Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Featured Post: Lawyers Title

Length of time you’ve been in business: Lawyers Title has been in business since 1925! In 2008, LandAmerica Transnation and Fidelity National Title merged into Lawyers Title when they joined the Fidelity National Financial, Inc. family of companies, which collectively represents the largest title insurance and escrow services company in the world. We have had a presence in Flagstaff for several years with Transnation Title, Fidelity National Title and now Lawyers Title.

Why did you get into your industry? What is your goal/mission? I was searching for a profession that was respected, fun, and had endless learning possibilities. My goal is to provide valued customer service to the Real Estate professionals and help make the buying and selling process of Real Estate as smooth as possible for our customers.

Your specialty – the reason people choose you: I am a solution finder, and dependable.  I strive to be a business partner by valuing the opinions of all my customers and helping them succeed.

Your favorite part about doing business in Flagstaff: Everything! Flagstaff is such an amazing place to live with a welcoming community. I find it exciting to help people through the buying process when relocating to such a great place such as Flagstaff.

Who is your favorite local non-profit or charitable organization? Why? WOW, there are so many. BOTHANDS is a very powerful organization. They are a non-profit group who really makes a real difference in woman’s lives. They are focused on helping residents access safe, decent and affordable housing with an opportunity for upward mobility. At BOTHANDS they offer first time home buyer education and counseling, down payment assistance, foreclosure mitigation and counseling, the list goes on and on!

Do you have any special events coming up? What are they? We do not have anything planned at this time. We are active in the community events and you will see us supporting the events!

Are you hiring? Always looking for the possibility to expand our business and grow. If there is someone who has Escrow or Title background I would encourage them to talk to us.

Your address and business hours: 123 W Birch Ave, Flagstaff, AZ (across from Wheeler Park)
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m

The Chamber is always looking for more members to feature in posts like these! They're free for a limited time and the goal is to get your name out there and let people - the readers of this blog - know what you have to offer! Just email Matt : to get things going!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Lon Safko and the Social Media Bible

Through our partnership with Northern Arizona SCORE, we are helping to bring Lon Safko to Flagstaff on July 14th!

In case you don't know - Lon is one of the big-time experts on social media what he terms Fusion media. He will be holding a seminar: 
Franke College of Business, room 445 
July 14th 
9:00am to 12:00 noon

Social media marketing is much more than having a Facebook page and sending a few tweets. It is about understanding all of the available tools and knowing which ones to use and how to use them most effectively. It’s about understanding terms such as “the fundamental shift in power”, “link love”, “Google Juice” and “What the SEO advantages are to blogging?”. It’s about using QR codes and mobile marketing, “segmenting”, and “day parting” to achieve a 35% email conversion rate. It’s about in-game advertising, virtual worlds, and video marketing. It’s a lot more than you ever thought! Join Lon Safko, the author of the best-selling book The Social Media Bible and get a completely different perspective on digital marketing! Because - as they say - you don’t know what you don’t know!
 Cost to attend is $49.95 and includes a copy of The Social Media Bible.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Support The Lite Company!

The Lite Company, a Flagstaff chamber member, has applied for a $250,000 grant that is sponsored by Chase and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. They need your help in this interactive campaign to be considered for the grant! 

Log in at using Facebook and vote with your clicks for The Lite Company as well as other organizations that you feel deserves your support!

We have until the end of June to garner our support for The Lite Company! Let's make it happen!

4th of July Parade and other events!

This lovely video, courtesy of Mike Russel at the Flagstaff CVB, showcases a bunch of the great activities available on the 4th of July Holiday in Flagstaff!!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Weather report from FOM Tim Rodriquez

We are very lucky at the Chamber to have Tim as our Front Office Manager. He's a master gardener and a meteorologist extraordinaire.

Here's his memo to our staff talking about the weather this weekend:

In spite of today’s media sensationalism pertaining to the approaching low pressure system, this is NOT the start of the Monsoon Season. – unless… our current high pressure dome is pushed over to, and “parks itself” over the Four Corners area.  I hope it is the beginning!

The latest are the current National Weather Service (NWS) predictions:

·         39% chance of rain Sunday daytime
·         19% chance of rain Sunday nighttime
·         37% chance of rain Monday daytime
·         14% chance of rain Monday nighttime
·         Low pressure system begins to move out on Tuesday.

These are decent odds for a “chance” of rain.  By the way, Saturday’s chance for rain is only around 7% to 10%.  Not much to write home about…

Also, the computer models have done a 180o turn in predictions:  One model is now stating a drier trend, while the other is showing a better chance of moisture.  On Monday, these two, separate computer models were indicating the opposite.  A third model is showing that all the precipitation is supposed to be east of Arizona.  Hey, these models could change by the end of the day, today!

Here’s is the latest write-up from the NWS:


CONDITIONS BACK TO AZ. Hopefully, this final part is in error!

Keep your fingers crossed that we DO get some rain, and that this forces a set-up for a Monsoonal flow!  The predictions are that we should experience an average Monsson Season this summer.  If you are still unsure what the Monsoon is, let me know.  With a map, I can explain it in 2-minutes, or less…

If you trust his predictions (or not) we've got a contest going on Facebook for people to guess the next time it rains here at the Chamber offices. Whoever guesses closest wins lunch on Matt!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Hot Dog Eating Contest

This just in...

For the First Time Ever
There will be a hot dog eating contest immediately following the Flagstaff 4th of July Parade!

Participants will ride on the Hot Dog Float through the parade, then consume all the delicious beef franks they can handle in 10 minutes! The Chamber is currently accepting entries for competitors! Submit an entry for yourself, or for your friends. That means free food and a lot of it!

If you think you're the next Joey Chestnut, who ate 54 hot dogs in the 2010 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, we'd love to have you.

Even if you can't manage 9 hot dogs per minute (one every 15 seconds), and you enjoy a casual eating contest, we can find a place for you!

If you'd like to sign up, please contact James at the Chamber via email.

Things you may want to know

We've got a lot of fun stuff going on at the Chamber these days. Here are some of the things you may not know about:

This week we have a Chamber Cafe on Public Relations and dealing with "The Media" at the Chamber. Lunch is provided!

Next week we have our very popular "Business After 5" Networking Mixer, hosted by The Ridge at Clear Creek Apartments.

THIS BLOG is a great way to promote your organization. The Chamber is going to start a series of Featured Posts, that tell all about your business or event or non-profit or whatever you want! They're FREE for a limited time! Email Matt if you're interested.

Believe it or not, there are jobs available in Flagstaff. All member businesses are invited to submit open job positions to our website for FREE. If you're searching for a job - look HERE

The Flagstaff Cultural Partners has their Summer Navajo Rug Auction coming up the 23rd!

Last week, Hiring Our Heroes came to Flagstaff and held a job fair for veterans! Our staff was on hand to take pictures, and they are posted on our Facebook Page for all to enjoy!

click on image for direct link to gallery

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Chamber Cafe: Public Relations and the Media

We have a great opportunity for members and non-members alike, coming up on:

Wednesday June 20th
11:30am to 1:30pm
Flagstaff Chamber

Chamber member and award-winning agency HMA Public Relations is going to be in the house to answer all your questions about the media and public relations best practices.
See the good, the bad, and the ugly examples of how to deal with the media - learn how to interact with them, what makes news, and how to determine what is most newsworthy from your organization.

This event is $7 for members and $15 for non-members. A delicious lunch will be catered by Flagstaff's own Delhi Palace.

Register online HERE 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Job openings

A fair few of our members are hiring right now. Are you, or someone you know, looking for a job?

Check it out!

Part-time clerk (Highland Village Apartments)

State Farm Agent

Elementary School Principal

Bank Manager - Williams Branch

Journeyman Plumber

Marketing Intern (chamber!)

Culinary Service Manager (Grand Depot Cafe)

Assistant Kitchen Manager (Grand Depot Cafe)

Restaurant Manager (Grand Depot Cafe)

Staff Hemodialysis Nurse - RN (DaVita - Navajo Reservation)

Nail Technician

Service Technician

All our members are welcome to post job opportunities for FREE on the Flagstaff Chamber website!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Seeking sponsors

The Flagstaff Chamber always has great sponsorship opportunities available for you to get the word out about your business!
If you are interested in taking advantage of any of the opportunities below, simply call us at (928) 774-4505 or email Kat Ross!

Our bi-weekly eNews email reaches more than 2500 people each month and costs only $75 per sponsorship. Your logo, a short message, and link to a website of your choice is placed in two places on each eNews you sponsor!

Our monthly newsletter, "Business Matters" has a circulation of over 2000. Ads are available starting at $25.

This blog sees more and more visitors each day! Our marketing coordinator will happily sit down with you to create a blog post about your business or event. Available for a limited time for just $75 or FREE if you join in the month of June!

The website sees about 5000 unique visitors each month and displays our Featured Members!
Banner ads: 150x75px as low as $125/month
Sub-page Banner ads: 150x75 as low as $42/month

We are also usually happy to consider trades and special opportunities!

Monday, June 4, 2012

FCP Summer 2012 Navajo Rug Auction

The Flagstaff Cultural Partners in collaboration with the Museum of Northern Arizona will host the Summer Navajo Rug Auction on 
Saturday June 23, 2012
At the Museum of Northern Arizona.

Over 200 weavings from a great variety of artists!

Want more information? Check it out!

2012 Summer Navajo Rug Auction
Saturday, June 23, 2012 • Museum of Northern Arizona • Flagstaff, AZ
Public Preview 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Auction 2–5 p.m.
(Flagstaff, AZ)—In collaboration with Flagstaff Cultural Partners (FCP), the Museum of Northern
Arizona (MNA) will host the summer Navajo Rug Auction on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the
Museum of Northern Arizona. The auction will feature over 200 vintage and contemporary Navajo
weavings from artists, consigners, and the R. B. Burnham & Co. Trading Post. Rug styles being
auctioned include Two Grey Hills, Ganado, Teec Nos Pos, Ye’ii, Pictorial, Wide Ruins, Storm,
Sandpainting, and Eyedazzler.
There will be a public preview of all the weavings the morning of the auction from 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
The live auction begins at 2 p.m. and is free to the public. A portion of the proceeds from this event
will provide support for Flagstaff Cultural Partners and the Museum of Northern Arizona.
Consignments will be accepted for the auctions. Artists and other consigners are invited to bring
their Navajo weavings to the Museum of Northern Arizona from Wednesday, June 20 through
Friday, June 22, 2012, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Experts will be on hand to view and
select weavings.
The auction will be led by auctioneers from the R. B. Burnham & Co. Trading Post. Bruce Burnham
and his family are well-known for their work in trading Native art of the Four Corners region for five
generations. He has been a trader to the Navajo for over forty years and is also the auctioneer for
the Hubbell Trading Post in Ganado, Arizona. He and his wife Virginia own and operate the
Burnham Trading Post and Collector’s Gallery in Sanders, Arizona, in the Navajo new lands. The
Burnham family is known for their encouragement of innovation and quality in Navajo textiles, and
Bruce Burnham’s expertise in buying, selling, and trading has earned him the respect of area
collectors and peers nationwide.
Specialists and experts in the field of Native art and Navajo weaving will be on-site to identify
handspun, hand-carded, and vintage pieces, versus acrylic yarns, to ensure quality items and
prices for the auction. Information on how to evaluate and buy Navajo rugs will also be available.
Navajo rugs are a great investment. Historically, the value of rugs has appreciated with time, and in
recent years, Navajo rugs have outdistanced many other investment options for their return on
investment. The breadth of artists, styles, and bidding opportunities has made rug auctions an
affordable way to purchase and collect high quality rugs. Rugs sell from twenty to several thousand
dollars. Even if you do not buy anything, auction day is a great cultural experience.
Navajo rug auctions are also an excellent opportunity to learn more about Native art. Before the
auction, you can hold rugs in your hands and appreciate them up close. Detailed information and
discussion about a specific piece, artist, and other aspects of the weavings will be available before
and after the auction by experts in the field of Navajo weaving and culture. It is important to note
that auctions allow weavers to obtain an immediate and higher return for their work.
Call (928) 774-5213 or visit or for more information.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Hiring our Heroes

A national effort to provide jobs to veterans, active duty military members, National Guard and Reserve members and military spouses is coming to Flagstaff. Local businesses are urged to get involved!
The Flagstaff Chamber is one of the sponsors for the “Hiring Our Heroes” job fair 

 Thursday, June 14 from 9 am to 12Noon 
 American Legion Post 3, 204 W. Birch Ave.
The national effort was launched last year by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Working with partners, mostly state and local chambers, the effort resulted in more than 150 hiring fairs in 48 states, resulting in about 10,000 people getting jobs.
This year, Hiring Our Heroes hopes to conduct job fairs in 400 communities across the nation, including Flagstaff.
According to statistics provided by the U.S. Chamber, the unemployment rate for post 9/11 veterans is 12.1%, higher than the national average. That percentage grows to 29% for those veterans currently under 25 years of age and about 26% for military spouses.
Interested businesses can contact the Chamber for more information or register for free at Job seekers should also register at the site to guarantee admission. Walk-ins are welcome, but space is not guaranteed until you register.
In addition to the Flagstaff Chamber, the U.S. Chamber and the American Legion, the local job fair is also sponsored by the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, the Arizona Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, the Arizona Department of Economic Security, the Employment Partnership of the Armed Forces and NBC News.