This virtual event will highlight life-changing developments at Roche Tissue Diagnostics, the new University of Arizona Center for Innovation / Oro Valley, and introduce the recipient of your Chamber's $10,000 sponsored launch competition for a bioscience start-up.
Friday, April 2, 2021
For the latest happenings at Tucson International Airport, click here.
Elisa Ross new
VP for marketing,
sales, service at
Elisa Ross is the new vice president for marketing, sales and service at Chamber Silver member Hughes Federal Credit Union, the company has announced.
Ross is a 10-year VP of sales and services at Hughes. She plans to use her skills and experience to develop strategies, objectives and marketing communications programs to grow membership, and to broaden relationships with business and community partners, a release said.
Established in 1952, Hughes Federal Credit Union is a local, full-service financial institution with more than 150,000 members and $1.7 billion in assets.
state spell bee
A student at Chamber member BASIS Oro Valley has won the 2021 Arizona Spelling Bee, topping a field of more than 90,000 students.
Eighth-grade student Tanish Doshi now represents Arizona in the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Preliminary rounds are remote, then Scripps invites the top 10 to the national finals in Florida, which are telecast on ESPN.
Tanish correctly spelled the word “cadre” in the 25th round of the state contest, hosted by the Arizona Educational Foundation.
He is the first Pima County winner in the 20-year history of the event.
More ‘words to
the wise’ for
More “Words to the Wise” from Inc., which shared 10 phrases worth incorporating into your next video conference call. Chamber member The Arizona Daily Star / Tucson.com shared the tips.
4 – “How can I help?” Most people are wired to be grateful to those who offer legitimate help. It’s better than “Let me know if I can help.”
5 – “Please / thank you.” If you don’t habitually use the words “please” and “thank you,” start doing so. Politeness costs literally nothing, but these words engender positive reactions.
6 – “You’re welcome.” Not “no problem,” or “yep.” Saying “you’re welcome” drives home that you agree that you’ve done something worthy of thanks, and that you did so because the person for whom you did the favor is worth it, too.
Wells Fargo is
back, Ina / Oracle
After months of closure, the Wells Fargo Bank branch at Oracle and Ina reopened for business Thursday, April 1.
It is a full-service branch on the southeast corner of Ina and Oracle, in the Safeway shopping center.
Jennifer Stingley is the branch manager. The location is 7080 N. Oracle, the phone 520-792-5013.
OV Optimists get
ready for annual
The Oro Valley Optimist Club is getting ready for its annual Scramble for Youth golf fund-raiser, to be played May 1 at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain.
Optimists are seeking players, sponsorships and silent auction items. All proceeds go to the programs it supports, among them Dispose-A Med, Camp Fury, Project Graduation, Police Explorers and more.
deadline to 5/31
The federal Small Business Administration has formally announced an extension for applications to receive second-round Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans.
PPP loans are now available through May 31.
“Second draw” loans are made to eligible borrowers who can qualify for full loan forgiveness if their employee numbers and compensation levels are consistent with “first draw” PPP loans, and proceeds are spent on payroll costs and other eligible expenses.
Book Shoppe Too sets 4/5 reopening
Book Shoppe Too, the used book store operated by Chamber member the Friends of the Oro Valley Public Library, is about to re-open for business.
A sign indicates opening this Monday, April 5.
The shop is located on the southwest corner of Lambert and La Canada in Oro Valley. The address is 10355 N. La Canada, #173. The phone is (520) 308-5347.
Chamber member Senior HomeCare of Tucson is hiring a client care coordinator and scheduler.
The part-time client care coordinator position requires professionalism, excellent customer service skills, punctuality, reliability and friendliness. Office hours are flexible.
Senior HomeCare of Tucson is a locally owned and operated private in-home care agency. Please apply here and click on careers. Indicate you are applying for Client Care Coordinator position on the application.
St. Mark's United Methodist Church
St. Mark's is seeking a new Facilities Maintenance Coordinator.
The selected individual will be responsible for opening and inspecting the campus Monday through Friday and providing maintenance services for the church and preschool buildings.
A complete job listing is available here or contact Ruth Kessler in the church office 520-297-2062.
Chamber member zpizza, La Canada and Naranja in Oro Valley, needs cooks.
Experience helps. Pay is competitive.
Chamber member The Arizona Sands Club has a number of openings in its operation at the Arizona Stadium Club, located above the north end zone at Arizona Stadium.
Those postings include a line cook, an executive sous chef, a front of the house supervisor, an administrative assistant, a banquet server, a cook, host staff, a bar tender and a server.
The Arizona Sands Club is operated by ClubCorp, which also operates the Oro Valley Country Club. For information, click here.
Chamber member SleepMatters, a unique sleep apnea management practice, is looking for a dynamic individual to join its team as front office coordinator.
Medical front office and billing experience required. Strong computer and customer service skills are needed, as well as the ability to work in a team-oriented office.
Hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Copper member Splendido at Rancho Vistoso has an opening on its sales team.
Join Splendido, and “you get to show off a luxury, senior living community with new homes nestled in the Santa Catalina Mountains!” an ad said. Apply here
Splendido at Rancho Vistoso is seeking restaurant staff, housekeepers, and other team members. Find part-time and full-time positions here. Questions? Call 520-878-2608.
ACA boot camps
No-Cost Small Business Support Programs, Tuesday, April 6, 9 a.m. Register here.
How to Start Your Small Business in Arizona, Thursday, April 8, 9 a.m. Register here.
Have you visited ShopOVAZ.com, our growing compilation of Oro Valley businesses? Check it out. You’ll find direct access to more than 310 – and growing – Oro Valley businesses.
To get your business on the site, please email information to Anstar Productions or click on the “Get Listed” button at the upper right of the menu on the website.
Check out this year's Map & Guide. Click below!
Splendido at Rancho Vistoso
Golder Ranch Fire District
Secretary / Clerk
Pima Federal Credit Union
Picture Rocks Cooling,
Heating and Plumbing
Canyon Community Bank
Cindy Webb Hanson
OneAZ Credit Union
Roche Tissue Diagnostics
Robert Ramirez CPA
El Conquistador Tucson,
A Hilton Resort
Oro Valley Country Club
Town of Oro Valley
Thanks to our
The Arizona Daily Star / Tucson.com
El Conquistador Tucson, A Hilton Resort
Pima Federal Credit Union
Roche Tissue Diagnostics
Hughes Federal Credit Union
Tucson Local Media
Casa de la Luz
Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment
Golder Ranch Fire District
OneAZ Credit Union
Pima Community College
Splendido at Rancho Vistoso
Tucson Federal Credit Union
The Tucson Roadrunners
Vantage West Credit Union
Wendy Wise / State Farm
Interested in becoming a Corporate Member? Email Kristen for more information!
This Monday, county
lifts vaccine eligibility to 16-plus at 4 points
This Monday, April 5, Pima County will expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to anybody 16 and older at its 3 large vaccination sites – Banner South Kino Stadium, Tucson Medical Center and the Tucson Convention Center – and a new 4th site at El Pueblo Center.
Registration at the county-operated sites is open at 8 a.m. Monday.
The change in guidance aligns the county with the March 24 state decision to open vaccine eligibility at its sites to all residents 16 and older. At that time, the county continued to vaccinate people 55 and older, anybody with high-risk medical conditions, and essential workers.
"We have made great progress in vaccinating those groups and are continuing our efforts to ensure that vulnerable and at-risk populations have access to the vaccine as well," said Dr. Theresa Cullen, the Pima County Health Department director. "With vaccine availability increasing in the county, it's the right time to expand and have the same eligibility requirements no matter where you want to get your shot."
Pima County had set a goal of 300,000 vaccinations by the end of March. When the month ended, more than 472,000 doses had been delivered in the county.
The county is adding a smaller point of distribution at El Pueblo Center, 101 W. Irvington Road, starting Monday. That is a walk-in POD with on-site registration. In addition, on-site registration also is available at the Tucson Convention Center.
While there are no more restrictions on eligibility other than age, only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for 16- and 17-year-olds. Pfizer is available at the state-run site on the University of Arizona campus, at Banner-South, and potentially at local pharmacies.
Those under 18 who are getting vaccinated need a parent or legal guardian with them to complete the consent forms. The only exception is if an accompanying adult brings a notarized letter stating that the parent allows the accompanying adult to complete the consent forms.
For all registration options in Pima County, visit the COVID-19 vaccine information page at www.pima.gov/covid19vaccine. For questions about registration or help with the registration process, call the Pima County Health Department’s registration support line at 520-222-0119, Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Oro Valley Mayor Joe Winfield and Dr. Y. Haroon Ahmad cut the ribbon recently at Arizona Blood & Cancer Specialists, Lambert and La Canada in Oro Valley.
Photo by Kristen Sharp
Ribbon flies at new Oro
Valley office for Arizona
Blood & Cancer Specialists
A crowd of more than 30 joined Drs. Y. Haroon Ahmad and Sivamurthy Kyathari and their staff in celebrating the opening of Arizona Blood & Cancer Specialists’ new Oro Valley location at Lambert and La Canada.
The business, with experienced providers using state-of-the-art facilities and technology to treat patients with all types of cancer and blood disorders, is located in half the former CVS Pharmacy / Big Five Sporting Goods building on the southeast corner of Lambert and La Canada. TMC One plans to occupy the remaining space.
Arizona Blood & Cancer Specialists chose to open a location in Oro Valley so it can provide “personalized treatments and compassionate care.” It is well-located between the 2 major hospitals, Oro Valley Hospital and Northwest Medical Center.
“Our practice is built on a foundation of clinical excellence and compassionate support,” a release said. “We offer a place of comfort where our patients feel welcome and safe. Providing compassionate care isn’t just our job; it’s at the very core of who we are and what our patients deserve.”
Both Drs. Ahmad and Kyathari are medical oncologists and hematologists.
Mayor Joe Winfield officiated the event, with council members Tim Bohen and Dr. Harry “Mo” Greene II, Chief of Police Kara Riley and economic development specialist Margie Adler representing the town.
“Health and wellness is important to the residents of the Town of Oro Valley,” Mayor Winfield said in welcoming the business.
Dr. Ahmad thanked the audience. He said Arizona Blood & Cancer Specialists has 5 offices in greater Tucson, to include a state-of-the-art radiation facility and other technology that allows rapid diagnosis and treatment of disease.
“There’s a reason I didn’t go into surgery,” Dr. Ahmad quipped as he deployed the big scissors on the red ribbon.
Casa de la Luz ‘Focus
On Caring’ series offers expertise and continuing education
Chamber Copper member Casa de la Luz is offering up to 6 continuing education units through its Focus on Caring series. Registration is open now at http://bit.ly/2021CEU. Registration is required.
The offerings are:
Hospice 101, presented by Marianne Schloss, M.Div., RN, 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 13;
End of Life Care, presented by David Fife, M.Div., and Jommel Fischer, BSN, RN, 11 a.m. Thursday, April 15;
Dementia: The Struggle is Real, presented by Rebecca Powell, MD, HMDC, and Piper Frithsen, M. Admin, 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 20;
Pain Management, presented by Diane Deutsch, MSN, RN, OCN, WCC, 11 a.m. Thursday, April 22.
Credits come from the Arizona Board of Examiners of Nursing Care Institution Administrators and Assisted Living Facility Managers.
Golder Ranch names
Robb its deputy chief
Scott Robb has been appointed deputy chief of the Golder Ranch Fire District, Chief Randy Karrer has announced. The promotion is effective immediately.
Scott Robb started his career as a reserve firefighter in 1999 with the City of South Tucson and Golder Ranch Fire District. In July of 2001, Robb was able to secure a full-time position with Golder Ranch Fire District, where he steadily moved up through the ranks. Most recently, he was a deputy chief at GRFD.
He graduated from Grand Canyon University in October 2013 and “continually seeks conventional and unconventional ways to broaden his horizons,” a release said.
“Chief Robb’s leadership style is one of empowerment and innovation and that’s what our growing organization needs,” Karrer said.
Chief Robb has a passion for family, physical fitness, mental wellness and self-improvement. One of his favorite aspects of serving in a leadership role is developing those around him so that they can realize their full potential.
GRFD is a Copper-level member of your Chamber.
Continuing education credits can be earned through Home Care Assistance of Tucson
Chamber member Home Care Assistance of Tucson is offering a free virtual continuing education event from 2:45 to 5:15 p.m. Thursday, April 22, via Zoom.
“Creating Joy and Purposeful Living with Dementia: A Unique Blend of Theater and Education” is a private event for nurses, social workers, counselors and case managers. There will be fun door prizes, 2 credit hours and the opportunity for connection.
Featured presenters are actor Carolyn Cook, a care partner for her mom who has dementia; Anne McSweeney, LCSW, with CEU Creations; and Dr. Shadi Gholizadeh, PhD, MPH, Msc, Home Care Assistance.
“Don’t miss this innovative CE training which features a unique 1-act play on dementia followed by engaging discussions on creating purposeful living,” a release said.
With business picking up, Simpleview has numerous open jobs
Chamber member Simpleview has a number of open positions as its business picks up.
Jacquelyn Jones, director of human resources, said “we are getting busy, a big difference from just a year ago.”
The company, headquartered in Oro Valley, offers “the rare combination of an established company with the energy and opportunities of a start-up,” it said. It is a world leader in solutions for destination marketing organizations because “we’re always doing something new and our solutions are smart, hard-working and reliable. If you are, too, we should talk.”
New Supervisor Rex Scott shares his initial experiences with us on ‘Let’s Connect’
Newly seated Pima County District 1 Supervisor Rex Scott shared his early impressions of county government and service with a “Let’s Connect” audience of Chamber members last week.
The biggest surprise in 2-1/2 months? Scott said it’s the difference between an issues-oriented campaign “and the actual day-to-day work of constituent services.” Such work is where “the abundance of our time” goes, helping individual citizens find the right department to address their questions and needs.
The biggest revelation? It’s the quality of people who work for county government.
“As long as I’ve lived in Pima County, 30 years now,” the attitude I heard expressed about county government” by citizens is 2-fold – either they have “no idea” what the county does, or “what I do know, I’m not happy about,” Scott said.
“I have been extraordinarily impressed, and so have our staff, with what we have learned about the knowledge, the dedication, the responsiveness, the commitment to constituent service, by every member of every county department we have interacted with,” Scott said.
In a 1-hour conversation, Rex talked about adding $50 million to next fiscal year’s county roads budget; inclusion of $10 million in next fiscal year’s budget to provide scholarships for quality early childhood education for low-income families; and the impacts of the pandemic, among several subjects.
The pandemic has not passed, he said. ”We cannot let our guard down,” Scott said. “We cannot let pandemic fatigue govern our actions.”
Scott believes Americans would have dealt with “a lot fewer cases, a lot fewer deaths” from the coronavirus had “elected officials done more in the beginning.”
That said, Scott wishes the nation had worked quickly to put in place needed safeguards to get kids back in school.
“We should have moved quicker, as a nation, as a world, to reopen schools,” said Scott, a career educator whose wife and daughter are both elementary school teachers. Next to the elderly, kids have endured negative effect. “The impact on children of this year of lost learning is significant.”
Tucson ID’d as a top
investment market for
commercial real estate
Greater Tucson has been identified as a “secondary metro” that will be among the top investment markets in the country this year, according to the National Association of Realtors.
The organization has released its list of the top 10 commercial real estate markets for 2021, highlighting the markets that are expected to outperform the nation.
NAR’s selects the markets based on economic, demographic, housing and commercial market conditions in the multifamily, office, industrial, retail and hotel property sectors. This year, the list includes Austin-Round Rock, Texas; Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla.; Charleston-North Charleston, S.C.; Las Vegas- Henderson-Paradise, Nev.; Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tenn.; Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale; Raleigh, N.C.; Salt Lake City; and Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash.
Affordability is the biggest draw of these markets, a release said. Each has lower office and housing costs, which help to attract population growth and corporate migration. However, activity in these markets will vary based on property sector. Lodging, resorts and retail REITs are among those that are hardest hit by the pandemic, while data centers, cell towers and industrial and logistics facilities have seen a surge in demand.
Multifamily, industrial and retail sectors are expected to drive recovery and commercial real estate activity, according to Gay Cororaton, NAR’s senior economist and director of housing and commercial research.
OV Chamber seeks
The Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce has an immediate opening for a motivated, collegial Business Development Director who wants to help Chamber members thrive.
The business development director is responsible for recruiting new members, and retaining existing members by identifying their needs and helping them solve challenges. The ideal candidate becomes a real resource to members, effectively building, maintaining and strengthening relationships by serving current and potential members. Sponsorship and events-related sales are also part of the position.
This is a base-plus-commission position with bonusing opportunities.
Interested? Email a resume and cover letter to Dave Perry, president / CEO, at email@example.com, or by USPS to 7435 N. Oracle, Suite 107, Oro Valley, Az., 85704. You can stop by, too!
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