Weekly Newsletter 7/7

July 2016

President's Corner

Will somebody please tell me, why are short weeks always weeks from %&$#?  I apologize for this week’s newsletter being a day late, between the holiday, our intern Kara moving to Denver and some of the staff sick, we could not get ahead of the game.  You’ll note my shout out below for some summer help – if you know anyone, we could sure use their talents.

Here’s hoping all of you enjoyed and wonderful 4th of July weekend with your family and friends. If you were outside, I sure hope it was in a pool!

I can’t tell you how delighted I was to hear all of the testimonials shared Tuesday morning at our networking breakfast.  We easily had 6 to 8 members talk about the fantastic service, exceptional products or the amazing employees they experienced while doing business with another Chamber member.  I was so impressed that as of this week’s newsletter, we will begin offering a Testimonials Corner for people to drop us a note about something that impressed them from another member's business.  Take a minute, drop us a note at marketing@peoriachamber.com and tell us about a member you’ve done business with.  You’ll see the spot in the right hand column below.

If you have a chance, take a minute and read the press release in the column to the right, from the Challenger Space Center. They need our help badly, please do whatever you can.

Last Thursday’s Women’s Networking Mixer at Cabin Whiskey at Park West Shopping Center was a FANTASTIC success!  Over 85 women attended, enjoying friendships, shopping, food and drinks. If you are a woman in business this is a group you really want to join.  Their next meeting is July 15th at the Chamber office.  Call Ruby for details 623-979-3601 or rrojas@peoriachamber.com.  Check out the Chamber Website for some great photos!

I think you will find next week’s luncheon speaker Pat McDermott very informative.  His topic “Rate Review: The Future of Energy in Arizona” will give you a good overview of what is happening with our energy now and what we can expect down the road.  Please join us, it will be worth your time.

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

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

The Living Well with Dementia Support Program
6:30 - 8:00 PM
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care
21432 N 75th Ave
Peoria, AZ 85308

Connecting the Chamber & Community
5:30 - 6:30 PM
The Haymaker Restaurant
24762 N Lake Pleasant Pkwy
Peoria, AZ 85383

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

July Luncheon
11:00 - 1:30 PM
Arizona Broadway Theatre
7701 W Paradise Ln
Peoria, AZ 85382

View the Entire Calendar Here

Summer Marketing Help Needed

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.

Call us at 623-979-3601 or

Millennial Blog on Chamber Website

7th Edition of
 The Millennials Corner:
Why Everything You're Heard About Millennials is False 

by Nikkie Byers

While it’s funny to share memes and videos about millennials and how God awful they are, it's wrong. It’s all wrong. The stereotype is that millennials are lazy, spoiled, and entitled to everything without hard work. 
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, August 3rd
11:00 AM

Guest Speaker

Sunburst Landscaping

Call the Chamber Office
to be a radio guest!

Live Sports Radio Broadcast

NBC Sports Radio AM 1060 KDUS will be at the Barrel Grill this Saturday, July 9th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. NBC will be broadcasting its popular show “Real Hockey Talk” which will air live from 1 to 3 PM and “Breakthrough Sports” which will air live
from 3 to 4 PM. 

The Prize Wheel is scheduled to be in attendance with giveaways and prizes. Be sure to grab some delicious food/drinks while you’re there!

Barrel Grill is located at 15703 N. 83rd Ave. Suite 110 Peoria, AZ 85383

Special Thanks To Our Tiered Members!




Upcoming Events with the Chamber

Connecting the Community & the Chamber at The Haymaker

Learn about what's happening at the Peoria Chamber!
Tuesday, 7/12, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Non-members are welcome!

The Haymaker Restaurant
24762 N Lake Pleasant Pkwy
Peoria, AZ 85383
Click Here to RSVP for The Haymaker

July Luncheon
Wednesday, 7/13, 11:30 - 1:00 pm
Patrick McDermott from Arizona Public Service
will be presenting
Rate Review: The Future of Energy in Arizona 

Members $20.00, Non-members $30.00

Arizona Broadway Theatre
7701 W Paradise Ln.
Peoria, AZ 85382‚Äč

Click Here to Register for the July Luncheon

Networking Breakfast

Tuesday, July 19th
7:30 - 8:45 am

Join us at Brother's Family Restaurant for breakfast!

$12 for members, $20 for nonmembers

Featured Business Presentations:
Phil Kennedy from Golden Heart Senior Care
Jeff Penzone from Arizona United

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

Challenger Letter

Below is a press release for Challenger Space Center.
While phrased beautifully, it does not describe the dire urgency of their need. If you, your employer or your friends believe in the wonderful educational programs
Challenger offers, they need your financial support right now. They are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit so all donations are tax deductible.
Their need is great and without our help, they will likely shut their doors. That would be a horrible end for an outstanding organization.  Please help if you can.
Thank You,
Guy Erickson
Peoria Chamber of Commerce

The Challenger Learning Center of AZ located in Peoria, AZ, is facing some difficult decisions within the next few weeks. Aging building equipment and rising energy costs have created a scenario that may cause the Center to close temporarily until sufficient funds can be generated to make needed repairs and fund the tough summer utility bills in the months ahead.
It would be tragic for the community if even temporarily close the building becomes necessary, having hosted more than 400,000 children in the state of AZ through various school programs and services as well as many thousands of visitors over the 16 years it has been in operation.
Parents and educators throughout the state have recognized the Challenger Learning Center as being a leader in educating children in the various aspects of STEM education. Children currently enjoying Summer STEM Camps ages K-8th grade are benefitting from the excellence in inspiring and exciting children to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through various activities throughout the week of camp.
It is the hope of the Board of Directors and the Management of the Challenger Learning Center that the community will rally to support this non-profit that has touched the lives of many through their dedication to not only the preservation of the history of flight – but also their mission that was formed shortly after the disaster of the Challenger to honor those who were lost: “to inspire, educate and excite people of all ages.”
We would encourage community government and leaders to respond as quickly as possible so that there will be no interruption in services or programs. Donations can be made directly to: Challenger Learning Center, 21170 N. 83rd Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85382 or by calling (623) 322-2012.

Apply for Leadership West Class 23!

Application deadline July 15th

Apply Here

Looking for Breakfast Sponsors!

Did you know you can get your business exposure by sponsoring a breakfast?  For just $200, your company logo would be advertised on the Chamber homepage, the Chamber calendar, and in at least 4 email blasts to the Chamber's database.  Did we mention that you would also get 10 minutes at breakfast to tell the group about who you are and what you do?!  
Call the Chamber to pick your date!

Testimonials Corner

What a fantastic job Fresh Coat Painting has just completed on my home!  The crew was detailed and meticulous in their workmanship.  With the assistance of JT Trainor, we selected the right color and they did the rest.  I can’t say enough about the quality of their work. 
Guy Erickson 

Send us a testimonial on a Chamber member you've worked with and we'll highlight them!  Email a note to marketing@peoriachamber.com

Congratulations Huntington University!

Peoria to become the digital media capital of the Southwest

Examiner.com - For decades, Arizona was a top US movie-making site. Babyboomers remember classics like Psycho, Planet of the Apes, Gunfight at the OK Corral, White Christmas, or Waiting to Exhale. But legislative short-sightedness derailed Arizona’s attractiveness to filmmakers. While proposals to re-entice the industry are debated, the City of Peoria has found a different way to grow Arizona’s film industry. Peoria partnered with Huntington University to create the Arizona Center for Digital Media Arts, due to open this fall.

Click here for the full story!

Go Sun Devils!

ASU wins NACDA Sustainability Award for Sun Devil Stadium

The second annual National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Sustainability Award has been awarded to the Arizona State University for the work done on the Sun Devil Stadium and the Weatherup Center.

Click Here to Read More!

Goodwill Hiring Event

Military Appreciation Night

Join Arizona United on July 9th as they take on the Swope Park Rangers KC.  Game time is 7:30 pm. Join us for Military Appreciation Night!  
Don't miss the fun!

Click here for tickets!

Peoria Chamber of Commerce

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