Thursday, May 23, 2013

Featured post: Does your HOA have proper insurance coverage?

Join HOAMCO at the Woodlands Hotel on Thursday, May 30 
From 5:30pm-7:30pm

Red Flag Warnings and Fire Season in Flagstaff

Each year around this time, Flagstaff gets a series of "Red Flag" days, which are notices from the Forest Service that the danger for wildfire is extremely high due to the combination of very little moisture and high winds. Smoking, use of live ammunition and campfires are prohibited on Forest Service land during these times. Generally, the City of Flagstaff and Coconino County impose similar (or identical) restrictions.
For instance, any restriction by the Forest Service also means smoking bans on the Flagstaff Urban Trail System (FUTS). The city and county post signs to notify users and law enforcement personnel strictly enforce these warnings.

As we live in the largest contiguous Ponderosa Pine forest in the Continental United States - we take fire danger very seriously. When they get out of hand, fires can get very big very fast.

Schultz Fire, 2010

These Red Flag restrictions typically last until the beginning of the Monsoon season (first few weeks of July) depending on how much moisture we receive.

Fire Danger, Industrial Plan, Preparedness Level and Fire Restrictions

FIRE RESTRICTIONS begin Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 8 a.m.  Fires are never allowed at Fossil Creek anywhere; never allowed in Oak Creek Canyon (except in developed campgrounds and recreation areas), and the temporary fire restriction in the Mt. Elden, Dry Lake Hills area is currently still in effect. 

Or at the Coconino Forest Service Twitter account: CoconinoNF

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Summer Internships for High School Students

It is a perfect time for our business community to reach out to our local high school and college students and take them in as interns to expose them to the working world and improve workforce preparedness.
Internships provide real world work experience and business knowledge that is not easy at all for young adults to gain in any other manner. And, we hear from many of you about the lack of skilled labor in our community so we are proactive on your behalf!

The Flagstaff Chamber Education and Workforce Development Committee has been formulating a communitywide internship initiative that could make it easier for your business to fill its labor force pipeline that you rely on for business success.

Last summer, with a grant from Coconino County Career Center, the Chamber was able to fill ten internships locally in a very diverse array of companies. These companies helped local talent understand the skills they required for potential employment and of course, engaged them in various departments and capacities to keep moving the business forward.

They were such great interns that after summer, six of the ten companies offered part time employment during the school year…what great career exploration! Most interns are enthusiastic, passionate about learning business skills, energetic and just really willing to have a seat in the real business world. I speak from experience because there has barely been a moment that we have not employed an intern at the Flagstaff Chamber and always, they play an integral role.

An Internship Task Force has formed and this group of individuals from the public and private sectors has been nothing less than extraordinary developing business guidelines for hiring an intern, an intern application, and now they are working towards completion of a website that will be accessible by all to grow the number of intern placements inside local businesses on a long term basis.

Please consider starting small and work with the Flagstaff Chamber to place a student in one of your departments such as marketing, IT, sales, finance, communications or the lab. We have taken the ‘unknown’ out of this great opportunity and we know that whether you are a banker, medical, manufacturing, culinary, engineer, scientific, hospitality, restaurant, legal or retail business, we have students that are interested in careers in your field.

We would like to hear from you and we will endeavor to match a student with your needs! Please contact the Chamber at 774-4505. Together we can really help local businesses fill your job vacancies with extremely talented local youth. Let’s help them cultivate the skills to make them more desirable candidates for employment after graduation!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Arizona Ranked Among Top 10 for Starting a Business

Arizona is a strong performer in the innovation and entrepreneurship category, ranking 8th overall. Arizona has the 5th-highest business creation rate in the nation, but it makes the top 10 on the basis of its solid all-around performance. It ranks at least 15th in five of the six entrepreneurship and innovation metrics. 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released its Enterprising States report, ranking Arizona among the top ten in Best States for Starting a Business, Business Climate and Infrastructure.  We are particularly proud of the Best State for Starting a Business ranking because, as the basis for the ranking, the report calls out Arizona’s Angel Investment Tax Credit program, the ACA’s Arizona Innovation Challenge, and our AZ FAST Grant program.  This #8 ranking is a jump 39 spots from 2012, proof positive that our state’s commitment to policies and programs that support our entrepreneurs is gaining national recognition, recognition that showcases Arizona as a future-focused state committed to fostering the most promising entrepreneurs that drive wealth and job creation. 
·         Read more on 10 Best States for Starting a Business.  

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Flagstaff Extreme Local Business Day

What: Service and Tourism Local Day at Flagstaff Extreme!

When: Sunday May 19th 2013 (starting 9am thru 11:30 every half hour)

Where: Fort Tuthill County Park, Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course

Why: FLG X loves Flagstaff and it's many service and tourism industry brethren!  We donated tens of thousands in FLG X passes, merchandise in 2012 and expect to double that in 2013.  We are frequently asked for donations for silent auctions and we want to include your business in with ours as a complete Flagstaff Package.  In addition we are involved in a number of events and would like to involve your business.  To that end we are offering a unique opportunity to local businesses to come out and experience the Course and promote your business over the rest of 2013 by providing gift cards/gift certificates to FLG X to use at our events, or auctions.  Reserve your spots today!  

How it works:
·  Select a start time from 9am to 11:30, every 1/2 hour and mail with your company name, # of people to climb, and we will confirm.  Only 120 spots are available.
·  Bring a gift card or gift certificate from your local business($10 minimum) and that is your admission price! One gift card = one climber.
·  Bring business cards and brochures so we have information on your company.
·  The business that brings the most people with gift cards/certificates will win a day at FLG X for their staff (limit 20 employees)
·  We will be raffling off some awesome FLG X gear along the way! Free coffee and snacks also!
·  We will be having events on various days, Father’s day, Graduation, July 4th, Adventure Race, Duathlon, Halloween to name a few.  On these days we want to promote our local business partners.
Any questions or comments feel free to contact:
Zach McDade                                                                                                Rachel Buzzard                                                                
217.377.3113                                                                                   928.699.5903