Featured Member Benefit
Vision Care
​The Glendale Chamber has partnered with  Vision Care / Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona  to bring you affordable eye care. 

​Vision Care allows you to offer your employees eye exams, eyeglasses and contact lenses at insurance prices, with no monthly fee. This unique program can complement traditional employer-paid vision insurance plans or can take the place of traditional vision insurance while saving the employer or the employee hundreds of dollars per year. Do you already offer vision insurance to your employees? Vision Care not only will save you 100% on your costly premiums, but you can shop at Vision Care with other vision insurance and in most cases at prices less than your co-pays.

Featured Story
Glendale Chamber Board Member, Dr. Lily DeBlieux, Named 2017 Woman of the Year by West Valley Women
A champion for children, women, and a community leader, Dr. Lily DeBlieux will be honored for her commitment to Community and the West Valley October 3. 

“I am excited to honor Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux as West Valley Women's 2017 Woman of the Year. Dr. Lily is active in the community, well known, respected and empowers her students. She gives with her heart to make the world a better place. Yet, she is strong and understands ‘No’ is a sentence. I look at many qualities when selecting our honoree. One quality that always sticks out, "I want to be like her when I grow up." Lisa E. Platt, CEO and Chief Connection Officer, West Valley Women.

Dr. DeBlieux was appointed as the first bi-lingual, Latina Superintendent of the Pendergast Elementary School District in May 2014. She feels privileged to work in an environment with dedicated individuals and a Governing Board that supports “empowering excellence and success.”

Tools for Business
Why create a business plan?
Only 19% of small business owners use business planning. And 19% of small businesses survive at the end of each year. Coincidence?

Business planning doesn't guarantee success. However, most people wouldn't think of building a house without a set of building plans. Without a building plan, it is doubtful your foundation would be adequate, you might forget key parts of the plumbing, and your kitchen might end up where your bathroom should be.

The same situation will happen if you don't create a business plan. While you might think that you can keep everything in your head, your results are likely to be disappointing.

The  business plan  process helps you think through all parts of your business, establish a solid foundation, and puts you in a position for business growth. The parts of the business plan that you can't do or are hard for you, are the areas where you need professional help. A plumber building his own house hires experts in roofing and other unknown areas. You need to approach your business the same way.

Thank You to Our Platinum Level Investors
Glendale Chamber Board & Committee Updates
Board of Directors
Why I Serve

"I am thankful for the honor of serving on the Glendale Chamber of Commerce Board and that APS has been a long-standing member. I have the privilege of working at APS, a company that has built strong, long-standing relationships with chambers in cities and towns in which we serve, including Glendale.

For the past 130 years, an integral part of APS’s business model has been to support community economic growth and sustainability. That support comes in many ways:
· Employees, like me, serving on chamber boards across the state
· Leadership program support that helps build a strong community of next generation businesses and political leaders
· Financial support to local non-profit organizations who know how to best assist their neighbors

APS recognizes that small- and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of a healthy business climate, providing many jobs to Arizonans. That’s why we work on many fronts to help these businesses succeed. Through our support of chambers, as well as our Diverse Supplier Program, APS assists women- and minority-owned businesses by providing them with training, expertise and tools that can help them thrive. 

But more than any of the reasons I’ve mentioned here, I serve because it’s simply the right thing to do.

I am a native of Glendale and am proud to be a part of the community I grew up in. I believe it’s my duty to leave the community better than when I arrived, and I have the great fortune of working for a company that supports that belief.

I’m thankful for the opportunity to do my part. As Mother Teresa said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” 

Patrick McDermott, APS
Ambassador Committee
Congratulations to Alice Roach of White Eyes Fresh Fry Bread for being named the Ambassador of the Month! Alice has gone above and beyond in her role as ambassador to lend a helping hand to the Chamber and her fellow new members.

Thank you to all of our ambassadors for your hard work and support.
Marketing Committee
The Glendale Chamber Marketing Committee Presents
Making Facebook Work for Your Business

Thursday, September 28th
7:00 am - 9:00 am

9640 W. Hanna Lane, Glendale, AZ 85305

Create a plan for your business' Facebook page and drive real results by using Facebook for your business

Join us for this free & informative workshop where you'll learn :

·    Why Facebook is important for your business
·    How to develop a strategy for Facebook that drives real results
·    How to create posts that people will actually see
·    Who Facebook ads are for & how they can work for your business
·    How to use Facebook live for your business

Downtown Glendale
Bringing a new buzz to downtown Glendale
Glendale is working to add a modern twist to an area that dates back to the 1800s. 

"Downtown has the full attention of the council and the staff," said Council Jamie Aldama, who is helping lead the effort. 

Last month, the Chamber of Commerce hired a Downtown Manager to work as a liaison between business owners and the city. An entertainment district was established earlier this year, allowing bars and liquor stores to open on a case-by-case basis near churches and schools -- and construction is underway to make a second alleyway more pedestrian friendly, with brick walkways, benches and lighting. 

"What we were looking for is a nightlife," Aldama said, who added those efforts are already paying off with new restaurants opening in the area. 

"I'm hoping that it's just going to explode," said Lisa Dowd, owner of A Shot of Java coffee shop. Dowd believes to lure in the next generation of shoppers and visitors the downtown area needs more diversity.

1st Arizona Battle of the Brews Craft Beer Festival
Held in Historic Downtown Glendale, Arizona Battle of the Brews brings together craft beer, live music, great food and games like no other. We start with a friendly home-brewing competition that features Fire Fighters and Police Officers from all over the state, with the winner getting a trophy and title of Arizona's Best Public Service Home Brewed Beer. The competition will be fierce, the best part is  you get to be the judge.  Your craft beer experience also includes free sampling from over 20 of Arizona’s best microbreweries, local live music, food from area restaurants and food trucks, a full corn-hole tournament including prizes(additional fee) and if you wear a Bavarian outfit you have a chance to win the best OKTOBERFEST outfit competition. What’s more is that 100% of the proceeds go to our sponsored charities. Our charity focus is addressing homelessness in Arizona.

Saturday, October 7, 2017
VIP: 5 -10 pm
General Admission: 6 - 10 pm

City of Glendale News
Glendale's Best: Hosted by Mayor Jerry Weiers
Mayor Jerry Weiers l ed insightful conversation with key persons involved in the city’s recent Economic Development successes on the new show “Glendale’s Best: Hosted by Mayor Jerry Weiers.” The dialogue included local business leaders, members of the economic development team, and the   Glendale Chamber of Commerce

Glendale’s 5th Annual Stand Up For Veterans Event is Seeking Employers and Community Partners
Glendale’s fifth annual “Stand Up for Veterans” will be held at Glendale Community College, 6000 W. Olive Ave., on Sat., Sept. 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers initiated Glendale Stand Up and over 1,000 veterans have attended the community outreach event in its four-year history to utilize the many resources available.

A local committee representing city, state and federal agencies, local businesses and non-profit partners has begun planning Glendale’s Stand Up for Veterans which will provide opportunities for veterans to gain employment on the spot and access to a wide array of services. Organizers are now accepting business, non-profit and government agency vendor applications. For those organizations interested in participating in this event, please click here for employer and community partner registration.
Economic Development
New Apartments coming to Westgate
New apartments are currently under construction at Westgate, with 76 units being developed on the third and fourth floors of the East building, above Bar Louie, Kabuki and the new Tavern+Bowl. The Lofts at Westgate will offer luxury living with contemporary finishes and features. This exciting new development will add to the dynamic live, work and play environment in the area.

Thank You to Our Gold Level Investors
Mayor's Business of the Week
"Business of the Week is a program I initiated to recognize the entrepreneurial spirit in Glendale."

- Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers

Congratulations to Sanderson Ford for being featured as the Mayor's Business of the Week! 

Member News
Hispanic Heritage Month
Hosted by Arizona State University in Partnership with the Glendale Chamber of Commerce

September 15 – October 15
Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15-Oct. 15, celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of the Chicana/o, Latina/o and Hispanic individuals and groups who identify with and strive to create a more inclusive environment for these communities.

“Understanding the Latino Market” Conference
Saturday, Sept. 30
1-4 pm, La Sala
Open to entrepreneurs and those interested in conducting business with the Latino market. Free admission and free parking. Hosted by ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and the Glendale Chamber of Commerce. More information: William Brashears at  william.brashears@asu.edu
Lowrider Car Show & Hispanic Heritage Fair
Saturday, Sept. 30
4-8 p.m., Quad
See dozens of the hottest lowriders on display, enjoy inflatables, arcade games and performances. Music and entertainment provided by DJ "Cruising with the Manic Hispanic." A ¡Salsa-Salsa Fiesta! den offers a relaxing, cool-off area and food trucks will be on hand -  Yellowman Fry-Bread  and  Ni De Aqui Ni De Alla . Free admission, free activities and free parking. Hosted by ASU's Office of Government and Community Engagement and the Hispanic Honor Society at ASU West. More information: Samantha Fritz at  samantha.fritz@asu.edu

For more information about upcoming events and Hispanic Heritage Month at ASU’s West campus call 602-543-5300 or  e-mail westevents@asu.edu .

Click here for information about cultural engagement on all ASU campuses.
ONE COMMUNITY Announces Spotlight
on Success Honorees
 ONE Community, a member-based coalition of socially responsible businesses, organizations and individuals who support diversity, inclusion and equality for all Arizonans, is proud to announce the 2017 Honorees for the seventh annual Spotlight on Success Awards to be held on October 20, 2017.

News from the Glendale Union High School District
More than 120,000 people have graduated from the Glendale Union High School District since it was established in 1911. Are you wondering what happened to your classmates? Are you planning a reunion or want information on how to attend a reunion? This information is available by visiting the Community & Alumni section of the GUHSD website, www.guhsdaz.org . From this section, graduates can update their current contact information, see what reunions are planned and learn about a few noteworthy alumni who graduated from any of our nine high schools. If you are interested in sharing information about a planned event, please contact the Community Relations Department by emailing prdept@guhsdaz.org or calling Sara Clawson at 623-435-6001.
Why you should care about your employees’
healthcare data
By Mike Tilton, Vice President Sales at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

In 2017, healthcare costs are expected to grow by more than 6 percent—far faster than overall inflation. Whether this increase is associated with the rising costs of prescription drugs or the growing number of individuals with chronic health conditions, getting smart about the source of healthcare costs has never been more critical.

As the cost of care continues to rise across the nation and in Arizona, employers may feel pressure to choose between shifting costs to employees and cutting benefits. However, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) encourages employers not to rush those decisions. Instead, they should take a closer look at the source of the costs to fully understand what benefit changes may be necessary or support programs that could be used to improve health and control costs.

Duet Hosts the Second Annual Family Caregiver Symposium on Nov. 2
November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to honor the millions of caregivers across the country who provide compassionate care for their loved ones. On November 2, Duet: Partners In Health & Aging will host its second Family Caregiver Symposium at Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix. At the event, Duet will gather expert panelists to share how to navigate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being through periods of high stress. In addition to the panel discussion, there will be an afternoon session where volunteers and professionals can attend a free training to become a facilitator for Duet’s new family caregiver video series, “Finding Meaning and Hope,” based on Loving Someone Who Has Dementia , by Pauline Boss, PhD.

Susan F. Moody and Leeanne Gardner joined forces forming StarshineAZ to inspire and empower female entrepreneurs who want to build a business that makes a difference and makes money while living a life that matters. They have created innovative co-working communities to change the way women do business. These collaborative communities are cultivating an environment that celebrates authenticity without judgment resulting in positive personal, social and economic impact.
Members receive practical advice and guidance from business experts in a non-judgmental, safe and empowering environment. Shared office and meeting space is available for collaborations, co-creation and classes. Powerful programs, resources and marketing opportunities also provided. StarshineAZ has locations in both Glendale and Peoria to help promote your business and support YOU, the woman behind the business!
For more information or to set up a tour, please call 855.878.2233 or visit their website at www.StarshineAZ.com .
Phoenix Raceway's New Luxury Suite Experience 'CURVE' Set to Open for November Race
As part of the  Phoenix Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar,  Phoenix Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced today that the new, luxury suite experience  Curve  will be unveiled during the Can-Am 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series semifinal race weekend on Nov. 10-12. Curve is the first element of the modernization project that will be available to fans.

The unique fan hospitality club sits six stories above the track and features modern amenities, such as designer interior with lounge-style, plush seating that enhances socialization, chef-inspired food and beverage creations and a nearly 200-foot long panoramic view of the entire one-mile oval and the beautiful Estrella Mountains.

International Trade & Exporting Seminar
September 20, 2017
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Event is held in the SBA Training Center
2828 North Central Avenue, Suite 800, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Phone (602) 745-7200. We are located on the SW corner of Thomas and Central. Non-validated parking is available in the building garage or limited free parking on the side street. There is no charge to attend this event other than parking expense, Credit/Debit Garage.

Shane's Rib Shack in Glendale has partnered with
The Phoenix Children's Hospital 
Shane's Rib Shack in Glendale has partnered with The Phoenix Children's Hospital for their "Time To Shine" Campaign in an effort to fight childhood cancer.

Shane's Glendale is donating $1.00 To The Phoenix Children's Hospital for every order of Golden BBQ Wings & Tenders ordered throughout the month of September '17.
“Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods”  
A request from the Glendale Police Department:

"The Glendale Police department’s Community Action Team is putting together the “Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods” (GAIN) event and needs some assistance in the form of funding . The GAIN event is October 27th and it is taking place in Murphy park from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

The owner of Motion Media has graciously offered up his media truck to help Chamber members and downtown business owners promote their businesses during this event. The media truck is a huge electronic bill board that will be positioned at the entranceway of the event. Business owners will need to send Angela Boltz the JPEG files or thumb drives/logos from their business that can be added it to the mobile sign. I have personally seen the truck and it is amazing….. 

In regards to funds, the Community Action Team is asking for a donation from the business owners in any amount they wish, to help cover production costs for GAIN night and for future community events. A donation is not necessary to participate, but greatly appreciated.

If owners want to help support the event and the Community Action Team, they can do so in the form of a check written to the “City of Glendale .” Be advised that the Glendale Police department is not a 501(c)(3) organization and this is not a tax deductible item; however, they should contact their tax advisors to claim it as a business expense, if they do choose to do so .   

Aimee Tibbits ( atibbits@glendaleaz.com ) is the main contact person for the GAIN event and Angela Botz ( aboltz@glendaleaz.com ) is in charge of collecting the JPEG files or thumb drives/logos from the businesses. Both Aimee’s and Angela’s emails are included, so business owners can contact them directly."

Official Chamber Airline Sponsor
In its 46th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 54,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest proudly operates a network of 101 destinations in the United States and eight additional countries with more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season.
Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa Hosts Blood Drive
The Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa is hosting a blood drive through United Blood Services on Monday, September 18.

They still have openings if anyone would like to sign up for a time listed below:
10:00 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 12:30 p.m.

If you would like to register please contact Karolyn Sefcik at Karolyn.sefcik@jqh.com
Don't Miss Out on Chamber Events

Below check out some of our upcoming signature events!

Friday, November 3, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
9495 W. Coyotes Blvd.
Glendale, AZ 85305

  • $60 per person through 10/22
  • $75 per person after 10/22
  • $525 per sponsored Table of Eight (included table sign with company logo)
  • $650 per sponsored Table of Ten (included table sign with company logo)

Join the Glendale Chamber of Commerce for our 24th Annual Auction. This event is a great way to help support the program of work for the Chamber, a great night of networking and an opportunity to bid on some fabulous items just in time for the holidays!

We greatly appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at this fun-filled event!​

Thursday, December 7, 2017
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
5800 W. Glenn Drive, Suite 275
Glendale, AZ 85301

Complimentary to attend
Everyone is welcome to join us!
*Please RSVP for you and your guest(s) by Thursday, November 30th.

This is an evening of good friends, festive food, spirits, raffle prizes and general merry-making to kick-off the holiday season! Don't miss your chance to enjoy Glendale Glitters,Arizona's free holiday light display, from the best seat in the house.

Festivities Include:
  • Delicious Food 
  • Holiday Drinks
  • Photo Booth Fun
  • ​Raffle Prizes
  • Fun & Cheer All Around
Make someone's Holiday season - This year we will be giving back to Hope for Hunger Food Bank ! Please bring canned food and/or nonperishable
 items to donate to the local community in need.

Ribbon Cuttings
Ribbon Cutting for Dignity Health
Invite the Chamber out for a ribbon cutting ceremony for your business. The Chamber team along with City Council members and various other members will come out to show their support. You'll also get photos of your business and the event featured on our Facebook page, website and more. 

*This list is based off of the last email that was deployed, dates & times are subject to change
Events Calendar

Click here to view our online events calendar where you see upcoming chamber events and member events.

You can even feature your own company events by clicking "Submit Events" proceed to login to your chamber account and follow the step by step instructions.
Glendale Chamber of Commerce
5800 W. Glenn Drive, Suite 275, Glendale, AZ 85301