Chamber News and Events
Ahwatukee A’fare, Saturday, February 2, 2019
2019 starts in a big way with the Ahwatukee Chamber Community Foundation's Ahwatukee A'fare on Saturday, February 2, 5-9 pm. Gather with friends for a unique night of drinks, bites, music and art enjoyed under the stars at Desert Foothills Park. Tickets available for $50 online , $60 at the gate. Check out the Ahwatukee A'Fare Facebook page now!
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 5:00 - 9:00
Foothills Golf Club
It's time to celebrate and recognize our community's leading businesses with a new round of Best of Ahwatukee voting starting January 4th. NEW THIS YEAR: We've joined forces with the Ahwatukee Foothills News to now include Chamber Day of Champion Awards along with Best of Ahwatukee voting, On Tuesday, March 5 at 5:00 pm, we will toast the winners and nominees with the year's biggest networking event and awards celebration held at Foothills Golf Club.
Please Note our Address has Changed
Just a reminder, our new address is:
1345 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 207
Phoenix, AZ 85048
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 Wells Fargo on Ray and 48th street 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, January 8, 2019
8:00 - 9:00 am

Wells Fargo
4823 E Ray Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85044
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 Gina Jenkins at (480) 990-5444.

*A Members Only Event
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
11:30 - 12:30 pm

Uncle Bear's
4921 E Ray Rd #103
Phoenix, AZ 85044
New to the Chamber? 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, January 16, 2019
11 am-12:30 pm
AFCC Office, Lower Level Conference Room 
1345 E. Chandler Blvd. Suite 115
Phoenix, AZ 85048
Join us to celebrate a ribbon cutting for Eat The Frog Fitness. Eat the Frog Fitness is the only small group training program that combines Olympic inspired training, cutting edge technology, and the science of your body for the most advanced workout in the market. Come on over and take a tour of the studio, meet the team including Bryan Clay, 2008 Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalist while and enjoying light bites and adult beverages.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
4:30 - 7:30 pm
Ribbon Cutting at 5:30

Eat the Frog Fitness
4722 E Ray Rd #13a
Phoenix, AZ 85044
Member and Community News
Thursday, January 31, 2019
6:00pm – Sign-in, Refreshments & Snacks, Socialize 
with your neighbors; Opening Announcements
6:30pm - Phoenix Police, South Mountain Precinct
Pecos Community Center
Multipurpose Room
17010 S 48th St, Phoenix, AZ 85048
Don’t take the bait: Here’s how taxpayers can avoid getting caught by a phishing scam


Data thieves don’t take a break during the holidays. In fact, the IRS warns taxpayers that the agency is seeing a large increase in bogus email schemes that seek to steal money or tax data.
 
The most common way for cybercriminals to steal money, bank account information, passwords, credit cards and Social Security numbers is to simply ask for them. Every day, people fall victim to phishing scams or phone scams that cost them their time and their cash.

Here are a few steps taxpayers can take to protect against phishing and other email scams. When reading emails, people should:

·          Be vigilant and skeptical. Never open a link or attachment from an unknown or suspicious source. Even if the email is from a known source, the recipient should approach with caution. Cybercrooks are good at acting like trusted businesses, friends and family. This even includes the IRS and others in the tax business.
·          Double check the email address. Thieves may have compromised a friend’s email address. They might also be spoofing the address with a slight change in text. For example, using   narne@example.com  instead of name@example.com .   Merely changing the “m” to an “r” and “n” can trick people.
·          Remember that the IRS doesn't initiate spontaneous contact with taxpayers by email to ask for personal or financial information. This includes asking for information via text messages and social media channels. The IRS does not call taxpayers with aggressive threats of lawsuits or arrests.
·          Click on hyperlinks in suspicious emails.  When in doubt, users should not use hyperlinks and go directly to the source’s main web page. They should also remember that no legitimate business or organization will ask for sensitive financial information by email.
·          Use security software to protect against malware and viruses found in phishing emails. Some security software can help identity suspicious websites that are used by cybercriminals.
·          Use strong passwords to protect online accounts. Experts recommend the use of a passphrase, instead of a password, use a minimum of 10 digits, including letters, numbers and special characters.
·          Use multi-factor authentication when offered. Two-factor authentication means that in addition to entering a username and password, the user must enter a security code This code is usually sent as a text to the user’s mobile phone. Even if a thief manages to steal usernames and passwords, it’s unlikely the crook would also have a victim’s phone.
·          Report phishing scams. Taxpayers can forward suspicious emails to phishing@irs.gov .
Closures
  • 32nd Street between Liberty Lane and Pecos Road - 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly, Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
  • Pecos Road temporary closures for controlled rock blasting between 24th Street and 17th Avenue - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, Wednesday, January 2 to Friday, January 4
  Lane Restrictions
  • Pecos Road west of Desert Foothills Parkway, westbound right lane closed - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, December 28
  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Wednesday, January 2 to Friday, January 4
  • 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 early 2019
  • Desert Foothills Parkway, no left turns at Frye Road - Ongoing through early 2019
  • 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 .
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