Message from the CEO

by Cindy Kibbe

Greetings! I am Mark Hiegel, your new chamber president and CEO. By way of introduction, let me tell you a little about myself. Most recently, I served as director of marketing and business development for Greenberg Traurig, an international law firm based in Phoenix. Before that, I was managing partner at R&R Partners, an international marketing agency with an office … [More]

The only thing certain is change

by Cindy Kibbe

When I was a little girl, my mother would say, “The only thing certain is change.” As is often the case, she was right. The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce is undergoing a sea change of, well, change. Rick Kidder, our president and CEO since 2006, announced his resignation in June. He will be leaving for New England to head up the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce … [More]

Scottsdale Area Chamber celebrates volunteers, unveils new initiatives

by Cindy Kibbe

The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 2015 Business Volunteer Awards on June 10, at Venue 8600 in Scottsdale. Organizations like the Scottsdale Area Chamber rely on its members as much as its staff to become and remain successful. The Business Volunteer Awards were created to honor those members who have gone above and beyond in their service to the … [More]

2015 Scottsdale Spice set to sizzle in September

by Cindy Kibbe

While the Arizona summer heat in September is just beginning to cool down, things are just starting to heat up at the 2015 Scottsdale Spice Culinary Festival. Returning to The Venue in Downtown Scottsdale on Sat., Sept. 12, Scottsdale Spice will feature dishes served up by some of the Valley’s hottest chefs. The culinary all-stars will compete in the mild, medium and hot … [More]

Scottsdale Area Chamber launches new initiatives

by Cindy Kibbe

The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting in June in conjunction with the Business Volunteer Awards. At the meeting, members were treated to a preview of two new programs. Be Scottsdale Fit Be Scottsdale Fit is a wellness and work/life integration initiative sponsored by the Scottsdale Chamber Foundation, the mission-oriented 501(c)(3) organization … [More]

Apply now for the 30th Annual Sterling Awards

by Cindy Kibbe

If your company or nonprofit organization provides your customers and the community with superlative service, now is the time to let it shine by applying for the Scottsdale Area Chamber’s 30th Annual Sterling Awards. Each year, the chamber honors a large, medium and small company and one nonprofit with a Sterling Award for embodying the spirit of the organization and for making … [More]

Expand your network through Leads Groups

by Cindy Kibbe

One of the best ways to grow your list of professional contacts and business leads is by joining one of the morning Leads Referral Groups with the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber’s leads groups provide an opportunity for members to share ideas, contacts and qualified referrals in a one-person-per-profession setting. While all professions and businesses are … [More]

7 tips for a successful ribbon-cutting event

by Cindy Kibbe

You just opened your business and joined the Scottsdale Area Chamber as a Classic-level member. You’re already on your way to a successful start. Now, customers need to learn more about you. One of the best ways to increase publicity and foot traffic is to host a Red Ribbon Networking Event with the chamber. For members who have joined at the Classic level and above, the … [More]

Partner Council: The ultimate return on chamber membership investment

by Cindy Kibbe

The Partner Council supports the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce at significant investment levels in order to support the mission of the organization and to engage in programs and services dedicated to that smaller group. Members of the Partner Council are some of the most influential and connected business leaders in Scottsdale and the Valley. Partner Council members … [More]

Changes at the Scottsdale Area Chamber

by Cindy Kibbe

Matt Blum Matt joined the chamber’s sales team in March. Originally a musician and sculptor, he has channeled his creativity into marketing and sales. Prior to joining the chamber, Matt worked with Weebly, Phoenix Suns, Harlem Globetrotters, Insight and ASU Foundation. Kelly McCoy Kelly was hired as the chamber’s programs and events manager in March. An Arizona … [More]

2015 Women in Leadership highlights women and empowerment

by Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce

More than 120 attended the Third Annual Women in Leadership event, held Feb. 11, at the Silverleaf Club in Scottsdale. Presented by APS, with additional sponsorship by Cox Communications, Scottsdale Community College, Merestone and Encore Creative, Women in Leadership focuses on topics, stakeholders and policy-makers that help women manage work/life balance while excelling … [More]

Message from the CEO

by Rick Kidder

Spring has sprung, and with the beauty of the season comes an astounding array of events and activities that help show Scottsdale to the world, much of which is still covered with snow. No other part of the country can boast the world’s largest-attended golf tournament and a Super Bowl — all on the same weekend! Corporate and private aircraft, collectively worth billions of … [More]

Visions for city’s future discussed at 5th annual event

by Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce

Where is Scottsdale today? Where do we want it to be in the future? What is the common ground that will lead us to that vision of the future? Those were some of the questions discussed at Scottsdale Forward 2015, held Fri., March 27, at the Scottsdale Community College Performing Arts Center. Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-R) and former Sen. John Kyl (AZ-R) keynoted the annual … [More]

Breakfast With A Side Of … Immigration

by Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce

Demographic trends tell Arizona’s evolving story Arizona’s story has always been closely tied with the people that come here to make it their home. This story continues to be a dynamic one as shown by Jim Rounds, senior vice president with Scottsdale economics firm Elliott D. Pollack & Company, at the Scottsdale Area Chamber’s Breakfast With A Side Of … Immigration. Held … [More]

Scottsdale Spice turns up the heat on World Chef Competition

by Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce

Scottsdale’s newest culinary event crowned some of the “hottest” chefs in the Valley on Sat., Sept. 27, 2014, who showcased some of their spiciest dishes — and where one chef was selected to compete for the world title. More than 700 attended the inaugural Scottsdale Spice Culinary Event, presented by Comerica Bank, at the Venue in downtown Scottsdale to sample dishes with a … [More]

Rick Kidder December 2014 Message

by Rick Kidder

The 29th Annual Sterling Awards, which honored excellence in micro business, small business, big business and nonprofits, was a rousing affair. Themed by Merestone, the Valley’s finest event production company, this superhero event could not have been more appropriate. Twelve great firms were honored as finalists — and one finalist from each of the four categories was named … [More]

Scottsdale Airpark Bus Tour makes a comeback

by Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce

The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce resumed its popular bus tour of the Scottsdale Airpark Area on Oct. 29, 2014. Nearly 60 businesspeople climbed aboard Scottsdale’s iconic trolleys for an informative tour highlighting the Airpark’s history and to learn more about the companies that currently call the area home. Inside a mere 8.6-square-mile area, Scottsdale Airpark … [More]

Scottsdale businesses, nonprofit shine at 2014 Sterling Awards

by Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce

More than 400 attendees watched as three businesses and one nonprofit organization exemplified why Scottsdale is a superb place to work, live and play at the 29th Annual Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce Sterling Awards, held Fri., Nov. 14, at the Chaparral Suites Resort in Scottsdale. Four winners were selected from among 12 finalists for the coveted Sterling Award. The … [More]

Message from the CEO

by Rick Kidder

While the chamber is a not-for-profit corporation, it is not a charitable entity as defined through the IRS. All nonprofits share one thing in common — a need and a dependence on volunteers. At our monthly Know Your Chamber events, I stress to new members coming on board that without our volunteers, the chamber would have closed its doors many years ago, rather than thrive for … [More]

Chamber Annual Meeting and Business Volunteer Awards

by Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce

In June, the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the Second Annual Meeting and Business Volunteer Awards. Since 1947, four years before the incorporation of the City of Scottsdale, the chamber’s business leaders have led the way toward the goal of a livable, vibrant community with a strong love of its past and an unshakable eye toward its future. Despite the … [More]