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]

Women in Business Council Announces the 2019-2020 Mentoring Program

by Ayrianna Drayton

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Council launched its annual mentoring program with 10 pairs of mentors and protégés. The selected participants began the six-month program on December 12th, 2019. The Mentoring Program was created in order to assist women and men in reaching and achieving their personal and professional goals and to create an environment in … [More]

21st Annual State of the City with Mayor Mark Mitchell

by Ayrianna Drayton

“The Evolution of Our City” was the theme of this year’s 21st Annual State of the City hosted by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce at the Marriott Phoenix Resort Tempe at The Buttes. Mayor Mark Mitchell welcomed a sold-out crowd of 600 distinguished sponsors and guests to hear him reflect on the past year’s success and how Tempe is planning ahead and evolving for the future of an … [More]

Tempe Chamber of Commerce Receives Youth Advocacy Award

by Ayrianna Drayton

On November 13th, the Tempe Chamber was honored with the Youth Advocate Award at Tempe Coalition’s 3rd Annual Celebrating Champions for Youth event. The award recognizes the success of the chamber’s Career Ready Tempe program and its impact on reducing youth risk behaviors in Tempe. Last summer, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Tempe, launched … [More]

EVCCA Launches Healthcare Program for Businesses

by Ayrianna Drayton

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance (EVCCA) recently launched Lifestyle Health Plans. This health insurance program is designed to help East Valley employers save money on healthcare premiums and provide a robust wellness plan and quality care to employees. This level-funded program can save members 5 to 15 percent … [More]

Tempe Chamber Launches Hownd Partnership

by Ayrianna Drayton

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce launched its inaugural Affinity Partnership with Hownd (formerly FetchRev) in November 2019, to bring a patent-pending effortless promotions platform to its members. Hownd’s platform generates the new and repeat customers local merchants need to grow their business and consistently generate more profitable revenue. It delivers a local merchant’s … [More]

Tempe Chamber Welcomes Ayrianna Drayton, Marketing & Event Coordinator

by Sukki Jahnke

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce hired Ayrianna Drayton to serve as the Marketing and Event Coordinator this past June. In her new role, Ayrianna Drayton is responsible for the development, coordination, implementation and maintenance of marketing campaigns and events. Her role is vital to enhancing and expanding the Chamber’s membership base, programs, special events and … [More]

Career Ready Tempe

by Kristian Johnson

This summer, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce and the City of Tempe will launch Career Ready Tempe, a two-year youth workforce pilot program intended to tackle barriers to employability for income-eligible youth and help employers create a robust youth talent pipeline. Teens preparing for today’s workforce have co-existed with the internet for the entirety of their existence. … [More]

Tempe Chamber Announces Tempe Streetcar Asset Assistance Loan Program

by Kristian Johnson

In a partnership of the City of Tempe, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, SCORE and One AZCredit Union, a Tempe Streetcar Asset Assistance program was announced in December of 2018. The purpose of the program is to provide low-interest loan opportunities to businesses directly adjacent to the streetcar route during construction. The Tempe Streetcar project is a three-mile route … [More]

Tempe Chamber Women in Business Announces the 2018-2019 Mentoring Program 

by Kristian Johnson

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Council launched its annual mentoring program with 11 pairs of mentors and protégés. The selected participants began the six-month program on December 13th. The program focuses on self-discovery, professional development, making connections, sharing experiences and much more. Each participant was asked to complete a TTI/DISC … [More]

Tempe Chamber Welcomes New Staff

by Kristian Johnson

Erika Acorn, Business Development Specialist Erika’s role is to develop and implement programs to increase membership and sponsorships. She has worked for a nonprofit membership-based company where she was able to connect members with new opportunities and create programs that aligned with their needs. She brings experience in community engagement, brand development and … [More]

State of the City with Mayor Mark Mitchell Breaks Records

by Kristian Johnson

Innovation, Discovery, Education, Arts – IDEA Tempe was the theme of the 20th Annual State of the City Address by Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. Hosted by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce at the Marriott Buttes Resort Tempe, the event welcomed 600 distinguished sponsors and guests to hear Mayor Mitchell reflect on the past year’s success and discuss new projects for Tempe’s future. … [More]

The 2018 Business of the Year Award goes to …

by Ariyanna Norman

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards honor one small business and one large business that serve as a positive role model to others and are active in the Tempe community. This year’s winners were announced on June 29th at the 2018 Tempe Chamber Annual Luncheon.  The Chamber awarded MAC6 as the Small Business of the Year. MAC6 provides a collaborative … [More]

The Chamber Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

by Ariyanna Norman

The 2018 Spirit of Tempe award was given to Frank and Judy Woertz. This power couple has provided more than 40 years of service in Tempe. Their State Farm Insurance agency is recognized as one of the leaders within the entire company. Recently, Frank Woertz was named Volunteer of the Year in 2015 and also served as chairman of the Ambassador committee for two years. He was … [More]

Tempe.Pledge.Green is growing!

by Ariyanna Norman

The Tempe Sustainability Pledge is a Tempe Chamber program where businesses commit to reducing their environmental footprint. In the last six months, the program has grown by 30 percent with new pledge takers and social media activity. Recent Tempe.Pledge.Green companies include SunTrac, TCH, The Deneau Law Firm, MAC6, Junior Achievement of Arizona and Pixel Photography. … [More]