Friday, Oct. 8, 2021
Ribbons to fly
Please join us at these October ribbon cuttings. Ribbon cuttings are free, and all are welcome!
Tuesday, Oct. 19 – TreadLogic, the Chamber member mobile tire service business, celebrates its beginnings at 4 p.m. that Tuesday, hosted at Firetruck Brewing Company, 9630 N. Oracle Rd.
Thursday, Oct. 21 – The Landing, a new Chamber member and Oro Valley restaurant featuring fish, chicken, tacos, bowls, beer, sandwiches and more, 4 p.m. that Thursday, 8195 N. Oracle Rd.
Do join us!
Pusch Ridge 9
event Oct. 30
As they prepare for the reopening of the Pusch Ridge 9 golf course in Oro Valley, Friends of Pusch Ridge Golf are hosting a pre-opening golf event that Saturday, Oct. 30.
It’s already sold out – in fact, 2 golf scrambles and a luncheon filled within 27 hours.
The day, with golfers and a luncheon, is intended to reintroduce people to the course surrounding Chamber Gold member El Conquistador Tucson, A Hilton Resort.
“Our strategy is to demonstrate that this little course can be a value to local businesses,” said Friends’ leader Tony D’Angelo. Men’s, women’s and mixed couples leagues are forming. And Friends of Pusch Ridge Golf now count more than 500 members. “There is clearly renewed interest in a ‘Fun, Fast and Affordable’ nine-hole golf experience in Oro Valley,” he added.
Chamber members who’d like to show their support for the Pusch Ridge 9 can click here.
Chamber member Weible Law Firm offers a no-cost initial consultation and a $150 discount on legal fees with an ad.
The latter offer expires Oct. 31.
Scott A. Weible, attorney, has offices in Oro Valley and Tucson. He specializes in wills, estate planning and probate, real estate, business law, bankruptcy, divorce and family law.
The phone is 520-477-9960, the website.
To rev up sales,
for your staff
If you want to make more sales, you have to motivate your team to do so. Here are some ways to incentivize great work, from Chamber Gold member Acacia IT.
1 – Raffle prizes. Sales people receive raffle tickets for every sale or objective they reach, then at month’s end you hold a raffle for prizes;
2 – Sales Madness. Set up a bracket for your sales staff. Whoever has the most sales at the end of a set window moves onto the next round.
3 – Conversion contest. Distribute new leads evenly, and reward the person who converts the most sales.
4 – A slump-buster contest. When business is slow, challenge your team to contact former or existing customers to sell repeat or upgraded products.
The Pinal County Historical Museum celebrates Dia de Los Muertos on Sunday, Oct. 31, from noon to 4 p.m. in Florence.
The Chamber member invites everyone to its museum, 715 South Main in Florence, to dance to Mariachi Luz de Luna, enjoy folklorico dance, and hear from special guest Zarco Guerrero. Zarco will tell the story of Dia de Los Muertos through 6 characters.
There will be hands-on activities for the whole family. Guests can make shoebox ofrendas (altars), traditional Mexican paper flowers, candle wrappers, masks, rock art, pottery puzzles and more.
Tickets are $10 for adults. Admission is free for people 18 and under. To buy ahead, call 520-868-4382, or go to click here
MEND has new
Chamber member MEND Therapeutic Massage and Wellness has new client specials through Oct. 31.
New guests can enjoy specially priced massages and essential facials.
MEND is located in Catalina Plaza, 15920 N. Oracle, Suite 170, in the community of Catalina. The website is here, the phone 520-771-1514.
DES has resumed
charging for initial
The Arizona Department of Economic Security has resumed charging employers’ experience rating accounts for initial claims for unemployment insurance dated on or after Sept. 5, 2021.
For initial claims with an effective date prior to Sept. 5, employers will not be charged for the duration of the claim, in accordance with Arizona law, a release said.
Since March 8, 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated, DES has not charged unemployment benefits to employers’ experience rating accounts. That flexibility, provided by law, is required to be time-limited, “only as needed to address the pandemic,” a release said.
Employers with questions may contact the Unemployment Insurance Tax Office at 602-771-6606.
Soss & Associates
has a bond offer
that’s fully automated
Need a bond?
New Chamber member Soss & Associates, Inc. Insurance and Financial Services has a new program offering bonds in every state. The process is fully automated; click here to get started.
The program includes, but is not limited to, contractor bonds, probate bonds and more.
Soss & Associates, Inc. located at 1822 E. Innovation Park Drive in Oro Valley, is an independent insurance agency representing multiple highly rated insurance companies. Don Soss also sits on the board of Chamber member Treasures 4 Teachers of Tucson and has made Soss & Associates an official donation drop location for this local charity supporting our teachers.
You can be part
of Centre Stage’s
Chamber member Centre Stage Dance Studio hosts a Halloween event on Friday, Oct. 29, featuring a Halloween TikTok music video followed by a Monster Mash of games, snacks and music.
It’s free for the family.
Recording of the TikTok video runs from 5 to 6 p.m., with the Monster Mash from 6 to 8 p.m.
Your business can be part of the evening; CEO Tylene Nichols invites businesses to set up a table with a Halloween game or activity during the party.
To reserve your space, contact Tylene at 520-498-0093, or email at here. Centre Stage is located at Lambert and La Canada in Oro Valley.
Donate those old
cars to Goodwill
Put those old wheels to work – donate your vehicle to Chamber member Goodwill Southern Arizona.
Donation is easy. It’s tax-deductible, and the towing is free.
By donating your vehicle, “Goodwill can help someone in your community get back in their feet.”
Virtual Career Fair
set for 10/20-27
Platinum member The Arizona Daily Star / Tucson.com hosts a Virtual Career Fair the week of Oct. 20-27.
It’s the easiest and most cost-efficient way to connect job seekers with employers, an advertisement said. Businesses can promote their brand, showcase their openings, and conduct video chats and interviews with candidates.
For more information, or to reserve a booth, click here, or contact Denise Tellez – 520-820-2336, or by email.
Tee it up for
T4T on Nov. 6
Chamber member Treasures 4 Teachers presents its 4th annual golf fund-raiser, Tee Up 4 Teachers, on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Omni Tucson National Resort.
Sign up to play before Oct. 1, and get the early-bird special at $125 per player. It’s $150 after Oct. 1. All teachers, military and first responders get the early-bird rate.
You can be a sponsor, too. Contact Adrienne Ledford here, or go to T4Teachers.org. The mailing address is T4T of Tucson, Box 91144, Tucson, 85752.
Treasures 4 Teachers of Tucson provides educators with hands-on interactive learning materials for use in their classrooms through donated and re-purposed items.
The SAHBA Home & Garden Show is on the calendar for Oct. 29-31 at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church in Tucson.
Billed as “The Best Home Show Ever Built,” parking is free. Show hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. that Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
For information, call 520-795-3025, or click here.
Your Chamber's Annual Report is out in hard copy, and exists digitally. Click on the image above to
read all about it!
ACA boot camps
Techniques to Reduce Stress & Burnout, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. Register here.
End the Year Strong: Top 5 Tactics to End the Year in High Gear, Thursday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m. Register here.
Low Budget & Guerilla Marketing Techniques, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. Register here.
Small Business PPP Loan Forgiveness, Thursday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m. Register here.
Splendido at Rancho Vistoso
Golder Ranch Fire District
Pima Federal Credit Union
Secretary / Clerk
Picture Rocks Cooling,
Heating and Plumbing
Canyon Community Bank
The Post Workspaces
Roche Tissue Diagnostics
Robert Ramirez CPA
El Conquistador Tucson,
A Hilton Resort
Oro Valley Country Club
Commerce Bank of Arizona
Town of Oro Valley
Grow network at
Pima Federal HQ,
5-7 Thurs., 10/14
A lovely, Chamber of Commerce-quality evening is in the forecast this Thursday, Oct. 14, when we gather for an outdoor customer development event at the corporate center for Chamber Diamond member Pima Federal Credit Union.
This networking event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday on the plaza at Pima Federal, 6850 N. Oracle. It’s on the east side of Oracle Road south of Ina.
Along with fine company, guests can enjoy a bbq sandwich (pulled pork, chicken, or brisket), a side of their choice (bbq beans, potato salad, coleslaw, or mac & cheese), and a bag of chips from the Dickey's BBQ food truck, as well as assorted beverages.
Chamber customer development events are $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Please click here to purchase your ticket.
Richard Underwood, a founding Chamber member and major longtime supporter who grew AAA Landscape into a significant Southern Arizona business, died Sunday, Oct. 3, in Oro Valley.
He was 75.
A memorial service and celebration of life for Richard is planned for 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene, 500 W. Calle Concordia, Oro Valley, 85704. The service will be livestreamed at here.
Richard was born in Hot Springs, Ark., grew up in Holbrook, Az., and wrestled at his beloved University of Arizona. He was a rodeo cowboy as a young man, and a bicyclist and avid scuba diver as an adult.
Richard joined AAA Landscape in 1975 at the request of his brother Bob. “I came to help and never left,” he said. The brothers grew AAA into one of the largest landscape companies in the U.S.
Richard was an influential member of many community and business organizations, and had a keen interest in local politics and government. He always inquired about the state of business and government in Oro Valley and beyond, and regularly weighed in with opinions of and support for issues near and dear to him.
Richard chaired the Chamber board of directors in 1997. The Chamber struggled financially in those days, and Richard rallied financial and membership support to keep it going. AAA Landscape was a large Chamber financial sponsor, and AAA Landscape was named the Chamber’s outstanding large business in 2005.
He was a founding member of Canyon Community Bank. Richard created and helped the Chamber operate the Great Pumpkin Ride, a cycling event that preceded El Tour every year. And you might remember him performing at the Chamber’s “Dancing with the Stars” event, 1 of the first major events at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain.
Gifts in Richard’s memory may be made to Richard’s Legacy Projects at OVDN, and specifically the “Decade to Make a Difference Sports Complex” or “OVCN Columbarium.”
Jeff and Laura Laird, franchise owners of Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade in Oro Valley, cut the ribbon Thursday with a large and appreciative crowd of Chamber members, employees and town officials, to include Mayor Joe Winfield, Councilwoman Joyce Jones-Ivey and Chief of Police Kara Riley.
Photo by Kristen Sharp
Joyous crowd helps
Wow Wow cut ribbon
On a warm October afternoon, more than 30 guests turned out for the grand opening celebration of Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade, a new business located in Oro Valley’s Oracle Crossings.
They got a cold lemonade treat for their time.
“We couldn’t feel more welcome in a community,” said Jeff Laird, who owns the business with his wife Laura. “We’re very blessed.”
Oro Valley Mayor Joe Winfield thanked the Lairds, and said “how pleased we are to have you as new business owners in Oro Valley.
“I’ve fallen in love with Wow Wow,” the mayor said. He met Jeff at a Chamber new member orientation event, and visited the business later that day. “The experience I had was just wonderful.”
Jeff Laird thanked Town West Realty, and said the Horvath family was “incredibly supportive for these first-time business owners and for the Wow Wow brand.” He said the Town of Oro Valley “has been a highlight for us through the permitting and building process. Every department head has been welcoming, supportive and instructive for our build-out.”
As Wow Wow looks at other locations in Greater Tucson, Laird said the town has “set the bar really high” for other cities.
Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade started in Hawaii in 2012. It has expanded onto the mainland, with locations in Phoenix. The Oro Valley location is the first in greater Tucson, and the first Wow Wow with a drive-through. It uses local providers for fresh ingredients, among them Maya Tea in Tucson, and employs 25 people.
“It’s a brand I’m really proud to be associated with,” Jeff said.
He thanked his staff. “We’re building a business together, we’re growing, we’re learning,” Laird said.
Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade is located at 7705 N. Oracle, Suite 133. Hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. The website is wowwowhawaiianlemonade.com.
As your Chamber wraps up its summertime shopping campaign, 2 ribbon-cutting guests won $50 purchased gift cards from Spa Daze and Rosati’s.
Among guests at the ribbon-cutting were Council members Joyce Jones-Ivey and Tim Bohen, Chief of Police Kara Riley, and Chamber board members Otton Suarez of El Conquistador Tucson, A Hilton Resort, Ron Arenas of Picture Rocks Cooling, Heating and Plumbing, and Dan Wesson of The Post Workspaces.
Owners Drs. Brett and Kate Jones and chiropractors Drs. Danielle Cornelius and Jamal Fruster cut the ribbon Sept. 18 at The Source Chiropractic, a new Chamber member on Skyline.
Photo by Shari Colson
Big crowd marks opening
of The Source Chiropractic
On Saturday, Sept. 18, more than 50 guests celebrated the grand opening of The Source Chiropractic, a new Chamber member located on Skyline in the Catalina Foothills.
Guests enjoyed live music, food, organic juice blends and healthy breakfast bites, sparkling water and iced tea. Tours, adjustments and specials were given throughout the afternoon.
Drs. Brett and Kate Jones own the business, and are family chiropractors. This is the third location for The Source Chiropractic, following openings in Oakland, Calif., and Denver.
Dr. Brett is also an author and CEO of Kairos Training Culture, the world’s largest performance training system for chiropractors and students. He trains a chiropractor to “listen to his patients so they can heal without surgery or drugs and get back to doing what they love.” Each client is given a comprehensive exam, from which a unique care plan is crafted. The Source also offers monthly workshops and online programs so patients can work on their health at home to reach their goals.
Dr. Jamal Fruster is a family chiropractor with the business. Dr. Danielle Cornelius specializes in women’s health chiropractic care and is also the office manager.
The Source Chiropractic is located at 3001 N. Skyline, Suite 115, Tucson, 85718. It’s near La Encantada. For information, go to sourcechirotucson.com.
Chamber members Bill Medlow of WTMA Architecture and Nancy Jones of Crossroads Coaching & Career Counseling enjoyed the day.
Barker promotes from within
to fill superintendent’s post
New Chamber member Barker Contracting has promoted Steven Zadorozny to the position of general superintendent.
This move is in accordance with Barker’s long-standing practice of promoting from within the company whenever possible. Hired in 2011, Steven started out his career with the company as a carpenter.
“We were fortunate to have had a great pool of internal qualified and knowledgeable candidates to choose from,” Brian Barker said. “Steven was chosen for his enthusiasm, dedication and longevity with the company.”
In the position, Zadorozny is responsible for leading the Barker Contracting field teams, making sure company policies and procedures regarding safety, scheduling, budget, quality of work, and customer service are being followed. He is committed to helping others advance in their career paths and ensuring they have the skills and the tools needed to reach their fullest potential.
Barker Contracting is a general contracting company for commercial construction specializing in commercial, medical, industrial and solar work. Go to barkerone.com.
This is an artist's rendition of how the Oro Valley Village Center Park might appear. It would be centralized within what we now call Oro Valley Marketplace.
Learn more about
OV Village Center
Proposal to OV decision-makers over next several months
This fall, the Town West Companies will seek permission from the Town of Oro Valley to redevelop Oro Valley Marketplace.
The reimagined Oro Valley Village Center would consist of 2 major, high-end apartment communities, 3 hotels and a central recreation and entertainment district that would be a drawing card for the Oracle and Tangerine center.
Your Chamber encourages your expressed support. Meetings are expected in December, with decisions by the Oro Valley Town Council likely in early 2022.
On Nov. 2, Tucson votes
on a $15 minimum wage
We'd like to learn what YOU think about it
On Nov. 2, City of Tucson voters will consider Proposition 206, a ballot initiative to establish a $15 minimum wage, with added language to create the Department of Labor Standards within city government, as well as a reporting system for workers who believe an employer is breaking the rules.
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Thursday, Oct. 14 – Customer development event (a mixer) at Pima Federal Credit Union, 5-7 p.m. 6850 N. Oracle Rd. Buy your ticket here!
Tuesday, Oct. 19 – A ribbon cutting for TreadLogic, hosted at Firetruck Brewing Company, we'll cut the ribbon at 4:15 p.m. 9630 N. Oracle Rd., #110.
Thursday, Oct. 21 – A ribbon cutting at The Landing Restaurant, 4 p.m., 8195 N. Oracle Rd.
Thursday, Oct. 28 – State of the Town! Business expo begins at 10 a.m. Guests should be through registration and seated at 11:45 a.m. We'll conclude by 1:30 p.m. Buy your ticket here!
Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce
7435 N. Oracle Road, #107, Oro Valley, AZ 85704
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