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At-A-Glance is the Glendale Chamber's new
bi-weekly newsletter. In it, you will receive a snapshot of upcoming events and local news to
keep you connected with the Chamber and our members! 
Questions? Comments?
Email Gregory Walsh at gwalsh@glendaleazchamber.org

Chamber News

2014 - 1st Quarter

Your Chamber At Work

Below is a brief overview of the work that the Chamber Team has done over the first quarter of 2014. When you invest in a Chamber Membership, the investment is put to work on your behalf as a valued member. 

  • Welcomed 5 new members to our Board of Directors
  • Launched newly designed website
  • Launched a new, exclusive member benefit with the Office Depot Program, helping members to save up to 60%
  • Launched a new Government Affairs Council; a dedicated group focused on the halls of government
  • Chamber team represented Glendale at the Annual State of the State featuring Governor Jan Brewer
  • Chamber CEO participated in West Valley Chamber Alliance Meetings
  • Hosted 3 Business After Hours, engaging nearly 200 members
  • Hosted 12 Ribbon Cuttings, engaging over 175 members
  • Chamber welcomed three new team members - Director of Operations, Director of Marketing & Communication and Director of Investor Relations
  • Chamber CEO will be representing the Glendale Chamber on the General Plan Committee for Glendale; sworn in on 1/28
  • Attended Groundbreaking for NPL Construction Company, will result in 300 new jobs in Glendale
  • The Chamber team assisted over 1,500 calls and inquiries; providing referrals and information on our members and community
  • Glendale Chamber CEO and Board Members represented Glendale at "Chamber Day at the Legislature"
  • Hosted over 24 committee and council meetings, engaging over 300 members in our program of work
  • Hosted 63rd Annual Dinner & State of the City Address with over 300 in attendance
  • Launched new Chamber Magazine (quarterly publication with a robust distribution plan)
  • Chamber CEO served on the City of Glendale Economic Development Department hiring committee
  • Hosted Chamber Day at Camelback Ranch with a sell-out event
  • Chamber team toured Cerreta Candy Company
  • Chamber CEO presented at Glendale Rotary on behalf of the Chamber
  • Launched Coffee & Connections, welcoming over 100 members
  • Chamber team attended Loop 101 & Maryland Parkway HOV Dedication
  • Mailed nearly 40 relocation packets to those considering moving to Glendale
  • Partnered with Chamber Discoveries to offer members a once in a lifetime travel experience
  • Chamber attends bi-weekly Luke Air Force Base Newcomer Orientations handing out information on Glendale and our members
  • Chamber team attended Wildlife World Zoo & Safari Park Dedication
  • Chamber hosted more than 13 Sunshine Breakfast Club events, engaging over 200 members with referrals and business leads
  • New Member benefits were added and refined to ensure increased ROI for our existing and future members
  • Chamber team worked to streamline in office procedures in order to better serve our existing and future members
  • Chamber hosted 3 First Friday networking breakfasts, engaging over 75 members with referrals and new business leads
  • Welcomed 39 new members to the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, a 46% increase from 1st quarter 2013
  • Implemented a new retention strategy to better connect with our members, increased retention of dropped members by 37% from 1st quarter 2013
  • Welcomed 3  new Chairman's Circle Investors
  • Worked to implement a Members First approach into everything we do at the Glendale Chamber of Commerce

While these are just a few of the highlights from the 1st quarter in 2014, know that your dedicated team of professionals at the Glendale Chamber are working each and every day to ensure we exceed our member's expectations.

Business After Hours

Thursday, April 17, 2014
5:00 to 7:00 pm
Dillon's Arrowhead, 20585 N. 59th Avenue, Glendale
Join the Glendale Chamber of Commerce and Dillon's Arrowhead for our April Business After Hours.


Business After Hours is the place for business professionals to come together to grow their network and their business by sharing contacts, referrals and ideas.

Complimentary for Chamber Member and $25 for Future Members. Register Online Today!

Deadline For Chamber Magazine Extended One Week

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Did your business miss out on the opportunity to be a part of the inaugural Glendale Community Information & Business Directory? If so, you can showcase your business in our summer edition, but you must act by the April 22, 2014 deadline! Partner with the Glendale Chamber to help boost your business and enrich our community!

The Chamber, along with Apple Publishing, LLC; a Daisy Company, have joined together to produce this quarterly publication that will feature articles regarding quality of life, education, medical, entertainment, recreation and more.

This new member resource will prove to become a beneficial tool in connecting our members to each other as well as a way to promote the business membership and the community of Glendale. This new market publication will welcome and connect new residents and businesses and quickly become the 'go-to' publication for Chamber members and Glendale.


Click Here for detailed information on how your business can take advantage of this great new marketing opportunity.

Office Space For Rent

Prime office space with second floor view of beautiful, historic Downtown Glendale.  Approximately 143 sq. ft. situated within the Glendale Chamber of Commerce at 5800 W. Glenn Drive, monthly rental fee of $450 includes utilities, general maintenance, cleaning service, built-in desk, access to conference rooms and more.  
Requires a minimum one year lease, if interested or for more info please contact Jim Peyton at

Discover Spain's Costa del Sol

Savings Deadline: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Glendale Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Chamber Discoveries to bring our members a once in a lifetime opportunity!


On November 11, 2014, Chamber Members will cast off on an exciting 9-day journey to Spain for only $2,399.00 per person (if registered by April 30, 2014).


Trip Highlights:

  • Round trip scheduled airfare
  • Round trip transfers between airports and hotels
  • Personal airport VIP greeting and check-in service
  • Pre-departure orientation and travel documents
  • 7 nights first class accommodations
  • Includes breakfast daily and 5 dinners
  • Discovery Program Guide
  • Full day tour of Seville
  • Tour of Ronda
Click Here for more information on this amazing trip.

Official Statement on Sales Tax

On April 9, 2014 the Glendale Chamber of Commerce released an official statement to the Mayor, Vice Mayor, City Council and City Manager regarding our opposition of the continued Sales Tax for the City of Glendale.  


Along with the release of the statement to our city leaders, the Chamber released a survey to hear from you, our members on how your business has been impacted related to the current sales tax increase that went into effect in 2012, continued impact to your business if the 'sunset clause' was removed and more.  


If you have not yet submitted your thoughts, please take a moment and send us your thoughts to rheidt@glendaleazchamber.org.

Member News

FASTSIGNS´┐Ż Named One of the Top Centers in the Country 


Local signs and graphics provider FASTSIGNS of Glendale was named one of the top centers out of more than 500 locations at the 2014 FASTSIGNS Convention, which was recently held in Anaheim, Calif.


The locally owned and operated business received the Pinnacle Club Award, which is given to the centers ranked 26 to 125 in the U.S. and Canada for sales volume from the previous year.


"My team and I are so proud to be recognized for our outstanding sales performance with the Pinnacle Club Award this year," said Deborah Campbell, owner of FASTSIGNS of Glendale. "This award commends all of the hard work, excellent customer service and innovative thinking that our entire team provides every day."


Located at 6008 W. Bell Road, the center provides a wide range of comprehensive visual communications solutions, including wall, window and floor graphics, architectural signs, tradeshow displays, wayfinding solutions, vehicle wraps, digital signs and more. Campbell says she will continue to grow her business by providing clients with the most cutting-edge products and services to reach their goals and stand out in their competitive markets.  


FASTSIGNS of Glendale has been doing business in the area for over 20 years. "The continued support of our customers is one of the biggest reasons we received this award," said Campbell. "We look forward to continue serving local businesses and making 2014 another great year." 


Connect with FASTSIGNS of Glendale on Facebook.

APS Solutions for Business
2014 Program Update

The APS Solutions for Business program has received approval to provide customers up to $19 million in energy efficiency rebates for the 2014 program year. These rebates can help pay for the upfront cost of energy efficiency projects and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. With the first quarter of 2014 coming to an end, Solutions for Business customers have already applied for $6 million in rebates. 


What do you need to do to take full advantage of the Solutions for Business program in 2014?

  • Submit your pre-application or final application for energy efficiency projects you have already started as soon possible to utilize 2014 funding. Or, if you want to learn more about the program and how to start your energy-saving project, go to aps.com/businessrebates
  • Visit the office for their NEW open office hours between 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday, or email your paperwork and they will help with the application process. 
  • Learn more about energy efficiency by signing up for Solutions for Business technical training classes.  .

Find a listing of all of the 2014 rebates on our Quick Look flyer, then download a 2014 application and submit your energy efficiency project today. The Quick Look Solutions for Business program overview is also attached for your convenience.


Contact the APS Solutions for Business program team at 866 277 5605 or aps.solutionsforbusiness@dnvgl.com for additional information.


Visit us online at aps.com/businessrebates.

Cucina Tagliani Named To ABC 15's A-List: Best In Valley

Kelly Sample

Congratulations to Cucina Tagliani, celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2013, as they were named #4 on ABC 15's A-List: Best Pasta In The Valley. 


With locations in Peoria and Glendale to enjoy their ziti, lasagna, manicotti, seafood and other Italian entrees. 


For more information, visit their website


BIEN Adds Glendale Chamber of Commerce As Partner

"BIEN" means "good" or "right" in Spanish and French. It is also an acronym for "Building an International Economic Network." The purpose of the BIEN site is to create a business-to-business e-platform to connect individual businesses across international boundaries. Businesses in Arizona, Mexico and Canada can directly connect with each other in order to partner and grow their businesses. By providing information about your products and services, other businesses can see what you offer and find ways to collaborate in mutually-beneficial partnerships.


The success of BIEN relies on collaboration and increasing the universe of users.The partners listed on this page, including the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, have committed to supporting the efforts of BIEN through web links, word-of-mouth promotion, and other communication methods.


View all BIEN Sponsors, including the Glendale Chamber of Commerce here.


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced the Peoria Unified School District's Governing Board as the recipient of the 26th annual Kennedy Center Alliance for the Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) and National School Boards Association (NSBA) Award. The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, was presented Monday at the National School Boards Association's Annual Conference in New Orleans.


Since 1989, this prestigious national award has recognized individual school boards for their outstanding support of arts education. Each year, a national review panel selects the first place school district from a pool of nominees selected by State Alliances for Arts Education and State School Boards Associations. School districts selected for this national honor must demonstrate support for all four core disciplines in arts education programs: visual arts, music, theater and dance. Instruction and programming must be available for all students throughout the district.


Peoria Unified was chosen from nominees around the country for the district's support of high-quality arts education and clear, demonstrated commitment to teaching and learning through the arts. The Governing Board actively promoted the district's arts programs and established arts integration in Title 1 schools and continued to offer diverse and practical arts courses for the district's students at every grade level despite budget cuts. The Board also sought out partnerships with local, state and national arts organizations to increase arts opportunities for students. The Governing Board's messaging and focus on the education of the whole child testify to the ongoing goal of arts education for all students.
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