Tempe Chamber Recognizes Two Local Businesses with 2020 Business Excellence Award 

Benjamin Little

During the virtual broadcast of the 2020 State of the Chamber on June 26th, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce awarded two outstanding Tempe businesses with the 2020 Business Excellence Award — Boulders on Broadway and Chasse Building Team. Each year, these awards are given in both the small and large category to businesses whose practice in business and employee development, … [More]

2020 Business Woman of the Year 

by Ayrianna Drayton

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce recognized three outstanding women and announced the recipient of the 25th Annual Business Woman of the Year award at the 2020 State of the Chamber & Annual Awards, held virtually on June 26th. The Business Woman of the Year award recognizes an individual’s excellence in her industry and demonstrated leadership within the community. The award … [More]

Tempe Chamber Welcomes New Board and Committee Volunteers 

by Ayrianna Drayton

As the Tempe Chamber ends its fiscal year, it is pleased to announce that five new individuals will be joining the board of directors, starting their terms July 1, 2020. Jenifer Midgett, Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital John Bauer, Dignity Health Josh Diker, Wells Fargo Tom Binge, Renaissance Financial Sarah Clifford, Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC  Rustyn … [More]

Tempe Chamber Events Update

by Ayrianna Drayton

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tempe Chamber has made several adjustments to its programming to protect the health and safety of its members, staff and partners. Within just days of the stay-at-home order, the Chamber committed to serve its members by taking committee meetings, monthly mixers, signature events and training webinars to online platforms.  The 11th … [More]

Tempe Chamber Joins National Initiative to Address Inequality of Opportunity

by Ayrianna Drayton

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce announced it is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on a national initiative to address inequality of opportunity. The Tempe Chamber participated in the U.S. Chamber’s national town hall event on June 25th, where business and community leaders from across the country discussed concrete actions that can be taken by government and the … [More]

VP of Marketing & Programs Receives Honor

by Ayrianna Drayton

On June 30, 2020, Sukki Jahnke, CMP and vice president of Marketing and Programs for the Tempe Chamber received the 2019-2020 Planner of the Year Award from the Meeting Professionals Internationals MPI Arizona Sunbelt Chapter (MPI AZ). The Chapter Excellence Award “Recognizes an active planner member who has demonstrated leadership, delivers exceptional meetings and has made … [More]

Expecting the Unexpected

by Kristen Merrifield

Planning for the unexpected: Is there really a way to do that? It seems counterintuitive and darn near impossible. How do we as leaders even begin to start to plan for something we do not foresee ever happening? If you had told me in January that we would all be quarantined to our homes for several months, wearing masks when we got out in public and homeschooling our kids, I … [More]

Arizona Gives Day

by Jennifer Purcell

Coming off a record-breaking Arizona Gives Day in 2019 that generated $3.6 million from donors statewide, expectations were sky high for the eighth annual Arizona Gives on April 7. And then came COVID-19. As the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, Arizona Grantmakers Forum and presenting sponsor FirstBank moved closer to Arizona Gives Day 2020, the state — and the country — … [More]

Republic Bank of Arizona Steps Up for Nonprofits during Pandemic

by Karen Vitkovich

When the Paycheck Protection Program launched amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Republic Bank of Arizona made a conscious decision to roll out the welcome mat and do its best to help every Arizona small business and nonprofit organization asking for help. The bank proactively reached out to its existing customers, but went a step further in contacting its fellow Alliance of … [More]

Expect More Arizona 

by Christine Thompson

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare some of the most pressing issues that Arizona schools face every day. While our state’s amazing educators have made every effort to support students and avoid a feared COVID-slide, some challenges have been more daunting than others, making even small wins especially sweet. Food insecurity: While some schools were able to begin online … [More]