Weekly Newsletter 12/7

December 2016

President's Corner

Happy Hump Day!

We held our first Networking Breakfast at our new location Tilted Kilt yesterday morning.  There were 28 in attendance with a host of new faces.  Hillary Dempsey the new GM at the Tilted Kilt (who by the way is our latest new member) made us all feel very welcome and served up a fantastic buffet breakfast of eggs and bacon with biscuits and gravy.  It was a great way to start the day making new friends and business connections.  Come join us on January 3rd for our next breakfast.

The PCC Rush last Wednesday at Slicks Garage was AWESOME!  Raina, our host, provided some tasty food and we all selected from a wide variety of adult beverages.  The turnout was between 18-20 with several people coming and going throughout our time there.  What a very cool place this is, you really need to come in and check it out. It’s a retro-motorcycle theme with a great big Harley in the middle of the room. Raina herself is usually there, so when you stop in for lunch, happy hour or dinner, introduce yourself to her and tell her how happy we are to have her business in Peoria and as a member of our Chamber.

Our PCC Rushes are continuing to grow at each event.  Our next one will be in January and we will be selecting a Chamber member’s business for lunch.  Join us if you can; it’s fun, we support a member and enjoy time with our fellow Peoria business leaders in a relaxed, congenial atmosphere. You’re going to eat lunch anyway, so why not join all of us?

Next Wednesday, December 14th is the Chamber Holiday Luncheon at Arizona Broadway Theatre.  We have a great program planned for you.  First, we will hear about a wonderful organization called Homeless Youth Connection.  This is an organization that works to meet the needs of homeless youth who want to stay in school so they can graduate. They provide a great service that I’m sure you are not aware of how badly it is needed.  Go to www.hycaz.org to learn more about them.

Also planned for our luncheon is a performance from Arizona Broadway Theatre from an upcoming show and then the piece de resistance: a song fest from the award-winning Sunrise Mountain High School Choir.  

Did I mention the door prizes?!  I guarantee you will leave our luncheon filled with the Holiday spirit and the patience of a saint to go shopping with!

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

Small Business Advisory Council
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce
16165 N 83rd Ave Suite 101
Peoria, AZ 85382

An Evening with Gary McCord
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Palmbrook Country Club
9350 W Greenway Rd
Sun City, AZ

SBF Webinar #7: Home Office Deductions​​
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
SBF Online webinar
15396 N 83rd Ave
Peoria, AZ 85381

Marc & Jon's Jingle Ball
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Go AZ Motorcycles
16844 N Arrowhead Fountain Center
Peoria, AZ 85382

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Ventana Lakes Yacht Club
20015 N. 108th Avenue
Sun City, AZ 85373

A Night In Bethlehem
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Peace Lutheran Church
18265 North 89th Ave.
Peoria, AZ 85382

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

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

Ambassador Committee Meeting
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce
16165 N 83rd Ave
Peoria, AZ 85382

SBF Webinar #8: Travel and Car Expense Deductions​
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
SBF Online webinar
15396 N 83rd Ave
Peoria, AZ 85381

Member Benefits Meeting
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce
16165 N 83rd Ave Suite 101
Peoria, AZ 85382

Ambassador Committee Meeting
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce
16165 N 83rd Ave
Peoria, AZ 85382

Joint Chamber Mixer
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Laser Quest
3335 W Peoria Ave
Pheonix, AZ 85029

View our full calendar!

Special Thanks To Our Tiered Members!





Peoria Chamber of Commerce

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


Refer a Friend!

Membership Special Ending Soon!

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

This special ends on December 31st so 

Tell all your friends about us!

Referral program available to all current
Peoria Chamber members.  Let us know who
you've referred so you get the credit!

Upcoming Chamber Events

Connecting the Chamber and Community

Tuesday, December 13th
5:30 - 6:30 pm

Come meet your community and chamber members!
Non-members are welcome!

The Haymaker Restaurant Co.
24762 N Lake Pleasant Pkwy, Peoria, AZ 85383
RSVP Here to connect at The Haymaker

December Luncheon

Wednesday, December 14th
11:30 - 1:00 pm

Enjoy a special holiday program with performances by Arizona Broadway Theatre and the award winning Sunrise Mountain High School Choir!

Aimee Yamamori from Homeless Youth Connection will also be joining us to share the needs of
our Peoria youth.

$20 for members, $30 for non-members

Arizona Broadway Theatre
7701 W Paradise Ave, Peoria 85382
Register Here for the December Luncheon

Peoria Chamber, Metro Phoenix Chamber and North Phoenix Chamber combine forces for a holiday mixer at Laser Quest.  This event is free to attend for members and non-members alike.  It’s a great way to meet new people.

Click Here to RSVP

Peoria Chamber
Women 4 Women

Friday, December 16th
8:15 - 9:30 am

Most of us just want to “be happy” but sometimes that happiness seems to elude us. Our December guest speaker,
Susan F. Moody
, will share her struggles
and strategies that she used to create her own path to success and happiness.

Special Thanks to
Chris Bestul with Sam's Club
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

Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce


The SWVCC and the Creek Patio Grill are hosting an Army-Navy Game Party at the Creek Patio Grill 28244 Tatum Blvd (NW Quadrant of Tatum and Dynamite) this Saturday December 10th, beginning at 11:00 am.


This will be a great opportunity for Veterans and non-Veterans alike to come together for spirited camaraderie and friendly competition. The game starts at 1:00 pm, but, just as we often do while attending games in person, we will begin our festivities with a "Tailgate Party" at 11:00 am.  The Tailgate Party will be held inside though, and out onto their beautiful and functional patio.


There will be a $5.00 cash fee to cover appetizers for the Tailgate Party.


Attendees will be asked to register and to declare which team they are supporting. As a means to raise funds for the Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce and its Foundation programs, we will collect a modest donation from the opposing team supporters with each score: $1.00 for each touchdown and 50 cents for field goals and safeties. For example, if Army scores a touchdown, we will pass a donation bucket for each Navy supporter to contribute $1.00. In the case of field goals and safeties, the donation will be 50 cents. So...please bring plenty of $1.00 dollar bills and quarters.


All profits will support the Programs of the SWVCC and its charitable arm, the Southwest Veterans Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


Wear your service logo clothes or colors if you have.

New Artwork in Peoria

Peoria Adds Vibrant Murals Along
Happy Valley Road

The West Valley Arts Council (WVAC) in partnership with the City of Peoria selected 16 West Valley teen apprentices to participate in the 2016 Galley 37 program.
Through this amazing program, the young artists attended a 7-week program at Estrella Mountain Community College earning each of them 6 college credits. During this time they designed, conceptualized and fabricated two vibrant murals to be installed along Happy Valley Road in Peoria while learning valuable career and life skills. Each mural holds a symbolic meaning to the very land they are installed on.

Small Business Saturday Key Results


Small Business Saturday key result: 112 million consumers shop and dine – more than ever before

  • As Small Business Saturday wrapped up its seventh year on Saturday, November 26th, the outpouring of support for local businesses across the country hit record highs with 72% of U.S. consumers aware of the day.
  • This year, an estimated 112 million consumers reported shopping at small businesses on Small Business Saturday, marking a 13 percent increase from 2015.
  • More than 6,700 Neighborhood Champions from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast and from the Pacific Northwest to New England rallied local businesses and created events in their communities for Small Business Saturday — an increase of 63 percent over last year.
  • Additionally, the estimated number of small business owners reached through the Neighborhood Champion program was 2.1 million.
  • More than 480 organizations joined the Small Business Saturday Coalition, a 13 percent increase over last year.
  • Consumers came together to show their love for small businesses on Small Business Saturday. Among those who shopped on the day, 32% reported attending a community event, and 81% reported encouraging friends or family to shop or dine at small, independently-owned retailers and restaurants on the day as well, both on par with 2015.
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