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February 2016

President's Corner

Hi Everyone!
Many thanks to Debra Roubik of VisionEcon for the exceptional seminar she held on Essential Planning for 2016, at this week's Hot Topics & Lunch.

Several of the people attending made a point to stop in my office and share with me how much they enjoyed the program and how worthwhile it will be for their business for 2016.

If you didn't attend the Ribbon Cutting of the new Colonnade V.I.P. Event Room at The Peoria Sports Complex on Friday afternoon, you really missed an amazing event!

This new event venue has an amazing unobstructed view of the ball field above the third base line, for you to plan your next event.  Contact the Peoria Sport Complex to make your reservations: 623-773-8700.

If you would like to include something in the Luke Bags for the new service people rotating in to Luke Air Force Base with their families, the bags go out this week, so bring your items down.

Make sure you attend Tuesday's breakfast at the Links at Westbrook, Chef Peter always puts out an amazing spread!

If you have any comments or questions please do not hesitate to call me at 623-979-3601, or e-mail me:

Events This Week

Dinner on the Diamond Committee Meeting
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce
16165 N 83rd Ave Suite 101
Peoria, AZ 85382

Donna Bartos
BLOOM for Healthy Relationships™

Prevent Teen Dating Violence
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Sunrise Mountain Library
21109 N 98th Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85382

Super Day 5K/10K
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rio Vista Park
8866 W Thunderbird Rd
Peoria, AZ 85381

Networking Breakfast
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
The Links Neighborhood Grill
18823 N Country Club Parkway
Peoria, AZ 85382

Nexus at Silverado
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Silverado Peoria
13391 N. 94th Drive
Peoria, AZ 85381

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

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

Parkfest- Palo Verde
Paseo Verde Park

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

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

Dinner on the Diamond is just around the corner!

Event Volunteers Needed:

Help Us Launch
Spring Training

with our annual

Dinner on the Diamond at
The Peoria Sports Complex!

Call the Chamber office to volunteer:

The next planning meeting is
February 8th 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.

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 AZ

Listen to Peoria Chamber January 3rd Radio Segment
featuring Suzanne Webb, C.E.O. of E-Surgeries

Call the Chamber Office
to be a radio guest!

Announcing Free Full Day Kindergarten 2016-2017



Join us for Networking!

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
The Links Neighborhood Grill
18823 N Country Club Parkway
Peoria, AZ 85382

Join us for Chef Peter's Buffet!
Inside of Westbrook Village
off of Union Hills and the 101

Member Cost $5.00
Non-Member Cost $10.00

Meet Local First Arizona!

February Chamber Luncheon

Wednesday, 2/10/2016
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Arizona Broadway Theatre
7701 W Paradise Ln
Peoria, AZ 85382

Guest Speaker
Thomas Barr of
Local First Arizona

This luncheon is offered at a reduced rate
courtesy of Credit Union West

Members Cost $20.00
Non-Members Cost $30.00

Thomas Barr is the Director of Member Engagement and Operations for Local First Arizona, working to promote locally owned businesses and build vibrant, equitable communities throughout the state.

More about Thomas Barr of Local First


Dinner On The Diamond

Thursday, February 18th 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Peoria Sports Complex
16101 N 83rd Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85382

Title Sponsor
Larry H Miller Volkswagen, Avondale

$60 per ticket  -  $110 for two
$400 Table of 8

All table purchases receive option of purchasing
specially priced Spring Training Ticket Packages for
promoting your business or thanking your customers!

100 Lawn Seats for $100 - ONLY $1 EACH!
20 Outfield Box Seats for $100 -

A great way to build a database and stimulate your business!

Over $7,000 in silent auction and raffle prizes to include:
  • Two round-trip Southwest Airlines tickets
  • Foursome at Forest Highlands Golf Club
  • Phoenix Suns tickets
  • Two night stay at any Caesar property in Las Vegas
  • Two nights at Eureka Casino Resort in Mesquite, NV
  • Arizona Diamondbacks tickets
  • Foursome at Arrowhead Country Club
  • Foursome at Hillcrest Golf Club
  • Wine tasting for two at Oak Creek Vineyards
  • Wine tasting & tour for two at Page Springs Cellars
  • And much, much more!!

Sponsorships still available
Contact Ashley Scott at

The Peoria Diamond Club

A Special Thank You to our Sponsors:
Larry H Miller Volkswagen Avondale


Independent NewsMedia

WE O’Neil

It’s All in the Game
Banner Lakes Imaging
Law Office of Glenn Hagen

Meet Your Members

Attention all Chamber members.
I would like to introduce the Peoria Chamber of Commerce to our newest member - Smart Gym.

This beautiful new 9,000 square foot facility is state-of-the-art and located in the Park West shopping plaza on Northern Ave, just West of the 101 Freeway.

Smart Gym is famous for combining one of the best group training programs available (XGT) with a full service gym.  XGT is a high intensity, results driven program that almost everyone can enjoy!.

On top of their untouchable group fitness and 1 on 1 programs, Smart gym also has a full service "gym" with 25 different resistant machines, 60 pieces of cutting edge cardio equipment, including motor-less treadmills (great for the core), elliptical, bikes and of course a gigantic free weight training area.

Smart Gym's grand opening will be happening soon, but now is the time to get your discounted rate reserved!
 Please call our pre-sale center at 623-877-9871 or come visit our presale site at Park West.

Carlat’s Citizen's Committee to Examine City Charter for Possible Updates

Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat forms a nine-member committee nominated by City Council members to represent all parts of the City.
The committee to bring recommendations
to council by May 2016
Council will then place any suggested updates in the hands of the voters to decide.
In October, Peoria City Council approved the formation of a citizen committee to comb through the City’s Charter and recommend updates or changes. The City Charter was adopted in 1983 and establishes the roles of governance for the city. A comprehensive citizen review has not been conducted since 1992.

As soon as she took office in 2015, Carlat outlined her intention to strengthen the integrity of local government through transparency and accountability by putting the citizens at the helm of review and modernization of the city’s governing document.

Citizens are encouraged to stay updated and attend the committee meetings. Find details on future meetings at

Citizen’s Committee to Plan for Growth and Quality of Life
Another Carlat initiative that puts citizens at the helm of planning and preparing for future growth held its first meeting this month. The Committee, chaired by former Peoria Mayor John Keegan, has 21 volunteer members who will examine a variety of topics related to the City’s future quality of life and make recommendations to Council by early summer.

Read more about the Quality of Life Committee here

Make your voice heard! Carlat encourages citizens to attend the meetings.
Find details on the next committee meeting here.

Other Cities Travel to Peoria to Learn from Economic Development Strategy

Mayor Carlat recently met with City Council members and
economic development leaders from Henderson, NV.
The group traveled to Peoria to learn more about Peoria’s BioInspire, a medical device incubator, in hopes of modeling something similar in their own city in an effort to drive economic development. BioInspire was launched in conjunction with the City of Peoria.  

BioInspire is the medical device incubator/accelerator created through the partnership of BioAccel, Plaza Companies, and the City of Peoria, Arizona. BioInspire offers first-class working space, technical/business assistance and collaborative opportunities for companies that will locate in the City of Peoria as they transition out of the incubator space and into independent biotech ventures. For more information about Peoria’s BioInspire, go to

February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month

BLOOM for Healthy Relationships™

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Sunrise Mountain Library
21109 N 98th Avenue

Peoria, AZ 85382
Prevent Teen Dating Abuse
Before it Starts

- Teach Tweens & Teens
How to BLOOM for
Healthy Relationships™

Registration required:
or call 623-773-7070

More about BLOOM
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