Thursday, November 29, 2012

What happens when your power goes out?

Taking Care of Business
Heading into the Winter there are some things you should be doing to make sure your business is ready for whatever mother nature throws at us. One of the first things to consider is how you’re going to power your business.


Power Protection
Business in 2012 requires electricity, a lesson reinforced all too well in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast. One of your first tasks is to take an inventory of all of the critical systems to operate your business that require electrical power and make sure you’re ready in case of a brief or prolonged power outage.

The most obvious piece of equipment that companies protect are their servers, but I also want to encourage you to consider any key workstations including point of sale terminals, if your company has any of those. Also you’ll want to make sure that key network infrastructure is protected – that means switches, routers, perhaps wireless access points, firewalls and Internet modems or routers. Do remember to power protect your monitors in addition to the computer but be wary of power protecting printers. Printers can be a very large draw on backup power systems – only connect the ones that are absolutely essential.

While you’re walking about, cast an eye on any other equipment you really need in the event of a power outage. Once you have a good notion of what equipment needs to stay up, and how long it needs to stay up, you can determine how much power you need. If you just need to keep a computer running long enough to shut it down safely that’s easy. If you need to keep industrial freezers running for days, that’s much more difficult.

There are two primary types of devices that we use to keep equipment running in the case of power problems

  1. Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) – Battery backup systems that we use to protect electronics for brief outages, between seconds and a couple of hours typically. Make sure you’re using them correctly. Despite the fact that they seem simple we’ve seen people install them incorrectly in the past and an improperly deployed UPS isn’t going to do what you expect it to.
  2. Generators – Generators are a fairly well understood technology. If you need one (or more), your primary decisions are what type of fuel to use (make sure it’s something you can get when you really need it), what size of generator to get, and whether or not you need it to come on automatically or if manual activation is good enough. Your electrician can help you get it wired up.


Don’t let bad weather shut your business down. With just a little preparation you can make sure your business will keep running and serving your customers, even if the power grid struggles.

Ben M. Schorr
Chief Executive Officer
Roland Schorr & Tower – Flagstaff Office
2700 S. Woodlands Village Blvd. Suite 300-371
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Free Photographs: Help-Portrait

Saturday, December 8th, a group of photographers will be giving away professional portraits to those who can't afford them at regular prices.

As part of a world-wide movement called Help-Portrait, they will photograph individuals or families and give away one 8x10" print and a CD of the top three images from a 10 minute session.

Sessions with professional photographers in Flagstaff often cost upwards of $300, plus the cost of printing. This year as in years past, photographers are banding together to give back to the Flagstaff community.

Last year's event in Flagstaff saw over 240 families and individuals receive their photograph for free. This year, they hope to serve even more people! No reservations, just show up!

WHEN: Saturday, December 8, 2012 
9am - 5pm
WHAT: Free professional photographs
WHERE: NAU Communication Building, Room 106
WHAT TO BRING: Just yourself or your family!

Free bus transportation is being provided by NAIPTA.

More information is available at the Flagstaff Help-Portrait website:

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Featured Post: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff

Length of time you’ve been around: 45 years

Why did you start the organization? What is your goal/mission?
  • Vision: To bring a Big Brother or Big Sister relationship to every child who needs and wants one.
  • Mission:  To help children succeed by matching them with appropriate adult mentors.
  • Accountability: By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community we are accountable for each child in our program achieving: higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors and educational success.
  • History: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff (BBBSF) was founded in 1967 by David and Kay McKay. Kay remained CEO/Executive Director of the organization until June 2008. Kelly Elliott is the current CEO/Executive Director.
  • Information: Big Brothers Big Sisters has been in Flagstaff for over 45 years and is a well-established and well-respected organization. BBBSF helps children realize their potential and build their future.

What does your organization primarily specialize in?  MENTORING
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff served 767 children and volunteers in mentoring relationships in 2011. This includes a diverse range of ethnicities and ages within all of our Bigs and Littles.
·         Main Programs:
o   Community Based Mentoring: In this 45 year old mentoring program, Bigs serve as mentors and friends to Littles within the community. Once matched, Bigs and Littles bond by going on outings and doing fun activities together. Bigs and Littles meet for a couple hours a few times a month.
o   School Based Mentoring: Bigs meet one-on-one with Littles in 1st through 5th grade at five local elementary schools. Matches participate in recreational, health and academic activities during the after school session. SBM takes place during the school year with an option to continue your match into the summer months.
o   STARS: In Coconino County there are over 1,300 children with an incarcerated parent. In the STARS program, Bigs are matched one-0n-one with youth in this situation.
o   STEP UP: In partnership with Coconino County Juvenile Court Services, this program matches teens involved in the court system with adult mentors in a group setting. They are introduced to positive people, places and things while their Bigs provide encouragement and friendship.
o   ALL STARS: Matches positive adult mentors with children who have siblings involved in the juvenile court system. This unique group mentoring program offers a variety of activities. Youth can also be matched one-on-one in ALL STARS.
What are you most proud of?
By proving appropriate adult mentors to youth facing adversity, we are making a real impact in our community! A 2009 study conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America found that former Littles, now adults, who were matched for at least one year report that having a Big Brother or Big Sister played an integral role in who they are today by positively influencing their self-confidence, providing stability, changing their perspective on life and pushing them to set higher goals.
o   90% agreed their Big made them feel better about themselves.
o   90% said their relationship with their Big helped them make better choices through their childhood.
o   86% said their relationship with their Big has helped them make better choices throughout their adult life.
o   77% reported doing better in school because of their Big.
o   65% agreed their Big helped them reach a higher level of education than they thought possible.

Do you have any special events coming up? What are they?
  • Zumbathon to benefit BBBSF is Saturday, November 17th from 10-12 at Summit Health and Fitness Club. All proceeds support buying holiday gifts for the Littles in our programs! Cost: $15 Open to the Whole community.
  • Bowl for Kids’ Sake is Saturday, February 23rd. Register your team or lane sponsorship for $250 and make an impact on not just the pins!

Are you looking for volunteers?  Monetary or prize donations?
BBBSF is always in need of volunteer mentors, especially Big Brothers. Boys who want a Big Brother in their life are currently waiting 6-12 months to get matched. You can make a big difference in the life of a child on any schedule; just call 928-774-0649 to find out more.

With nearly 370 agencies across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, each Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate (including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with its own staff, budget and board of directors. When you donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters, you join our cause and directly support children in your community. No matter how little or big the amount, donating can start making a difference in the lives of young people around you.
Your financial support helps us provide our programs and services in our community — So we can develop more college grads, community leaders and entrepreneurs.
Your financial support starts lots of things, like:
·   Recruiting new Big Brothers and Big Sisters in the Flagstaff and Williams areas
·   Covering the costs of background checks, while ensuring trained professionals match Littles to quality Bigs
·   Enabling proper ongoing supervision and mentor relationship support for every Big, Little and the Little’s family
·   Providing cultural and social activities to enrich the opportunities for children

Website link:

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Weather 11/8 to 11/11

Our In-House Meteorological guru, Tim (who also serves as our Front Office Manager) has this to say about the weather this weekend:

The timing and precipitation amounts/type, and temperatures:

·         Friday (5AM to 11AM) = 0.01 inches of rain
·         Friday (11AM to 5PM) = 0.08 inches of rain
·         Friday (5PM to 11PM) = 0.06 inches of rain
·         Friday 11PM to Saturday 11AM = 1 inch of snow
·         Saturday 11AM to 5PM = ½ inch of snow
·         After 5PM Saturday, occassional flurries through 4AM Sunday.

So we’re looking at a 50% chance of receiving 0.15 inches of rain on Friday, and a 60% chance for 1 ½ inches of snow predominently coming down Saturday morning.   Don’t be too surprised if the chance of precipitation increase over the next few days.  The worst will be the horrendous winds tomorrow and Friday.  Due to the winds, if it all possible, all “Mixer” activities tomorrow night should be held inside.  During tomorrow’s event, the winds are predicted to be steady at 28mph and gusting to 40mph!

The “shocking” temperatures are as follows:

·         Friday = 48oF high and 23oF low
·         Saturday = 35oF high and 15oF low (Brrrrrrrrrrrr!)
·         Sunday = 39oF high and 14oF low

After this storm passes it appears that our daytime highs, for the forseeable future, will be from the mid-40s to low 50s.  The nighttime lows will be from the teens to not getting much higher than the low 20s.

After today, “summer” is f-i-n-a-l-l-y over!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Going on in your neck of the woods

Now that politics are out of the way for a while, here is what the Chamber has going on in the next few days.

Transportation and Tourism Luncheon is TODAY (Wednesday November 7). If you already sent in your RSVP, we'll see you there! If not, you're out of luck: we're full.

"Business After 5" Networking Mixer is Thursday November 8 from 5:30 to 7:30
Food and beverages are provided

Chamber Cafe on Relationship Marketing is Wednesday November 14 from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Lunch is provided

Good Morning Flagstaff Speed Networking event is Thursday November 15 from 7:30am to 9:30am
Breakfast is provided

Small Business Saturday is the day after Black Friday - Saturday November 24.

The Vora Financial Holiday Parade of Lights is Saturday, December 8th! We are filling up on parade entries faster than usual, so please get your entry in soon!

We look forward to seeing you at our events!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday® is November 24th

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is another day, one dedicated
to the businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods
across the country.

It’s Small Business Saturday, and this year, it’s happening on
November 24th.

Shop Small this November 24th, and let’s make this the biggest day of the
year for small business.
To learn more, visit

Monday, November 5, 2012

Evening of Jazz video

Missed the Evening of Jazz?

Don't worry - our very own Media Intern, Garrett, put together a quick video.


Friday, November 2, 2012

Chamber Cafe: Relationship Marketing

Coming soon to the Flagstaff Chamber:

Relationship Marketing - Broader reach, greater impact and increased profit.

Wednesday, November 14
11:30am to 1:30pm

Register online here:

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Featured Post: Embassy Suites Flagstaff

Length of time you’ve been in business: opened 1995

Why did you get into your industry? What is your goal/mission? To be the Cleanest and Friendliest Hotel in Town
Your specialty – the reason people choose you:  We are the only all suite property that includes a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and complimentary evening manager’s reception every day of the week

Your favorite part about doing business in FlagstaffThe community and geographic location

Who is your favorite local non-profit or charitable organization? Why?  St. Mary’s Food Bank – we have a program for guest’s to be able to give back by donating non-perishable food items all year long to help the hungry and less fortunate.

Are you hiring?  Yes

Your address and business hours:
706 South Milton Road
Flagstaff, AZ  86001
We are open 24/7