GILBERT’S ‘PARTNERS IN PROGRESS’ INITIATIVE LAUNCHES WEBSITE TO CONNECT BUSINESS, EDUCATION

October 2, 2014

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GILBERT’S ‘PARTNERS IN PROGRESS’ INITIATIVE LAUNCHES WEBSITE TO CONNECT BUSINESS, EDUCATION
Website Features Listing of Businesses Hoping to Provide Industry-Related Advice, Expertise

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce today announced the launch of a website, www.PartnersInProgressAz.com, to provide a community resource on behalf of the business retention and workforce readiness efforts of the organization’s Partners In Progress initiative.

The website is designed as a platform to connect Gilbert’s business and education communities and is a collaborative effort between the Chamber and several business and educational partners, as well as the Town of Gilbert’s Economic Development Department.

Business professionals and industry leaders are invited to create a free business listing on the website to serve as a resource to educators by:
•              Speaking in the classrooms;
•              Serving as a curriculum adviser;
•              Hosting interns;
•              Allowing students to job shadow, and more.

Students, Parents, and Educators are invited to search the website to:
•              View Career Pathway videos;
•              Find internships and job shadowing opportunities;
•              Call upon local professionals and industry experts to support academic needs;
•              Learn more about Student Entrepreneur Institute (students);
•              Participate in behind-the-scenes business tours for Continuing Education credits (educators); and more.

“We gathered together representatives from business, education and government last year and we heard their need to create a common ground where educators could easily find those businesses that can support lessons and provide expanded opportunities for growth,” said JW Rayhons, Chairman of the Chamber’s Partners In Progress Committee and owner of Rayhons Financial Solutions in Gilbert. “We worked diligently to get the basic need met and will continue to expand on the resources and information of this site as we receive additional feedback from both communities.”

Introduced in 2011, Partners In Progress is a program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce designed to facilitate a healthy business environment for the growth, expansion, and retention of businesses. The program was conceptualized under the leadership of strategic foundational partners including Arizona State University, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, and the Town of Gilbert.  It has since expanded to include k-12 educational partners. Learn more about the program at http://www.PartnersInProgressAz.com
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Partners In Progress is supported by Dignity Health, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, John’s Refrigeration, Orbital Sciences, the Town of Gilbert, APS, Arizona State University, Banner Gateway Medical Center, Bushtex, Rayhons Financial Solutions, 910 West, Centurylink, Sam’s Club, SRP, East Valley Institute of Technology, Gilbert Public Schools, and Higley Unified School District.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 625 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.GilbertAz.com
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GILBERT CHAMBER OPPOSES MARICOPA COUNTY PROPOSITION 480

October 1, 2014

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GILBERT CHAMBER OPPOSES MARICOPA COUNTY PROPOSITION 480
Leadership Calls for Needs Assessment, Collaboration with Private Sector

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce has announced its opposition of Proposition 480, a $935 million bond measure for Maricopa County’s special health care district, and calls for a more clearly-defined itemization for use of funds.

The Chamber’s Board of Directors voted to oppose Proposition 480 after review and recommendation by the organization’s Public Policy Committee.

According to chamber President/CEO Kathy Tilque, members felt Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) should first work closely with local private health care providers to determine which services currently overlap and how best to complement or expand services that are not duplicated.

“Before we request tax payers to further fund MIHS’s current model, we should first assess the areas of need and determine if recent expansions within the private market are able to meet this demand,” said Tilque. “This is an opportunity for collaboration, not replication. We believe partnerships can be leveraged to provide health care to all populations, including those who are currently underserved.”

Tilque acknowledges the importance of two very specific services MIHS provides – behavioral health and the burn center – that must be addressed in the collaborative assessment.

“With the introduction of the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of AHCCCS, health care coverage is more readily available to citizens of Maricopa County. Without a specific outline for use of this bond, voters are not given the opportunity to prioritize the services provided and facilities at which the money will be spent,” Tilque said.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 625 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.GilbertAz.com
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CHAMBER’S GILBERT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM NAMES CLASS XXIII MEMBERS


Members of Class XXIII spent their first day together on September 19th as they participated in team building activities at YMCA Camp Sky-Y in Prescott, Arizona.


September 24, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CHAMBER’S GILBERT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM NAMES CLASS XXIII MEMBERS

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 nine-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 XXIII:

Jasen Barcklay, Arizona Army National Guard;
Leticia Barwick, Meritum;
Bryan Bijonowski, VIP Airsoft Arena;
Rod Buchanan, Town of Gilbert;
Melissa Buxton, SanTan Village/Macerich;
Jasmine Castillo, Lifetime Heart & Vascular;
Linda Chafey, Southwest Image Realty;
Ralph Chinappi, Salt River Project;
John Christiansen, Thrivent Financial;
Fabian Cota, Vintage American Barbershops;
Bridget Doherty, Dignity Health;
Jason Harris, Town of Gilbert;
Dustin Holindrake, Solutions Real Estate;
Brian Johns, Associated Architects;
Eric Jones, Evident Life Church;
Elaine Kessler, Elaine Kessler Photography;
Gardenia Lamadrid, Town of Gilbert;
Alan Mafara, East Valley Animal Hospital;
Curtis Mundy, Dignity Health;
Kristine Niemeier, Salt River Project;
Robert Ramos, Department of Child Safety;
Richard Randall, JB Water;
Eric Reber, Speedpro Imaging Mesa-Gilbert;
Dustin Schaffer, Wellsprings of Gilbert;
Randall Sink, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office;
Julie Swartling, Chandler Christian Community Center; and
Heather Wilkey, Town of Gilbert.

More than 415 individuals have graduated from the program since its inception, including Mercy Gilbert Medical Center CEO Tim Bricker; past Gilbert mayor Cynthia Dunham; Adelaida Severson, CEO of Bushtex; Kathy Tilque, president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber; Town Manager Patrick Banger, and many other community leaders.

The Gilbert Leadership program is supported through sponsorship by SRP, Family Life Financial Solutions, APS, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, and Friends of Gilbert Leadership. For more information about Gilbert Leadership, contact Adrianne Lynch at (480) 570-0600 or visit http://www.gilbertleadership.com

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 625 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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GILBERT PROFESSIONALS JOIN CHAMBER’S INAUGRAL BUSINESS ACADEMY SERIES

Contact: Kathy Tilque, President/CEO 
Office: (480) 941-6325

September 18, 2014

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GILBERT PROFESSIONALS JOIN CHAMBER’S INAUGRAL BUSINESS ACADEMY SERIES
Nine-Month Program Includes Topics, Trainings to Benefit Small Business

GILBERT – Ten of Gilbert’s small business owners began seminars last week as the first class members of the Chamber’s Business Academy program.

Business Academy will provide more than 30 hours of training and education to help these and other professionals work on the growth and development of their small businesses.  The program includes one 90-minute seminar and one 90-minute mastermind session each month along with additional coursework.  Members of the inaugural class include:

Karen Camblin, CNN Mortgage;
Tiffany Fisher, Sun Valley Medical Billing, LLC;
Jennifer Job, Sun Valley Medical Billing;
Dani Kahn, Higher Grounds Roastery & Cafe;
Anne McAuley, McAuley Freelance Writing;
Mark Newman, Newman Realty;
Nicole Posten-Thompson, Associated Architects;
Doug Rose, DFA Solutions;
Chris Rosepapa, Rosepapa Creative Design
Tiffany Uran,  Willow Insurance Agencies, LLC;

Each seminar and mastermind session can be attended independently at a per-seminar cost of $15 for Chamber members; $40 for non-members.  To register or for more information, visit the Chamber’s event calendar at http://www.gilbertaz.com or contact Adrianne by e-mail to Adrianne@gilbertchamber.com.

Business Academy seminars are presented by Investment You, with further support provided by 910 West, 4th Wall Productions, and Employee Benefit Exchange. Business Academy Mastermind Sessions are presented by Cooper Crossing Executives Suites.  Referral messaging is presented by John’s Refrigeration.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 625 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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LR -  Doug Rose, Nicole Posten-Thompson, Mark Newman, Tiffany Fisher, Anne McAuley, Tiffany Uran, Karen Camblin, Dani Kahn, Jennifer Job, Chris Rosepapa
GILBERT CHAMBER ROLLS OUT ‘BUSINESS ACADEMY’ WORKSHOP AND MASTERMIND SERIES

Contact: Kathy Tilque, President/CEO 
Office: (480) 941-6325

September 2, 2014




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GILBERT CHAMBER ROLLS OUT ‘BUSINESS ACADEMY’ WORKSHOP AND MASTERMIND SERIES
Programming Developed by Chamber’s Small Business Council

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber’s new Business Academy program will begin this month and will provide more than 30 hours of training and education to help small business owners work on the further growth and development of their businesses.

Business Academy is a nine-month program that will cover many aspects of business ownership to help owners reach their professional and personal goals. The program includes one 90-minute workshop and one 90-minute mastermind session each month along with additional coursework.

Business Academy topics include:
September  ‘14                 Dream Big! Create a Roadmap to Your Future
October ‘14                       Rubber Meets Road: Write and Rewrite Your Business Plan
November ‘14                  Fill Your Pipeline Funnel
January ‘15                         Build Referrals and Polish Your Pitch
February ‘15                      Build Your Team: Job Descriptions and Hiring
March ‘15                            Build Your Team: Internships and Interviews
April ‘15                               Sales: Contact, Close and Cash
May ‘15                                Managing Cash Flow
June ‘15                               Develop your Exit and/or Contingency Plan

Business Academy tuition is $150 and is open to current members of the Chamber of Commerce. A certificate will be issued to enrollees upon completion.

Each workshop and mastermind session can be attended independently at a per-seminar cost of $15 for Chamber members; $40 for non-members.  To register or for more information, visit the Chamber’s event calendar at http://www.gilbertaz.com or contact Adrianne by e-mail to Adrianne@gilbertchamber.com.

Business Academy workshops are presented by Investment You, with 910 West, 4th Wall Productions, and Employee Benefit Exchange. Business Academy Mastermind Sessions are presented by Cooper Crossing Executives Suites.  Referral messaging is presented by John’s Refrigeration.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 625 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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GILBERT CHAMBER REPORTS $2.9 MILLION IN REFERRAL BUSINESS FOR FISCAL YEAR

July 24, 2014

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GILBERT CHAMBER REPORTS $2.9 MILLION IN REFERRAL BUSINESS FOR FISCAL YEAR
Chamber Referral Teams Closed More Than $7.5 Million in Three Years

GILBERT – Members of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce reported more than $2.9 million in closed business as a result of referrals for the fiscal year ending June 30th and more than $7.5 million since the Chamber began tracking closed-business revenue just three years ago.

These closed-business figures are reported by members participating in the Chamber’s industry-exclusive referral teams, representing approximately 150 businesses who work to build strategic partnerships with one another and understand the products and services provided by each member of the group.

“The referrals are a natural byproduct of these professionals getting to know one another and building relationships,” said Sara Clifton, the Chamber’s Programs and Services Director. “We meet each week as a group but we also request that participants meet one-on-one with every other member of their group so they can get an understanding for the business and develop an ear and eye for good referrals to share with each other.”
The recorded results do not include those businesses not participating in referral groups; although they too receive Chamber-to-member or member-to-member referrals.
The Chamber operates five referral teams; each team is capped at 35 participating businesses. Limited availability exists in the following categories: electrician, pool maintenance, salon services, schools/education, pest control, auto repair, handyman, and non-profit. To learn more about the benefits of the Chamber, please contact Sara Clifton at 480-941-6321.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 625 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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U.S. SENATOR FLAKE TO SPEAK TO BUSINESS COMMUNITY AT CHAMBER BREAKFAST

July 23, 2014

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U.S. SENATOR FLAKE TO SPEAK TO BUSINESS COMMUNITY AT CHAMBER BREAKFAST
U.S. Chamber of Commerce to present Flake with ‘Spirit of Enterprise Award’

GILBERT – U.S. Senator Jeff Flake will be the guest of honor and recipient of the Spirit of Enterprise Award at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce’s Good Government breakfast on Tuesday, August 5th in Gilbert.

An event of the Gilbert Chamber’s Good Government Series, this breakfast will bring together Chamber members with Senator Flake for a candid, informational discussion on a variety of business-related topics and news from the capitol. U.S. Chamber of Commerce representative Dick Castner will present Senator Flake with the Spirit of Enterprise Award at this event.

“The Gilbert Chamber has had the pleasure of hosting Senator Flake and being part of the Spirit of Enterprise award presentation for the past several years,” said Kathy Tilque, president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber. “It’s a valuable opportunity for engaged business owners to hear from the Senator and to ask questions about issues that directly impact their businesses.”

The Spirit of Enterprise Breakfast with Senator Jeff Flake, presented by SRP, will be held on Tuesday, August 5th from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Val Vista Lakes, 1600 E. Lakeside Drive, in Gilbert. Additional support is provided through sponsorship by CenturyLink and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center.

Admission for members of the Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale, or Queen Creek Chambers of Commerce is $20; guest admission is $45.

To register or for more information, visit the Chamber’s website at gilbertaz.com or contact the Chamber by phone at (480) 892-0056.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 625 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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GILBERT CHAMBER ANNOUNCES CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENTS FOR LOCAL, DISTRICT RACES

June 24, 2014

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GILBERT CHAMBER ANNOUNCES CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENTS FOR LOCAL, DISTRICT RACES

GILBERT - The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce has announced its endorsements of candidates for Town Council, District 12, Gilbert Public School and Higley Unified School District races. 

“Based on specific criteria, the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce felt it is important to endorse candidates that bring the highest level of experience, understanding of the issues, expertise, and ability to build consensus for the betterment of our community,” announced Kathy Tilque, President/CEO.  “These decisions were weighed heavily as there are many very good, passionate candidates and all brought their own style of leadership and knowledge to the races.”

The Gilbert Chamber endorses the following candidates:

District 12 (alphabetically)
Senate – Andy Biggs
House – Eddie Farnsworth, Warren Petersen

Gilbert Public Schools (alphabetically)
Charles Santa Cruz
Jill Humpherys

Higley Unified School District
Venessa Whitener

Town Council (alphabetically)
Eddie Cook
Victor Petersen
Brigette Peterson
Jordan Ray

All candidates were invited to be considered for endorsement through a process of questionnaires, personal interviews, and public candidate forums.  Participating candidates were evaluated using the following process:

Incumbents in the Town Council and District 12 races were ranked based:
- Their voting record compared to the Chamber’s positions;
- The number of times they voted compared to the number of times they had the opportunity to vote (did they do their job of being present to represent their constituents?);
- Availability to meet with the Chamber and its members to discuss important business and community issues;
- Representing the community in a professional manner; and
- Support of a pro-business environment.

All other candidates were ranked based on:
- Pro-business support and understanding of issues;
- Community involvement (they have been engaged, sat on boards or commissions that would provide them experience/knowledge of the issues regarding the position they are running for?);
- Leadership experience; and
- Ability to represent the community in a professional manner.

The Chamber’s Public Policy committee administrated the endorsement process and presented recommendations to the organization’s Board of Directors for final approval. “While evaluating all candidates through a process of questionnaires, personal interviews, and public candidate forums we were able to get to know the make-up of the newcomers while taking an in-depth look at Town and District 12 incumbents’ records,” said Kevin DeRosa, Chairman of the Board.  “Our public policy committee spent more than 35 hours evaluating all of the candidates.”

The biographical and questionnaire responses for all candidates who participated in the Chamber’s endorsement process can be found on the Advocacy link of the Chamber’s webpage, gilbertaz.com.

“We commend all candidates for their dedication to the community and thank them for their response to our endorsement process,” said DeRosa.  “Our Public Policy committee and Board of Directors spent much time discussing the challenges we are facing as a community in each of the areas represented by these races – State, Town, and Schools.  Businesses and all levels of government have weathered a time of rapid change and struggles due to the recession, uncertainty, controversy, and an entirely new business model to manage.”

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 610 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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Candidates running for Legislative District 12 participated in the Chamber's Candidate Forum on June 6, 2014


Chamber Member JW Rayhons Moderated each of the Candidate Forums, including the Town Council Candidate Forum held on May 27, 2014 at Higley Center for the Performing Arts
GILBERT CHAMBER ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF EIGHTH ANNUAL BUSINESS AWARDS

June 18, 2014

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GILBERT CHAMBER ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF EIGHTH ANNUAL BUSINESS AWARDS

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce today announced business and individual award recipients at the Eighth Annual Business Awards Luncheon, presented by American Furniture Warehouse.All nominees are nominated by the local business community and winners are determined by a committee of peer Chamber members. The 2014 Annual Business Award winners are:

Small Business of the Year:  Sun Valley Medical Billing
Medium Business of the Year:  Bushtex, Inc.
Large Business of the Year: Rigid Industries
Volunteer of the Year:  Jill Schiefelbein, Impromptu Guru
Gilbert Leadership Award: Bobbi Smith
Family Business of the Year: Benjamin Franklin Plumbing
Employer of Choice: Farm Bureau Financial Services – Lisa Fairbanks

The Eighth Annual Business Awards Luncheon was held on Wednesday, June 18th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert & San Tan Elegante Conference Center in Gilbert. The luncheon was presented by American Furniture Warehouse with additional support by John’s Refrigeration, National Bank of Arizona, CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company, Execute to Win, and Southwest Airlines.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 610 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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GILBERT CHAMBER ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR EIGHTH ANNUAL BUSINESS AWARDS

Check out this fun video announcement of the Annual Business Award nominees: http://youtu.be/zPlDicajK2Q

May 19, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GILBERT CHAMBER ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR EIGHTH ANNUAL BUSINESS AWARDS
Winner Per Category to Be Announced at Luncheon on June 18th

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce today announced the businesses and individuals nominated by their peers for recognition at the Eighth Annual Business Awards Luncheon, presented by American Furniture Warehouse.

Nominees for the  Annual Business Awards are…

Volunteer of the Year
Tracey Groy, The Original Basket Boutique
Jill Schiefelbein, Impromptu Guru
James Stoes, Edward Jones Investments

Family Business of the Year
Advance Paper & Maintenance Supply
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing
Gecko Grill
Norwood Furniture
R & K Building Supplies
Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant

Employer of Choice
Farm Bureau Financial Services – Lisa Fairbanks
Orbital Sciences Corp.
Plumbing Medic

Large Business of the Year
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center
Rigid Industries
Southwest Airlines

Medium Business of the Year
20 Volume Salon and Spa
A Child’s Place at the Ranches
Bushtex, Inc.
Hyatt Place Phoenix-Gilbert
John’s Refrigeration
Re/Max Solutions

Small Business of the Year
910 West
Apricot Lane Boutique
Groundzero Restoration
Rayhons Financial Solutions
The Original Basket Boutique
Printwerx
Savante Salon
Sun Valley Medical Billing
Woodard Construction

The Eighth Annual Business Awards Luncheon, presented by American Furniture Warehouse,  will be held on Wednesday, June 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert & San Tan Elegante Conference Center in Gilbert. General admission is $50; Chamber member admission is $35.  To view the video announcement of nominees or to register for the event, visit the Chamber’s website at gilbertaz.com.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 610 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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HIGLEY HIGH STUDENTS, GILBERT CHAMBER TEAM UP FOR WORKFORCE READINESS VIDEO

Contact: Kathy Tilque, President/CEO 
Office: (480) 941-6325

May 14, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HIGLEY HIGH STUDENTS, GILBERT CHAMBER TEAM UP FOR WORKFORCE READINESS VIDEO
Video Production Students Take Behind-The-Scenes Look at Veterinary Sciences

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber teamed up with Higley High School for a student-produced video to provide an inside look at veterinary sciences as part of the workforce readiness efforts lead by the Chamber’s Partners In Progress initiative.

In January 2014, the Gilbert Chamber issued a challenge to local high schools to produce a video specific to a field or industry to provide other high school students an inside look at the skills and training required for that industry.

“We are working to develop a series of videos allow high school students to really understand what is required in different fields of work,” said Kathy Tilque, president and CEO. “It’s an opportunity for kids to hear straight from the source what types of credentials and soft skills lend themselves to a particular field.”

Higley High School video production students Montana Griffin, Asael Jimenez, and Phoenix Banuelos, under the supervision of David Nuttall, submitted a video featuring Dr. John Carr, DVM, at Warner Vista Animal Hospital in Gilbert.

"I am so proud of Montana, Asael, and Phoenix for the time and effort they put toward this project,” said Nuttall. “Their commitment to the Higley Video Production Program and to their community was evident throughout the production process.  All three of these young adults have a bright future and I've been thrilled to have them in my program."

The video was evaluated by video production experts on elements including content/organization, introduction, continuity/editing, camera techniques, graphics, B-roll and audio editing. Judges were extremely pleased with the work and level of professionalism demonstrated in the video submitted by Phoenix and his classmates.

“We are proud to launch our Partners in Progress video library with the stellar work done by the students at Higley High,” Tilque said. “We hope to extend the challenge to include additional schools in the fall. It’s a great way for students to get hands-on experience while providing a valuable resource to their peers.”

To view the Veterinary Sciences video produced by Montana, Asael, and Phoenix, visit the Chamber’s Youtube channel at youtube.com/GilbertChamber

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 610 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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ENROLLMENT OPEN FOR BUSINESS, LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS AT GILBERT CHAMBER

Contact: Kathy Tilque, President/CEO 
Office: (480) 941-6325

May 13, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ENROLLMENT OPEN FOR BUSINESS, LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS AT GILBERT CHAMBER
Opportunities Focus on Business Growth, Leadership Development, Youth Entrepreneurship

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber is accepting applications on behalf of four of the organization’s programs; the popular Gilbert Leadership and Member Ambassador programs and two new programs focusing on the success of local entrepreneurs.

Ambassador Committee
Build your business and gain exposure in the community while serving the Chamber! Members of the Ambassador Committee support the business community through attendance at ribbon cuttings and other Chamber events. They advance the Chamber’s mission and encourage the referral culture. Chamber members are eligible to apply; application must be submitted by June 6th.

Gilbert Leadership
This ten-month program develops Gilbert’s current and future business and civic leaders through ten issue days; six community tours; and one class project; Gilbert residents and/or employees are eligible to apply; application must be submitted by June 15th.

Business Academy - NEW!
This program walks solo- and entrepreneurs through all aspects of business and personal goal-setting. Participants will meet twice per month at workshops and mastermind sessions to cover a variety of topics including business planning, marketing, staffing and succession plans and more. Business Academy sessions begin September 12, 2014.

Student Entrepreneur Institute (SEI) -  NEW!
SEI is a nine-month program for high school juniors and seniors and is designed to inspire students to adopt entrepreneurial endeavors by bringing education, collaboration and visibility to student business owners. Participants may receive 3 course credit hours at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. SEI sessions begin September 2014.

To learn more about these programs or to access electronic applications, visit the Chamber’s website at http://www.gilbertchamber.com
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The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 610 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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GILBERT CHAMBER, SRP TO HOST SERIES OF CANDIDATE FORUMS

Media Contact: Kathy Tilque, President/CEO 
Office: (480) 941-6325

May 8, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GILBERT CHAMBER, SRP TO HOST SERIES OF CANDIDATE FORUMS
Community Invited to Hear from Town Council, District 12, GPS, HUSD Candidates

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and SRP will host a series of candidate forums and invite the community to learn more about the candidates running for Gilbert’s Town Council, Legislative District 12, and the Governing School Boards of local school districts.

The Chamber’s candidate forums will begin at 5:45 p.m. with an opportunity for attendees to meet and greet the candidates. The formal program will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates:
Gilbert Town Council: Tuesday, May 27th;
Legislative District 12: Monday, June 2nd; and
GPS and HUSD Governing Boards: Thursday, June 5th.

Each candidate forum will be held at Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Road, in Gilbert. Admission is free and open to the public. The candidates’ responses at these forums, along with a written candidate questionnaire and an individual interview, will be used to determine the Chamber’s endorsements.

All candidates have been invited to participate in the public meet and greet as well as the forum and encouraged to set up tables with campaign literature for distribution to attendees. For more information, please RSVP to the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce by phone to (480) 941-6326, by e-mail to Jessica@gilbertchamber.com, or online at http://www.gilbertaz.com
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These candidate forums are presented by SRP with support by APS, Higley Center for the Performing Arts, and Wal-Mart.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 610 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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CHAMBER REPORTS MORE THAN $2.1 MILLION IN YEAR-TO-DATE CLOSED BUSINESS

April 29, 2014

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CHAMBER REPORTS MORE THAN $2.1 MILLION IN YEAR-TO-DATE CLOSED BUSINESS
Industry Exclusive Referral Teams Build Relationships, Business

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce recently released the closed-business figure of more than $350,000 between members of the Chamber’s five referral teams during the organization’s third quarter, ending in March; and more than $2.1 million over the past nine months. 

The Gilbert Chamber’s referral teams are industry-exclusive groups of professionals representing approximately 150 businesses who work to build strategic partnerships with one another and understand the products and services provided by each member of the group.

“We bring diverse industries together into the same room every week to not only do business with one another, but also encourage the referral of new business from external sources,” said Sara Clifton, the Chamber’s Programs and Services Director. “It’s about the strategic partnerships that are created. The relationships that are built are the driving force behind the success of these teams.”
The recorded results of closed business reflect only those figures reported by businesses participating in the Chamber’s referral teams and do not include those businesses not participating in such groups who also receive Chamber-to-member or member-to-member referrals.

The referral teams are capped at 35 participating businesses. Limited availability exists in the following categories: accountant, electrician, pool maintenance, and schools/education, pest control, auto repair, handyman, and non-profit. To learn more about the benefits of the Chamber, please contact Sara Clifton at 480-941-6321.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 590 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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GILBERT CHAMBER TO WAIVE ENROLLMENT FEE THROUGH MAY 15TH

April 23, 2014

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GILBERT CHAMBER TO WAIVE ENROLLMENT FEE THROUGH MAY 15TH
Businesses Can Save Money, Be Listed In Gilbert Business Guide

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is waiving the $30 enrollment fee for businesses that join the Chamber before May 15, 2014  and will include a business listing in the 2014-15 Gilbert Business Guide.

The Gilbert Business Guide is a publication that lists Chamber members alphabetically and by the type of services provided. The guide can be found on the Chamber’s website as well as in a print publication to be released in July. There are advertising opportunities that allow for enhanced business listings.

Chamber membership starts at $305 annually and includes various advertising opportunities, new business referrals to help your business grow, special members-only pricing to Chamber events and expos and more. Higher levels of membership include additional benefits such as referral team participation, ribbon cutting ceremony, and a professional-produced 30-second member commercial.

For more information on joining the chamber contact Annette Sellers by email at Annette@gilberchamber.com or by phone at (480)926-6020, and reference promo code ‘Directory’.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 610
members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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GILBERT CHAMBER STAFFER TO SERVE ON REGIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

April 17, 2014

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GILBERT CHAMBER STAFFER TO SERVE ON REGIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
Largest Regional Organization Names Adrianne Lynch as an Emerging Leader

GILBERT – The Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.) named Gilbert Chamber’s Economic Development Director as a member of its first-ever Emerging Leaders Advisory Council.

Adrianne Lynch has worked on behalf of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce since 2003 and currently serves as the staff liaison to the Chamber’s Partners In Progress business retention program, the Small Business Council, and the Gilbert Leadership program.

“I am honored to be part of this group of industry leaders and to have the opportunity to share ideas and learn from others,” said Lynch. “Our Chamber has never shied- away from innovative programs. It’s great to be recognized by an industry powerhouse for our forward-thinking.”

The Council was formed to identify and recognize future leaders (all under 40) in W.A.C.E. and the chamber of commerce industry. Members of the Council will provide program feedback and ideas for the good of W.A.C.E. and will serve as advisors to the association’s Board and President.

Seventeen chamber professionals were selected from the western United States. Representatives from Arizona include Adrianne Lynch, Gilbert (AZ) Chamber; Jeni Coke, Lake Havasu (AZ) Chamber; and Robert Medler, Tucson (AZ) Chamber.

W.A.C.E. is an association of chamber of commerce executives and staff professionals with members in 18 Western states and Canada designed to promote and enhance the professional development of chamber of commerce executives. With approximately 850 members, W.A.C.E. is the largest state or regional association of chamber of commerce executives in the United States.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 590 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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Adrianne Lynch
Economic Development Director
Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
GILBERT CHAMBER FORMING FIFTH WEEKLY REFERRAL TEAM

April 15, 2014

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GILBERT CHAMBER FORMING FIFTH WEEKLY REFERRAL TEAM
Seeking Representation from Specific Business Categories

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber has announced the formation of a fifth weekly referral team –an industry exclusive group of professionals who work to build strategic partnerships with one another and understand the products and services provided by each member of the group.

Referral teams are one of the many services that the Chamber provides to business members and are an extremely popular option for businesses looking to generate leads. These meetings promote cross-business engagement and involvement by leveraging each member’s network.
Members of the Gilbert Chamber have purposefully transformed the culture of the Chamber from that of networking and leads-based efforts to a referral culture based on conducting business with other professionals whom you know and can trust.
“The businesses participating in these referral teams are invested in each other’s success and have embraced the concept of building businesses not just by doing business with one another but also by identifying needs of others and equipping themselves with the knowledge to refer other businesses to meet that need,” said Annette Sellers, Business Development Director for the Gilbert Chamber.
The newest referral team is seeking representation from the following business categories: accountant, electrician, pool maintenance, and schools/education. In addition, there is space available in other referral teams for pest control, auto repair, handyman, and a non-profit. If you are interested in joining, please contact Sara Clifton at 480-941-6321.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 590 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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GILBERT LEADERSHIP COMPLETES GARDEN RESTORATION FOR PAGE COMMONS SENIOR COMPLEX

April 14, 2014

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GILBERT LEADERSHIP COMPLETES GARDEN RESTORATION FOR PAGE COMMONS SENIOR COMPLEX
Group Will Host Garden Party April 21st to Unveil Completed Project

GILBERT – The members of Gilbert Leadership Class XXII came together on April 5th to complete a garden restoration project and mural on behalf of Page Commons, an affordable housing complex for senior citizens in Gilbert.

“Our class wanted to choose a project that would give back to the community in a meaningful way,” said Cathy Edwards, a member of Gilbert Leadership Class XXII. “The gardens will encourage socialization in the community, help residents get sunshine, fresh air and exercise, and provide food to utilize in a nutrition program. Page Commons and the Gilbert Senior Center are discussing opportunities for cooking classes that will utilize the vegetables and herbs grown in the garden.”

The class raised more than $6,300 and received several in-kind donations from local businesses to fund the restoration project.

“It was a complete transformation that included ten tons of rock, six yards of compost, plants, irrigation, and so much more,” said class member Andrew John. “I was amazed at how everyone came together and helped in every way possible.”

A Garden Party hosted by Gilbert Leadership Class XXII will be held on Monday, April 21st at 7:30 a.m. The community is invited to view the class project, including an art mural designed by artist Mary Opat; the same artist commissioned by last year’s class for the prominent mural displayed on the American Legion Post 22 in the heart of Gilbert’s Heritage District.

“We could not have done this without the support and generosity of others. The results are tremendous. I am very proud to be a member of Class XXII,” Edwards said.

As a part of the Gilbert Leadership program, each class is required to complete a project that will benefit the Town of Gilbert. Gilbert Leadership is a program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. For more information about the program, contact Adrianne Lynch at 480-892-0056 or visit http://www.gilbertleadership.com
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The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 600 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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Gilbert Leadership Class XXII gathered for a photo April 5th while working on their class project at Page Commons
SAN TAN FORD, CHAMBER PARTNER FOR SECOND ANNUAL DRIVE IT HOME MONTH

April 8, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SAN TAN FORD, CHAMBER PARTNER FOR SECOND ANNUAL DRIVE IT HOME MONTH
Chamber Sheds Light On Dealership’s Support of Local Non-Profit Agencies

GILBERT – San Tan Ford and the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce have partnered to name April 2014 as Drive It Home Month – a campaign to remind Gilbert residents about the importance of supporting businesses that give back to our community.

Through volunteerism and donation, San Tan Ford is a significant contributor to local and regional causes, including the Gilbert’s Boys & Girls Club, the Gilbert Education Foundation, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, Gilbert’s Constitution Week, and several athletic programs of local schools. The dealership has also supported the Valley Humane Society, Positive Impact, the American Red Cross, and other Chambers of Commerce within the East Valley.

“The nonprofits serving Gilbert rely heavily on the generosity and support of local businesses,” said Kathy Tilque, president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. “San Tan Ford’s generosity is evident throughout our community. Last year, the dealership provided the largest-ever one-time donation to the Gilbert Chamber. We are so fortunate to have the generous corporate stewardship of Ford Motor Company right here in Gilbert.”

To celebrate Drive It Home Month, San Tan Ford will host a community event for the entire family on Thursday, April 17th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The evening will include The Game Truck and a bounce house for the kids; and hotdogs, hamburgers, and Menchie's Frozen Yogurt for the family. Attendees will be entered to win up to $500 in cash and tickets to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

San Tan Ford also serves as the sponsor of the Gilbert Chamber’s annual golf tournament to be held on May 9th. A portion of tournament entrance fees and silent auction proceeds will be dedicated to the scholarship of 15 students to participate in the Chamber’s Student Entrepreneur Institute.

To learn more about Drive It Home Month and Family Night at San Tan Ford, visit http://www.gilbertaz.com/DriveItHome To le.arn of opportunities to serving Gilbert’s non-profits through volunteerism or donation, visit http://www.GilbertGives.com
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The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 600 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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San Tan Ford Owner Tim Hovik, second from right, and members of the Gilbert Chamber presented a donation to the Gilbert Boys & Girls Club in March.
GILBERT LEADERSHIP TO BRING LEADERCAST® TO GILBERT

April 3, 2014

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GILBERT LEADERSHIP TO BRING LEADERCAST® TO GILBERT
More Than 100,000 Learn to ‘Simply Lead’ from Global Speakers

GILBERT – Gilbert Leadership has again partnered with Leadercast® to host a simulcast site of the annual leadership event broadcasted live from Atlanta, GA at Sun Valley Community Church in Gilbert on Friday, May 9th.

More than 100,000 leaders from around the world are expected to attend the Leadercast®  event to  hear from dynamic speakers who will share inspiring, encouraging, and motivational messages. Attendees will learn how to improve leadership skills and will have the opportunity to network with other leaders in Gilbert. This year’s speakers include:

• Andy Stanley, Leadership Author and Communicator
• Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Laureate & Human Rights Activist
• Malcolm Gladwell, Award-Winning Journalist and Best-Selling Author
• Randall Wallace, Screenwriter, Director, Producer, and Songwriter
• Jack Welch, Former CEO of General Electric
• Laura Schroff, Former Advertising Sales Executive and Best-Selling Author
• Dr. Henry Cloud, Clinical Psychologist and Business Consultant
• Simon Sinek, Leadership Expert and Best-Selling Author
• Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States (2001-2009)

Leadercast® will be held on Friday, May 9 starting at 7:00 AM and will be hosted by Sun Valley Community Church, Gilbert Campus at 465 E. Ray Rd. Balcony seating can be purchased for $79 and Floor/Table Seating can be purchased for $89. Admission includes breakfast, snacks, and lunch served on site. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit http://www.gilbertleadership.com/leadercast-2014
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This event is presented by Gilbert Leadership, a program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, with further support by Sun Valley Community Church, John’s Refrigeration, and Hyatt Place Phoenix-Gilbert.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 600 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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GILBERT CHAMBER’S GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

April 2, 2014

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GILBERT CHAMBER’S GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Event Proceeds to Provide 15 Scholarships for New ‘Student Entrepreneur Institute’

GILBERT- The business community will raise funds to benefit local high school students with entrepreneurial spirit at the fifth annual Scholar’s Golf Tournament, sponsored by San Tan Ford, to be held at Superstition Springs Golf Club on Thursday, May 8th.

A portion of tournament entrance fees and silent auction proceeds will be dedicated to the scholarship of 15 students to participate in the Chamber’s Student Entrepreneur Institute, a 9-month program designed to develop students’ entrepreneurial goals and creativity in the community by educating and developing individual entrepreneurs.

The Chamber hopes to support a majority of the annual program tuition for 15 students, including dual credit hours at both Campo Verde High School and Chandler-Gilbert Community College, through partial proceeds from the tournament and additional business sponsorship.

The 2014 Scholar’s Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, May 8th. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.; a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. and an award ceremony and dinner to begin at 5:30 p.m. Tournament entry is $150 per golfer and includes lunch, dinner, and an official 2014 tournament golf shirt.

This event is presented by San Tan Ford with additional sponsorship by Benjamin Franklin Plumbing and the East Valley Tribune.

To register or for more information, visit the Chamber’s website at http://www.gilbertaz.com or call the Chamber at (480) 892-0056.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 600 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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MAYOR LEWIS TO REPORT ON STATE OF GILBERT BUSINESS AT ANNUAL LUNCHEON

February 13, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAYOR LEWIS TO REPORT ON STATE OF GILBERT BUSINESS AT ANNUAL LUNCHEON
Address To Business Community Follows Release of Digital State of the Town

GILBERT- Mayor John Lewis will present the State of Business in Gilbert, including a summary of  the accomplishments of the town’s economic development and business efforts over the past year and goals for the coming year, at a luncheon on Wednesday.

“Last year was another incredible year of growth in Gilbert," said Gilbert Mayor John Lewis. "We continue to rapidly advance and expand our business community and I'm looking forward to sharing the details of our successes and future plans at the State of Business event.”

The Mayor’s Annual Address: State of Business in Gilbert follows on the heels of the Town of Gilbert’s second annual Digital State of the Town address presented on February 13th and will expand on the state of business in Gilbert with an emphasis on the economic and business environment of our community.

The event will take place on Wednesday, February 19th, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert San Tan Elegante Resort & Conference Center, 1800 S. San Tan Village Parkway, in Gilbert.

Admission is $35 for chamber members and $50 for non-members. A table for eight is available for $350. This event is presented by Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport with additional support by CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company and SRP.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 590 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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GILBERT LEADERSHIP CLASS XXII REHABS GARDEN FOR GILBERT SENIORS

GILBERT LEADERSHIP CLASS XXII REHABS GARDEN FOR GILBERT SENIORS
Page Commons garden project to offer local seniors sustainable vegetables, nutrition

Gilbert, Ariz. (January 13, 2013) - Gilbert Leadership Class XXII is excited to announce the approval of their Page Commons Garden Restoration Project scheduled for Saturday, April 5.

Over the past 21 years, Gilbert Leadership, a program led by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, has promoted community leadership and inspired action on issues that impact Gilbert. Class XXII will contribute by bringing sustainable nutrition and educational opportunities to the senior community in Gilbert.

The Page Commons Garden Restoration Project will benefit Page Commons, a 106-unit, Mercy Housing facility for senior citizens (55+) located in the heart of downtown Gilbert. The goal of the project is to restore the existing garden on the grounds of Page Commons with a renewable garden, supplying fresh vegetables and herbs to the residents to complement the facility’s nutrition program. Class participants will install a drip irrigation system, chicken wire and strategic plants to deter the local feral cat population, and a storage shed to house gardening equipment that will also be purchased as part of the project. In addition to the garden, Class XXII will be repurposing an existing, unused shuffleboard court into an instructional mural to educate on seasonal planting.

The Page Commons Garden Restoration Project is estimated to cost $9,000.

In order to make this project a success, Gilbert Leadership Class XXII is looking for both financial and in-kind support from forward-thinking local partners passionate about transforming and strengthening the Gilbert community.

For more information on this project or to make a donation, visit http://www.gilbertleadership.com
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About Gilbert Leadership
Gilbert Leadership is a ten-month program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. Candidates are required to live or work in Gilbert, possess a commitment to community involvement and personal growth, and a desire to improve the Gilbert community. More than 350 alumni have discovered leadership opportunities and fostered lasting relationships through this program. Learn more at http://www.gilbertleadership.com CHAMBER, BOYS & GIRLS CLUB TEAM UP FOR INAUGURAL CHINESE AUCTION BENEFIT

CHAMBER, BOYS & GIRLS CLUB TEAM UP FOR INAUGURAL CHINESE AUCTION BENEFIT
Community Event Features More Than 100 Prizes, Dinner Provided by BRIO Tuscan Grille

GILBERT – Members of the community are invited to attend the Chamber’s inaugural Gift of Giving Benefit and Chinese Auction on Thursday, February 20th to raise funds for the Gilbert Boys & Girls Club and the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.

“We are so excited to be a part of this great event here in Gilbert,” said Lauren Leverette, Branch Executive of the Gilbert Boys & Girls Club. “We are thankful to our Gilbert community for giving back to our youth. Every dollar earned goes towards a great cause of ensuring our youth’s success now and in their future.”

The evening will feature a Chinese Auction with more than 100 raffle items that have been donated by local businesses and community members. Admission is $35 for Chamber members and $50 for non-members; admission includes dinner catered by B.R.I.O. Tuscan Grille. The event will be held at Val Vista Lakes Clubhouse on Thursday, February 20th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a roll of quarters to participate in the Chinese Auction; quarters will be available for purchase onsite. For more information, contact Carie at (480) 941-6323 or register online at http://www.gilbertaz.com
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How Does A Chinese Auction Work?
A Chinese Auction is a fast-paced quarter auction where attendees can bid on gift baskets and other items for only a quarter. Attendees receive a list of the prizes and a numbered paddle. The auctioneer will start by announcing the first item on the list. If an attendee is interested in bidding on that item, they toss a quarter into a bucket located in the center of their table and raise their paddle into the air. The auctioneer will begin calling out the numbers being held in the air; if the number is called, the paddle must be lowered. A volunteer who will be unable to see or hear the crowd will hit a gong after a few moments. The last number called out before the gong was hit will win that prize.

Prizes
The Chinese Auction will feature more than 100 gift baskets and prizes. Prizes valued at $250 or more have been donated by the following: 20 Volume Salon and Spa; 910 West; A Mug You Can Trust; AmCheck Payroll Services; Anytime Fitness-Gilbert; Bushtex, Inc.; Chandler-Gilbert Community College; D’s Saenz Cleaning; Elaine Kessler Photography; Flancer’s Incredible Sandwiches & Pizzeria; Funktional Fitness; Hyatt Place Phoenix-Gilbert; Lofgreen’s Office Products; Maddy’s Pool Supply & Service in partnership with Green Ninja Home Services, Home Works, and Freedom Landscaping; Merchant Firearms; OnAMission Home Painting; Orbital Sciences Corp.; Printwerx; Rigid Industries; San Tan Village; Southwest Airlines; Superstition Springs Golf Club; Synergy HR Solutions; and Woodard Construction, LLC.

To view a description of these prizes, visit the Chamber’s website at http://www.gilbertaz.com This .event is presented by San Tan Ford with further support by Cox Communications and BRIO Tuscan Grille.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 590 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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CHAMBER’S SUPPLIER SUMMIT TO ASSIST BUSINESSES IN PROCUREMENT PROCESS

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CHAMBER’S SUPPLIER SUMMIT TO ASSIST BUSINESSES IN PROCUREMENT PROCESS
More than 30 Agencies, Corporations will Provide Procurement Guidelines

GILBERT – Area businesses are invited to learn how to sell their products and services to local school districts, colleges, municipalities, the state and other large corporations at the Gilbert Chamber’s 2014 Supplier Summit to be held on Wednesday, January 15th. 

Presented by the Chamber’s Small Business Council, the 2014 Supplier Summit will include more than 30 exhibitors representing organizations throughout the Valley including cities, counties, state agencies and school districts, including:

Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT)
American Indian Education Fund
American Valet
Arizona Public Service (APS)
Arizona Commerce Authority
Arizona Department of Corrections
Arizona State University
Arizona Procurement Technical Assistance Center (AZPTAC)
Batteries Plus
BidSource, a program of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
Boeing
Chandler Unified School District
City of Mesa
City of Phoenix
City of Queen Creek
DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert & SanTan Elegante Conference Center
Gila River Indian Community
Gilbert Hospital
Gilbert Public Schools
Maricopa Community Colleges
Mesa Public Schools
Orbital Sciences Corporation
Residence Inn by Marriott Phoenix-Gilbert
Southwest Gas Corporation
Salt River Project (SRP)
State of Arizona
The Spectrum at Val Vista
Town of Gilbert
ViaSat
Wellsprings Therapy Center of Gilbert
Women's Business Enterprise Council

Attendees will meet directly with buyers and business licensing representatives from these organizations and will receive resources and information regarding common procedures for procuring vendors, including the steps to becoming a qualified supplier, the process for receiving and responding to requests for proposal, and information on women-owned business certifications.

Admission includes optional attendance to three seminars, including ‘Prepare Your Business for Government Agency Procurement Bids’ by Tom Ritch, Inc.; ‘Keep Employees Safe and your Workman’s Comp Cost Low’ by CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company; and ‘Proactive Facilities Management’ by Comprehensive Risk Services.

The 2014 Supplier Summit will be held on Wednesday, January 15th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Villa Siena, 890 W. Elliot Road, Ste. 104, in Gilbert. General admission is $35; Chamber member admission is $25. Registration is encouraged.

This event is sponsored by Comprehensive Risk Services and CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company. Food is provided by TOGO’s.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 590 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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GILBERT CHAMBER SPONSORS SIXTH ANNUAL ‘ADOPT-A-SENIOR’ PROGRAM

December 12, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GILBERT CHAMBER SPONSORS SIXTH ANNUAL ‘ADOPT-A-SENIOR’ PROGRAM
Program Received a Record Number of Wish Lists from Local Senior Citizens

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce organized the sixth annual Adopt A Senior program this holiday season to benefit Gilbert’s low-income senior citizens as well as homebound seniors and disabled Gilbert residents, in partnership with the Gilbert Senior Center.

The Chamber collected holiday wish lists from Gilbert’s homebound residents who participate in the ‘Meals on Wheels’ home meal delivery program. Lists were also collected from Gilbert seniors living in low-income housing.

“In past years, we have received between 60 and 80 wish lists from local seniors. This year, we received 109 lists,” said Kathy Tilque, president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. “The community really came through and we were able to fulfill every single list.”

According to Tilque, the program is managed each year by a student intern. This year’s intern, Aaron Brooks, managed the distribution of wish lists to donors and the collection of gifts to make sure every list is fulfilled. With the help of volunteers, Brooks is organizing a holiday party for a group of the seniors.

“Many Chamber and community members donated miscellaneous items that will be used to make goodie bags for seniors who attend the party,” Brooks said. “Students at Gilbert Elementary School have a tradition of making hand-made cards, the Anytown club from Campo Verde will assemble the goodie bags, and the choir from Val Vista Academy will sing Christmas carols.”

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 580 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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Gilbert Chamber intern Aaron Brooks delivered the donated Christmas gifts to the benefiting agencies on Wednesday. These agencies will ensure the delivery of the gifts to each participating senior. Pictured are Troy Cheesman and Heather Prentice of Mercy Housing Arizona with Aaron Brooks (right). GILBERT HISTORICAL MUSEUM SELECTED BY CHAMBER CONTEST WINNER TO RECEIVE DONATION

December 11, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GILBERT HISTORICAL MUSEUM SELECTED BY CHAMBER CONTEST WINNER TO RECEIVE DONATION
Rayhons Financial Solutions Sponsored Contest, Presented $500 Check to Museum

GILBERT – JW Rayhons of Rayhons Financial Solutions presented a check for $500 on Wednesday to Kayla Kolar of the Gilbert Historical Museum as a result of a contest held through the Chamber’s GilbertGives.com program.

Residents were asked to subscribe to GilbertGives.com during the month of October to be entered to win a donation to a GilbertGives.com charity of their choice. The winning subscriber, determined by random selection, was former council member and community leader Don Skousen. He identified the Gilbert Historical Museum as the charity to receive the contest donation.

“We are looking to evaluate and improve several of our programs in the next few months and this donation will go a long way in supporting our efforts,” said Kayla Kolar, executive director of the Gilbert Historical Museum. “We are thrilled to participate in the GilbertGives.com program – it will play an important role in meeting the needs of Gilbert’s non-profit agencies.”

The Chamber’s GilbertGives.com program is part of the national “Chamber For Good” effort to connect local donors to local charities serving local needs. Residents are asked to enter an e-mail address at GilbertGives.com to receive weekly emails that will list the donation and volunteer opportunities for non-profits serving Gilbert. Likewise, residents looking for specific volunteer projects can enter their project guidelines through the website and an e-mail will be sent to every participating non-profit that is able to accommodate such guidelines.

“Gilbert is a generous community with people who are looking for opportunities to give back whether it be their time, talents, or financial contributions. It was my pleasure to sponsor this contest to raise awareness of the GilbertGives.com website and to present this donation to the Gilbert Historical Museum,” said JW Rayhons, owner of Rayhons Financial Solutions.

The services of this website are offered to residents and non-profits free-of-charge; made possible through sponsorship by Gilbert CAN, VIP Homes, The Leadership Centre, Fountain of Life Community Church, and LifeLink Church.com. The program’s media partners include The Gilbert Republic and the Town of Gilbert.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 580 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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JW Rayhons of Rayhons Financial Solutions presented a check to Kayla Kolar at the Gilbert Historical Museum on Wednesday. Community member Don Skousen (right) won the GilbertGives.com contest and designated the museum as the recipient of the contest’s donation.
CHAMBER’S SUPPLIER SUMMIT TO ASSIST BUSINESSES IN PROCUREMENT PROCESS

December 6, 2013

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CHAMBER’S SUPPLIER SUMMIT TO ASSIST BUSINESSES IN PROCUREMENT PROCESS
Attendees to Meet with Buyers, Learn Steps to Becoming Qualified Supplier

GILBERT – Area businesses are invited to learn how to sell their products and services to local school districts, colleges, municipalities, the state and other large corporations at the Gilbert Chamber’s 2014 Supplier Summit to be held on Wednesday, January 15th. 

Presented by the Chamber’s Small Business Council, the 2014 Supplier Summit will include more than 25 exhibitors representing organizations throughout the Valley including cities, counties, state agencies and school districts.

Attendees will meet directly with buyers and business licensing representatives from these organizations and will receive resources and information regarding common procedures for procuring vendors, including the steps to becoming a qualified supplier, the process for receiving and responding to requests for proposal, and information on women-owned business certifications.

The 2014 Supplier Summit is open to all businesses and will be especially beneficial to local businesses, small-to-mid-sized businesses, new start-up businesses, and/or women- and minority-owned businesses.

The 2014 Supplier Summit will be held on Wednesday, January 15th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Villa Siena, 890 W. Elliot Road, Ste. 104, in Gilbert. General admission is $35; Chamber member admission is $25. Registration is encouraged.

Early Bird Special - Register by January 1st and receive “The Winning Edge” eBook.
Braddock's “The Winning Edge” is a practical guide for small-to-medium-sized businesses that provides important insights into the decision-making process within the government and large corporations, with an emphasis on the evaluation and selection stages. Topics include:
•              Overview of the government procurement process;
•              How government procurement officers evaluate a small business supplier;
•              How small businesses can identify and win subcontracting opportunities;
•              Characteristics that corporate buyers are really looking for in a small business supplier; and
•              Next-step resources.

This event is sponsored by Comprehensive Risk Services, SCF and food sponsored by TOGO’s.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 580 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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MORE THAN 100 RAFFLE PRIZES TO BE GIVEN AWAY AT GILBERT CHAMBER’S ‘GIFT OF GIVING’ EVENT

November 19, 2013

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MORE THAN 100 RAFFLE PRIZES TO BE GIVEN AWAY AT GILBERT CHAMBER’S ‘GIFT OF GIVING’ EVENT
Lively Evening Will Raise Funds for the Gilbert Boys & Girls Club and the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce

GILBERT –San Tan Ford presents the inaugural ‘Gift of Giving’ Holiday Event and Chinese Auction on Thursday, December 5th featuring more than 100 raffle items to raise funds for a monetary donation of $5,000 to the Gilbert Boys & Girls Club, with proceeds also benefiting the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.

“This event will be less formal and more interactive than our more traditional special events,” said Kathy Tilque, president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. “It will be a fun night for the community and a great way to learn more about the Gilbert Boys & Girls Club. We have some great prizes for this event!”

A Chinese Auction is a fast-paced quarter auction where attendees can bid on gift baskets and other items for only a quarter. Attendees receive a list of the prizes and a numbered paddle. The auctioneer will start by announcing the first item on the list. If an attendee is interested in bidding on that item, they toss a quarter into a bucket located in the center of their table and raise their paddle into the air. The auctioneer will begin calling out the numbers being held in the air; if the number is called, the paddle must be lowered. A volunteer who will be unable to see or hear the crowd will hit a gong after a few moments. The last number called out before the gong was hit will win that prize.

“We are so excited to be a part of this great event here in Gilbert,” said Lauren Leverette, Branch Executive of the Gilbert Boys & Girls Club. “We are thankful to our Gilbert community for giving back to our youth. Every dollar earned goes towards a great cause of ensuring our youth’s success now and in their future.”

The ‘Gift of Giving’ Holiday Event and Chinese Auction will be held on Thursday, December 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Val Vista Lakes Clubhouse, 1600 E. Lakeside Drive, in Gilbert. General admission is $50; chamber member admission is $35. Admission includes dinner catered by BRIO Tuscan Grille.

The event is presented by San Tan Ford, with further sponsorship by Cox Communications and BRIO Tuscan Grille.

To register or view raffle prizes valued at $250 or more, view the Chamber’s calendar of events online at http://www.gilbertaz.com or contact Carie at (480) 941-6323.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 580 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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GILBERT BUSINESSES AND LEADERS TO BE HONORED AT 18TH ANNUAL EVENT

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GILBERT BUSINESSES AND LEADERS TO BE HONORED AT 18TH ANNUAL EVENT
Chamber, Town, School Districts Partner to Present Excellence Awards

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Gilbert Public Schools, The Gilbert Republic, Higley Unified School District, the Town of Gilbert and Chandler-Gilbert Community College, will honor outstanding businesses and individuals at the 18th Annual Gilbert Community Excellence Awards on Friday, November 8th. 

The following award recipients will be recognized:

Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Employee of the Year Award – Greg Wojtovich, Program Advisor
Educator of the Year Award – Anthony Braaten, Communication Faculty

Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
‘Leon Uhlhorn’ Chairman’s Award – Tim Hovik, San Tan Ford
This award sponsored by Marty Uhlhorn of Strong Town Insurance
Visionary Award – Mary Ellen Fresquez
Spirit of Gilbert Business Award – BRIO Tuscan Grille

Gilbert Public Schools
Educator of the Year – Sheri Hummel, Towne Meadows Elementary School
Support Staff of the Year – Paulina Norkiewicz, South Valley Junior High School
Volunteer of the Year – Mary Lopez, Mesquite High School

Higley Unified School District
Educator of the Year – Mike Swaner, Cooley Middle School
Support Staff of the Year – Mary Buscema, Williams Field High School
Volunteer of the Year – Francine Josefowicz, Cortina Elementary School

The Gilbert Republic
‘Geneva Clay’ Community Volunteer Award – Diane Fales, Gilbert Visual Art League
Gilbert Young Hero Award – Austin Chau, Gilbert High School
Beautification of the Year Award – Gilbert Leadership Class 21 and American Legion Post 39

Town of Gilbert
Mayoral Award – Gilbert Public Schools
Mayoral Volunteer of the Year Award – Brigette Peterson
Neighborhood of the Year Award – Finley Farms South HOA Board of Directors
Public Service Award – Dan Henderson, Director of Economic Development

Sponsored by APS, the 18th Annual Gilbert Community Excellence Awards will be held on Friday, November 8th from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert/SanTan Elegante Conference Center.  Awards will be presented by each of the event’s partners and the event will feature the popular Taste of Gilbert restaurant showcase. Individual tickets are $50 or a table for ten can be purchased for $500. For more information, contact Carie at (480) 941-6323 or register online at  http://www.gilbertaz.com
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The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 570members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com CHAMBER BOARD ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT ELECTIONS

Media Contact:
Kathy Tilque, President/CEO
Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
(480) 941-6325

October 1, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CHAMBER BOARD ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT ELECTIONS
Gilbert Public and Higley Unified School Districts Receive Support from Gilbert Chamber Leaders

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors have voted to support the proposed overrides for both Gilbert Public Schools and Higley Unified School District as well as HUSD’s bond election, all of which will on November’s ballot.

The proposed overrides and bonding were reviewed first by the Chamber’s public policy committee which then gave a recommendation for support to the Board of Directors. The public policy committee reviewed these ballot questions in detail and invited in representatives from both districts for further inquiry.  The committee also referenced the state of Arizona’s Auditor General’s report, in which both districts reflected favorable financial management rankings.

“A healthy, vibrant business community is dependent on a healthy, vibrant education community,” said Kathy Tilque, president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.  “We have exceptional schools within our community and we have proof of their outstanding academic rankings and financial management practices.”

“I hope businesses and residents will understand the significance of a ‘yes’ vote on November 5th. Discussion is important – talk with your neighbors and friends about the importance of voting and consider making a donation in support of these overrides,” said Kevin DeRosa, Chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

The Gilbert Chamber has yard signs for both districts available for pick-up at their office, located at 119 N. Gilbert Road, Ste. 101, in Gilbert.

Higley Unified School District
For more information: http://www.husd.org/Page/21905
To donate: http://www.yeshigley.com

Gilbert Public Schools
For more information: http://www.gilbertschools.net
To donate: http://www.citizensforstrongschools.com
               
Visit http://www.auditorgen.state.az.us/Reports/School_Districts/School_Districts.htm and search by school district to view the state Auditor General’s report.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com<.br />

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GILBERT CHAMBER’S POWER HOUR SERIES BRINGS TOGETHER LOCAL SOLOPRENEURS FOR THINK-TANK SESSIONS

September 27, 2013

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GILBERT CHAMBER’S POWER HOUR SERIES BRINGS TOGETHER LOCAL SOLOPRENEURS FOR THINK-TANK SESSIONS

GILBERT – Last year, the Gilbert Chamber’s Small Business Council developed a task force and held round-table discussions to identify the issues and needs of local solopreneurs – many of which are unique and varied from that of the average small business. 

A solopreneur is understood to be entrepreneur who works alone and runs his or her business single-handedly.  The typical solopreneur’s work is never done; he oversees all aspects of his business, including administrative tasks, accounting, customer service, sales and marketing. Some may hire contractors for projects but they still oversee all aspects of the project.

In July, the Small Business Council launched the Power Hour series t to bring together solopreneurs to support one another on a variety of topics. Local solopreneur Jill Schiefelbein, owner of Impromptu Guru, took the lead as facilitator of this intensive think-tank series, with the topic of communication as the focus of the first group session.

“Some of the best solutions come from hearing the challenges and struggles that others are experiencing,” said Schiefelbein. “During our first Power Hour session, solopreneurs were able to learn about the role communication plays in business, in both an internal and external capacity, and bring up pressing issues for discussion.”

One of the most powerful aspects of the Power Hour series is its ability to bring together business professionals who would otherwise work independent of one another. They find success through the support of one another and, as a result, participants find it comfortable to talk about their biggest concerns and challenges. Many have already created power teams to help grow their business to the next level.

“When I attended Oklahoma University’s Economic Essentials Conference, I was amazed to discover that we are one of the only chambers of commerce providing support specifically for solopreneurs ,” said Adrianne Lynch, Economic Development Director at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.  “I was thrilled to share our efforts and findings with other chambers from across the nation and to assist them with connecting with their local entrepreneurs.” 

To learn more about the Gilbert Chamber’s Small Business Council or the Power Hour solopreneur series, visit the Chamber’s website at http://www.gilbertaz.com or contact Adrianne by phone at (480) 941-6324 or by e-mail to Adrianne@gilbertchamber.com.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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Solopreneur Jill Schiefelbein shared tips for internal and external communication practices before dividing attendees up into small groups at the Chamber's Power Hour session in July.
GILBERT CHAMBER SEEKING DONATION OF RAFFLE, SILENT AUCTION ITEMS

September 26, 2013

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GILBERT CHAMBER SEEKING DONATION OF RAFFLE, SILENT AUCTION ITEMS
Funds Raised with benefit Boys & Girls Club and Gilbert Chamber Non-Profit Organizations

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is requesting donations for the upcoming Gift of Giving Holiday Event, featuring a Chinese Auction with raffle prizes and silent auction items to raise funds for the benefit of the Gilbert Boys & Girls Club.

The Gift of Giving Holiday Event will be held on Thursday, December 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Val Vista Lakes Clubhouse and will raise funds for a monetary donation of $5,000 to the Gilbert Boys & Girls Club with proceeds to benefit the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. A Chinese Auction is a fast-paced quarter auction where attendees can bid on gift basket and other items for only a quarter. More than 100 gift baskets and other items are needed for this event. Silent auction items also are requested.

“We are so excited to be a part of this great event here in Gilbert,” said Lauren Seematter, Branch Executive of the Gilbert Boys & Girls Club. “We are so thankful to our Gilbert community for giving back to our youth. Every dollar earned goes towards a great cause of ensuring our youth’s success now and in their future.”

Donations of any value are appreciated. All donors will be recognized in print within the event program and verbally at the event. Donors providing an item valued at $250 or more will be listed on the event’s webpage. Donors providing an item valued at $500 or more will receive their logo on the event program.

To learn more about donation opportunities for the Gift of Giving Holiday Event, please contact Sarah Watts by phone at (480) 941-6322 or by e-mail to sarah@gilbertchamber.com. A donation form can be accessed online at http://www.gilbertaz.com/events within the event listing. 

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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THE CHAMBER’S GILBERT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM NAMES CLASS XXII MEMBERS

September 25, 2013

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THE CHAMBER’S GILBERT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM NAMES CLASS XXII MEMBERS

GILBERT – Gilbert Leadership, a program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, has named 28 members of Class XXII with a diverse representation of professionals working in areas including health care, education, insurance and engineering.

Gilbert Leadership is a nine-month development program that brings together individuals with diverse backgrounds one Friday a month to learn about such topics such as government, social services, local business and Gilbert’s history. The Gilbert Leadership program influences the community by building leadership capacity, increasing knowledge and awareness of community concerns, and by helping leaders learn how they can best serve the Town of Gilbert using their unique talents and interests. Participants also make a lasting contribution in the form of a class project.

The following individuals have been chosen for Gilbert Leadership Class XXII:

Jennifer Alvarez, Town of Gilbert;
EJ Anderson, Rio Salado College;
Andrew Baird, AZTEC Engineering;
Phil Bobadilla, Employee Benefit Exchange Corp.;
Bruce Burr, Asset Preservation & Restoration Services;
Jeanne Cahill, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center;
Kelly Delgado, Chandler Christian Community Center;
Melanie Dykstra, Town of Gilbert;
Cathy Edwards;
Laura Furrey, Salt River Project;
Andrew John, John's Refrigeration;
Terrance Johnson, T I Fitness;
Kristen Keim, SRP;
Kelley Kieffer, Banner Gateway Medical Center;
Iwona Leatherberry, TruWest Credit Union;
Jayne Munoz, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center;
Amy Navarro, American Family Insurance;
Holly Pritulsky, American Family Insurance;
Melanie Ross, Crossroads Coaching and Consulting;
Catherine Schanze;
Robert Sewell, Davis Miles McGuire Gardner;
Nathan Shepherd, Destiny Christian Church;
Kristopher Sippel, San Tan Learning Center;
Shanna Tingom, Edward Jones;
Adam Turner, Arizona Central Credit Union;
Felicia Vandermolen, Family Life Financial Solutions, LLC;
Mary Vinzant, Town of Gilbert; and
Paula Wojtcuk, Maidpro.

More than 390 individuals have graduated from the program since its inception, including Tim Bricker, CEO of Mercy Gilbert Medical Center; Cynthia Dunham past Gilbert mayor; Adelaida Severson, CEO of  Bushtex; Kathy Tilque, president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber; Town Manager Patrick Banger, and many other community leaders.

The Gilbert Leadership program is supported through sponsorship by Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, SRP, APS, Banner Gateway, Family Life Financial Solutions and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. For more information about Gilbert Leadership, contact Adrianne Lynch at (480) 570-0600 or visit http://www.gilbertleadership.com

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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Members of Gilbert Leadership Class XXII participated in team building exercises
at Camp Sky-Y in Prescott, Ariz on September 20, 2013.
GILBERT CHAMBER SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR COMMUNITY AWARDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 27, 2013

GILBERT CHAMBER SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR COMMUNITY AWARDS
Annual Event Honors Outstanding Businesses and Community Members

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations of outstanding businesses and community leaders for recognition at the Eighteenth Annual  Gilbert Community Excellence Awards, a dinner and award ceremony to be held on Friday, November 8th.

Sponsored by APS, the Gilbert Community Excellence Awards is a collaborative event in partnership with Gilbert Public Schools, Higley Unified School District, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, the Town of Gilbert, the Gilbert Republic, and the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.

Nominations will be accepted through September 6th for the following categories:
Municipal Awards: Municipal Volunteer; Neighborhood Leader; and Public Service
Chandler-Gilbert Community College Awards: Educator and Employee
Gilbert Public Schools Education Awards: Educator; Support Staff; and Volunteer
Community Awards: Beautification; Gilbert Young Hero; and ‘Geneva Clay’ Community Volunteer
Higley Unified School District Education Awards: Educator; Support Staff; and Volunteer
Chamber Business Awards: Spirit of Business Award; Visionary Award; and ‘Leon Uhlhorn’ Chairman’s Award, sponsored by Gilbert Insurance Group

To view a complete description of each award category or to submit a nomination, visit the Chamber’s website at http://www.gilbertaz.com A for.m may also be requested by e-mail to carie@gilbertchamber.com. For more information, contact Carie at (480) 892-0056.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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GILBERT CHAMBER TO HOST TOWN HALL EVENT FOR BUSINESS COMMUNITY, SPONSORED BY SRP

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August 27, 2013

GILBERT CHAMBER TO HOST TOWN HALL EVENT FOR BUSINESS COMMUNITY, SPONSORED BY SRP
Town Council, Management to Participate in ‘Good Government’ Event

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce will host a Town Hall event with members of Gilbert’s Town Council on September 4th at part of the Chamber’s Good Government Series, sponsored by SRP.

This Town Hall meeting will bring together members of Gilbert’s Town Council and business community for discussion on the latest in local issues.  Attendees will have the opportunity for one-on-one conversation with members of our Town Council, to ask questions of Council members, and provide feedback that will contribute to a vibrant business environment.

“Our business leaders value an open dialogue with our Town Council,” said Kathy Tiqlue, president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. “Events like this encourage healthy communication and allows our business and civic leaders to really understand one another and work together to for a strong business environment.”

The Town Hall Event with Gilbert’s Town Council will be held on Wednesday, September 4th from 7:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, 119 N. Gilbert Road, Ste. 101, in Gilbert.  The event is sponsored by SRP with additional support provided by Dorn Policy Group, Inc. and SCF Arizona.

This free event is reserved for current members of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce; seating is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information, visit the Chamber’s website at http://www.gilbertaz.com/calendar or contact the Chamber by phone at (480) 892-0056.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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SENATOR FLAKE TO SPEAK TO BUSINESS COMMUNITY AT CHAMBER BREAKFAST

Media Contact:
Kathy Tilque, President and CEO
Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
(480) 941-6325

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 7, 2013
SENATOR FLAKE TO SPEAK TO BUSINESS COMMUNITY AT CHAMBER BREAKFAST
U.S. Chamber of Commerce to present Flake with ‘Spirit of Enterprise Award’

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce will host U.S. Senator Jeff Flake when he is presented with the U.S. Chamber’s Spirit of Enterprise Award at a breakfast on Wednesday, August 21, sponsored by SRP, the Dorn Policy Group, Inc., and several other East Valley Chambers of Commerce.

An event of the SRP Good Government Series, this breakfast will bring together Chamber members with U.S. Senator Jeff Flake for a candid, informational discussion on a variety of business-related topics and news from D.C.  Additionally, Senator Flake will receive the U.S. Chamber’s Spirit of Enterprise Award.

The breakfast will be held on Wednesday, August 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Val Vista Lakes Events, 1600 E. Lakeside Drive, in Gilbert. Admission for members of the Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Mesa or Scottsdale Chambers of Commerce is $20; guest admission is $45.

To register or for more information, visit the Chamber’s website at http://www.gilbertaz.com/calendar or contact the Chamber by phone at (480) 892-0056.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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GILBERT CHAMBER ANNOUNCES ANNUAL BUSINESS AWARD NOMINEES

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May 29, 2013
GILBERT CHAMBER ANNOUNCES ANNUAL BUSINESS AWARD NOMINEES

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce announced today the businesses and individuals nominated by their peers for recognition at the Seventh Annual Business Awards with winners in each of the six categories to be announced at a luncheon event in June.

The 2013 Annual Business Award nominees are as follows:

Large Business of the Year
B.R.I.O. Tuscan Grille
DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert & SanTan Elegante Conference Center
Orbital Sciences Corporation
San Tan Learning Center 
 
Small Business of the Year
910 West
A.C.T. Awards, Engraving & Promotional Products
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing   
Golba Group Realty & Property Management
Impromptu Guru 
Newman Realty
ROCKET MEDIA

Rookie of the Year
McAuley Freelance Writing
Nationwide Insurance- Mary Puzzitiello Agency 
Printwerx
Smartful Coaching
Synergy HR Solutions, LLC

Employer of Choice
Costco Wholesale
ROCKET MEDIA

Family Business of the Year
John's Refrigeration
SWIMkids USA
The Original Basket Boutique

Volunteer of the Year
Anthony Miles of 4th Wall Productions, LLC
Chris Timmick of The Timmick Team - Realtors
Tracey Groy of The Original Basket Boutique
 
The Annual Business Awards Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, June 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at  the DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert & San Tan Elegante Conference Center in Gilbert. General admission is $50; Chamber member admission is $35. For more information or to register for attendance, visit http://www.gilbertaz.com/calendar
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The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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Media Contact:
Kathy Tilque, President & CEO
(480) 941-6325
Kathy@gilbertchamber.com GILBERT, TEMPE CHAMBERS PRESENT GROUP TRAVEL TRIP TO VIETNAM, CAMBODIA

May 20, 2013
GILBERT, TEMPE CHAMBERS PRESENT GROUP TRAVEL TRIP TO VIETNAM, CAMBODIA
Chambers Partner with Chamber Explorations for Eight-Day Excursion

GILBERT – The Gilbert and Tempe Chambers of Commerce have partnered with Chamber Explorations to present Discover Vietnam and Cambodia, an eight-day inclusive group travel opportunity featuring tours of Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon and Hanoi.

Departing on November 11th, the Discover Vietnam & Cambodia expedition is priced at $2,999 per person based on double occupancy and includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, seven nights in first class hotels; 11 meals; baggage handling; professional English-speaking guides; admissions per itinerary; all taxes and fuel surcharges and more.

Both Chambers will host informational meetings for interested travelers to learn more about this opportunity. A representative of Chamber Explorations will review the travel itinerary and answer general questions regarding the expedition. Informational meetings will be held on:
• Wednesday, June 26th at 6:30 p.m.; Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, 119 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert
• Thursday, June 27th at 6:00 p.m.; Location TBD
• Tuesday, August 20th at 6:00 p.m.; Location TBD
• Wednesday, August 21st at 6:30 p.m.; Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, 119 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert

Tour highlights include Siem Reap, Angkor Thom, Banteay Srei Temple, Angkor Wat (UNESCO), Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Mekong Delta Boat Trip, Thien Hau Pagoda, Ben Thanh Market, Reunification Hall, Hanoi, Old Quarter Cyclo Taxi Ride, Ho Chi Minh Memorial, One Pillar Pagoda, and an optional Ha Long Bay Overnight Cruise-Tour (UNESCO).

Visit http://www.gilbertaz.com/vietnam to register for one of these informational meetings and view a complete travel itinerary.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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GILBERT FILM MAKER AWARDED TWO BRONZE TELLY AWARDS

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May 14, 2013
GILBERT FILM MAKER AWARDED TWO BRONZE TELLY AWARDS
Award-Winning Videos Feature Community, Shop Local Effort

GILBERT – Anthony Miles of Gilbert-based 4th Wall Productions, LLC has been awarded two bronze Telly Awards for his work on video production projects on behalf of the Shop Gilbert campaign and the Gilbert Chamber’s executive housing initiative.

Last year, Miles was contracted by the Shop Gilbert committee to produce a series of four videos to encourage residents to shop locally and was contracted by the Gilbert Chamber to produce a video highlighting the executive lifestyle amenities available in Gilbert. For each project, Miles was named as a Bronze winner in the 34th Annual Telly Awards for cinematography and videography.

“It is humbling and extremely rewarding to receive such prestigious awards,” said Anthony Miles, owner of 4th Wall Productions, LLC. “When I took on these projects, I was really looking forward to working in and raising awareness of my own community. I knew these projects were going to be special.”

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring the finest film and video productions and is one of the most sought-after awards by industry leaders. The 34th Annual Telly Awards received nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. “4th Wall Productions’ accomplishment illustrates the creativity, skill, and dedication to this craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

To view the award-winning videos, visit shopgilbertaz.com and executivelivingaz.com. Learn more about Anthony Miles and 4th Wall Productions by visiting 4thwalltvandfilm.com.

Shop Gilbert Video Series
Gilbert Nightlife: http://youtu.be/iQAljfMlzgM
Gilbert Services and Products: http://youtu.be/taX1vm6aOEw
Medical Services: http://youtu.be/w_Ttg-AO9ko
Beat the Heat: To Be Release

Executive Housing Video: http://youtu.be/GjKR61sXLEw

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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SAN TAN FORD, GILBERT CHAMBER TO HOST ‘DRIVE IT HOME’ FAMILY NIGHT CELEBRATION

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April 26, 2013
SAN TAN FORD, GILBERT CHAMBER TO HOST ‘DRIVE IT HOME’ FAMILY NIGHT CELEBRATION
Event will Feature Local Restaurants, Cash Prize Giveaways and Family Entertainment

GILBERT – San Tan Ford will close out Drive It Home Month with a family celebration including samples from local restaurants, entertainment for the kids, and a drawing for a pair of Arizona Cardinals season tickets.

It's Family Night at San Tan Ford! Bring your friends and family out for a good time, including samples from local restaurants, a bounce house, face painting, balloons and more. The popular GameTruck will be onsite for gaming fun. Attendees will be entered into a drawing for a cash giveaway of $250 and additional 'Drive It Home' contest winners will be announced at this event. Tim Hovik, owner of San Tan Ford in Gilbert, will give away one pair of Arizona Cardinals season tickets at the event.

Family Night at San Tan Ford will be held on Tuesday, April 30th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The dealership is located at 1429 E. Motorplex Loop in Gilbert. For additional information, visit http://www.gilbertaz.com/calendar
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San Tan Ford and the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce partnered to name April 2013 Drive It Home Month – a campaign to remind Gilbert residents about the importance of shopping locally and keeping tax dollars in our community. Shop Gilbert sustainable shopping bags and bookmarks will be available at the contest entry desk.

According to Hovik, San Tan Ford paid almost $1 million in sales tax to the Town of Gilbert in 2012.Sales tax dollars are a critical revenue source for Gilbert. They fund ongoing daily operations including parks and recreation programs, public safety workshops, library materials, and more.

To learn more about how you can participate in contests or support Drive It Home Month, visit http://www.gilbertaz.com/DriveItHome
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The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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CHAMBER’S SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH CONFERENCE, EXPO TO BE HELD AT CHANDLER-GILBERT COMMUNITY COLLEGE

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April 22, 2013

CHAMBER’S SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH CONFERENCE, EXPO TO BE HELD AT CHANDLER-GILBERT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Half-Day Event to Feature Local Business Leaders, Products and Services

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber’s Small Business Council will present the 2013 Small Business Conference and Expo at Chandler-Gilbert Community College on Friday, May 3rd and will feature dynamic speakers and local exhibitors at the half-day event.

The Small Business Growth Conference, sponsored by Infusionsoft, will feature:
Marc Chesley, Cheif Technology Officer, Infusionsoft, Keynote Speaker
Candy Body, Resource Leadership Group, Communication Styles and People Skills
Michael Regan, The I.T. Workshop, LinkedIn for Referrals
Eric Keosky-Smith, Infusionsoft, Big Ideas for Small Business
Jim Hayden, Board Developer, Inc., Relationship Management Defines Your Success
Constance Lemere, Employee Benefit Exchange, and Nedda Lemman, Nedda Tax Accountant, Health Care Reform: What Large and Small Employers Need to Know
Rena Huber, APS, Dream, Reach, Grow, Succeed, REPEAT!

Small Business Growth Conference
Friday, May 3rd from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Member admission: $25; General admission: $40
Conference admission includes lunch, entry to Expo and one raffle ticket for contest entry to win an Apple iPad mini (must be present to win; drawing to be held at 1:30 p.m.)

Small Business Growth Expo
Friday, May 3rd from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 and again from Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Admission: $10, includes lunch.
The Small Business Growth Expo, sponsored by Sam’s Club, will host more than 30 exhibitors as they share business-to-business products and services.

For a complete list of conference speakers and expo exhibitors and to view the event agenda, please visit the Chamber’s website at gilbertaz.com/sbcconference. For additional information, contact Adrianne Lynch at (480) 941-6324 or by e-mail to Adrianne@gilbertchamber.com.

Sponsored by Infusionsoft and Sam’s Club, this event is further supported by 910 West, John’s Refrigeration, and GoGilbert! Magazine.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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GILBERT LEADERSHIP TO HOLD INFORMATIONAL EVENTS FOR ALUMNI, PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

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April 22, 2013
GILBERT LEADERSHIP TO HOLD INFORMATIONAL EVENTS FOR ALUMNI, PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

GILBERT – Gilbert Leadership will host opportunities for prospective students and alumni to come together and learn more about the program, including existing opportunities for leadership within the Town of Gilbert and how individuals can apply for Gilbert Leadership Class XXII.

The Gilbert Leadership Meet & Greet will be held on April 25th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings, 1475 E. Elliot Road, in Gilbert.  This event will give prospective participants the opportunity to meet program alumni and to ask questions about the commitment and experience.

The Gilbert Leadership Informational Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, May 15th from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Town of Gilbert, 50 E. Civic Center Drive, Room 300, in Gilbert. Prospective students are invited to attend this breakfast to meet past and current leaders who are working or representing our community. Detailed information will be provided at this event regarding the application and interview process and additional opportunities for program involvement.

For more information about these events, contact Adrianne at (480) 570-0600 or visit http://www.gilbertleadership.com. 

Gilbert Leadership is a ten-month program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. Candidates are required to live or work in Gilbert, possess a commitment to community involvement and personal growth, and a desire to improve the Gilbert community. More than 350 alumni have discovered leadership opportunities and fostered lasting relationships through this program. Learn more at http://www.gilbertleadership.com
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The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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LIMITED SPACE REMAINS FOR ANNUAL SCHOLARS GOLF TOURNAMENT

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April 18, 2013
LIMITED SPACE REMAINS FOR ANNUAL SCHOLARS GOLF TOURNAMENT
Chamber, San Tan Ford Present Fourth Annual Event to Raise Funds for Local High School Seniors

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce announces only 12 entries remain unfilled for participation in the Fourth Annual Scholars Golf Tournament to be held on May 9th at the 18-hole Seville Golf and Country Club in Gilbert.

Sponsored by San Tan Ford, the Fourth Annual Scholars Golf Tournament will benefit the Chamber with partial proceeds to fund scholarships for local high school seniors. Last year, the Chamber awarded $4,000 in scholarships to students participating in the Scholars Program in the Gilbert Public Schools and Higley Unified School Districts.

“We hope to raise $7,000 in scholarship money this year and we are on the right track with the tournament entries,” said Kathy Tilque, president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber. “With the support of San Tan Ford and our volunteers, each year’s event gets bigger and better with more support from our members and the community.”

According to Tilque, the scholarships are awarded to high school seniors in the Higley Unified and Gilbert Public School Districts. Students’ applications are reviewed and selected by members of the Chamber’s Small Business Council.

“These scholarships are provided to students who demonstrate improvement in their academic careers and who have faced some sort of hardship while in school,” Tilque said. “These are the students who may not easily qualify for other academic scholarships but who have demonstrated commitment to their education and overall perseverance.”

The Fourth Annual Scholars Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, May 9th at Seville Golf and Country Club in Gilbert. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. and a silent auction and awards ceremony will follow the tournament. A foursome entry is $600; individual golfer entry is $150. All golf entries include a tournament golf shirt and other takeaways.

Several sponsorships are available and range from $50 to $2,000. To learn more about the Fourth Annual Scholars Golf Tournament or to register for the event, visit the Chamber’s online calendar of events at http://www.gilbertaz.com/calendar or contact Carie at (480) 941-6323.

This event is supported in part by Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, the East Valley Tribune, and the Chamber’s ‘Gilbert Go Givers’ referral team.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com<.br />

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GILBERT CHAMBER ANNOUNCES THIRD-QUARTER REFERRAL NUMBERS

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April 16, 2013
GILBERT CHAMBER ANNOUNCES THIRD-QUARTER REFERRAL NUMBERS
Referral Culture Gaining Ground, Paying Off in Member-To-Member Business

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce reports more than $520,000 in closed business between Chamber members during the organization’s third quarter and more than $2.2 million in closed business year-to-date.

This report follows a previous fiscal year report of more than $1.4 million in closed business between July 2011 and June 2012. The closed-business figures are reported on a weekly basis by participants in the Chamber’s five referral teams – industry exclusive groups representing more than 150 local businesses who work to build strategic partnerships with one another and understand the products and services provided by each member of the group.

“Our members continue their enthusiasm and dedication for supporting each other’s businesses and it’s really reflected in these figures,” said Annette Sellers, Business Development Director of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.

According to Sellers, each referral team is further divided into marketing focus groups. “Every week, you get an in-depth view of another business and have the opportunity to learn the culture, mission and values of another organization, and every fourth week you give an insider’s view into your business.”

The Chamber currently operates five referral teams as part of the organization’s strategic plan to build a referral-based membership culture.  According to Sellers, members are encouraged to actively build other members’ businesses while the Chamber provides the environment and resources to support growth and development.

“The businesses participating in these referral teams are invested in each other’s success and have embraced the concept of building businesses not just by doing business with one another but also by identifying needs of others and equipping themselves with the knowledge to refer other businesses to meet that need,” Sellers said.

The recorded results of closed business reflect only those figures reported by businesses participating in the Chamber’s referral teams and do not include those businesses not participating in such groups who also receive Chamber-to-member or member-to-member referrals.

To learn more about the Gilbert Chamber’s referral teams and how you can become involved, visit the Chamber’s website at gilbertaz.com or contact the chamber by phone at (480) 892-0056.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com .

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Mountain Vista Medical Center First in the East Valley to offer MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing

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Contact: Jami Reagan
Cell: 480-363-5441
E-mail: jami@shinefactorypr.com

Mountain Vista Medical Center First in the East Valley to offer MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing
Innovative knee resurfacing procedure reduces downtime, pain in patients

MESA, Ariz. (March 27, 2013) – Sandra Loper, 49, a former athlete from Gilbert, Ariz., was enjoying a leisurely walk at a racetrack when she heard a popping sound in her knee. Loper went about her daily activities, thinking the pain would eventually subside.
“I can tolerate quite a bit of pain,” explained Loper. “This was extreme.”

As a result, Loper gave physical therapy a try and began knee exercises at home in hopes to be able to complete simple tasks—like walking her dog. When she didn’t notice any improvements in her condition, Loper was referred to Brian McWhorter, D.O., an orthopaedic surgeon on the medical staff at Mountain Vista Medical Center, who suggested MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing, an innovative alternative to total knee replacement.

MAKOplasty is a minimally invasive treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee.  MAKOplasty is less invasive than traditional total knee surgery and is performed using RIO®, a highly advanced, surgeon-controlled robotic arm system.  Mountain Vista Medical Center is currently the only hospital in the East Valley to offer MAKOplasty.

The morning following surgery, Loper was up and walking around. Now, just six weeks after surgery, Loper has returned to all of her normal daily activities. In addition to a more rapid recovery than total knee surgery, MAKOplasty offers patients the potential for reduced pain, less implant wear and loosening, a smaller scar, improved range of motion and ultimately, a more natural feeling knee.

“It’s truly incredible what this technology enables surgeons to do,” said Dr. McWhorter. “MAKOplasty takes partial knee resurfacing to a new level of precision, making patients feel more comfortable and getting them back to their daily routines quicker.”

According to The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the opportunity for early intervention is important, as osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability worldwide. 

To make an appointment with an orthopeadic surgeon at Mountain Vista Medical Center, please call 1-877-924-WELL (9355).

About Mountain Vista Medical Center http://www.mvmedicalcenter.com
Mountain Vista Medical Center is a 178-bed, full-service hospital, featuring all-private rooms and advanced medical technology. Designed to provide comprehensive health care services for residents of the East Valley, the hospital is a Primary Stroke Center, Chest Pain Center, Cardiac Receiving Center and the first Provisional Level III Trauma Center in the East Valley. It is located in Mesa, just north of U.S. 60 at Crismon Road and Southern Avenue. For more information, visit http://www.mvmedicalcenter.com or call 1-877-924-WELL (9355).
Find Mountain Vista Medical Center on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MountainVista or follow the hospital on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/MVMC
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Gilbert Leadership Class XXI Turns Blank Canvas Into Art Plaza During Community Service Project Day

Gilbert Leadership Class XXI Turns Blank Canvas Into An Art Plaza During Community Service Project Day
Twenty-seven caring community leaders will leave a mark of inspiration by transforming an empty wall and vacant lot into a work of progress so the local community has a place to interact

WHO: 
Participants of Gilbert Leadership Class XXI will be painting a mural and adding the finishing landscaping touches to an open space area with park features, adjacent to the art piece on the south-facing wall of the Gilbert American Legion Post 39 building, located in the Gilbert Heritage District on April 6th.

“Creating a work of progress does not mean making something incomplete - it means knowing that there’s always room for improvement and leaving a legacy.  Once this project is complete, our class’ contribution will leave the Gilbert community with an incredible art mural and new open space with park features to enjoy.  We anticipate that this new plaza will be seen and used by many people for the years to come,” said Jackie Terry, Publicity Co-chair for the Gilbert Leadership Class XXI project.

WHAT:          
The artwork will depict the Town of Gilbert in the World War I era.  Class XXI is partnering with the Gilbert American Legion Post 39 on this project.  Classmates will volunteer their time as part of their commitment to the Gilbert Leadership program. 

“We’re extremely proud of this cooperative effort and glad to have the Gilbert American Legion Post 39 be selected as the location for the project.  Over the last few months, many individuals have come together to make it all happen.  The Gilbert Leadership Class XXI is the driving force behind this program but we’re happy to be a part of the vision for the mural’s content and the open space’s layout.  Post 39 can’t wait to see the group put their brushes to work and finish landscaping the lot during Project Day this week,” said Skip Erickson, Commander for the Gilbert American Legion Post 39.
                       
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Saturday, April 6, 2013 ~ 8am to 4pm

WHERE:       
Gilbert American Legion Post 39 ~ 206 N. Gilbert Road in Gilbert

WHY:            
The goal of this project is to beautify Gilbert’s Heritage District and bring culture to the public sphere.  To honor the new space, a grand opening celebration will take place on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 5:30-7pm, with the official program starting at 6pm, which coincides with Joe’s Real BBQ’s Free Day (Customer Appreciation Day) and the Gilbert High School ArtFest.

The Gilbert Leadership Class XXI has raised more than $15,000 to-date through private and corporate donations to finance this year’s project.  If you would like to provide a contribution, please call Christy Atler at 480-710-3059 or Gayle Disch at 480-209-3884.  Gifts can also be made online via the “Give to Class Project” link at: http://gilbertleadership.com
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Gilbert Leadership is a program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.  For more information about the program, contact Adrianne Lynch at 480-892-0056 or visit: http://www.gilbertleadership.com
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CONTACT:   
For more event information, contact Jackie Terry at 602-295-1142 or sjterry@cox.net.

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CONGRESSMAN MATT SALMON TO ADDRESS BUSINESS LEADERS AT CHAMBER BREAKFAST

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March 26, 2013
CONGRESSMAN MATT SALMON TO ADDRESS BUSINESS LEADERS AT CHAMBER BREAKFAST

GILBERT – United States Congressman Matt Salmon, representing the 5th District of Arizona, will address business leaders next week at a breakfast hosted by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by SRP. The SRP Good Government Series brings together local business leaders with elected officials for an informative and fast-paced discussion regarding important business issues.

“This is our first opportunity to host Congressman Salmon at our Congressional Breakfast,” said Jon Olson, Chairman of the Board of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. “He recently opened his District Office in Gilbert’s Heritage District and is working swiftly to survey our District on the issues facing our families and businesses.”

According to Olson, Congressman Salmon will share recent news from the Capitol and will speak on a variety of issues impacting Gilbert and East Valley businesses, including sequestration, healthcare, immigration, and the challenge to increase consumer and business confidence.

Breakfast with Congressman Matt Salmon
Sponsored by SRP
Wednesday, April 3rd
7:15 a.m. – Registration and Breakfast
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Program
Val Vista Lakes Events
1600 E. Lakeside Drive, Gilbert

General admission - $35
Chamber member admission - $20 early registration; $25 at the door

To register or for more information, visit http://www.gilbertaz.com/calendar  or call the Chamber at (480) 892-0056.
The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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COMMUNITY CALLED TO PARTICIPATE IN ‘SHOP GILBERT’ PHOTO CONTEST

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March 26, 2013
COMMUNITY CALLED TO PARTICIPATE IN ‘SHOP GILBERT’ PHOTO CONTEST
San Tan Ford To Sponsor Contest, Cash Prizes

GILBERT – Shop Gilbert announced today the launch of three community-wide photo contests during the month of April 2013 with more than $900 in prizes for contest winners, sponsored by San Tan Ford.

Fun with Ford in Gilbert
Show us how you have fun in Gilbert! If you own a Ford, be sure to include it in the photo.
Enter by April 5th. Winner announced on April 11th.

Ford Families in Gilbert
Stage your family or business photo around your Ford. Be creative, serious or silly!
Enter by April 12th. Winner announced on April 18th.

Favorite Ford Spots in Arizona
Show us where your Ford takes you! Send us a photo of you or your family at your favorite Arizona destination. If you own a Ford, be sure to include it in the photo!
Enter by April 19th. Winner announced on April 25th.

Enter the Contest:  Send your photo per entry dates listed above to sarah@gilbertchamber.com. Be sure to include your name and contact information! Must be a Gilbert resident or business to participate in the contest.

Vote for your favorite:  Visit Facebook.com/ShopGilbert  between April 5th and 25th to vote for your favorite entries.

Win: Three winners per contest—First place receives $150; second place receives $100;  third place receives $50. In the event two or more photos receive the same number of votes, the winner will be determined by random drawing.

Questions: Contact Sarah by phone at (480) 941-6321 or e-mail sarah@gilbertchamber.com.

The Shop Gilbert campaign is a grassroots effort to encourage residents to put their money where their house is and keep tax dollars in Gilbert. Sales tax dollars are a critical revenue source of Gilbert. They fund ongoing daily operations including parks and recreation programs, public safety workshops, library materials, and more. Buying locally means sales tax dollars will continue to make Gilbert a great place to live, work, and play! Shop Gilbert is sponsored by the Town of Gilbert, The Gilbert Republic, and the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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SAN TAN FORD, CHAMBER TO PARTNER FOR DRIVE IT HOME MONTH

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March 21, 2013
SAN TAN FORD, CHAMBER TO PARTNER FOR DRIVE IT HOME MONTH
Contests, Events to Remind Residents of ‘Shop Gilbert’ Initiative

GILBERT – San Tan Ford and the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce have partnered to name April 2013 as Drive It Home Month – a campaign to remind Gilbert residents about the importance of shopping locally and keeping tax dollars in our community.

“Whether you’re buying dinner for the family or a vehicle to take them to dinner in, we hope you will think about how important it is to purchase from businesses in our town,” said Tim Hovik, owner of San Tan Ford in Gilbert. “You’re not only contributing to a healthy local economy, you’re paying sales tax that goes right back into your community.”

According to Hovik, San Tan Ford paid almost $1 million in sales tax to the Town of Gilbert in 2012.

“It’d be great if everyone serviced and purchased their vehicles at San Tan Ford, but the real message is to think Gilbert, shop Gilbert, just keep it in Gilbert,” Hovik said.

Sales tax dollars are a critical revenue source for Gilbert. They fund ongoing daily operations including parks and recreation programs, public safety workshops, library materials, and more.

Drive It Home Month features community contests and events during the month of April with more than $14,000 in prizes.  In addition, San Tan Ford will sponsor a photo contest with winning photos to be determined by the community.

To learn more about how you can participate in contests or support Drive It Home Month, visit http://www.gilbertaz.com/DriveItHome
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The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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SHOP GILBERT VIDEO CALLS ATTENTION TO TOWN’S MEDICAL INDUSTRY

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March 19, 2013
SHOP GILBERT VIDEO CALLS ATTENTION TO TOWN’S MEDICAL INDUSTRY
Residents Encouraged to Seek Gilbert Businesses for their Medical Needs

GILBERT – The town’s Shop Gilbert taskforce announced today the release of the third video in a series to remind residents of the opportunities for seeking medical facilities, products and services within the Town of Gilbert.

“The Town of Gilbert offers many exceptional health care options.  Whether fighting cancer, conducting research, or serving patients, our Life Science, Bio-Med and health care organizations have some of the most advanced facilities in the country right here in Gilbert,” said Mayor John Lewis.

“In the past decade, Gilbert’s health care industry has made a name for itself as one of the most advanced and well-planned medical communities in the nation,” said Kathy Tilque, president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. “This video will remind residents to first seek Gilbert-based medical facilities whenever possible.”

Last month, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades and, in 2012, Banner Gateway Medical Center was named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital Ranking at No. 12.

“In addition to award-winning hospitals, Gilbert is home to medical practices, urgent cares, health clinics, pharmacies, and equipment suppliers,” Tilque said. “By staying in Gilbert for these services, residents will further contribute to our town’s tax base which, in turn, supports our beautiful community.”

The Shop Gilbert campaign includes four video segments with emphasis on different industries, all of which contribute to the town’s tax base. The videos were scripted by Tad Peelen, an owner of Joe’s Real BBQ and member of the Shop Gilbert taskforce, and were produced by Gilbert-based 4th Wall Productions.

This newly-released video will be aired on the Town’s government channel 11 and can be viewed on the Shop Gilbert website, http://www.ShopGilbertAz.com The w.ebsite includes a listing of Gilbert businesses currently enrolled as supporters of the Shop Gilbert initiative. 


The Shop Gilbert campaign is a grassroots effort to encourage residents to put their money where their house is and keep tax dollars in Gilbert. Sales tax dollars are a critical revenue source of Gilbert. They fund ongoing daily operations including parks and recreation programs, public safety workshops, library materials, and more. Buying locally means sales tax dollars will continue to make Gilbert a great place to live, work, and play! Shop Gilbert is sponsored by the Town of Gilbert, The Gilbert Republic, and the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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March 13, 2013

CENTER FOR THE FUTURE OF ARIZONA TO PRESENT AT CHAMBER’S ECONOMIC FORECAST LUNCHEON
Gallup Poll, State’s Seven Key Initiatives to be Presented by Pat Beaty

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce will hold an Economic Forecast Luncheon on March 27th featuring strategic planning and marketing consultant Pat Beaty of the Center for the Future of Arizona as she presents The Arizona We Want 2.0.

According to Beaty, capturing a complete and accurate picture of Arizona is a difficult task. In reality, we are a state of contrasts. We have vast, beautiful open spaces and yet we’re one of the most urban states in America. We have a significant number of senior citizens yet we also have one of the youngest populations in the nation. We have high educational aspirations, yet low investment and performance. We recognize the need for a diverse, balanced economy that will yield a larger number of high-paying jobs, yet population growth and housing remain our dominant economic identity. We will be one of the first states in the nation in which our minority population will be the majority, yet we are not adequately educating the younger members of our new majority for success in the economy of the future.

“How do we turn our contrasts into strengths as we chart a clear and coherent way forward to ensure an economically viable state for future generations,” Beaty asks.

Beaty will present the latest Gallup Poll results and discuss Arizona’s seven key initiatives and how you can make a difference at the Chamber’s Economic Forecast Luncheon to be held on Wednesday, March 27th at Villa Siena in Gilbert. Registration and lunch begins at 11:15 a.m.; program begins at 11:30 a.m. General admission is $35; Chamber member admission is $20.

To register for this event or for more information, visit the Chamber online at gilbertaz.com/calendar or contact the Chamber by phone at (480) 892-0056.

This event presented by ‘Partners in Progress’ - a collaboration between ASU Polytechnic Campus, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, and the Town of Gilbert to promote and facilitate a healthy Gilbert business environment for growth, expansion and retention. ‘Partners in Progress’ is supported through sponsorship by Orbital Sciences, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, APS, Banner Gateway Medical Center and I.T. Workshop.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com.
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Gilbert Leadership Class XXI Selects Artist for Heritage District Mural

Contact: Jackie Terry, (602) 295-1142

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GILBERT LEADERSHIP CLASS XXI SELECTS MARY OPAT AS ARTIST FOR OUTDOOR ART MURAL IN CONJUNCTION WITH OPEN SPACE IMPROVEMENT COMMUNITY PROJECT

GILBERT, ARIZ. – Participants of Gilbert Leadership Class XXI announced that it has selected seasoned artist and Gilbert Visual Art League member, Mary Opat, to craft a mural design that will help the class bring art to the downtown Gilbert area while preserving the Town of Gilbert’s rich history around trains, agriculture and our veterans as well as noting many landmarks via the Heritage District History Walk including the water tower and old depot. 

As part of its commitment to the Gilbert Leadership program, Class XXI is partnering with the American Legion Merrill Mitchell Post 39 on this project so that veterans are also emphasized in the art piece.  The attached rendering of the future mural depicts the Town of Gilbert in the World War I era, circa 1917, with the exception of the “Gilbert” sign, which was later added across Gilbert Road in the early 1930s.

The goal of this service project is to beautify Gilbert’s Heritage District and bring culture to the public sphere.  The art element will be placed on the south-facing wall of the American Legion Merrill Mitchell Post 39 building, located in the downtown area.  The class also has plans for landscape improvements in the area adjacent to the mural it will be an open space with park features.  Both projects will be complete in April 2013 as part of the class' community project, and a public debut is slated for Wednesday, May 1, 2013. 

Artist Mary Opat has an extensive background painting full-time as a muralist and fine art oil painter.  She recently moved to Arizona from Cresco, Iowa.  Currently, Opat is a juried member of the Arizona Art Alliance, the Gilbert Visual Art League and the San Tan Valley Artists.

Opat was selected among four proposals commissioned by Gilbert Leadership classmates.  After being awarded the project, she explained that, “this project will add warmth and create an exciting ambience for all that gather in the new space.”  The art display will tell the story of Gilbert’s rich history and highlight present achievements.

“Murals can have a dramatic impact whether consciously or subconsciously on the attitudes of passersby, when they are added to areas where people live and work.  Public murals are also seen as a way to add an aesthetic improvement to any neighborhood,” said Bob Wilson, co-chair of the project campaign.

Furthermore, Opat stated that her idea began with connecting the art piece to Town’s motto of “Gilbert – Clean, Safe, Vibrant,” while preserving the Town’s origins and from there she integrated an account about the town from its beginnings as the "Hay Shipping Capital of the World” for many people to enjoy.

“We decided to incorporate a historical component to this project to complement the surrounding Heritage District.  The mural will be an attractive art piece as well as a way to communicate to publicly about the features Gilbert has to offer, while conveying the essence of our humble roots from the early 1900s,” stated Alan Fitzgerald, co-chair of project design.

Installation of the public art display is set for this month along with a new landscaped area within the space.  Opat will begin laying out her design template on March 18th so that classmates can begin to paint during their project day on April 6th. 

Gilbert Leadership Class XXI is still hoping to raise $14,000 through private and corporate donations to complete this year’s project. 
If you would like to provide a contribution, please call Christy Atler at 480-710-3059 or Gayle Disch at 480-209-3884. Contributions can also be made online via the “Give to Class Project” link at http://gilbertleadership.com.   

Gilbert Leadership is a program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. For more information about the program, contact Adrianne Lynch at 480-892-0056 or visit http://www.gilbertleadership.com
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March 6, 2013

GILBERT LEADERSHIP PARTNERS WITH CHICK-FIL-A TO BRING LEADERCAST® TO GILBERT

GILBERT – Gilbert Leadership has again partnered with Chick-fil-A to bring to Gilbert the 2013 Chick-fil-A Leadercast® - a one-day leadership event broadcast live from Atlanta, GA and simulcast into communities around the world.

On May 10, 2013, more than 125,000 leaders from around the world will hear from dynamic speakers who will share inspiring, encouraging and motivation messages.  Attendees will learn how to improve leadership skills and will have the opportunity to network with other leaders in Gilbert.

This year’s speakers will include:
Jack Welch, Former Chairman & CEO of General Electric
Andy Stanley, Best-selling leadership author & communicator
Mike Krzyzewski, Head men’s basketball coach, Duke University and Team USA
John C. Maxwell, Best-selling author and leadership expert
Dr. Henry Cloud, Best-selling author and leadership consultant
LCDR Rorke Denver, Navy SEAL and star of the 2012 movie Act of Valor
Sanya Richards-Ross, 2012 London Olympic gold medalist track & field
David Allen, Best-selling author of Getting Things Done and productivity expert
Condoleeze Rice, Secretary of State (2005-2009), Exclusive Simply Lead video interview with John C. Maxwell

Chick-fil-A Leadercast® will be held on Friday, May 10th, beginning at 7:00 a.m. Sponsored by Rayhons Financial Solutions, the event will be hosted at Sun Valley Community Church in Gilbert. Tickets can be purchased at a discounted rate of $69 through March 15. After March 15th, tickets will be sold for $79 per person; buy 10 tickets, get one free.  Admission includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and door prizes.

To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.gilbertleadership.com This .simulcast presented in partnership with Chick-fil-A, the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, Gilbert Leadership and Sun Valley Community Church. Sponsorship has been provided by Rayhons Financial Solutions.

Gilbert Leadership is an exclusive ten-month program that provides Gilbert residents and/or employees a multi-faceted look into the makes of our community. Currently in class XXI, more than 350 participants have graduated from Gilbert Leadership, a program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.
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GILBERT CHAMBER, SAN TAN FORD PRESENT FOURTH ANNUAL SCHOLARS GOLF TOURNAMENT

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March 6, 2013
GILBERT CHAMBER, SAN TAN FORD PRESENT FOURTH ANNUAL SCHOLARS GOLF TOURNAMENT
GOLFERS TO RAISE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS FOR LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce has partnered with San Tan Ford to present the Fourth Annual Scholars Golf Tournament and will donate partial proceeds to fund scholarships for local high school seniors.

Last year, the Chamber awarded $4,000 in scholarships to students participating in the Scholars Program in the Gilbert Public Schools and Higley Unified School Districts.

“Had it not been for your generosity, it would not have been easy for me to purchase many things that I needed for school,” said 2011 scholarship recipient Christian Castro in a letter addressed to the Chamber. “My plan is to give back to the community that has supported me in my academic endeavors.”

The Fourth Annual Scholars Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, May 9th at Seville Golf and Country Club in Gilbert. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. and a silent auction and awards ceremony will follow the tournament. A foursome entry is $600; individual golfer entry is $150. All golf entries include a tournament golf shirt and other takeaways.

Several sponsorships are available and range from $50 to $2,000. To learn more about the Fourth Annual Scholars Golf Tournament or to register for the event, visit the Chamber’s online calendar of events at http://www.gilbertaz.com or contact Carie at (480) 941-6323.

This event is supported in part by Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, the East Valley Tribune, and the Chamber’s ‘Gilbert Go Givers’ referral team.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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New Art Mural and Open Space Improvement to Document Town’s History

Contact:
Jackie Terry                                                                                                                                                          
(602) 295-1142
sjterry@cox.net

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February 15, 2013
New Art Mural and Open Space Improvement to Document Town’s History
Gilbert Leadership Class XXI will paint mural, create pocket park in Gilbert’s Heritage District

GILBERT, ARIZ. - Participants of Gilbert Leadership Class XXI will document Gilbert’s history and key sites of interest by collaborating with a local artist to paint a mural on the south-facing wall of the American Legion Merrill Mitchell Post 39 building, located in the Town’s Heritage District. The class also has plans for an open space improvement ("pocket park") on the vacant land immediately south of the American Legion Post 39.  Both projects will be complete in April 2013 as part of the class' community project.

Over the past 20 years, Gilbert Leadership has promoted community leadership and inspired action on issues that impact Gilbert. This year’s class, referring to themselves as ‘The Class of the Century,’ hope to support the emerging art culture in Gilbert’s Heritage District by telling the story of Gilbert’s rich history, present achievements and future plans through this mural project.

The Centurions identified the mural and land improvement project as an opportunity to give back to the community, to honor veterans and to further improve the Town. The site for the pocket park is owned by the Town of Gilbert and will be a space for residents and tourists to gather within the Heritage District to view the mural and connect with Gilbert’s past, present and future.

"We're excited to have the support of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, the Gilbert Leadership Team, the Town of Gilbert and the American Legion Post 39, to make this project a reality,” said Gayle Disch, campaign co-chair and Gilbert Leadership Class XXI member. “Transforming this space into a place where people can congregate and explore is part of the vitality of our Heritage District. We hope it will not only improve the space but also support the effort to make our Heritage District a social destination.”

This year’s community project offers a unique opportunity to involve emerging leaders of our community. The varied talents, skills and professional experience of each class member will be utilized to contribute to the success of the project.

As a part of the Gilbert Leadership program, each class is required to complete a project that will benefit the Town of Gilbert. Gilbert Leadership Class XXI is hoping to raise $14,000 through private and corporate donations to complete this year’s project.  If you would like to provide a contribution, please call Christy Atler at 480-710-3059 or Gayle Disch at 480-209-3884. Contributions can also be made online via the “Give to Class Project” link at http://gilbertleadership.com.   

Gilbert Leadership is a program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. For more information about the program, contact Adrianne Lynch at 480-892-0056 or visit http://www.gilbertleadership.com
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GREATER PHOENIX, GILBERT CHAMBERS PARTNER TO BOOST BUSINESS

GREATER PHOENIX, GILBERT CHAMBERS PARTNER TO BOOST BUSINESS
BidSource Procurement Program Expands Between Neighboring Chambers

(PHOENIX) — The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) and the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce have forged a new partnership that will bring the GPCC's government procurement program, BidSource, to Gilbert Chamber members.
BidSource, a service offered by the Greater Phoenix Chamber since 1988, monthly delivers more than 60,000 matched bids to clients seeking to grow their businesses by securing contracts with all levels of government, public school districts and universities. BidSource clients landed awards averaging more than $650,000 last year by creating customized profiles, allowing their expertise to be matched with appropriate bid notices. Subscribers can spend more time crafting winning proposals and less time sifting through the myriad of available opportunities. Gilbert Chamber members can access the site at http://www.gilbertaz.com/bidsource
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BidSource client Brig Christensen, President of Gilbert-based StormWater Pros, LLC, calls the service "a key tool” in his company's efforts to grow. ”We have a very narrow focus of work and the BidSource group was helpful in setting up a system to locate many opportunities for us,” Christensen said.

"BidSource is one of our economic development programs that actively supports local businesses and jobs,” remarked Greater Phoenix Chamber President and CEO Todd Sanders. ”We look forward to working in partnership with the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce to further support their mission of strengthening their community’s businesses and positively impacting the entire region.”

”The small business sector has a significant impact on our community's economy,” noted Adrianne Lynch, Gilbert Chamber Economic Development Director. ”The partnership with BidSource will give our members an opportunity to bid on local, state and federal projects in multiple states.”

Interested businesses can find out more about BidSource by attending the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce’s Procurement Expo this Wednesday, January 30, 2013 from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Southeast Regional Library at 775 N. Greenfield Road (Southwest Corner of Greenfield & Guadalupe) in Gilbert. For more information and to register, go to the events calendar at http://www.gilbertaz.com
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About the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
Representing 2,600 businesses across Metropolitan Phoenix, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce is Arizona’s oldest and largest Chamber. The Chamber supports the growth and development of business by offering networking and marketing opportunities, money-saving programs and a voice in government, keeping its members informed, connected and prosperous.  The Chamber enhances members’ success by promoting economic development, entrepreneurship and a connection to the community with local chapters in Anthem, Deer Valley and South Mountain/Laveen. 

About the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com GILBERT CHAMBER BRINGS BACK DISCOVER CUBA TRAVEL OPPORTUNITY

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February 5, 2013
GILBERT CHAMBER BRINGS BACK DISCOVER CUBA TRAVEL OPPORTUNITY
Chamber to Host an Informational Meeting This Month

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce has again partnered with Chamber Explorations to present Discover Cuba, a nine-day group travel opportunity offering two departure dates, and will host an informational meeting this month for more travel information.

The Discover Cuba expedition is priced at $4,099 per person based on double occupancy and includes round-trip, nonstop air from Phoenix, seven nights in first class hotels; 16 meals – six breakfast, six lunches and four dinners; baggage handling; professional drivers and guides; a Cuba entry visa (Tourist Card); Cuban medical insurance, all taxes and fuel surcharges.

Travelers will experience daily cultural exchanges on small group departures of 30 passengers or less, including daily sightseeing and admissions per itinerary, on modern motor coaches for all tours. Discover Cuba is available on two departure dates - Friday, June 7 or Sunday, October 6, 2013.

“We offered this itinerary last October and had an incredible response, with more than 50 travelers participating,” said Kathy Tilque, president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. “This is going to be the trip of a lifetime with a cultural experience that will not be forgotten.”

The Gilbert Chamber will host an informational meeting on Wednesday, February 27th at 6:00 p.m. at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, 119 N. Gilbert Road, Ste. 101, in Gilbert. A representative of Chamber Explorations will review the travel itinerary and answer general questions regarding the Discover Cuba expedition. Itinerary highlights include visits to museums, local villages, prehistoric painted caves, cathedrals, botanical gardens, a sugar plantation – even a farm owned by Ernest Hemingway.

Seating to this meeting is limited to 50; registration is requested and can be accepted online at http://www.gilbertaz.com/calendar or by phone to (480) 892-0056. Learn more about the Discover Cuba  and view a complete travel itinerary online at http://www.gilbertaz.com
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The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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Chamber Explorations has applied to the Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) for renewal of its license to operate People to People programs to Cuba.  This itinerary and departure date are subject to our license renewal. This itinerary provides a full time schedule of activities that result in meaningful exchanges through people-to-people contact.  U.S. law requires all travelers joining this program adhere to the full time schedule and imposes on Chamber Explorations the responsibility to ensure such observance. MAYOR LEWIS TO DELIVER ANNUAL ADDRESS AT CHAMBER LUNCHEON

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January 31, 2013

MAYOR LEWIS TO DELIVER ANNUAL ADDRESS AT CHAMBER LUNCHEON

Lewis to Share Recent Successes, Vision for Future of Business Community


GILBERT – Mayor John Lewis will deliver an annual address to the business community at a luncheon event on Thursday, February 7th, hosted by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

“2012 was a great year for businesses in Gilbert and I am looking forward to celebrating the year’s successes with our business partners at the upcoming State of Business luncheon,” said Mayor John Lewis in a written statement to the Chamber.

The State of Business in Gilbert will feature Mayor Lewis as he presents the town’s long-term vision and shares some of Gilbert’s successes from the past year, including the town’s efforts to assist businesses.

“I am particularly excited for this year’s event as we will be showcasing our very first digital State of the Town. I am confident that 2013 will also bring great successes as our business partnerships continue to grow,” said Mayor Lewis.

The luncheon will be held on Thursday, February 7th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert, 1800 S. SanTan Village Parkway, in Gilbert. Registration will begin at 11:15 a.m.

Chamber member admission is $20; general admission is $35. Registration is requested and is accepted online at gilbertaz.com/calendar.

This event is sponsored by Phoenix-Mesa Gateway airport with support by A Mug You Can Trust, the East Valley Tribune, Maddy’s Pool Supply and Service, and SCF Arizona.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com.

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GILBERT CHAMBER NAMES ADELAIDA SEVERSON OF BUSHTEX, INC. AS 2012 BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

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January 24, 2013

GILBERT CHAMBER NAMES ADELAIDA SEVERSON OF BUSHTEX, INC. AS 2012 BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Award Ceremony and Luncheon Honored Four Nominees, Presented by San Tan Learning Center


GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce named Dr. Adelaida Severson, owner and CEO of Gilbert-based Bushtex, Inc., as the 2012 Business Woman of the Year at an award ceremony and luncheon on January 23rd.

“Adelaida is the truest example of a business woman invested in the growth of her community, especially when it comes to the education and development of Gilbert’s youth,” said Kathy Tilque, president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.

Severson has served as a member of the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board, is a co-founder of the Parent Legislative Action Network (PLAN), and is a current board member of the Gilbert Education Foundation (GEF). She is a graduate of the Chamber’s Gilbert Leadership program and has served on the program’s Board of Directors. Recently, Dr. Severson served as the on-camera personality for the Chamber’s marketing video to promote executive housing in Gilbert.

Under Severson’s leadership, Bushtex, Inc. was recognized by Comerica Bank as an ‘Arizona Company to Watch’ in 2009. Bushtex, Inc. was instrumental in transmitting coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics to the United States and has transmitted other national and international events.

“Anyone who knows Adelaida can’t help but be inspired by her leadership style and poise,” Tilque said. “Her influence on our community is far reaching.”

The Business Woman of the Year luncheon is organized by the Chamber’s What Women Want…In Business event committee. Nominations are submitted to the committee’s review panel for scoring and selection.

Additional nominees for 2012 Business Woman of the Year included Debra Cherry, Assistant Vice President and Division Manager on behalf of Parkway Bank; Mai-Lin Garcia, owner of Synergy HR Solutions; and Rita Sippel, co-founder of San Tan Learning Center.

Previous award recipients are Pam Nenaber of Banner Health (2011) and Gayle Schmidt, owner of Buffalo Wild Wings (2010).

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com<.br />  
  

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EXPO TO ASSIST BUSINESSES IN PROCUREMENT PROCESS

MEDIA CONTACT:
Adrianne Lynch, Economic Development Director
Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
(480) 570-0600

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 16, 2013

EXPO TO ASSIST BUSINESSES IN PROCUREMENT PROCESS
Learn the Common Procedures for Receiving, Responding to RFP’s


GILBERT – Area businesses are invited to learn how to provide their products and services to local school districts, colleges, municipalities, the state and other large corporations at the Gilbert Chamber’s Small Business Procurement Expo on Wednesday, January 30th.

Presented by the Chamber’s Small Business Council, the event will include exhibitors from more than 25 organizations. Each organization will have resources and information to help businesses understand their common procedures for procuring vendors, including the process for receiving and responding to requests for proposal, including information on women-owned business certifications.

“The small business sector has a significant impact on our community’s economy,” said Adrianne Lynch, Economic Development Director for the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. “This expo will give attendees an inside look at how they can get their products or services in sight of major buyers.”

Confirmed exhibitors include:

Arizona Department of Corrections
Arizona Department of Economic Security
Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT)
Arizona Procurement Technical Assistance (AZPTAC)
Arizona State University – Polytechnic Campus
Boeing
BidSource
City of Phoenix
City of Tempe
City of Queen Creek
Earnhardt Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram
Gilbert Public Schools
Maricopa County
Maricopa County Community Colleges
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center/Dignity Health
Minority Business Development – Native American Specialist
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
Salt River Project (SRP)
State of Arizona
Town of Gilbert
Valley Schools Management Group/HPACT
ViaSat, Inc. Advanced Microwave Products
Women's Business Enterprise Council

The Small Business Procurement Expo will be held on Wednesday, January 30th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Road, in Gilbert. General admission is $20; Chamber member admission is $10. Registration is encouraged.

This event is sponsored by Costco Wholesale, Employee Benefit Exchange Corp, Humana, SCF Arizona, and Sign-A-Rama.

To register or for additional information, visit the Chamber’s website at GilbertAz.com or contact the Chamber by phone at (480) 892-0056.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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Chamber Urges Town Council to Initiate a Formal ‘Shop Local’ Policy for Town Expenditures

MEMO

TO: Mayor and Town Council
FROM: Jon Olson, Chairman of the Board
DATE: January 11, 2013

RE: PURCHASING LOCAL POLICY

A recent article appearing in the Arizona Republic addressed neighboring cities’ efforts to procure goods and services from businesses located within their communities. That article reminded me of previous dialog with the Town’s Council and staff to implement similar efforts and that it was decided it was appropriate to wait to institute a more formal local purchasing policy until the purchasing administrator was hired.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce would like to request that the Town Council initiate the process to establish a formal policy that will provide Gilbert businesses greater opportunities to transact business with the Town. Initial recommendations that we believe should be considered are as follows:
• Establish a method to notify businesses about opportunities to bid (some cities are sending e-mail messages to businesses who have opted to receive notices about purchasing requests)
• Publish an easy to understand, consistent policy describing the parameters that determine the necessity of bidding
• Creating an internal departmental policy for purchases that fall below the bidding threshold that establishes methods of researching Gilbert businesses able to offer the service or product and offering them the opportunity to do business with the town through a more informal process
• Provide a competitive advantage for Gilbert business by discounting those submitted bids by the 1.5 sales tax the town will receive by keeping the purchase within the Town – as the Town will be paying itself the sales tax

We believe that the Town Council should diligently establish both the scope of the policy and establish a timeline for the policy’s creation as promptly as possible.

We are sure there are additional opportunities to explore; but, we feel this is a good starting point for discussion. The Chamber is hosting a Procurement Expo on January 30th.The Town’s purchasing administer will be involved along with other large corporations, schools, and governmental entities. Businesses of all sizes will learn how to be placed on vendor lists along with proper procedures for bidding on opportunities to provide services and products. We appreciate the Town’s involvement.

We believe that Shop Gilbert efforts extend beyond just getting the word out to our residents and businesses to spend their dollars locally; we also believe the Town should take a lead in this effort to support all companies located in our community, helping them grow their businesses while keeping those sales dollars right here at home. Establishing a formal process can be the first step in steering more purchases to the Town’s businesses. With a formal policy in place, staff can then begin to change their day-to-day activities to carry out the goal of expanding local purchasing

Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to being involved in these discussions.
GILBERT CHAMBER’S MID-YEAR CLOSED-BUSINESS REPORT EXCEEDS LAST FISCAL YEAR


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January 14, 2013

GILBERT CHAMBER’S MID-YEAR CLOSED-BUSINESS REPORT EXCEEDS LAST FISCAL YEAR
Referral Culture Gaining Ground, Paying Off in Referred Member-To-Member Business


GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce announced a record-breaking report of more than $997,000 in closed business between Chamber members during the organization’s second quarter and more than $1.6 million in closed business year-to-date.

This report follows a previous fiscal year report of more than $1.4 million in closed business between July 2011 and June 2012. The closed-business figures are reported on a weekly basis by participants in the Chamber’s five referral teams – industry exclusive groups representing more than 150 local businesses who work to build strategic partnerships with one another and understand the products and services provided by each member of the group.

“To exceed last year’s figures during the first half of this year is a true testament to effectiveness of a referral culture,” said Annette Sellers, Business Development Director of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber currently operates five referral teams as part of the organization’s strategic plan to build a referral-based membership culture.  According to Sellers, members are encouraged to actively build other members’ businesses while  the Chamber provides the environment and resources to support growth and development.

“The businesses participating in these referral teams are invested in each other’s success and have embraced the concept of building businesses not just by doing business with one another but also by identifying needs of others and equipping themselves with the knowledge to refer other businesses to meet that need,” Sellers said.

The recorded results of closed business reflect only those figures reported by businesses participating in the Chamber’s referral teams and do not include those businesses not participating in such groups who also receive Chamber-to-member or member-to-member referrals.

To learn more about the Gilbert Chamber’s referral teams and how you can become involved, visit the Chamber’s website at gilbertaz.com or contact the chamber by phone at (480) 892-0056.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com .

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CHAMBER, INFUSIONSOFT TO HOST SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH WORKSHOP

Media Contact:
Kathy Tilque
(480) 941-6325
Kathy@gilbertchamber.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 6, 2012


Experts to Share Tools, Tips for Increasing Sales With Strategic Social Media Strategies

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Infusionsoft to present a workshop for small businesses on Friday, December 14th and will share tips to incorporating social media throughout the entire sales process.

“At Infusionsoft, we teach business owners how to use social media early in the sales cycle and how to sell using a relationship- and benefits-based methodology,” said Eric Keosky-Smith, a Small Business Growth Expert and Arizona Regional Development Director for Infusionsoft. “Building an online relationship with your customers and prospects can significantly and immediately impact your bottom line.”

The Small Business Growth Workshop will be held on Friday, December 14th from 10:30 a.m. to Noon at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, 2626 E. Pecos Road, in Chandler. Chamber member admission is $10; non-member admission is $20. To register or for additional information, visit the Chamber’s website at gilbertaz.com or contact the Chamber by phone at (480) 892-0056.

This event is sponsored by Infusionsoft with additional support by Wells Fargo Bank, and the East Valley Tribune. The workshop will include an interactive networking exercise, presented by John’s Refrigeration.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 www.gilbertaz.com. For information on Infusionsoft visit gilbertaz.com/infusionsoft 

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  NEW SHOP LOCAL VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS GILBERT-BASED PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

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December 4, 2012

NEW SHOP LOCAL VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS GILBERT-BASED PRODUCTS AND SERVICES


GILBERT – The town’s Shop Gilbert taskforce announced today the release of the second video in a series to remind residents of the opportunities for contracting service providers or purchasing goods made in the Town of Gilbert.

“When we think about shopping locally, we often think about visiting local retailers but we don’t always think about calling on Gilbert-based businesses when we are looking for painting, landscaping or other services,” said Gilbert Mayor John Lewis. “This video reminds residents to think about Gilbert first when contracting for services.”

The video campaign includes four segments with emphasis on different industries, all of which contribute to the town’s tax base. All videos of the Shop Gilbert campaign were scripted by Tad Peelen, part owner of Joe’s Real BBQ and member of the Shop Gilbert taskforce. The videos were produced by Gilbert-based 4th Wall Productions and exclusively feature Gilbert-based locations.

This newly-released video will be aired on the Town’s government channel 11 and as a public service announcement at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. It can be viewed on the Shop Gilbert website, http://www.ShopGilbertAz.com The w.ebsite includes a listing of Gilbert businesses currently enrolled as a supporter of the Shop Gilbert initiative.

Direct URL: http://youtu.be/taX1vm6aOEw

The Shop Gilbert campaign is a grassroots effort to encourage residents to put their money where their house is and keep tax dollars in Gilbert. Sales tax dollars are a critical revenue source of Gilbert. They fund ongoing daily operations including parks and recreation programs, public safety workshops, library materials, and more. Shop Gilbert is sponsored by the Town of Gilbert, The Gilbert Republic, and the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.

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District 12 Representatives To Address Business Leaders At Chamber Breakfast

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November 27, 2012


DISTRICT 12 REPRESENTATIVES TO ADDRESS BUSINESS LEADERS AT CHAMBER BREAKFAST
SRP Named as Sponsor of Annual Roundtable Discussion


GILBERT – Senator Andy Biggs, Representative Eddie Farnsworth, and Representative-Elect Warren Petersen of Arizona Legislative District 12, will address business leaders next week at a breakfast hosted by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by SRP.

“It is important for local businesses to feel connected to and stay in contact with government leaders,” said Kathy Tilque, president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. “We invite our District 12 legislators to a roundtable every year to allow for a positive exchange that is focused on the issues that are of priority to our business community.”

District 12 Breakfast Sponsored by SRP
Wednesday, December 5th
7:15 a.m. – Registration and Breakfast
7:40 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Program
Val Vista Lakes Events
1600 E. Lakeside Drive, Gilbert

General admission - $35
Chamber member admission - $20 early registration; $25 at the door

The Chamber’s District 12 Breakfast is presented as part of the organization’s Good Government Series. Sponsored by SRP, this series regularly brings together businesses with elected officials in an informative, roundtable format. To register or for more information, visit http://www.gilbertaz.com or call (480) 892-0056.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com<.br />

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GILBERT’S EXECUTIVE HOUSING TASKFORCE RELEASES MARKETING VIDEO

GILBERT, ARIZ – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce released last week a marketing video featuring the executive lifestyle amenities found within Gilbert and will share this video with key industry professionals as they seek placement for executives.

The Gilbert Chamber and the Town of Gilbert partnered with members of the business community to create a taskforce to first identify Gilbert’s executive lifestyle amenities and then to develop a strategic plan for sharing the highlights of the community with others. The taskforce saw an immediate need to reach out to human resource and relocation specialists, as well as executive search firms and luxury real estate agents. As a result, the group developed messaging and produced a video to allow such professionals to share the message with their clientele.

“Gilbert leads the way in economic and business development and public safety,” said Mayor John Lewis. “With the development of our healthcare industry, our strong educational institutions, and our diverse arts & cultural community, the Town of Gilbert has what it takes to be the premier community for executive living.”

With the launch of this video and a supporting website with access to additional resources, the taskforce will now focus on efforts to carry this message to its intended audience.

“Residents already know that Gilbert is a premier community,” said Jon Olson, Chairman of the Board of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. “We want to further our message by reaching those outside of our community. We are looking at developing familiarization tours and other opportunities to bring them here to experience all that our town has to offer.”

To view the executive housing promotional video, visit http://www.executivelivingaz.com or access the link through the Chamber’s youtube Channel.
The executive housing initiative is supported in-part by the Town of Gilbert, SanTan Development Group, Whitewing Custom Home Communities, Rayons Financial Solutions, and the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. Supporting sponsors and additional resources can be found online at http://www.executivelivingaz.com
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The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com.

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Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjKR61sXLEw&feature=share&list=UUo0KUGrzmE5l5yXcVYP4QRA
CHAMBER SPONSORS FIFTH ANNUAL ‘ADOPT-A-SENIOR’ PROGRAM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 30, 2012

CHAMBER SPONSORS FIFTH ANNUAL ‘ADOPT-A-SENIOR’ PROGRAM
Help Needed To Fulfill Wish Lists of Low-Income, Homebound Seniors

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce will organize the fifth annual Adopt A Senior program this holiday season to benefit Gilbert’s low-income senior citizens as well as homebound seniors and disabled Gilbert residents, in partnership with the Gilbert Senior Center.

The Chamber will collect holiday wish lists from Gilbert’s homebound residents who participate in the ‘Meals on Wheels’ home meal delivery program. Lists will also be collected from Gilbert seniors living in low-income housing.

The Chamber is asking members of the community to support this year’s Adopt A Senior effort by requesting a wish list, then shopping for and returning the items to the Chamber by December 6th. An average list costs $25 and may include a number of needed items.

In addition, the Chamber is seeking the donation of miscellaneous items in quantities of 50 or more and will use these items to make up goody bags that are distributed to low-income seniors at a holiday party hosted by the Chamber. Donated items often range from magnets to mouthwash and can be anything that would be useful or appreciated by a senior.

To fulfill a wish list or provide donations for the goody bags, please contact Sara Clifton by phone at (480) 941-6350, ext. 115 or send an e-mail to AdoptASenior@gilbertchamber.com. Monetary donations are accepted and will be used to purchase gift cards for unfulfilled wish lists. Donations can be sent to the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 527, Gilbert, AZ 85299.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 www.gilbertaz.com.



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INFUSIONSOFT, SAM’S CLUB PARTNER WITH CHAMBER FOR SMALL BUSINESS CONFERENCE, EXPO

Media Contact:

Kathy Tilque

President/CEO

(480) 941-6325


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


October 24, 2012



INFUSIONSOFT, SAM’S CLUB PARTNER WITH CHAMBER FOR SMALL BUSINESS CONFERENCE, EXPO
Half-Day Event to Feature Local Business Leaders, Products and Services


GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber’s Small Business Council will present the 2012 Small Business Conference and Expo at Chandler-Gilbert Community College on Friday, November 9th and will feature dynamic speakers and local exhibitors at the half-day event.

“We are excited to partner with industry leaders and business professionals for this special event,” said Adrianne Lynch, Economic Development Director for the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber partnered with several sponsors, including Infusionsoft and Sam’s Club, to present this special event.

“We know it is not always easy to send staff to training workshops,” said Lynch. “The Small Business Council selected this conference’s slate of speakers with the intention of covering a variety of topics. We want to make it easy and affordable for businesses to send their staff.”

The Small Business Growth Conference, sponsored by Infusionsoft, will feature twelve speakers on topics including local marketing, social media efforts, or lead conversion and will include a presentation by keynote speaker Marc Chesley, Chief Technology Officer at Infusionsoft Attendees can choose to attend four of the twelve sessions. Conference general admission is $40; Chamber member admission is $25. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

The Small Business Growth Expo, sponsored by Sam’s Club, will host more than 40 exhibitors as they share business-to-business products and services. Expo admission is free and open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For a complete list of conference speakers and expo exhibitors and to view the event agenda, please visit the Chamber’s website at gilbertaz.com/sbcconference. For additional information, contact Adrianne Lynch at (480) 941-6324 or by e-mail to Adrianne@gilbertchamber.com.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com.


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Gilbert Chamber Supports Higley Unified School District’s Ballot Issues.

Gilbert Chamber Supports Higley Unified School District’s Ballot Issues.

The Chamber’s Public Policy committee and Board of Directors voted to support the three issues before the Higley School District’s voters:

Education is the cornerstone of our community, economic development, and future. Even so, prudent use of tax dollars is important and should be paired with academic achievement for our students. The Chamber believes Higley has done that.

The district is anticipating 5,000 new students by 2019 based on the housing projects in the pipeline that is backed up by the number of permits being issued by the Town. The legislature does not recognize the potential growth and will not relinquish funds for building schools until 2019. The district has also received feedback from their parents to move into a middle school model from their K-8 current model. With the anticipated growth and new model; 2 new schools must be built immediately. The state law does not allow for the governing board to approve a lease/lease back option for more than a 5 year period; anything longer than that would need to go to the voters for approval. The district is known for their innovative teaching models that will reduce long-term soft capital costs which have resulted in excellent academic standing. Their administrative cost is high at this time due to growth and the area of the school is only 6 square miles.

They currently own land for two school sites and have worked with a non-profit foundation to lease the land to the non-profit and in turn lease back a completed school building for 35-years; at which time the school will be gifted to the district. This is a similar model used by charter schools. In order to satisfy the financial institution they have been required to show proof of a 5-year override, increase in capital outlay for the schools to open, and the vote of the people to enter into a 35-year mortgage. The district’s override is not due to go to the people for another year so this effort to secure the vote early is needed in order to put the pieces in place for the building of the new schools. The public policy committee felt the district has worked hard on their innovative models, received outstanding academic success and is constantly looking for ways to bring dollars into the district without raising taxes, such as the pre-school options they offer along with business partnerships.

The Chamber recommends business support the override, capital outlay, and lease/lease back questions on the ballot.
Gilbert Chamber Supports Higley Unified School District’s Ballot Issues.

Gilbert Chamber Supports Higley Unified School District’s Ballot Issues.

The Chamber’s Public Policy committee and Board of Directors voted to support the three issues before the Higley School District’s voters:

Education is the cornerstone of our community, economic development, and future. Even so, prudent use of tax dollars is important and should be paired with academic achievement for our students. The Chamber believes Higley has done that.

The district is anticipating 5,000 new students by 2019 based on the housing projects in the pipeline that is backed up by the number of permits being issued by the Town. The legislature does not recognize the potential growth and will not relinquish funds for building schools until 2019. The district has also received feedback from their parents to move into a middle school model from their K-8 current model. With the anticipated growth and new model; 2 new schools must be built immediately. The state law does not allow for the governing board to approve a lease/lease back option for more than a 5 year period; anything longer than that would need to go to the voters for approval. The district is known for their innovative teaching models that will reduce long-term soft capital costs which have resulted in excellent academic standing. Their administrative cost is high at this time due to growth and the area of the school is only 6 square miles.

They currently own land for two school sites and have worked with a non-profit foundation to lease the land to the non-profit and in turn lease back a completed school building for 35-years; at which time the school will be gifted to the district. This is a similar model used by charter schools. In order to satisfy the financial institution they have been required to show proof of a 5-year override, increase in capital outlay for the schools to open, and the vote of the people to enter into a 35-year mortgage. The district’s override is not due to go to the people for another year so this effort to secure the vote early is needed in order to put the pieces in place for the building of the new schools. The public policy committee felt the district has worked hard on their innovative models, received outstanding academic success and is constantly looking for ways to bring dollars into the district without raising taxes, such as the pre-school options they offer along with business partnerships.

The Chamber recommends business support the override, capital outlay, and lease/lease back questions on the ballot.
Chamber Supports 2012 Gilbert Public Schools Override


To: Dave Allison, Superintendent
From: Kathy Tilque, President/CEO
Date: September 28, 2012

RE: Chamber Supports 2012 Gilbert Public Schools Override

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce Public Policy committee and Board of Directors officially voted to support the Gilbert Public Schools 2012 Override. The Chamber is confident Gilbert Public Schools is proactively reducing expenses as clearly demonstrated by the Auditor General’s report. They have been good stewards with the tax payers’ money through successful financial strategies to pay down bonds quickly and keeping administrative costs low.

A successful education system is vital to long-term economic stability for our community. Gilbert Public Schools continues to provide excelling schools, students, and community involvement while protecting against high tax burdens on business and residents.

The decision to support an override is not taken lightly at the Chamber and the Public Policy committee spent a good deal of time receiving information and questioning the district’s request for an override, overview of their budget, and what programs would be cut if the override failed. The district also met with a smaller group of the Public Policy committee to delve at a deeper level into the budget, override, and efforts to save money.

Tremendous savings have been realized through energy conservation and members of the Chamber agreed Gilbert Public Schools has thoroughly evaluated areas to streamline processes, equipment costs and spending while being very open to new ideas and opportunities to privatize if long-term savings were demonstrated and to meet with businesses that may assist in identifying additional areas to save money.

Due to financial cuts from the State, the Gilbert Public School District has trimmed their budget by $36M over the past three years. During this time, their academic standing has increased from a B school district to an A district which clearly demonstrates the results of their efforts to focus on the classroom learning experiences and not growing administrative costs.

According to the Auditor General, Gilbert Public Schools has one of the lowest administrative costs per pupil at $501 compared to the State’s average of $728 and peer average of $613. Of the total $6,369 per-pupil spending, $3,817 is spent in the classroom; compared to $7,123/$4,080 in peer districts and $7,485/$4,098 statewide.


CHAMBER SPONSORS FIFTH ANNUAL ‘ADOPT-A-SENIOR’ PROGRAM

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Kathy Tilque, President/CEO Office: (480) 941-6325

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 30, 2012

Help Needed To Fulfill Wish Lists of Low-Income, Homebound Seniors

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce will organize the fifth annual Adopt A Senior program this holiday season to benefit Gilbert’s low-income senior citizens as well as homebound seniors and disabled Gilbert residents, in partnership with the Gilbert Senior Center.

The Chamber will collect holiday wish lists from Gilbert’s homebound residents who participate in the ‘Meals on Wheels’ home meal delivery program. Lists will also be collected from Gilbert seniors living in low-income housing.

The Chamber is asking members of the community to support this year’s Adopt A Senior effort by requesting a wish list, then shopping for and returning the items to the Chamber by December 6th. An average list costs $25 and may include a number of needed items.

In addition, the Chamber is seeking the donation of miscellaneous items in quantities of 50 or more and will use these items to make up goody bags that are distributed to low-income seniors at a holiday party hosted by the Chamber. Donated items often range from magnets to mouthwash and can be anything that would be useful or appreciated by a senior.

To fulfill a wish list or provide donations for the goody bags, please contact Sara Clifton by phone at (480) 941-6350, ext. 115 or send an e-mail to AdoptASenior@gilbertchamber.com. Monetary donations are accepted and will be used to purchase gift cards for unfulfilled wish lists. Donations can be sent to the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 527, Gilbert, AZ 85299.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 www.gilbertaz.com.

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  INFUSIONSOFT, SAM’S CLUB PARTNER WITH CHAMBER FOR SMALL BUSINESS CONFERENCE, EXPO

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Kathy Tilque, President/CEO Office: 480-941-6325

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 24, 2012

Half-Day Event to Feature Local Business Leaders, Products and Services

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber’s Small Business Council will present the 2012 Small Business Conference and Expo at Chandler-Gilbert Community College on Friday, November 9th and will feature dynamic speakers and local exhibitors at the half-day event.

“We are excited to partner with industry leaders and business professionals for this special event,” said Adrianne Lynch, Economic Development Director for the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber partnered with several sponsors, including Infusionsoft and Sam’s Club, to present this special event.

“We know it is not always easy to send staff to training workshops,” said Lynch. “The Small Business Council selected this conference’s slate of speakers with the intention of covering a variety of topics. We want to make it easy and affordable for businesses to send their staff.”

The Small Business Growth Conference, sponsored by Infusionsoft, will feature twelve speakers on topics including local marketing, social media efforts, or lead conversion and will include a presentation by keynote speaker Marc Chesley, Chief Technology Officer at Infusionsoft Attendees can choose to attend four of the twelve sessions. Conference general admission is $40; Chamber member admission is $25. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

The Small Business Growth Expo, sponsored by Sam’s Club, will host more than 40 exhibitors as they share business-to-business products and services. Expo admission is free and open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For a complete list of conference speakers and expo exhibitors and to view the event agenda, please visit the Chamber’s website at gilbertaz.com/sbcconference. For additional information, contact Adrianne Lynch at (480) 941-6324 or by e-mail toAdrianne@gilbertchamber.com"> Adrianne@gilbertchamber.com.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 www.gilbertaz.com.

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  GILBERT CHAMBER’S QUARTERLY CLOSED BUSINESS REPORT EXCEEDS HALF MILLION DOLLARS

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Kathy Tilque, President/CEO Office: 480-941-6325

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 18, 2012


Referral Team Members See Benefit in Chamber’s Referral Culture

GILBERT – Members of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce’s referral teams reported more than $689,000 in closed business during the first quarter of the organization’s fiscal year. This report follows a previous fiscal year report of more than $1.4 million in closed business between July 2011 and June 2012.
The closed business figures are reported on a weekly basis by participants in the Chamber’s five referral teams – industry exclusive groups representing 134 local businesses who work to build strategic partnerships with one another and understand the products and services provided by each member of the group.

“My business has seen great benefit from participation in a referral team,” said Kevin DeRosa of Advance Paper and Maintenance. De Rosa has been a member of the Chamber’s referral team meeting every Tuesday morning for more than six years.

“I have created relationships that have led to not only one-time transactional sales but also the further development of a long-term, established customer base,” DeRosa said.
The Chamber currently operates five referral teams as part of the organization’s strategic plan to build a referral-based membership culture.
According to DeRosa, the key to success in such a group is to first learn how you can help other businesses and, in doing so, your business will find immediate benefits.
“We have moved beyond the traditional networking model and the passing of business cards,” said Kathy Tilque, president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber. “Our members are actively building one another’s businesses and we see it as the Chamber’s role to provide them the environment and resources to support their growth and development.”

To learn more about the Gilbert Chamber’s referral teams and how you can become involved, visit the Chamber’s website at gilbertaz.com or contact the chamber by phone at (480) 892-0056.
The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 visithttp://www.gilbertaz.com"> www.gilbertaz.com.

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  EAST VALLEY BUSINESSES, CHAMBERS JOIN FORCES FOR LOCAL EXPO

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Kathy Tilque, President/CEO Office: (480) 892-1103

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 13, 2012

GILBERT – The 2012 East Valley Business Expo will bring together businesses from four communities to feature their products and services at what is expected to be the largest business-to-business and networking event of the year.

Organized by the Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, and Tempe Chambers of Commerce, the East Valley Business Expo will be held on Wednesday, October 3rd from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Mesa Convention Center, 201 N. Center St., in Mesa. Admission is free and attendees will be entered to win gift cards, door prizes, and exhibitor/sponsor giveaways. Local restaurants will also be on site to provide samples of their most popular menu items.

Exhibit space is on sale now and starts at $425 for Chamber members; $625 for non-members. Purchase of space includes a business listing in the East Valley Tribune. To exhibit or for additional information, contact the Chamber by phone at (480) 892-0056 or visit www.gilbertaz.com.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 47,000 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 www.gilbertaz.com.

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  GILBERT CHAMBER, INFUSIONSOFT TO HOST FIRST WORKSHOP IN SERIES

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Kathy Tilque, President/CEO Office: (480) 892-1103

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 10, 2012

Program Will Focus on Strategies for Small-Business Growth

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with Infusionsoft to present a series of workshops and conferences that will share real-world strategies for the growth and further development specific to the challenges of small businesses.

“The Chamber’s Small Business Council wanted to develop a program that went beyond how to start a business and instead focuses on taking a small business to the next level,” said Adrianne Lynch, economic development director for the Gilbert Chamber. “Infusionsoft specializes in the success of small businesses. By partnering with them and other members, we are able to share proven strategies for success.”

The first of four workshops will be held on Friday, September 14th from 10:30 a.m. to Noon at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, 2626 E. Pecos Road in Chandler. Chamber member admission is $10 and general admission is $20.

At this workshop, Infusionsoft’s experts will share ideas to help businesses drive higher customer referral traffic, create a constant flow of new customers, build a healthy and responsive database and create messaging that gets to the right person at the right time. The workshop will include networking and an interactive exercise presented by Andrew John of John’s Refrigeration.

To learn more about this workshop series or the Small Business Growth Expo and Conference events, visit the Chamber’s website at www.gilbertaz.com.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 47,000 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 www.gilbertaz.com.

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  GILBERT LEADERSHIP SEEKING SPONSORS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 6, 2012 (Gilbert, AZ) – Gilbert Leadership, a program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, is currently seeking sponsors for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Sponsors provide the support needed to develop Gilbert’s present and future leaders through the Gilbert Leadership program. Potential sponsors can choose from 3 levels: Platinum, Gold, and Silver. A few benefits include the sponsor’s logo and link posted on Gilbert Leadership’s website, logo on all issue day agendas, and special recognition at the graduation ceremony. Gilbert Leadership is also looking for potential sponsors for its annual Leadercast event.
A new level of sponsorship has been announced exclusively for Gilbert Leadership Alumni at a cost of $75. Benefits include support of upcoming programs and future classes, free guest admission to Alumni socials, a discount to Leadercast, and recognition on Gilbert Leadership’s Alumni page on the website.

Gilbert Leadership is a nine month program that develops current and future leaders in the town of Gilbert. The program has grown considerably in recent years resulting in 47 applicants for the 25 spots available for 2012-2013. With over 370 alumni, Gilbert Leadership graduates become involved in several key areas of the community that include: Gilbert Town Council, Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, Gilbert Fine Arts, Gilbert Community Action Network, Homeowner’s Associations, Gilbert and Higley School Districts, Gilbert Town Boards and Commissions, and many other church and civic organizations.
For more information about sponsorship opportunities for Gilbert Leadership, contact Adrianne Lynch at (480) 570-0600 or visit www.gilbertleadership.com.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please call (480) 892-0056 or visit www.gilbertaz.com.
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  GILBERT CHAMBER SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR COMMUNITY AWARDS

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Kathy Tilque, President/CEO Office: (480) 892-1103

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 2, 2012

Annual Event Honors Outstanding Businesses and Community Members

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations of outstanding businesses and community leaders for recognition at the Seventeenth Annual Gilbert Community Excellence Awards, a dinner and award ceremony to be held on Friday, November 2nd.

Sponsored by APS, the Gilbert Community Excellence Awards is a collaborative event in partnership with Gilbert Public Schools, Higley Unified School District, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, the Town of Gilbert, the Gilbert Republic, and the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.

Nominations will be accepted through August 31st for the following categories:
Gilbert Public Schools Education Awards: Educator, Support Staff, and Volunteer
Higley Unified School District Education Awards: Educator, Support Staff, and Volunteer
Chandler-Gilbert Community College Awards: Educator, and Employee

Nominations will be accepted through September 21st for the following categories:
Municipal Awards: Municipal Volunteer, Outstanding Neighborhood, and Public Service
Community Awards: Beautification, Gilbert Young Hero, and Geneva Clay Community Volunteer
Chamber Business Awards: Leon Uhlhorn Visionary Awards, sponsored by Gilbert Insurance Group

In commemoration of the State of Arizona’s centennial celebration, the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce will present a series of awards to honor individuals who have significantly influenced and helped to shape the Town of Gilbert. The ‘Leon Uhlhorn Visionary Awards’ will recognize these leaders for their vision, commitment and follow-through as they made and implemented decision that forever impacted the town’s development.

To view a complete description of each award category or to submit a nomination, visit the Chamber’s website at www.gilbertaz.com and find the event entry on the website’s calendar of events page. A form may also be requested by e-mail to carie@gilbertchamber.com. For more information, contact Carie at (480) 892-0056.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 www.gilbertaz.com.

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  LOCAL BUSINESSES REFERRED 1.4 MILLION DOLLARS IN CLOSED BUSINESS LAST YEAR

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Kathy Tilque, President/CEO Office: (480) 892-1103

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 18, 2012

Gilbert Chamber’s Referral Teams Actively Build, Support Partner Businesses
GILBERT – Members of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce’s referral teams closed more than $1,488,000 in business since July 2011 as a result of member-to-member referrals, with $658,000 closed in the last quarter of reporting.

The closed business figures were reported on a weekly basis by participants in the Chamber’s five referral teams – industry exclusive groups representing 160 local businesses who work to build strategic partnerships with one another and understand the products and services provided by each member of the group.

“By belonging to a referral team, my business has become a known entity in the community,” said Dan Sleezer, owner of Maddy’s Pool Supply & Service. “Being part of a referral team is one of the most cost effective forms of marketing. As you build relationships with other business owners, you are able to become a resource to others and you have 25 people selling your business for you!”
The Chamber currently operates five referral teams as part of the organization’s strategic plan to build a referral-based membership culture.

“We have moved beyond networking and the passing of business cards,” said Kathy Tilque, president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber. “Our members are actively building one another’s businesses and we see it as the Chamber’s role to provide them the environment and resources to support their growth and development.”
According to Sleezer, the Chamber’s referral culture is opening doors for his business.

“I had tried on my own for two years to get into a local home owner’s association,” Sleezer said. “It just happens that I received a referral from another member of my team for this same association. That contact was all it took to close the deal,” Sleezer said.

To learn more about the Gilbert Chamber’s referral teams and how you can become involved, visit the Chamber’s website at gilbertaz.com or contact the chamber by phone at (480) 892-0056.
The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 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 www.gilbertaz.com.

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  Gilbert Chamber Holds Annual Health Summit

January 31, 2011

GILBERT CHAMBER HOLDS ANNUAL HEALTH SUMMIT
Vendor Booths Available for Gilbert Event

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce has again partnered with Banner Gateway Medical Center to host the fifth annual community health summit, an event featuring health-oriented booths and interactive screenings with attention to body, mind and spirit.

The Chamber is inviting local businesses to share their products and services by hosting a booth at this year’s event. Booth space is available for $350 and is discounted to $200 for Chamber members.

“I encourage any health-related businesses to take part in this annual event”, said Susan Gordon, Director of Public Relations at Banner Gateway Medical Center. “It is the perfect opportunity for our community to learn about their health through health screenings and lifestyle tips.”

Organized by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber’s Health Summit will be held on Saturday, March 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the parking lot of Sam’s Club, 1225 N. Gilbert Rd. in Gilbert. There is no cost to attend this community event.

For more information regarding the fifth annual Health Summit, contact the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce by phone at (480) 892-0056 or online at www.gilbertaz.com.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 600 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 47,000 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 www.gilbertaz.com.

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Chamber Endorses Town Council Candidates for Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 28, 2011

CHAMBER ENDORSES TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce announced today the endorsement of Gilbert Town Council candidates in an effort to educate its membership and the business community about those candidates who will best be a friend of business while in office.

“What we found is a fine slate of candidates running for Council this year,” said JW Rayhons, Chairman of the Board. “Each candidate brings their own unique strengths that would benefit our community; which makes it extremely difficult to endorse one over another. We are confident though that we could work with any of the candidates to strengthen the business community in Gilbert.”

After considerable evaluation and discussion, the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce endorses the following candidates (in alphabetical order) for Town Council: Linda Abbott, Ben Cooper, Dave Crozier, and Les Presmyk.

In determining candidates for endorsement, the Chamber requested responses to a questionnaire from each candidate, participation in a formal candidate forum, and individual personal interviews. More than 100 members actively participated in the Chamber’s process which included an electronic survey regarding each of the candidates. All information was compiled by the public policy committee and Board of Directors to determine which candidates would bring the expertise in understanding business issues, provide long-term strategic visioning and implementation policies, as well as, support the growth and attraction of successful businesses in our community.

The Chamber’s website at www.gilbertaz.com (under business advocacy) provides all of the candidate’s questionnaires as well as video from the candidate forum.

Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations. 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 www.gilbertaz.com.

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Gilbert VIPs Wait on Business Leaders at Chamber’s Annual Event

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January 24, 2011

Gilbert VIPs Wait on Business Leaders at Chamber’s Annual Event

Silent Auction to benefit Gilbert Chamber of Commerce

GILBERT – Gilbert business leaders will gather for a festive night of dinner and live entertainment featuring a Dean Martin impersonator on February 3rd at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce’s 11th Annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner, sponsored by Southwest Ambulance.

Local VIPs, including Mayor John Lewis, will each host a table at the annual event to raise money for the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit organization serving as the community’s business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert.

"In the midst of some of the finest in Gilbert, I immensely enjoyed last year's Celebrity Waiter Dinner,” said Mayor Lewis. “I was most grateful that as a waiter that I did not spill, trip, or forget to smile. I am ready to serve again and I am looking for big tips. See you there.”

According to Gilbert Chamber president and CEO Kathy Tilque, the event will include Gilbert Public Schools Superintendent Dave Allison, State Representative Eddie Farnsworth, and Gilbert Police Chief Tim Dorn, and other community leaders.

This year’s Celebrity Waiter Dinner is themed Gilbert Goes Hollywood and will be held at Villa Siena in Gilbert. Cocktails and the silent auction will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner and entertainment. Individual tickets are $75; $60 for Chamber members, and tables of eight, along with the choice of celebrity waiter, are sold for $600.

Cocktail attire is appropriate. For more information or to purchase a ticket or table, visit www.gilbertaz.com or call Marty at (480) 926-6003.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 47,000 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 www.gilbertaz.com.

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Gilbert Offers Program for Small Businesses

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January 21, 2011

GILBERT OFFERS PROGRAM FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Front Runner Program Will Focus on Assessing, Improving Gilbert Businesses

GILBERT – Registration for the ten-week entrepreneurial education Front Runner program, a series offered to Gilbert and small-business owners through a partnership between the Town of Gilbert and the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.

The Front Runner program places a strategic focus on growing business through optimizing business tools, market research and analysis, using financial tools, one-on-one coaching, and guest speakers providing expertise on a variety of topics. This year’s class will also place an emphasis on social media marketing as well as survival tips during this economic period.

“As a management leader who has grown several businesses for other people, I now wanted to ensure I am building my own effectively. Front Runner is a great overview of the basics to establish a solid foundation for a successful business.” said Joan Krueger Senior Vice President of Jim Hayden & Associates. “I loved watching the excitement the program generated in so many when they realized the great opportunities that lie ahead for them.”

The Town of Gilbert was able to secure a grant to offset the cost – normally $1,500 per student – and is offering the program for $150 per student to cover the cost of materials only.

Classes will begin Tuesday, January 25th and will be held weekly from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. through March 29th. Registrants must have a business registration filed with the Town of Gilbert. Seating is limited to 20 participants.

For more information or to register for the Front Runner program, visit www.gilbertft.com or contact John Zupon at (480) 503-6762.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 47,000 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 www.gilbertaz.com.

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Gilbert Chamber Luncheon Presents Woman of the Year

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January 20, 2011

GILBERT CHAMBER LUNCHEON PRESENTS WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Event will feature local businesses and guest speaker

GILBERT – Women in business will come together to honor the Gilbert Chamber’s 2011 Gilbert Business Woman of the Year Award, and hear from guest speaker Deborah Bateman, executive vice president of specialty banking and marketing for National Bank of Arizona.

The event, sponsored by National Bank of Arizona will be held on Tuesday, January 25th from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at SanTan Elegante Conference Center, 1800 S. SanTan Village Parkway, in Gilbert. One woman will be named woman of the year for her excellence and dedication to her business and the community.

“There are so many extraordinary women in Gilbert who need to be recognized for their role in the community,” said Paige Modlin Branch Manager of National Bank of Arizona, SanTan office. “We are excited to sponsor this event and show our support for outstanding woman. It’s going to be a fun event.”

General admission is $35 and chamber member admission is $20. To register or for more information, contact Marty at (480) 926-6003, e-mail marty@gilbertchamber.com, or visit www.gilbertaz.com.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 47,000 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 www.gilbertaz.com
Gilbert Chamber of Commerce Upcoming Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 14, 2011

Gilbert Chamber of Commerce Upcoming Events
February Events

For additional information or registration, visit www.gilbertaz.com

Greater Gilbert Leads Club Meets each Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.
Business Professionals Leads Club Meets each Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.
Gilbert “Go Givers” Leads Club Meets each Thursday at Noon
Gilbert Leads to Prosperity Leads Club Meets each Friday at Noon

Celebrity Waiter Dinner
Sponsored by Southwest Ambulance
Thursday, February 3rd
6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Villa Siena
890 W .Elliot Rd, Gilbert
Individual ticket -$ 75 (general)
Individual ticket -$ 60 (member)
Table for ten- $600 (includes listing as event sponsor)
Gilbert Goes Hollywood
Sponsored by Southwest Ambulance, this formal event features an exciting evening of great food and live entertainment while guests are waited on by VIP’s, including elected officials from Town Council and District 22 and other community leaders. Participate in the silent auction to win great prizes - including two round-trip tickets from Southwest Airlines, golf passes, gift baskets and more.

Early Edition Networking Event
Sponsored by SCF Arizona
Wednesday, February 16th
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
119 N. Gilbert Rd., 101, Gilbert
General admission - $25
Chamber member admission - $5
7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. - Engage, Connect, Advance Your Business
Attend this special panel discussion to learn more about your benefits as a member of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. Learn how you can take full advantage of your membership to engage the community, connect with others, and advance your business. Meet new and prospective Chamber members
and/or
8:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Networking Begins
Connect with others and build relationships to improve your referral business! Prepare your commercial, win door prizes, and enjoy a light breakfast.

Luncheon: Mayor’s Annual Address
Sponsored by Arizona Bank & Trust
Tuesday, February 22nd
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
SanTan Elegante and Legado Hotel & Conference Center
1800 S. SanTan Village Parkway, Gilbert
General admission - $35
Chamber member admission - $20
The Mayor's 2011 State of the Town will feature a review of 2010 highlights including portions of our 90th birthday celebration, and strategic views into our future based on our General Plan and the Town Strategic Plan for 2011-16. Our "Open to Business" culture will continue to be emphasized, as well as Gilbert's "great place to live" status.

Evening Edition Networking Event: Mall Crawl
Sponsored by SanTan Village and Jim Hayden & Associates.
Thursday, March 3rd
6:00 p.m. – 7: 30 p.m.
SanTan Village
2218 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert
General admission - $25
Chamber member admission-$5
Get to know other Chamber members as you work your way around the beautiful, open-air SanTan Village center. You will be sent on a tour to visit Chamber restaurants and retail stores, win door prizes and enjoy a fun evening with friends!
Gilbert Chamber Workshop Features Referral Strategist

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January 13, 2011

GILBERT CHAMBER WORKSHOP FEATURES REFERRAL STRATEGIST
Popular Series Expected to Draw Large Attendance

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce will again feature business referral strategist Victoria Trafton as she presents Referral Institute, a series to help businesses significantly increase their referrals and change their networking model.

“Chamber members have found a real value in Victoria’s teachings,” said Kathy Tilque, president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. “It is becoming increasingly obvious which of our members are putting her strategies into practice as their networking tactics have really transformed.”

According to Tilque, the last two workshops have drawn more than 100 attendees.
This workshop will build on concepts to Strengthening a Referral Network and is sponsored by Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, Gilbert Insurance Group, Maddy’s Pool Supply & Service, MAX Solutions, PLLC, Rayhons Financial Solutions, and The I.T. Workshop.

Referral Institute will be held on Wednesday, January 19th at Val Vista Lakes Meeting & Banquet Facility, 1600 E. Lakeside Dr in Gilbert. Registration and networking will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the program will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Chamber member admission is $10 and includes breakfast. Non members must pre-register by calling (480) 926-6003.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 47,000 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 www.gilbertaz.com.

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  Engage. Connect. Advance… Your Business Online

GILBERT CHAMBER LAUNCHES NEW SITE WITH SOCIAL MEDIA EVENT
Mobile-Ready Upgrade Features Videos, Avatar and More

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce will host a social media event to announce the complete renovation of its website, gilbertaz.com, with upgraded features including Chamber and community videos and an avatar to answer frequently asked questions.

The Chamber is asking its members and community business leaders to help spread the word about the redesigned website with the organization’s first social media event on Friday, January 7th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“For our social media event, we are asking people to not only visit the new site and one of our social media networking sites, but then to invite their friends and networks to check us out as well,” said Adrianne Lynch, technology director for the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a great way to connect with others and to make sure your professional network knows about your support of our organization without leaving your office.”

According to Lynch, the concept of redesigning the Chamber’s site evolved as more and more people began to rely on the site for business and community news.

“The new website makes it easier for visitors to find information that is important to them, including Chamber news and upcoming events,” said Lynch. “It is mobile-ready to be easily viewed from a phone, making event registration and access to the business directory easily accessible from any location.”

The Chamber’s website renovation was donated in-part by Gilbert-based, ROCKET MEDIA.

"For ROCKET MEDIA, helping organizations within our community is a point of pride. To have the opportunity to work with the Gilbert Chamber is an added bonus,” said a representative for the company. “The Gilbert Chamber has proven to be one of the most innovative chamber organizations we have worked with - always striving to stay in the forefront of technology.”
To view the renovated site, visit http://www.gilbertaz.com The C.hamber’s technology director can be reached at (480) 892-0056 or by e-mail at adrianne@gilbertchamber.com.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations. 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 www.gilbertaz.com.
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Chamber, SRP Host Gilbert Town Council Candidate Forum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 5, 2011

CHAMBER, SRP HOST GILBERT TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM
Responses Will Be Considered in Endorsement Process

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce will hold a Gilbert Town Council Candidate Forum on Wednesday, January 12th to allow Chamber members and the community to hear from candidates as part of the organization’s endorsement selection process.

The forum, sponsored by SRP, will bring together candidates in a Q- and A- format. The candidates’ responses at this forum, along with a survey of the Chamber’s membership, a written candidate questionnaire and an individual interview, will be used to determine the Chamber’s endorsements.

“It is important for business members in our community to meet these candidates. They will be the decision makers who will have a direct impact on our local businesses,” said Kathy Tilque, president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.

According to Tilque, ten of the 11 candidates have confirmed their participation at the forum and many have already submitted their responses to the Chamber’s written questionnaire. These responses can be viewed on the chamber’s website, gilbertaz.com.

The Gilbert Town Council Candidate Forum will be held on Wednesday, January 12th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Road, in Gilbert. General admission is $35 for non-members; $20 for members. Admission includes lunch.

To register or for additional information, contact the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce at (480) 892-0056 or visit gilbertaz.com.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 600 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations. 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 www.gilbertaz.com.

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  Editorial by Kathy Tilque, president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 22, 2010

By Kathy Tilque, president and CEO

GILBERT – I can’t say whether it is the sign of a changing economy or just an example of our great community – or a little of both – but I can tell you that I am amazed at the outpouring of generosity I have witnessed in support of our Adopt-A-Senior program and Gilbert Boys & Girls Club Benefit.

This past holiday season, the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce once again sponsored the Adopt-A-Senior program to benefit the homebound and low-income seniors in Gilbert.

The program was an overwhelming success with the adoption of more than 30 homebound seniors benefiting from the Gilbert Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels program and more than 40 seniors living in low-income housing – 74 seniors in all.

In addition, the Chamber received enough contributions to host a holiday party for the seniors living in low-income housing. Amy Thomas of Bruegger’s Bagels donated breakfast for the more than 60 attendees and contributions from The Little Clinic, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center and other Chamber members allowed us to give goody bags to each of the residents. The goody bags were accented with holiday cards made by the students at Gilbert’s Mesquite Elementary School.

In addition to the Adopt-A-Senior program, Chamber members and guests joined for A Chance To Give, raising $2,000 to benefit youth needing assistance with tuition for programs at the Gilbert Boys & Girls Club.

Sponsored by San Tan Ford, this special networking event gave attendees an opportunity to make monetary donations and learn more about how the Boys & Girls Club services our community.

I couldn’t be more proud of our Chamber members and our community. It is my pleasure to serve our local businesses and to watch as they unite for the good of our community. Here’s to a beautiful Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Kathy Tilque is the president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and can be reached at kathy@gilbertchamber.com.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations. 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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Gilbert Chamber of Commerce Upcoming Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 20, 2010

Gilbert Chamber of Commerce Upcoming Events
January and February 2011 Events

For additional information or registration, visit http://www.gilbertaz.com

Greater Gilbert Leads Club Meets each Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.
Business Professionals Leads Club Meets each Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.
Gilbert “Go Givers” Leads Club Meets each Thursday at Noon
Gilbert Leads to Prosperity Leads Club Meets each Friday at Noon

Social Media Event
Friday, January 7th
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
http://www.gilbertaz.com

Gilbert Town Council Candidate Forum
Sponsored by SRP
Wednesday, January 12th
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Higley Center for the Performing Arts
4132 E. Pecos Rd, Gilbert, AZ
General admission - $35
Chamber member admission - $20
Brought to you by the SRP Good Government Keep In Touch Series, this forum will bring together candidates running for Gilbert's Town Council in a Q&A format. Candidates will provide responses to questions concerning priorities on Town issues. Join us and learn more about these decision-makers who want the opportunity to vote on issues that will directly impact your business!

EVCCA Breakfast with the Governor
Thursday, January 13th
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Mesa Community College
1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa
General admission - $40
Table for Eight - $500
The East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance, Mesa Community College and the East Valley Partnership would like to invite you to this Annual Governor's Breakfast. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer will address business issues which impact the East Valley. A question and answer period will follow the Governor's remarks.

Referral Institute
Sponsored by Benjamin Franklin, Gilbert Insurance Group, Maddy’s Pool Supply & Service, MAX Solution PLLC. Rayhons Financial Solutions, Referral Institute and The I.T. Workshop.
Wednesday, January 19th
7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Val Vista Lakes Community Clubhouse
1600 E. Lakeside Drive, Gilbert
General admission - call for pricing
Chamber member admission-$10
The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce presents the third workshop in the Referral Institute series, presented by business referral strategist Victoria Trafton. Trafton will share her expertise with business owners who want to significantly increase their referral business. Topic: Strengthening Your Referral Network.

Business Woman of the Year Award presented by What Woman Want…In Business
Sponsored by National Bank of Arizona
Tuesday, January 25th
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
San Tan Elegante and Legado Hotel
1800 S. SanTan Village Parkway, Gilbert
General Admission- $35
Chamber member admission- $20
Join the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce in celebrating women in the community and their contribution to Gilbert. One woman will be named the 2011 Gilbert Business Woman of the Year for her excellence and dedication to her business and the community. The event will feature guest speaker Deborah Bateman, executive vice president of specialty banking and marketing for National Bank of Arizona. Deborah is an active member of the community and has served on numerous boards and committees. She has received community honors and most recently was recognized as the National Association of Women Business Owners 2010 Visionary Award Recipient as well as one of the 2010 Trendsetters.

Front Runner Course Begins
Tuesday, January 25th
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Gilbert Municipal Campus
90 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert
Front Runner is a ten-week program with an emphasis on growing your business through optimizing business tools, market research and analysis, using financial tools, one-on-one coaching and expert guest speakers. Classes begin January 25th and will be held every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. through March 29th. Tuition is $150 to cover the cost of course materials. Space is limited to 20 participants and all participants must represent a business registered with the Town of Gilbert.

Celebrity Waiter Dinner
Sponsored by Southwest Ambulance
Thursday, February 3rd
6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Villa Siena
890 W. Elliot Rd., Gilbert
General admission- $75
Chamber member admission- $60
Table for ten with event sponsor listing-$600
Gilbert Goes Hollywood with Dean Martin!
Sponsored by Southwest Ambulance, this formal event features an exciting evening of great food and live entertainment while guests are waited on by VIP's, including elected officials from Town Council and District 22 and other community leaders. Participate in the silent auction to win great prizes - including two round-trip tickets from Southwest Airlines, golf passes, gift baskets and more.

Early Edition Networking Event
Sponsored by SCF Arizona
Wednesday, February 16th
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
119 N. Gilbert Rd., 101, Gilbert
General admission - $25
Chamber member admission - $5
7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. - Engage, Connect, Advance Your Business
Attend this special panel discussion to learn more about your benefits as a member of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. Learn how you can take full advantage of your membership to engage the community, connect with others, and advance your business. Meet new and prospective Chamber members. and/or 8:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Networking Begins
Connect with others and build relationships to improve your referral business! Prepare your commercial, win door prizes, and enjoy a light breakfast.

Luncheon: Mayor’s Annual Address
Sponsored by Arizona Bank & Trust
Tuesday, February 22nd
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
SanTan Elegante and Legado Hotel
1800 S. SanTan Village Parkway, Gilbert
General admission-$35
Chamber member admission-$20
The Mayor's 2011 State of the Town will feature a review of 2010 highlights including portions of our 90th birthday celebration, and strategic views into our future based on our General Plan and the Town Strategic Plan for 2011-16. Our "Open to Business" culture will continue to be emphasized as well as Gilbert's "great place to live" status.

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Registration Now Open for Gilbert Small Business Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 13, 2010

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR GILBERT SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM
Front Runner Program Will Focus on Assessing, Improving Your Business

GILBERT – Registration has begun for the ten-week entrepreneurial education Front Runner program, a series offered to Gilbert and small-business owners through a partnership between the Town of Gilbert and the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.

The Front Runner program places a strategic focus on growing business through optimizing business tools, market research and analysis, using financial tools, one-on-one coaching, and guest speakers providing expertise on a variety of topics. This year’s class will also place an emphasis on social media marketing as well as survival tips during this economic period.

“Front Runner is taught by proven professionals with proven business success,” said Tad Peelen, co-owner of Joe’s Real BBQ and Joe’s Farm Grill and recent graduate of the program. “It would be hard to find more relevant, useful business solutions in any other setting. I highly recommend Front Runner to all small business owners.”

The Town of Gilbert was able to secure a grant to offset the cost – normally $1,500 per student – and is offering the program for $150 per student to cover the cost of materials only.

Classes will begin Tuesday, January 25th and will be held weekly from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. through March 29th. Registrants must have at least two years of experience as an existing small business or entrepreneur and must have a business registration filed with the Town of Gilbert. Seating is limited to 20 participants.

For more information or to register for the Front Runner program, visit http://www.gilbertft.com or contact John Zupon at (480) 503-6762.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations. 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 www.gilbertaz.com.

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Raffle, Networking Event to Raise Money for Boy’s and Girl’s Club

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 9, 2010

RAFFLE, NETWORKING EVENT TO RAISE MONEY FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
Business Leaders Come Together for A Chance To Give

GILBERT – Local businesses and members of the community will come together this month for A Chance To Give, a unique networking event organized by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce to benefit youth needing assistance with tuition for programs at the Gilbert Boys & Girls Club.

Sponsored by San Tan Ford, this special networking event will give attendees an opportunity to make monetary donations and learn more about how the Boys & Girls Club services our community.

“The children, teens, and ultimately the young adults that find joy, friendship, challenges, and opportunity for growth through their activities at the Boys and Girls Club of Gilbert will be the very same adults to give back to their community in the future,” said Jeff Mundt, fleet director at San Tan Ford. “Their fond memories of the gifts and benefits they receive from membership in the club will motivate them to care for and help the community of Gilbert grow will into its future.”

A Chance to Give will be held on Wednesday, December 15th from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Gilbert Boys & Girls Club, 44 N. Oak Street, in Gilbert. General admission is $25; chamber member admission is $5. Register online at gilbertaz.com or by calling (480) 892-0056.

In addition to the event, San Tan Ford and the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce are selling raffle tickets to benefit the Boys & Girls Club and will raffle off a Vizio 47” LCD television.

“We want to sell as many raffle tickets as possible so we can make a very significant contribution to the operating fund of the club,” Mundt said. “Our proceeds will provide needed income to cover the expenses of membership for underprivileged children.”

Raffle tickets are available for purchase at San Tan Ford, the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and through Chamber Leads Clubs. Each ticket is $20 and the winning ticket will be announced at the event, although ticket holders need not be present to win. Cash or check only, no credit cards.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations. 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 www.gilbertaz.com.

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Mentoring Program Matches Profesionals with Experts

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November 29, 2010

MENTORING PROGRAM MATCHES PROFESSIONALS WITH EXPERTS
Chamber Fosters Relationship Between Business Professionals

GILBERT – Business professionals looking for one-on-one guidance and advice can find trusted mentors through the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce’s mentoring program whereby members are matched for a six-month term to identify, develop and implement a plan of action.

The mentoring program will encourage both the mentor and the mentee to utilize their resources within and outside of the Chamber. Available mentors represent a variety of professional fields and industries.

“We have identified some exceptional leaders to serve as mentors to our members,” said Kathy Tilque, president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. “I know many of the connections made between these professionals will extend beyond the walls of the Chamber and will become valuable, lasting relationships.”

To request a mentor or for more information, contact Grace Hodges at (480) 926-6027 or e-mail grace@gilbertchamber.com. Mentor enrollment forms can be found online at gilbertaz.com.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations. 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 visithttp://www.gilbertaz.com"> www.gilbertaz.com.

December and January Upcoming Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 23, 2010
Gilbert Chamber of Commerce Upcoming Events
December 2010 and January 2011 Events


For additional information or registration, visit www.gilbertaz.com


Greater Gilbert Leads Club Meets each Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.

Business Professionals Leads Club Meets each Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.

Gilbert “Go Givers” Leads Club Meets each Thursday at Noon

Gilbert Leads to Prosperity Leads Club Meets each Friday at Noon
 

Evening Edition Networking Event
Sponsored by Bed Mart and LifeQuest Chiropractic
Thursday, December 2nd
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Bed Mart, Inc.
2720 S. Market Street, Gilbert
General admission - $25
Chamber member admission - $5
Guests/spouses of members can attend at the member rate.
Get into the holiday spirit with the help of Santa and his Elf at this fun mixer! Attendees will enjoy great food, winter beverages, and massages from LifeQuest Chiropractic & Massage. Great door prizes will include gift certificates for one-hour massages from LifeQuest Chiropractic to be used in one of their themed massage rooms. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to benefit the Toys for Tots program and be entered to win a Donald Trump Mattress, courtesy of Bed Mart. Don't be a Scrooge! Join us for a networking event to remember.
 
Early Edition Networking Event
Sponsored by San Tan Ford
Wednesday, December 15th
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Gilbert Boys & Girls Club
44 N. Oak St., Gilbert
General admission - $25
Chamber member admission - $5
Join us for A Chance To Give to help the Boys and Girls Club and the kids that need additional help to participate in club activities. A holiday giving tree will be displayed for attendees to help pay for a child’s annual tuition. Come help us make a difference in the lives of Gilbert children.

Referral Institute
Sponsored by Benjamin Franklin, Gilbert Insurance Group, Maddy’s Pool Supply & Service, MAX Solution PLLC. Rayhons Financial Solutions, Referral Institute and The I.T. Workshop.
Tuesday January19th
7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Val Vista Lakes Community Clubhouse
1600 E. Lakeside Drive, Gilbert
The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce presents Referral Institute - an exclusive educational program and networking event as part of the Referral Institute series, presented by business referral strategist Victoria Trafton.Trafton will share her expertise with business owners who want to significantly increase their referral business.
This event is expected to sell out! Register now, bring a friend, and secure your seat for an event that will change your networking business model forever.


The event is exclusive to Chamber members. Non-members must be accompanied by a current member to attend. Breakfast is included with registration. Early registration and networking from 7:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m. Referral Institute begins promptly at 8:00 a.m.

Luncheon: What Women Want… In Business
Sponsored by National Bank of Arizona
Monday, January 25th
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
San Tan Elegante and Legado Hotel
1800 S. SanTan Village Parkway
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Chamber member admission- $20
General Admission- $35
Join the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce in celebrating women in the community and their contributions to Gilbert. One woman will be named the 2011 Gilbert Business Woman of the Year for her excellence and dedication to her business and the community.The event will feature guest speaker Deborah Bateman, executive vice president of specialty banking and marketing for National Bank of Arizona. Deborah is an active member of the community and has served on numerous boards and committees. She has received community honors and most recently was recognized as the National Association of Women Business Owners 2010 Visionary Award Recipient as well as one of the 2010 Trendsetters.  Raffle, Event To Raise Money for Boys & Girls Club

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 22, 2010

RAFFLE, EVENT TO RAISE MONEY FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
Gilbert Chamber Members Come Together for A Chance To Give

GILBERT – The community will come together this month for A Chance To Give, a networking fundraiser organized by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce to benefit youth needing assistance with tuition for programs at the Gilbert Boys & Girls Club.

Sponsored by San Tan Ford, this special networking event will give attendees an opportunity to make monetary donations and learn more about how the Boys & Girls Club services our community.

“The children, teens, and ultimately the young adults that find joy, friendship, challenges, and opportunity for growth through their activities at the Boys and Girls Club of Gilbert will be the very same adults to give back to their community in the future,” said Jeff Mundt, fleet director at San Tan Ford. “Their fond memories of the gifts and benefits they receive from membership in the club will motivate them to care for and help the community of Gilbert grow will into its future.”

A Chance to Give will be held on Wednesday, December 15th from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Gilbert Boys & Girls Club, 44 N. Oak Street, in Gilbert. General admission is $25; chamber member admission is $5. Register online at gilbertaz.com or by calling (480) 892-0056.

In addition to the event, San Tan Ford and the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce are selling raffle tickets to benefit the Boys & Girls Club and will raffle off a Vizio 47” LCD television.

“We want to sell as many raffle tickets as possible so we can make a very significant contribution to the operating fund of the club,” Mundt said. “Our proceeds will provide needed income to cover the expenses of membership for underprivileged children.”

Raffle tickets are available for purchase at San Tan Ford, the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and through Chamber Leads Clubs. Each ticket is $20 and the winning ticket will be announced at the event, although ticket holders need not be present to win. Cash or check only, no credit cards.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations. 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 www.gilbertaz.comBuisness Video Campaign to Encourage Local Shopping

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November 12, 2010

Shop Gilbert Issues Challenge, Opportunity to Gilbert Businesses

GILBERT – Shop Gilbert, a partnership between the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, the Gilbert Republic, and the Town of Gilbert, has launched a new opportunity for Gilbert businesses to highlight their products and services while also spreading the word about the benefits of shopping locally.

Here’s how it works…

Showcase Your Business! Record an amateur commercial showcasing your Gilbert business and include Shop Gilbert messaging to help us spread the word about the importance of shopping locally.
  • Your video should be between :15 and :30 seconds long and must include the phrase “Shop Gilbert” and “Put your money where your house is!”
  • Your video should also include at least one piece of Shop Gilbert promotional material such as the sustainable shopping bag, temporary tattoo, bookmark or window decal. All materials are available for pick-up at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, 119 N. Gilbert Road, Ste. 101, Gilbert.
  • Upload your video to YouTube or another hosting site, then send the video URL by e-mail to sarah@gilbertchamber.com.
  • Tip: Keep your script word count between 65 and 90 words. Try to include the following points when writing your script—Business name and location, the product or service your business provides, what makes your business unique, and why you support the Shop Gilbert campaign.

Look For Your Commercial! Your commercial will be posted on Shop Gilbert’s website and Facebook page and may even be highlighted in Shop Gilbert marketing materials.

Deadline: Commercials will be accepted anytime between November 1 and December 31, 2010. Please allow two weeks from date of entry for commercial posting.

Visit http://www.gilbertaz.com/ShopGilbert for additional information and to view a sample commercial. Entry into the video campaign and enrollment in the Shop Gilbert program is free-of-charge and limited to Gilbert businesses.

The Shop Gilbert campaign is a grassroots effort to encourage residents to put their money where their house is and keep tax dollars in Gilbert. Sales tax dollars are a critical revenue source of Gilbert. They fund ongoing daily operations including parks and recreation programs, public safety workshops, library materials, and more. Buying locally means sales tax dollars will continue to make Gilbert a great place to live, work, and play!

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations. 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 www.gilbertaz.com.

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Chamber Luncheon to Feature Fresh Start Women’s Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 14, 2010

Present by the Gilbert Chambers What Women Want…In Business Event Committee

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon featuring the non-profit Fresh Start Women’s Foundation as guest speakers present the organization’s mission and past participants share their struggles and successes on October 26th.

Sponsored by Bravo & Associates, event speakers will include Maria Hesse, Ph.D, a member of the organization’s board of directors, and Joan Krueger, past town councilwoman for the Town of Gilbert and member of the East Valley Fresh Start Executive Council.

“Fresh Start has been empowering women for almost ten years at its central Phoenix location, and a group of dedicated and determined women are working to expand services into the East Valley,” said Krueger. “Fresh Start Women’s Foundation helps women in transition and is based on three core values—economic self-sufficiency, self-esteem enhancement and lifelong learning. These three values, woven together, enhance a woman’s ability to lead a strong, independent, and balanced life.”

The luncheon will be held on Tuesday, October 26th from 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Brunswick Zone XL, 1160 S. Gilbert Road, in Gilbert. General admission is $35; Chamber member admission is $20. Gently-used, professional clothing will be collected to benefit Fresh Start Women’s Foundation.

To register or for additional information, visit www.gilbertaz.com or contact Marty at (480) 926-6003.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations. 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 www.gilbertaz.com.

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Chamber to Host Free Hazardous Materials Safety Seminar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 12, 2010

Gilbert Chamber, Town, SCF Arizona Partner to Encourage Workplace Safety

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Town of Gilbert and SCF Arizona, will present a free hazardous materials safety seminar for local businesses and their employees to encourage safety in the workplace.

The free seminar will review workplace hazardous materials, including what items are considered hazardous materials, how employees identify such materials, how such materials should be labeled and how employees can protect themselves from harm.

The hazardous materials safety seminar will be held on Thursday, October 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Town of Gilbert, 50 E. Civic Center Drive, in the Town Council Chambers. Admission is free however advanced registration is recommended. To register for this event, or for additional information, visit http://www.gilbertaz.com/chamber-calendar
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The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations. 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 http://www.gilbertaz.com
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Gilbert Chamber Looking for Members to Serve as Mentors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 6, 2010

New Mentoring Program to Offer Expertise, Advice to Other Businesses

GILBERT - The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is looking for professionals who are willing to serve as mentors to others by meeting with them regularly and helping to identify, develop and implement a plan of action.

The Chamber’s new mentoring program will pair members looking for guidance with other members who have the experience and dedication to lead them in areas including marketing, accounting, and more.

“The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for Chamber members with specific business issues to take advantage of the expertise available to them within the Chamber,” said Kari Cluff of SRP and Chairwoman of the Mentoring Committee. “I would expect the mentors to find just as much satisfaction and development during this process as those they are mentoring.”

This mentoring program will encourage both the mentor and the mentee to utilize their resources within the Chamber while also strengthening the business climate in Gilbert.

“I am eager to see our members participate in this new program. Not only will both the mentor and mentee gain from this experience, but it will also be remarkable for our members to connect and support each other while strengthening their businesses,” said Kathy Tilque, president/CEO of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.

To enroll as a mentor or mentee of the program, or for additional information, contact Grace Hodges by phone at (480) 926-6027 or by e-mail at grace@gilbertchamber.com.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations. 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 www.gilbertaz.com.

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