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January 2016

President's Corner

Hi Everyone!

If you did not attend last week's Speed Networking Luncheon, you made a HUGE mistake. 60 people were in attendance and met many new referral sources and received valuable information for their networking in the future.

The event was so successful everyone is looking forward to the next one, in April or May.  Watch this newsletter for details.

We offer congratulations and a fond farewell to our Assistant Director of Events Alexis on her Graduation from Grand Canyon University, and landing an exciting new job with StitchFix, an online subscription and personal shopping service.

We are sure she will climb the ladder to management in no time at all!  Alexis, you will be sorely missed and we wish you much success.

Jill and I have been invited to attend the United Community Action Network, (U.C.A.N.) Luncheon on Wednesday at the Peoria Police Station.  These luncheons are held for the purpose of discussing matters of concern in our community.

If you are a Peoria Business or  a Peoria Resident and have an issue you are concerned about that you would like us to present to the City of Peoria Police Department, please call or e-mail the Chamber office and tell us your concerns.

Important Events at the Chamber:
Networking Breakfast
Tuesday, January 19th 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM at Birt's Bistro

Member Orientation - Activate your Online Traffic Catcher Site
Thursday, January 21st, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Ambassador Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 21st, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Change of Date:
Hot Topics & Lunch has been moved to Tuesday, January 26th
- Essential Planning for 2016

Tuesday, January 26th 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

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

Events This Week

Networking Breakfast
Birt's Bistro

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
16752 N. Greasewood St.
Surprise, AZ 85378

Peoria SUPPORT Awareness Series Seminars - FREE
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Rio Vista Recreation Center
8866-A W Thunderbird Rd
Peoria, AZ 85382
Mentoring - Investing in Our Future
Registration required: or 623-773-7070

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce

Governmental Affairs Committee
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce

REACH for Fitness KIDS at Rio Vista Rec Center
Rio Vista Recreation Center
8866 W Thunderbird Rd
Peoria, AZ 85382

Biz 2 Biz Peoria
8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce

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

Ambassador Committee Meeting
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce

New Member Orientation
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce
Bring your laptop and leave with your TCS Page!

Food Truck Fridays at the Peoria Sports Complex
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Peoria Sports Complex
16101 N 83rd Ave
Peoria, AZ 85382

Ameriprise Financial
Ribbon-Cutting & Breakfast

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Ribbon Cutting at 9:30 AM
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
7992 W. Thunderbird Road, Ste. 110
Peoria, AZ 85381

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

Dueling Pianos Randy Keith
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Lakeside Bar & Grill
9980 W Happy Valley Rd
Peoria, AZ 85383

Dueling Pianos return to Lakeside Bar and Grill!
Join Peoria's own newlywed duelers Randy and Amy Keith,
fresh off a Caribbean cruise appearance, for an evening of
singalong all-request entertainment! You wont want to miss this!
More info: or call (480) 840-7301


Dinner on the Diamond is just around the corner!

Dinner on the Diamond at
The Peoria Sports Complex!

Join us January 25th to become part of the team to launch
this year's Spring Training Season!
Don't miss your chance to join in the fun!

Call the Chamber
office to volunteer:


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




First Networking Breakfast of the Year!

Networking Breakfast Birt's Bistro

Tuesday, 1/19/2016
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
16752 N. Greasewood St., Surprise

Member cost $5.00 / Non-member cost $10.00

Ribbon Cutting

Friday Morning, 1/22/2016
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Ribbon Cutting at 9:30 AM

Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
7992 W. Thunderbird Road, Ste. 110, Peoria


Hot Topics & Lunch

Tuesday, 1/26/2016
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Peoria Chamber of Commerce

Debra Roubik of VisionEcon will discuss specific things to help in the planning process for 2016.  What to plan quarterly and annually, technology improvements, employee training, and community involvement to name just a few.   Bring your lunch and join the conversation!
Presented by the Small Business Advisory Council
Please Follow Link Here to Register.....

Meet Your Members

Credit Union West is an award-winning financial cooperative founded in 1951 on Luke Air Force Base.  With more than $550 million in assets and over 55,000 members, we are a community asset that upholds the credit union philosophy of “people helping people”. We offer an array of personal banking, business services and financial education plus so much more!

We make banking easy with 10 branch locations in Maricopa and Yavapai County, Online and Mobile Banking and a nationwide network of CO-OP Shared Branch locations. We are proud to say that we are one of two Arizona credit unions to make DepositAccounts’ 2015 list of 100 healthiest credit unions nationally with an A+ health rating!

At Credit Union West, our motto is “A Great Place to Work for Great People”. We strive to be an employer of choice through employee engagement, integrity, and encouraging a supportive working atmosphere that sets us apart from traditional work environments.

Winners of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 CareerBuilder® Top Companies to Work for in Arizona; we currently staff 185 employees in 10 branches in Maricopa and Yavapai counties, along with, Business Services, Real Estate and our corporate office in Glendale.
Visit us today at or call 602-631-3200!

Small Business Financials
The ability to have a bookkeeper, accountant, and a tax attorney on speed dial is invaluable to our current clients.

Tax Planning, Preparation & Problem Resolution
Our Peoria accountants will help you to not pay more taxes than you need to and plan ways to appropriately reduce your tax liability for future tax seasons. Our tax driven accounting services helps limit your tax payments while maintaining compliance with all appropriate federal, state and local laws and regulations.
Business Accounting & Bookkeeping
We will ensure your business is on the right track to achieve your goals, identify and solve problem areas, reconcile accounts, industry analysis and consultation services. cash flow management

Payroll Solutions & Compliance
Payroll Compliance laws can be confusing. We can ensure your payroll needs are compliant with all relevant laws at all times.
Industry Analysis

Our professional team can perform an in-depth industry analysis that identifies problem areas within your business and pinpoints specific challenges to compete effectively in your market
Free Consultation

Call our Peoria accounting office for a free initial consultation. The team at Small Business Financials will make our meetings convenient for you, we'll even arrange an on-site visit at your work location.
Mike Davis
623-334-2913, 203

Mayor Cathy Carlat Announces Members of Citizens’ Charter Review Committee

Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat announces the Citizens' Charter Review Committee.  She has selected Terry Ellis, former City Manager of Peoria, to chair the Committee.
“Terry knows very well the importance of preserving Peoria’s history and core values while charting its course for the modern, vibrant city we are becoming,” said Carlat. “His leadership as City Manager was critical at a time in Peoria’s history when we were growing from a sleepy bedroom community into a city coming of age with its own identity and sense of place.”
“Over the past two decades, I’ve had the opportunity to watch Peoria mature into a Valley leader from the viewpoint of a civic servant and as a citizen,” said Ellis. “The strength of the representative government we have in Peoria is that the citizens are truly in the driver’s seat – so it only makes sense that citizens are the ones who will inspect the charter to see if it makes sense to modernize any of our city processes, and the citizens will have their say through a vote on anything that needs updated.”
Ellis served as Peoria’s City Manager from 1997 until his retirement in 2008. He remains a Peoria resident.
For more information about the Committee please contact the committee’s liaison, Tammy Shreeve, at 623.773.5143

More about Citizens' Charter Review Committee

Peoria Welcomes Huntington University

This week, Huntington University finalized an eight-year old lease for a new campus in Peoria, Arizona.  The former Dulce Salon and Spa building in the P83 District will be the new site of Huntington's digital arts degree programs.  The university expects to hold classes in the new location for the 2016 - 2017 school year.
"Huntington University is very excited not only to find a permanent location for our new site but also one that fits our digital media arts degree program so well," said Huntington's Director of Arizona Operations Jeff Berggren.  "Not only does the building look like a facility that houses a creative educational community it has fantastic visibility from both the 101 and 83rd Avenue."
The City worked to attract higher education partners as part of its Economic Development Implementation Strategy, a plan established to focus the long-term economic development efforts for Peoria by targeting certain industries that the City is primed to support.

"We are very happy to have Huntington University part of our community," said City Manager Carl Swenson.  "Peoria is always improving our economic positioning for workforce development and Huntington University, along with Trine University, play an enormous role in the attraction of targeted industries as a key objective in diversifying the City's economic base and workforce.


More Details...

Peoria Unified School District Announces Free Full Day Kindergarten

You Are Invited...


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

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