Weekly Newsletter 10/26

October 2016

President's Corner

10 days away from Wine & Cigars Under the Stars and we need more people!!

Each year our Veterans and Military Affairs Committee puts on this fun charity event to raise money to provide two $2,000 scholarships to graduating senior JROTC cadets, one from Peoria High School and one from Cactus High School.

The event has wine tasting, light and heavy hors d’oeuvres with cigar sampling out on the patio away from the other guests. Cigar smokers may sample a fine bourbon or scotch as well.  All the event details are in the ad on the right.  This is a very fun special evening that really supports a great cause.  One of guest speakers that evening will be a former scholarship recipient, 2nd Lt. James Herbert.

You may support these incredible cadets by either attending this event or purchasing a sponsorship directly on our Peoria Chamber website.  Or, if you just want to make a small donation to the cadets, you can call the Chamber office at 623-979-3601 and our staff will be happy to assist you.

We can still use some raffle prizes and silent auction gifts if you would like to have your business listed as a supporter in the program and on our website.  Just bring them to the Chamber office.

If you’re looking for something fun to do with your family, in addition to the Annual Halloween Festival held by the City of Peoria (see info to the right), you may also want to look into the The Haunted Harbor at Lake UN-Pleasant!

They're having their 3rd annual haunted house at Lake Pleasant - Pleasant Harbor, on October 28th & 29th.  There will be food trucks along with many activities for the kids and adults alike such as hot air balloon rides, zombie corn hole tournaments, bonfire, face painting, DJ, barrel training rides, lakeside movie, Ghostbusters night with the car. Peoria Fire Department will be there each night for the kids to explore and learn about the fire trucks.  There will be free kid activities and a party on the 29th, followed by trick or treating at the food trucks and in the RV resort. The costume contest during the kid's party will be judged by our local fireman. It’s open 5 pm - 10 pm each night, with the Haunted house hours 6:30 pm - 10 pm.

Enjoy a fun Halloween but be safe and watch your kids out trick or treating.

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

SBF Webinar #4: How Do I Manage My Balance Sheet?​
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
SBF Online webinar
15396 N 83rd Ave
Peoria, AZ 85381

Grand Opening @ Squaw Peak
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
My Office Business Suites @ Squaw Peak
7600 N 15th St, Suite 150
Phoenix, AZ 85020

Networking Breakfast
7:30 AM - 8:45 AM
Brothers Family Restaurant
8466 W. Peoria Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345

Dinner With The Doctor
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
7640 West Bell Road
Glendale, AZ 85308

Peace Lutheran Preschool Ribbon Cutting
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Peace Lutheran Preschool
18265 N 89th Ave
Peoria, AZ 85382

Avoid Confusion Between Profit and Cash Flow​​
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
SBF Online webinar
15396 N 83rd Ave
Peoria, AZ 85381

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

Wine & Cigars Under the Stars 2016
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Palmbrook Country Club
9350 W Greenway Rd
Sun City, AZ 85351

View our full calendar!

The Millennials Corner

22nd Edition of
The Millennials Corner:

Successful Social Media
by Nikkie Byers

It's the most wonderful time of the year! It's fall (although it certainly doesn't feel like it) and it's the buying season, and we have twice as many residents shopping. It's a good time to make sure the content on your social sites is set up for success to give you the best possible consumer reach. Your brand isn't just your logo. ​

Read the full story here!

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

Next Chamber Radio Show November 2nd

Peoria Chamber Radio
Dave Isaac
Breakthrough Thinking

Wednesday, November 2nd
11:00 AM

Guest Speaker

Brian Ellison from
Blackbox Consulting 

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


Refer a Friend!

Membership Special!

Refer a business to the Peoria Chamber and when they become a member, you
receive a $50 gift card/certificate!

Tell all your friends about us!

Referral program available to all current
Peoria Chamber members

Wine & Cigars Under the Stars

Upcoming Chamber Events

Networking Breakfast

Tuesday, November 1st
7:30 - 8:45 am

Join us for breakfast while expanding your network! 

$12 for members, $20 for non-members

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

Wednesday, November 2nd
4:30 - 5:30 pm

Ribbon Cutting at 5:00 pm

Peace Lutheran Preschool
18265 N 89th Ave
Peoria, AZ 85382

Help Peace Lutheran Preschool celebrate their brand new preschool garden with
a ribbon cutting ceremony!  You are welcome to stay for a community dinner following the ribbon cutting.  More Info

Peoria Chamber
Women 4 Women

Friday, November 4th
8:15 - 9:30 am

Peoria Chamber Women 4 Women is a networking group exclusively for women! We build great relationships while having a lot of fun!

Special Thanks to
Della Brandenburger
Comfort Inn - Chandler & Surprise
for sponsoring our Women's Networking Breakfast

Peoria Chamber Office
16165 N 83rd Ave, Suite 101, Peoria, AZ 85382
RSVP Here for the Women 4 Women Meeting

Community News

Peoria Fire-Medical Opens Stations to the Public

In celebration of Fire Prevention Month, Peoria Fire-Medical will open its doors to the public for a one-day open house event. On Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon, you can stop by your local Peoria fire station and meet the fire crew.

Each fire station will have apparatus to view as well as equipment displays and giveaways for the kids. Kids can sit in a fire truck, take a tour of the fire station and learn about fire prevention. Every Peoria fire station will be open with the exception of fire station 195, located at 23100 N. Lake Pleasant Parkway (which is currently under construction).

Fire Prevention Month is a great time to stop and reflect on whether you are doing enough to protect yourself and your family from the dangers of fire. Learn more and enjoy a fun morning at your local Peoria fire station. For a full list of Peoria fire stations, go to www.peoriaaz.gov/fire.

Peoria Police Warn Citizens of “Jury Duty” Scam

Peoria Police want to advise citizens of a scam occurring in Peoria and surrounding cities. Several incidents of this scam have been reported to us and we are currently investigating the circumstances. Victims are receiving phone calls from an unknown male suspect who identifies himself by name as a Peoria Police Department sergeant. The suspect tells the victims they failed to appear for jury duty and/or respond to a jury summons, the suspect then attempts to convince the victim to pay money in various ways. The suspect has asked for payments electronically and has even stated that he could meet the victims at Peoria City Court after they provide payment information over the phone.

This is a scam; the Peoria Police Department will never request financial information or payment over the phone.  If you receive a call like this, do not provide any personal information, hang up and contact the police department to report the incident.   As a general rule, when someone is aggressively pressuring you for money in this manner, it is more than likely not legitimate.

If anyone has any information on this scam or the suspect(s) involved they are encouraged to call the Peoria Police Department at 623-773-8311.  

The Pumpkin is Back!

Runaway Pumpkin Set to Make Appearance at Halloween Festival

Locals may remember the media frenzy that occurred last October as a giant inflatable pumpkin rolled through the streets of Peoria. Now, the pumpkin is back, but hopefully staying in one place, at the city’s annual Halloween festival.

The city recently announced that the 25-foot-tall pumpkin will appear at the annual Halloween Festival in Peoria on Friday, October 29.

Read More!

Be Safe This Halloween

Safety Tips for Motorists on Halloween
This week many Peoria residents will be celebrating Halloween by trick or treating throughout their communities. It is all in fun, but fun can turn to tragedy quickly as the dark streets get crowded with young children. Here are some Halloween safety tips for motorists traveling through these neighborhoods:
  • If you don’t have to go out on Halloween while kids are trick or treating, then stay home. This is the best and most effective way to help keep everyone safe.
  • Slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street.
  • Don't use your high beams. It prevents traffic coming in the opposite direction from seeing young children.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians, curbs, sidewalks and streets with no sidewalks.
  • Watch for children darting out from between parked cars and shrubbery.
  • Carefully enter and exit driveways.
  • Don't park in the street if you don't have to.
  • Be careful backing up. Have someone stand behind the vehicle to make sure that no children are walking by.
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.
  • Be alert, be aware, and be safe!

New Healthcare Alliance

Dear Colleagues,

I am excited to share that today we launch the Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University Alliance for Health Care to enhance patient care, accelerate cutting-edge research and transform medical education -- all toward improving the current health care system.

The Mayo ASU Alliance will advance patient care by evolving and translating innovative research and medical education into practice more quickly and efficiently than either organization could achieve individually. One key focus involves developing highly-skilled, uniquely trained physicians who can simultaneously provide the finest medical care and formulate improvements for our complicated health care system. The Mayo Clinic School of Medicine is expanding to Arizona in 2017 and has collaborated with us to develop a jointly conferred, specialized curriculum and certification in the science of health care delivery, which students earn concurrent with their medical degree from Mayo Clinic. Students may opt beyond the certification to pursue a master's degree in the science of health care delivery through ASU.

Michael M. Crow
Arizona State University
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