing Wall, Step It Up Rio walk/run incentive program at the walking track and more. This program is included with a family pass. Family involvement is key to the success and family members are encouraged to participate in special events and fitness classes. For more information, contact Rio Vista Recreation Center contact at 623-773-8600 or visit www.peoriaaz.gov/riovista.

You Are Invited...Peoria Sports Complex Colonnade VIP Room Open House


Open House
The Peoria Sports Complex
Colonnade VIP Room

Friday, January 29th
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Ribbon Cutting at 4:00 PM
Peoria Sports Complex

16101 N 83rd Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85382

One of the premiere private event destinations in the west valley, the Colonnade is an elegant 3,300 square foot indoor event and meeting space fit for any occasion.

Nestled alongside the baseball diamond inside Peoria Stadium, the Colonnade is outfitted with the modern amenities necessary for seminars, conferences, weddings and private parties of any nature.

For more information, pricing and to book your next event at the Colonnade at Peoria Sports Complex, please visit www.peoriasportscomplex.com to submit an event request today!

Colonnade VIP Event Features
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