Friday, May 16, 2014

Summer Camps 2014

This summer parents can have their children participate in a plethora of programs being offered by Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce members that range from learning how to open your own business to discovering dinosaurs to band camp. Among the programs are:

YES Week 2014

Do you have a budding entrepreneur in high school? If so, NACET and the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce would like to invite your student to YES Week 2014!
Young Entrepreneurial Scholars (YES) Week is a week long summer event for high-school-aged students in the Northern Arizona area to create their own businesses and to learn the ins and outs of startups!  At YES Week, students will gain an understanding of entrepreneurship as a viable career option and learn about resources in their community, generate business ideas to create an atmosphere of fun, meet and learn from successful entrepreneurs, learn to work and cooperate in groups, develop critical thinking, leadership abilities, and life skills, and identify and evaluate entrepreneurial opportunities in Northern Arizona. To learn more and to register, call the Chamber at 928.774.4505.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army offers a wide variety of summer camps to youth ages 7 through 16. Their five different camps include Salvation Army Youth Camp, Band Camp, Gospel Camp, Teen Wilderness Camp, and Discovery Camp. Each program is held at The Salvation Army Southwest Division Camp Ponderosa Ranch in the White Mountains of Heber, AZ. At every Salvation Army summer camp:
Youth live in common aged cabin groups with councilors.
Meals are served “family style” by wait staff to each table.
Each day’s programming includes Bible emphasis and Chapel times.
An on-campus certified Health Care Supervisor handles all medications and incidences at the Camp.
Contact the local Salvation Army Corps/Unit in your community to inquire about eligible camps, possible scholarships, and for Camper Applications.

Theatrikos Theatre Company

Theatrikos Theatre Company is offering several summer camps in the coming months! Expose your child to the thrill, excitement and creativity of theater. This summer, kids ages 7-14 can be a part of many popular performances, including Peter Pan Jr. and James and the Giant Peach. Children ages 6-12 also have the opportunity to learn about play production, test out their juggling skills, and practice their acting, dancing and singing. For more information and to sign up for classes, visit

The Boys & Girls Club of Flagstaff

The Boys & Girls Club of Flagstaff’s Super Summer Day Camp is a nine week summer program that kicks off June 2nd, and will run Monday- Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Kids will enjoy many field trips and exciting activities throughout the summer, including participating in the Youth Police Academy presented by The Flagstaff Police Department, going on treks with the hiking club, and themed weeks such as Super Heroes week and Space week. Career week also includes fine arts classes, time in the technology room, indoor sports activities, swimming, bowling, movies and much more. The camp costs $70 a week per child  plus a $20 membership fee. Multiple child discounts and scholarships are available. No child will be turned away. For more information please visit or call the Boys & Girls Club of Flagstaff at 928-266-0489.

Museum of Northern Arizona

From dinosaurs to clay, floating the San Juan river or excavating an archaeological site, make your child’s summer one to remember. Museum of Northern Arizona camps offer meaningful exploration with a focus on the diverse traditions of the arts, natural sciences and Native cultures of the Colorado Plateau. Experienced educators will delight and teach using hands-on activities and field trips. The Museum of Northern Arizona Discovery Program offers summer camps for children ages 4 to 13. Camps run for 8 weeks from June 9 to August 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for ages 6 to 13 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for ages 4 through 5. Camp dates, descriptions and costs are listed on the museum’s website, Scholarships are available.

Hitchin’ Post Stables

A horseback riding camp at Hitchin Post Stables features equine education, riding lessons, activities, crafts, snacks, drinks and a Hitchin’ Post Junior Wrangler T-Shirt. Kids 7 to 16 years will learn about horse and barn safety, tack lessons and vet care. Gentle horses on a roomy ranch provide a backdrop for a fun-filled time. Monday through Thursday from 8 am to Noon. Sessions are  June 2-5, 9-12, 16-19 and 23-26. Cost is $300 per four-day session. Reservation are required, so call 928.774.1719.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Week May 5-9

A few years ago, the Board of Directors of the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce met to discuss possible initiatives it could invest its time and work in to better our community. While several ideas were discussed, the one that met with instant universal support was finding a way to help our teachers, who work tremendously long hours and often feel underappreciated.
How can businesses expect world-class education across our state, it was asked, if we do not invest in and recognize those that inspire, motivate and lead students? How can we honor those professionals who serve as one of the most influential forces in our children’s - and our future employee’s - lives?
As a result of that dynamic and passionate discussion, a terrific new Chamber initiative was born: Flagstaff Values Teachers.
Flagstaff Values Teachers (FVT) incorporates a three-pronged approach to supply teachers with the items they need in their classrooms, provide low-cost professional development, and a wonderful business discount card with sizable breaks from local businesses. Hopefully, these gestures will give a morale boost to local teachers and ensure that they feel appreciated.
“We are really excited about providing ways for our local business community to honor local educators,” said Board Chairman Guillermo Cortes. “K-12 teachers lay the critical foundation for educational attainment.”
FVT’s teacher discount card helps ease the financial burden that many teachers feel by offering them special savings at more than 100 Chamber businesses. More than 400 teachers have enrolled in the discount card initiative. Meanwhile, our partnership with APS and Lessons2Life provides low-cost professional development through on-site meetings with local business owners and managers about the skills businesses are looking for when they hire.
Lastly, in August, Suddenlink and the Chamber host a three day teacher supply drive at the two WalMarts in town. Last year’s drive secured more than $43,000 worth of supplies. It is our hope that this will grow annually and that no teacher will have to pay out of their own pocket for classroom supplies. Every student deserves a fully supplied classroom to optimize learning.
No matter what kind of student you were, you probably remember at least one outstanding teacher who was passionate about your achievement and who made a big impression on you. Teacher Appreciation Week is a fabulous time to take a moment to reflect on how important teachers are to you, your family, your business, our community and more. Send a card with your student to his or her teacher, celebrate teachers on your favorite social media platform, invite a teacher to dinner at your house! Those small steps could be the start of something big - making sure our local educators know just how much they are valued.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Twin Arrows celebrating their 1st Anniversary May 3rd

Join the party as Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort celebrates their 1st anniversary on May 3rd!

Come out to the casino resort for a day of gaming, specials and a complimentary fireworks show.

Indulge yourself  with $1 hot dogs & $1 beers all day long.

Plus, enter to win $100 CASH every hour in our Hot Seat Drawings from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Just play your favorite slot machine with your Players Club card properly inserted to register for the cash drawings.

Longing for a weekend escape? We're also giving away ten "'Suite' Deal!" Packages at 10 p.m.
Win one of ten overnight stays in one of our brand new suites and dinner for two at Zenith Steakhouse. See the Players Club for your free entry!

Don't miss out on our complimentary fireworks show at 9 p.m.

Bring your family and friends to Twin Arrows for an unforgettable anniversary celebration!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Annual Report Video

Check out our Annual Report video, presented at the January 24 Annual Meeting.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Director Mike Sistak traveled to Denver last year for the Business of Water Summit, sponsored by the Colorado-based consortium Protect the Flows. We continue to be involved in Protect the Flows on behalf of the outdoor recreation industry and businesses of all types in our region who rely heavily on the Colorado River. 6.1 million jobs are associated with the river statewide and billions in state tax revenues are collected annually. We must protect every drop! 

View this great video
produced by Protect the Flows explaining what this group is and their mission:

Flagstaff Chamber Represents Area Businesses at ‘Business of Water’ Summit in Denver

Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Director Mike Sistak recently represented member businesses that rely on the Colorado River and traveled to Denver for the Business of Water Summit, sponsored by the Colorado-based group Protect The Flows.

Protect The Flows was founded in 2011 as a consortium of businesses dedicated to common sense solutions to the water challenges that face the entire southwest. The main driver of needed solutions is finding a way to protect the Colorado River Basin, which is vital to the economies and well being of the 7 state region that comprises the basin.

The group advocates for both business and public policy that will support and sustain the environment, business, recreation, and the overall quality of life that the Colorado River provides.

Throughout the entire basin region, the Colorado River supports over a quarter million jobs and generates over $26 billion in annual economic output. In Arizona alone, the river supports over 53,000 jobs and generates just under $6 billion a year in economic output.

Mike traveled to the summit on the heels of the sixteen day shutdown of the federal government. Northern Arizona bore witness to several million dollars in lost revenue due to the shutdown, closing Grand Canyon National Park and restricting access to the Colorado River.

“The message I wanted to bring to the summit was that in Flagstaff we caught a glimpse of what it would be like if suddenly the Colorado River wasn’t there,” Mike said. “We take the river for granted and if as a business community we don’t invest in sound policies to protect the river, the effects we felt during the shutdown could be that much more detrimental to a wide variety of local businesses.”

Also in attendance at the Denver summit was Mark Lamberson, owner and operator of Mountain Sports in downtown Flagstaff. “As a retailer for outdoor clothing and supplies, much of which ends up going with my customers to the Grand Canyon and Colorado River, I am directly affected by the sustainability of the river,” said Mark. “But no matter what your business or reason for living in Flagstaff is we are all, in some way affected by the river.” Mark and his daughter Lisa have been involved with Protect The Flows since its inception.

At the summit, over 30 individuals represented businesses and organizations that ranged from mega-hotels in Las Vegas that consume thousands of gallons of water a day, to small regional banks that provide startup loans to river runners. The common message among the group was that it is up to the business community to lead the charge of the sustainability of the river.

Mark Udall, the senior United States Senator for Colorado, gave the keynote address at the summit. He indicated that if the Southwestern United States is to meet the challenges of sustaining the river, that it first must be acknowledged that the current use and management of the river is unsustainable. He said that he has a close friendship with each senator that represents a Colorado River Basin state, and that when it comes to water policy there is no partisanship among them, it’s about working toward what is the best policy for future access to water.

The Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce is taking comments from member businesses directly impacted by our proximity to the Colorado River.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Exporters, Look South!

Northern Arizona companies looking to build overseas sales are wise to start by looking south to the United States’ eleven Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partners in Latin America.

These 11 economies – Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru – all have a rapidly growing base of middle-class consumers and diversifying industries. Tariffs are low or nonexistent, which can mean a lower cost of doing business and lower barriers to entry in these markets.

A record number of American businesses are reaching international customers, but exporting companies are only taking advantage of one market. Expanding to additional export markets improves a business’ bottom line. Companies exporting to one market average roughly $375,000 in export sales. For a company exporting to two-to-four export markets, that average nearly triples to $1 million in sales.

Thanks to its network of offices in the Latin American FTA markets, the U.S. Commercial Service (CS) is well-placed to help Arizona exporters evaluate and prioritize market potential and implement a business development strategy for the region. CS services include

  • Identifying potential partners and clients; 
  • Sharing insights into legal and cultural environments; 
  • Arranging business-to-business meetings; and, 
  • Advocating for U.S. companies bidding on FTA partner government procurement contracts.

To learn more about how the Commercial Service can help, Northern Arizona companies are encouraged to contact Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce CEO Julie Pastrick.  Julie can put you in direct contact with U.S. Commercial Service resources in Arizona.

Flagstaff’s Julie Pastrick Appointed to Arizona District Export Council

In late December, the Arizona District Export Council announced that Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Julie Pastrick has been appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to serve a four-year term.

The District Export Council recognizes that there is  great potential in Arizona for small and medium size business through exporting products and services. The focus of the Council includes the following activities:

  • Collaborating with Arizona business public and private sector groups to stimulate economic growth through trade and investment.
  • Regularly providing export training, readiness and advice to interested businesses.
  • Addressing local and regional trade issues.
  • Advocating for a well-informed public and political dialogue about global business in Arizona.
  • Preparing Arizona to be a “global ready” State.
  • Supporting the Arizona U.S. Export Assistance Center, a division of the U.S. Commercial Service.
At the Federal level, the DEC works in conjunction with Congressional and Senatorial offices to represent export-oriented Arizona businesses.  If you are interested in expanding your products or service into international markets please contact Julie Pastrick at