Small Business Leadership 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.
Phoenix area home prices drop 18%
The Arizona State University-Repeat Sales Index (ASU-RSI) shows home prices in the metro Phoenix area declined 18 percent from April 2007 to April 2008.
This is an even steeper drop than the 13 percent reported from March 2007 to March 2008.
For more information, visit knowledge.wpcarey.asu.edu.
Arizona Grand 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 30º 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.
Massage week starts July 20
The Back Rub Company has teamed up with the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals to participate in July's EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week.
From July 20 to 26, The Back Rub Company will donate 10 percent of its profits from each massage scheduled to the 100 Club of Arizona, which provides assistance to the surviving families of public safety officers and firefighters killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.
The Back Rub Company has four Valley locations, including 303 E. Baseline Road. For more information or to schedule a massage, call (480) 330-2066 or visit www.thebackrubcompany.com.
TurnKey Graphics opens
TurnKey Graphics, a marketing and creative services firm, has opened a new office at 4621 E. Chandler Blvd.
The firm specializes in graphic design, printing, direct mail and promotional items. For more information, call Andy Smalley at (480) 706-7253 or visit www.TurnKey-Graphics.com.
Small business ‘Webinars'
Infusionsoft, a marketing automation software company for small businesses, has begun to offer a monthly Webinar series focused on helping businesses market and grow sales more effectively.
Upcoming marketing Webinars include:
July 22: Enabling the Entrepreneur, featuring Michael Gerber, author of E-Myth and Awakening the Entrepreneur Within
Aug. 7: Supercharge your Web site
Sept. 15: Convert and Flip Your Funnel
Oct. 13: Sell Stuff Online
Nov. 10: Collect the Cash
To register, visit http://infusionsoft.com/about-us/events.
Toy store offers free fun
Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 4929 E. Chandler Blvd., has begun hosting free activities to serve as inexpensive outings for parents and kids.
The toy store will hold Friday game nights, story book hours, baby sign language story time, yo-yo classes and morning social times for moms and dads.
Friday game night runs from 5 to 8 p.m. through Aug. 1. Mommy/daddy mornings run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon through July 31. Baby sign language story time will take place from 12:30 to 1 p.m. July 19, and the yo-yo class will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. June 28.
For more information, call Janet Hoo at (480) 785-8697.
Simplot named president
Tom Simplot has been named president of the Arizona Multihousing Association.
Simplot is responsible for operations and general management of all association activities.
Romp n' Roll now open
Ahwatukee Foothills residents Jim and Lisa Cook have opened Romp n' Roll play center, which focuses on "nurturing the genius, unleashing the goofball" in children ages 3 months to 6 years.
The brightly-colored facility has ramps, bridges, slides, tulles, a trapeze, balance beam and monkey bars.
Romp n' Roll is located at 4825 E. Warner Road. For more information, call (480) 961-7655 or visit www.rompnroll.com.
Web site to help students
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 is that they 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.
The Buttes offers summer package
The Buttes is offering summer room rates valued at $89 per night.
With rooms starting at $139 per night, The Buttes also offers a $50 voucher per night good for food and beverage or spa treatments. The credit can be used at any of the resort's restaurants, lounges or room service. Restaurants include the Market Cafe, Thirsty Cactus and Top of the Rock.
The Buttes is located at 2000 Westcourt Way in Tempe. The summer package is available through Aug. 31. For more information, call (888) 867-7492.
The BAR Fitness
Ahwatukee Foothills fitness center The BAR Fitness begins its summer program this week to engage young athletes in sport-specific training.
Participants of the BAR School of Athletic Performance will be spending up to four days each week in the weight room building strength, power and speed, as well as confidence, leadership, teamwork and service.
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.
Local man opens copy, imaging business
Ahwatukee Foothills resident Michael Corey announced the opening of Imaging Technology Solutions in Tempe.
Imaging Technology Solutions offers a variety of copiers, printers and business equipment, and also services and repairs products of major brand names. The company's goal is to respond quickly and keep offices running smoothly, and most service calls are completed in the same day.
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.
Dance studio makes changes
Desert Dance Club, located in the Fry's/Melting Pot shopping center, has been purchased by Michael and Sheila Jewell and named ExquisiDance Ballroom Studio.
Instructors Tony and Margaret Long are five-time British and International Ballroom champions, eight-time Open French champions and Open British Latin champions.
For details, call (480) 706-0171 or e-mail ExquisiDance@cox.net.
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