Economic Development E-Newsletter | Oct. 30, 2019
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You're Invited: Global Entrepreneurship Week Panel Discussion on Going from Employee to Entrepreneur
The City of Chandler Economic Development Division, along with Palette Collective and the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, will celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 18-22) by hosting a panel discussion with local entrepreneurs focused on taking the plunge into business ownership and their journeys from employee to entrepreneur.

The panelists will discuss their mindset as they took the plunge into the world of being their own boss and the obstacles and pitfalls they overcame to build successful businesses. They also will share how their entrepreneurial journey evolved into elevating their own personal brands.

Event Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 21, from 5 - 7 p.m.

Location: Palette Collective, 505 S. Chandler Village Dr.

Dr. Corey Menke, founder of In Align Chiropractic Arizona
Jenny Poon, founder and CEO of CO+HOOTS
Avauntee Andrepoint, author of "The Start-Up Guide to Success and Sustainability"
Kathy Cano-Murillo, founder of The Crafty Chica

Moderator: Seth Wells, Owner & Founder of Palette Collective

Manufacturing Month 2019:
A Timeline of Tech Production in Chandler
Dating back to as early as 1967, high-tech manufacturers have chosen Chandler to house major production hubs. Decades later, approximately 23,570 Chandler employees are still actively working in the industry. To put the number in perspective, manufacturing jobs currently make up 20 percent of all jobs in Chandler. 

To commemorate this year’s Manufacturing Month, we compiled a timeline of some of Chandler’s history in the high-tech manufacturing industry.

Visit our blog to see the timeline and learn more about some of the leading manufacturers in Chandler.
Chandler Recognized as One of the Best Cities for Startups
According to a new report, Chandler is one of the best untapped cities in the U.S. for startups. Chandler ranks eighth among the 50 mid-sized cities included in the study. To create its rankings, Fundera measured each city's access to a talented labor pool, average labor cost, office space cost, average cost of living, and proximity to a larger startup ecosystem.
Chandler's Employment Corridors:
Things to Know About West Chandler
  • Home to 27,810 total jobs and more manufacturing jobs than any other Chandler employment corridor with 9,880 per MAG's Employer Database.
  • Three company locations with 1,000+ employees: Intel, Verizon and Avnet.
  • Freeway access and visibility is provided by more than 3.5 miles of frontage on Loop 202 and 2 miles of frontage on Interstate 10.
  • Opening of the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway in late 2019 will enhance the area labor pool by shortening commute times for West Valley residents.
  • Contains Stellar Airpark, a privately-owned, public use airport supported by members that include homeowners, businesses and fixed-base operators.
  • Recent development includes phase one of The Lotus Project. Completed earlier this year, the project consists of four industrial buildings totaling 470,000 square feet near Loop 202 and Kyrene Road. Isola has selected one of the buildings for its headquarters, R&D and manufacturing operations.
  • Following the leasing up of the first phase of One Chandler Corporate Center, a second building is now underway. The 117,000-square-foot, Class "A" office building will be located just west of McClintock Drive on Chandler Boulevard.
U.S. Small Business Administration to Host Veteran Resource Seminar for Arizona Veteran Entrepreneurs
The U.S. Small Business Administration invites military veterans to attend a free seminar on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 9 - 11 a.m. The event will be held at SBA's Phoenix office, 2828 N. Central Ave., Suite 800. Services and programs covered will include:

  • Starting Your Business - Business Plan Development
  • Financing Your Business
  • SBA Loan Clinics
  • Growing Your Business - Funding for Expansion
  • Contracting Opportunities
  • Counseling

Helpful Links
City Council Study Session
Nov. 4, 2019
6 p.m.
88 E. Chicago St.
Council Chambers

City Council Regular Meeting
Nov. 7, 2019
6 p.m.
88 E. Chicago St.
Council Chambers

Global Entrepreneurship Week
Panel Discussion
Nov. 21, 2019
5 - 7 p.m.
Palette Collective
505 S. Chandler Village Dr.