Monday, July 29, 2013

Featured Post: Artbox Institute

ArtBox Institute, a nine-month professional development program for artists.

Length of time you’ve been in business: We will welcome our first class in January 2014.

Why did you get into your industry? What is your goal/mission? Laura Kelly, the ArtBox project director, has interviewed artists, researched arts incubators, held forums, sent surveys, confabbed with community partners--all in an effort to see how Flagstaff Cultural Partners could better serve artists. What she came away with: Art is food and art is business. Artists have lamented that they wish they could learn how to be more successful as entrepreneurs. They've talked about how to acquire the business savvy necessary to sell their art. And so the ArtBox Institute has been created to answer that need. It's a nimble and valuable program that calls on all kinds of professionals both in Flag and in the region, to teach skills like public speaking, financial literacy, branding, visioning.

Your specialty – the reason people choose you: We’ll be different from other business courses in town because the ArtBox is geared toward artists. We'll have a class of 20 that will go through the ArtBox together and our courses are all skills based, which mean the participants will be put to the task of practicing what they are learning.

Your favorite part about doing business in Flagstaff: Flagstaff is a luscious city in so many ways: natural beauty, an educated population, a vibrant arts scene and a real tangible civic pride that laces through daily life.

Who is your favorite local non-profit or charitable organization? Why? Hmmm. Have to say Flagstaff Cultural Partners because of the work they do to foster and bolster the arts.

Do you have any special events coming up? What are they? Our special event will be welcoming our first class to the ArtBox in mid-January.

Are you hiring? We're recruiting participants. Our website has all the details:

Friday, July 26, 2013

Flagstaff Weekend Events 7/27-28

Some great events this weekend in Flagstaff!

Brandy's Restaurant Big 20th Bash includes an outdoor market, a pancake eating contest, face painting and more!
Geo-Glimpse Hike - walk on an active volcanic dome!
Botanical Blacksmiths at the Arboretum
Wildflower Walk also at the Arboretum
Hot Dog Day at New Frontiers
Hawaiian Day at the Flagstaff Aquaplex. Prizes for the best Hawaiian outfit!
Movies on the Square will feature Disney's Tangled!
Don't forget the Sunday Farmers Market
And of course, Summer Scenic Lift Rides at Arizona Snowbowl.

Look at all the happenings in town on the Chamber's EVENT CALENDAR

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Congressional Update with Senator Flake

Join us for lunch with Senator Jeff Flake as he gives us an update from Capitol Hill! The Flagstaff Chamber is a leader in advocating for pro-business public policy at every level of government, and our Congressional Update series is just one way we bring decisions makers to you for an in-person interaction. 

Thursday, August 22nd

11:00 AM – Registration

11:30 AM – Luncheon & Program

Little America Hotel – Ballroom C
2515 E. Butler Avenue
Flagstaff, AZ

$35 – Member Ticket
$50 – Non-member Ticket
$350 – Table Host (10 tickets)


Students to Send Experiments to Space!

The Flagstaff Chamber continues its work in the area of STEM education recognizing that future careers will have a larger aspect of science, technology, engineering and math focus.  We are committing $500 to a project that is being launched by Northland Preparatory Academy to get a science project launched onto the International Space Station.

The details are below.  We are hoping to raise $2500 that could be donated to their full goal of raising $21,000 to put Flagstaff into space.  You can write a check to donate to the Chamber and we will forward our joint funds in one lump sum with all contributors listed on the presentation of the money.  Below is a synopsis of the project for your review.

I’m a 6th grade science teacher Northland Preparatory Academy. We just returned from flying a student experiment in weightlessness on the Zero G plane thanks to the NASA Teaching from Space Program. Since we have flown an experiment in weightlessness we now want to pursue sending an experiment to space. Northland Prep is currently in the process of raising funds to secure a spot for a student experiment up to the International Space Station in 2014. We are using Donors Choose to help us raise a portion of the cost so that anyone can donate with any amount.
We would love it if you could help us spread the word about our student project to the ISS through your social media. This project will help immerse our students in real world research and STEM. More information is on our Donors Choose site.
We appreciate your time and help as we ignite curiosity and discovery within our classroom.

Kaci Heins

Monday, July 22, 2013

HOA Seminar: Changes in the Law in 2013

Check out this seminar by HOAMCO, held at the Woodlands Hotel
July 31, 2013
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Arizona Exports: Small Business Style

The country's exports overall are down.
The U.S. Department of Commerce, is now targeting small businesses nationwide to start or increase exports as an incredible profit maximization tool.

In Arizona with funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Arizona Commerce Authority has created a program called "Arizona's State Trade and Export Promotion" program. We'll just call it STEP.

STEP will be offering services and tools to small businesses in Arizona with the goal of enabling them to export for the very first time or to expand existing efforts.

 Through various types of technical assistance/capacity building and levels of financial assistance, the continuum of services and tools offered under the STEP program are as follows:
  • Export readiness assessment of your small business
  • Export education and counseling for your company so that you can be informed and equipped for success on the international stage (this will be done via education/training workshops, seminars and webinars)
  • Assistance with market selection strategy for your company so that it explores and enters markets that are best suited for your product or service
  • Assistance to your company with development of international marketing materials, including brochures and websites (and translation of these materials, if necessary, into the language of the target country/region market)
  • Assistance to your company in identifying actual, potential buyers, agents, distributors, end users, and other strategic partners in international markets
  • Opportunities for your company to participate in sector-specific trade missions/summits (both internationally and in the U.S.) that have been carefully selected, comprehensively prepared, and professionally lead by ACA staff to maximize opportunities for success

  The Flagstaff Chamber is dedicated to making these resources available not only to area manufacturers, but also to companies targeting tourism or to those making food and more!

If you believe your organization might qualify, get in touch with us at the Flagstaff Chamber so we can guide you through the process of applying to participate in this program.

Suddenlink/Flagstaff Chamber Teacher Supply Drive 2013

The Flagstaff Chamber is pleased to be partnering with Suddenlink for the 2013 Suddenlink/Flagstaff Chamber Teacher Supply Drive.

The drive will be held from Friday, August 9 to Sunday, August 11 at both Walmart stores in town (2601 E. Huntington Drive and 2750 S. Woodlands Village Blvd.) Donations will be accepted from 10 am to 7 pm on Friday and Saturday, and from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday.
Please assist our teachers by donating needed school supplies, including these top requested items:
  • Copy paper – both white and colored
  • Pencils
  • Ink pens
  • Sticky notes
  • Glue sticks
  • Dray erase markers and erasers
  • Tape
  • Colored pens & pencils
  • Staplers and staples
  • Facial tissues (like Kleenex)
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes
Last year, this event, part of the Flagstaff Values Teachers initiative, raised more than $20,000 worth of supplies for Flagstaff public, private and charter school teachers. Local educators are frequently required to purchase basic classroom supplies out-of-pocket. Teachers are the single largest influence on tomorrow’s leaders and our future workforce, and that’s why the Flagstaff Chamber is thrilled to be a leader in this program.
Thanks to supporting sponsors Walmart, Coca-Cola and Rewind Radio.

New Flagstaff Zip Code: 86005

As of July 1, 2013, Flagstaff has added a new zip code to the family!

Current zip codes for Flagstaff are 
86001 : North of I-40 and West of Lake Mary Road (ish)
86011: NAU Campus
86004: East of Lake Mary Road, both sides of I-40
86005: South of I-40 and West of Lake Mary Road (ish)

The zip code 86005 will apply to several areas previous catagorized as 86001 as well as 86004. In total, 7,505 addresses are affected, all on the south side of I-40

The map is a little hard to decipher, but all affected residents and businesses will be notified by mail.
Areas include Camp Navajo, Ponderosa Trails, Woody Mountain road, and others.

The reason for the change is to make mail delivery more efficient due to increases in population and number of organizations doing business in Flagstaff and the surrounding areas.

Questions? Get in touch with the Post Office.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Featured Post: NAVMC Making the World a Better Place

Once a year at the time of our annual fundraiser for Northern Arizona Volunteer Medical Corp, I reach out to all of you for support in our work.  If you have already given, thank-you.  If you have not, thank-you for your time and I hope you will consider a donation to NAVMC.
NAVMC is a group of volunteers from Flagstaff, AZ who have been focusing on helping those in need in Haiti since the earthquake in 2010.
1.       We sent our 12th medical team to Haiti last year to work at a hospital in Port-au-Prince.  We are currently planning our next trip.
2.       This past January, we facilitated providing care to two children with bone tumors at a hospital in Haiti.  These kids would not have been treated without our efforts and that of others.
3.       We have helped to outfit an operating room at the only “trauma center” in Haiti and continue to support the facility.
4.       We sent a group of 30 volunteers to Haiti in January 2013.  This group worked with local Haitians to rebuild a security wall, re-plumb a water system and improve the electrical system at the Renmen orphanage in Haiti.
5.       In 2012 we raised $60,000 for the orphans in two orphanages in Haiti.  One half of the money went toward the wall project and one half went to feed and educate the kids in the orphanages.
6.       We sent 6 kids to secondary school in Haiti last year.  These kids graduated high school and had no means to pursue any further education.  They are now in school.

We are in the process of our annual fundraising golf tournament scheduled for Saturday September 14.  All the money we raise goes to Haiti.  We have no overhead and all volunteers travel and work in Haiti at their own expense. 

This year, the needs are great as money is running out for the orphanages.  Not unexpectedly, Haiti is once again being forgotten.  These kids would not be getting three meals a day if not for our efforts.  We are Renmen orphanage’s biggest supporter!

Some of the money we raise will go to feed and educate the kids and some will go towards projects that we are currently researching at the orphanages.  We want to keep the older kids in school to learn a trade in order to become part of the work force in Port-au-Prince.  We are also looking at supporting the building of a health care clinic that will serve several thousand in the countryside. 

Your donations will help us in our efforts to bring some stability to the lives of a few children in Haiti.  If you want to make a donation, you can send a check to me made out to NAVMC .  My address is 512 W Fir Ave, Flagstaff, AZ  86001.  You can also donate through our website with Paypal.  If you want to donate a silent auction item, let me know.

Check out our website at and listen to the three National Public Radio Reports (see links on home page) on our work in Haiti.

Through the efforts of NAVMC, two of the older girls from Renmen orphanage will be studying at Northern Arizona University this coming year!  Nerlande and Bebe have graduated highschool and are applying in Haiti for student visa’s this week.  Nerlande will be living with us and Bebe will be living with another family in town.  Lisa and I are planning to bring them back from Haiti with us on July 28th.

We continue through the adoption process and hope to have Annabelle home with us in the next two months.  She turned 4 on July 14th.  She calls me Papa!  Breaks my heart.  See her photo attached.  Think she looks like me?

Thanks for your continued support.  It is easy for me to get caught up in my daily life and forget about Haiti and the kids there that love us.  I get weekly e-mails from the kids and occasional phone calls reaching out, thanking us for our friendship and support.  The older kids are very thankful that we have been able to support their secondary education.  Manuchka may have landed a job in a new Hotel as the result of her semester in Hotel and Restaurant Management in Port-au-Prince.  She is very pleased.

Thanks to your support, we are making a difference.  These kids are depending on us to help them get three meals a day.  Give what you can.

Website:,  See reports on NPR, links on home page

Love, Bull Durham

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Featured Post: Prime Time Athletics Starts Men's League



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Address and business hours:

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Featured Post: Kingsmark Kennels

Kingsmark Kennels         

Length of time you’ve been in business: Since 1962

Why did you get into your industry? What is your goal/mission? A passion for animals. It started by breeding and showing Rough collies, which led to an amazing line and over 52 Champions. Our goal is to be Northern Arizona’s Premier Resort, featuring luxury boarding, VIP Packages, 30 play yards, full service grooming as well as pick up and drop of. We specialize in providing our guests with the highest standards of quality care and cleanliness. Focusing 110% on each and every client! We are Flagstaff’s only 2nd generation kennel and have been voted Best Kennel for years!
Your specialty – the reason people choose you: Kingsmark Provides over 50 years of experience, Services unmatched by any other facility and Peace of Mind knowing that their family member is in the best care available in Flagstaff, Arizona!

Your favorite part about doing business in Flagstaff: The community! Without our local families, our family owned business would seize to exist! Flagstaff is a great place to own a pet!

Who is your favorite local non-profit or charitable organization? Why? You name the pet rescue and we believe they are doing an amazing job! We personally work close with Fresh Start Pet Rescue, Paw Placement of Northern Arizona, Second Chance and the Coconino Humane Society. We are also a big supporter of the Flagstaff Sedona Dog, four square for the homeless, the Flagstaff So optimist and “Hope Cottage” women’s shelter.
 Do you have any special events coming up? What are they? YES! Wolfstock 2013! We are a proud title sponsor of the 1st Annual adopt-a-thon at Bushmaster Park on August 25th! There are going to be demonstrations, portraits, adoptable animals, games, prizes and lots of fun and food!

Are you hiring? We are always accepting resumes for passionate animal lovers! We are very interested in looking into expanding our grooming business by hiring and additional groomer.experience is a must!

Your address and business hours: 7155 E. Kavanagh Way Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Mon – Sat: 8am to 6pm
Sun: 9-6

Monday, July 1, 2013

Featured post: interAction

 interAction – a human resource (HR) consulting company

 Length of time you’ve been in business: I’ve been in executive leadership HR positions in hospitals for over 14 years and in business for myself since April 2013.

Why did you get into your industry? What is your goal/mission? I switched my focus from executive leadership in nursing to HR in 1999 because I felt strongly that employees should have a voice in the board room along with finance and quality of care.
My current goal is two-fold – 1) Provide assistance in the way of policy/ practice development and training to help business owners protect themselves and their company so bad things don’t happen; 2) If bad things happen, assist the business owner in resolving the problem.

Your specialty – the reason people choose you: When it comes to human resources, you usually don’t know what you don’t know until it’s too late. By taking a proactive approach and having an HR audit of your business, you can improve your position for eliminating or minimizing legal risk. I have degrees in nursing, business administration, and organizational management and also earned my certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Coupled with 14+ years in executive level human resources, I have the expertise & knowledge to guide business owners through the unknown. We will focus on your people and putting the necessary things in place to help them become high performers and partners in elevating your business outcomes. And we will have FUN doing it!

Your favorite part about doing business in Flagstaff: Being able to live and work in the most vibrant and beautiful city in Arizona is a blessing. Getting to know other business owners, learning from them and discovering the wealth of resources for small business owners has been my favorite part of this new journey.

Who is your favorite local non-profit or charitable organization? Why? There are so many worthwhile and proactive non-profits and charitable organizations in our community and I am thankful for and salute all of them. My favorite is The American Red Cross, Flagstaff Chapter. I am humbled by their responsiveness to disasters & their professionalism and compassion during extremely stressful times. I so appreciate their proactive approach to disasters through the coordination of blood drives and offering CPR classes for the public.

Do you have any special events coming up? What are they? Any and every event that I am involved with is ‘special’! 

Your address and business hours: Currently, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., but I am available to my clients whenever they call.

     Patsy Crofford
    Owner/Business Consultant

Featured Post: Shopping Buyz

 Shopping Buyz (
 Length of time you’ve been in business: We are expanding to Flagstaff on July 1.

What is your goal/mission? We provide online promotion management to small to mid sized businesses, especially those that find it difficult to advertise and promote their businesses on “larger” websites and with “national” companies.

Your specialty – the reason people choose you: Small to mid-sized locally owned (or operated) businesses, especially restaurants, beauty/spas, local retailers. As well as businesses that do home repairs and service

Your favorite part about doing business in Flagstaff: Friendly, small-town feel (Everybody knows everybody)

Who is your favorite local non-profit or charitable organization? Why? Anything food related. Any business that supports No Kid Hungry (or similar) efforts. We are passionate about helping provide help to children that struggle with basic necessities.

Do you have any special events coming up? What are they? We run contests all the time to help promote local businesses

Are you hiring? Always looking to partner with people who can make connections and help promote our business

Your address and business hours: Always Open