Introducing Colin Diaz, TCC’s New President & CEO

by David Key

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has named Colin Diaz, ACE, IOM, as the new President and CEO following the retirement of Anne Gill. Colin Diaz is no stranger to chamber of commerce work, as he assumes the role of President and CEO with more than four years of experience as the Chief Executive Officer/President of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce in Culver … [More]

Tempe Chamber of Commerce Welcomes New Team Members

David John Key, Marketing & Programs Manager  In August 2021, David Key was welcomed as the new marketing and programs manager.  The marketing and programs manager is responsible for the development, coordination, implementation and maintenance of Chamber marketing and event campaigns with the strategy to engage, enhance and promote the Chamber’s membership base, … [More]

2021 State of the City Address

by David Key

On November 5, 2021, The Tempe Chamber’s Annual State of the City, presented by Edward Jones, brought together Tempe’s business, civic and community leaders. The State of the City Address, featuring Mayor Corey Woods and the Tempe City Council, explored how the City of Tempe is working with the business community, nonprofit partners, and educational institutions to positively … [More]

2022 Leadership Speaker Series

by David Key

In January and February of 2022, the Tempe Chamber hosted the 2022 Leadership Speaker Series, presented by BD – Becton Dickinson. This year’s theme was “Let Your Brilliant Light Shine.” The virtual series consisted of four dynamic sessions, each led by a leader in their industry who shared leadership best practices and personal stories that helped shape their career.  The … [More]

Tempe Chamber MAC Celebrates 40 Years 

by David Key

In 2021, the Tempe Chamber Military Affairs Committee celebrated 40 years in support of military personnel in the Greater Phoenix area. Since 1981, the MAC has supported veterans and servicemembers through sponsorships, fundraising, awards and scholarships. Each year, the committee hosts the Copper 5 Awards and the Red, White & Blue Awards. This year, award recipients each … [More]

4th Annual Red, White & Blue Awards 

by David Key

On March 23, 2022, Tempe Chamber Military Affairs Committee hosted the 4th Annual Red, White & Blue Awards, presented by Silicon Valley Bank and BD. Each year, the Red, White & Blue Awards recognizes eight individuals from various branches of the military and public service for their courageous work and dedication to service.  The ceremony took place in-person at … [More]

2021 Stars & Strikes Bowling Fundraiser

by David Key

On September 15, 2021, the Military Affairs Committee proudly hosted the “Stars and Strikes Bowling Fundraiser” event at Main Event Tempe. A portion of the proceeds from this event went toward the Military Affairs Committee’s awards and scholarships. The winning team was GLO Group, featuring MAC Co-Chair Sukki Jahnke, IOM. The runner-up was the City of Tempe team, featuring … [More]

Career Ready Tempe 

by David Key

Career Ready Tempe is a collaborative effort between the City of Tempe and the Chamber Foundation in partnership with Tempe Union High School District. The CRT program has just completed its second year as a pilot program funded by the innovation grant. Nine students from TUHSD completed a fall internship of 120 internship hours with the support of eight local business that … [More]

May 2022 – Upcoming Signature Events

by David Key

2022 Leadership Conference Friday, May 20, 2022, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  DoubleTree by Hilton Tempe  Inspiring speakers and diverse exhibitors come together for the 2022 Leadership Conference & Expo. This year’s program will start off with two informative sessions featuring expert speakers and business community leaders, and plenty of networking and expo time between … [More]

2022 State of the District 

by David Key

April 14, 2022, The Tempe Chamber hosted the 2022 State of the District with Congressman Greg Stanton, presented by FOX Corporation. Attendees were welcomed by Tempe Chamber President and CEO Colin Diaz, who opened by thanking event sponsors, including host Rio Salado College.   Attendees were then greeted by President Kate Smith of Rio Salado College who spoke about the … [More]

Five Tips for Easier Business Tax Filing

by Apex CPAs & Consultants

Running a business is hard and often requires you to wear many hats. Managing your business finances can be especially important and time-consuming when it’s time to file your business income taxes. Here are five things you can do throughout the year to help you during the tax filing season and beyond. Tip #1 – Meet Regularly with Your CPA You should be working with your … [More]

Business Advantage: Ban The Box – an HR Prospective

by Dakotah Wagner

As more states and cities move toward a “Ban the Box” hiring process, many businesses are unsure of what to do regarding applicants who have been previously convicted of a crime. The “Ban the Box” movement allows candidates to be considered for their qualifications first, without the stigma of a conviction or arrest record. For nearly all businesses, only criminal convictions … [More]

Keys to Internal Adoption of Digital Tools

by Susan Yeazel, Donna Hazen and Michelle Auchter

Success happens from the inside out. There’s often an assumption in business that employees will naturally adopt new tools and technology simply because “they’re better.” But it takes more than the promise of a new and improved tool to get people on board. Businesses need to take steps to improve digital adoption in ways that boost administrative efficiency, reduce costs, … [More]

How to Make Mentorship Your Secret Weapon for Business Growth

by Ravishankar Gundlapalli, Ph.D.

Being a business owner is extremely exciting, yet it can also be challenging, especially in uncertain times like we are in right now. The pandemic has disrupted many industries, from hospitality and retail to food and travel. With inflation rising and supply chains getting impacted due to other global disturbances, business environments are likely to become even more … [More]

How to Prevent Online Identity Theft

by Arizona Central Credit Union

Thinking someone can pretend to be you online for financial gain is scary. Unfortunately, in the U.S., identity theft is rising considerably. Being prepared helps protect your identity. According to the Federal Trade Commission, nearly 1.4 million identity thefts were reported in 2020, up from 650,523 in 2019. This is an increase of 113%. Since your bank is where you … [More]

Rekindle Your Creative Thinking

by Gordon Parkman

“Creativity is something you practice, not just a talent you’re born with.” —Tom Kelley and David Kelley According to a number of global surveys of chief executives, creativity is the most sought-after trait in leaders today. In these times of disruptive innovations, creative thinking is especially crucial for the rise and continued success of startup to stalwart … [More]

It’s OK Not to Zoom, Zoom, Zoom All the Time

by Kristen Merrifield

Flashback to January 2020 — ahh, what a time of ignorant bliss. None of us were aware of the beast that was about to be unleashed in just a few more weeks. Oh, I’m not talking about COVID, but yes, that was indeed, and still is, a beast. I’m talking about Zoom.  Yes, yes, I know. Zoom has been around for years. And video chat has been around for decades. It’s nothing new. … [More]

Top 5 Financial Management Best Practices for Nonprofit Boards

Contributed by Gregg Indictor & Eleanor (Ellie) Hume

While nonprofit board members are not usually involved in the day-to-day activities, they are ultimately responsible for managing the organization and making important decisions that fulfill fiduciary duties to both the organization and public that it serves. In this article, we’ve compiled five of our top financial management best practices for nonprofit board members.  1. … [More]

The Power of Partnerships 

by Marcia Mintz

A new report released by the Arizona State Board of Education revealed what many of us working with youth had anticipated: that COVID-19’s impact has been “significant and broad.” Those are the words used in the study to describe the devastation the global pandemic has wreaked on our kids.  Deficiencies in reading and math were most pronounced, particularly among young … [More]

Nonprofit Policy Priorities

by National Council of Nonprofits

Reprinted with permission from the National Council of Nonprofits  Feb 7, 2022 Nonprofit Advocacy Updates As the pandemic has dragged on beyond all expectations, charitable nonprofits of all types report at least three areas of challenges that must be addressed by policymakers. The first is resources; charitable giving is down and giving incentives enacted by Congress … [More]

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