Friday, April 30, 2021
BASIS OV is
U.S. high schools
Chamber member BASIS Oro Valley is America’s 23rd-ranked high school, among 17,860 studied by U.S. News & World Report.
In Arizona, BASIS OV is #3, the rankings show. University High School in Tucson Unified School District is #17 nationally, and #2 in Arizona.
Schools are ranked based upon college readiness, college curriculum breadth, math and reading proficiency, math and reading performance, graduation rate and the performance of underserved students.
Topgolf offers a
discount for its
Topgolf Tucson offers Topgolf Summer Academy, helping parents make “the most of your child’s summer break.”
During June and July, five-day camps are open from 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday. Lunch is included.
“Our five-day program is packed with golf fundamentals and fun activities for kids ages 6-12,” an invitation said.
Registration is $199; however, parents who register their children by May 10 can pay $179, saving $20. Go to this website.
Topgolf Tucson is located at 4050 W. Costco Place in Marana. The phone is 520-284-5047. Here is their website.
View at 4 p.m.
Mountain View Retirement Village is hosting a lunch and learn at 4 p.m. this Saturday, May 1, at its 7900 N. La Canada campus.
Guests can enjoy a socially distanced meal, and learn more about their livestyle options at Mountain View Retirement Village. It’s “independence when you want it, assistance when you need it."
has a special
Chamber member Budget Blinds has a spring savings special -- $100 off each $500 purchase.
Some restrictions apply. The offer expires May 15.
Budget Blinds is located at 7883 N. Oracle. The phone is 520-448-2153, the website is here.
at farmers market
Summer hours have arrived at the Oro Valley Farmers Market.
Guests are invited to the Steam Pump Ranch market each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
Those hours apply to all Heirloom Farmers Markets except for the market in Green Valley, which makes the change May 5.
Heirloom operates farmers markets in Green Valley each Wednesday, at Udall Park each Friday, in Oro Valley and Rincon Valley each Saturday, and at Rillito Park each Sunday. Click here.
of multi-use path
to close for repair
A section of the multi-use path through Oro Valley Marketplace is going to be closed for repair and resurfacing May 3-June 11, according to a release from the Town of Oro Valley.
The Marketplace multi-use path will be closed to pedestrians and bicyclists along the south side of Innovation Market Drive.
In addition, 1 southbound lane on North Innovation Market Drive will be closed while the work takes place.
For information, call Fernando Redo at the Town of Oro Valley, 520-940-0154, or Mark Dickerson with contractor Tucson Asphalt, 520-991-1148.
Watch our most recent segments
of Let's Connect
Recently on Let's Connect, we've chatted with Danette Bewely, CEO of Tucson Airport Authority and Jennifer Schomburg, CEO of Oro Valley Hospital and Northwest Medical Center.
To see those, as well as previous recordings of Let's Connect, visit our YouTube page
More “Words to the Wise,” 10 phrases worth incorporating into your next video conference call. They come from Inc., via Chamber Platinum member The Arizona Daily Star / Tucson.com.
“I’m sorry, I interrupted you.” If you’re not listening, you’re probably not learning. “Say this phrase, and then shut up. Make it a real invitation for other people to talk,” Inc., writes.
“I’ve noticed that you do …. very well.” Whatever it is, find something good and truthful to say about people you’re talking with, and say it.
“I wonder how we can fix this.” No complaints, no divisions. The emphasis is on “we” and “fix.” Look together to find solutions.
Might you offer
to OV startup?
At the 2021 Bioscience Spotlight on Thursday, May 6, your Chamber announces the winner of a $10,000 prize, worth 1 year’s tenancy at the University of Arizona Center for Innovation / Oro Valley.
The winner of our Sponsored Launch competition also qualifies for in-kind services.
Chamber member attorney Scott Weible of Weible Law Firm in Oro Valley is offering some pro-bono legal services.
Would you be willing to provide something for our bioscience recipient? In particular, bookkeeping and accounting services are most welcome.
Let us know – email Dave.
are open with
Chamber member MHC Healthcare has COVID-19 vaccine ready for injection in the arms of people 18 years of age and older.
Guests need to go to the MHC website, mhchealthcare.org, and click on the link for vaccine.
County sites at
are ready for you
Pima County has appointments available for individuals seeking a COVID-19 vaccination.
Registration is required; visit the COVID-19 vaccine information page at this address to do so.
On the website, guests will find registration links, locations, hours and vaccine types at each place.
On-site registration is also available at a few locations, with possible same-day appointments dependent on vaccine availability. Those include the TCC, 260 S. Church Ave., 8-a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Morris Hall shares 2 free webinars in May
Chamber member Morris Hall PLLC, an estate planning law firm, is offering free webinars during May.
On May 4, guests can see “Taking Care of Mom.” The May 11 program is “A/B Trusts.”
To register, call 520-320-5100, or email.
Wendy Harn, Morris Hall partner and attorney, has offices at 25067 E. Vistoso Commerce Loop, Suite 150 in Oro Valley, 85755.
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.
ACA boot camps
How to Leverage a Podcast to Grow Your Business Pt. 1, Tuesday, May 4, 9 a.m. Register here.
How to Leverage a Podcast to Grow Your Business Pt., Thursday, May 6, 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.
Splendido at Rancho Vistoso
Golder Ranch Fire District
Pima Federal Credit Union
Secretary / Clerk
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!
Help us Cure the Summertime Blues by remembering to shop local!
If ever there was a year to say thanks with a gift ...
Tuesday, May 4, is National Teacher's Day.
Don't forget Mom -- Mother's Day is Sunday, May 9.
Other dates in May to remember to shop local ...
Your graduation parties!
May 16, National BBQ Day.
May 25, National Wine Day (Smiley Face!)
May 31, Memorial Day.
Keep an eye on our social media for giveaway alerts and more!
More than ever, local businesses need support during the upcoming hot season. Help us to help them! Shop local; visit shopovaz.com.
IRS, Treasury share
details of tax credits
A new tax credit is available allowing small- and mid-size employers to be reimbursed for paid sick leave and family leave induced by the pandemic.
Details of the tax credits under the American Rescue Plan have been announced by the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Treasury Department. Employers who provided such leave from April 1, 2021 through Sept. 30 of this year are eligible for the relief. Additionally, there may be relief for such leave dating back to April 1, 2020.
Chamber, businesses are
rounding up tuna / meats
to assist IMPACT of SoAz
Your Chamber, several local businesses and the company Acqua Digital Marketing Agency are conducting a canned and bagged tuna, salmon and meat drive to benefit IMPACT of Southern Arizona.
The 1-month event begins this Saturday, May 1.
Your Chamber is receiving donations at 7435 N. Oracle, Suite 107. Other participants are Brian Gard / Edward Jones, 7850 N. Silverbell, Suite 184; LA Fitness, 8850 N. Oracle and 5885 W. Arizona Pvilions; Marana Sky Dental, 12090 N. Thornydale, Suite 106; and AMG Medical Weight Loss, Wellness & Aesthetics, 6130 N. La Cholla, Suite 117.
For more information, send Imelda Pines a text at 520-784-3834.
OV tech firm ED2
enters deal to boost
5G tech offerings
Chamber member ED2, located in Oro Valley along Oracle Road, has entered a collaboration with Wilson Electronics to boost Wilson’s 5G technology offerings.
ED2 is an acknowledged leader in 5G mmWave technology. Wilson Electronics is an industry leader in cellular signal amplifier technology.
The agreement should help Wilson add 5G high band and future mid-band solutions for indoor and outdoor coverage.
“Our category of products is a core component to cellular networks as they evolve to 5G and beyond,” said Bruce Lancaster, CEO of Wilson Electronics. “5G offers a number of amazing benefits, but due to its struggles to penetrate buildings and other obstacles, cellular amplification technology is needed to make it accessible to all. We’re excited to work with ED2, which brings decades of relevant technology and engineering experience and will help us meet the unique needs of 5G and support cellular carriers as they strive to make 5G coverage ubiquitous.”
ED2 has a strong technical team building 5G mmWave products and solving engineering challenges. As the commercial cellular industry moves to higher frequencies in search of more spectrum and higher performance, the team’s capabilities are “a perfect match for the industry’s needs,” a release said. An ED2 repeater, recently certified by the Federal Communications Commission, is being trialed by mobile network operators across the globe, and will be launched under the WilsonPro brand in the near future.
“This collaboration is exactly what we were looking for as we considered going to market,” said Sergio Cardona, CEO of ED2. “ED2 has been focused on developing disruptive technology, so Wilson Electronics brings a fantastic operation, customer access and a reputation within the ecosystem that would take us years and millions of dollars to develop. From the first phone call with them, we had a great feeling, and we’re very excited to address the market with them.”
This Thursday, you won't want to miss...
… introductions to scientists Dr. Iman Daryaei and Dr. Souvenir Tachado, who are performing groundbreaking research;
… a video tour of the University of Arizona Center for Innovation / Oro Valley;
… a story about the use of a blender to aid cancer research at Roche Tissue Diagnostics;
… announcement of the recipient of $10,000 from your Chamber through the UACI / OV sponsored launch competition.
Kiwanis of Tucson, others
clean stretch of Ina Road
Members of Chamber member the Kiwanis Club of Tucson completed another successful cleanup of Ina Road on Saturday, April 10.
Eight members of the Kiwanis Club of Tucson were joined by Kiwanis Club of the Desert, Kiwanis de Amigos and the UofA Circle K International Club in cleaning the roadside from Oracle Road heading east. It took about 75 minutes this time.
“Thank you to all who showed up and volunteered,” Kiwanis said.
To read the Kiwanis Club’s newsletter, click here
Comcast RISE has
new funding round
Applications are needed by Friday, May 7
Chamber member Comcast is announcing its next round of RISE funding, a program that helps small businesses, and in particular minority-owned businesses.
Applications are being accepted through May 7. Local Black-, indigenous-, Hispanic- and Asian American-owned small businesses are especially encouraged to review the eligibility details and apply.
Comcast RISE provides recipients with technology makeovers including computer equipment, internet, voice, and cybersecurity services from Comcast Business. To learn more, and to apply, click here.
In October of 2020, the company created Comcast RISE (Representation, Investment, Strength and Empowerment) as a “deliberate and focused effort to reach out, connect with, and support thousands of small businesses over the next three years that are navigating the challenges and difficulties of the pandemic.”
Comcast RISE is part of a larger $100 million diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative Comcast announced last summer. It allocated $75 million in cash and $25 million in media over three years to fight injustice and inequality against any race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or ability.
OV Chamber joins partners in mural project at OV park
Your Chamber, in partnership with the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, Visit Tucson and the Town of Oro Valley, are cooperating on the installation of unique murals on a selected wall and public site within James D. Kriegh Park.
Specifically, 2 mural locations have been identified around the Oro Valley Aquatic Center.
A request for qualifications is open through May 10, artists would be notified by May 18, designs finalized by June 1, and installation contemplated by mid-July.
The selection committee “intends for this to be a signature Oro Valley mural,” with bright and vivid colors, and themes reflective of the community and its setting. The project is intended to “enhance the cultural environment, visual landscape and quality of life for residents and visitors” to the park, 23 W. Calle Concordia below Pusch Ridge.
Air travel ‘will come
back strong,’ TIA
leader tells group
Tucson International Airport had 3.8 million passengers on up to 62 daily flights in 2019.
Then the pandemic struck. Passenger numbers and flights tumbled. For nearly all of 2020, with much-reduced travel, “it was very much like watching a zombie movie” in the terminal, Tucson Airport Authority Chief Executive Officer Danette Bewley told a Chamber Let’s Connect gathering on Thursday.
Recovery is under way, she believes.
“We know we’re going to come back, and come back strong,” she said. “We’re a really good market,” and it’s rebounding quicker than the airlines may have expected.
TIA is seeing a flip in the ratio between business and leisure travel. With business travel reduced, Tucson is now more of a leisure destination for winter visitors and recreationists. “We still think our tourism market will be strong, and business travel will drop down,” she said.
Eight airlines – Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Sun Country and United – continue to serve TIA with 40 daily departures. TIA expects to add 4 or more flights each month toward 60 again. The popular San Diego-Tucson service is coming back.
“We’re not going to stop at 60,” she said. “We want more flights.”
To get them, the airport must be flexible and creative. It is ramping up the Nonstop for Tucson campaign with billboards, advertising and social media. It has made significant investments in passenger safety, with touchless experiences and boosted sanitation.
Above all, to get more flights, people need to buy seats.
“Please give us a shot first,” Bewley said. “If you choose to fly, fly out of Tucson. Your fares might be different, higher or lower. Look and see what’s available out of Tucson.”
The red line shows TSA screenings at TIA in 2020, compared to 2019 in gray.
TAA’s leader is grounded in flight
Aviation is in Danette Bewley’s blood.
Danette, chief executive officer of the Tucson Airport Authority, which manages Tucson International Airport and Ryan Field, grew up in San Diego, the daughter of a Navy and later commercial pilot and Eastern Airlines flight attendant.
“I don’t think I knew anything other than aviation growing up,” she told a Chamber Let’s Connect gathering on Thursday. She preferred toy jets to Barbie dolls, and is in fact a private pilot. She has degrees in business administration with an emphasis in aviation management, a master’s in management and a master’s in public administration.
Danette worked at airports in San Diego, Jacksonville, Fla., and Reno / Tahoe, Nev., before coming to Tucson in 2012. “This is where I plan to stay, and where I plan to retire,” she said.
Danette is an Oro Valley resident.
Town launches Keep
OV Beautiful, an effort
to collect litter all year
The Town of Oro Valley has launched a new program for community groups and organizations that want to participate in litter pick-up days throughout the year.
To register for Keep OV Beautiful, a group organizer can go to www.orovalleyaz.gov/keepovbeautiful and click on the yellow registration button. Group organizers are responsible for working with Town of Oro Valley staff to identify the time and location of their event, and ensuring all volunteers complete the registration process. Volunteers must attest that they have received, read and completed the Keep OV Beautiful volunteer packet.
This program provides assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, and other food service businesses impacted by COVID-19.
Register for an account in advance here starting Friday, April 30, 2021, at 9 a.m. EDT.
Applications will open on Monday, May 3, 2021, at noon ET: You can apply through SBA-recognized Point of Sale (POS) vendors or directly via SBA in a forthcoming online application portal: https://restaurants.sba.gov. Participating POS providers include Square, Toast, Clover, NCR Corporation (Aloha), and Oracle. If you are working with Square or Toast, you do not need to register beforehand.
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