Newsletter for the week of 3/14/16

March 2016

President's Corner

The chamber has gone to once a week emails- This e-newsletter. This e-newsletter is the only email you receive talking about this weeks upcoming events.

We have also updated our website to make each weeks events easy to find and sign up for. It is located right on the home page, just below the photo.

Tomorrow’s Hot Topics & Lunch is presented by Brady’s Tax Service, learn the tax changes that will affect your business in 2016. This will be a very informative seminar, so bring your lunch and join us at the Chamber office!  

We are at Birt’s Bistro again tomorrow for our Networking Breakfast. If you missed last months, make sure you join us tomorrow morning- the food and company are excellent. It is a great opportunity to make new connections.

In the right-hand column of this e-newsletter, you will find a several fun events coming up this week to enjoy with your family and friends. Take a minute and check them out!

The Mayor’s State of the City Luncheon is next Tuesday , March 22nd at Arizona Broadway Theater. This looks to be an exceptional event. If you own a business or live and work in Peoria, you will want to attend.

SEND ME YOUR “MEET YOUR MEMBERS” INFORMATION! I need 200-250 words telling our members why they should call your business before anyone else. This week features Nikkie Byers of Farmers Insurance and you will notice she is the only one in this week’s newsletter. I would like to have 2-3 per week. If you are uncomfortable writing the information, send it to me as bullet points and I will write it for you. My email is shown at the bottom of this section.


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

Events This Week

Networking Breakfast
7:30 - 8:30 AM
Birt's Bistro 
16752 N. Greaswood St.
Surprise, AZ 85378

Hot Topics & Lunch
11:30 - 1:00 PM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce
16165 N. 83rd Ave Suite 101
Peoria, AZ 85382

7:30 - 8:30 AM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce
16165 N. 83rd Ave Suite 101
Peoria, AZ 85382

Governmental Affairs Committee
3:30 - 4:45 PM

Peoria Chamber of Commerce
16165 N. 83rd Ave Suite 101
Peoria, AZ 85382

Networking Professionals Group
7:00 - 8:15 AM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce
16165 N. 83rd Ave Suite 101
Peoria, AZ 85382

New Member Orientation
10:00 - 11:30 AM

Peoria Chamber of Commerce
16165 N. 83rd Ave Suite 101
Peoria, AZ 85382

Ambasador Committee Meeting
11:30 - 12:30 PM

Peoria Chamber of Commerce
16165 N. 83rd Ave Suite 101
Peoria, AZ 85382

Cactuc Dash Trail 5K
Lake Pleasant
41835 N. Castle Hot Spring Rd.
Morristown, AZ 85382

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

SCORE Symposium Tomorrow

Greater Phoenix SCORE is hosting our third annual small business symposium on March 15, 2016 at the Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale.  The theme of this year’s symposium is “Drive to Growth and Profits.” 
It will feature powerful speakers, great exhibitors, and an opportunity to network with hundreds of your fellow entrepreneurs. It will be a
single day full of power-packed workshops, seminars, and exhibits designed to drive your business to a new level of success!  Attendance at the symposium is sponsored by the SCORE Foundation, Sam’s Club, and a number of local businesses, therefore attendance is free (including lunch). 
For more specific information (including the agenda) and to register for the symposium please go to

Arizona Coyotes Hiring Our Heroes Event

Phoenix Hiring Expo with the Arizona Coytoes 
Join us for a hiring expo for service members, veterans, and military spouses at the Gila River Arena in Glendale.

All registered veterans and military spouses are eligible to receive up to two free tickets to attend the evening's game between the Coyotes and the Sharks.

Thursday, March 17th - 8:30 am to 2:00 pm 
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave.
GlendaleAZ 85305

Regiter for the event HERE 

Next Chamber Radio Show April 6th

Peoria Chamber Radio
Dave Isaac
Breakthrough Thinking

Wednesday, April 6th
11:00 AM

Guest Speaker

Justin Coller,
Life Development Institute

Listen to Peoria Chamber March 7th Radio Segment
featuring Tom Loegering of Sun City Country Club

Call the Chamber Office
to be a radio guest!

Travel News

Experience Arizona's Spring Bounty

The Arizona Office of Tourism provides travelers with vacation planning ideas, travel information and upcoming events in the Grand Canyon State. To learn more about visiting Arizona please visit





Upcoming Chamber Events This Week

Hot Topics & Lunch
Tuesday, 3/15/16

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce

16165 N. 83rd Ave. Suite 101
Peoria, AZ 85382

The topic will be Understanding Tax Changes, presented by Brady Tax Services

Click Here to Register for Hot Topics & Lunch

Networking Breakfast
at Birt's Bistro

Tuesday, 3/15/16
7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
Birt's Birsto

24762 N Lake Pleasant Pkwy
Peoria, AZ 85383

Click Here to Register for the Networking Breakfast

 Member Orientation
Thursday, 3/17/16

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce
16165 N. 83rd Ave. Suite 101
Peoria, AZ 85382

Bring your laptop and leave with your TCS page set up!

Click Here to Register for the New Member Orientation

Luke Air Force Bags

Attention Chamber Members:
Each month our Chamber delivers roughly 50 Bags to the Service Men & Women and their families rotating into Luke Air Force Base.

These bags contain a multitude of branded specialty advertising items from our Chamber businesses i.e. coupons, pens, note pads, coffee mugs, drink bottles, flyers etc. for the service people and their families to use and encourage them to visit your business and shop with you.
WE NEED MORE ITEMS!  If you would like your business to be included every month in the bags we deliver, please bring whatever you wish to include in the bags to the Chamber office as soon as possible.

Mayor's State of the City Address

The annual Mayor’s State of the City Address is an opportunity for the Mayor to present the City’s accomplishments and future goals.  She will highlight significant new initiatives to citizens and the business community on Peoria’s future.  Topics may include economic development, housing, business climate, and quality of life.

Contact the Peoria Chamber of Commerce at 623-979-3601 or visit for ticket and sponsorship opportunities.
To Register for this event Click Here

Carlat Recounts Productive First Year as Mayor

Since Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat took office last year, she has been hard at work on her list of priorities, launching initiatives aimed at creating jobs, carefully and thoughtfully planning for future growth, enhancing quality of life and bringing transparency and accountability into local government.

“I’m accountable to the people who put me in office, and I think Peoria residents ought to have the security that their elected representatives are going to do what they say they are going to do,” said Carlat.

Meet Your Members

Farmers Insurance was formed in 1928 and was built on the principle of providing affordable insurance to individuals, their families and their businesses.  After nearly 90 years we still live by those same ideals and continually work toward providing the best customer service in the industry.

While my background began in financial planning and life insurance, my clients continually asked me to handle more of their insurance needs, so I broadened my expertise into Property and Casualty insurance.  I selected Farmers as the company I wanted to represent because of their long term solid foundation.  As an insured with Farmers you know there is a quality company behind you, who will process your claim in a timely fashion and make sure you are protected under any and all circumstances.  We'll be there when you need us.

All insurance companies are basically the same, each offering a similar coverages and a multitude of discounts on the policies you buy.  Once you get past the integrity of the company the difference comes from the agent you select.  I believe that is where I separate myself from others in my field by providing you with quality service after you purchase the policy.  I am available to my clients for any problems or questions they may have throughout the year.  If you make changes to your autos, home, personal possessions or any of your “toys” I’ll be there to make sure you are protected.

If you would like a free review of your present insurance to make sure you have the proper coverage, please call me anytime at 623-252-2332 or email me at


Financial Education for Your Family

Trading Places: Caring for Parents, Adult Children and Grandchildren
Money can be the glue that keeps families together but often tears families apart. Understanding the rules of money and relationships can help both! Come and learn from Take Charge America about how to have "The Conversation" with your parents, grown children and grandchildren, what you need to know in order to help them, how to handle grown children and grandchildren who expect financial support, learn options when extra care is needed and how to deal with special issues such as: driving, pets, frauds & scams, etc.

Mike Sullivan has been in education for 40+ years and has extensive experience educating adults in various facets of personal finance. He earned his doctorate at Virginia Tech, master’s degree at Wright State University and his bachelor’s at Bowling Green State University. Mike appears on radio and television to provide financial information and presents financial workshops on behalf of Take Charge America. Before retiring, Mike was the Chief Education and Operating Officer for Take Charge America for 10+ years. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity and a member of the President’s Advisory Committee at Rio Salado Community College. 
March 15, 2016  4:00 - 5:30 pm 
DCS Building -  9875 N 85th Ave, Peoria AZ 85345

Registration is required at: or call 623-773-7070

Free Family Event on 3/19

Motorcycle Show Benefiting One Step Beyond

On Saturday, March 19th, GO AZ Motorcycles will be hosting a Vintage Motorcycle Show and all proceeds will be donated to One Step Beyond, Inc (OSBI).   The event will be from 11:00 to 4:00 P.M. with a lot of exciting activities. The event is FREE to attend with a recommended donation at registration.  There will be lots of exciting events including food/drinks, vendors, giveaways, and tons of awesome vintage motorcycles to look at.  

For lunch, OSBI's Culinary Program will be serving hot dogs with chips and a drink for $5.00.   OSBI will also receive 10% of all apparel sales for the day. Please feel free to invite all family members and friends to come experience this fun events benefiting OSBI. Any additional questions, please contact either or 623-215-2449

Vintage Motorcycle Show Event Link
PEORIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - Newsletter for the week of 3/14/16