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April 2017 Membership Anniversaries

April 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.

April 2017

25+ Years
A & P Nursery & Lawnmower Shop
Falconer Funeral Home
Gilbert Veterinary Hospital, P.C.
Sam's Club
State Farm Insurance - JoAnn Saba Alvarez
Wells Fargo Bank

16-20 Years
Arizona State University
Costco Wholesale # 481
Landings Credit Union

11-15 Years
Cox Communications
Villa Siena

6-10 Years
Arizona Hardwood Floor Supply
Best Western Legacy Inn & Suites
Cardio-Juvenate+
DES Arizona Workforce Connection/East Valley Employment Service
Magic Pest Control
Seville Golf and Country Club
Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt
The I.T. Workshop, LLC
VIP Airsoft Arena

1-5 Years
AAA Arizona, Business Insurance
Ace Payroll Services
Aflac - Emily Evans
Arizona Bank and Trust
Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.
BenefitMall - Payroll Products and Services
Big Marlin Group
Center for Dermatology & Plastic Surgery
CenturyLink Store
Dream Vacations - Karen Coleman-Ostrov
Edward Jones - Mallory Reis
Holly Pritulsky Agency
Joyride Taco House
Liv Northgate
Living Spaces
Living Stone Yoga Studio
MedPost Urgent Care
Monarch Medical Group PLLC
Office Depot OfficeMax
Prudential Insurance
Redstone at SanTan Village
Rocky Mountain Restoration
Sharp Creek Contracting, Inc.
Shoppers Supply
Snooze A.M. Eatery
Staples The Office Supply Superstore
STAX 3D Printing
Sun Valley Medical Billing, LLC
Sweetz Cold Brew Coffee Co
True Home Maintenance Air Conditioning & Heating, LLC
TruthLoveChange Foundation
Wilson-Goodman Law Group, PLLC
Zappone's Italian Bistro The Governor just signed the ADA fix! - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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The Governor just signed the ADA fix!

The Governor just signed the ADA fix!

Thanks to the EVCCA, Arizona businesses are protected from drive-by lawsuits and the first state in the nation to protect business websites. The bill changes the litigation processes for alleged violations under the Arizona Americans with Disability Act (Arizona ADA). It specifies that a private entity is allowed 30 days to comply with Arizona ADA regulation, unless a building permit is required; in which case a private entity is allowed an additional 60 days to resolve a violation. The specified time is tolled from the time after submitting an application until a final determination is provided and is not included in the calculation unless the delay is caused by the private entity. However, websites are exempt from the Arizona ADA.

This bill has been a priority of the EVCCA this session as the East Valley was targeted for hundreds of frivolous lawsuits against small businesses in which many settled out of court for thousands of dollars.  The EVCCA is a firm supporter of compliance and continues to educate businesses on size, placement of signs, parking spaces, etc. March 2017 Membership Anniversaries - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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March 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.

March 2017

25+ Years
APS

21-24 Years
Barnes Fine Jewelers
Gilbert Boys & Girls Club
International Minute Press of Gilbert

11-15 Years
Arizona Animal Wellness Center
Hale Centre Theatre
Rayhons Financial Solutions / Voya Financial Advisors
Wal-Mart

6-10 Years
4th Wall Productions, LLC.
Carma Brewer
Extra Mile Floor Care
Sante' of Mesa
Savante Salon
Sunrise Urology, PC
Superstition Lakes Dental
Superstition Springs Golf Club
Z Physique LLC

1-5 Years
American Family Insurance - Ken Waddill
Arizona's Dukes of Air, LLC
Barrio Queen
BHB Remodel & Renovation
Bobby-Q II LLC
Cafe Rio Mexican Restaurant
CertaPro Painters of Gilbert
Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA
Clear Online Video
Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Service of Gilbert
Creo School
Daley Connections, LLC
Dani Kahn Designs
Denny's
Eternal Event Design
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation
Farmers/Fiddler Insurance Agency
Heritage Pointe Apartment Homes
Horizon Community Bank
Independent Appliance Repair DBA MSM Technologies
Leading Edge Academy & Gilbert Early College
LegalShield
Lowe's
Lowe's of Gilbert
My Accountant Bookkeeping & Tax Service Inc.
NextHome Source
NOVA Home Loans
Prime Health & Wellness, LLC.
Resource Leadership Group
Silver Creek Inn Memory Care
Strong Tower Insurance Group
The Ehlen Team, RE/MAX Solutions
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill
Thrivent Financial - Warner Ranch Group
T-Mobile
Withey Morris, PLLC
Y FIT Fitness Training Speaker of the House JD Mesnard and his new role at the Legislature - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Speaker of the House JD Mesnard and his new role at the Legislature

Speaker JD Mesnard met with the Gilbert Chamber during the SRP Good Government breakfast this past week and shared his thoughts on the State’s budget process.  Good news is that the revenue projections for the Governor’s and legislators’ budgets are very close which translates into less tough negotiations in the foreseeable future.  Unfortunately, due to Prop 105 mandates the ability to fund the more than $60M in new requests for individual line items makes these negotiations even more difficult.

We are thankful for Speaker Mesnard’s support of the ADA frivolous lawsuit bills as they provide businesses time to comply. 

Speaker Mesnard spoke of the concerns raised with exempting individual entities from paying TPT in an effort to leverage those dollars for bonds will open the door to the federal government questioning whether we are a true TPT state or a sales tax state.  Further concerns will be voiced on bonding and long-term debt.

There are several ballot reform bills moving through the House and Senate which include removing the ability to pay per signatures collected and requiring 10% signatures of registered voters gathered in each district impacted by the ballot issues to name a few.

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

February 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.

25+ Years
Norwood Furniture
SRP

21-24 Years
Wells Fargo Bank

11-15 Years
Brechbill Consulting, LLC
Costco Wholesale # 644
Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park & Funeral Care
The Leadership Centre
Wildflower Bread Company

6-10 Years
DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert & SanTan Elegante Conference Center
Edward Jones - Ray Thompson Financial Advisor
Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix-Gilbert
Hyatt Place Phoenix / Gilbert
Newman Realty
Presidential Pools, Spas & Patio
The Original Basket Boutique
Valley Women for Women OB/GYN

1-5 Years
2UTire & Wheel
American Cancer Society
Banner Neuro Wellness
Bold Roost Cafe
Cantor Crane - Personal Injury Lawyers
Chandler Christian Community Center
Desert Schools Federal Credit Union - SanTan Village
Dignity Health Arizona General Hospital Emergency Room- Gilbert
Essential Rehabilitation Services, LLC
Farm Bureau Financial Services - Heather Suess
Fat Cats Entertainment Center
Gateway Executive Suites
Groundzero Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Heating
Henry Brown Automotive Group
Homestar Financial Corporation
Isagenix International
Jester's Billiards
Lifetime Heart & Vascular
Peoples Mortgage
Phend Plumbing
Poolwerx
Publication Layout
Red Wing Shoes
Rigid Industries
Rio Rico Mexican Grill
San Tan Mountain View Funeral Home & Advance Planning Center
Southwestern Retirement Planning Advisors, Inc.
The Therapy Farm, LLC.
USA BMX
Whitestone Reit 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.


READ SB 1198 Town Leaders Share Strategic Initiatives and Priorities at Annual Breakfast - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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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
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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