Weekly Newsletter 2/01

February 2017

President's Corner

In case you haven’t noticed, our “Chamber of Commerce Weather” has returned.  It took us a bit to pull off but we made it happen, so feel free to thank us at the next event you come to.

Last week’s Job Fair with Goodwill of Central and the City of Peoria was a major success.  We had over 80 attendees meeting with employers and each employer commented on how happy they were with the skills and qualifications of the applicants.  The Peoria Chamber is trying to hold these events quarterly so if you are hiring more people for your business, call our office and we will make sure you are on the employer’s list for our next event.

I had the pleasure of attending yesterday’s “Coffee with the Mayor” at WEMAR (Western Maricopa Association of Realtors).  Peoria Mayor Cathy was the featured speaker.  I have to say that I really enjoy listening to Mayor Carlat speak.  She gives direct answers to the questions asked and never adds the standard political jargon we hear continuously from most politicians.

The information she shared on the future plans for Peoria business and residents are exciting and they run the full distance from North to South.  Peoria is one of the fastest growing cities in Arizona and our Chamber is very proud to be a part of this well thought out plan.  A big thank you to our Mayor and City Council for the great job they are doing on all of our behalf.

Please note the change to our speaker/presenter at next Wednesday’s monthly luncheon.  Our planned presenter, The US Department of Labor, cancelled on us yesterday morning – “All federal agencies are currently on a ‘Continuing Resolution’ until April as Congress has not passed a budget for this fiscal year, therefore there are no funds available for outreach and travel”. 

Thank you to Rosemary Rulka from R.C. Rulka HR Consulting for stepping in at the last minute to help end the confusion on Prop 206.  More info in the right-hand column.  This is a luncheon you will want to attend just to make sure you are compliant with all the new employment laws.

If you have any comments or questions please do not hesitate to call me at 623-979-3601 or
e-mail me at

The Millennials Corner

26th Edition of
The Millennials Corner:
The Do's and Dont's of Social Media
by Emma Wolff

As social networks grow, employers are turning to social media pages to learn more about a potential employee. A survey conducted by Jobvite in 2014 released a shocking statistic on how many employers really look at social media when making hiring decisions; their data showed that ninety-three percent of hiring managers will review a candidates social media before making the final hiring decision (time.com). Knowing potential employers are likely to search through cyberspace may give you the motivation to clean out unwanted information on your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more!

Read the full story here!

Events Calendar

Safelite Auto Glass Re-Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Safelite Auto Glass
18783 N 83rd Ave Suite B
Peoria, AZ 85382

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

Benevilla's 36th Anniversary Gala
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Wigwam Resort
300 East Wigwam Blvd.
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

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

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

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

Women's Self Defense Class
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
United Kung Fu
8279 W Lake Pleasant Pkwy Suite 108
Peoria, AZ 85382

Valentine Affair & Casino Night
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Renaissance Glendale
9495 W Coyotes Blvd
Glendale, AZ 85305

View our full calendar! 

Special Thanks To Our Tiered Members!



Peoria Chamber of Commerce

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


Ribbon Cutting

Click on the flyer for
more information!

Upcoming Chamber Events

Peoria Chamber
Women 4 Women

Friday, February 3rd
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!

"Hospitality Personality"

Guest Speaker: Della Brandenburger with
Comfort Inn and Suites 
to give us customer service tips from the hospitality industry!

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


Networking Breakfast

Tuesday, February 7th
7:30 - 8:45 am

Guest Speakers:

David Mitchell from Ideal Insurance Agency 
and Annie Vargas from HomeSmart

We are starting promptly at 7:30 am
allowing for extended elevator speeches.
Don't be late!

$10 for members, $15 for non-members

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


Due to Congress not passing a budget for fiscal 2017 the US Department of Labor has
canceled their presentation

February Luncheon
Wednesday, February 8th
11:30 - 1:00 pm

Learn about Prop 206
End your confusion on the new Minimum Wage Law and Paid Sick Leave
that effects all Arizona employers

$20 for members, $30 for non-members

Arizona Broadway Theatre
7701 W Paradise Ave, Peoria 85382

Register Here for the February Luncheon

Get More Involved with the Chamber

Join a committee 

Military and Veterans Affairs Committee
Do you support our Veterans?
Are you thankful for the freedoms our veterans have fought and died for?
If so, we’d like to invite you to join our
Veterans & Military affairs committee. 
Our committee gets involved in Veteran events and helps acclimate the new service men & women who rotate into Luke AFB to their new
homes and community.
We hold an annual event to raise scholarships for JROTC cadets and Peoria & Cactus High schools.
We invite to join us at our next meeting to check us out and see what we are all about Wednesday February 22nd at 800am at the Chamber Office


Ambassadors Committee

Would you like to be the first person
 to meet a new Chamber member?

We are looking for energetic and fun business professionals and business owners who want to welcome people to our chamber. Help us spread the word about what a different and fun Chamber we are. 

Join our meeting at 11:30 am Thursday,
February 16th in the Chamber office.


Spring Training

Get your Spring
Training tickets! 

Peoria Sports Complex’s ticket office is open through the spring training season Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed on Sundays.  Each year the Peoria Sports Complex offers discounts and promotional days like the Family 4 Pack, Fan Appreciation Day and the Bowwow Powwow — a day where fans
can bring their dogs to the game.

This season, the Peoria Sports Complex is also introducing the Peoria Resident Rewards Program. The program provides Peoria residents with exclusive savings of up to $25 for each spring training game they attend as well as free parking. To take advantage of this offer, residents need to provide proof of residency and tickets must be purchased before the day of the game at the stadium ticket office. 
To learn more about the discounts and the 2017 Peoria Sports Complex spring training schedule, visit  www.springtrainingpeoria.com.


Cox Special

Peoria Chamber and COX Services
Have joined forces to offer Exclusive Benefits
All Chamber Members, their Families and Employees!

Special Rates & Bundling Options
Click on the picture below, fill out the information and Save!

Women's Self Defense Class

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