Weekly Newsletter 7/13

July 2016

President's Corner

We made it!!  Ruby Rojas and I somehow managed to get this newsletter out in spite of both of us being way over our heads on the software that puts it all together.  I want to thank Ruby for not killing me, as I’m sure I made her absolutely crazy during the whole process!

Yesterday’s luncheon featured Patrick McDermott from APS discussing where electric rates and energy generation is looking like in the future.

I know I personally learned a great deal and having lived here since 1980 discovered a great many things I thought saved energy around my house actually were raising my bill.  So my family will now make a few minor adjustments to our lifestyle and energy consumption and watch our bill just plummet……well maybe not plummet, but every little bit helps.

Patrick is available to speak to your civic organizations and he’s free – free is always a good thing!

If you ride a motorcycle and feel like a short ride tonight (Thursday), Chris Lucidi at Lucidi’s Distillery is hosting a Bike Night at Historic Fire Station No. 1 in Old Town Peoria from 6pm to 9pm.  The address is 8307 W. Washington in Peoria.

If you know anyone who is looking for a job or seeking a better job the Peoria Chamber, City of Peoria and Goodwill of Central AZ are having a big job fair today from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at Peoria High School.  It’s free to both employers and the job seekers so you might want to pass on the information.  Peoria High School is located at 11200 N. 83rd Avenue.

I’m proud to announce the hiring of Geoffry Sheridan who will be our new Membership Manager.  You will start to see him at all our events, as he gets to know our members.  For those of you who belong to a variety of networking groups, I would really appreciate if you would invite him as a guest to start meeting people in the West Valley.

As always here’s another push for “Meet Your Member’s” materials.  200 to 300 words about what makes your business special or why someone should call you over another business.  If you don’t have time to write it, call me and we’ll chat a bit and then I’ll write it for you.  It’s FREE advertising.

If you have not set up your Traffic Catcher Page that comes with your membership, you are missing out on a great opportunity to generate business.  As of this morning, here are our website stats: since January 2016 until today our website has had 1,001,961 Member Directory Exposures and 50,176 Member Directory Searches.  With 7,485 TCS Page views with click throughs to the member’s website.  This is included in your membership – shouldn’t you be taking advantage of it?  Call me and I will help you get it done!

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
Chamber Office 
16165 N 83rd Ave, Ste 101
Peoria, AZ 85382

Biz 2 Biz Peoria
8:15 - 9:30 AM
Chamber Office 
16165 N 83rd Ave, Ste 101
Peoria, AZ 85382

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

Networking Breakfast
7:30 - 8:45 AM
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

View the Entire Calendar Here

2016 Golf Classic Committee Meeting

$10 Million Shootout
Golf Classic 

Next Committee Meeting will be held on Monday, 7/25 at 11:30 AM at the Peoria Chamber Office. 

Millennial Blog

Nikkie Byers

How to use trends to your advantage.

If you haven’t heard of Pokemon Go yet, you probably live under a rock. This particular app has taken the world by storm in just 6 days. The app is used more than Tinder, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, and Instagram (Huffington Post.) It generates about $1.6 million in revenue PER DAY just from the Apple store (Forbes.com.)

So what does this mean for your business?  “As a local business, you can help users flock to your store by utilizing in-app purchasing Lure Modules, a unique feature of Pokémon GO. Once purchased, Pokémon will flock to the PokéStops for a 30-minute period. Trainers will see flower petals on the map to indicate more Pokémon are being lured to the area. You can exploit this foot traffic by offering promotions and discounts for patrons or customers who visit your business to collect Pokémon” (1seo.com.) 

This is a virtual realty game bringing people outdoors, on long walks, exploring areas they might not have visited otherwise. This is a great concept to get more foot traffic to your brick and mortar.  Some businesses were lucky enough to have Pokemon or Pokestops right in front or near their businesses already. Most are near landmarks, State parks and mountains, Church’s, etc. It’s a great way for businesses to interact with their audience (see picture.)

Whether or not this fad will soon burn out, take advantage of it while it lasts. We’re seeing stories of hackers, robbers, and accidents occurring because of this game, but it can be a great business model.

And always: Please do not play Pokemon Go and drive!


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!


Come down to the Moon Saloon (Arrowhead Fountain Centre, 16554 N 83rd Ave, Peoria, 85382) on Saturday, July 16, as Dave & Greg with NBC Sports Radio AM 1060 will be broadcasting from 1-4 pm. There will be great prizes for the kids and grown-ups.  Our prize wheel is awaiting your spin! You’ll have a chance to meet 2016 Rio Olympic Swimmer and ASU Junior, Katarina Simonovic, who will be stopping by during the broadcast. We’ll see you there! 


Special Thanks To Our Tiered Members!




Peoria Chamber of Commerce

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


Upcoming Events with the Chamber

Peoria Chamber
Women 4 Women

We invite you to attend!

Friday July 15, 2016
8:15 am-9:30 am

Location: Peoria Chamber of Commerce Office 
16165 N. 83rd Ave Suite 101
"When women support each other, incredible things happen!"

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

Member Orientation

Thursday, July 21st
10:00 - 11:30 am

Learn all the features included with your
Chamber membership and how to best utilize them
for your business!

Held at the Peoria Chamber Office
16165 N 83rd Ave Suite 101
Peoria, AZ 85382
Click Here to RSVP for the Member Orientation


Lake Pleasant Real Estate Ribbon Cutting


Come join us!
Thursday July 21st
4-7pm Ribbon Cutting at 5:30pm

Lake Pleasant Real Estate
31548 N. 133rd Ave, Peoria

Refreshments provided by
Kona Ice




Sponsored by Nikkie Byers- Farmers Insurance
In honor of National Ice Cream Month, we are hosting an Ice Cream Social that will be held in the Peoria Chamber’s large conference room. There will be ice cream, drinks, and baked goods. There will be some door prizes. We will be accepting donations in Back to School items and cash donations for Eve’s Place.
Donations for Eve’s Place
16165 N 83rd Ave
Peoria, AZ 85382
Additional info/questions


Meet Your Members


We are a mother/daughter team specializing in the Glendale and Peoria areas. Brianne has 7 years of experience in escrow, providing an ability to troubleshoot and streamline the buying and/or selling process. Rhonda has extensive business and service-focused experience, with over 25 years in Corporate America. 


Our focus is on providing personalized, top-notch service.  We pride ourselves on being knowledgeable, responsive and customer focused.  


We not only serve the West Valley, it is also our home. We care about our community and neighbors. As such, if you purchase or sell with us, we will donate $100 of our commission to the charity of your choice. Contact us for more information.  

Rhonda House and Brianne Cozza

Realty ONE Group

602.910.0221 or 623.703.8476


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!

Get a Free Energy Assesment

Attention business owners! Sign up for a free energy assessment for your business and be entered for a chance to win a D-backs VIP Experience for your team.

Business customers who complete an online form requesting an assessment of their facility will be entered for a VIP DBacks experience. This includes:
  • A suite at a DBacks 2016 home game including food and beverage (holds up to 18 people)
  • On-field access for up to 4 people during batting practice
  • VIP tour of Chase Field for up to 12 people
  • DBacks branded hats
See www.aps.com/energyallstar for the online entry form and official rules.
What you need to know:
  • It is open to all small and mid-sized APS business customers regardless of whether they have participated in the Solutions for Business program before.
  • Having an assessment completed is not required to be entered in the contest. We are just asking that you tell us about your facility and express interest in an assessment.
  • Customers with more than one account can only enter once. (ex. a Subway franchise owner with 3 locations)
  • An alternative mode of entry is available for customers wanting to enter to win, but do not want to complete the form requesting an assessment. The link is on aps.com/energyallstar.

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