Chamber News and Events
After 5 Mixer and Annual Meeting
All are welcome to come out and mix and mingle with other business professionals at Smokin Fins where United Brokers Group - Dean Carver, Christie Ellis and Jim Hunt will be hosting the After 5 Evening Mixer and Annual Meeting. This is a great opportunity to build new relationships or strengthen existing ones in a casual networking environment. Enjoy appetizers, drinks and look for gift cards in your mystery bag. We will also be giving away two tickets to the Ahwatukee A'Fare compliments of the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce. 


Free for Members
$15 Non Members
Cash or Card Accepted At The Door
Hosted By: United Brokers Group - Dean Carver, Christie Ellis and Jim Hunt
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Location:
Smokin Fins
900 N 54th St #1
Chandler, AZ 85226
After Five Toy Drive for the O'Tahirah Foundation
This Christmas Holiday, help to warm the hearts of women and children impacted by domestic violence with gifts for Christmas Morning. We invite you to bring a Christmas gift to the After Five Evening Mixer which will be donated to the The O'Tahirah Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization, dedicated to transforming lives impacted by domestic violence.
The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce will be closed Monday, December 24, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019 for the Holidays.  Regular office hours will resume on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 
Ahwatukee A’fare, Saturday, February 2, 2019
Grab tickets for the Chamber’s newest signature event, the Ahwahukee A’fare, $50 online or $60 at the door! Click here for sponsorship information . Check out the Ahwatukee A'Fare Facebook page now!
Best of Ahwatukee Awards & Celebration - Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Another NEW Chamber event in 2019! The Best of Ahwatukee 2018 Awards & Celebration   is now a premier event – the year’s biggest networking event AND awards celebration of leading businesses, rolled into one. Hosted by the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Ahwatukee Foothills News, this inaugural event takes place at Foothills Golf Club. Join us as we celebrate all nominees with an award ceremony, fabulous food from Hidden Kitchen and many other special touches throughout the evening. Stay tuned for more information on this special event in 2019!
Tickets on sale December 24, $60 per person, $450 for table of 8
Voting for Best of Ahwatukee 2018 takes place January 4 through February 4
Please Note our Address has Changed
Just a reminder, our new address is:
1345 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 207
Phoenix, AZ 85048
Member and Community News
Employers should be aware of W-2 scam, protect employee information

Small businesses should be on-guard against a growing wave of identity theft and W-2 scams. Employers hold sensitive tax data on their employees – such as Form W-2 data – which is highly valued by identity thieves.

All employers are targets for the W-2 scam. This scheme has become one of the more dangerous email scams. Here’s how it works:
 
·          These emails appear to be from an executive or organization leader to a payroll or human resources employee.
·          The message usually starts with a simple greeting, like: “Hey, you in today?”
·          By the end of the email exchange, all of an organization’s Forms W-2 for their employees may be in the hands of cybercriminals.
·          Because payroll officials believe they are corresponding with an executive, it may take weeks for someone to realize a data theft has occurred.
·          Generally, the criminals are trying to quickly take advantage of their theft, sometimes filing fraudulent tax returns within a day or two.
This scam is such a threat to taxpayers that a special IRS reporting process has been established. Here’s an abbreviated list of how a business should report these schemes. They should:
 
  • Email dataloss@irs.gov to notify the IRS of a W-2 data loss and provide contact information. In the subject line, type “W2 Data Loss” so that the email can be routed properly. The business should not attach any employee personally identifiable information data.
  • Email the Federation of Tax Administrators at StateAlert@taxadmin.org to get information on how to report victim information to the states.
  • File a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. Businesses and payroll service providers may be asked to file a report with their local law enforcement agency.
  • Notify employees. The employee may then take steps to protect themselves from identity theft. The Federal Trade Commission’s www.identitytheft.gov provides guidance on general steps employees should take.
  • Forward the scam email to phishing@irs.gov.
 
More information:
Publication 4524 , Security Awareness for Taxpayers
Closures
  • Pecos Road temporary closures for controlled rock blasting between 24th Street and 17th Avenue - 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, Friday, December 14 to Friday, December 21
  • 40th Street between Frye and Pecos roads - 10 p.m. Friday, December 14 to 6 p.m. Sunday, December 16
  • 40th Street Park-and-Ride south entrance, permanent closure - 3 a.m. Monday, December 17
  • 24th Street between Liberty Lane and north of Pecos Road - 0 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly, Monday, December 17 to Thursday, December 20
Lane Restrictions
  • Pecos Road west of Desert Foothills Parkway, westbound right lane closed - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, December 14
  • Pecos Road west of Desert Foothills Parkway, eastbound right lane closed - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily Monday, December 17 to Friday, December 21
  • Desert Foothills Parkway between Frye and Pecos roads, traffic shift to east side of the roadway - Ongoing through early 2019
  • Liberty Lane between 18th Way and 12th Street, traffic shift to south side of the roadway - Ongoing through early 2019

Ongoing Activities
  • Liberty Lane closed westbound between YMCA and Desert Foothills Parkway - Ongoing through December
  • Desert Foothills Parkway, no left turns at Frye Road - Ongoing through December
  • 40th Street between Briarwood Terrace and Cottonwood Lane traffic shift - Ongoing to February 2019
  • 24th Street between Liberty Lane and Pecos Road traffic shift to the east side of the roadway - Ongoing through February 2019
  • Cottonwood Lane at 40th Street traffic shift - Ongoing through March 2019
  • 17th Avenue between Lacewood Place and Pecos Road traffic shift - Ongoing through Spring 2019
  • Pecos Road between 40th Street and 17th Avenue flagging operations for truck traffic - Ongoing through 2019
  • Pecos Road eastbound and westbound truck traffic between 40th Street and 17th Avenue to deliver materials - Ongoing through 2019

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving
Exciting news! Office Depot has enhanced our small business savings program to provide even more discounts in-store and online, plus added fantastic new benefits. More than just deals (that now extend to almost every item!), you’ll also get access to Office Depot’s new technology services, local Business Pros and more. If you currently use or have used our Office Depot program, nothing changes. You’ll still be able to access the same great pricing and deals that you’re used to. If you are not signed up for our Office Depot Small Business Savings Program, administered by Excelerate America
Register here .
Chamber Member UPS Promo
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20% Off - US Domestic Ground 
 
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Employment Opportunities
Arizona Grand is Now Hiring.
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