Rigazzi appointed director of sales at The Buttes

The Buttes has appointed Paul Rigazzi as director of sales. Rigazzi will oversee the hotel's group, business travel and conference sales efforts and will report directly to Steve Eberhart, general manager.

Rigazzi has more than 20 years of hotel sales experience. He began his career with Sheraton, Hyatt and Wyndham Hotels, where he held various sales and marketing positions. Most recently he has been director of sales for Wyndham Phoenix and Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort.

Rigazzi holds a Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia University and has been the recipient of numerous industry awards. Rigazzi can be reached at paul.rigazzi@marriottsales.com.


Forever 21 opens at Chandler Fashion Center

Starting Sept. 27, Arizonans can shop at the largest Forever 21 (XXI) in Arizona.

XXI is approximately 25,000 square feet. A typical Forever 21 is roughly 7,000 square feet.

Guests who bring in a canned good and the bar code found on www.forever21.com/opening_chandler will enjoy 21 percent off their first item purchased in the new store. All canned goods will be donated to the St. Mary's Food Bank.

The store is located in the Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., on the lower level, near Sears. For more information, call (480) 812-0152.


Goodwill to host Valley employers for job fair

With a growing demand for employment services, Goodwill of Central Arizona will host Valley employers at its upcoming job fair.

The fair is open and free to the public. Jobseekers should dress professionally, bring a resume and be ready to talk with multiple recruiters from various companies who are seeking qualified candidates for various open positions.

Goodwill will host numerous Valley employers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 30 at American Legion, 364 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix.

For more information, visit www.goodwillaz.org.


SCORE to hold free ‘Start Smart' seminar Oct. 4

Attend the "Start Smart" seminar presented by Greater Phoenix SCORE from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 4 at the Arizona Small Business Association, 4130 E. Van Buren St., Suite 150, in Phoenix.

The seminar is designed for anyone starting a small business from scratch, buying an existing business, buying a franchise or are in the process of choosing a business.

Greater Phoenix SCORE members are experienced volunteer business counselors affiliated with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Seating is limited. Advance registration is recommended. Call (602) 745-7250, or visit www.scorephoenix.org.


Aji spa unveils new treatments, programs

Aji, Arizona's only Native American-owned spa, has unveiled its menu featuring treatments offered by Pima and Maricopa Tribal Members at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort.

Treatments begin Oct. 5, kicking off the first day of Gila River's "Native American Recognition Days" celebration.

For more information or to book a treatment, visit www.wildhorsepassresort.com.


Panel discussion on ‘How To Save Money In These Tough Economic Times'

The Entrepreneurial Mothers Association has assembled a panel of experts in a few different areas to help save money.

Kristin Huss, with Coupon Sense, will demonstrate how to use their system to effectively save 50 to 80 percent off monthly grocery bills. Andrew Brucker with SRP will share some of his secrets to saving money on our utility bills. Gabriella Buchanan ,with Consumer Credit Counseling Services, will talk to us about how to get out from under mounting credit card debt safely.

The panel will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 6 at 7475 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Reservations are due by noon Oct. 2 by contacting Julie Watson at (602) 679-7653 or JulieWatsonRealtor@cox.net. Cost is $22 for members and guests who RSVP by Oct. 2, or $25 at the door.


Ahwatukee Community Fair Oct. 18

The Community Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at Mountain Pointe High School, 4201 E. Knox Road.

Member booth price is $300 to $400, non-member booth price is $400 to $500. Contact Julia@ahwatukeechamber.com or (480) 753-7676, for more information.


E-Myth Solution: More of everything

The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Women in Business presents An E-Myth Solution Workshop on Thursday, Oct. 23

In order to create a successful business and get more out of life, you need to learn how to think and act like an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs see the business as the product rather than a place to go to work every day. If you started your business with the hope of more time, money and freedom and it hasn't quite happened that way, this seminar is for you. The workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. Lunch will be served.

Cost is $125 for members, $150 for non-members.

To purchase tickets online, visit www.ahwatukeechamber.com or call the chamber at (480) 753-7676.


Employment fair for people with disabilities

Magellan Health Services of Arizona, the Regional Behavioral Health Authority for Maricopa County, will host an employment fair for people with disabilities on Oct. 28 in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. 

The free event will feature Arizona employers looking to diversify their employee base by hiring people with disabilities and will give people with disabilities the opportunity to learn more about the employment process, enhance their interview skills and receive resume assistance.

The employment fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the north and south lower cafeteria banquet room at Gateway Community College, located at 108 N. 40th St.

Magellan of Arizona is encouraging businesses throughout Maricopa County to register for a table at the event by Oct. 17. Businesses interested in reserving space at the employment fair should contact Ann MacNeil at (602) 797-8276.


Cookies From Home hosts job fair Nov. 1

Cookies From Home is inviting grandmas - and grandpas, too - to share their love of baking while making some holiday dough this Christmas season.

The 27-year-old, multi-million dollar mail order and gift company will be hosting a job fair on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the company's bakery and showcase Gift Shop, 1605 W. University Drive, Suite 106 in Tempe. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for a social gathering, with interviews beginning at 2 p.m.

For more information about the Grandmas Love Cookies From Home program or questions about the upcoming Job Fair, visit www.cookiesfromhome.com or call (480) 894-1944.


Business Academy launched

Salt River Project and Arizona State University's W. P. Carey School of Business Center for Executive and Professional Development will join this fall to launch the Small Business Leadership Academy.

Each course will take place over a two-week period, with classes held one evening each week. Participants will graduate Nov. 20, earning a Certificate of Participation from SRP and the W. P. Carey School of Business, and four Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from ASU.

For more information on scholarships and admission requirements, contact Art Oros at (602) 236-8773 or Art.Oros@srpnet.com.


Resort offers new casual cuisine

Arizona Grand Resort announced plans to add two new restaurants along with a bar and a new barista-style coffee bar.

The resort will introduce The Lobby Grill, a new American grill concept designed to become the heartbeat of the resort, and will re-concept the existing Phantom Horse Grill into an Italian restaurant. The resort will also add a lounge-like atmosphere with the introduction of the new The Lobby Bar, as well as add a barista-style coffee bar offering fresh pastries, take-and-go deli sandwiches and gelato.

Additionally, Latitude 30 Pacific Rim Cuisine officially closed for the summer in May and will re-open under a new name in the fall as a private dining facility available for catered events and group functions.

Aunt Chilada's and Rustler's Rooste will remain on property.

For more information, visit www.ArizonaGrandResort.com.


Web site to help students with loans

Former Ahwatukee Foothills resident Daniel Berke has launched a nonprofit Web site asking for donations to help students pay off their student loans.

The Web site, www.donate5bucks.org, asks that people put $5 toward helping students with outstanding student loans, rather than spending the money on their morning latte. Berke came up with the idea for the Web site when he realized presidential candidates can raise $5 million a month in donations. His goal is to raise $50,000 within two months.

Requirements are that individuals must have at least a bachelor's degree with a 2.75 GPA or higher, and they must be working in the field that their degree is in.

For more information or to make a donation, visit www.donate5bucks.org.


Goodwill offers free pick-up services

Goodwill is offering Valley residents free pick-up services to donate their gently-used household and clothing items.

A uniformed team will come to residents' homes, pick up their items and leave them with a Goodwill tax receipt.

For more information or to schedule a donation pick-up, call (480) 663-0000 or visit www.emoneybay.com.


Online tool for home improvement projects

Arizona homeowners experience up to $25 million in annual losses in the remodeling industry due to contractor fraud, so Buildproof allows for every project, regardless of size, to be paid for, managed and tracked online. Project funds are held by an independent third-party financial institution to ensure safe handling and timely payment processing. There is no cost for homeowners to use the system and contractors are only required to pay a small percentage of the total project cost.

For more information, visit www.buildproof.com.

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