Weekly Newsletter 7/20

July 2016

President's Corner

Happy Monsoon!
As I walked out to lunch today I heard the familiar sound of the locusts singing – a sure sign the humidity and the monsoon have arrived.  Hopefully mother nature will share some of the rain with the West Valley because we really need it.

I’m hoping for a solid turnout at tomorrow’s Ribbon Cutting at Lake Pleasant Real Estate – this new member was a referral to the Chamber from Vice Mayor Bridget Binsbacher so I’d like us to make a big impression.  If nothing else, swing by the Chamber for Nikkie Byers’ Ice Cream Social at 4:00 and then head out for the Ribbon Cutting that takes place at 5:30.

I had the pleasure this morning of meeting Lisa Beaman from Arizona Christian University.  They will be housed in the Huntington University building.  Their focus is on adult evening classes to help the people who started college and never had the chance to finish…you know that old “having to support a family and pay my mortgage so I better get a job and finish school later” thing.  Classes will be twice a week in the evenings.  If you’re looking to upgrade to a degree, this is worth looking into.

I had a luncheon yesterday with the 5 other Chamber Presidents from the West Valley and Julie Brooks from the Wickenburg Chamber shared the information below.  It seems a law firm out of Phoenix is sending letters to businesses threatening to sue them for ADA non-compliance and then turning in the business. They’ll be happy to drop the suit if the business wants to settle – sometimes for as much as $3500.  Several Wickenburg merchants have already been threatened with a law suit.
Here is a link to an article on azcentral:
Phoenix-area activists, businesses go head-to-head in flood of Americans With Disabilities Act lawsuits!   http://azc.cc/2a4n1k6
It’s not a joke and they are getting away with it, so if you get a letter don’t just toss it in the garbage!
You’ll see a thank you from Gina Sheets from Banner Lakes Imaging in the right hand column.  It was really nice of all of you to reach out to her when her husband underwent serious heart surgery.  I guess this must be why we refer to our fellow members as family.  Nice job people!
Don’t forget to sign up for your booth at the Biz to Biz Trade Show Expo on August 25th from 4:00 to 7:00pm at the Wigwam ResortTables are only $150 until July 31st then they go up in price. Last year there were over 85 vendors and over 500 people walked through.  Not bad business exposure for $150.  Click on the flyer to the right and it will take you to the registration site.

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

Member Orientation
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Chamber Office 
16165 N 83rd Ave, Ste 101
Peoria, AZ 85382

Ambassador Committee
11:30 - 12:30 PM
Chamber Office 
16165 N 83rd Ave, Ste 101
Peoria, AZ 85382

Ice Cream Social
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Chamber Office 
16165 N 83rd Ave, Ste 101
Peoria, AZ 85382

Lake Pleasant Real Estate Ribbon Cutting
4:00 - 7:00 PM
Ribbon Cutting at 5:30 PM
Lake Pleasant Real Estate
31548 N 133rd Ave
Peoria, AZ 85383

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

9th Edition of
The Millennials Corner:
Millennials: Over Educated and Under Paid

by Nikkie Byers

I was watching the news earlier this week and I saw a story broadcasted about millennials and how we're the most underpaid generation. Gen X made, on average, over $10,600 more per year at my age (AZcentral.com).
Read the full story here!

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

Next Chamber Radio Show August 3rd

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!

Special Thanks To Our Tiered Members!




Upcoming Events with the Chamber

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
4:00 - 6:00 PM
16165 N 83rd Ave
Peoria, AZ 85382

Additional info/questions


Stop by the ice cream social at 4 and head to the ribbon cutting by 5:30!  Think of all the people you'll meet within 2 hours!

Reserve Your Spot Today!

The deadline for early
registration is July 31st.  
Don't wait to reserve your spot!

Meet Your Members

Do you want

Send us 200-300 words about your business with a logo or picture and it will be featured in our next newsletter!  
It's that simple!

Send your description to marketing@peoriachamber.com

Available to current Chamber members only

Thank You Friends!

I would like to thank my Peoria Chamber Family for all the concern and well wishes during my husband’s surgery and recuperation. He is doing well and continuing to recuperate over the weeks ahead. I am truly touched by the out pouring of love and concern. 
Thank you so much!   
Gina Sheets
Banner Lakes Imaging


Acacia District E-News


Free July Seminar

Grandparents and others raising grandchildren can learn about how to care for family and kin. The July 27 seminar at the Rio Vista Recreation Center runs from 10:00 am to noon. 

Southwest Human Development will be hosting the seminar. Southwest Human Development’s mission is to support parents and caregivers so they can provide children with the best start in life. There are more than 100,000 children in Arizona being raised by grandparents and relatives (kinship care) and over five million in the United States. Learn about Southwest Human Development, what role the agency plays in kinship care, and how the agency can help. Topics to be discussed include: 

·  The need for kinship care 

·  Struggles/obstacles kin face in raising their children 

·  Strengths of kinship care and the positive outcomes for the children  

·  Resources and supports are available to kinship families 

Rio Vista Recreation Center, where the seminar will be held, is located at 8866 W. Thunderbird Road.

To register, email debbie.pearson@peoriaaz.gov or call 623-773-7070. Resource materials will be provided.  

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!

Win Diamondback Tickets!

Peoria Chamber of Commerce

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

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