Improving Sales Effectiveness

Improving Sales Effectiveness – Presented by Tracy BullockTracy Bullock

Building the most effective sales force possible will make the difference between success and failure for any organization. Learn the top tips and tricks of the trade from Tracy Bullock, owner of Bullock Training and Development.

Members of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce may purchase tickets for $25 and the general public may attend for $35.

Developing Social Media Skills and Effective Internet Marketing

Meegan AdamsDeveloping Social Media Skills and Effective Internet Marketing – Presented by Meegan Adams

Social media literacy is fast becoming a source of competitive advantage. How will you keep up? Few areas of business have been untouched by the social media revolution, and it is not even a decade old.  Want to ensure your B2B online marketing program is effective?

You will learn:

How to capitalize on the power of social media while navigating around its risks

The Ultimate Social Media Cheat Sheet

Effective social media measurement in 5 minutes a day

The essential components of online marketing

Meegan T-Adams is a copywriter and marketing strategist with an emphasis on social media and Internet marketing. Meegan has a B.A. in marketing and an MFA with a focus on marketing and creative writing. She works hands-on with local businesses creating customized strategies and tangibles at her family-owned business, AlphaGraphics on Elliot and AG Signs.

Members of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce may purchase tickets for $25 and the general public may attend for $35.

The Beacon Awards

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the inaugural Beacon Awards, a breakfast event celebrating outstanding achievements in commerce and the community. This event features new awards and honors to recognize companies and individuals whose practices in business and community service exemplify excellence.

  • Awards to be presented include:
  • The Business Excellence Awards
  • The Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year
  • The Spirit of Tempe
  • Outstanding Community Leader

For the first time ever, the Business Excellence Awards will be presented in two categories for both Small and Large Business of the Year. The awards honor companies for success in business growth, employee development, community involvement and customer service.

Making its debut in 2015 is the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award, recognizing an individual, business or organization that best embodies the spirit of entrepreneurship, engages in responsible business practices and demonstrates a passion for innovation and success.

The Spirit of Tempe and Outstanding Community Leader honor individuals whose work in the community and service to others makes them an inspiration to others.

JUST ANNOUNCED! The finalists and recipients are in!

The Business Excellence Awards
Large Business Finalists:

  • APS
  • JE Dunn Construction
  • TruWest Credit Union

Small Business Finalists:

  • Goodworks Auto Repair
  • here on the corner
  • University Animal Hospital

The Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Finalists:

  • Peter Adams with Ping! Development
  • Carine Dieude with Biostress Imagery
  • Kelly Lorenzen with All About Compression

The Spirit of Tempe – Presented to Pat Warren

Outstanding Community Leader – Presented to Mike Jennings.

Tickets are $50 for Tempe Chamber members and $60 for the public. VIP Tables of 10 are $500 for members and $600 for the public.

State of the District: A Federal Update with Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce presents State of the District with Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema. Join our audience of community, educational, political and civic leaders as the Congresswoman provides an update on federal issues and shares her vision for the future of our district, state and country on Tuesday, February 17 at Rio Salado College.

Kyrsten Sinema was re-elected in November 2014 as the U.S. Representative for Arizona’s 9th congressional district. A member of the Democratic Party, she has served in both chambers of the Arizona legislature, being elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2005, and the Arizona Senate in 2011.

The breakfast event will be held at the Conference Center @ Rio Salado College, 2323 W. 14th St. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and follows with breakfast and Sinema’s address.

Members of the Tempe Chamber may purchase individual tickets for $55 each or tables of eight for $500. The general public may purchase individual tickets for $65 each or tables of eight for $600.

Advance registration is required here or by calling (480) 967-7891. Seating is very limited. Please RSVP promptly to guarantee your spot. Once the event has sold out, no additional guests can be accommodated. We regret that no walk-ins will be permitted to enter the event.

The event is hosted by Rio Salado College and the Maricopa County Community Colleges District. It is sponsored by Gold Sponsor Southwest Gas; Silver Sponsors APS and State Farm Insurance; Copper Sponsor SRP.

Women in Business Speaker Series – Session 4: “Mental Agility & Winning the Game” with René Lyst

The Rene LystTempe Chamber’s Women in Business Council presents a four-part speaker series that will guide participants on becoming leaders through positive transformation.

In life, your personal and professional worlds combine to become “The Big Game” and finding success in it is not always easy. These workshops align with the energy and timing of the Feb. 1 Super Bowl XLIX here in Arizona, and feature powerful speakers who inspire, educate and motivate participants to win big in life and at work.

The series takes place on Jan. 23 and 30 and Feb. 6 and 13 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Western International University, 1601 W. Fountainhead Pkwy. in Tempe. A light breakfast is provided courtesy of Chick-fil-A University at Mill.

Feb 13. “Mental Agility & Winning the Game”

René Lyst, ASU Women’s Gymnastics Head Coach, talks about staying on top of your game and winning through mental agility and emotional IQ. Lyst comes from a successful coaching career at Stanford and Arkansas. She helped develop the Razorbacks’ program from its inception, and the team was a fixture in the NCAA rankings over the course of 13 years. She earned her Doctor of Education from Arkansas in 2011, holds a tangible track record of her commitment to academic excellence with her teams posting a 3.30 GPA or better in each season.

All attendees have the opportunity to WIN a pair of Southwest Airlines tickets!

There are three ways to win.

1. Buy a series pass and receive one free ticket.

2. Bring balls or sports equipment* to be donated to the Tempe Elementary School District and receive one free ticket (one ticket per session maximum).

3. Buy tickets at the event at $20 for each 10-pack of tickets.

(* Playground balls, junior size basketballs, soccer balls, footballs, etc.)

Cost per session is $20 for members and college students with a valid student ID and $30 for the general public.

Women in Business Speaker Series – Session 3: “Being a Team Player and a Team Leader” with Tracy Lorenz

Rene Lyst

Tracy LorenzThe Tempe Chamber’s Women in Business Council presents a four-part speaker series that will guide participants on becoming leaders through positive transformation.

In life, your personal and professional worlds combine to become “The Big Game” and finding success in it is not always easy. These workshops align with the energy and timing of the Feb. 1 Super Bowl XLIX here in Arizona, and feature powerful speakers who inspire, educate and motivate participants to win big in life and at work.

The series takes place on Jan. 23 and 30 and Feb. 6 and 13 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Western International University, 1601 W. Fountainhead Pkwy. in Tempe. A light breakfast is provided courtesy of Chick-fil-A University at Mill.

Feb. 6 “Being a Team Player and a Team Leader”

Tracy Lorenz shows how to lead a team, and how to be a team player. Tracy is the president of Western International University. She previously served as CFO and Vice President of Strategy and Development for West, where she was responsible for maintaining the financial health of the organization and for guiding all of the operational leaders. Previously, Tracy worked at McDonald’s Corporation in International Accounting overseeing many partner relationships across the globe. She also is an endurance race enthusiast and has competed in many Ironman triathlon races.

All attendees have the opportunity to WIN a pair of Southwest Airlines tickets!

There are three ways to win.

1. Buy a series pass and receive one free ticket.

2. Bring balls or sports equipment* to be donated to the Tempe Elementary School District and receive one free ticket (one ticket per session maximum).

3. Buy tickets at the event at $20 for each 10-pack of tickets.

(* Playground balls, junior size basketballs, soccer balls, footballs, etc.)

 Cost per session is $20 for members and college students with a valid student ID and $30 for the general public.

Tempe Business Leader Mike Jennings honored as Outstanding Community Leader

Mike Jennings

Mike JenningsTempe Leadership, the non-profit leadership program through the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, is honoring Mike Jennings, local Tempe business leader and Tempe Leadership alumni, as the 2015 Outstanding Community Leader at the annual Tempe Chamber Beacon Awards at 7:30 a.m. February 26, at the Embassy Suites.

Mike, who owns and operates two Campus Corner retail stores in Tempe, has provided support and leadership to various organizations, equal to hundreds of volunteer hours in support of Tempe.  He was a part of Tempe Leadership Class 23, helping to achieve the Change for Change project that installed non-profit collection meters on Mill Avenue for donations to support homeless service agencies. Mike also served for six years as a member of the Tempe Leadership Board of Directors, where he actively participated in several committees, including Tempe Cares and Tempe Youth Leadership.  Mike continues to serve on the Tempe Youth Leadership committee and has been a huge resource for our young people.

In the community, Mike served six years on the Board of Tempe Community Council, part of that time as treasurer. As a Tempe business leader, he has participated on the Downtown Tempe Authority Board of Directors for several years and is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors for Tempe Neighbors Helping Neighbors. He is a past president, and long-time member, of Kiwanis Club of Tempe as well as serving on their board for several years.  He is an active leader/mentor for Tempe High School’s Key Club, a program supported by the Kiwanis.  Mike has also been a mentor for New Pathways for Youth.

Born in North Carolina, Mike grew up in Chicago but moved to Arizona in 199 after graduating from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He is the proud father of Tyler, a junior at McClintock High School.

Tempe Leadership is excited to honor Mike for his service to the community and to Tempe Leadership at The Beacon Awards, presented by APS. The Tempe Chamber of Commerce will host this inaugural event that celebrates excellence in commerce and the community on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Tempe from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The ceremony will also present this year’s Business Excellence Awards, The Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year and The Spirit of Tempe.

To attend the Beacon Awards where Jennings will be honored, please call 480.967.7891 or visit www.tempechamber.org.

Pat Warren to be Honored with Spirit of Tempe Award

Pat Warren

pat_warrenPat Warren will be presented with the Tempe Chamber of Commerce’s “Spirit of Tempe” Award at the 1st Annual Beacon Awards on Feb. 26 at the Embassy Suites Tempe.

The award recognizes lifetime achievements of service, dedication and contribution to the community and honors hard work and strong commitment to improving the quality of life in Tempe.

Shortly after relocating to Tempe in mid-1990s, Warren began her career at the Twin Palms hotel and was quickly promoted to General Manager. During her tenure, the hotel was a two-time finalist for the Tempe Chamber Business Excellence Award and Warren was named Tempe Chamber Business Woman of the Year in 2003.

There is little in Tempe that Warren hasn’t been a part of. She currently serves on the boards of Tempe Leadership, Tempe Tourism & Sports Authority, and is a Life Member of the Fiesta Bowl Committee.

Warren has represented Tempe on the national scene over the years by appearing on the PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer in support of electing Harry Mitchell to Congress and representing Arizona in the Ms. Senior America Pageant in Atlantic City.

“To say that Pat is involved in the community is an understatement. She throws herself into any project where she is need because she truly loves Tempe. And to top it off, she is an incredible businesswoman,” said Mary Ann Miller, President and CEO of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce.

To attend the Beacon Awards where Warren will be honored, please call 480-967-7891 or visit www.tempechamber.org.

Tempe Chamber Business After Hours

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Business After Hours

Name: Business After Hours

Date: September 24, 2014

Time: 5:30 PM -7:00 PM

Website:http://www.tempechamber.org

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Event Description:


Members of the business community come together to enjoy a night of food, drinks, conversation and network development during this casual mixer. Expect a great crowd and lots of new connections.

You’re invited to join us as we provide a fun and relaxing way for you to grow your circle and enjoy an evening among friends.

The event is free to Tempe Chamber members or $10 for the general public. 
If you’re not a member of the Tempe Chamber and would like to attend one complimentary mixer, please RSVP directly to Melody Johnson atmelody@tempechamber.org or 480-736-4284.

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Location:

Four Points by Sheraton
1333 S. Rural Rd.

Tempe, AZ

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A New Election Pledge

In just a few days, early voting for the primary elections will begin. While we can see a blessed end to the incessant politicking, right now it’s just gearing up to hit a crescendo in the fall. Come November, I will no longer come home to nine voicemail messages from robodials (do people actually listen to those things?), I won’t have to wonder how I got on an e-mail list for someone running in Sierra Vista, and my mailbox will once again be blissfully empty.

And I’m a political junkie.

Trust me, there are few people who enjoy a political and philosophical discussion more than I do. Pick a side, and I’ll take the opposite side, and through the discussion we’ll be able to flesh out our respective opinions and identify holes in arguments. But this constant attack mode is exhausting and drags everyone down in the mud. Is it any wonder that voter turnout is pitifully low?

And then there are my FaceBook “friends.” Good Lord, folks, do you teach your kids to talk that way? If you want to attach something that you support, good for you, but nothing hateful, please.

A lot has been made of the “pledge” to not raise taxes driven by Grover Norquist. I propose a new pledge for both voters and candidates:

• I pledge to believe that those who disagree with me are good people.
• I pledge to understand that someone who disagrees with me is not out to get me.
• I pledge not to judge soundbites, but to determine the full context of a statement.
• I pledge to acknowledge that just because you don’t support one candidate (or congressman or president) it doesn’t mean you like his/her opponent/predecessor.
• I pledge to show respect to the office and whoever holds it, even though I may be working the other side of an issue.
• I pledge not to say anything about a candidate that I wouldn’t want said about my mother or child.
• I pledge not to use “the other candidate started it” as an excuse for my own behavior.
• I pledge not to do anything I berated another administration or candidate for doing.
• I pledge to recognize the difference between flip-flopping and having a reasoned change of opinion based on information and experience.
• I pledge to acknowledge that compromise does not mean having everyone agree with you, and that voting with another party takes courage and is not caving.
• I pledge to realize that legislation is often so complex that there are multiple understandable reasons to oppose it.
• I pledge to prove wrong the people who say that going negative works.

I’ll be the first to sign.

Mary Ann Miller
President/CEO, Tempe Chamber of Commerce