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Mentors Needed for ASU Job Shadowing Program

The Gilbert Chamber and Arizona State University have partnered to match students with mentors within their fields of study. We are seeking professionals who would be willing to allow a student to shadow for a total of 20 hours over the spring semester, beginning in March.

The purpose of this program is to allow students to understand how their particular skills and studies can be utilized in the real world.  The program is flexible and mentors are encouraged to introduce and facilitate job shadowing experiences of a few hours with other relevant positions within their businesses. Likewise, mentors are encouraged to invite student to meetings/events that would be of benefit. Note: This is not an internship and students should not be given assignments or job duties.

We have several students seeking a mentor this semester. Below is a list of interests on behalf of the applicants.

Aerospace: design or simulation
Aviation: airport management
Aviation: general
Aviation: unmanned piloting
Aviation: unmanned sensor operator
Biology research
Business Consulting
Construction
Counseling
CSN - Admin or Security
Education
Energy
Engineering: automotive design
Engineering: Design
Engineering: Electrical
Engineering: environmental
Engineering: Mechanical
Engineering: product development
Engineering: Software
Finance/Banking
Game Design
Health: education
Health: general
Law: general
Manufacturing
Market Research
Medical: general
Medical: laboratory tech
Medical: physician assistant
Medical: technology
Organizational psychology
Politics
Waste Management
Water Management
Web Design

To learn more, contact Sarah Watts by e-mail to sarah@gilbertchamber.com Advocacy: Our Current Efforts - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Advocacy: Our Current Efforts

The Chamber's staff, Board of Directors, and Public Policy Committee work to identify, raise awareness of, and take positions on the issues affecting our business community. Here's an update on our current advocacy efforts...

On a state level – we are working on an unemployment insurance bill and/or policy change so businesses can ensure that if an employee become incarcerated, is working elsewhere, etc. does not continue to receive paid benefits that count against the company’s experience rating.  Early stages but we will keep you posted.

On the town level – Downzoning continues to be the hot topic – we are supporting the B Green Senior living project at Guadalupe and Recker area; the Board will take a final position on the Gateway Pointe Industrial downzoning (more to come) this week.

I participated in the groundbreaking for BARNONE – the Joe Johnston project that is a craftsman makers market.  Very cool idea – checkout that website for more information.  Our friends Brian and Megan Ruffentine will be opening Garage-East a wine bar there; Brian will be retiring from the fire department. Congressman Salmon to Assist Chambers/Small Businesses Defeat Proposed Federal Overtime Regulations - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Congressman Salmon to Assist Chambers/Small Businesses Defeat Proposed Federal Overtime Regulations

CEO’s of the EVCCA  (East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance), armed with feedback from East Valley businesses and help from the US Chamber of Commerce, met with Congressman Matt Salmon and his staff last week to talk about the dire consequences of this new policy that could become effective this summer.

Three major concerns arose – 1) The ability of a Federal agency department to make such drastic changes to an employment policy with no process involving legislative action or even the Congressional Labor Committee is unhealthy for our business community and nation;  2)  Raising the minimum wage to qualify for exempt status from $23,660 to $50,440 is such a huge jump that is not justifiable and will put small businesses in a situation that could result in reduction of jobs and production; and 3) this action takes the country in the wrong direction, away from the very core of what the new workforce is expecting – flexibility; instead it takes us back to the industrial age of punching clocks. 

Congressman Salmon will assist us in preparing a letter, rallying other AZ delegates, and potentially call for a Labor Committee hearing here in the East Valley.  If that doesn’t work out  we may put together a delegation to go back to DC to help fight this unjust change.  More information to follow.

More than 180 businesses throughout the East Valley took time to return a lengthy survey outlining how the Department of Labor’s attempt to change the policy of Federal overtime regulations.  That’s not a bad number considering they had less than one week to reply right before the Christmas holiday.  These businesses reiterated the Obama Administration's proposed overtime regulation, raising the salary threshold dramatically, thereby making millions more employees eligible for overtime compensation (e.g. reducing the number of employees who can be exempt)  impacts all businesses – large and small! 

By raising the salary threshold for executive, administrative, and professional employees from the current annual level of $23,660 to $50,440 employers will be forced to decide whether to reclassify millions of employees to non-exempt status or increase their salaries to keep them exempt. Employees who are reclassified will be required to track their hours and "punch a clock."  They will be paid only for hours they actually work, and may not actually earn overtime as many employers will limit their work hours to fewer than 40 in a week.
Reclassifying employees will likely lead to other negative effects for employees such as losing flexibility in their work hours, losing benefits, and losing professional opportunities.  With your help, we can build the case that this proposed rule will not boost employees' income, but instead will force employers to reduce employees' flexibility, benefits, and growth opportunities. Congress Approves a Five-Year Highway and Mass Transit Bill - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Congress Approves a Five-Year Highway and Mass Transit Bill

Via the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Political Affairs & Federation Relations...

Dear Kathy,

Last week, following a concerted effort by the Chamber, our members, and our allies, Congress approved a five-year highway and mass transit bill that will increase infrastructure funding, reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank, implement an important permit streamlining provision, and make some helpful financial services reforms.

The president signed that bill into law on Friday, marking a major victory for the business community and the American economy.

Funding. The bill provides $305 billion over five years for highways and mass transit, giving states the certainty they need to undertake long-term projects and to begin to address the backlog of much-needed transportation and transit work.

Ex-Im Bank. Even though the Ex-Im Bank enjoys overwhelming bipartisan support in both houses of Congress, its revival was far from a sure thing following the expiration of its charter in June. This reauthorization could not come soon enough as American jobs were already being lost or moved overseas due to lack of access to Ex-Im financing.

Permit Streamlining. The permit streamlining provisions in the highway bill are groundbreaking and highly significant. They will improve and speed up the review and approval of permitting for complex development projects, ensuring that projects are not unnecessarily delayed or canceled because of ineffective and uncoordinated reviews by federal agencies.

Financial Services Reform. The highway bill also contains a number of provisions that will provide some targeted regulatory relief for smaller financial institutions and help small and growing businesses obtain capital. Specifically, the measures will reduce corporate reporting costs for smaller companies; help emerging growth companies access financing; and amend Dodd-Frank in a number of ways to reduce regulatory burdens.
Thank you for all that you did to make these accomplishments possible. The efforts of you and your members demonstrate how the business community can truly make a difference in the passage of common sense policies that drive growth and job creation.

We look forward to continuing to work together to combat the many hurdles the business community still faces and push for policies that allow our businesses and communities to thrive.

Sincerely,

Rob Engstrom
SVP
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Committee Applications Now Available - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Ambassador Committee Applications Now Available

The next term for the Ambassador Committee will start January 1, 2016 and we are looking for volunteer members who would like to be a part of this committee. If you are interested in serving the Chamber while building your business please complete the application  and return it to the Chamber office or staff by Friday, December 9, 2015.

The Ambassador Committee is an excellent opportunity to increase your exposure in the business community and to form strategic partnerships.
  • Applicants should have some flexibility to their schedule so they can attend
  • Ribbon Cuttings and Chamber events .
  • Ambassadors should be comfortable acting as an emcee and/or a greeter at
  • Chamber events and should always be willing to connect.
  • Support new members by attending Ribbon Cuttings and sharing member benefits.
  • Engage the membership and promote participation at Chamber events and community service activities.
  • Be an advocate for the Chamber .
  • Attend a monthly meeting the second Wednesday of each month from 12-1pm.
  • Actively recruit new businesses to learn more about the Chamber.
If you would like more information contact Annette Sellers at (480) 926-6020. The orientation for new Ambassadors will be held Wednesday, December 16th from 11:00-1:00pm at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.

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Service Learning and Internships Topped Priority Discussions with Higley Governing School Board

The Chamber’s SRP Good Government Series featured the Higley Governing Board and executive team this month.  A large group of business and education leaders discussed opportunities to bring soft skills needed in the workplace into the classroom.

There was an emphasis on introducing these skills and career opportunities to junior high students to provide them exposure and perhaps guide them towards fields of interest as they enter their high school years.  A career fair and internship opportunities for high school and junior high students may be one avenue to pursue in the future.

Service learning projects would bring the importance of community to students; teach them the importance of responsibility, work ethic, problem-solving, and other soft skills.  Ideas to team them up with businesses would introduce students to a different environment and help bridge the gap between school days and a workplace expectations that may seem so very far into the future it is hard for students to comprehend.

These Good Government series events provide a wonderful opportunity to explore ideas to improve our business environment, student success, collaboration, and do some of our own problem-solving!  Ideas shared at both the Gilbert Public Schools and Higley Unified School District is passed onto our Partners In Progress business/education collaboration team. 

The first step we need businesses to take is to register online at http://www.partnersinprogressaz.com so we have your information to contact you when opportunities like this arise.  You can make a huge difference with just an hour or two of volunteer time from you and your employees!  Let’s work together to prepare our workforce of tomorrow. Gilbert Chamber, EVCCA Support Legislature-Approved Education Settlement - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Gilbert Chamber, EVCCA Support Legislature-Approved Education Settlement

Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a $3.5 billion education spending proposal that legislators gave final approval to in a special session last week.  The proposal was supported by the East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance and will settle a longstanding lawsuit against the state and bring critical funding to our K-12 System if voters approve in May 2016.

The measure passed amid heated debate and discussion.   While Republicans unanimously supported all three bills, Democratic support was mixed.

The votes were as follows:

SB1001/HB2001 (schools; base level; appropriations)
Senate- 28 ayes, 0 nays
House- 58 ayes, 0 nays

SB1002/HB2002 (statewide special election)
Senate- 20 ayes, 7 nays
House- 25 ayes, 22 nays

SCR2001/HCR 2001 (education finance; trust land distributions)
Senate- 20 ayes, 7 nays
House- 25 ayes, 23 nays

The proposal will now be sent to the voters for approval in a May 2016 special election.  If voters do not approve the measure, the schools will see no additional funding.

The East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance submitted a letter in support of the proposed settlement last month. An excerpt from the letter reads:

“On behalf of the 5,500 members of the East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance, I urge you to support the proposed settlement to Cave Creek v DeWit and much needed financial investment for Arizona’s K-12 Education system.  For business retention and recruitment purposes, it is important to reverse the perception that Arizona is not financially invested in public education. Development of a knowledgeable, intelligent and competent workforce is critical to our continued economic prosperity.” Partners In Progress Job Shadowing Requests - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Partners In Progress Job Shadowing Requests

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce’s Partners In Progress Program is working with Arizona State University to coordinate job shadowing opportunities this semester. Several students in specified areas of study are in need of a match. The program is seeking matches willing to allow a student to job shadow for a total of 20 hours over the course of several weeks in the following areas of study:

Air Traffic Management - up to 3 students
Applied Biological Sciences - up to 2 students
Biomedical Science
Communication - General
Communication - Technical
Engineering - Electrical Systems
Engineering - General)
Engineering - Mechanical Engineering Systems/Robotics - up to 3 students
Engineering - Software
Environmental and Resource Management
Graphic Information Technology - up to 2 students

If interested, please contact Sarah Watts at (480) 941-6322 or Sarah@gilbertchamber.com for additional details about the program. Thank you for your consideration! Spotlight On: Junior Achievement of Arizona - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Spotlight On: Junior Achievement of Arizona

Junior Achievement of Arizona
Joyce Richards
636 W Southern Ave. 
Tempe, AZ 85282
480.377.8500
www.jaaz.org



(Junior Achievement students discussing business and pricing strategies for their Phoenix Coyotes shop in JA BizTown, where they are running a student-sized town for the day and learning how an economy works.)

Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Date Founded: 1957 in Arizona

What is the mission of your non-profit organization?
To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

How do you serve residents within the Town of Gilbert?
We partner with 28 schools in Gilbert to provide financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship education to students, K-12, through our interactive programs that help students envision their potential.

In your non-profit, what has worked better than you anticipated?
During the nearly 60 years since Junior Achievement was founded in Arizona, more than 1.5 million students have received critical financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship education through the classroom. Thanks to the nearly 8,000 volunteers who help deliver this important educations each year, students in Gilbert, and throughout Arizona, are better prepared to take on the real world and achieve their true potential.

On a daily basis, what is your biggest challenge when it comes to operating your non-profit?
In order to provide these important skills to nearly 100,000 students each school year, Junior Achievement relies on the partnership from companies and individuals in the community to both back the programs, financially, but also provide the volunteers to teach the curriculum and help students connect the dots between what they learn in the classroom to the real world.

What makes your organization unique?
While many nonprofits are meeting urgent, emergency needs (like food, water, shelter, medical care), we are complementing many of those organizations’ efforts, but prepare our youth to be successful in the future by helping them learn how to manage money, get ready to enter the workforce and think like an entrepreneur.

What are some of the ways residents can help support your non-profit? (100 words or less).
It’s through partnerships with companies and individuals in the community that we are able to make our programs available to Gilbert students each year. Please consider partnering financially with Junior Achievement, either personal or through your company. Please visit www.jaaz.org/give for more information. Please also consider signing up to volunteer with JA this year and help deliver this critical knowledge to Gilbert students. For more information about volunteering, visit www.jaaz.org/volunteer.

Why is your non-profit enrolled in the Chamber For Good – Gilbert Gives program?
Junior Achievement is enrolled in the Chamber for Good Gilbert Gives program because we believe strongly in being connected not only to the communities where we serve, but also the businesses in those communities. Simply put, we are priming the next generation of employees for many of these businesses, and we believe that the Chamber members would like to be involved in that process – it means a better, brighter Gilbert in the future! Two US Senators Plus 140 Businesses Equals One Great Day in Gilbert! - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Two US Senators Plus 140 Businesses Equals One Great Day in Gilbert!

The Gilbert Chamber hosted Senator Jeff Flake at his annual SRP Good Government breakfast last Friday morning along with fellow East Valley Chambers.  Senator Flake discussed work on water rights, generation plants, unruly EPA mandates, and forest maintenance issues that directly impact Arizona’s long-term sustainability.  He shared the touching story of the same marines who lowered the flag in Cuba 54 years ago being on hand to raise the flag at the embassy and pass the honor onto the new marines.  He anticipates the concurrent resolution will be passed for the budget with no shutdown of the government.

Fast forward two hours with the Chamber hosting Senator John McCain.  He started his visit with a tour at Orbital ATK and hosted an employee town hall meeting.  I had the honor to lunch with the Senator, Mayor John Lewis and Patrick Banger at our own Barrio Queen downtown.  The Senator was so impressed by the dynamic growth of Gilbert!  We then met 35 business owners at the Chamber office to discuss the importance of a long-term transportation plan and funding to include the completion of I-11 that will push Arizona up in the rankings of global competitiveness along with lowering the corporate tax rates to entice more growth in business and bringing plants back to the US.  Business owners expounded the benefits of trade agreements and reauthorizing the EX-IM Banking Authority; their growth depends on this stabling factor and jobs would be lost without it.

All in all, just another great day in Gilbert!  A special thanks to all who participated in these very important discussions. Community First is holding the Second Annual Community Mental Health and Emergency Preparedness Fair - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Community First is holding the Second Annual Community Mental Health and Emergency Preparedness Fair

Community First is holding the Second Annual Community Mental Health and Emergency Preparedness Fair from 10 am to 1 pm on September 19, 2015 at Tri-City Baptist Church at 2211 W. Germann Rd., Chandler AZ. 

The purpose of the Fair is to provide emergency preparedness information, workshops about health care changes, and a Family preparedness and mental health care forum for community members.  Community First is in the process of confirming participation of First Responders, Emergency Preparation groups, Community Organizations, Workshop Leaders, and Healthcare Resources. AHCCS and DES will have an information and resource booth in the vendor’s area.  Emergency vehicles and fire trucks will be displayed in the parking lot.  There will be food and fun for adults and kids alike.

Community First would like to invite you/your organization to participate in this event.  The information you bring to an event such as this is essential in getting this type of information out to the public.  Last year’s event touched many people and we want to include even more this year.  Please join us in making our Fair the best ever.

For more information, view the event flyer by clicking here, the event program by clicking here, and the participation agreement by clicking here.  If your organization would like to participate in the event, please contact Shawna Weeks as soon as possible by e-mail at shawna.weeks@CentralAZ.com or via her assistant Linda Holland at 480-313-4719. Your representative at the event would need to provide display tables and/or organization display boards, printed resource material for distribution is desired, chairs (if desired for your representatives), people to staff your site at the Fair and a contact name for the onsite representative.  Set up will begin at 7 am. Chamber Supports HUSD Override Request - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Chamber Supports HUSD Override Request

It is with great enthusiasm that the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce encourages a ‘Yes’ vote on the Higley Unified School District (HUSD) budget override request. Businesses move to Gilbert because of what it has to offer: strong schools, an educated and enthusiastic workforce and safe community. Through difficult financial times, HUSD continued to provide outstanding results as evidenced by Higley’s twelve (12) ‘A’-rated schools, graduation rates, scholarship offers and college acceptance.

The Gilbert Chamber is confident HUSD serves as a good steward of taxpayer dollars and this override will allow the district to compete amongst neighboring communities by adjusting teacher pay, reducing classroom sizes, and maintaining important programs for students. Together, we can all contribute to build upon the strengths that make Gilbert such a desired place to live and do business. Our education system is the backbone of making that happen. Please vote “yes” on the Higley District’s budget override request. Spotlight On: Ballet Etudes - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Spotlight On: Ballet Etudes

Ballet Etudes
Founding Artistic Director Sharon Seder Meko
2401 E Baseline Road Suite 111
Gilbert, AZ  85234
480.558.2080
http://www.balletetudes.net




Hours of Operation: Various, but typically M-F 4:00 - 9:00 pm, Saturdays 9:30 - 11:00 am

Date Founded: 1986

What is the mission of your non-profit organization?
Ballet Etudes was created by Sharon Seder Meko in 1986 to fulfill the artistic needs of serious young dancers who desire performing opportunities of the highest caliber.

How do you serve residents within the Town of Gilbert?
We provide high-quality dance training to students ages 3 - adult.

In your non-profit, what has worked better than you anticipated?
Since the inception of our own studio in 2010, we have had steady enrollment which has been a real bright spot!

On a daily basis, what is your biggest challenge when it comes to operating your non-profit?
As a non-profit, it is a challenge to be able to afford the day-to-day operations of our studio in addition to our performing company. Our lobby desk attendants, cleaners, and maintenance workers are all volunteers.

What makes your organization unique?
We are the first pre-professional organization in the Valley and are the longest-running. Since our first performance of The Nutcracker in 1987, we have been producing professional-level productions which are performed throughout the Valley.

What are some of the ways residents can help support your non-profit?
Financial donations are incredibly rare for our organization. Such donations allow us to maintain a proper sound system in the studio, maintain our pianos, and allow us to maintain the studio building as a whole.

Why is your non-profit enrolled in the Chamber For Good - Gilbert Gives program?
We find it important to make ourselves known within the community to both businesses and its residents. Now that we have established our non-profit within Gilbert, we want to become more involved. Referral Teams Closed More Than $2M in Business Last Fiscal Year - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Referral Teams Closed More Than $2M in Business Last Fiscal Year

Members of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce reported more than $757,000 in closed business as a result of referrals April-June 2015 and and more than $2,076,809 during the 2014-2015 fiscal year. These closed-business figures are reported by members participating in the Chamber's industry-exclusive referral teams, representing approximately 210 businesses who work to build strategic partnerships.

To learn more about the Chamber's Referral Teams, contact Annette Sellers at (480) 941-6320 or by e-mail at Annette@gilbertchamber.com. Spotlight On: Make an Investment in Love and Kindness - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Spotlight On: Make an Investment in Love and Kindness

Make an Investment in Love and Kindness
Anthony Gleich
1221 W. Straford Drive
Chandler, AZ 85224
(480) 553-2342
http://www.milkmoney1.org

Hours of Operation: We are on call for outreach 24/7

Date Founded: September 27, 2012

What is the mission of your non-profit organization?
“To bring hope and make a difference assisting in improving quality of life where there is need by making an investment in love and kindness.”

How do you serve residents within the Town of Gilbert?
We have five programs that we use for outreach. Our focus is on Community Development we take care of the needs that no one else does. 

In your non-profit, what has worked better than you anticipated?
Being a resource for those without one.

On a daily basis, what is your biggest challenge when it comes to operating your non-profit?
Funding

What makes your organization unique?
Being dedicated to becoming self-sufficient.

What are some of the ways residents can help support your non-profit?
Through volunteering.

Why is your non-profit enrolled in the Chamber For Good-Gilbert Gives program?
We want to be available to serve.

Congressman Salmon Stresses Support for EX-IM Bank Reauthorization - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Congressman Salmon Stresses Support for EX-IM Bank Reauthorization

Little-known facts surrounding the reauthorization of the EX-IM Bank hit the Arizona economy hard – in loss of jobs and impacts real people’s lives.  One in every 5 jobs throughout Arizona is export related.  The EX-IM Bank actually contributes back to the federal budget each year from interest rates charged to businesses using the banks’ loan guarantees.  While some large businesses do benefit from the EX-IM Bank’s loans, it is small businesses that are the big winners through subcontracts and entrance into foreign markets.

I’ve met with Congressman Salmon three times in the last two weeks and this has been a main topic of discussion, not only at the Chamber’s Good Government series luncheon sponsored by SRP with 75 Chamber members, but also while celebrating Gilbert businesses receiving the national Presidential “E” recognition for export excellence at a joint meeting with the Arizona Chamber, and while in a  room filled with small Gilbert and valley-based export businesses; many that directly benefit from the EX-IM Bank.  In fact, several of the companies shared that if Congress does not reauthorize this economic tool soon they will be laying off half or more of their staff and, in some cases, closing their business.

Exporting is a hard business and US companies are at a disadvantage with foreign competitors due to other countries offering this loan guarantee and reduced regulation that puts their businesses at a huge advantage.  The Ex-IM Bank is one very important tool but so is the Trade Promotion Authority which sets guidelines for future trade agreements.

You have to wonder why Congress is hindering job and economic growth and, in this case, forcing job losses due to philosophical debate and lack of will to counter misinformation.  We appreciate Congressman Salmon’s continued support of our business community and is availability to talk about these important issues. Spotlight On: GILBERT HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Spotlight On: GILBERT HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM

Gilbert Historical Society and Museum
Kayla Kolar, Executive Director
10 S. Gilbert Rd./P.O. Box 1484
Gilbert, AZ  85299
480-926-1577
http://www.gilbertmuseum.org


Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Date Founded: 1982

What is the mission of your non-profit organization? 
The Gilbert Historical Museum is the vibrant cornerstone of an intergenerational community that celebrates the past, inspires unity of all people, and cultivates life-enriching collaboration.


How do you serve residents within the Town of Gilbert?   
For over 30 yrs. we have preserved and exhibited the history of our Town.  We are in the process of transforming into an intergenerational center that brings people of all ages together to learn, experience, celebrate, and do life together in areas such as history, music, art, technology, science, culture, and much more!

In your non-profit, what has worked better than you anticipated?   
People in Gilbert are very open to building lasting, supportive relationships. 

On a daily basis, what is your biggest challenge when it comes to operating your non-profit? 
The biggest challenge is raising operating dollars as well as operating a large facility/running a business and trying to find time to do the long-range planning needed for long-term sustainability.

What makes your organization unique? 
We are the oldest cultural organization in Gilbert and are housed in the only building in Gilbert on the National Register of Historic Places.  When our transformation is complete, we will offer a very unique product/experience which brings the generations together.

What are some of the ways residents can help support your non-profit?
We have a large facility with only one full time and one part time employee.   We always need volunteers in a variety of areas!  And we always need financial support through memberships and donations.

Why is your non-profit enrolled in the Chamber For Good – Gilbert Gives program?
The Chamber of Commerce is an association that helps not just the for-profit businesses in the area, but they support the non-profit businesses, too.  Participating in the Chamber For Good-Gilbert Gives program brings recognition to the Gilbert Historical Museum and gives us an avenue to let the public know what our needs are and how they can participate with us.  It is a win-win for everyone!


Staff and volunteers of GHM - L to R - Ann Norbut, Cathy Schanze, Kayla Kolar, Marji Scotten EVCCA Submits Recommendations to Arizona Senators, Representatives - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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EVCCA Submits Recommendations to Arizona Senators, Representatives

The East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance (EVCCA) is the largest chamber of commerce organization in Arizona with more than 5,000 members representing eight chambers in the East Valley including Apache Junction, Carefree Cave Creek, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek, Scottsdale and Tempe. Our budget priorities, however, have no geographic boundaries. Our membership includes large multi-national corporations and local small businesses. The EVCCA is a true representation of the Arizona business community. We believe it is critical that lawmakers not take their eye off the goal of growing jobs in  Arizona. Read more... Spotlight On: HOSPICE OF THE VALLEY - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Spotlight On: HOSPICE OF THE VALLEY

Hospice of the Valley
2020 E. Woodside Ct.
Gilbert  ZIP: 85297
(480) 730-5980
http://www.hov.org


Volunteers are an important part of Hospice of the Valley’s care. Shown here are volunteer Ann Kooi and patient Bob Swan.

Hours of Operation: 24/7/365
Date Founded: 1977

What is the mission of your non-profit organization?
Comfort and dignity as life nears its end.

How do you serve residents within the Town of Gilbert?
Hospice and palliative care.

In your non-profit, what has worked better than you anticipated?
Our agency’s round-the-clock service with on-duty staff works well because many of our staff members live in the communities they serve – including Gilbert.

On a daily basis, what is your biggest challenge when it comes to operating your non-profit?
Our biggest challenge is getting the word out that there are dozens of hospices and patients and families have the right to choose Hospice of the Valley as their provider of end-of-life care. 

What makes your organization unique?
Hospice of the Valley offers many services that go above and beyond, including pet therapy, charity care, 11th Hour companion services for patients and families who are alone, dementia care for people with all stages of the disease and inpatient hospice homes in communities throughout the Valley, including Gilbert.   

What are some of the ways residents can help support your non-profit?
Residents can give their time to volunteer caring for patients and families and financial resources to help support the agency.

Why is your non-profit enrolled in the Chamber For Good – Gilbert Gives program?
Gilbert Gives is an excellent way for not-for-profit organizations to gain visibility in the community they serve. East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance Publishes 2015 Legislative Agenda - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance Publishes 2015 Legislative Agenda

The East Valley Chamber of Commerce Alliance released their 2015 Legislative Agenda to state legislators, identifying the group's positions, priorities, and core values on several issues including health care, taxation, education and more. Click here to download the 2015 EVCCA Legislative Agenda. Restoring the 40-Hour Workweek is Good Policy and Good Politics - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Restoring the 40-Hour Workweek is Good Policy and Good Politics

One of the first chances for Congress to show that there’s a functioning majority capable of making good policy is to quote Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), “restore the traditional 40-hour definition of full-time employment.”

In the last Congress, a bill passed the House with bipartisan support, but the Senate never voted on it. Nevertheless, efforts to restore the 40-hour definition continue in the new Congress.

Reps. Todd Young (R-IN), Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Pete Olson (R-TX), Mike Kelly (R-PA), and Tim Walberg (R-MI) introduced the Save American Workers Act. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced similar legislation in the Senate. The House is expected to vote on it today.

[The U.S. Chamber sent a Key Vote letter urging House Member to vote for the bill. Tell your Member of Congress you support this bill.]

With Republicans in control of both houses of Congress, chances of sending a bill to the President have improved. However, two conservative leaders wonder if it’s a good idea to actually fix this part of the health care law:

Yuval Levin, a conservative popular with House Republicans, said the legislation "seems likely to be worse than doing nothing." His rationale is that there are many more people who work 40 hours a week than just over 30, and that it would be easier for an employer to cut their hours to 39 a week to avoid offering them insurance than to 29.

Bill Kristol, editor of the conservative Weekly Standard, drew more attention to the post when he took to Twitter to bolster Mr. Levin. “I don’t see why Republicans should be taking the lead in an alleged fix of Obamacare that I’m not sure would improve it anyway,” he said Monday.

Being a sharp thinker, I don’t discount anything Yuval Levin writes. However, his critique that restoring the traditional 40-hour workweek “seems likely to be worse than doing nothing” is theoretical. In contrast, Obamacare’s disruptive effects to employers and most-importantly employees are very real.

In case after case after case, Obamacare’s redefinition of full-time work to 30 hours per week perversely incentivizes employers to cut the hours of part-time workers. In a 2014 survey, nearly one-third of franchise businesses said they reduced workers’ hours and/or replaced full-time workers with part-time employees because of the health care law.

Here are a few examples of how disruptive Obamacare’s redefinition has been:

Schools race to find more substitute teachers.
Local governments have been forced to cut hours for volunteer firefighters.
South Carolina staffing agencies noticed that employers were looking for more part-time workers rather than full-time ones.
Ohio companies capped many part-time workers’ hours to fewer than 30 per week.
Lanhee Chen, a Hoover Institution Research Fellow, told the House Ways and Means Committee in 2014 that those vulnerable to having their work hours (and wages) cut are low-wage workers:

89% don’t have a college degree.
Almost 60% are between the ages of 19 and 34.
The median income is $14,333 per year for individuals and $29,126 for families.
The New York Times quotes Katie Mahoney, the U.S. Chamber’s health policy expert, told the New York Times:

When you think about who we’ve heard from, admittedly anecdotally, the biggest problem is for those workers traditionally not offered health insurance.

I asked Mahoney to expand on what she told the Times:

Before the employer mandate existed, the majority of employers offered health care coverage to full-time employees as a way to hire and retain talent.  In fact, according to Kaiser Family foundation between 91-98% of employer provide coverage for full-time workers.  This isn’t going to change.  What we want to do is to protect those part time workers who want to work more hours, and allow companies to structure their workforce on what makes sense for their businesses and their employees.  Most of the employees that will be harmed by the 30 hour definition by seeing their hours cut are going to need to go get another job in order to continue to earn the wages they need.  This bill will help them. This bill provides an opportunity to allow more people to bring home more in the form of wages – a fact that the CBO estimate affirms when it shows that there will be $13.2 billion more collected in payroll taxes if this bill is passed.

Speaking of the Congressional Budget Office, it and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) looked at the question of whether going back to 40-hours-per-week would put more people at risk of having work hours cut. They conclude it won't happen, because "even without any statutory requirements, employers whose current workforces comprise mostly 40-hour workers have tended to offer health coverage at a greater rate than employers whose employees typically work between 30 and 35 hours per week."

All told, CBO and JCT expect that a small percentage of employers would either redistribute or reduce hours of employees who work 40 hours per week or slightly more.

Now, it’s easy to wave a hand and take Bill Kristol’s position to not fix but “dismantle” Obamacare, or take the advice from Michael Cannon, health care policy expert at the Cato Institute, to wait for a Supreme Court ruling that might "completely invalidate employer-mandate penalties for all employers across 36 states."

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Show Your Support For Law Enforcement on Friday, January 9th

Every day, nearly 800,000 police officers around the country get up, put on a uniform, and go to work.  But their work is different.  Their work is life and death. On average, between 105 and 203 officers die in the line of duty annually, 50,000 officers are assaulted in the line of duty, 14,000 officers are injured in the line of duty, and more than 300 officers commit suicide.  In 2014 six Arizona officers lost their lives while on duty.  Dozens more were shot at.  Every day, they put their lives on the line so that we can safely go to work and to school and to the store.  On behalf of the businesses in the East Valley, we want to say “thank you.”

Friday, January 9, is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, a day for all of us to show law enforcement officers that we recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible career they have chosen.  We appreciate that they work in our schools.  We appreciate that they help if we’re in an accident.  We appreciate that they respond when we call.  We appreciate their community programs like “shop with a cop.”  We appreciate the myriad of things they do behind the scenes so that we can live our lives without giving law enforcement much of a thought.

On January 9 and every day, we invite you to join with us in acknowledging the bravery and sacrifices of law enforcement professionals, and show our appreciation for making our lives easier.

* Change your profile picture on social media to the jpg image provided at http://www.facebook.com/nationalcops
* Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency
* Share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media
* Participate in Project Blue Light - Proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement

Most importantly, if you see a police officer, thank a police officer.

Thank you, officers, for making our communities safer for those of us in the East Valley.  We are proud to work with you.

East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance
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Sally Harrison, President/CEO, Mesa Chamber of Commerce
Rick Kidder, President/CEO, Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce
Terri Kimble, President/CEO, Chandler Chamber of Commerce
Larry Johnson, President & CEO, Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce
Mary Ann Miller, President/CEO, Tempe Chamber of Commerce
Kathy Tilque, President/CEO, Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Spotlight On: CHANDLER CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CENTER

345 S. California St
Chandler, AZ 85225
480-963-1423
http://www.chandlerfoodbank.org

Hours of Operation:  8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Date Founded:  1966

What is the mission of your non-profit organization?
At Chandler Christian Community Center, we change lives by nourishing minds and bodies to create a connected, thriving community.

How do you serve residents within the Town of Gilbert?
CCCC delivers services to the most vulnerable Gilbert residents through our Community Action and Senior Programs.  Our Community Action Program (CAP) provides financial assistance to low income residents facing a short term crisis, such as a loss of income or unexpected expense.  The CAP also works with residents on case management plans and makes referrals to affordable housing, food and clothing to help residents maintain financial stability.  Last fiscal year, the CAP assisted 152 unduplicated Gilbert households with over $55,000 in direct financial assistance and provided over 3,800 referrals to other needed services.

At the Senior Center, CCCC served 10,993 nutritiously balanced meals to 281 Gilbert residents in our dining room last fiscal year.  Seniors coming into the Center also get support from our Outreach Specialist and get the opportunity to interact with others.  Last fiscal year, 332 seniors participated in the 820 activities offered.  Another vital program is our Home Delivered Meals Program.  This program delivered 8,853 meals to the homes of 100 senior and/or disabled Gilbert residents.  In addition to delivering lunch, our staff and/or volunteers conduct a wellness check for these vulnerable residents, helping them to maintain independent living.  Our senior participants facing food security can also access a food bag at either the senior center or delivered to their home. 

In your non-profit, what has worked better than you anticipated?
CCCC strives to offer comprehensive services to address the many issues of low-income households in our communities.  Our Family Resource Center, Senior Programs, Food Bank and Community Action Program work together to create a safety net to those in need.  This collaboration amongst our programs, in addition to collaborations with other services providers, brings services and programs together in one agency to meet the variety of needs of families in crisis. 

On a daily basis, what is your biggest challenge when it comes to operating your non-profit?
One of the biggest challenges is meeting the needs of our community with decreasing resources.  We are currently operating with the minimum staff needed to provide services in anticipation of additional funding cuts.  We attempt to leverage our funding in the most effective manner by utilizing volunteers whenever possible and collaborating.  Many of our funding sources are leveraged by other sources.  Therefore, a cut in one funding source can cause a ripple, resulting in a greater decrease of program funding.  

What makes your organization unique?
CCCC offers a wide variety of programs to effectively serve those in need.  We strive to offer programs to not only alleviate the current need, but also help the family reach a higher level of self-sufficiency.  We also receive a lot of support from our community through not only monetary and food donations, but in volunteer hours.  Last fiscal year, volunteers gave 32,588 hours of volunteer service to our programs. 

What are some of the ways residents can help support your non-profit?
One of our greatest needs is volunteers for lunch meal delivery and wellness checks for the most vulnerable in our community.  We also need volunteers to facilitate activities at the Senior Center and assist with our congregate lunch meal.  Cash donations help ensure continued programming and help us leverage other funding.  We also accept donations of non-perishable food and hygiene items.   More information can be obtained at either location.  Our Senior Programs are located within the Community Center at 130 N. Oak St. and our Community Action Program is located next door at 132 W. Bruce Ave.

Why is your non-profit enrolled in the Chamber For Good – Gilbert Gives program?
CCCC is enrolled in Chamber for Good-Gilbert Gives to increase awareness of our programs in the community—not just those who may want to get involved, but those who may be in need of help.  CCCC also sees the opportunity for providers to join together and for potential supporters to access information on ways to support these important programs in one place.

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Business, Education Communities Discuss Priorities For Education

Members of the business and education communities met last week at the Higley Unified School District Town Hall Meeting. They discussed key business/education partnerships and opportunities to enhance students' entry into the workforce, college and career-readiness. Click here to read the priorities for education to create an environment that produces exceptional college and career-ready students which will, in turn, accelerate job creation and business growth. Spotlight On SAVE THE FAMILY - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
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Spotlight On SAVE THE FAMILY

Save the Family
125 E. University Drive
Mesa, AZ  85201
(480) 898-0228
http://www.savethefamily.org

Name of Executive Director/Manager:
Jacki Taylor, CEO

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Date Founded:
1989

What is the mission of your non-profit organization? 
Save the Family empowers families to conquer homelessness and achieve life-long independence

How do you serve residents within the Town of Gilbert?
Save the Family helps the Town of Gilbert’s neediest population- its homeless families.  Save the Family provides short-term, transitional housing, professional case management and supportive services (career services, parenting classes, financial literacy, domestic violence classes and programs for youth) to homeless families living on the streets (places not meant for human habitation) and those families fleeing domestic violence.  For families entering the program with only the clothes on their backs, Save the Family provides household furniture, household items such as dishes, sheets, toiletry items, professional clothing, bus passes, etc.  Our programming for adults focuses on employment at a living wage, the skills necessary to manage household finances, and life-skills.  For children and youth, programming is focused on academic support and strengthening their protective factors against drop out, teen violence, substance abuse and poverty, breaking the negative cycles for future generations.

In your non-profit, what has worked better than you anticipated?
Save the Family is tremendously grateful for the outpouring of support from our local business community, much of which has come through Gilbert Chamber connections.  Chamber members have raised aware ness for our cause, donated their time and talents to directly volunteer with our families, provided in-kind goods and services that help us keep our overhead costs low, have sponsored families for the holidays and have sponsored and attended events.  The impact of our involvement in the Gilbert Chamber and the strength of support cannot be over stated.      

On a daily basis, what is your biggest challenge when it comes to operating your non-profit?
Our greatest accomplishment last year is also currently our greatest challenge.  We successfully partnered in a $19.8 million public-private partnership to construct “Escobedo at Verde Vista”, an affordable housing complex.  This partnership provides Save the Family the opportunity to enhance our support network for vulnerable families and to strengthen the community’s future.   However, the $19.8 million funded infrastructure development and construction activities, but not the additional long-term costs associated with providing services to twice as many families in need.  Operating support is needed to fund expaneded program costs for the next two years while we embark on a $3.5 Million Strategic Growth Campaign entitled, “Building a Brighter Future, Together!” to fulfill that purpose.

What makes your organization unique? 
Save the Family utilizes a client-centered approach to delivering services.  This means that each client pairs with a case manager to create a road-map to success and upward trajectory based on their individual needs and the needs of each individual family member.  This creates a partnership relationship in which our clients thrive.  We recognize that each person we serve is unique with their own set of hopes and dreams and are blessed to be part of their personal journey toward self-sufficiency and long-term permanent housing. 

What are some of the ways residents can help support your non-profit?
Donate:
• Monetary Gifts
• Furniture, Clothing, Household Goods
• Working Poor Tax Credit donation
• Donation Drives
• Planned Giving
• Corporate Partnership
• United Way Designation
• Employer Matching Gifts

Volunteer:
• Events
• Teaching
• Reading Hour/Childcare
• Professional Hours (dental, vision and legal services)
• Group Projects, such as paint and clean events
• Board of Directors

Sponsor:
• Events
• Sack Lunch Program
• Home Sponsorship
• Client Graduation Food/Gifts
• Holidays - Adopt a Family

Advocate:
• Tell Your Church/Business/Friends About Us
• Follow/Like Us on Twitter/Facebook
• Link Your Fry’s, Albertson’s or Amazon Smiles Rewards to Us
• Shop at Our Thrift Store
• Attend Events

Why is your non-profit enrolled in the Chamber For Good – Gilbert Gives program?
Save the Family is proud to partner with Chamber For Good – Gilbert Gives as we believe neighbors helping neighbors strengthens the community for everyone.

 
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