Friday, September 28, 2012

Featured Blog Post: FLG Media



Length of time you’ve been in business: Since August, 2012

Why did you get into your industry? What is your goal/mission?
We opened FLG Media, LLC to facilitate communication between businesses, their customers and communities. Our goal is to provide a quality online presence for organizations that don't have time to learn social media or web design, and don't want to spend a fortune to get started.

For a nominal fee, we will setup a website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and/or other social media presence. We can maintain these platforms for our clients with daily or weekly interaction, OR we can turn it over to them to manage on their own!

Your specialty – the reason people choose you:
You know what's hard to fake? Passion.
We are passionate about two big things: Communication, and the success of small business in our community. Businesses come to us for their social media management and setup because WE CARE about our clients. We care about more than making money - we care about helping you grow and develop your business. Anything we can do to help, that's what we're about.


 Your favorite part about doing business in Flagstaff:
The community in Flagstaff is amazing! Any community with this kind of blend of non-profits, technology, manufacturing, entrepreneurship is a winner in our book. Plus, being such a great college town, there's always a great party to go to after work!

Who is your favorite local non-profit or charitable organization? Why?
Oooh, that's a tough one. Some of our favorites include Second Chance Animal Shelter, The Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, NACET, and Help-Portrait.

Are you hiring?
We are continually seeking social media gurus to join our excellent staff of friendly, knowledgeable techies! Nerds and geeks are welcome! 
Send an email to matt@flgmedia.com with a compelling cover letter and current resume!

Your address and business hours:
 Our office is your office - or whatever coffee shop is closest!
We work around the clock to ensure your online engagement is the best it can be!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Featured Post: Straightline Builders, Inc.


 Length of time you’ve been in business: 15+ years

Why did you get into your industry? What is your goal/mission?
Straightline Builders, Inc. is a general contractor located in Flagstaff, Arizona. Straightline specializes in commercial and industrial construction, and facility maintenance. Our team takes pride in the fact that we routinely execute some of the most difficult and restrained projects, completing them on time and within budget, all while exceeding the standards and expectations of our clients.

Prior to establishing Straightline Builders, Inc. in 1997, and after many years working as a tradesman in the industry, Peter S. Muscarella obtained a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from California Polytechnic State University. Coupled with formal education and along the path to the current reputable market position of Straightline, Pete gained valuable experience as a highly capable and successful project manager and estimator. Continually developing as a professional Pete moved into a senior level position with an international builder, responsible for $200MM in construction contracts.
In 1997, Straightline Builders, Inc. was founded and established in Flagstaff, Arizona. Specializing in commercial and industrial construction and building maintenance, Straightline, for over 15 years continues to have one focus – relationships. And at the core of our commitment to relationships, you will find we place the highest levels of value and importance on customer satisfaction, employee retention and subcontractor/vendor relations.

Our customers, such as a Wal-Mart, IHOP, Westcor, Best Buy, Total Wine & More, SCA Tissue, Sam’s Club, Staples, Grand Canyon Railway, Bed Bath & Beyond, National Park Service and the Social Security Administration, to name a few, along with our team of professionals, have made Straightline Builders, Inc. everything we are and everything you expect from a builder.
Straightline’s diverse project portfolio, leadership, management and the vision of Mr. Muscarella, along with our customer commitment and team of outstanding construction professionals has made it possible to continually provide successful design build, construction and facility maintenance services on projects for our valued clients throughout the United States. This successful combination results in only one possibility, and that is a Straightline to project success.


Your specialty – the reason people choose you:
Straightline Builders, Inc. specializes in general construction and facility maintenance. Our building and facility maintenance services are administered by a highly professional team, supported by cutting edge industry shaping technology. The projects we work on, regardless of scope, size, complexity or constraints, are executed on time and within budget. Our repeat business and referrals speak volumes about the level of satisfaction we have delivered our valued clients for two decades.

Your favorite part about doing business in Flagstaff:
Relationships! The relationships we have built over the last two decades, along with those future relationships we will establish and cultivate, are what makes doing business in Flagstaff so great. Simply put, the community and people of Flagstaff make what we do special, and without them, there would not be a need for Straightline Builders, Inc. Thank you, Flagstaff!
Who is your favorite local non-profit or charitable organization?
There are so many wonderful non-profit organizations that bridge gaps in our community; it is hard to say we are partial to just one. So we find value in supporting numerous non-profits that provide assistance to disadvantaged people and those in need. With that being said we recently were given the opportunity to complete work for Flagstaff Shelter Services, which we feel honored to have been given the opportunity to support just one example of many great causes in our community.

Do you have any special events coming up?
We are excited to sponsor the “Evening of Jazz/Casino Event” at Flagstaff Ranch on October 18th!

Are you hiring?
We are always looking to further strengthen our team of professionals by adding highly qualified individuals to our team!

Your address and business hours:
1254 West University, Suite 150
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

Website link-http://www.straightlinebuilders.com/

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

"Business After 5" Networking Mixer this Thursday!

Don't forget about the monthly Business After 5 Networking Mixer this Thursday!

1501 S Yale St
Suite 250
Thursday, September 27
5:30pm - 7:30pm

No RSVP required - Just show up! Bring a friend! 
$7 for members
$15 for non-members
There is no better way to build your business and create more referrals than by making personal connections in this fun and informal atmosphere. Lavish hor d'oeuvres by Taverna Greek Grill and an Ambassador hosted bar add to the experience. Impressive raffle prizes and a "Split the Pot" raffle will also round out the evening. 



Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Papa Johns Deals!


Did you know that both Flagstaff and Prescott Papa John's locations are locally owned and operated?

The owner, Brian Hope, used to work for Papa Johns Corporate. He has since purchased three franchises in Flagstaff, Prescott, and Prescott Valley. All are under new management and are extremely excited to be a part of their respective communities.

In Flagstaff, they are implementing a whole new system geared towards superior customer service and an even better experience with Papa Johns!

To celebrate they are offering some great deals!

  • Through the end of September - 20% off the entire order (at menu price)!
  • Get 50% off your order the day after NAU Football wins any game!
  • Get 1 free topping for every touchdown the Cardinals score, the day after the Cardinals play any game!
  • Get 50% off your order the day after the Diamond Backs win any game!


You can order your pizzas on line and get these deals through the Papa John's website as well!

Online promo codes
GoJacks - Lumberjacks offer
Dbacks50 - Diamondbacks offer

Papa John's is a proud sponsor of NAU ATHLETICS, the NFL, and the Diamond Backs. 
They are also a proud supporter and member of the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce and Northern Arizona Community.

Membership Drive Event!

In case you hadn't heard - we're running a membership drive this month!

Thursday of this week, we are hosting a special event for any/all businesses who might be interested in joining or re-joining the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce!


We'll have FREE LUNCH catered by LOUIE's Chicken Shack!
We will also be waiving the $25 registration fee!
AND handing out the $414 of extra goodies with our membership drive!

Join us any time during the day, but especially between 11am and 1pm for free lunch!

Curious as to what it's all about? Visit our website at www.flagstaffchamber.com or call in and ask to speak with the membership department! (928) 600-3360

Testimonials!

The Chamber is seeking testimonials from our amazing members!


Here's the deal. You write us an eloquent paragraph of why YOU love being a member with the Flagstaff Chamber, we'll put it up on our testimonial page with a link to your businesses AND we'll thank you publicly on Facebook!

Sound good?

These testimonials help us convince other businesses in town that what we do is good for Flagstaff and good for the economy. They'll listen to you as peers in the small business community - even if they won't listen to us!

Please write your testimonial in the comments below, post it on our Facebook wall, or just email it to mbeaty@flagstaffchamber.com

Thanks!
- Matt Beaty

Friday, September 14, 2012

$99 Newsletter Insert Special!

Through the end of September, get your 8.5x11" flyer inserted into 3,900 copies* of the Chamber's Business Matters newsletter at a 33% discount!

Commit to three consecutive months (October, November, December) and save $150!


*3 months x 1300 copies = 3900 impressions!
Regular cost: $150 per month.
Discounted cost: $99 per month

Call 928-774-4505 by the end of September and ask to speak with Kat or Matt to take advantage of this fantastic offer! 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Strategic Business Planning

Yesterday the Chamber hosted Mal Bowen of Performance Consulting for a Chamber Cafe discussing how important a strategic plan is for every business.

We streamed this Chamber Cafe live to the internet - and we also recorded it! The recording is very simple, but it gets the point across and allows you to watch and listen to the conversation we had.

Video streaming by Ustream

If you have a hard time following along with the slides on the screen, you are welcome to peruse the handout material available in the PDF below.


Mr. Bowen is also offering a special price to Flagstaff Chamber members. Instead of $200/hour, he is offering the entire process to small businesses (up to 5 employees) for $75.00 and medium business (up to 20 employees) for just $200.00!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

7 Reasons Why EVERY Business and Non-Profit Should Join Their Local Chamber


Check out this great article out of the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce!


  1. Visibility
  2. Access
  3. Ongoing Training/Education
  4. Networking
  5. Low cost advertising opportunities
  6. Advocacy
  7. Money saving discounts

Thanks to Those Who Serve

The Flagstaff Chamber would like to extend a big "Thank You" to all the men and women in uniform who make this country a safe and healthy place to live.

Military, Fire and Police servicemen and women - THANK YOU!


We will not forget.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Does Your Business Really Need a Website?

Did you know that 25% of small businesses do not have a website or an active online presence?


Do you really need a website? How often does it need to be updated? Do you have to know "code?" 

Hosted by the Flagstaff Chamber, join SCORE and former AOL Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing, Eddie Leonard, as we discuss the how inexpensive and simple building your own website can be!

SCORE Seminar: Inexpensive Small Business Website
September 22, 2012
9am to 12pm
Flagstaff Chamber Board Room
$25

Eddie Leonard retired from America Online where he served for 7 years as Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing.  Before AOL and the introduction of the Internet to the world, Eddie had a 30+ year career in various marketing positions, including Vice-President of Marketing with Six Flags Theme Parks and Executive Director of Illinois' statewide Olympic-sanctioned amateur sports festival.  He worked for 10 years as a freelance marketing consultant and celebrity manager and after retirement from AOL, he worked as Vice-President of Operations at Guerrilla Marketing Strategies where he was a speaker and franchisee mentor in the field of marketing.  Mr. Leonard was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.  He is a graduate of Northwestern University in the field of Communications and post-graduate study of Business Administration and Law.  Mr. Leonard and his wife now reside in Prescott, AZ.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Title Sponsor Opportunity!

The Flagstaff Chamber has an opportunity for a Title Sponsor of our Evening Of Jazz fundraising event in October!

Host venue: Flagstaff Ranch
Date: Thursday, October 18th 2012 6pm to 9:30pm

Title Partner benefits:
  • Maximum exposure to over 200 members and leaders of the business community, key officials, and regional decision makers
  • Company name/logo listed in the Chamber newsletter and online
  • Company Logo incorporated on each invitation as Title Sponsor (minimum of 1040)
  • Company name/logo listed in the program as Title Sponsor
  • Company name/logo listed as Title Sponsor on premier signage during event
  • Company collateral materials on all casino tables and table tents with logo
  • 8 VIP admissions with preferred seating
  • 5 minute remarks by Company Executive during program
Title Partner support: $3500.00 check received by Friday, October 14th 2012

Interested in this great opportunity? Call Kat at the Chamber! (928) 774-4505