Featured Member Benefit
Credit Card Processing
The Glendale Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Merchant Solutions-Direct Connect America to bring businesses a cost saving solution to high credit card processing fees! Learn how you can potentially reduce your credit card processing fees up to 60% through this  Members Only Benefit !

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Featured Story
Glendale Celebrates IKEA's Plans for New Store
Development Boom Near Glendale Sports and Entertainment District Continues

The city of Glendale is thrilled that the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, IKEA has announced plans for a store to be built on the southeast corner of Bethany Home Rd. and the Loop 101. This is across from the Glendale Sports and
Entertainment District which includes the University of Phoenix Stadium, Gila River Arena, Cabela’s, Tanger Outlets and Westgate.

“IKEA choosing our city is further proof that major corporations agree Glendale is the place to grow and build their brand,” said Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps. “ The freeway access and visibility, the available workforce and the energy of Glendale’s Sports and Entertainment District make it the perfect location for IKEA. The presence of IKEA is a “game changer” that will accelerate additional growth and further elevate one of the most dynamic areas in Arizona.”

With 300 new jobs, IKEA will bring positive employment to Glendale in addition to
creating 500 construction jobs. Recognized as one of the top 100 places to work, IKEA
offers potential employees competitive pay and benefits for both full- and part-time

“This city has been amassing an impressive list of corporations that now call
Glendale home,” said Economic Development Director Brian Friedman. “These new
businesses account for more than two-million-square-feet of new construction in this
dynamic district alone. We are excited for the opportunity to welcome even more new
development, jobs and capital investment to the area because of IKEA’s presence.”
Friedman says the additional 30 acres immediately adjacent to IKEA will attract further
corporate development from businesses seeking to benefit from IKEA’s proximity.

“From my first meeting with the IKEA officials, it was my role as Mayor to impress upon
them that Glendale absolutely, positively wanted IKEA to locate in our city when they were
searching for a possible new location in Arizona,” said Glendale Mayor Jerry P. Weiers. “We
demonstrated that by being responsive to their needs and working on their timeline. It
was exciting and very gratifying to see Glendale ultimately selected. The announcement
today continues the positive momentum that Glendale has been experiencing.”

“Visitors to the area already top 10 million per year,” said Councilmember Joyce Clark of
the Yucca District, location of choice for IKEA. “The presence of a fun and family-friendly
IKEA in Glendale will further enhance Glendale’s reputation as a retail, entertainment and
sports destination, not only providing residents and visitors even more reasons to shop
and play here but complimenting Tanger Outlet, a premier retail destination in the Valley.”

Pending approvals, construction of IKEA Glendale could begin in Fall 2018 with an
opening in Spring 2020. The city looks forward to working with IKEA as the project
advances through the approval and construction process.
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
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
What's Happening at "The Murph?"
Autumn weather means “It’s Happening at the Murph!” (aka Murphy Park) in Downtown Glendale, where the town-square ambience of the park and surrounding historic area’s shops and restaurants invite residents and visitors to enjoy the area during this season. The city’s It’s Happening at the Murph! lineup of fall events includes a car show, a beer festival and a moon festival. 

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
Deadline Approaching for Newly Created
Human Relations Commission
Initial Application Deadline Set for October 15, 2017

The Government Services Committee (GSC) has issued an initial deadline for the newly created Human Relations Commission. Appointments for the new commission will take place at the November Council meeting. Glendale residents who are interested in participating on the commission may submit their application online or by calling the Council Office at (623) 930-2249 by October 15, 2017.

If you would like to become more involved in your city, this is an opportunity to do that. You will be collaborating in a variety of ways which include gathering information, sharing concerns, and making recommendations.

Candidate Packets Available for the
2018 Glendale City Council Election
Glendale residents interested in running for City Council, can pick up a candidate packet from the City Clerk’s Office beginning September 25. The packet serves as a resource for candidates and contains information about the nomination process, campaign finance laws, city regulations about campaign signs, and other frequently asked questions.

Economic Development
IDEA Center Office Hours
The Glendale Economic Development team will be holding office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Glendale IDEA Center, located in the main branch of the library at 5959 W Brown St. Entrepreneurs and business owners can stop by to receive assistance in planning, launching or growing your business venture. Office hours will be 3pm-5pm on Tuesdays and 10am-12pm on Thursdays. Appointments are encouraged; sign up by calling 623-930-2983, email ideacenter@glendaleaz.com , or in person at the library reference desk.

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 Conair for being featured as the Mayor's Business of the Week! 

Member News
When a disaster strikes Arizona, is your business positioned to respond to help the community in need?
Under the Community Care Initiative for AZ Foster Youth, Scott Foundation is seeking passionate Entrepreneurs, Business Executives and Philanthropists that like to take action.

The Community Care Initiative for AZ Foster Youth is a collaborative plan for the purpose of bettering our world. It describes a partnership or structured collaboration across organizations that promote a strategy to achieve both synergy and efficiency to make a significant difference.

We are mobilizing our Life, Education & Career Opportunities with a mindful Social Impact and seeking passionate leaders to align their business mission under three remaining social impact projects - The Rainmaker, Wild At Heart and Tranquility Projects.

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.

Stir Crazy Comedy Club Comes to
Westgate Entertainment District
“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.
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