Thursday, January 24, 2013

Bella Investment Group and Highland Village Apartments Awarded NAU Student Scholarship

Bella Investment Group and Highland Village Apartments awarded Samantha Bonar a scholarship to NAU for the spring semester in the amount of $2,500. Samantha became the recipient of this award after writing an essay describing her career aspirations.

Ms. Bonar was one of several entries into the HIGHLAND VILLAGE SCHOLARSHIP FUND for 2013. Students were asked to submit an essay describing their career aspirations in 500 to 1000 words, explain the reasons for seeking a scholarship and to provide 2 character references.

Ms. Bonar is currently seeking her Bachelor’s degree from NAU in Psychology. She aspires to become an independent adolescent life coach specializing in teen suicide.

Ms. Bonar has been active in her community already and designed a program at her high school called “No Bear Left Behind!” “My hope is to definitively prove that teenagers are less likely to commit suicide when personally connected to the adults and peers around them.” Said Ms. Bonar. No Bear Left behind was a program expected to have 30 to 40 students the first year, but by the end of the first day of recruiting, the club had over 500 enlisted members. “The club served as the vital link between students and counselors, as well as a resource for teachers to refer students they were concerned weren’t getting enough socialization or help.” Stated Ms. Bonar.

Bella Investment Group is Northern Arizona's Premier Property Management Company, Bella Investment Group; LLC has a variety of locations, amenities and services. Years of experience and a family-like company culture distinguish Bella Investment Group from other property management companies in Arizona. We provide a range of management services that add value to residential and commercial properties alike.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Arizona Gives Day

Flagstaff Chamber Online
Arizona Gives Day
By: Chamber Member Alison Bailin Batz

This March, every single resident in Arizona (this means you!) is being asked to do one simple thing – give.


“On March 20, the state of Arizona will observe the first-ever Arizona Gives Day,” said Patrick McWhortor, president and CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, who helped to develop the initiative in partnership with the Arizona Grantmakers Forum and a team of statewide leaders.

Beginning at midnight on March 20 and continuing until 11:59 p.m., Arizonans can go online at and pledge their financial support to the nonprofit of their choice. 

“Give even just a dollar, and nonprofits in Arizona can show you change,” said McWhortor. “Together, we hope to raise more than $2 million on this single day.”

According to McWhortor, donations made on Arizona Gives Day will help our nonprofits:
·         Rally volunteers
·         Change lives
·         Build leaders
·         Develop networks
·         Fight for rights
·         Champion critical community causes

In addition, our local nonprofits are hoping to use this day as a launch pad to build new relationships with donors of every shape as size as well as share their stories of impact near and far.

“It doesn’t take a John D. Rockefeller or Bill Gates-level philanthropist to be philanthropic,” said McWhortor. “During the recent economic downtimes in Arizona and beyond, individual giving has suffered. This is our chance to bring it back in a big way.”

A sampling of Northern Arizona nonprofits taking part in the effort include:
  • Humane Society of Central Arizona
  • Native Americans for Community Action
  • Hope Crisis Pregnancy Center
  • Prescott Alternative Transportation
  • Time Out, Inc.
How to Participate
Giving is as easy is 1-2-3!
1.      On March 20, visit 
2.      Click on “Donate”
3.      Choose your nonprofit of choice and give away

Every little bit will help the more than 20,000 deserving organizations statewide.

“And for those of us out there who want to give but need to be reminded, the website has a simple ‘Remind Me’ button anyone can click on right now,” said McWhortor. 

For more information, please visit

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

New member: Beta Bouldering Gym

We saw this video from the construction of the Beta Bouldering Gym and we just had to share it. It goes to show how much work goes into starting a business. These dedicated people are pouring their heart and soul into their passion, not to mention the literal blood sweat and tears!

Monday, January 7, 2013

2013 Annual Meeting

Spaces for the 2013 Annual Meeting are filling up fast! 

 Alliance Bank of Arizona is the title sponsor of the Flagstaff Chamber's prestigious Annual Meeting on Friday, January 25th.  A look ahead to 2013 will be featured under the leadership of Chairman of the Board, Greg Sampson, Vice President, Alliance Bank of Arizona along with presentation of the Athena and Young Professional Awards, Volunteer of the Year and more.  Often billed the largest local business gathering of the year with more than 400 attendees, the Annual Meeting offers an opportunity for small businesses, large employers and non-profits alike to engage with elected officials throughout the state and community leaders.

In addition, members will hear from globally recognized keynote speaker Dr. Nate Booth.  Over the past twenty years, Dr. Nate Booth has presented 1800 programs to audiences around the world. For 10 years, Nate worked closely with Anthony Robbins in the creation of corporate training programs.  Dr. Booth will present "Thriving on Change: The Art of Using Change to your Advantage".

Admission for the Chamber's Annual Meeting is $50 per person and $360 for a table of eight.  Register here today to secure your admission to this dynamic event!

Green start to 2013

Start 2013 on the green foot!  Join Infinite Green Solutions on Wednesday, January 9 at the Weartherford Hotel/Charly's from 5:30-7:30pm for an informative presentation on effective, chemical free cleaning.  We continue to help industries from the City of Tempe to Enchantment Resort in Sedona.

The perception of toxic, chemical cleaning is changing because public health and the environment are at risk.  Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization, reported their  *Cleaners Hall of Shame List.*

And amid fierce opposition from the chemical industry, the EPA's recent report concluded that children exposed to toxic substances can develop learning disabilities, asthma and other health problems.

American families, hospitality industries and education institutions are thinking twice about their health and the health of their employees, guests and children.  Cleaning is a continuous occurrence, but at what cost?  Scientists have found known carcinogens like formaldehyde and chloroform, asthma instigators and extreme toxic compounds in everyday commercial and common household brands.  The cleaning industry is a multibillion dollar industry that disguises clean with *fragrance* as one of their ingredients.  Again, at what cost? 

It's a collaborative effort to be sustainable.  We invite like minded individuals and businesses to join our infinite network.  Together we can make a difference!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Featured Post: Alpine Pedaler

Length of time you’ve been in business: 15 months

Why did you get into your industry? What is your goal/mission?
Heidi and I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. When we were back in WI visiting family, we saw one of these “bar bikes,” driving down the street in Milwaukee, with all it’s riders having a great time. We both immediately saw the potential for Flagstaff and the great fit this would be in our downtown.
Mission : To provide a safe, fun and profitable interactive tour of Flagstaff using a human powered 14 passenger “trolley-bike”

Your specialty – the reason people choose you: We are one of a kind

Your favorite part about doing business in Flagstaff: The people we meet both as riders and owners of other business in Flagstaff. We love Flagstaff, and seeing the Pedaler bring thousands of dollars to the local restaurants and bars gives us a great sense of community.

Who is your favorite local non-profit or charitable organization? Why?
Flagstaff Shelter Services. Both Heidi and I are in professions where we see first hand the need for services for the homeless here in Flagstaff. FSS is a well-run and dynamic organization working to fill those needs.

Do you have any special events coming up? What are they? Beer week at Mother Road Brewery where the Alpine Pedaler Ale will be available and there will be free Pedaler rides. Feb 19th 6pm

Are you hiring? We do anticipate hiring addition drivers starting in March 2013

Your address and business hours: Pedaler home is at Mother Road Brewery 7 S. Mikes Pike
Business address is 2006 N. Crescent Dr

Twitter: @alpinepedaler