Weekly Newsletter 12/21

December 2016

President's Corner

Well are you ready?  Is your shopping done?  Relax, you have three days left, plenty of time!  You already know that if you have young children and are a working parent, you’re going to be up half the night on Christmas Eve wrapping and assembling anyway.  Ah the good old days… thank goodness my children are all grown.  Now we all sit around, enjoy our favorite adult beverage and watch Christmas movies.

Hopefully you attended our fun networking mixer last Thursday, December 15 at Laser Quest at 35th Avenue and Peoria.  To increase the holiday spirit, we invited two other Chambers to join us, the Phoenix Metro Chamber and the North Phoenix Chamber.

By combining the three Chambers in to one event, there were over 60 people in attendance.  A delicious variety of food was donated by Tilted Kilt, our Peoria Chamber member, and Outback Steakhouse, a member with the Phoenix Metro Chamber.  Several groups of people enjoyed lively games of laser tag dressed in full battle regalia darting in and out of hiding places and zapping fellow competitors as they went.

Everyone had a great time and took advantage of the opportunity to make new friends while building business contacts and referral partners. Make sure you join us at our next mixer.

Had the pleasure on Monday of attending the soft training opening for Giordano’s, the new Chicago pizzeria well known for their deep dish pan pizza. If you are a Chicago native, you will not be disappointed.  The pizza was fantastic, with a light crust and delicious ingredients.  The only difference is that the temperature was 73 degrees instead of -20 with a foot of snow!

When you go, ask for Vicki Cooper, the General Manager.  She is smiling, happy and outgoing, not to mention obsessed with making sure every customer has an amazing, unforgettable experience.  Tell her you are with the Chamber and how happy we are they have joined us in Peoria’s P-83 District.

Had a short business meeting at the new restaurant Revolu – a modern taqueria and bar, in the former Barrel Grill space next to Humble Pie.  They’ve just opened and all I can say is you need to go here.  Jeremiah & Deena Gracia are the owners and Jeremiah is the chef who has created some of the tastiest dishes and salsas you can imagine.  The menu has a wide variety of unique versions of street tacos and the prices are very reasonable.  Next, I’ll check out their margaritas and report back!

I want to personally wish everyone and very Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! This is a special time to create and share memories and remember those who are gone or not as lucky to be surrounded by family and friends.

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 #9: Business Formations - Which One is
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
SBF Online webinar
15396 N 83rd Ave
Peoria, AZ 85381

Community Relations Committee
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce
16165 N 83rd Ave Suite 101
Peoria, AZ 85382

Business Development & Education Committee
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce
16165 N 83rd Ave Suite 101
Peoria, AZ 85382

January Networking Breakfast
7:30 AM - 8:45 AM
Tilted Kilt
16840 N 83rd Ave
Peoria, AZ 85382

Is Your New Hire AN Employee Or A Contractor?‚Äč
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

View our full calendar!

Special Thanks To Our Tiered Members!





Peoria Chamber of Commerce

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


Upcoming Chamber Events

Networking Breakfast

Tuesday, January 3rd
7:30 - 8:45 am

Our breakfasts are well attended and a great opportunity to meet others. Each person is given between 45 seconds to a minute and a half to give the group a commercial about their business.  
We have a lot of fun together and can't
wait to see you too! 

$10 for members, $15 for non-members

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery
16840 N 83rd Ave, Peoria, AZ 85382
Register Here for the Networking Breakfast

Peoria Chamber
Women 4 Women

Friday, January 6th
8:15 - 9:30 am

Please join us for our next exciting meeting!  Our group has a lot of fun getting to know each other and learning how we can help each other grow!

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

Connecting the Chamber and Community

Tuesday, January 10th
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

January Luncheon
Wednesday, January 11th
11:30 - 1:00 pm

Back by popular demand!

Don't miss your chance to be a part of this fun,
fast-paced networking opportunity!

$20 for members, $30 for non-members

Register Here for the January Luncheon

Family Fun!


Coyotes vs. Ducks
Peoria Chamber Event for Members, Family and Friends

Saturday, January 14th at 6 pm
Gila River Arena
9400 W Maryland Ave, Glendale

Tickets are only $30 and include
a hot dog and soda!

Click Here for Your Tickets!

Networking Fun!

Here's a group shot of most of us that attended the Joint Chamber Mixer at Laser Quest last week!

Online Safety Tips

Online safety tips from the City of Peoria
If you still need to buy some last-minute gifts, or you receive the ever popular gift card in your stocking – chances are you’ll probably spend it online. Here are a few safety tips for shopping online, courtesy of our Information Technology department.
1) Know what’s in store for you – Use reviews and other resources to confirm if an unfamiliar business is legitimate
2) Make Strong Passwords – Unique and longer passwords reduce the chance of a hacker making the correct guess
3) Shop Only on Secure Sites – Secure websites start with HTTPS. Also confirm that the certificate is valid
4) Use ONE card – Dedicate one credit card for all online shopping – never use a debit card!
5) Beware of Phishing Attacks – Don’t click on links or respond to unsolicited emails

Recycle Your Tree!

Recycle Your Tree!
Once the holiday festivities are finished, the City of Peoria is encouraging residents to recycle their Christmas trees. Live trees will be accepted at the various drop-off locations from Dec. 26, 2016 to Jan. 5, 2017. Remember to remove tree stands, decorations, hooks and lights. Please do not drop off your tree at city parks or vacant lots or leave trees on the curbside. Artificial trees or wreaths will not be accepted.
Tree Drop-Off Locations
·  Peoria Sports Complex – 16101 N. 83rd Ave. (Entrance Off Paradise Lane)
·  Wal-Mart – 7975 W. Peoria Ave.
·  Wal-Mart – 21655 N. Lake Pleasant Pkwy.
·  Home Depot – 9201 W. Peoria Ave.
·  Home Depot – 25650 N. Lake Pleasant Road
·  Lowe’s – 8497 W. Thunderbird Rd.
·  Lowe’s – 25311 N. Lake Pleasant Rd.
·  Sunrise Mountain Library – 21109 N. 98 Ave. (west side of parking lot)
For more information, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/solidwaste.

Domestic Violence Summit

Woman’s Club to Host Domestic Violence Summit Jan. 21 
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more than 10 million men and women are physically abused by an intimate partner every year. Learn more about domestic violence and what you can do to prevent it at the Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Summit. The GFWC Peoria-West Valley Woman’s Club is hosting the summit on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Peoria Community Center, located at 8335 W. Jefferson Street in Old Town Peoria. Police officers and detectives who have responded to domestic violence calls, domestic violence survivors, and representatives from local shelters and domestic violence organizations will be there. For more information and to reserve a spot, call 623-695-2161.

Wednesday Chuckle

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