Weekly Newsletter 5/11

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May 2016

President's Corner

Last week I attended two inspiring events that I want to share with you.  On Wednesday I had the privilege to present a $2000 scholarship check to JROTC Cadet Callie Folker from Cactus High School.  This scholarship was from the proceeds of the Wine & Cigars Under the Stars event put on by the Chamber’s Veteran’s & Military Affairs Committee in partnership with Credit Union West.

This young lady was so surprised she covered her face with both hands and did her best to fight back the tears.  As a father with two daughters, this was a real grabber.  I almost cried with her.  The Cadets in the JROTC program are an exceptional group of young people and hearing all the things they have accomplished and received awards for was very impressive.  Given the crazy politics in our country today, this glimpse into our future leaders was very reassuring.

Friday afternoon Ashley and I attended the Special Olympics 2016 State Summer Games.  If you ever want to be truly inspired and humbled all at the same time, just attend one of these.  It really puts into perspective where all of our complaining belongs – these athletes overcome a variety of intellectual disabilities to compete in competitions in track & field, volleyball and weightlifting.  

Seeing the determination and the fire in their eyes to succeed was a joy to behold.  Watching the winners of the relays cross the finish line after coming from behind to win had Ashley and I both cheering them on.  I really wanted to see the Opening Ceremony Friday night, with teams from all over Arizona walking in behind the torch, but Mother Nature decided not to cooperate and gave them a torrential downpour.  I’m not sure where in the state next year’s games are held but find out and make it a point to attend, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Some things you won’t want to miss:  

Join us for our first New Members Mixer tomorrow tonight at Wine 101.  The full details are in the next column.  Here’s a great chance to meet our new members and introduce yourself.

Two important dates
May 25 & 26

  • Wednesday the 25th we have a big Ribbon Cutting and Mixer and Lucidi’s Distillery in Old Town Peoria.
  • Thursday the 26th, we’re having a combined mixer with the Surprise Chamber at Windmill Inn & Suites. 
​Check out the event details on the website!

I’m out of town next week so I’ll catch up with you on the 25th!

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

Membership Sales Person Needed

The Chamber is looking for a Commission Salesperson to contact new and existing businesses for membership. If you know someone with an upbeat positive attitude who is honest and ethical please have them contact me.
Guy Erickson 623-979-3601 or gerickson@peoriachamber.com

Events Calendar

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

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

Biz 2 Biz Peoria
8:15 - 9:30 AM 
Peoria Chamber of Commerce
16165 N. 83rd Ave Suite 101
Peoria, AZ 85382

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

OneAZ Credit Union Ribbon Cutting
1:00 - 3:00 PM
8285 W. Union Hills Dr. Suite 106
Glendale, AZ 85308

Networking Breakfast
7:30 - 8:30 AM
Arrowhead Towne Center
7700 W Arrowhead Towne Center
Glendale, AZ 85308​

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

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

Skyline Home Loans Ribbon Cutting
3:00 - 4:00 PM
Skyline Home Loans
14050 North 83rd Ave., Suite 250
Peoria, AZ 85381

Remote Broadcast at The Moon Saloon

Join Dave and Greg on NBC Sports Radio AM 1060, as they’ll be broadcasting live at The Moon Saloon (16554 N 83rd Ave, Peoria) this Saturday May 14th, from 1 – 4 pm.

There will be prizes/giveaways, as well as an opportunity to join the hosts on air to talk about your favorite sport/team. 
Be sure to grab some delicious food/drinks while you’re there!

2016 Golf Tournament Committee Meeting

The next 2016 Golf Classic Tournament Committee Meeting will be held on Monday, 5/23 at 11:30 AM at the Peoria Chamber Office. 

See what the $10 Million Shootout is all about!
Join the planning committee to make 2016 the best ever!

Next Chamber Radio Show May 4th

Peoria Chamber Radio
Dave Isaac
Breakthrough Thinking

Wednesday, June 1st
11:00 AM

Guest Speaker

Dr. Gaylen Bartlett,
from ADIO Chiropractic

Listen to the 
May 4th Radio Segment
featuring Brian McQuiston of
Plumbing Masters on
the Chamber website!

Call the Chamber Office
to be a radio guest!

Travel News

Experience All That Arizona Has To Offer!

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 

Special Thanks To Our Tiered Members!






Peoria Chamber of Commerce

16165 N 83rd Ave
Suite 101
Peoria, AZ 85382

Upcoming Events with the Chamber

New Members Mixer at Winery 101
Thursday, 5/12, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

The Peoria Chamber of Commerce is holding the first 
“Meet Our New Members” Mixer Event!

There will be a selection of wines already purchased and some finger foods.

This is a great opportunity for our existing members to meet our new businesses to converse, network, and create relationships to help both your businesses grow.

Please join us and get to know our new members!

Winery 101
 9299 W. Olive Ave Suite 101
Peoria, AZ 85345

OneAZ Credit Union
Brand Celebration

Ribbon Cutting will take place at 1:45 pm.

Networking Breakfast
Tuesday, 5/17, 7:30 - 8:45 am

Join the Peoria Chamber for Breakfast at
the Arrowhead Towne Center! 

7700 W Arrowhead Towne Center
Glendale, AZ 85308
Click Here to Register for the Networking Breakfast

Hot Topics & Lunch
 Tuesday, 5/17, 11:30 - 1:00 pm

Topic will be Winning with Interns Forum
Useful information on how to obtain Interns for
your business. 

There will be presenters from 
Arizona State University, 
Trine University, 
Grand Canyon University, Huntington University,
and the Peoria Unified School District

Lunch is sponsored by Papa Murphy's 

Free for Chamber members, $15.00 for Non-members
Space is limited, so Register today!

Held at the Peoria Chamber Office
Click Here to Register for the Hot Topics & Lunch

Ribbon Cutting & Mixer at
Lucidi Distilling Co.
May 25th from 4:30 to 7:00 pm

Join us to celebrate Lucidi Distilling Co. at
Fire Station No. 1 in Old Town Peoria
with a ribbon cutting and mixer on 
May 25th from 4:30 to 7 pm with
the ribbon cutting at 5:15 pm.


97th Anniversary & Awards Dinner

Submit your nominees today!  

Click here for details and nomination forms.

Celebrate the individuals and businesses who made a significant impact in the community within the past twelve months! Nominate deserving individuals or companies in the following categories:

Community Service Award
Member of the Year Award
Non-Profit of the Year Award
Innovative Solutions Award
Submission deadline for nominations is June 3rd, don't delay!

Click here for sponsorship information
or contact Ashley Scott at ascott@peoriachamber.com or by calling (623)-979-3601

Tickets are $55 before June 3rd and $65 after June 4th
To Register for the 97th Anniversary and Awards Dinner, Click Here

Join Our Veteran's and Military Affairs Committee!


The Peoria Chamber is seeking Veterans or individuals who want to support Veteran causes and events to join our Veteran’s and Military Affairs Committee.

We currently do a tremendous job with our Wine & Cigars Under the Stars event, supporting the JROTC programs at Peoria & Cactus High Schools, but I believe we can make an even greater difference.

Our Chamber is beginning several new Veteran’s programs and we need people to help us decide the best way for the Chamber to get involved and offer assistance.

There is no cost to be involved nor a huge time commitment, so if helping Veterans is something you would like to be a part of please call Guy at 623-979-3601 or email at gerickson@peoriachamber.com

Meet Your Members

Cody Hutchinson is an Edward Jones financial advisor in Peoria, AZ. His branch office is located at 28471 N. Vistancia Blvd., #106, Peoria, AZ 85383. 
"I entered the financial services industry because I like helping people work toward achieving their long-term financial goals," Hutchinson says.  "Building relationships with my clients and in my community is key." 

Edward Jones is a different kind of investment firm.  To us, face time and think time make sense.  We meet with you to learn your individual needs so we can develop a strategy to help you achieve your long-term financial goals.  So, whether you want to plan for retirement, save for college, reduce your tax bills or ensure you have income to cover your expenses, you can expect personalized service and long-term investing strategies instead of the latest investment fads.  Join the nearly 7 million investors who know. Hutchinson is a member of the Peoria Chamber and he and his wife, Lindsay have three daughters. 
Call Cody today at 623-328-8802 to schedule your complimentary portfolio review appointment.

Peoria High School Business Students Need Your Help!

The Peoria High School Future Business Leaders of America, are in need of our business community’s help. 

They need to raise the final $1800 needed to attend this year’s National Competition held in Atlanta, Georgia from June 27th to July 3rd. Through car washes, selling candles and a number of other funding raising activities, they have raised $5,152 on their own.

Contact FBLA Advisor Jan Delgado at jdelgado@peoriaud.k12.az.us or Rachel Green at Rachelllll@live.com or (623)910-3126​ if you have questions or would like to offer support.

Funds needed by May 15th!

Learn More!

Theater Works Summer Camps Open for Registration

Registration for Theater Works’ SummerWorks musical theater camps is now open. The camps are the perfect summer activity for kids who want to do something fun and creative. Classes begin May 31. 

SummerWorks is part of YouthWorks Academy arts and education programming for ages 3 – 18. YouthWorks Academy classes and camps teach creative approaches to life skills that inspire and instill a love for the performing arts. SummerWorks camps are taught by Theater Works teaching artists, including Broadway Bound, Alice in Wonderland, Jr., Superhero Ultraferno, Once Upon a Time, Super Secret Space Agent Heroes, and Oceans of Fun. 
Extended care options are available. To register for a SummerWorks camp, visit www.theaterworks.org or call

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