Enery Lopez of Ahwatukee AmTrust Bank prepares to cut the ribbon marking its 10-year anniversary
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As a local non-profit, the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce strives to support the Ahwatukee community though the engagement of more than 475 members, ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations.

Representing more than 12,000 Phoenix-area jobs, the chamber is an advocate for its broad and diverse member businesses to create a climate of growth and success in the community.

Through leadership opportunities, volunteer efforts and business-building programs the chamber improves the economic vitality and quality of life for its members and the community.

Each year we deliver innovative programs and reach out to the Ahwatukee community to provide a way for businesses and the public to come together, fostering our local economy.

Let’s take a look back at 2016 and remember the celebrations of great successes, both as individuals and collaboratively as a business community with outreach to the community at-large.

16th Annual Chamber Day of Champions
Feb. 6

Keynote speaker, Steve Keim, general manager of the Arizona Cardinals, shared his inspirational story while guest emcee, Tim Healey, the “Voice of the Sun Devils” honored businesses and individuals for their outstanding leadership, service, and excellence in business and contributions to the community.

18th Annual Chamber Masters Charity Golf Tournament
April 24.

This year’s event was another high-energy tournament attended by over 144 golfers and guests and was one of the chamber’s major fundraising events for Ahwatukee’ s annual Red, White and Boom community fireworks.

7th Annual Red, White & Beautiful
May 5.

To celebrate Mother's Day, this fundraiser for Red, White and Boom featured a mother/daughter fashion show showcasing local Ahwatukee fashion boutiques and hair salons. Guests enjoyed sampling spa service massages, manicures and facials while shopping the many popular local vendors partnering for this event.

Back to Business Expo
Aug. 16.

The Women in Business Committee hosted its annual Business Expo and Breakfast featuring keynote speaker Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan and educational workshops by Dena Patton of Girls Rule Foundation and Lynn Ruby or Ruby Marketing Systems. Over 70 local businesses were showcased to help the community connect with many types of local resources.

Breakfast with the Mayor
Sept. 30.

Each year the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce welcomes the public to join them in the annual Breakfast with the Mayor event. Breakfast with the Mayor serves as an opportunity for local business owners and interested citizens to hear from Mayor Greg Stanton, and learn about the latest plans and developments for Ahwatukee and the City of Phoenix.

12th Annual Palo Verde Awards Celebration
Nov. 10

As the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce's signature fundraising event, this annual ceremony celebrates and honors the Business Woman of the Year, Social Enterprise Award and Corporate Award. In addition, three $1,000 scholarships were given to young women who live in the Ahwatukee community and are continuing their education in college following their graduation.

These annual events are just one way the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce gives back to our great community.  Please watch for updates on 2017 community events, as we strive to do our part in continuing to make Ahwatukee such a great place to live, work and play.

-Aderyn Bright is the chamber’s marketing and events manager. Reach her at aderyn@ahwatukeechamber.com.

 

Calling young entrepreneurs

Be a part of the next big thing and get involved with guiding the next generation of young entrepreneurs and CEO's in the making with the Ahwatukee Foothills Community Foundation Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), sponsored by the Ahwatukee Foothills Community Foundation, teaches kids ages 11-18 how to turn their passions, skills, and talents into real businesses. In YEA!, students come up with a big Idea, pitch that idea for real funding, and launch a fully formed, legally registered business! Literally transforming students into CEO's.  

YEA! supports the business and educational communities in order to fulfill its mission of impacting the leaders of tomorrow.  Top-notch executives and business leaders like you can support the development of future CEOs by volunteering with this exciting and ground-breaking program.

Become a business mentor

Make a huge impact, provide real world guidance, provide encouragement, and build confidence. Business Mentors guide students as they finalize their business plans, enhance great business ideas with innovative thinking and coach students to a perfect pitch presentation.

Mentors commit to six weeks and work with the students for 90 minutes each visit.

Become a guest speaker

Guest speakers have a significant impact on these budding entrepreneurs helping them "connect the dots" between local businesses and those who help them reach success.

Industry experts such as attorneys, accountants, insurance agents, and tax professionals are critical to the phases of starting a business. Those who work with a niche market, e-commerce, governmental affairs, banking, social entrepreneurship, and the media are also keys to start-up business success.

Guest speakers commit to one in-class visit to present on their topic for 30-60 minutes each.

Contact: Pamela Manwaring, at yeaahwatukee@gmail.com .

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