Weekly Newsletter 6/29

June 2016

President's Corner

Hi Everyone!

If any of you took advantage of the pre-opening invite from Noodles & Company, you know just how delicious the food is.  The service was terrific, food was a great variety and every entrée any of us tried was really tasty.  They opened to the public as of Monday, so if you haven’t tried them you should check them out this week.

Last Wednesday was our Anniversary and Awards Banquet at Arizona Broadway Theatre.  The dinner was excellent and ABT always makes sure our events are special – a big thank you to them.  Here’s a list of the 2016 Award Winners:
Mayor’s Award
Potter’s House Apothecary- 
City Manager’s Award-  
Huntington University
Non-Profit of the Year
Reba’s Vision
Community Service
Chuck Fitzgerald
Innovative Solutions Awards
Apollo Resource Corp.
Members of the Year
Mark Mauer & Gina Sheets
President’s Award
Chuck Strange

There was fun entertainment and a special feature from David Sandoval whose family has a long history here in Peoria. David’s Aunt had the first woman owned business in Peoria (a beauty shop), shared family photos (his mother’s graduation picture from Peoria High School in 1936) and some great stories from his family’s Peoria past.

All in all, a very entertaining and successful evening – if you did not make it this year, you should plan on it for next year as we approach our 100th Anniversary in 2019.

This upcoming weekend is the 4th of July holiday.  With the temps so high in the Valley everyone and their brother is going to be headed up north.  Please be safe on the highways and if you’re leaving later in the day check for accidents on the roads you plan to take.  If you’ve ever been stuck on I-17 for 3 to 4 hours, I guarantee you knowing in advance would have been a big help.

Enjoy your weekend and be safe!

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

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

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

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

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

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

View the Entire Calendar Here

Summer Marketing Help Needed

I’m sad to say we are losing our Intern Kara Minton, she’s moving to Denver.  We wish her all the best and much success.

That means the Chamber could really use some help with our Marketing programs during the summer until we secure some new interns in the fall.

If you have a son, daughter or anyone you know that might want to volunteer a few hours each week to help with our marketing programs please have them contact Guy or Ashley at the office.

Guy  gerickson@peoriachamber.com or Ashley ascott@peoriachamber.com or call us at 623-979-3601.

Millennial Blog on Chamber Website

6th Edition of
 The Millennials Corner:
Millennial Managers: The Future of Management 

by Nikkie Byers

​There’s a number of reasons a manager can cause a bad work environment. Studies show people leave their current job because of their boss, not the job itself.  Here’s a look at what Millennials will be like as the head-honchos and you can make the determination if this will result in a healthy combination of work and free time or cause customer satisfaction surveys to keep plummeting.

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, 7/11 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!




Peoria Chamber of Commerce

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


Upcoming Events with the Chamber

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

Networking Breakfast

Tuesday, July 5th
7:30 - 8:45 am

Join us at Brother's Family Restaurant for breakfast!

$12 for members, $20 for nonmembers

Special Networking Training provided by 
Pat Diomede from BNI Grand Networkers

Brothers Family Restaurant
8466 W. Peoria Ave,
Peoria, AZ 85345
Register Here for the Networking Breakfast

2016-2017 Chamber Board of Directors

Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat graciously agreed to induct our 2016-2017 Board of Directors.  Here is the list of people we have to thank for volunteering a great deal of time to support our Chamber during the next year:

Pat Diomede – Homeowners Financial
Chuck Strange – Individual Member
Bobbi Magdaleno – Arizona State University 
Fred Hules – Tech 1 Auto
Kathy Knecht – Peoria Unified School District Board
Gina Sheets – Banner Imaging
Charlene Bisson – Independent Newsmedia
Tim Holt – The Holt Group
David Evans – It’s All in The Game
Mike Dvorak – Nationwide Insurance
Todd Rakstad – Salt River Project
Tom Loegering – Sun City Country Club
Dawn Prince – Assistant to City Manager
Germaine Brown – Park West Center
Ashla Kinnaman – BNC Bank
Ken Parsons – Westside Signarama
Suzanne Webb - ESurgeries
David Sandoval – Arrowhead Advertising
Barbara Schifano – Arizona Broadway Theatre
Kyle Kraus –  Harden MacLean Wealth Advisors

Thank you all for your willingness to offer your time and energies to benefit the Peoria Business Community and the Peoria Chamber of Commerce.

Meet Your Members

What is your business?
Harnden MacLean Wealth Advisors is a Private Wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. that uses investment, estate and tax planning to address unique financial goals and integrate them into a comprehensive financial planning approach. We have a large presence in Arizona with offices in Peoria, Scottsdale, Chandler and Tucson as well as a dedicated team of 17 professionals including eight financial advisors and nine various client service support specialists to serve our clients.   
Why did you start your business?
Steve Harnden started the business in response to family, friends, and co-workers seeking opinions on a variety of financial subjects.  Seeing a real need for providing sound financial advice, Steve became licensed in 1987 and has dedicated himself to this field ever since.
Matt MacLean, Harnden’s business partner, joined the industry in 2002.  Matt always had a passion for financial services and has enjoyed helping clients navigate an ever-changing world ever since becoming licensed in 2004.
What is unique about your business?
Our team was recently named to the 2016 list of “America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: State-by-State” published by Barron’s® Magazine; made in part by our wonderful clients and our outstanding team.  We work with clients who are seeking a 1:1 relationship with an experienced, trusted financial advisor and we are dedicated to meeting with our clients face to face as often as they’d like.  
Given your business expertise and the nature of what you do, what advice (whether general or specific) can you offer?
Creating a financial plan can help you get you on the right track towards the life you hope to achieve in the future. We recommend thinking about your goals and consider working with a financial advisor in order to begin planning for your financial, retirement, tax and estate planning future.
Business contact information:
Harnden MacLean Wealth Advisors,
A Private Wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
7992 W. Thunderbird Road, Ste. 110
Peoria, AZ 85381

Source: Barron’s®, March 5, 2016 “America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: State -by-State”. Barron’s® is a registered trademark of Dow Jones, L.P.; all rights reserved.

Did You Know About…..??

Our Website:

  • Since January 1st of 2016, our Website has had 961,625 Exposures and Search Engine Visits
  • 47,999 Member Directory Inquiries (people searching our Directory for a business or service)
  • 7,683 TCS page hits ( that many people found a business in our Directory and clicked on their Traffic Catcher Page)
  • Esurgeries is leading to date with 276 people visited their Chamber page

Have you completed your page yet? If not you are missing a great FREE opportunity to get new customers!  Call us and we will help you.

Our Chamber Website has a Local Job Board Page for posting jobs you have available? (under the Members tab)

We have an E-Coupon page you can post your sale events or offer discount coupons to stimulate your business? (under the Members tab)

The Chamber office offers free Wi-Fi if you’re in the area and need to jump online for something?

 Remember our mission is to help grow your business to make it more profitable and successful.  Use Our Tools, they’re FREE!

Apply for Leadership West Class 23!

Road Restrictions in Place for All-American Festival

Some roads will be closed or have restricted access during Peoria’s annual All-American Festival on Monday, July 4, at the Peoria Sports Complex. Residents needing access to their homes from Thunderbird Road should use either 75th or 79th Avenues. From approximately 9 to 10:30 p.m., north and southbound traffic on 83rd Avenue, between Thunderbird and Bell Road, will be restricted. Residents needing access from Bell Road should use 75th Avenue or Arrowhead Fountain Center Drive to get to Paradise Lane to access 75th Avenue. Southbound traffic on 75th Avenue at Bell Road will encounter signage for local traffic only. Westbound traffic on Paradise Lane can be accessed by 75th Avenue southbound traffic only. Northbound traffic on 75th Avenue will not have access onto Paradise Lane beginning at 8 p.m. There will be Peoria police officers at every affected intersection monitoring traffic and controlling the traffic signals.
Additionally, parking at the Peoria Sports Complex is expected to be at full capacity between 7 and 8 p.m. Visitors may have difficulty finding parking. For more information about Peoria’s 4th of July festival, go to www.peoriaaz.gov/specialevents.

Peoria Builds its Innovative Economy in P83

In a big move to plan for Peoria's Innovation Economy, the Peoria City Council approved the acquisition of the former Country Diesel Rock Bar and Grill, in the City's P83 District. The property sat vacant for several months. The City intends to use the space as part of a large innovation campus planned for the area.
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