Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Chamber Members in STEM

Flagstaff is quickly emerging as one of the major hubs for science-related industry. Long the home of W.L. Gore, a large medical device manufacturer, Flagstaff is also the home of Machine Solutions Inc., which makes catheter and stent testing equipment. Prent Thermoforming designs and manufactures custom plastic, rigid thermoform packaging for the medical device industry.

In biosciences, Flagstaff is leading the way. The city is home to the northern office of Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute. TGen North is the heart of TGen's Pathogen Genomics Division, led by Dr. Paul Keim, one of the world's foremost experts in anthrax and other dangerous infectious diseases. TGen North focuses on the diagnostic, analytic, forensic and epidemiologic research related to pathogens important to medicine, public health and biodefense.

These companies often rely on the wealth of services provided by Northern Arizona University, which is an important partner in the R&D process by providing diverse and talented scientists combined with excellent laboratory and research facilities.

Our STEM members are dedicated to cultivating the scientist of the future! Through Flagstaff Chamber initiatives such as Skills for Workplace Success, our partnerships with middle school STEM clubs and our high school internship program, we connect students with science businesses and organizations.

We proudly partner with excellent organizations and events such as and

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Flagstaff Business Plan 2013 Wrap Up

In June of this year, the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce teamed up with the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NACET) to create Flagstaff's first "Business Plan Competition."

As an effort to foster startups in Northern Arizona, this competition brought in applications from entrepreneurs and existing small businesses alike to compete for a chance at a large pool of resources supplied by the business community. 
The prize to the winners of the competition included:
  • 6 months office space at the NACET airpark office (all utilities and internet service included)
  • 1 year NACET Affiliate membership with start-up business support and direction.
  • Business Mentor Support including legal, marketing, branding, business planning and more
  • 1 year Chamber membership with industry introductions and networking opportunities
  • Live Radio Interview on the Chamber Business Hour and copy of the show for promo use
  • Access to tools and technology that will help you launch your business (conference rooms, video podcasting, video conferencing and more)
  • 7 hours of marketing consultation from a variety of marketing experts
  • 3 hours of intellectual property law consultation
  • 3 hours of IT consulting
  • 4 hours of graphic design time
  • A free run of business cards
Out of the plans received, five finalists were chosen to present to a panel of local entrepreneurs and business expert judges and two winners were selected and each were awarded the prize package.

A business plan is defined as : "a formal statement of a set of business goals, the reasons why they are believed attainable, and the plan for reaching those goals. It may also contain background information about the organization or team attempting to reach those goals." The plans received from hopeful business owners in the Flagstaff community expressed more than business goals; they showed people's hopes and dreams for this community and for innovative new organizations to solve a variety of perceived problems.

The winning businesses were Local Works, a community workshop where people can design, build and create their ideas; and Volcano Ukulele, a high quality ukulele shop originally founded in Hawaii. Each spearheaded by Flagstaff locals who plan to grow and expand their businesses with their newfound access to excellent resources from NACET and the Flagstaff Chamber.

"The prizes and grant I won from the Flagstaff Business Plan Competition will help me in overcoming the financial burdens I face in starting a business, as well as building my knowledge base and helping me to renovate my location." - Joseph Davidson, Local Works

Paul Taylor (left) and Joseph Davidson, the winners of the 2013 flagstaff business plan competition

Monday, August 5, 2013

Hot Deals, Marketspace and Job Postings!

The Chamber website, updated in early 2013 now has several features for members to gain extra exposure in the community!

Hot Deals are essentially online coupons. You can create deals to the public or member-to-member
Marketspace is a more enhanced listing of hot deals, but is used as more of a "Classified Ads" section!
Job Postings serves as an online job board for Flagstaff, available only to members of the Chamber, showing only vetted positions from real companies who are really hiring (no scams!)

Hot Deals: An online coupon space where you can post coupons to the entire community or only to other members ie (20% discount for chamber members). Utilizing this feature will increase your company's visibility to other chamber members, increase your SEO, and bring revenue in the door! Are you currently using printed coupons or running specials via Social Media? Run a similar (but different!) special through Hot Deals so you can track the usage and the number of people seeing your material on the Chamber site!

Marketspace: a module designed to market items, specials or other offerings to members and/or community. This listing is publicly available to anyone searching the Chamber's website. It can be searched by keyword. Users can sign up to receive emails when new items are posted.
Is your business selling off old equipment? Post it to Marketspace!
Do you have special deals for students, military, or retired persons? Post them to marketspace! 
Do you have a special event coming up and are seeking sponsors? Post it to Marketspace!

Other Popular uses include
Classified ads
Auction items
Commercial real estate available for lease or purchase
Rentals or Housing units
Area specific deals: College Student Coupons, Military Member Discounts, etc
Job Posting: If your organization is hiring, forget about paying hundreds of dollars to job posting sites! Post to the Chamber's website, where job-seekers are already local! Each job posting is reviewed by Chamber staff to ensure there are no scams and no spam. This section of the Chamber site already sees 5,000 unique views each month!

All three of these excellent posting opportunites can be accessed from your Member Login portal on the Flagstaff Chamber website.

Simply enter your username and password and start posting!
Forgot your login? Give us a call/email and we will get you squared away.

Featured Post: FranCar Enterprises and WorldVentures

Name of your business: Francar Enterprises, Representative for World Ventures

Length of time you’ve been in business: Francar Enterprises 20 years, World Ventures 8 years

Why did you get into your industry? What is your goal/mission? To help people experience more Fun, Freedom & Fullment in life.  Spending more time with friends and family.

Your specialty – the reason people choose you: We help more people understand that there is more to life than just a JOB and working for 40-50 years, living paycheck to paycheck, there is a Great Big World out there, lets show people how to enjoy that with their friends and families, by learning how to have Time and Money, not just one or the other.

Your favorite part about doing business in Flagstaff:  Having the opportunity to expand our business in a new location and show the people of Flagstaff how to Enjoy Life More.

Who is your favorite local non-profit or charitable organization? Why?  Boys & Girls Club, it is supported by World Ventures.

Do you have any special events coming up? What are they? Presentations every Friday evening,  Monthly Regional Training Opportunites in the Phoenix area & National Conventions in different locations around the World Quarterly.

Are you hiring?  Always looking for people who are looking to expand their horizons and Give back to the World more.  We do that through the World Ventures Foundation helping children around the World.

Featured Post: Page Springs Cellars

Length of time you’ve been in business: 10 years

Why did you get into your industry? What is your goal/mission?
At Page Springs Cellars, our goal is to create delicious wines that express the unique character of our landscape. We trust that our wines and winemaking convey our philosophies concerning family, education and living life to its fullest.

We believe to make great wine we must take just as much responsibility for the lands we steward as the community we live in.

We feel strongly that growing grapes, making wine and raising a glass is a cultural ritual that fosters friendship, brings together families, and unites communities. Good wine is not strictly the esoteric fare of nobility: Wine is for the people.

We desire to share our passion and interest in wine with everyone from the first time sipper to the seasoned enthusiast. Providing academic and hands on experiences are a big part of this desire to help people expand and trust their own senses.

Land, grapes, wine, friends, family, education and fulfillment. wine is within everyone’s reach!!!

Your specialty – the reason people choose you:
While my first love was certainly Pinot Noir, I have developed a serious relationship with varietals from the Southern Rhône. Here at Page Springs Cellars, we primarily work with Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Additionally, we dabble with other red grapes such as Cabernet Pfeffer, Counoise, and Cinsault. Our white grape loves include Viognier, Rousanne and Marsanne. While you may occasionally see us blending with Cabernet Franc, Barbera or Sangiovese—the flavorful grapes of the Rhône will always be our focus.

I like to keep an open mind about winemaking. While a good deal of what we do could be considered traditional (selective picking and sorting, small open-top fermentations, hand punch downs), there are times when the judicious use of technology can markedly improve a wine. We generally do not fine or filter, but there are occasions when a rough filtration brightens fruit or removes rough, gritty characters. In short, we always make the best wine we can. We have a wine-centered philosophy. The market is not driving our winemaking, quality is.

Do you have any special events coming up?
YES! Page Springs Cellars Quarterly Wine Club Event: Tap the Cask
Private barrel tastings with Eric Glomski in the Cellar.  Need I say more? Small bites provided.
Who: Members and Guests
Where: Cellar
Bring: a jacket (the cellar is always cold!) and dress comfortably
Cost: $35, discounts apply
Parking:  Parking attendants will be on site.  Please be aware of our limited on site parking and carpool when possible.
When: Hosted by Eric Glomski
Saturday, September 7: 10-11:30, 12-1:30, 2-3:30, 4-5:30, 6-7:30
Sunday, September 8: 10-11:30, 12-1:30, 2-3:30
Reservations:  928.639.3004 ext 222 or
Or, order your tickets from our website!

Page Springs Cellars 8th Annual Harvest Festival!
Join Page Springs Cellars in celebrating the season! Live music, food, wine and entertainment for all ages.
Saturday, October 5
Tickets: Club Member Discounts Apply
$40 General Admission: includes a reusable GoVino Harvest Festival glass.
$100 VIP: includes valet parking, Riedel PSC logo glass and glass of wine, VIP seating close to the stage, VIP bar with table service, catered food and private portable restrooms.  Available to Inner Circle Club Members Only until July 29.
Children 12 and under are free!
D-Bess 2:45-3:45
Pick & Holler 4:00-5:00
Decker 5:15-6:15
Hula Hooper’s 6:25-6:45
13 to the Gallows 7:00-8:15
The Makepeace Brothers 8:30-9:45
Hay Bale Mazes
Face painting
Clown/Balloon Twister
Water Dunk Tank
And MORE!!
Food will available for sale on the day of the event! 
Harvest Festival Tees: $14 advance purchase/$19 day of Festival
Reservations: 928.639.3004 ext. 222 or
Or, order tickets from our website!