Chamber News and Events
The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce, Andrew Hayes as its new Executive Director.
The Chamber began its search in December following the announcement that current Executive Director, Gina Jenkins would be relocating to Atlanta, Georgia. Andrew, known to most in the community as “Andy” has lived in Ahwatukee for (28) years where he has raised (4) children, all graduates of Desert Vista High School. Many of the community know Andy through his development of the Annual 4 th of July Ahwatukee Children’s Parade. The parade started as a neighborhood event where families decorated bikes, trikes and strollers and has grown tremendously throughout the years gaining the support of the Mountain Park Home Owners Association, City of Phoenix Police and Fire Department as well as families throughout the community and hosts various government officials as guest speakers. Andy had coached various YMCA teams over the course of raising his children in the community and his devotion for the Y has carried on to his son Andrew (AJ) who has become a coach and a YMCA board member. When asked what excites him most about leading the chamber in the Executive Director Position, he responded: “It is an exciting time for Ahwatukee with the loop 202 and the expansion of Ahwatukee businesses in the West valley. It will be an intriguing time of growth and great time to lead the expansion of the Ahwatukee membership”. Membership growth, advocacy and economic development are all top priorities on his agenda. The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce encourages its membership and the entire community to join us in welcoming Andy to the Chamber.
Last chance to buy your tickets to the Best of Ahwatukee Awards and Celebration held Tuesday, March 5th, at the Foothills Golf Club. Be the first to know the new ‘Best of’ title holders for 2018. This spectacular night begins with check-in on our red carpet entrance and photo opps before retrieving your drink tickets and enjoying a variety of food delicacies from Hidden Kitchen. After enjoying an hour filled with networking and scrumptious appetizers you will be presented with a signature drink as you make your way to your table for the Best of Ahwatukee presentation of awards. More indulgences await at your table including a charcuterie board and a signature dessert. Cap off the night toasting the evening's nominees and winners with a champagne toast before celebrating with music. Finally, ride home safely with a special event Lyft credit.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Spotlight your business through a Best of Ahwatukee Awards & Celebration Sponsorship. 
Thank you to our Sponsors!
Sweet Spot Dessert Sponsor
Signature Drink Sponsor
Spotlight Entertainment Sponsors
Lyft Ride Sponsor
Celebration Toast Sponsor
Red Carpet Sponsor
Event Decor Sponsor
Tech Sponsor
Program Print Sponsor
Paparazzi Photography Sponsor
Venue Sponsor

Please note that the Chamber Office will be closed at noon on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 as we prepare for the Best of Ahwatukee Celebration.
RESCHEDULED : Next week’s scheduled Grow with Google workshop will take place On Thursday, June 27, 2019.

The next Chamber & Entrepreneur U workshop takes place
April 25, 2019 at Mountain Park Senior Living (Community Room).
Join us at Office Evolution for a joint Ribbon Cutting for Essentially Shelley 4 Health featuring Shaklee Products and Ruby Ribbon. Enjoy light refreshments, wine and check out the new line of Active Wear from Ruby Ribbon.
Thursday, February 28, 2019
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Office Evolution
4435 E. Chandler Blvd. Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85048
22nd Annual Chamber Masters Golf Tournament
Your favorite way to mix business and pleasure is back. The 22 nd Annual Chambers Masters Golf Tournament will be held Friday, April 26 at the Foothills Golf Club. This event brings out 150 attendees and is a great way to build relationships with other businesses. Foursomes or single entries include green fees, golf cart, complimentary breakfast, buffet lunch, swag bag filled with golf shirt, hat, sleeve of golf balls, and tees, and numerous games on the greens in addition to amazing raffle and auction items. Click here to register .
Market your business through many sponsorship opportunities. Premium sponsorships include a foursome, while budget-friendly hole sponsorships start at $200. Commit early to maximize your marketing and branding opportunities in the weeks leading to the tournament. Sponsorship opportunities.
Join the Golf Committee!
New members always welcome to plan tournament details, promotion, prizes, sponsorships, volunteers and more. Join us on March 7th from 4:00 - 5:00 pm at Tuk Kafe for more information or contact Joelle Green,
Wake Up Ahwatukee Morning Mixer
Attend the Wake Up Ahwatukee Morning Mixer and you'll get more done before 9:00 a.m. than some people do all day! Join us at Landings Credit Union and enjoy a light breakfast while networking your way to new business.
*Members are encouraged to bring a promotional raffle item
Free for Members
$15 Non Members
Cash or Credit Card Accepted At The Door
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
8:00 - 9:00 am
Landings Credit Union
4850 E Chandler Blvd
Chandler AZ 85226
Table Topics
Join us for our Table Topics Networking Luncheon (formerly Round Robin). It’s a simple back to basics model of networking based on efficiency of time and more personalized engagement. Members will sign up to meet at a different restaurant each month and will be paired with three other participants to each give an overview of their own business. At Table Topics events it is common to gain a client and explore collaborative connections and set-up on-going referral opportunities. Questions? Contact  Sara Alexander  at 480-753-7676

*A Members Only Event
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
11:30 - 12:30 pm

4142 E Chandler Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85048
Attend our monthly New Member Launch Orientation Sessions, held the third Wednesday of each month at the Chamber offices. We will guide you through member benefits available to you, highlight networking, educational and volunteer opportunities plus provide instruction on maximizing promotion of your business through the Chamber Website--creating a business landing page, member-to-member discount programs, and Save Local Now promotions. Join us! 
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
AFCC Office, Lower Level Conference Room 
1345 E. Chandler Blvd. Suite 115
Phoenix, AZ 85048
After 5 Mixer Evening Mixer
Join us for an amazing After 5 Mixer at Eat the Frog Fitness for a light bite to eat, and a beverage. Meet new people. Grow your network. Expand your business. Stay for 10 minutes or stay for the entire time! Attendees are welcome to bring a raffle prize in exchange for sharing a 30 second commercial and you don’t want to miss your chance to take home the Chamber Pot (must be present to win).

*Members are encouraged to bring a promotional raffle item
Free for Members
$15 Non Members
Cash or Credit Card Accepted At The Door
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
5:30 - 7:00 pm
4722 E Ray Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85044
Join us in welcoming Essential Oils Nation to the Chamber. Essential Oils Nation from Phoenix AZ provides pure and therapeutic grade oils both online and at retail locations. Helpful essential oils educators are ready to answer any of your questions and direct you to what oils will best fit your needs.
Friday, March 22, 2019
4:00 - 6:00 pm
3233 E. Chandler Blvd. Suite 9
Phoenix, AZ 85048
Join us in welcoming Foothills Pool Care and Repair to the Chamber. Foothills Pool Care & Repair has provided quality pool service to the Ahwatukee Foothills area for over 22 years. This family-owned and operated swimming pool cleaning maintenance service business was established in 1994 and now services South Tempe, Chandler, and as always, Ahwatukee. Enjoy food and beverages, free water testing bottles and a raffle!
Friday, March 29, 2019
4:00 - 6:00 pm
3233 E. Chandler Blvd. Suite 18
Phoenix, AZ 85048
Our 2019 directories have arrived and we are just finishing up deliveries to those businesses who purchased an ad as well other distribution sites throughout Ahwatukee and the surrounding area.   Members are always welcome to stop by the chamber office Monday through Friday between 10am and 4pm to pick up a copy. Please contact Gina Jenkins at (850)-591-0519 or via email at   for additional information.
Member and Community News
  • 32nd Street between Liberty Lane and Pecos Road - 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday, February 22
  • 24th Street between Liberty Lane and Pecos Road - 10 p.m. Friday, February 22 to 8 p.m. Sunday, February 24
  • Pecos Road between 24th Street and 17th Avenue - 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly, Sunday, February 24 to Friday, March 1
  • Pecos Road temporary closures for controlled rock blasting between 24th Street and 17th Avenue - Ongoing 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through March
Lane Restrictions
  • Pecos Road west of Desert Foothills Parkway, traffic shift onto freeway mainline - Ongoing to Summer 2019
  • Desert Foothills Parkway traffic shift between Frye and Pecos roads - Ongoing through early 2019
  • 40th Street southbound between Briarwood Terrace and Cottonwood Lane, northbound lane
  • 40th Street southbound between Briarwood Terrace and Cottonwood Lane, southbound lane closures - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through 2019
Ongoing Activities
  • Pecos Road between 24th Street and 17th Avenue - 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly, Sunday to Friday through April
  • Desert Foothills Parkway, no left turns at Frye Road - Ongoing through early 2019
  • 24th Street traffic shift between Liberty Lane and Pecos Road - Ongoing through March
  • Cottonwood Lane traffic shift at 40th Street - Ongoing through March
  • 17th Avenue traffic shift between Lacewood Place and Pecos Road - Ongoing through Spring 2019
  • Pecos Road cross streets between 40th Street and 17th Avenue flagging operations for truck traffic - Ongoing through 2019, as needed
  • Pecos Road eastbound and westbound truck traffic between 40th Street and 17th Avenue to deliver materials - Ongoing through 2019
Upcoming Closures
  • Pecos Road between 24th Street and 17th Avenue - Nightly, Sunday, March 3 to Friday, March 8
  • 24th Street between Liberty Lane and Pecos Road - Friday, March 1 to Sunday, March 3
  • 32nd Street between Liberty Lane and Pecos Road - Nightly, Monday, March 4 to Thursday, March 7
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The Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity today released a report projecting Arizona will add 165,691 jobs over a two-year period. From the third quarter of 2018 through the second quarter of 2020, Arizona’s employment is expected to increase from 3,015,242 to 3,180,933, representing an annualized growth rate of 2.7 percent -- an increase from last year’s projection of 2.4 percent and more evidence of Arizona’s continued acceleration over the last 12 months.
Arizona is projected to see the highest job growth rates in Construction (5.8 percent) and Manufacturing (3.6 percent). The largest job gains are expected in the Education and Health Services and the Professional and Business Services sectors, although gains are projected across all 11 of Arizona’s top industries.
In addition to the projected job growth, Arizona also saw positive gains in its median household income from 2016 to 2017, according to data from the United States Census Bureau. Arizona’s median household income rose 4.8 percent -- more than double the national growth rate of 1.8 percent. According to the data, Arizona’s median household income reached $61,125, a record high.
“Arizona’s economy is booming,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “Not only is Arizona projected to add 165,000 jobs over the next two years, Arizona families are taking home more dollars and incomes are rising at one of the fastest rates in the country. This is positive news that affects our entire state -- and we have Arizona’s hard-working entrepreneurs, business leaders and employees to thank. We will continue to focus on advancing Arizona’s business-friendly environment to bring even more jobs and opportunity to our state.”
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Special $10 discount code for Chamber members: ‘AFC’
Endless Referrals: The Go-Giver Way ,
Friday, March 1, 2019 9 am -12 pm, The Avion Center
Spend the morning with Bob Burg and you’ll learn how to quickly and easily build a prospecting and referral “machine” to continuously create more sales than you ever dreamed possible!
What: 2019 Giving Great Futures Dinner
               Feat: 2019 East Valley Youth of the Year Announcement
When: Friday March 1 st  from 5:30pm-9pm
Where:  Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West
             860 N Riverview, Mesa, AZ 85201
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 .
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