John Hetricks, left, presents Vincent Vasquez, of C2 Tactical, with the New Business of the Year award during the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce “Chamber Day of Champions” at Arizona Grand on Feb. 7, 2014. [David Jolkovski/AFN file]
Goodwill of Central Arizona, one of Arizona’s top providers of job preparation and placement services, is teaming up with local organizations to bring thousands of job seekers to one hiring event. The Third Annual Greater Phoenix Career Expo will be Feb. 24, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center.
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is an innovative program that transforms local middle and high school students into real entrepreneurial successes. The Ahwatukee Chamber Community Foundation is excited to announce its partnership with YEA! to pilot the program this fall.
Chamber President/CEO Anne Gill, Darin Fisher of Vision Community Management members of the Chamber's Community Foundation, Spencer Elliott, Emily Pawlik, Josh Greene and Community Foundation Chair Katherine Christensen of KCA met at the Chamber in January 2013 for interviews as these three Ahwatukee seniors compete for the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation Entrepreneur Scholarship.
For years the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce’s Public Policy Committee has been bringing speakers to Ahwatukee Foothills to keep the business community and the community at large up to date on important issues, but in 2015 the committee is looking for more participation to take its goal to the next level.
This year the Loop 202 took one step closer toward construction and the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce expanded its services to local businesses, but the big headlines in Ahwatukee Foothills revolved around the closed Lakes Golf Course.
From left: Jim Philo, membership coordinator; Lauren Blanton, marketing and events manager; Anne Gill, president/CEO; and Shannon Kinsman, membership development director of the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce celebrate the success of the #Allin4Ahwatukee membership campaign. [Submitted photo]
As we celebrate the end of the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber’s 20th Anniversary year, I want to begin by sending wishes of health, happiness and prosperity to all, both personally and professionally. I would like to take a moment to reflect on the year and to share some thoughts about how we are transforming our organization and impacting the community.
The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce is gaining ground and developing a plan to help build Phoenix’s economy from within by targeting certain areas, working collaboratively and training other area chambers of commerce to help with the effort.
Welcome to the holidays! The time of year where we often feel nostalgic, reawaken traditions and learn to create some new ones. Like many of us here I grew up somewhere else. I have a big family and every year we enjoyed the same celebrations, the same food, and had a wonderful time. When I came out here in my early 20s, my second Christmas I had my family come out to Arizona (much better weather than New York City). This was my first holiday away from home and I was really disappointed I wouldn’t have my same holiday food, same people, and same home. At the time I had three roommates, all from the Midwest. Their families were coming to our holiday dinner as well as some friends. Wow, what an experience I wasn’t expecting.
When I first went into business for myself some 28 years ago, I always felt like being involved in the community was an important component of that. As I was building my businesses, it was a great way to volunteer to help out in the community, but it also had many other benefits. I met a lot of new people that I ultimately started networking with and many became very good friends and trusted sources. The business generated out of this came as a natural extension.
As consumers continue to change how they shop it’s important for businesses to learn that the purchasing funnel has changed. Today’s shoppers are in search of convenience, they want it yesterday, they look at reviews, are not as inclined to visit the enclosed malls as much, and are getting more comfortable with ordering products online. The interaction with consumers has changed over the past 10 years and is more complicated than ever before.
Born in Rochester, N.Y., on March 30, 1920, Fred was the oldest of five children. He credits his active participation in the YMCA throughout his youth for his healthy lifestyle and strong character. He served in Word War II in the Merchant Marine, transporting troops to the front.
Around the country, membership in chambers of commerce is dwindling. But things in Ahwatukee are actually on the rise. The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce is about to host a membership campaign unlike any this community has ever seen.
The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce is the heartbeat of our business community. What does this mean, you might ask? It has two meanings to me. First, if you are a local small business owner and you are already a member, do yourself a favor and take the time to review all the benefits that your membership has to offer. The chamber is there to help get your business exposed along with making you aware of local political issues, available workshops that will better your business practices and help you get connected through networking events and expos, just to name a few. I have been a member of a chamber for over 25 years and I will say personally this is the most rewarding way of getting connected with so many great people, which has been incredibly valuable in the growth of my current real estate business.
Ahwatukee real estate agent and longtime chamber member Christie Ellis was named 2014’s Business Woman of the Year at the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce’s Fifth Annual Palo Verde Women in Business Gala on Saturday, Oct. 25.