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Chamber/Vora Financial Present Northern Lights Holiday Parade

Vora Financial and the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce are proud to present the Annual Holiday Parade of Lights, which will bedeck Historic Downtown in the glow of the holiday season on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 6 pm.

Bring your hat, mittens and plenty of hot chocolate and enjoy the beautiful sights as dozens of twinkling floats pass by. The parade begins at the corner of Beaver and Elm, proceeds south the Aspen, east past a reviewing stand at Heritage Square to San Francisco and then back up to Elm.

The Chamber encourages you to make a day of it by patronizing local businesses during the day and then enjoying the parade that night.

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Deadline Extended for Young Entrepreneurial Scholars (YES) Week Applications

The deadline for applications for the 2nd Annual Young Entrepreneurial Scholars Week – an intensive summer experience to to encourage budding entrepreneurs – has been extended to Friday, June 15.

YES Week offers a limited number of incoming high school sophomores, juniors and seniors the chance to understand entrepreneurship as a career option, generate business ideas, meet and learn from successful business professionals and develop leadership abilities and skills necessary for business success.

The initiative, launched by the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, will be held from July 23-27 this year.

An atmosphere of constant creativity helps students generate business ideas and develop them into viable business plans. As part of YES! Week, business professionals and leaders will be volunteering their time to speak and interact with the participants by sharing their own career and professional experiences.

“The opportunity to meet and learn from successful entrepreneurs will help the students develop their critical thinking, life skills and leadership abilities,” said Chamber President / CEO Julie Pastrick. “We expect that these interactions will engage the students and help shed light on potential new businesses and future career goals.”

To download a YES! Week Application Form, please click here. For recommendation forms, click here.

Mayoral and City Council preference poll

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The Flagstaff Chamber has been hard at work this election season. Enclosed are answers to a candidate questionnaire we designed. Their responses should give you a sense of how each candidate would lead.  For your benefit, links to these answers are available on the next page. 

Your Mayor and City Council members make decisions daily that affect the local business environment in our community. From budget priorities to infrastructure, local officials play a crucial role in creating an environment conducive to business and job growth. Your vote in the upcoming election is your opportunity to improve our business climate and enhance our quality of living.

Once you read through these candidate responses, please participate in our confidential poll and rank your choices for City Council and your choice for Mayor. Your responses are kept completely confidential and secure and will aid the chamber in our endorsement process. Please complete only one survey per person.
Thanks for your investment in the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce!

My Best,

Tom Wyatt, IOM
Director, Government Affairs

Please click the “Continue” button below to view the answers submitted by candidates and to indicate your voting preference.

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Reserve Today for Annual Meeting

Ken Colburn, CEO/founder of Data Doctors Computer Services and Data Forensic labs, established in 1988, will keynote the 2012 Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on Friday, January 20, from 11:30 am-1:15 pm in the High County Conference Center.

Colburn’s ability to explain technology to the average user has made him a popular speaker. A featured columnist in The Business Journal, eBay Magazine, and BizAZ magazine, he was voted the Best Computer Help Radio Host in the Country by Tech TV, a 24-hour national cable channel.

You’ll walk away with cutting edge strategies for your 2012 business plan from Colburn, who will discuss the mobile revolution, social media, cloud computing and the latest updates from Facebook and Google.

The Flagstaff Chamber Annual Meeting is a signature business event in our community. It will also feature the awarding of the ATHENA and ATHENA Young Professional Honors. The Chairman’s gavel will be passed from Mike Loven (Loven Contracting) to Greg Sampson (Alliance Bank).

Corporate tables of eight are available at $360, and individual tickets are $50. Register today.

Free Comedy Show Tix for Chamber Members

The Pepsi Amphitheater is looking to show off the facility to Chamber members by providing two free tickets to Chamber members for one of several upcoming comedy shows at the venue. The acts include Pat DeGuire (August 18) and Kathleen Dunbar (September 1), who have both been seen on Comedy Central, as well as Buffet Jackson on September 22.

This is an exclusive offer to Chamber members. For details on obtaining the tickets, please call the Chamber at 928.774.4505.

120 Years, 120 Reasons

The Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce celebrates 120 years of serving the business community of Flagstaff this year. Since 1891, when it was the Board of Trade, the Chamber has championed the local economy, promoted the community, given our members networking opportunities and advocated for the business community at all levels of government.

Here are our 120 years 120 reasons  to be a member!

Chamber Cafe – Owning Your Own Business (June 1)

Wednesday, June 1 – 11:30 am – Chamber boardroom. $5 – Chamber members only.

Register today by clicking here.

The raw and fearful facts are 87% of all small business starts fail in the first five years. 40,000 businesses go out of business EVERY single month in America. So, how do the survivors survive? THEY DON’T – they thrive from day one!

Want to learn how to avoid these frustrations? Do you know, really know, what your customers want?

Do you want your business to thrive while working less than 20 hour per week? Look, the only reason to own a business at all is to fulfill your life dreams. So, how is that working out for you?

Owning a small business should add value to your life, not consume you and drive you insane. There are solutions to your frustrations. This Chamber Café will focus on these key frustrations, show you pathways to solve them, and offer REAL tools for your success even in a down economy.

This session of Chamber Cafe is being led by Rick Krug. Rick has worked with Michael Gerber (The E-Myth Revisited) and is on John Maxwell’s Leadership Team (The 360 Leader, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. As a fellow entrepreneur, Rick has walked in your shoes and wants to share many of insights he has learned from not only the top experts in small business success, but the school of Hard Knocks!

Celebrate Independence Day with Pepsi/Chamber Parade

Dress up on your most patriotic duds and plan on attending the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce/Pepsi 4th of July Parade on Independence Day - Monday, July 4.

Flagstaff’s streets will be decked out in red, white and blue as the annual calvacade marches through Historic Downtown starting at 9 am. Now in its 15th year, this event draws thousands of visitors to Flagstaff. It was named an “Arizona Treasure” by former Gov. Janet Napolitano in 2005.

Lesson2Life Offered to Flagstaff Teachers

The Arizona K12 Center and the Flagstaff Chamber are partnering to offer local teachers Lesson2Life, a three-day workshop being held July 11-13, that allows educators to experience the Arizona workplace first-hand and bring that real life relevance to the classroom. Teachers participating in the initiative will learn to maximize their students’ chances for success while earning 18 hours of continuing education credit. 

Through Lesson2Life, teachers will observe first hand how the integration of the Arizona Workplace Skills Standards impacts job performance in actual work environments. In just a few experience-rich days, they’ll gain a unique behind-the-scenes-perspective of various industries. They will also gain insights on how to focus their instruction while creating learning opportunities to best students for a global economy that continues to evolve. Lesson2Life will emphasize businesses and industries relevant to Flagstaff, including hospitality, high tech, finance, non-profit and agriculture .

Educators and employers in Arizona share the same goal, to prepare today’s students as tomorrow’s workforce, yet they seldom have the opportunity to share their visions. Lesson2Life changes that. Lesson2Life reinforces the importance of workplace skills already being taught in schools and will inspire new ways of infusing education with real world relevance. It’s time to get down to business.

APS provides the primary funding and is a valuable supporter of this program.

Cost of the program is $40. To register, please click here.

Chamber/SCORE Providing Free Business Counseling Friday, July 15

The Chamber is teaming up with SCORE  to provide free and confidential advice on your key business goals and challenges. SCORE volunteers are successful entrepreneurs who love business and want to share their knowledge with you, so you can succeed, too. No matter what your concern, a seasoned business person will give your their opinion.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from business advisors during face to face counseling and training. Friday, July 15, 10 am to 2 pm, Chamber boardroom. To reserve your 1 hour time slot contact the Chamber today at 928.774.4505.

What’s App-ening at the Chamber

DOWNLOAD FLAGSTAFF’S MOBILE DIRECTORY NOW!

  • Iphone: Click here or go to your app store on your mobile device.
  • BlackBerry: Click here
  • Droid: Find on the Android Market: Search for “My Chamber App.”
  • Mobile devices are the hottest thing going right now. Thousands of mobile devices are being sold each day, new tablets similar to iPads are hitting the market and apps have become a fun and interesting way to entertain, educate and sell.

    The Flagstaff Chamber’s new mobile app, MyChamberApp, will help you get discovered and stay connected to your customers! $2.2 billion in on-line goods were purchases on mobile devices in 2010 due to increased company exposure on mobile devices…

    THE CHAMBER HAS MADE SURE YOU’RE IN ON THIS LATEST TECHNOLOGY!
    With your membership, you get a free listing on MyChamberApp, trusted Flagstaff businesses are at your fingertips.

    WHAT IS MYCHAMBERAPP AND WHAT DOES IT HAVE TO OFFER? MYCHAMBERAPP is a mobile business directory listing. With your chamber membership you have a standard listing (see below) complete with GPS-enabled driving directions and one-touch dialing. The chamber will post events and “hot deals” for you that will show up on the app and help drive customers to your business. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS FREE SERVICE TO HELP YOUR BUSINESS GROW. We are here to facilitate postings for you and answer any questions you may have. The more people that start using the app, the more people will be aware of what you have to offer! Even if you don’t have a mobile device, you should be calling the Chamber with deals and event information so that your mobile customers know about what you have to offer.

    FREE WITH CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP – Standard Listing

    • Company Name
    • Listed in One Business Category
    • Phone Number/One-Touch Dialing
    • Address/Displayed Map of Business Location
    • Add to favorites button

    Drive more business to your company by maximizing your visibility on mobile devices with an upgraded listing. To upgrade, please contact Andre Garbo, info@mychamberapp.com or call him at(800) 807-6805 x 411

    FEATURED LISTING – All Standard Listing Items Plus:

    • Placement Above All Standard Listings
    • Double Sized Listing
    • Company Logo (Square Image, jpeg)
    • Three Additional Images (Size 480h x 320w, jpeg)
    • 250-Character Business Description
    • Three Keywords
    • Link to Company Website
    • Share Button for Facebook, Twitter, Email Seen on Hot Deals Button

    PREMIUM LISTING – All Featured Listing Items Plus:

    • Placement Above All Featured and Standard Listings
    • Six Keywords
    • 1,500-Character Description
    • 30-Second Video Upload (Able to Update Monthly)

    PLATINUM BANNER AD – All Premium Package Items Plus:

    • Exclusive Pop-Up Banner Ad Display on MyChamberApp Main Page and Every Category Page (Size 50h x 350w, jpeg)
    • Pop-Up Banner Ad Will Link to Company Website, Email or Phone

    All listings have been recently updated. Please check your listing and if there are any issues please notify Cathie Hook, chook@flagstaffchamber.com

    Do you have an event or “hot deal” you want posted? Do you have questions about MyChamberApp? Email Cathie Hook at chook@flagstaffchamber.com or call her at (928) 774-4505

    ‘Skills for Success Press’ Published

    Craig Williams and Peter Heicksen of W.L. Gore speak to Coconino High School science class.

    For six years, the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce has proudly collaborated with the Flagstaff Unified School District on a workforce development intiative “Skills for Success.”  This brainchild of the Chamber Education & Workforce Development Committee pairs local Chamber members with middle- and high-school classrooms. The partnerships demonstrate to students the soft skills they will need to be successful in the workplace and the exposes them to the wide variety of career opportunities in Flagstaff.

    Each semester, the Chamber publishes the “Skills for Success” Press to celebrate these impactful partnerships. For the latest edition, click HERE.

    Governor Brewer Keynotes Annual Meeting Jan. 21

    Gov. Jan Brewer

    Gov. Jan Brewer

    Governor Jan Brewer will be the keynote speaker at the Flagstaff Chamber Annual Meeting on Friday, January 21, 2011 at NAU’s High Country Conference Center. This luncheon also features the 22nd Annual ATHENA Awards and the passing of the gavel from 2010 Board Chairman Gary Seley (Seley’s Flagstaff Honda) to 2011 Board Chairman Mike Loven (Loven Contracting).

    Individual ticket – $50/tables of eight – $360. Register online today. Sponsorships are also available – call the Flagstaff Chamber at 928.774.4505 for more details.