Local businessman attends summit

Steve Nelson of AeGIS financial group, Inc., attended the first "Top Independent Advisors Summit" hosted by Barron's Magazine, which promotes best practices in the industry and the value of advice to the investing public. The invitation-only conference was held at the Arizona Biltmore on May 6-8 in Phoenix.

Contact Steve at (602) 674-1010 or Steve@SteveHNelson.com.


Foothills Financial Planning now open

Foothills Financial Planning, Inc., a new company in Ahwatukee Foothills, provides a unique opportunity for residents of all income levels to obtain professional help they need to achieve financial peace-of-mind.

The company helps its clients with selecting 401(k) options, life insurance coverage needs, diversifying investments, building a college fund and anything else pertaining to their finances.

For more information, call (480) 445-9072 or www.foothillsplanning.com


Chiropractor adds therapeutic massage

Great Choice Chiropractic announces the addition of a massage therapist, Audrey Washington, to its Ahwatukee Foothills clinic.

Washington has experience in cancer massage, pre-natal, sports massage, neuromuscular techniques, therapeutic, Swedish, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, Thai yoga massage and reflexology.

Pricing and additional information can be found at www.greatchoicechiro.com. For more information, call (480) 704-6600.


Firm offers help to increase output

Trans-West Network Solutions will be offering consulting services to the business community at no cost until May 15.

The Arizona-based corporation would like to help community businesses cut costs and increase their productivity. Consultants will review all monthly Internet billing, review with department managers, their work flow to determine if they are using their current technology to the best of its ability and recommend upgrades and training from current vendors.

They will present new ideas for increasing productivity, and evaluate data networks in order to properly budget for the next 36 months.

These audits typically range in cost from $500 to $2,500 based on the size of the corporation. Trans-West Network Solutions is located at 5202 S. 39th St. For more information, call (602) 437-3010 or visit www.twns.com.


Free AAA iPhone application helps locate discounts

Apple iPhone users can now easily find their way to AAA member savings thanks to the new application, AAA Discounts.

The free, GPS-based "app" displays retail locations of AAA Show Your Card & Save partners near user locations.

The AAA Discounts application acquires the user's location automatically, displays nearby AAA Show Your Card & Save locations and allows users to pan and zoom on a regional map. It also displays the participating retailer's name, address, phone, distance from location and discount details. Users can filter listings by category and have one click access to narrative directions. The application also works on the iPod Touch when the user has access to WiFi.

Visit www.AAA.com/discounts for a complete list of retailers and offers.


Goodwill offers employment to AZ businesses

Goodwill of Central Arizona said its Career Centers are on track for about 100,000 visits this year. Arizona businesses are able to post openings, as well as participate in weekly recruiting events at all nine Career Centers.

The organization operates a full-service staffing agency, known as Goodwill Staffing Solutions, which recruits, screens and places qualified employees in a wide range of positions on a temporary, temp-to-hire or direct-hire basis. 

Goodwill provides job opportunities for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment through a variety of services.

For more information, call (602) 535-4000 or visit www.goodwillaz.org.


Credit unions pledge financing support for Chrysler vehicles

Arizona's credit unions, through the "Invest in America" program, are pledging their support for Chrysler LLC during its comprehensive restructuring announced last week. 

Credit union members will receive either a $1,000 incentive on five of the most popular Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles or a $500 incentive on seven additional vehicles. These discounts are on top of their best deal, accompanied by low-rate financing provided by a credit union. The expansion increases the cash incentive and applies it to a broader range of cars and trucks through June 1. More than 1,500 credit unions, representing 40 million credit union members in all 50 states, have been promoting Chrysler's Credit Union Member Cash program.

For more information on "Invest in America," visit www.lovemycreditunion.org.


Wild Horse Pass  debuts ballroom, meeting space

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa will debut its expansion project, a new ballroom and enhanced meeting space, on June 3.

The new ballroom is 15,000 square feet, divisible into seven sections, the two additional meeting rooms at nearly 1,000 square feet each and a foyer offering 8,884 square feet of pre-function space now bring the resort's total meeting space square footage to 70,000.

For more information, call (602) 225-0100 or visit www.wildhorsepassresort.com.


Arizona Grand offers renovation specials

Grossman Company Properties unveiled its newly redesigned Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix - a $52 million redevelopment project inspired by the developer's passion for the popular Valley destination that pairs elegance with casual fun. A new 25,000-square-foot lobby features the resort's newest dining venues, The Lobby Grill and The Lobby Bar.

In celebration, stays through May 21 have rates starting from $199 for a newly redesigned suite and include two rounds of golf, $50 food and beverage credit at The Lobby Grill, $20 spa credit on a 50- or 80-minute spa treatment and up to six wristbands to the water park for each night of the stay.

Guests can call (602) 438-9000 or log onto www.ArizonaGrandResort.com and enter the promo code PROGOP. Limited time offer and based on availability.


Suns season scores big with Trader Joe's

The Phoenix Suns and Trader Joe's teamed up to fight hunger this season through the "Hoops Against Hunger" campaign.

Trader Joe's committed to donating $150 to St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance for each Suns win during the 2008-09 regular season to fight hunger in the Valley.

The Suns 43 wins to date generated $6,450 in funds to benefit the organization. Suns forward Louis Amundson also bagged groceries for donations this past March, adding an additional $500 to the cause. Trader Joe's then contributed an extra $1,050, bringing the grand total to $8,000.

Since the campaign's inception prior to the 2006-07 season, Trader Joe's has donated more than $30,000 to St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance. Locally, Trader Joe's is located at 4025 E. Chandler Blvd.

For more information, call (480) 759-2295 or visit www.traderjoes.com


Big Daddy's

Smokehouse gives back

Big Daddy's Smokehouse Sports Grill has given more than $500 back to the Ahwatukee Foothills community in the last 45 days. 

The restaurant's goal is to be able to give back an average of $2,000 a month to its Ahwatukee family.

If your school, sports group, church, social group or charitable group is interested in Big Daddy's Smokehouse Sports Grill give back program, contact Staci Ames at staci@bigdaddyssmokehouse.com.


Cookies From Home holds poetry slam June 8

Cookies From Home will host a poetry slam event beginning at 5 p.m. June 8 to benefit Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS).

A $5 cover charge will be collected to help send local finalists to the national poetry slam event in Florida in August. Some material and language will not be suitable for children.

Cookies From Home is located at 1605 W. University Drive in Tempe.

Donations of clothing, toiletries and free-will monetary contributions will be collected to help CASS provide emergency shelter and services for homeless men, women and children. Freshly baked all-natural homemade cookies and exclusive fair trade coffee beverages will be available for purchase.

For more information, call (480) 894-1944 or e-mail barry@cookiesfromhome.com


Affiliated Psychotherapists

Affiliated Psychotherapists is an association of independent licensed professional counselors sharing resources to proficiently serve the behavioral, emotional and mental health needs. Children, adolescents and adults are served using a variety of therapeutic models and approaches.

Affiliated Psychotherapists is located at 11011 S. 48th St., Suite 101.

For more information, call (480) 775-6423 or visit www.affiliatedpsychotherapists.net.


The Back Rub Company expands nationally

The Back Rub Company, an Arizona provider for on-site employee wellness recently announced their national expansion. 

The Back Rub Company provides workplace wellness programs that include seated chair massage, fitness classes and lunch & learn workshops, in addition to event and trade-show massage.

The American Journal of Health Promotions shows that for every dollar spent on wellness, employers can get up to $10 back through fewer medical claims, reduced absenteeism, improved productivity and other factors.

For information about The Back Rub Company's Workplace Wellness Programs, call (480) 330-2066 or visit www.thebackrubcompany.com.


Limo package makes prom a night to remember

High school students looking for a limousine package with something extra can book the prom special offered by Aloha Limousine, a Tempe-based transportation company.

Prom-goers receive Aloha's signature service, complete with Hawaiian music, Hawaiian drinks, macadamia nuts, soda and water. The prom special also includes free sparkling cider and leis. The student booking the service will receive a free one-hour voucher for limousine service. The voucher can be used for a future event.

Aloha Limousine offers sedans and limos, as well as a party bus that can transport up to 18 people. They are located at 947 S. 48th St., Suite 101, in Tempe. Reservations are taken Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at (480) 642-5642 or at reservations@alohaarizonalimo.com.

For more information, visit www.alohaarizonalimo.com.

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