Thursday, February 28, 2013

Chamber Advocacy Day at the Legislature

Mark your calendar and plan on joining Chamber President/CEO Julie Pastrick, Government Affairs Director, Mike Sistak, and Membership Director, Kat Ross at Chamber Day at the Legislature next Tuesday, March 5, at the Arizona Capitol, 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix, Arizona.  

Join with business leaders from throughout the state to learn about the issues and voice your opinion.  Our entire District State Delegation, Senator Chester Crandell, Representative Brenda Barton and Representative Bob Thorpe will be joining us for lunch on the Senate Lawn.  You’ll have the pleasure of hearing from speakers including Sandra Watson, President/CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority, Scott Smith, Governor Brewer’s Chief of Staff, Doug Ducey, Arizona State Treasurer, John Huppenthal, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Andy Biggs, Senate President, and Andy Tobin, Speaker of the House.  Governor Jan Brewer will deliver a luncheon address to our statewide group of local Chambers of Commerce and their membership.
There is a $50 registration fee for Tuesday.  There is also a dinner opportunity on Monday evening, March 4 with our entire district delegation.  Please let us know if you would like to attend.  We will schedule dinner depending on the number of responses. Tuesday’s meetings begin at 9:00a.m. and go through 1:30p.m.

Presented by Arizona Chamber Executives. 

Please RSVP with the Flagstaff Chamber 
April Gavin

Monday, February 25, 2013

Flagstaff Chamber Work with STEM Clubs Grows

The Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce is very proud of the work we have been doing with the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) clubs in Flagstaff’s two public middle schools, and is excited to see these sixth through eighth grade students make the connection between what they are learning in school and its relevance in the work world.

The Flagstaff Chamber’s initial work with the STEM clubs began two years ago at the urging of Flagstaff Unified School District Superintendent Barbara Hickman. In that first year, we were team up only with Sandie Grinnell’s girls only STEM club at Mount Elden Middle School (MEMS) and had interactions with TGen North and Second Chance Center for Animals.

 The following year, the MEMS club was co-educations and we increased the number of interactions with local businesses. In addition to TGen and Second Chance, the students went to Lowell Observatory for an overview tour with Executive Director Jeffrey Hall; APS, where Brenda Hazlett and Brian Wallace did a tremendous job of explaining energy usage, conservation and the solar power array at APS’s facilities on Huntington Dr. and they also went to Pulliam Airport and got a close look at homebuilt airplanes with Patrick Kelley and the Experimental Aircraft Association.

For this academic year, we’ve expanded again, reaching out to both the MEMS and Sinagua Middle School (SMS) STEM Clubs. One or both of the clubs have visited Western Technologies, Norchem and the Arizona Daily Sun, and had a fingerprinter/DNA analysis technician from the Coconino County Crime Lab come in. Meanwhile, W.L. Gore will be at MEMS STEM celebration on March 6 and will visit the SMS club on later that month.

Additionally, the Flagstaff Chamber is working on in-depth tours of Nestle Purina PetCare, the USGS facility, SCA Tissue, Nova Terra Industries (including Novakinetics Aerosystems, Prometheus Energy and Nova Terra’s new “plug and play” mobile solar panels), as well as Lowell Observatory.  Business professor Emy Tice of Northern Arizona University will also come to the SMS club to talk about the importance of math in the workplace.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Hiring Our Heroes 2013

 The Flagstaff Chamber is involved in a national effort to expose veterans, active duty military members, National Guard and Reserve members and military spouses to careers in Northern Arizona, and local businesses are urged to get involved.

The “Hiring Our Heroes” job fair will be on Wednesday, March 6 from 9 am to Noon at the American Legion Post 3, 204 W. Birch Ave.

Hiring Our Heroes was launched in 2011 by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as it became obvious that returning veterans - often with skills and leadership capacity that fit many job vacancies - had little opportunity to access businesses. Working with partners, mostly state and local chambers, the effort has resulted in more than 400 hiring fairs per year.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce statistics show that while the unemployment rate in America for post-9/11 veterans has decreased from 12.1% in 2011 to just above 10% over the past 12 months, it remains stubbornly above the national average. According to the Huffington Post, those numbers are worse for younger vets - the unemployment rate for veterans between 18 and 24 exceeded 20 percent last year. Military spouse unemployment weighed in at nearly 26%.

Interested businesses with available jobs can 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, American Legion and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, this hiring event is being sponsored by the Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS), the Arizona Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Arizona Work Force Connection, Arizona Department of Economic Security, NBC News, and other local partners.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

New member: Over the Rainbow Butterfly Garden

About a month ago, we welcomed Over the Rainbow Butterfly Garden to our family of members at the Flagstaff Chamber.

They recently released this video on their Facebook page

Please help us support this fantastic non-profit as they move towards securing a location and opening one of only four butterfly gardens in the state of Arizona.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Ice Cream Fundraiser: Killip Chess Team

$1.00 and $0.50 ice cream cones for sale at Little America Travel Center!
Entire purchase price will be donated to Killip Chess Team.

Little America Travel Center Manager, Yessenia Edwards and the Little America Sales Team want to help the Killip School Chess team attend the National Chess Tournament this spring.

Come into the The Little America Travel Center on Sat, Feb. 16 or Sunday, Feb. 17 and purchase either a 50 cent or $1 ice cream cone with the entire purchase price going to the Killip team.

This philanthropic opportunity is part of the Flagstaff Chamber’s Winterfest Flagstaff calendar.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Mother Road & Deschutes Collaboration

Contact: Michael Marquess FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(928) 774‐9139 x202


Flagstaff, Arizona January 28, 2013 – As part of the Base Camp for Beer Fanatics series of promotions from Deschutes Brewery of Bend, Oregon, Mother Road Brewing Company and Deschutes Brewery will collaborate and brew a new beer together on February 5th at Mother Road’s brewery in Southside Flagstaff. The new beer recipe has been crafted by email and telephone over the past several weeks by Mother Road’s Head Yeast Whisperer, Urs Riner, and Deschutes Brewer, Casey Carhart. The collaboration beer is tentatively an Irish Dry Stout style, but with a twist which both brewers are reluctant to share at this time. The yet unnamed beer will be tapped during Arizona Beer Week, February 16th to the 23rd 2013.

Following the brewing of the collaboration beer will be a celebration of homebrewers at in Mother Road’s brewhouse; Hats Off to Homebrewers. Homebrewers, and beer enthusiasts, are invited to hone their craft with the crew of Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery and Mother Road Brewing Company. Deschutes Brewer, Casey Carhart will give away complimentary brewing supplies including clone recipe booklets and bags of hops. Riner will supply clone recipes from Mother Road. Both will also be available for a formal Q & A session, moderated by a member of Flagstaff’s Mountaintop Mashers homebrew club. Enjoy the forum, Satchmo’s BBQ, beer samples, swag, and a commemorative pint glass for $15.

Deschutes Brewery is a regional Northwestern brewery founded in 1988 in Bend, Oregon that distributes throughout the western US; further information is at Mother Road Brewing Company, a production craft beer brewery, was founded in 2010 by Michael and Alissa Marquess. The brewery is located in Southside Flagstaff, a revitalizing neighborhood between Northern Arizona University and Downtown Flagstaff. The brewery houses a Tap Room open daily to the public for pints, conversation, games and brewery merchandise. Mother Road distributes beer through‐out Arizona with Hensley and Company.

For more information, contact Michael Marquess or visit Mother Road Brewing Company’s
website at