Weekly Newsletter 6/22

June 2016

President's Corner

I’m sorry, but if someone tells me one more time it’s a “dry heat”, I’m going to scream.  Opening an oven door is also a dry heat, but c’mon really?  Is 120 degrees really necessary?

The 97th Anniversary & Community Awards Banquet is tonight and thanks to Ashley Scott, Ruby Rojas and Kara Minton my amazing staff, it is going to be an incredible evening.  If you don’t have tickets yet, it’s not too late to join us. I guarantee you a good time.

Strong Bodies Needed:

We’re in need of about 4 High School boys to help us move to a new storage locker at Thunderbird Mini Storage, who by the way have a great facility if you are needing to store things.  Probably 4 hours work tops, I have a box truck to use, so it will only take 1 trip.  They’ll each get some cash and a free lunch.  Call me if you have a son around the house saying “I am so bored…” 623-979-3601.

Check out the great offer for a FREE MEAL at Noodles & Company for Chamber Members and City of Peoria Employees.  You have a choice of Friday or Sunday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  OR you can go Sunday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 pm and support Transplant Team Arizona.  People familiar with Noodles & Company say the food is fantastic!  And you thought there was no such thing as a free meal!  Click on the link in the ad to the right and register now, they still have plenty of openings.

If you’re looking to make great new contacts and showcase your business, you should grab a booth at the Biz to Biz Expo on August 25th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Wigwam Resort.  It’s a combined event with all of the West Valley Chambers and last year had over 500 people come through.  It’s a great way to pick up some good exposure for your business on what will likely be a slow, hot August afternoon. Exhibitor space is only $175 if you register before 8/1, so don’t wait and reserve your spot today.

Summer has definitely arrived, so make sure you stay hydrated and keep an eye on your pets.  If their mouth looks white instead of its usual pink they are dehydrated and need your help right away.

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

Events Calendar

Networking Professionals Group
7:00 - 8:15 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

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

Shop & Dine Mixer
5:00 - 7:30 PM
Cabin Whiskey & Grill
9868 W. Northern Ave.
Peoria, AZ 85345

Networking Breakfast
7:30 - 8:45
Brother's Family Restaurant
8466 W. Peoria Ave.
Peoria, AZ 85345

View the Entire Calendar Here

Millennial Blog on Chamber Website

6th Edition of
 The Millennials Corner:
Why Millennials are Different 

by Nikkie Byers

​Millennials are hands down the most talked about generation to date. We are the first generation to completely grow up in a digital world. We are labeled as lazy, entitled, and narcissistic.

There are negative things said about us, but that doesn’t mean we don't also have some amazing traits. Do not base your opinion on social norms. These are just a few of my takes on the Millennial generation and differences I know I have to set me apart from competition.

Read the full story here!

If you have any topics you feel should be discussed,
please email nbyers@farmersagent.com

2016 Golf Classic Committee Meeting

$10 Million Shootout
Golf Classic 

Next Committee Meeting will be held on Monday, 6/27 at 11:30 AM at the Peoria Chamber Office. 

Next Chamber Radio Show July 6th

Peoria Chamber Radio
Dave Isaac
Breakthrough Thinking

Wednesday, July 6th
11:00 AM

Guest Speaker

Don Arbuckle
from Arrowhead Cadillac

Call the Chamber Office
to be a radio guest!

Special Thanks To Our Tiered Members!




Upcoming Events with the Chamber

Enjoy a Free Lunch on
Noodles & Company!

11:00 am - 2:00 pm, June 24th or June 26th

This is first come first serve for those that RSVP,
so sign up before all the spots are taken!

RSVP Here for Noodles & Company Free Lunch

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Noodles & Company!

Monday, June 27th
8:00 - 9:00 am

Join us in welcoming Noodles & Company to the Peoria Business Community!

Noodles & Company

7541 W. Bell Rd, Suite 100
Peoria, AZ 85382

Women's Networking Group 
Shop & Dine Mixer
at Park West and The Cabin Whiskey & Grill

Thursday, June 30th
5:00 - 7:30 pm

Happy Hour food and drink specials!

Discounts and prizes from Charming Charlie's,
Olive Gourmet, Chico's, & Francesca's! 

The Cabin Whiskey & Grill
9868 W Northern Ave,
Peoria, AZ 85345
RSVP Here for the Shop & Dine Mixer

Meet Your Members

Annie Vargas of HomeSmart Realty, has been licensed since 2003. She has been licensed in 4 different states and in Arizona since 2007.

An Arizona native, (raised in Miami, AZ) she returned to Arizona to be the Productivity Coach for the West side Keller Williams offices, then transitioned into her own practice.

She is an Associate Broker, which is a higher level of education and is continually trying to increase her knowledge of the Real Estate Industry. Currently, she is an Arizona Certified Real Estate Educator and teaches CE Classes and Pre-License classes at the Arizona Academy for Real Estate. This education gives her a much higher knowledge of risk and the nuances of each transaction. 

During the recent crash, she became experienced in short sales and was successful in negotiating successful closings of many deals during that time. Negotiation happens to be one of her strong abilities. 

Working with buyers, sellers, and investors has given her great experience, so clients can feel comfortable that they are in good hands. Her area of service focuses on the West and Northwest valley, but she has referral partners across the valley and the country, so no matter where you are moving, she can be of assistance. 

Call of email her today to register at there search website to start looking for your next home today!

Phone: 623-986-0447
Email: anniegirlx7@gmail.com

Website: www.RealEstateAnnie.com (general information)
Search like a Realtor: www.YourRealEstateQuarterback.com  

News from Councilmember Bridget Binsbacher: Shred Event

I will be hosting a shred event on Saturday, June 25th from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Copper Hills Church, located at 27035 N Black Rock Blvd. Take this opportunity to clean out your closets and offices to prevent someone from stealing your identity. Bring everything from old bills, medical records, bank statements and other documents containing personal identifying information.
Safely discard your unwanted personal paperwork with this FREE shred event. On sight shredding. For more information, contact the Mesquite District Office at

What: Shred Event 
Where: Copper Hills Church
             27035 N Black Rock Blvd
             Peoria, AZ 85383 
When: Saturday, June 25, 2016 
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m

Last Call for Spirit of Enterprise Nominations

Click here to nominate either yourself, or someone else.

Local First Arizona June Seminar

Leveraging Your Localness
Across the U.S., more and more Americans are choosing to do business with local businesses. Craft beer sales are through the roof; big name brands are falling. As the nation shifts its spending, are you doing all you can to position your business at the forefront? In this session, you'll learn innovative ways to stand out, collaborate with other local entrepreneurs, develop key language to market effectively to a new audience, and find useful strategies to win new customers and build loyalty. 
This session will cover:
Telling your story better to win new customers
Developing effective marketing language that identifies your unique position in the market
Creative ways to collaborate with other local entities
This session will be led by Kimber Lanning, founder of Local First Arizona. Combining her experience as a small business owner and founder of the nation’s largest local business coalition, Kimber will help you find new ways to position your business in these quickly changing times.

Date: Tuesday, June 28th
Time: 6:00p - 7:30p.
Cost: $8 pre-paid, $10 at-the-door
Location: CopperPoint Mutual Insurance, 2W: 3030 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85012
More info: Click here
*Open to current Local First members, free to sustaining members

Sign Up for the LFA June Seminar Here

Biz 2 Biz West Valley Expo

News from the Department of Labor

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a "final rule" that increases the minimum salary threshold required to qualify for overtime exemptions. The final rule will have a significant impact on how employers compensate their workforce.

This article outlines the new regulations and provides recommendations for staying in compliance.

Read the Full Article Here

Peoria Chamber of Commerce

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

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