Tempe Chamber of Commerce Supports School District Overrides, Bond in November Elections

by Christopher Samuels

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted August 22 to support the bonds and overrides proposed by the Kyrene Elementary School District and the Tempe Union High School District. The bond and override questions will be on the November ballot for Tempe voters to consider. The Tempe Chamber believes the money is needed… [More]

Tempe Chamber Announces New Members of the Board of Directors

by Christopher Samuels

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce has confirmed three new members to its board of directors. Their terms will begin July 1. The new members of the board are: Tina Lee OneAZ Credit Union Lee is a seasoned financial services professional and a former small-business owner. She has been with OneAZ Credit Union for more than… [More]

U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to Receive U.S. Chamber’s Spirit of Enterprise Award in Tempe (with photo op and Q&A)

by Christopher Samuels

U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, representing the Arizona ninth district in the House of Representatives, was honored with the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at a ceremony hosted by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce on August 31. “We are honored to be represented by a member of Congress who places a… [More]

Desirae Noonan Awarded Tempe Chamber Volunteer of the Year

by Christopher Samuels

Desirae Noonan has been named the Tempe Chamber Volunteer of the Year and was honored at the Chamber’s Annual Luncheon on June 29. Noonan, the branch manager of Express Employment Professionals in Tempe, was involved in another chamber of commerce in Illinois at another job before moving to Arizona. She had her office re-join the… [More]

Robin Arredondo-Savage Honored with Spirit of Tempe Award

by Christopher Samuels

Robin Arredondo-Savage, Vice Mayor for the City of Tempe and a local small business owner, was honored by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce by receiving the Chamber’s annual Spirit of Tempe Award. The award recognizes a lifetime achievement of service, dedication and contribution to the community and honors hard work and a strong commitment to… [More]

The 2nd Shoe Has Dropped!

by Jack W. Lunsford

On November 8, 2016, Arizona voters approved Proposition 206, The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act. So, on January 1, 2016, the minimum wage for non-tipped workers increased to $10/hour, and nearly all employers know that. However, effective July 1st, the 2nd shoe from Prop. 206 dropped. Every business with one or more employees must… [More]

Before You Budget, Evaluate Your Expectations

by Julie Fletcher

When it comes to the fourth quarter, one hot item on everyone’s mind is budgets. Planning for next year provides an opportunity to reflect on how your 2017 financial goals are tracking and what has changed. An honest assessment helps you avoid creating an unrealistic budget. By assessing your current state in October, you give… [More]

Encouraging Employees to Save for Retirement Can Be Tricky, But It Doesn’t Have to Be

by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company 

Does your small business offer an employee retirement plan? If the answer is no, you’re not alone. Only 14 percent of small-business owners with fewer than 100 employees offer a plan to help their staff save for retirement.1 Providing a retirement plan can be difficult for a small business. It can be expensive, challenging to… [More]

Benefits of Having a Networking Buddy

by Gelie Akhenblit

It’s a proven fact that most people would rather stay home than walk into a room full of strangers under the guise of networking. OK, I don’t actually have any stats on this, but I think most of you will agree with me 🙂 There are, of course, a few of us who feel like… [More]

Finding Joy in the Midst of Stress 

by Kim England

No matter what place in your career you find yourself, it is likely there has been a time when you just did not feel as passionate about what you are doing as you would like to. We hear about “burnout” so much that we almost expect to get to a point where we are no… [More]