Weekly Newsletter 4/6

April 2017

Presidents Corner


Did you miss me?  I’m guessing probably not, but I do have lots to update you on!
As I’m sure everybody is aware of, we are now in our new offices adjacent to Huntington University.  Our office is the farthest suite to the east.  There are signs on 83rd Avenue and on Mariners Way to direct you.  The new address is 8385 W. Mariners Way, Peoria AZ 85382.

Now let’s talk about Chamber Staff – Ashley Scott is back but is opting to work part time for us while being a Mom for their two little boys. She will be in the office only on Monday’s.  The remainder of time she will be working from home.

Curtis Davis our Marketing and Social Media person has joined our team full time. You will now see him at all our events doing his social media thing and keeping everyone up to date on our events.

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT (drum roll please) I am personally thrilled to announce that Donna Collamer has joined our team as Membership Director.  Many of you already know Donna as she has been active in our Chamber for many years.  Donna’s business is the KioKom kiosk that you see all over the state directing visitors to a wide variety of businesses in the area.  I have tried to get Donna to join my team literally since day one of my coming to work at the Chamber.  I am very excited to have her working with us.

Last week the Chamber was honored to host Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat’s 2017 State of the City Address at Arizona Broadway
.  Mayor Carlat shared with the 370 people in attendance all the amazing accomplishments Peoria has enjoyed in the last year and listened as she outlined her agenda for the coming year as the Mayor and City Council continue to strive to make our City the best in the West Valley to live, work and play.

How about winning $1,000,000?  It’s time for the Peoria Chamber Asset Preservation $10 Million Shootout Golf Classic!  We have moved our tournament to Friday May 12th to avoid so many other tournaments going on the end of September.  We are again at Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia, with a Shot-Gun start set for 12:30, and a buffet dinner and awards presentation immediately following the Shoot-Out.  In addition to all the fun on course games, we’ve added a three-putt putting contest where someone can win $30,000 cash.

Our next Golf Committee Meeting is this Friday April 7th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm at the Chamber office.  We could really use more help so if you can make it please come join us!

For all the details click on the flyer to the right.

The Millennials Corner

35th Edition of
The Millennials Corner:

How to be a Reliable Employee and the Opportunities it Creates
By Emma Wolff 
The phone rings and it’s your boss; you let it go to voicemail because you're watching the latest “Walking Dead” and nothing should interfere with that. Once it hits a commercial break, you listen to the voicemail. Your boss explains that someone called in sick and asked if you could cover their shift. What do you do?

One employee looks at the extra shift as an opportunity to prove they are a reliable employee; another looks at the same opportunity as time away from their favorite TV show so they decline. Being a reliable employee comes with benefits. Here are a few easy ways to demonstrate you are a reliable employee:

Read the full story here!

Events Calendar

Peoria Chamber Women 4 Women Meeting
8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce
8385 W. Mariners Way Suite 3
Peoria, AZ 85382

America in Song
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM MST
Peoria Chamber of Commerce
10580 N. 83rd Drive
Peoria, AZ 85345

Create Your Own Success Story - With Horses
09:00 AM - 06:00 PM MST
Desert Awakenings Ranch

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

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

April Networking Breakfast
7:30 AM - 8:45 AM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce
8385 W. Mariners Way Suite 2
Peoria, AZ 85382

Hot Topics and Lunch
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce
8385 W. Mariners Way Ste 3
Peoria, AZ 85382

Business Basics You Can Implement Today!
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Glendale Municipal Airport
6801 N. Glen Harbor Blvd.,(Lobby)
Glendale, AZ 85307

Member Benefits Meeting
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce
8385 W. Mariners Way Suite 3
Peoria, AZ 85382

Peoria Chamber Women 4 Women Meeting
8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Peoria Chamber of Commerce
8385 W. Mariners Way Suite 3
Peoria, AZ 85382

View our Full Calendar!

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!

Special Thanks To Our Tiered Members!



J's Residential Cleaning

Peoria Chamber of Commerce

8385 W. Mariners Way Ste 3
Peoria, AZ 85382

$10 Million Dollar Shootout Golf Classic

Click the flyer to register your foursome or for sponsorship opportunities!

Hiring Fest

Join us for Hiring Fest at the
Peoria Chamber of Commerce 
Thursday, April 6th from 4-6 pm 

Peoria Chamber of Commerce 

8385 W. Mariners Way Suite 3
Peoria, AZ 85382


Peoria Chamber Board

Peoria Chamber Board selects
2017-2018 leadership team
The Peoria Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors approved its executive leadership for the 2017-18 fiscal year.
The leadership team is:
  • Chair Charlene Bisson, Publisher of Independent Newmedia’s West Valley operations;
  • Vice Chair Ken Parsons, Owner of Westside Signarama;
  • Secretary Bobbi Magdaleno, Executive Director of Government and Community Engagement at Arizona State University;
  • Treasurer Suzanne Webb, CEO of ESurgeries.com; and
  • Past Chair Todd Rakstad, Salt River Project LAND-Survey Manager.
The leadership change takes effect immediately. 
The Peoria Chamber of Commerce is an advocate for business, encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit while proudly displaying our patriotism and promoting our diverse community with honor and integrity.
For more information about the Peoria Chamber of Commerce, visit www.peoriachamber.com.


Upcoming Chamber Events


Friday, April 7th
8:15 am - 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!  

Guest speaker:
Annie Vargas from HomeSmart Realty

Real Estate Q&A
Bring all your Real Estate questions!

Breakfast Sponsor for April is:
Cathy Sandberg of:
Bring a friend!

Peoria Chamber Office
8385 W. Mariners Way
Peoria, AZ 85382

Please RSVP HERE for the meeting

Tuesday, April 11 from 5:30 to 6:30 

Come meet your community and Chamber members:
Every 2nd Tuesday at 5:30 PM and learn
about what is happening at the
Peoria Chamber of Commerce.
You do NOT need to be a member
of the Chamber


The Haymaker Restaurant
24762 N Lake Pleasant Pkwy
Peoria, AZ 85383

Register here for this event

April Luncheon

Wednesday, April 12th
11:30 - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker:

Learn how to develop an instant-recall memory!
Mr. O’Neil’s passion is rooted in teaching professionals  (regardless of their age, job  title, gender or IQ) to unlock their own personal “photographic” memory through easily transferrable skills and very powerful techniques. 
Known to his clients as The Memory Guy,  Sean is a firm believer that “People will never forget how you made them feel” and  “The greatest discovery we’ll ever make is the potential of our own minds.” 

$20 for members, $30 for non-members

Arizona Broadway Theatre
 7701 W Paradise Ln
 Peoria, AZ 85382

Click here to register for this event

Community Events

Leeanne Gardner and Susan F. Moody are honored to be co-facilitating this event with Sarah Charuk, a Native American Awakening Guide. During this unique workshop with horses, participants are taken on a journey to explore and define their personal and/or professional goals to create their own definition of success. We will help you create and clarify what true success and happiness means to YOU.
Click here for more information

Get Ready for the One of the Largest Hunts in the Valley
Saturday, April 15th from 8 am - 12 pm

Annual Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunt

Get ready for one of the largest, family fun events in the Valley. Held annually the Saturday before Easter, this event offers something for everyone. There are candy hunts for eight different age groups and one for individuals with disabilities. Highlights of the event include Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, a petting zoo, pony rides, make & take crafts, face painting, carnival games, fun inflatables, and much more! Admission and parking are free when you bring canned food to benefit the St. Mary’s/Westside Food Bank Alliance. Some activities require a nominal fee. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. For more details, visit

Peoria Sports Complex
16101 N. 83rd Ave
Peoria, AZ 85382

Peoria Monthly Business Award

Congratulations Pat Diomede!

Mayor Cathy Carlat presents the
March 2017 Monthly Business Award to
Pat Diomede of Homeowners Financial Group

Mayor Cathy Carlat has awarded Pat Diomede of Homeowners Financial Group as the Mayor's Business of the Month for March 2017.

Pat Diomede, Peoria Chamber Past Board Chair, is a licensed mortgage professional with Homeowners Financial Group, bringing more than 21 years’ experience and a valuable passion for service to Peoria residents. His work is far reaching and he is well-known for his dedication and support of the Peoria community, including his work with the Peoria Chamber of Commerce and multiple veterans’ support organizations. 

Homeowner's Financial Group is ranked as one of the top 5 “Best Places to Work” by PBJ, “Top Companies to Work for in Arizona” by CareerBuilder, and “Most Admired Company” by the Arizona Business Magazine. With a location in the heart of the P83 district, this consistently top-rated company helps Peoria homeowners with their mortgage lending needs.
To learn more about Pat Diomede visit www.homeownersfg.com/patrickdiomede and Homeowners Financial Group, visit www.homeownersfg.com/.

(Photo and write-up courtesy of Peoria Times Newspaper)