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Opportunities to Serve Local Students

On behalf of our Partners In Progress initiative, below are some immediate opportunities to serve local students and residents. Please take a look at the opportunities listed below and contact Sarah Watts if you have interest in getting involved.  Thank you for your continued support!

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Chandler-Gilbert Community College – Computer Business Applications Advisory Board
CGCC is seeking representatives from the local business community who can advise on the current workplace needs so as to apply current, real-world standards to the programs offered to students. This advisory board meets once or twice each year; the next meeting will be on Friday, March 3rd from 11:00 a.m. to Noon.
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Gilbert Public Schools – Student Resume Review
We are in need of 3 or 4 volunteers to review resumes and provide constructive feedback to local high school students at a Career Fair event on Tuesday, March 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Gilbert High School. You may also provide advice for interviewing and other suggestions to help students prepare for employment.
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Goodwill of Central Arizona – Local Hiring Event
A local hiring event will be held on Thursday, March 17th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Up to 35 businesses are welcome to participate free-of-charge to share employment opportunities with the community. To participate, your business should have open positions for which you are actively seeking job candidates. Mentors Needed for ASU Career Shadowing Program - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Mentors Needed for ASU Career Shadowing Program

We are pleased to once again partner with Arizona State University to host the Career Shadowing and Mentorship Program! We could use your help to identify professionals who would be willing to mentor students for a total of 20 hours over the next several weeks.  This is an easy, flexible, and rewarding program. Deadline for commitment is February 24, 2017.  

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The program asks you and/or your colleagues to commit only 20 hours over an 8-week period and these hours are completely flexible. You are encouraged to introduce and facilitate job shadowing experiences with other relevant positions within your businesses.   The purpose of this program is to allow students to begin to understand how their skills and studies can be utilized in the real world. This is not an internship – no need to create projects or assignments for your student. The student simply visits with you and/or your team and observes your activities. The program will kick-off with a mandatory orientation at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 and will conclude with a closing reception on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Your mentorship would take place at your convenience between these two dates.

NEEDED AREAS
Aeronautics or Air Transportation
Business or Economics
Design
Engineering
Event Planning
Healthcare
Sustainability
Technology
Wildlife Biology

 
NEXT STEPS
Request the link to access students' application and decide which student(s) if any would be a good fit for you. Contact sarah@gilbertchamber.com to request a link now!  Motion to Dismiss GRANTED, Defendants Must Submit Fee Applications Within 10 Days - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Motion to Dismiss GRANTED, Defendants Must Submit Fee Applications Within 10 Days

MORE GOOD NEWS!

Today, the Court granted our motion to dismiss the consolidated cases with prejudice.  Judge Talamante ruled from the bench after oral argument, stating that he would dismiss all of the consolidated cases (with the possible exception of the Tarian Properties case).  The State will be submitting a proposed form of judgment to the Court.

IMPORTANT: The Court said today that applications for fees and costs must be submitted within the next 10 days.  If you wish to request your fees and costs, you should file a motion with Judge Talamante within 10 days.  Keep in mind that a “fee application must be in sufficient detail to enable the court to assess the reasonableness of the time incurred.”  Schweiger v. China Doll Rest., Inc., 138 Ariz. 183, 188 (App. 1983). 

The State will be filing its own Motion for Sanctions within the next 10 days as well.  Please remember that the Attorney General’s Office cannot represent private parties, and cannot give you any legal advice.  We do not represent any defendant and will not be asking for fees on behalf of any defendant.  So if you wish to apply for fees and costs, you need to submit your own fee application within 10 days.

For informational purposes only, we believe that only defendants that have hired an attorney are going to be able to request fees.  We believe that only defendants that have filed documents with costs associated (such as an answer) are going to be able to recover those associated costs.  If the circumstances permit, we would encourage counsel who are representing multiple defendants to file a single request for fees for their various defendants to reduce the volume of filings.

Thanks,

Matthew du Mée | Office of the Arizona Attorney General
Senior Litigation Counsel
Consumer Protection and Advocacy Section
1275 West Washington
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
(602) 542-7731
MduMee@azag.gov State Budget, Unintended Consequences of Legislating by Ballot Key Issues for District 12 Legislator - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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State Budget, Unintended Consequences of Legislating by Ballot Key Issues for District 12 Legislator

The Chamber’s Good Government breakfast featured District 12 Legislators this month. It was clear that we won’t have an answer for several weeks on State budget discussions – small group committees are reviewing differences between the Governor’s recommended budget, Legislative priorities, and dollars available prior to the full House and Senate reviews. It appears the jury is out on whether this process will help come to consensus in a timely manner. 

Interestingly, those who were proponents for the increase in minimum wage may not see additional money available to increase education spending as the surplus is quickly getting gobbled up with increased pricing for State bids.  Representative Farnsworth noted that Prop 206 was unconstitutional due to the indirect impact on increasing spending for the State without a dedicated source of revenue to cover that cost.  Even if the court rules it is unconstitutional the reality of the unintended consequences will continue even if the wage is rolled back.  For example, those companies who have invested in automation to absorb the additional labor cost will unlikely reverse the new business model.

Several bills have been introduced to address the “drive-by” lawsuits regarding ADA compliance.  The Gilbert Chamber and the EVCCA are supportive of a cure period to allow for education and compliance without the threat of costly lawsuits.  This will be an uphill battle as some in the ADA community feel this reduces the ability to uphold the law.  We are hoping for cool heads to prevail to properly educate all on this important issues and work together to achieve compliance – which is what all parties want. 
We need your support --- call or email your legislators and ask them to support SB1198! Immediate Action Required: Show Your Support for SB 1198 Regarding ADA - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Immediate Action Required: Show Your Support for SB 1198 Regarding ADA

Last summer, an unscrupulous attorney indiscriminately filed thousands of lawsuits against unsuspecting businesses claiming their facilities violated Arizona’s disability standards. The East Valley was ground zero for these lawsuits and one of the hardest hit communities. The Gilbert Chamber, along with other East Valley Chambers, worked with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office to consolidate many of the cases in an attempt to have them dismissed. However, this is only a short-term solution.

The attorney that filed the lawsuits exploited the disability community and proved a drive-by lawsuit business model that can be replicated if not addressed by legislation. Working with Senator John Kavanagh of Scottsdale, East Valley chambers are asking members to support SB 1198. This bill is up for consideration in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday morning.

The bill promotes disability compliance by creating a notice and cure period for businesses. As a business owner, if you receive a disability complaint, you have a specified amount of time to “cure” the problem and bring your facilities up to compliance without fear of a lawsuit. 

We are asking for your help in several ways to get this bill through the committee.

1. Share Your Story at the Hearing
SB 1198 will receive a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, February 16 at 9:00 A.M. Please plan to attend and share your story.

2. Contact the Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee
Members of the committee want to hear “real-world” stories of the policies they are considering. Share your story be emailing the members at the addresses below and ask them to vote for SB 1198 in the subject line. Please BCC: our lobbyists at eric@dornpolicygroup.com when you send your message.

Senator Judy Burgess (Chair)
Senator Nancy Barto (Vice Chair)
Senator Lupe Contreras
Senator Andrea Dalessandro
Senator Frank Pratt
Senator Martin Quezada                 
Senator Bob Worsley

3. Sign in Support of SB 1198
If you have been to the State Capitol and have registered in the Request to Speak system, log into your account and register in support of SB 1198.

The disability community and business community both want compliance in accordance with state and federal law. SB 1198 encourages compliance rather than shaking businesses down for several thousand dollars in a manner that uses the disability community.


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Town Leaders Share Strategic Initiatives and Priorities at Annual Breakfast

Presented by SRP, this Good Government roundtable meeting brought members of the Gilbert's Town Council and staff together with the business community to discuss important business issues. Mayor Daniels and Town staff shared their strategic initiatives and gave an overview of financing mechanisms, long-range infrastructure planning and FY 18 project planning. Special attention was given to the town's Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), including project locations. To view a CIP map or plan, LEARN MORE Thank You For Your Support of the Chinese Auction Benefit Dinner - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Thank You For Your Support of the Chinese Auction Benefit Dinner

Thanks to all who sponsored, donated to, and attend our 4th Annual Chinese Auction Benefit Dinner! We had a record attendance and raised nearly $8,000 in support of the Chamber's programs and services. The Chamber serves as the voice of Gilbert's business community and represents more than 680 businesses with more than 55,000 employees. As a non-profit, membership-based organization, the funds raised will allow us to continue our important advocacy and workforce readiness efforts.


January 2017 Membership Anniversaries - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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January 2017 Membership Anniversaries

January 2017 Membership Anniversaries

We are thrilled to recognize the following members for their continued support of the Gilbert Chamber.  Please look for the 2016-17 window decal at these businesses and be sure to thank them for their support in fostering a healthy and sustainable business climate here in Gilbert.

16-20 Years
Caliente Construction, Inc.
Joe's Real BBQ
Robert J. Voordeckers, CPA
Valley Partnership

11-15 Years
Dream Vacations
Gilbert Santan Motorplex
Kerr Endodontics, PC
OneAZ Credit Union

6-10 Years
Bushtex, Inc.
Dragon Wok Fine Chinese Restaurant
Experts on Sight, LLC
Famous Daves Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que
Mary Cobb - Ravenswood Realty
Oasis Orthodontics
OnaMission Home Painting, INC.
Parkway Bank
Saint Mary Magdalene Roman Catholic Church
San Tan Ford
Watson's Flower Shop
Wolverine Builders, Inc.

1-5 Years
Alcove at the Islands
Amazing Vacations by Lynn, LLC
American Family Insurance - Gregory Rogers Agency, Inc.
American Family Insurance - Paul Gebhard Agency
Apache Sands Towing
Arizona Veterinary Specialists
Associated Dental Care Providers
AZ Premier Catering
B&B Blinds and Builder Services, LLC
Block Advisors
Blue Skye's Massage Clinic
College Nannies + Tutors
Decal Monkey LLC
Dignity Health Urgent Care in Gilbert
Dunkin Donuts
Four Points by Sheraton at Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport
Foxetech, LLC
Gilbert Sun News/Times Media Group
HandyMa'am
Henderson Willis Jorgenson, PLC
I Hear You Do Blinds
Jamari Fitness
Kids Incorporated Learning Center- Bluejay
Life Learning Center Preschool and Childcare
Little Critters Veterinary Hospital
Ma'am Exams
PC Links, LLC dba Linking it Together
Power Tags Titles & More
Stacy & David Phillips - Take Shape for Life Health Coaches
Starbright Foundation Inc.
Superstition Springs Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
Tacos N More Mexican Grill
Terry J. Fong Law Group
Valpak Of Metro Phoenix Poll Shows Education Remains Top Issue for Arizona Voters - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Poll Shows Education Remains Top Issue for Arizona Voters

Poll Shows Education Remains Top Issue for Arizona Voters


January 5, 2017 by Expect More Arizona

DECEMBER 2016 SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

A survey conducted in mid-December on behalf of Expect More Arizona affirms that education is still the most pressing issue on the minds of Arizona voters, above immigration and the economy.

When asked to name specific concerns related to education, lack of funding and teacher pay/teacher shortage rose to the top. In fact, when asked what issue, if any, voters would be willing to pay more in taxes to support, higher teacher pay was the top issue across all political parties.

The poll also showed strong support for the renewal of Prop 301, a voter initiative passed in 2000 that provides a six-tenths of one cent sales tax for public education, resulting in more than $650 million in revenue each year. Additionally, voters surveyed support possibly increasing the associated sales tax rate in order to fund teacher pay or K-3 literacy programs.

Other notable results from the survey of likely Arizona voters show:
•Finding a long-term solution for education funding is rated as a top education priority by 84 percent of likely Arizona voters, regardless of their age, party affiliation, ethnicity, economic status, or geographic location.
•Ninety-five (95) percent of voters believe it is important to provide schools the funding they need to attract and retain great teachers with 76 percent agreeing Arizona is facing a teacher shortage crisis.
•An overwhelming majority agree that Arizona must ensure all students receive the support needed to read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade (95%).
•Voters agree all students deserve a great education (96%) and that education impacts the strength of our communities (95%).
•Eighty percent agree that increasing the number of people who graduate from the state’s public community colleges and universities will help improve the state’s economy and 75 percent of voters also agree that community colleges and universities should receive additional funding.

For more detailed poll results, click here.

MEASURING PROGRESS

While these and other poll results clearly show what Arizona voters care most about, the state also has a meaningful tool to better understand where we stand on these and other key education metrics. In early 2016, Expect More Arizona and the Center for the Future of Arizona collaborated to elevate a set of widely accepted indicators by which Arizonans can measure our state’s progress, celebrate successes and take action together. The Arizona Education Progress Meter includes indicators that start with the early years and continue through each important milestone leading up to graduating high school and achieving career training or a degree.

To see where we stand, click here.

EXPECT MORE ARIZONA’S 2017  GOALS

With an understanding of where we stand today and where we need to go, Expect More Arizona will call on its growing network of individuals and organizations to work together to move the following priorities forward this year:
•A long-term solution to increase education funding from the early years through college and career, with a focus on equity and excellence in results; including the update and renewal of Prop 301.
•Improving teacher recruitment and retention, to include supporting new funding for teacher pay and working with our partners statewide to set a long-term goal for increased teacher pay.
•Supporting early literacy and third-grade reading proficiency for all students, including improvements to Move On When Reading and advocating for new funding for evidence-based interventions.
•Ensuring high expectations that support excellence for all, including the revision of the A-F accountability system to be a better measure of the contributions of teachers and schools to student achievement.
•Building greater awareness of the connection between postsecondary attainment (training or education beyond a high school diploma) and strong economy and community.
•Supporting investments in Arizona’s community colleges and movement toward funding 50 percent of the cost to educate resident students at state universities.

For Expect More Arizona’s complete 2017 advocacy agenda, click here.

EVERYONE HAS A ROLE TO PLAY. TAKE ACTION TODAY.

Every Arizonan has a role to play to ensure all children receive an excellent education, every step of the way. The path to excellence requires students who are motivated and ready to learn, involved parents, trained and committed educators, informed voters, an engaged business and philanthropic community, and capable and supportive elected officials.

Using the tool below, take the first step by sending a quick message to your elected leaders to encourage them to make education their top priority in 2017. Gilbert Leadership 25th Anniversary Polos - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Gilbert Leadership 25th Anniversary Polos

We are celebrating the 25th year of Gilbert Leadership!

"What started as a vision, “to expose promising leaders to issues that affect our communities, businesses, and the public … to be better able to contribute their resources to making a difference in many ways has grown into a 25-year legacy of developing and raising up leaders who are engaged in Gilbert and their respective areas of influence. Reaching the Silver Anniversary is very exciting!"  - Candy Body, Resource Leadership Group, President and Gilbert Leadership Class XX Graduate

Order your anniversary Polo now...

Mens & Ladies Sport – Tek Moisture Wicking Polo Shirts.
Shirt Color: Navy Blue
Price: $25.00
These pre-order polo shirts will have design on front left size and are available in Mens and Ladies sizes. Ladies polos are V-neck style.
Pre-Ordered polo shirts CANNOT be returned or exchanged on site. (for a different size).
Pre-orders will be accepted up until November 15, 2016 and must be picked up at Gilbert Chamber of Commerce offices; 119 N. Gilbert Rd. once you are notified the polo shirts are ready for pickup.

Please order at http://gilbertleadership.com/alumni/gl-merchandise/ September 2016 Membership Anniversaries - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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September 2016 Membership Anniversaries

We are thrilled to recognize the following members for their continued support of the Gilbert Chamber.  Please look for the 2016-17 window decal at these businesses and be sure to thank them for their support in fostering a healthy and sustainable business climate here in Gilbert.

September 2016

25+ Years
Atmosphere Commercial Interiors

21-24 Years
Gilbert Promotional Corporation
Morrison Ranch, Inc.
Pioneer Landscaping Materials, INC
Republic Media (The Arizona Republic, azcentral.com)
Val Vista Lakes Events

11-15 Years
Southwest Airlines
Town of Gilbert
United Food Bank
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

6-10 Years
Arizona Business Bank
Bound Tree Medical, LLC
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management - James Stoes
Simply Ravishing The Salon
Sunrise of Gilbert
Valley of the Sun United Way
Wells Fargo Bank

1-5 Years
Always Professional In Moving Inc.
Autopro Collision Center Inc.
Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center
Boy Scouts of America - Grand Canyon Council
Clearly Clean Carpet
Custom Signs & Graphics
Desert Hills High School
EZ Spaces
Five Star Carpet Cleaning & Restoration
Get Well Be Well, LLC
Gilbert Christian Schools
Iced for Life LLC
IPA/America's Business Benefit Association
Kelly Insurance Group PLLC
LRG Business Consulting
Mr. Wizard Pool Service and Repair, LLC
One Accord Physical Therapy Gilbert
Red Mountain Air Conditioning
Showtime Realty Professionals, LLC
Southwest Blinds & Shutters
The Beauty Lounge
The Painters Contracting, LLC.
Truly Nolen of America, Inc.
Truly Nolen of America, Inc.
Walt's Jewelers
Window Genie
Your Request Promotional Advertising
Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar GILBERT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM ANNOUNCES MEMBERS OF CLASS XXV - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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GILBERT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM ANNOUNCES MEMBERS OF CLASS XXV

GILBERT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM ANNOUNCES MEMBERS OF CLASS XXV
Chamber, Alumni Celebrate 25th Year of Leadership Development Program

GILBERT – Gilbert Leadership, a program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, has named 27 members to this year’s class as the program continues to raise awareness of community concerns by helping leaders identify opportunities to serve the Town of Gilbert.

Gilbert Leadership is a ten-month development program that brings class members together one day each month to focus on specific issues and to provide an insider’s look at healthcare and social services, community culture, town history, local education and government, economic development, and public safety. Participants are tasked with selecting, organizing and raising funds for a class project that will be of benefit and significant contribution to the Town of Gilbert and its residents.

The following individuals have been chosen for Gilbert Leadership Class XXV:
 
Heather Adams, Dignity Health
Deb Carr, Volunteer
Eric Castillo-Wilson, Keller Williams Realty East Valley
Milissa Chanice, Dignity Health
Kim Corder, Sun Valley Community Church
Damien DeMarco, Centurylink
Rob Duggan, Town of Gilbert
Emily Evans, Aflac
Barb Farmer, Dignity Health
Bernard Francisco, Big Frog Custom T-shirts and More
Karen Hassan, SRP
Rod Heibult, Prudential Insurance Company of America
Kellie Henzel, TruWest Credit Union
Leah Hubbard Rhineheimer, Town of Gilbert
Ben Kalkman, Rocketmedia
Shelly Lanham, Banner Health
Irene Mahoney-Paige, Gilbert Public Schools
Darren McCollem, Banner Health
Valerie Merrill, Legacy Traditional School
Marie Nowicki, Remax Infinity
Busola Obayomi, Nationwide Insurance
Eric Pedersen, Carollo Engineers
JW Rayhons, Rayhons Financial Solutions
Pete Smith, Retired
Andrea Tanner, SRP
John Webster, Ready Logistics
Kimberley Wimberley, Kimberely Wimberley Real Estate
Alice Woodard, Printwerx

“Gilbert is a great community to work, live, and play in, and the Gilbert Leadership Program has a lot to do with that,” said Candy Body, president of Gilbert Leadership’s Board of Directors. “Class members learn what leadership should look like in a variety of environments and team building activities and will be provided with many opportunities to tour organizations and serve in the community.”

Gilbert Leadership is a program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Gilbert Leadership, contact Amanda Bayer at (480) 941-6324 or visit http://www.gilbertleadership.com
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The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 670 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit gilbertaz.com. August 2016 Membership Anniversaries - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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August 2016 Membership Anniversaries

We are thrilled to recognize the following members for their continued support of the Gilbert Chamber.  Please look for the 2016-17 window decal at these businesses and be sure to thank them for their support in fostering a healthy and sustainable business climate here in Gilbert.

August 2016

25+ Years
Gilbert Dental Center
Edward Jones - Bret Seeley

21-24 Years
Spectrac Suspension Centers, Inc.

11-15 Years
Buffalo Wild Wings
California Wire Cloth, Inc.
Integrity Fleet Service, LLC

6-10 Years
Batteries Plus
Desert Schools Federal Credit Union
Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
Gilbert Road Self Storage
Lil' Einstein's
Nedda Tax Accountant, Inc.
Orbital ATK
Unicon, INC.
Wydebeam Broadband a Phoenix Internet Company

1-5 Years 
20 Volume Salon and Spa
365 Mechanical, LLC
Ace of Shades Suncreens and Canopies LLC
Alianza Designs
Carlife Gilbert
Coach Works Automotive & Auto Body
Culver's
DFA Solutions
DH & B Electric, LLC
Dignity Health Foundation - East Valley
Dr. Robert J. Brown D.D.S.
Edward Jones Investments - Bill Monaccio
Grace Style and Bridal
Happy Joes Pizza
Heritage Financial Strategies
Higher Grounds Roastery & Cafe
Hilton Phoenix/Mesa Hotel
Hired Gun Solutions
Ideal Plumbing
Junky Trunk Boutique
Kaleidoscope Focus, LLC
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Lofgreen's Office Products
Low Budget Movers
Maricopa County
Mezona Orthopaedic - Rome Towers
MomentWave, LLC dba TapSnap 1173
Papa Murphy's
Park Holdings LLC
Power Networks, LLC.
Printwerx
Pure Barre
R and S Foam Roofing, LLC
SanTan Volkswagen
Savanna House Assisted Living & Memory Care
Significant Cleaning Service
Smaller Scholars Montessori Academy
Southeast Valley Regional Association of Realtors
SpeedPro Imaging Mesa-Gilbert
The Egg I Am
The Harding Firm
The Sisterhood of Happiness
Vintage Rental Homes
Willow Massage + Spa Transaction Privilege Tax - Upcoming Changes - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Transaction Privilege Tax - Upcoming Changes

The Arizona Department of Revenue is implementing changes to Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT) licensing and reporting, as required by law.  These changes affect all Arizona-based businesses as well as those located outside of Arizona that sell to Arizona customers.

These changes will take effect with the June tax return that taxpayers file in July.

As a partner with keen interest in the Department’s successful implementation of these TPT program changes, we appreciate your help in getting word out about what is planned and encouraging businesses you are affiliated with to file TPT returns online at http://www.AZTaxes.gov
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One of the key changes to take effect beginning July 1, 2016 is that all businesses, regardless of geographic location, will be required to use location-based reporting when submitting TPT returns.  All businesses licensed with the Department will receive a location code(s) identifying each physical location where the business operates.  Location codes will be automatically populated by correct jurisdiction for taxpayers who file electronically, or taxpayers will need to enter the codes correctly on the city detail page using the new TPT forms (TPT-2 and TPT-EZ).

The Department strongly encourages all taxpayers to file online for easier filing and faster processing. Businesses with more than one physical location in Arizona are now required by law to file their TPT returns electronically via http://www.AZTaxes.gov.  Please know the Department has set a goal to eventually eliminate all paper TPT transactions, and we look forward to working with partners like you to educate taxpayers about the benefits of filing online and encourage compliance.

You may be asked questions or receive requests for assistance from taxpayers about the upcoming changes.  Questions can be directed to the Department at 1-844-698-9176 or they can email AskTPT@azdor.gov.

If you would like to have a Department representative present to your organization about these changes, please contact Tom Johnson at RJohnson@azdor.gov.

Sincerely,


David Briant
Director 2016 LEGISLATIVE SESSION REPORT CARD - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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2016 LEGISLATIVE SESSION REPORT CARD

Each year, the East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance (EVCCA) produces a report on the legislative session and lists bills that will have the most significance to East Valley businesses. It reports how each East Valley legislator voted on legislation relevant to the EVCCA.

COLLABORATION, GROWTH, AND VISION STILL GOING STRONG IN GILBERT - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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COLLABORATION, GROWTH, AND VISION STILL GOING STRONG IN GILBERT

COLLABORATION, GROWTH, AND VISION STILL GOING STRONG IN GILBERT
My Reflection On Two Decades of Service at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce

By Kathy Tilque, President/CEO

As I reflect on the past 20 years as president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce the first word that comes to mind is “growth”.  When I joined the staff of the Gilbert Chamber in 1991, our chamber was small with only 250 businesses.  Our town was small, too, with a population of just 27,000. I remember there being no store within the town where I could buy a pair of shoes!

Our heritage district had only a handful of businesses and many of those businesses were struggling. Other than US 60 from Gilbert Road, there wasn’t a simple way to access our community by freeway. Likewise, there weren’t any hospitals, hotels, and San Tan Village was just a figment of the imagination.  

What we did have was an incredible vision for our town’s potential and the determination to work together to create a beautiful, thriving community.  The Chamber played a significant role in ensuring a pro-business environment while maintaining high standards as witnessed today. It was hard work as we were maneuvering through unchartered waters while working to overcome a reputation of being rural community and having very little money to invest to purchase land or infrastructure.

Our town and Chamber leaders understood the housing marketing would drive businesses into our community. We also understood the importance of a slow and strategic plan for future growth in the midst of a housing boom. Just as we do today, the Chamber and Town worked together and advocated for the retention of valuable employment land rather than surrendering this important land for the latest trend in housing.  This was not an easy task and we are proud of preserving properties that now house significant employers like Banner Gateway and Banner MD Anderson.  We continue today in this effort as we plan for long-term sustainability as we near build-out.

One of the most significant factors that poised our town for success was our strong schools. Without this important asset, we may be a much different community today. We continue to have some of the best schools in the State of Arizona – a significant factor in our housing market and economic climate.  Gilbert Public schools was the number one reason residents moved to our community.  Higley Unified School District was just a one school/administration building back in those days and has quickly risen to the top of the charts for academic achievement to join both Gilbert and Chandler school districts.

The Chamber grew with the Town. Our businesses, both large and small, stepped up to engage in the community.  Whether it was helping with community planning, economic planning, or community services, Chamber members have been there.  I've had the privilege of serving as president and CEO but I have not served alone. There have been countless business leaders who have made great contributions to this community. 

What I miss most about the early days is the ability to just roll up our sleeves, shake hands and get it done.  In today's society, we now have to make sure we have extra insurance coverages; we have to sign contracts and dot all of our "i's" before we begin.  Nonetheless, I am happy to say the spirit of working together for one simple cause - a great Gilbert - is alive and well. I am honored to continue to serve a community for which my children and grandchildren can call home. And I know, when I reflect on the past in another 20 years, I will feel this same sense of pride and accomplishment for a town and community which I hold close to my heart.
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The Chamber of Commerce will honor Kathy Tilque and her 20 years of service as CEO at an Open House on Wednesday, July 13 from 4:00 pm to 6:30 p.m. at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, 119 N. Gilbert Road, Ste. 101, Gilbert, AZ  85234.  Video messages, photos, and cards can be sent to the attention of Sarah Watts by mail or e-mail to sarah@gilbertchamber.com.
 
Federal Overreach and Onerous Regulations Topped Discussion with Congressman Matt Salmon - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Federal Overreach and Onerous Regulations Topped Discussion with Congressman Matt Salmon

Federal Overreach and Onerous Regulations Topped Discussion with Congressman Matt Salmon

Members of the Gilbert Chamber met with Congressman Matt Salmon last week as part of its Good Government Series sponsored by SRP.  As Congressman Salmon winds down his final term as our representative in D.C., he shared his unique perspective on top issues impacting our businesses here in Gilbert.

According to Salmon, Congress needs to take back their Article 1 authority which ensures any rulemaking by departments must come back through Congress for their approval.  He noted the Raines Act will accomplish that and he is pushing Congress to pass more detailed bills which does not leave interpretation up to the departments.  A great case in point is the absurd new Federal Overtime Rules passed by the Department of Labor.  Other examples are EPA and Clean Air Act to name a few. 

Add onerous regulations to an outdated taxation system, we are our own worst enemy at pushing U.S. businesses out of the country.  Salmon was very clear that oppressive taxation and regulation policies – not trade agreements – are sending jobs overseas.  He is very supportive of the TPA (Pacific) and the TTIP (Europe) efforts which are trade agreements that actually help small businesses grow their business in a global economy.  TPA alone represents the US doing business with 40% of the world’s GDP.  Congress provides the President authority to negotiate trade agreements on behalf of the U.S. but that authority comes with very lengthy and detailed qualifiers from Congress. 

Other priorities Salmon and Chamber members discussed were long-term entitlement programs needing to be addressed now – such as social security; the threat of cybersecurity on our businesses and power grids; along with the importance of providing a level playing field for global competition through the reauthorization of the Export/Import Bank.

Congressman Salmon was thanked for his tireless efforts to support our business community, his dedication to reaching across the aisle to work together to find solutions and meaningful accomplishments during his terms in Congress. Professionals Needed for 1/2 Day Career Mentorship of Local Students - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Professionals Needed for 1/2 Day Career Mentorship of Local Students

Imagine West Charter School’s 8th graders are researching career fields. As part of the experience, they are required to spend a ½ day with someone in their profession of interest. If you would be willing to allow a student to shadow you and learn more about your profession, please contact Jane DeBatty by e-mail at Jane.Debatty@imagineschools.com. Students are required to make the official ‘ask’ so Jane will collect the contact information of all interested professionals and the student will reach out to the professional of interest to make arrangements.

The program outline is below:

• 8th graders research careers they may be interested in for their future
• They then find a company /professional that they are interested in “shadowing” for ½ of a school day
• They will be transported to and from this shadow by a parent
• Finally, students will create a presentation about their experience to be shared at our Career Fair on May, 20.

All professionals are welcome, with special interest in the following fields:
• Armed Forces
• Child Daycare
• Computer programmer
• DJ
• Doctor  ( ER, Gastro, Heart , Pediatric , General)
• Engineer (mechanical , electrical)
• Firefighter
• Lawyer
• Mayor
• Nurse
• Paramedic
• Police Officer
• Politician
• Small Business owner
• Sports trainer
• Veterinarian
• Zoologist Partners In Progress Celebrates Completion of Shadowing & Mentorship Program for High School Student - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Partners In Progress Celebrates Completion of Shadowing & Mentorship Program for High School Student

Partners In Progress Celebrates Completion of Shadowing & Mentorship Program for High School Students

The Chamber’s Partners In Progress initiative celebrated last week the first high school graduates of the Career Shadowing & Mentorship program. The program has been in place in partnership with ASU and college-level participants and the success of the program prompted a partnership with local high schools.

Six students and six mentors were presented with certificates of completion for their dedication to the experience. The program matches students to professionals within their areas of interest for a flexible, 20-hour shadowing experience. Shadowing offers the student an inside look at an industry without the hands-on requirements and formality of an internship or apprenticeship. The mentor and student work together to determine the hours and opportunities for shadowing so as to best accommodate the schedules of both partners. The Career Shadowing & Mentorship program will welcome a new round of students during the summer months. With 14 student applicants, we are seeking business professionals who are willing to serve. For more information, contact sarah@gilbertchamber.com


Student Brenna Hall, Mentor Gina Berraras, and program Chairman JW Rayhons
Gilbert Chamber Partners with Office Depot/Office Max to Offer Member Savinbs - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Gilbert Chamber Partners with Office Depot/Office Max to Offer Member Savinbs

The Gilbert Chamber is pleased to announce a new partnership with the National Chamber Program and Office Depot/OfficeMax to deliver you steep discounts on the office supplies and day-to-day shopping most crucial to your organization’s needs
I would like to introduce you to Imran Chaudrey, our local Territory Development Manager with Office Depot. Through Office Depot’s partnership with the Chamber, Imran is our representative who will help our members save up to 70 percent on some of the office supplies you use most.

On average, companies save 15% to 25% per year with the Chamber’s Office Depot program.  Plus, Imran will do a price analysis to demonstrate your organization’s specific savings potential.
The Chamber’s Office Depot program treats you like a Fortune 500 company and offers deep discounts on everyday items. In addition to online ordering and next-day delivery, Chamber member companies and their employees get in-store savings, too, including discount copy and print pricing and much more.

Start Saving Now Prosperity Districts - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Prosperity Districts

The East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance was part of a stakeholder meeting at the Capitol this week to discuss the concept of “Prosperity Districts”. The idea is to create a designated area governed by market forces and rule of law but free from an unspecified number of local, state, and federal regulations. The strike-all amendment to HB 2647 containing the concept language is not supposed to move forward this year but lays the groundwork for an interesting discussion over the interim.

Transportation Revenue Study Committee Moves Forward
While the Governor’s Office is requesting to legislative leaders that no bill be sent to the Governor’s Desk until the budget is signed, the Transportation Revenue Study Committee moved through the Republican and Democrat Caucuses last week. The bill, sponsored by Senator Bob Worsley (R- Mesa), establishes a surface transportation task force – a 2015 priority of the EVCCA. Chamber Members Discuss State Issues with District 17 Legislators - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Chamber Members Discuss State Issues with District 17 Legislators

A special thank you to Representatives JD Mesnard and Jeff Weninger for spending Friday morning with members of the Gilbert Chamber to talk about important State issues being addressed as the session begins to wind down.

Unfortunately, it looks like the budget won’t be settled until mid-April.  Representatives discussed the difficulty in addressing one-time expenditures without setting up an expectation of ongoing funding at that same level.  We were happy to hear their support for both Prop 123 (education funding) and Prop 124 (Public Safety Retirement Reforms) in the upcoming election.

Priorities for one-time funding were in line with the Chamber’s top issues – HURF, university funding and K-12.  We appreciated their support for the JTED funding earlier in the session to address career and technical training programs.

The Chamber worked to support the Town’s bill addressing secondary property tax which would allow municipalities to pay down bonds faster and save taxpayers millions of dollars.  Both representatives were supportive and thanked.

This SRP Good Government series brings elected officials to meet with members and discuss issues impacting their businesses as well as long-term local, state, and federal legislation. EVCCA Update: March 25, 2016 - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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EVCCA Update: March 25, 2016

This week the top story in Arizona was the presidential primary election on Tuesday.

Though Trump and Clinton were the winners of the day, the main topic of discussion was the extremely high voter turnout and reduced polling locations which resulted in outrageous lines.  Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell has taken responsibility for the mess. “We certainly made bad decisions, and having only 60 polling places, didn’t anticipate there would be that many people going to the polling places. We were obviously wrong — that’s my fault. So we’ll certainly look at that for future elections.”  Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has asked the US Department of Justice to conduct an investigation.

At the Legislature, just the Appropriations Committees have had meetings this week.  Bill activity is winding down in preparation for budget negotiations to begin.  Out of the 1,219 bills introduced, 88 have passed out of the Legislature and 73 have been signed in to law by Governor Ducey.  There have been no vetoes yet.

Minimum Wage Ballot Measure Proposed
LUCHA, an activist group that works for employment laws, immigration, and elections, has shared that they will be pushing a ballot measure to increase Arizona’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.   The effort faces an uphill battle.  In addition to starting late, they will have to collect 150,642 confirmed signatures before July 7th in order to make the ballot.  To accommodate potentially bad signatures, most campaigns aim to collect well over 200,000. 

Business organizations are exploring opportunities to incrementally increase minimum wage over the next few years so as to not have such an onerous  impact on businesses.  More to come on this effort. EVCCA: March 2016 Legislative Update - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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EVCCA: March 2016 Legislative Update

EAST VALLEY CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE ALLIANCE 
March 2016 Update

Campaign Finance Reforms Move Forward
Secretary of State Michele Reagan introduced a SB 1516 that makes a number of campaign finance
reforms. Included in the bill is an East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance priority from 2015. The
Alliance has pushed for Prop 105 disclosure for several years. The bill includes the requirement that the
following be placed on all advertisements and publicity pamphlets related to statewide statutory ballot
measures: Pursuant to Proposition 105 (1998), this measure cannot be changed in the future if approved
on the ballot except by a three-fourths vote of the Legislature and if the change furthers the purpose of
the original ballot measure or except by referring the change to the ballot. The bill passed out of the
House Elections Committee and is headed to the floor.

Transportation Funding Task Force
Another 2015 Alliance priority continues moving in the legislative process this year. Due to increases in
vehicle fuel efficiency, the amount of revenue generated by Arizona’s gas taxes has been stagnant to
declining in recent years. The Alliance believes the issue needs special attention and priority
consideration. State Senator Bob Worsley (R-Mesa) introduced SB 1490 which creates a task force of
finance and transportation experts to study the issue in the fall. The bill moved out of the Senate and is
moving through the House of Representatives.

Unemployment Insurance Appeals Reforms Pass Committee
A 2016 Alliance priority passed out of the Senate Commerce and Workforce Committee on Monday. HB
2222
includes a provision that eliminates the process for an Unemployment Insurance Board of Appeals
decision on review before a party may apply for judicial review. The bill heads to the House floor. EVCCA: Week 5 of 2016 Legislative Update - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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EVCCA: Week 5 of 2016 Legislative Update

This week in Arizona was the final opportunity to hear bills in issue committees in their chamber of origin. The Appropriations Committees are given an extra week.   Agendas and floor calendars have been very long and filled with heated debate.  So far, out of the 1,219 bills introduced, four have been passed and signed into law by Governor Ducey.   The latest bills to receive Governor Ducey’s approval are the modifications to the state’s Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) and funding for Joint Technical Education Districts (JTEDs).

Governor Ducey Signs Career and Technical Education Funding Bill
The effort to restore $29 million dollars in state funding for JTEDs stalled for a few days while the House negotiated an insubstantial language change to ensure they receive credit for the bill.   As the final version heading to Governor Ducey’s desk for signature is a senate bill, SB1525 by Senator Don Shooter (R-Yuma), the House added language saying that restoring JTEDs was “an important priority” for the House and added the names of the 56 Representatives who signed on to their version.  This version received a vote of approval from the Senate on Wednesday and was promptly signed by Governor Ducey.  President Biggs indicated that he doesn’t mind the changes.  “This bill we’ve always considered too important to be messing around with,” said Biggs.  House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham commented,  “It was important to the House members that their input on the bill and support of JTEDs be recognized.  House attorneys determined that this was a legal and effective way to accomplish that goal.”

Arizona Saw a 25% Reduction in Solar Jobs
According to a report from a recent census from the Solar Foundation, solar jobs have stagnated in Arizona.   As of November 2015 there were roughly 7,000 solar industry workers in the state, about 25 percent lower than at the same time in 2014.  The report cited SRP’s demand charge as the reason for the “massive underperformance”.  “With uncertainty casting a shadow over Arizona’s smaller-scale residential and non-residential markets, and many of the state’s utilities having largely achieved their goals for solar deployment under the state’s renewable energy standard, capacity installation is expected to slow even further in 2016,” the report argued.

Professional Licensure Bill Passes Committee
In his January State of the State Address, Governor Ducey shared that one of his key priorities will be reducing the number of professions that need state licensing.  As a result, HB2613 (regulatory boards; licensing; revisions) was introduced by Representative Warren Petersen (R-Gilbert).  The bill proposes to eliminate licensing for nine professions including geologists, assayers, driving school instructors, landscape architects, yoga instructors and fruit packers.  “Simply stated, licensing should be the last option, not the first. We should be willing to periodically review the status quo and see if current regulations reach the proper balance of employment opportunity and government oversight. Reducing regulations means more money for hardworking Arizonans,” said Ducey policy advisory Rene Guillen.

The bill received its first hearing on Wednesday and faced major opposition with hundreds of individuals signed in to testify.  While many cited public health and safety, several professions would face license reciprocity issues should they want to work in other states.   Representative Petersen argued that protections remain in place to ensure public safety is maintained. “This is not like it’s going from level 10 regulation to level zero regulation. We’re dialing it down. There’s laws on the books,” said Petersen.   Guillen emphasized that the bill is a work in progress and many of the issues discussed will be addressed  throughout the legislative process.

Bill Introduced to Extend Contact Lens Prescription Length
Online contact lens retailer 1800 Contacts is pushing a measure to extend the life of a contact lens to two years.  Current statute dictates a prescription is viable for one year or less.  Dr. Annette Hanian from the Arizona Optometry Association has opposed the measure.  “They have inherent to them things that can affect the corneal integrity, the surface of the eye, the ocular surface that patients aren’t necessarily aware of.  We need to be able to diagnose and intervene at an appropriate time so they don’t become more serious complications,” said Hanian.  The bill’s sponsor, Representative Heather Carter (R-Cave Creek) commented that it is a commerce issue, not a health issue. “This is the only type of statutory provision that dictates by the government how you prescribe a medical device. The government shouldn’t be in the business of mandating the doctor-patient relationship,” said Carter.  After heated debate from both sides, HB2523 (contact lens; prescriptions)  failed with 2 ayes and 6 nays in its first hearing in the Commerce Committee on Wednesday. Gilbert Chamber Supports Higher Education Funding and Reduction of In-State Student Tuition - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce