Thursday, May 31, 2012

Alpine Pedaler Event for Flagstaff Shelter Services

The Alpine Pedaler is holding a pub crawl/ mini golf event through downtown Flagstaff bars with an epic afterparty at the Mother Road Brewery with catered BBQ and beer.


The event benefits Flagstaff Shelter Services - and consists of nine holes. There will be VIP drinks and awesome prizes.

Sign up today and bring your friends! Space is limited.
Registration is $160 per group of four "Golfers."
http://www.alpinepedaler.com/

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Why bother?

So you know that the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce focuses on five core values.

  1. Creating a stronger local economy
  2. Promoting community
  3. Representing business before government
  4. Political action
  5. Networking

That's all well and good, but do you know exactly what the Chamber does for your business?
Provide you with instant credibility: consumers who believe a business is a Chamber member are 63% more likely to buy goods and services (Shapiro Group, 2007)

Interactive business listing on the Chamber website with approximately 50,000 annual visitors.
- Link to your site
- Google map to your location
- Description of your business

Blog posts each week featuring local events and businesses
Featured posts on Facebook and Twitter with an average weekly reach of nearly 10,000 people

Brochure distribution, walk-in and phone referrals from the Chamber front office.
- The Chamber sees hundreds of walk-in, phone and website inquiries every day. Member businesses are referred on a rotating basis

Online job postings to attract new employees to your organization
Online e-coupon posting on the Chamber website

Access to member savings programs
- 3% discount on individual policies through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
- Bonus dividends back from SCF Arizona
- 80% off a 1/4 page ad in the Daily sun for new and renewing members

A full time government affairs representative working on your behalf with local, state and federal government.

Economic Gardening & Development
- ECoNA partner private business retention and expansion effort
- Workforce development - YES! week, Skills for Success
-Community Promotion: 4th of July parade, Holiday Lights parade, Buy-Dine-Stay program

All of these benefits are included in your annual chamber membership dues. The online advertising alone can account for your dues, and it pays for itself with the customers it will gain you! Don't believe us? We encourage you to ask each customer where they heard about you. Over the course of the year, you will see that enough customers will come to you from the Chamber to pay for your dues!

As a member, you are also eligible to join us for the following events:

Monthly networking events and special functions
- Good Morning Flagstaff Speed Networking Breakfast ($20)
-"Business After 5" mixers ($7)
- Annual Golf Tournament
- Annual meeting
- Evening of Jazz fundraiser
- New member connection mixer

When it comes down to it - even though the annual basic fee of $275 (organization) or $140 (personal) seems like a lot of money, you are getting an incredible value!

If you are interested in learning more about a Chamber membership - call Kat or James at (928) 774-4505

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Announcing the 4th of July Parade Grand Marshalls

FLAGSTAFF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND PEPSI ANNOUNCE 4TH OF JULY PARADE GRAND MARSHALLS


Call for Parade Entries


FLAGSTAFF, AZ – The Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce and Pepsi announce the 16th Annual 4th of July Parade on Wednesday, July 4 at 9 am on the streets of historic downtown Flagstaff.
            Together they are proud to announce a celebration of the Navajo Code Talkers George Willie and Sydnie Bedonie as Grand Marshalls.  “We honor the Code Talkers for their service to our Country and the great pride they have brought to our Nation,” stated Julie Pastrick, President and CEO.      
The Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce 4th of July Parade has been declared “an Arizona Treasure” by former Governor Janet Napolitano, and is a local holiday tradition, drawing thousands to Flagstaff each year.  This parade will include hundreds of patriotic citizens, floats, vintage vehicles, clowns, animals, marching bands, dancing and much more. 
Applications are now being accepted and are available online at www.flagstaffchamber.com. Entries are accepted on a first come, first served basis. There is a $50 entry fee per application.
Sponsorships opportunities are available.  
Make it a memorable 4th of July weekend this year and come celebrate your Independence Day in historic downtown Flagstaff.  For more information please call the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce at 928-774-4505 or go online at www.flagstaffchamber.com
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101 W. Route 66  •  Flagstaff, AZ 86001-5598  •  (928) 774-4505  •  FAX (928) 779-1209
www.flagstaffchamber.com
 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Downtown Mile scheduled for 4th of July


Team Run Flagstaff and the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Team Up to Present Inaugural Downtown Mile

The city’s first one-mile race on the streets of historic downtown Flagstaff will kickoff July 4th festivities
May 17, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Flagstaff (May 17, 2012)—Before the backyard barbeques or fireworks begin on July 4, 2012, 300 runners will take to the streets of historic downtown Flagstaff for the city’s first one-mile race, beginning and ending at Heritage Square.

The inaugural Downtown Mile, presented by the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce and Team Run Flagstaff, is the first race of its kind in the community. Beginning at 7 a.m., prior to the annual 4th of July Parade, four waves of competitors will have the opportunity to see how fast they can cover a mile on a portion of the parade route, providing a unique experience and plenty of spectators for runners of all abilities.

“The Flagstaff Chamber is thrilled to partner with Team Run Flagstaff to bring the Downtown Mile to life. With the street closures already in place for our parade, it feels like a totally natural fit to add this event to the summer holiday festivities,” said Kat Ross, membership director for the Chamber. “We look forward to a large race and feel that the excitement of this event will attract a new demographic to Flagstaff on the 4th and boost our local economy.”

Racers will start and end the two-loop, half-mile course on Aspen at Heritage Square, turning north on San Francisco, west on Cherry, south on Beaver, and returning to Aspen. Participants will be divided into four race categories: master’s women (aged 40 and older), master’s men, open women, and open men. The heats will begin at 7 a.m. and each will start 15 minutes apart. A free half-mile kids’ race will be held at 6:55 a.m. for children ages 12 and under. Awards for overall and age group top finishers will take place after the final heat at Heritage Square, as well as a raffle.

The Downtown Mile race concept was one that members of Team Run Flagstaff had imagined for several years, however the partnership with the Chamber has made it a reality.

“For members of Team Run Flagstaff, running is a positive part of our lives and we want to share our passion for the sport and our community with a fun, fast race that anybody can participate in,” said Michael Smith, executive director of Team Run Flagstaff. “We are grateful that the Chamber of Commerce embraced our vision and has enthusiastically collaborated with us to create what we hope is a new 4th of July tradition in our city.”

The race is capped at 300 participants and is expected to sell out in its first year. Registration is now available at VirtualRoster.com (look for “Flagstaff July 4 Downtown Mile”) and the cost is $30. Only advanced registration is available—race-day registration will not be provided. Race packet and shirt pick up will be held at Run Flagstaff (204A East Rt. 66) on July 3, 2012.

Following the race, runners are highly encouraged to stick around downtown for the rest of the summer holiday festivities, beginning with the parade.

“Flagstaff is a runner’s paradise,” Smith said. “The opportunity to run through the heart of this city we love, surrounded and cheered on by many members of our community, is exhilarating.”

CONTACTS
Kat Ross
Chamber of Commerce Membership Director
928-774-4505

Michael Smith
Team Run Flagstaff Executive Director
978-852-8247  
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Team Run Flagstaff is the city’s largest nonprofit running organization, with more than 250 members. TRF provides opportunities in running for people of all abilities and interests through organized training, coaching, and educational offerings. For more information, visit teamrunflagstaff.com.

The Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1891 as the Board of Trade. It is a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve and protect the business climate and quality of life in the Flagstaff area by advocating for business and being a community partner and business resource. For more information, visit flagstaffchamber.com.



Accepting Entries for Flagstaff 4th of July Parade, 2012

Be a part of Flagstaff's Celebratory 4th of July parade this year!


We are now accepting entries for the annual 4th of July parade!

Entry forms can be found at our website www.flagstaffchamber.com - or a direct link HERE! 

Fill out your form and return it in person to the Chamber at 101 w Route 66.

Limited space remaining, so get it done soon!!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Own your own Auntie Anne's Franchise!

Auntie Anne's Pretzel Perfection is seeking franchise owners in Flagstaff, Phoenix and Scottsdale IMMEDIATELY!

Contact Linda Engels, the Senior Franchise Sales Representative via email at LEngels@auntieannesinc.com or via telephone: 717-435-1479 to inquire about becoming part of the world's largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise.

95% of current franchise partners would recommend Auntie Anne's to a potential franchise partner! Don't wait - call Linda Engles now to discuss this great opportunity!




Would you like to have your event or opportunity promoted on the Flagstaff Chamber Blog? Send an email to our blogmaster - Matt Beaty - to get a blog post promoting your organization or event for FREE!


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Summer Internships for High School Students

Do you know of any high school students in Flagstaff who want a PAID summer internship? (Parents howabout your kids?)

This Summer, the Chamber is partnering with the Coconino County Career Center to offer internships to high school students up to 32 hours/week over the course of 8 weeks.

Several businesses have expressed interest in hiring interns
  • Southwest Windpower
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • AZ Elite
  • Little America
  • Goodwill Industries
Now we need students!

To apply, students should download the application HERE, fill it out, and return it to the Chamber of Commerce either in person or via email to agavin@flagstaffchamber.com ASAP! Applications will be given to the pool of potential employers for them to choose from.

Need more information? Read this article by Carol Curtis, the director at the CCCC.

Businesses & Teens
With youth unemployment double the rate of adults, and the disturbing trend of 70% of our graduates leaving town, it is a crucial time to expand the Chamber’s workforce development efforts by adding an internship initiative. Thanks to a partnership between the Coconino County Career Center and the Chamber, funds will be available this summer to pay wages for summer internships with local Chamber members. “Skilling up” our local youth talent pipeline means employers will be able to increase their productivity, at no cost, just as the economy is improving and creating demand for new staff.
So, why a partnership between Chamber and the County Career Center? The Chamber’s “Skills for Success” initiative, now in its seventh year, has an excellent track record of bringing youth and teachers together with local employers to identify career options and educational paths for youth to consider for local employment. The Career Center is funding the next logical step: paying for internships with local employers so teens can apply skills learned in the classroom to a real work environment.

How does it work? The Chamber will seek high school students for these opportunities and have them complete a form indicating the type of work they want to pursue this summer. From these applicants, a candidate pool will be developed and provided to employers. The employers will interview the students and identify the best candidate for their company. The Career Center will then set up the Internship with the student, and sign them up for County payroll, to work for up to two months at the business. All students will be paid $7.65 per hour.

But wait, there’s more…Students that are hired to work in these summer Internships will also be able to earn high school credits at a summer school offered by the Career Center. The Career Center has a Certified teacher, and uses the computer system called Novanet, to offer over 10,000 different high school classes. Students can catch up on credits, or get ahead during their internships. Summer school is offered at no cost to participants in the Chamber internship programs.
So what are you waiting for? Call the Flagstaff Chamber at 928.774.4505 to get connected.

Carol Curtis
Director
Coconino County Career Center



Monday, May 14, 2012

Lesson 2 Life and Flagstaff Values Teachers

We now have over 170 teachers signed up as part of the Flagstaff Values Teachers program!

In an effort to give teachers even more great opportunities, we have partnered with the Arizona K-12 Center and APS to offer continuing education to teachers in Northern Arizona through the Lesson 2 Life program.


"The program, which takes place during the summer break, has teachers participate in learning exchanges with area businesses to see firsthand how important the mastery of the Arizona State Academic Workplace Skills Standards is to success in business."
The following businesses have signed up to participate in this year's Lesson2Life:

  • SCA Tissue
  • Little America
  • Flagstaff Medical Center
  • Second Chance Center for Animals
This year's L2L in Flagstaff is July 18, 19, 20 Teachers can sign up HERE. $40 covers the entire three-day experience which includes lunches and visits/tours at four participating businesses. Teachers earn 17 hours of Professional Development Credit by participating!

Sean Tice, a teacher at Mount Elden Middle School, said the interaction with businesses made Lesson2Life "by far the most relevant information for teachers and students" that he had received in 16 years of taking professional development courses.


Need more information? Contact Karen Grose at AZK-12: 602.443.6444 or kgrose@azk12.org

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Social Media Stats!

HubSpot is a great place to learn about social media and all kinds of e-marketing. Recently, we at the chamber downloaded a 136 page presentation on "100 Awesome Marketing Charts," and came away with some really cool information...
For instance:




All this, courtesy of HubSpot - blog.hubspot.com

All these awesome statistics reminded us of the YouTube video depicting similar persuasive messages for businesses to engage in social media!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Official Launch!

Loyal readers, members, and awesome people of the Flagstaff community - today we celebrate the official launch of our beautiful new blog!


Here we will post events from our members and around the community, as well as pictures we take, kudos we give, and so much more!

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While you're at it, you may want to LIKE us on Facebook, or FOLLOW us on Twitter!

For your enjoyment: Today's E-News!