Weekly Newsletter 8/24

August 2016

President's Corner

Hi Everyone!
I’m not sure where this summer is going, but it sure seems to be whizzing by.  The kids are back in school, football is starting, which means the end is in sight for the hot summer temps.  Yea for all of us!

Tomorrow is the B2B Expo hosted by the 6 West Valley Chambers.  It’s from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Wigwam Resort.  Last I saw there are over 100 businesses exhibiting and the expectations are for 400-500 attendees.  This is probably something you won’t want to miss.  It’s free to attend, so come down and get a good look at many of the great businesses in the West Valley.

Next Tuesday, August 30th is our next Chamber Mixer at the Lucidi Distillery in Old Town Peoria.  This is open to members and non-members and all the details are in the right hand column.

Following that on Wednesday the 31st is the next Peoria Chamber Women 4 Women mixer at Headquarters Grill-Bar-Sushi located on Arrowhead Fountains Center Drive right across the street from Harkins Theater.  At their last mixer they had 85 business women in attendance.  You do not have to be a member so if you are a business woman looking to make new friends and build new business contacts this is an event not to miss.

If you haven’t been to Old Town Peoria in the past month, you’ve missed exciting changes beginning to take shape.  There have been some changes at the Peoria Town Center, with the construction of State Trailer’s clock tower and the new opening of the Final Clearance liquidation store.  I think next on the agenda is some theme based artwork painted on planter pots that we be placed throughout the downtown area.  Keep your eyes peeled as there is more to follow!

Our own Arizona United Soccer Team is doing fantastic and now battling for a playoff spot.  If you’d like to win some free tickets, make sure you attend our next Networking Breakfast on September 6th at Brothers Family Restaurant in Old Town Peoria.  The breakfast runs from 7:30 am to 8:45 am.  Our group is steadily growing, so come down and meet some new people.

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

West Valley Biz 2 Biz Expo
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wigwam Resort
300 Wigwam Blvd
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

Chamber Mixer at Lucidi Distilling Co
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Historic Fire Station No. 1
8307 W Washington St
Peoria, AZ 85345

Peoria Chamber Women 4 Women Mixer
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Headquarters Grill Bar Sushi
16041 N Arrowhead Fountains Center Dr
Peoria, AZ 85382

Elite Networking Mixer with Phoenix Metro Chamber
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Maggiano's Little Italy
16405 N Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Peoria Chamber Women 4 Women Meeting
8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce
16165 N 83rd Ave Suite 101
Peoria, AZ 85382

View our full calendar!

Millennial Blog

14th Edition of
The Millennials Corner:
Proper Work/Life Balance

by Nikkie Byers

In your early twenties, life is fun. You can live on Top Ramen and no sleep. No family to worry about and no money to make things complicated. Once you’re out of school, in the real world, your priorities shift. 

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

Next Committee Meeting will be held on Monday, 8/29 at
11:30 AM 
at the
Peoria Chamber Office. 

Next Chamber Radio Show September 7th

Peoria Chamber Radio
Dave Isaac
Breakthrough Thinking

Wednesday, September 7th
11:00 AM

Guest Speaker

John Rosado with
Legal Shield

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

West Valley Biz to Biz Expo

Thursday, August 25th
4:00 - 7:00 pm

Free to attend and open to the public, this highly productive event offers the perfect opportunity for maximum impact within an efficient four hour window. While attending, enjoy a cash bar, prizes and develop critical relationships with surrounding businesses and leaders throughout the West Valley.


Wigwam Resort
300 Wigwam Blvd
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340


Chamber Mixer at
Lucidi Distilling Co

Tuesday, August 30th
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Join us for a fun night of happy hour
while networking!  Enjoy signature cocktails and giveaways!

Cash bar, snacks will be provided

Historic Fire Station No 1
8307 W Washington St
Peoria, AZ 85345
Click Here to RSVP for the Chamber Mixer


Peoria Chamber
Women 4 Women Mixer

Wednesday, August 31st
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Join us for our second exciting Women 4 Women mixer!  We'll have drink specials, giveaways and a great time getting to know each other!

Headquarters Bar Grill Sushi
16041 N Arrowhead Fountains Center Dr
Peoria, AZ 85382
Click Here to RSVP for the Women's Mixer

$10 Million Shootout Golf Classic

Elite Networking Mixer

Elite Networking Mixer with
Phoenix Metro Chamber

Wednesday, August 31st
5:30 - 8:00 pm

The Phoenix Metro Chamber of Commerce is happy to invite you to its Elite Networking Mixer on August 31 at Maggiano’s Little Italy. This will be a joint event with NetworkingPhoenix, the Peoria Chamber of Commerce, the 101 Referral Network and the Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce.

No pre-registration is necessary.
The event is FREE for members and $10 for guests. Pay at the door.

Maggiano's Little Italy
16405 N Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Click Here for more info!

Meet Your Members

Teresa Vernon, owner of OfficeZilla, has been a business owner for over 20 years. She understands time is money and values the importance of not wasting time searching for office supplies.  Being a concierge-level office supply company is the focus of OfficeZilla.  How are we different from other office supply companies?
•    Value and competitive pricing without contracts
•    Personal and proactive service 
•    Customizable pricing that outperforms “Big Box” providers
•    Can bid large projects
•    Over 50,000 name brand and proprietary office supplies, janitorial supplies and more
•    Next-day delivery
•    Powerful web-based procurement and budgeting tools

We serve and ship nationwide, but Peoria is our home. We are offering $20.00 off of any $50.00 order by using Promocode:  Chamber20

Contact us for more information at teresa.vernon@officezilla.com or 623-337-6009.

Meet Your Members

Black Box Consulting Helps small to medium business with all of their IT needs. We specialize in Out Sourced IT services, Web Development and Search Engine Optimization (SEO).  We will provide a free Tech Assessment, and or a free Website Audit to any Peoria Chamber member. 
Black Box Consulting wants to help you get in front of customers looking for your products and services today. (SEO) Search Engine Optimization can be the most effective advertising with the highest return on your investment when done correctly. We have a battle tested solution for doing just that. Most SEO Firms or Search Engine Optimization firms talk about increasing your organic search traffic, which is important, but we want to get you in front of the right new potential client, not just increasing traffic. We provide comprehensive and strategic solutions to do both without breaking your budget or bank account. 
Every business is different and has a different mission and passion for their business. We understand this and include a free evaluation of your current site and SEO efforts including your current Search Engine Results Page. This helps us to better understand what has been done and where the opportunities for you to improve exist. We also have a consultation to gain precious insight into your goals and expectations from your SEO Company. This allows you the opportunity to interview us and make sure you are comfortable with our methods. 

Black Box Consulting has been in the business of mitigating risk for Phoenix companies for years with our premier Outsourced IT services. Today Black Box Consulting has taken this and other IT services to an entire new level by offering internal audits of your infrastructure by methodically identifying, prioritizing, and mitigating your company’s technology risks. 
Black Box Consulting never holds customers to contracts. We believe that your success is our success. If you are not happy with our services, fire us. IT Made simple and How businesses get found, Black Box Consulting. 

Brian D. Ellison
Black Box Consulting 
(602) 266-0042 

Get Your Name Out!

Want to get your name out there but don't have hundreds to spend on advertising?

The Chamber is always looking for raffle and door prizes!  We are looking for donations of gift cars or items valued from $15 to $75.  We do drawings at:
Breakfasts         Lunches         Mixers

With your donation, you would get recognition at those events and it would get new people to try your products or services!

Get more recognition with a raffle item donation for the golf tournament!! With a donation value of $50 or above, you get:
- Logo recognition in tournament program
- Listed on golf tournament page of Chamber website with link to your business
- Opportunity to include marketing item in SWAG bag for each golfer

And don't forget that we send 50 bags a month to Luke Air Force Base for incoming service members and their families.  As a Chamber member, you have the opportunity to include a flyer or tchotchke!  We need items by the first week of the month!
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