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Members of Gilbert Leadership Class XXI unveiled their class project in May 2013.

GILBERT BUSINESSES, EDUCATORS, LEADERS TO BE HONORED AT 21st ANNUAL EVENT

Chamber, Town, School Districts Partner to Present Excellence Awards

Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Gilbert Chamber of Commerce

Higley Unified School District

Sponsored by APS, the 21st Annual Gilbert Community Excellence Awards will be held on Thursday, November 3rd from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Falls Event Center. Awards will be presented by each of the event’s partners and the event will feature The Original Taste of Gilbert restaurant showcase. Individual tickets are $50 or a table for ten can be purchased for $500. For more information, contact Alma at (480) 941-6321 or register online at http://www.gilbertaz.com

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 670 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit gilbertaz.com.


GILBERT CHAMBER ANNOUNCES GPS, HUSD GOVERNING BOARD ENDROSEMENTS

EAST VALLEY CHAMBERS RESPOND TO RISE IN ADA COMPLIANCE LAWSUITS

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 670 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit gilbertaz.com.


GILBERT CHAMBER OPPOSES INCREASE TO MINIMUM WAGE, HOSPITAL EXECUTIVE PAY ACT, LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA

GILBERT CHAMBER ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENT OF JONES FOR CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 5

Video coverage of recent candidate forums can be found on the Chamber's Facebook page – Facebook.com/GilbertChamber. To learn more about all the candidates and to view their responses to the Chamber's written questionnaire, visit the Chamber's website at GilbertAz.com/2016MeetTheCandidates.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 670 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit gilbertaz.com.GILBERT CHAMBER TO HOST INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS ON DANUBE RIVER, ITALIAN COAST EXCURSIONS

GILBERT CHAMBER TO HOST INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS ON DANUBE RIVER, ITALIAN COAST EXCURSIONS
Community Invited to Learn More about These All-Inclusive Travel Opportunities

Community Travel Meeting—Christmas on the Danube

This trip will depart on December 3, 2016 and will include nine days and 19 meals. Highlights will include Vienna, Vienna Opera House, Hofburg Palace, Wachau Valley, Glühwein Party, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Christmas Markets, Rothenburg, and Würzburg.  Inclusive pricing begins at $3,399. Trip details can be found online at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/759141.

Community Travel Meeting— Discover the Italian Coast 2017

This trip will depart on March 23, 2017 and will include eight days with optional extensions. Highlights will include Amalfi Coast, Ravello, Pompeii, Capri, Sorrento, Positano with optional expeditions to Naples or Rome. Inclusive pricing begins at $3,099. Trip details can be found online at http://www.chamberdiscoveries.com/pdfs/pompeii.pdf 

Both community travel meetings will be free to attend with no travel commitment necessary. To RSVP for an informational meeting, contact Sarah Watts by phone at (480) 941-6322 or by e-mail at sarah@gilbertchamber.com.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 675 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit http://www.gilbertaz.com <.br>

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GILBERT CHAMBER ANNOUNCES CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENTS FOR LOCAL, DISTRICT RACES

GILBERT CHAMBER ANNOUNCES CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENTS FOR LOCAL, DISTRICT RACES

GILBERT - The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce announces its endorsement of business-friendly candidates running for Gilbert Town Council, Legislative Districts 12 and 17 – House and Senate – and Maricopa County Supervisor Districts 1 and 2.   Endorsements are based on a candidate’s voting record on the Chamber’s local and state priority bills (if incumbents), past and current community leadership and engagement, experience with the management of complex budgets,  as well as the willingness to work with the Gilbert Chamber on policies and issues having significant impact on Gilbert’s business environment. “While evaluating all candidates through a process of questionnaires, personal interviews, and public candidate forums we were able to get to know the make-up of the newcomers while taking an in-depth look at Town and District 12 incumbents,” said Jon Olson, Chairman of the Gilbert Chamber’s Public Policy Committee.  “Our public policy committee spent more than 25 hours evaluating all of the candidates.”

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce endorses the following candidates:

Gilbert Town Mayor (1 seat) – Jenn Daniels Gilbert Town Council (2 seats) – Scott Anderson and Bob Ferron Legislative District 12 Senate (1 seat) – Warren Petersen Legislative District 12 House (2 seats) – Eddie Farnsworth and Travis Grantham Legislative District 17 Senate (1 seat) – Steve Yarbrough Legislative District 17 House (2 seats) – JD Mesnard, Jeff Weninger Maricopa County Supervisor District 1 (1 seat) – Denny Barney Maricopa County Supervisor District 2 (1 seat) – Steve Chucri “We know Gilbert’s business community is looking to us to dig deep and identify those candidates who can continue to support our thriving community. Our endorsements are always focused on selecting candidates who we feel will best represent this mission,” said Olson. “We also place emphasis on each candidate’s potential impact on our education system as we know business and education go hand-in-hand.” According to Olson, Town Council candidates Anderson and Ferron bring great strengths to the race, including their strong understanding of finance and budgets and their experience in tourism and recreation. “Bob Ferron has served on the Town’s Parks & Recreation Board and his insight will be invaluable during this critical time in the planning and execution phases of the regional park in south Gilbert,” Olson said. “And, Scott Anderson, a retired town employee, understands the role Gilbert plays in regional tourism. He has great vision for the future paired with a strong historical perspective.”

To learn more about all the candidates and to view their responses to the Chamber’s written questionnaire, visit the Chamber’s website at www.gilbertaz.com/2016MeetTheCandidates.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 670 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit http://www.gilbertaz.com <.br>GILBERT CHAMBER ANNOUNCES TENTH ANNUAL BUSINESS AWARD RECIPIENTS

June 15, 2016


GILBERT CHAMBER ANNOUNCES TENTH ANNUAL BUSINESS AWARD RECIPIENTS
Mayor Lewis, Chamber CEO Recognized for Milestones at Luncheon

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce today recognized leaders of the organization and announced the recipients of their Tenth Annual Business Awards Luncheon, presented by American Furniture Warehouse.  All finalists are nominated by the local business community and winners are determined by a committee of peer Chamber members. The Tenth Annual Business Award recipients are: Large Business of the Year - Wal-Mart at SanTan Village Mid-Size Business of the Year - Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. Small Business of the Year - Associated Architects Volunteer of the Year - JW Rayhons, Rayhons Financial Solutions Employer of Choice - Generations at Agritopia Family Business of the Year - Arizona's Dukes of Air, LLC   The luncheon included the Gilbert Chamber’s year-in-review, delivered by current Chairman of the Board, Tim Bricker, president/CEO of Dignity Health’s Mercy Gilbert and Chandler Regional Medical Centers. Bricker recognized the organizations committee chairpersons and outgoing members of the Board of Directors, including Darren Patoni of The IT Workshop and Jim Lykins of Atmosphere Commercial Interiors. Incoming Board Chairwoman Joan Krueger of Bliss Lieberman Realty & Investments paid special tribute to Mayor John Lewis for his support of the Gilbert Chamber and local business community during his time in office. “Mayor John Lewis has shown a sincere and deliberate dedication to the success of our business community,” Krueger said.  “Over the past seven years, he has been visible as we have welcomed members into the community and, equally important, he has been at the table of many discussions as businesses look for ways to grow and expand within our community, region and state.” Krueger also recognized Chamber CEO Kathy Tilque for the 20 years she has served as president/CEO of the organization. The Tenth Annual Business Awards Luncheon was held on Wednesday, June 15th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert SanTan Elegante Conference Center in Gilbert. The luncheon was presented by American Furniture Warehouse with additional support by Orbital ATK and Southwest Airlines.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 650 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit http://www.gilbertaz.com


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GILBERT CHAMBER, SRP TO HOST 2016 CANDIDATE FORUM SERIES May 23, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


GILBERT CHAMBER, SRP TO HOST 2016 CANDIDATE FORUM SERIES
Community Invited to Hear from Town Council, Districts 12/17, and GPS/HUSD Candidates

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and SRP will host a series of candidate forums and invites the community to learn more about the candidates running for Gilbert’s Town Council, Legislative Districts 12 and 17, and local School Boards. The Chamber’s candidate forums give attendees the opportunity to meet the candidates and hear from each about key issues affecting the business community. Town Council Candidate Forum Monday, June 6th at Saint Xavier University 92 W. Vaughn Avenue, Gilbert, AZ  85233 10:45 AM - Registration, Meet the Candidates, and Lunch 11:00 AM - Candidate Forum Begins 1:00 PM - Candidate Forum Concludes Admission: $20 per person, includes lunch Legislative Districts 12 and 17 Candidate Forum Monday, June 13th at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Agave Room 2626 E. Pecos Road, Chandler, AZ 85225 10:45 AM - Registration, Meet the Candidates, and Lunch 11:00 AM - Candidate Forum Begins 1:00 PM - Candidate Forum Concludes Admission: $20 per person, includes lunch Gilbert Public Schools and Higley Unified School District Candidate Forum Monday, August 8th at Higley Performing Arts Center 4132 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert, AZ  85295 6:00 PM – Registration, Meet the Candidates 6:45 PM – Candidate Forum Begins 9:00 PM – Candidate Forum Concludes Admission: Free

All candidates have been invited to participate in these forums, sponsored by SRP, and are encouraged to set up tables with campaign literature for distribution to attendees. Each candidate forum will be open to the public; please RSVP online at http://www.gilbertaz.com

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The candidates’ responses at these forums, along with a written candidate questionnaire and an individual interview, will be used to determine the Chamber’s endorsements. Responses to the questionnaire will be posted on the Chamber’s website on June 3rd – http://www.gilbertaz.com/2016MeetTheCandidates

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The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 675 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit http://www.gilbertaz.com


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GILBERT LEADERSHIP NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 25TH CLASS May 18, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GILBERT LEADERSHIP NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 25TH CLASS
Applications Due June 15, Interviews Begin in July

GILBERT – Gilbert Leadership, a program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, is currently accepting applications from Gilbert residents and/or business leaders to participate in the program’s 25th class and will begin interviewing applicants in July. This ten-month program develops Gilbert’s current and future business and civic leaders through ten issue days, six community tours, and one class project. Gilbert Leadership influences the community by building leadership capacity, increasing knowledge and awareness of community concerns, and nurturing future leaders. More than 400 individuals have graduated from the program, bringing together leaders with diverse backgrounds, including homemakers, entrepreneurs, town council members, and more.  “Gilbert Leadership provided me with an in-depth look into Gilbert’s infrastructure, issues, and leadership opportunities,” said Candy Body, Leading Edge Academy Board member and Class XX alumni. “The blend of professional development, leadership training, networking, and team building dynamics make it the best leadership program in the Valley. I highly recommend it!” Gilbert residents and/or employees are eligible to apply. Interested candidates should submit a completed application by June 15th. Program applications can be found online at gilbertleadership.com. Applicants will be interviewed by a selection committee in July and the program will begin in September. Enrollment is limited to 30 class participants. About Gilbert Leadership

Gilbert Leadership is a ten-month program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. Candidates are required to live or work in Gilbert, possess a commitment to community involvement and personal growth, and a desire to improve the Gilbert community. More than 400 alumni have discovered leadership opportunities and fostered lasting relationships through this program. Learn more at http://www.gilbertleadership.com


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GILBERT CHAMBER ANNOUNCES ANNUAL BUSINESS AWARD NOMINEES FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 4, 2016

GILBERT CHAMBER ANNOUNCES ANNUAL BUSINESS AWARD NOMINEES

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce has announced the businesses and individuals nominated by their peers for recognition at the Tenth Annual Business Awards and will announce each recipient at a luncheon event in June. The 2016 Annual Business Award nominees are as follows:

Large Business of the Year

Generations at Agritopia Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Seville Golf & Country Club Wal-Mart at SanTan Village

Mid-Sized Business of the Year

Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. ROCKET MEDIA The Egg I Am

Small Business of the Year

Arizona's Dukes of Air, LLC Associated Architects Elaine Kessler Photography Nedda Tax Accountant, Inc. Willow Massage + Spa

Volunteer of the Year

JW Rayhons, Rayhons Financial Solutions Eric Reber, SpeedPro Imaging Mesa-Gilbert Jän Simon, AAA Arizona               

Employer of Choice

Generations at Agritopia Isagenix International Zerorez Phoenix

Family Business of the Year

A2Z Trophy Arizona's Dukes of Air, LLC Barnes Fine Jewelers Schorie Auto Repair Zappone's Italian Bistro

Gilbert Leadership Award

Joan Krueger, Bliss Lieberman Realty & Investments

The Annual Business Awards Luncheon, presented by American Furniture Warehouse, will be held on Wednesday, June 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert & San Tan Elegante Conference Center in Gilbert. General admission is $50; Chamber member admission is $35. Add $10/person when registering after 11:00 a.m. on June 9, 2016. For more information or to register for attendance, visit www.gilbertaz.com.  

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 650 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit http://www.gilbertaz.com


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GILBERT LEADERSHIP CLASS RAISING FUNDS FOR TEEN CENTER RENOVATION AT BOYS & GIRLS CLUB FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 1, 2016


GILBERT LEADERSHIP CLASS RAISING FUNDS FOR TEEN CENTER RENOVATION AT BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
Bunco Night Fundraiser, General Donations to Help Raise $18k for Class Project

GILBERT – Gilbert Leadership Class XXIV has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley - Gilbert to renovate the teen center and will host a Bunco Night event to raise funds for this class project. Gilbert Leadership, a program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, recruits aspiring leaders from within the community, teaches them about historic and emerging issues and encourages class members to utilize their talents to give back to the community.  Class XXIV will contribute by enhancing the teen center at our local Boys & Girls Club to give teens a safe, fun place to go after school with more opportunities for skill development and personal growth.

The Bunco Night fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, March 8 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at The Elegant Barn, 1221 N. Greenfield Road in Gilbert and will include appetizers, desserts and raffle prizes. Admission is a suggested donation of $40.  Please RSVP to GLClass24@gmail.com. Donations may be made with cash, check or credit card.

Members of Class XXIV will work to secure donations over the coming weeks with a goal of raising $18,000.  To reach this goal, the class is looking for both financial and in-kind support from local partners who are passionate about transforming and strengthening the Gilbert community. 

General donations to the teen center project can be made by contacting class member Matt Dallas at (602) 692-4621 or by e-mail to GLClass24@gmail.com.

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Gilbert Leadership is a ten-month program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. Candidates are required to live or work in Gilbert, possess a commitment to community involvement and personal growth, and a desire to improve the Gilbert community. More than 350 alumni have discovered leadership opportunities and fostered lasting relationships through this program. Learn more at http://www.gilbertleadership.com

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The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 650 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit http://www.gilbertaz.comGILBERT CHAMBER NAMES BUSINESSMAN, BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 20, 2016 GILBERT CHAMBER  NAMES BUSINESSMAN, BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR Annual Event Honored Nominees for Outstanding Leadership and Achievements GILBERT –The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce honored today business leaders and nominees for the Businessman and Businesswoman of the Year award at a luncheon and award ceremony, sponsored by Cox Business. The Businessman of the Year award was presented to Kevin DeRosa of Advance Paper & Maintenance Supply.  “I have a passion for helping others. I believe that givers gain and that if I truly wish to help others that good things will eventually come back to me,” DeRosa said. “I love connecting people and giving those in my network of associates quality referrals.” Honorees for the Businessman of the Year award included Tad Peelen of Joe’s Real BBQ, Rustyn Sherer of APS, and Ralph Willett of Willett CPA. The Businesswoman of the Year award was presented to Barbara Starley of Toolbox 4 Entreprenuers.  “My entire business was constructed on a foundation of mentorship, partnership and development of my clients and their employees,” Barbara said. “I believe small business owners are the backbone to our economy and their success will ultimately benefit generations to come.” Honorees for the Businesswoman of the Year award included Emily Evans of Aflac, Tracey Groy of Willow Massage + Spa, Dr. Christina Kishimoto of Gilbert Public Schools, Debbie Newport of Sunrise Senior Living of Gilbert, and Alice Woodard of Printwerx. To be considered for these awards, men and women are nominated by their peers. Once nominated, they must submit a written questionnaire and participate in a personal interview. The questionnaire is reviewed and the nominees are interviewed by a panel of business professionals. This panel submits their recommendation for each award to the Chamber’s Board of Directors for final review and approval.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 650 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit http://www.gilbertaz.com


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UPCOMING SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 4, 2015

UPCOMING SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS

GILBERT –The Small Business Council, a program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, continues its marketing mastermind workshop series with the upcoming Speak Your Way To Success workshop. Featuring speaker Ed Phillips of Ed Phillips’ Business Speakers Academy, this workshop aims to provide attendees the tools to make every presentation a game changer. Learning points will include: • Seven secrets for a knock-em-dead presentation; • Five things that turn off an audience; • Tips professional speakers use every time; • Why fear of public speaking may be your best friend. “With 30 years of experience in on-air broadcasting and as an entrepreneur himself, Ed Phillips is well equipped to be a wealth of information on professional speaking,” says Jasmine Holmes, Small Business Council Chairwoman and owner of 910 West. “The term marketing may bring to mind advertisements and social media campaigns. However, this workshop focuses on the communication skillset of small business owners who know as that marketing starts with them.” The workshop will be held: Friday, November 13, 2015 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saint Xavier University 92 W. Vaughn Avenue Gilbert, AZ 85233

Admission is $25 for members, $40 for non-members. To register, visit the events calendar at http://www.gilbertaz.com. 

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 650 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit http://www.gilbertaz.com .


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GILBERT MAYOR, CHAMBER RELEASE STATEMENTS IN SUPPORT OF SCHOOL FUNDING BALLOT MEASURES Media Contact: Kathy Tilque, President/CEO Gilbert Chamber of Commerce

Kathy@gilbertchamber.com

(480) 941-6325

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GILBERT MAYOR, CHAMBER RELEASE STATEMENTS IN SUPPORT OF SCHOOL FUNDING BALLOT MEASURES
Unite with Neighboring Municipalities, Chambers to Encourage Local Support

GILBERT – Mayor John Lewis and Chamber of Commerce CEO Kathy Tilque have signed letters to constituents in partnership with Queen Creek and Mesa in support of the upcoming funding ballot measures on behalf of Chandler Unified, Higley Unified, and Gilbert Public Schools. In support of Higley Unified School District, Town of Gilbert Mayor John Lewis and City of Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney join the Gilbert and Queen Creek Chambers of Commerce on a letter that includes the following statement: Vote ‘Yes’ on the 15% Override – The 15% Maintenance and Operations override provides the adequate education funding missing from the State to maintain academic excellence, grow college and career ready programs and fund reasonable classroom sizes.  A ‘yes’ vote ensures the reinstatement of important core programs, many of which have been drastically impacted in recent months by a decrease in State funding. Without the passing of this override, programs including full day kindergarten, arts and athletic stipends, and elementary specials are at risk; with a proposed expenditure cut of more than $2.9 million. 

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In support of Gilbert Public Schools, Town of Gilbert Mayor John Lewis, City of Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney, and City of Mesa Mayor John Giles join the Gilbert, Queen Creek, and Mesa Chambers of Commerce on a letter that includes the following statement: Vote ‘Yes’ on the 10% Override - The expiration of the previous override and reduction of other funding threaten to compromise classroom sizes, teacher compensation and technology-based education. A ‘YES’ vote on the seven-year 10% maintenance and operations budget override will provide funding to maintain academic excellence and will ensure innovative college and career ready programs for all students. This proposed measure is not an increase in tax but an effort to thwart further reduction in funding for the education of our local students. Vote ‘Yes’ on the Bond Package - Parents students and businesses demand innovative and tech-savvy learning and work environments. Support of the $82 million bond package will ensure the investment in new teaching tools that include technology, training and connectivity. Likewise, the proposed funding would allow for the replacement of buses exceeding 20 years of service.

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In support of Chandler Unified School District, Town of Gilbert Mayor John Lewis and City of Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney join the Gilbert and Queen Creek Chambers of Commerce on a letter that includes the following statement: Vote ‘Yes’ on the  $196 Million Bond – This bond will support student growth over the next seven to ten years.   Approximately $73.5million will be used to maintain district facilities for an estimated seven years.  The district spends only $2.60 per square foot annually to maintain the facilities for 43,000 students and 5,000 staff members who use them throughout the year.  The remaining $122.5 million will fund continued student growth. Using bond funds to pay off the lease / purchase loan for the two new schools will ultimately lower the cost to the taxpayer since it is a less expensive means of borrowing money.

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“As always, the local Chambers of Commerce public support of good candidates and good policy is greatly appreciated.  Strong schools make for strong communities and a positive climate to grow our economic base," said Phil Alibrandi, co-founder of Supporting Higley Students First.

To view each letter in its entirety or to learn more about each of these school funding ballot measures, visit the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce’s homepage at http://www.gilbertaz.com

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The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 650 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit http://www.gilbertaz.com .


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GILBERT CHAMBER TO HOST INFORMATIONAL MEETING THURSDAY FOR GROUP TRAVEL OPPORTUNITY Media Contact: Kathy Tilque, President/CEO Gilbert Chamber of Commerce

Kathy@gilbertchamber.com

(480) 941-6325

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GILBERT CHAMBER TO HOST INFORMATIONAL MEETING THURSDAY FOR GROUP TRAVEL OPPORTUNITY


Who: The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Collette Vacations

What: Informational meeting to provide interested travelers details about group travel opportunity to the Imperial Cities, including Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. No travel commitment is necessary to attend this meeting.

When: Thursday, October 1, 2015, 6:00 pm.

Where: The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, 119 N. Gilbert Road Suite 101, Gilbert, AZ 85234

Why: Departing on March 28th, the Imperial Cities expedition is priced at $3,799 per person based on double occupancy and includes round-trip airfare from Sky Harbor Airport, nine nights in first class hotels, 14 meals, admissions per itinerary, air taxes and fees/surcharges, hotel transfers, and more. 

Tour highlights include Prague, Hradcany Castle, Prague Folklore Dinner and Show, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, Schoenbrunn Palace, Grinzing Evening, Bratislava, Budapest, Matthias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion, Szentendre, Renisssance Dinner, and more. A representative of Collette Vacations will provide a more in-depth review the travel itinerary and answer general questions regarding the expedition.

Learn More: http://www.gilbertaz.com/imperialcities2016

About the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce:


The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 650 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit www.gilbertaz.com.


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GOOGLE, GILBERT CHAMBER WANT TO PUT GILBERT ON THE MAP Media Contact: Kathy Tilque, President/CEO Gilbert Chamber of Commerce

Kathy@gilbertchamber.com

(480) 941-6325

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 29, 2015

GOOGLE, GILBERT CHAMBER WANT TO PUT GILBERT

ON THE MAP
Program Aims to Make Sure Every Local Business Can Be Found Online

GILBERT- The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Google’s Let’s Put Gilbert on the Map program, an effort aiming to put every business in Gilbert online and better display correct local business information through the search engine. Ninety-seven percent of consumers look online for information about local goods and services, according to a user wave study by BIA/Kelsey, a media and advertising research company. Let’s Put Gilbert on the Map is a simple and free method for businesses to be included in consumer’s search-engine results. “This is an important effort for businesses of all sizes,” says Kathy Tilque, CEO and president of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. “By having key information available online, it levels the playing field and increases the competitive nature of our local market, allowing businesses to expand their reach and grow.” Businesses can check the status of their company listing online. If a business is already listed, details can be confirmed and updated. Otherwise, a new listing can be created.

To check the status of a business listing, watch an overview video about the program, or for more information about Let’s Put Gilbert on the Map, visit www.gilbertaz.com/onthemap or contact Macey Streeper at macey@gilbertchamber.com.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 650 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit www.gilbertaz.com.

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CHAMBER’S PARTNERS IN PROGRESS OFFER SPECIAL PROJECTS COURSE AT CGCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 25, 2015

CHAMBER’S PARTNERS IN PROGRESS OFFER SPECIAL PROJECTS COURSE AT CGCC
Economic Development and Business Outreach Class Begins September 30

GILBERT- Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) students will be participating in an upcoming unique course that aims to connect the classroom and the community via analysis of business retention and communication for identified business clusters in Gilbert. “This class is a distinct opportunity for both the students and the community organizations involved,” says Kathy Tilque, CEO/President of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. “Students will develop analytical skills and have unparalleled access to businesses and business leaders in Gilbert while providing information that is vital to maintaining and growing Gilbert’s business climate.” The course will introduce students to Gilbert’s current business climate and provide professional development as the students navigate several topics, from business etiquette to survey interview training. Through the collaboration of CGCC, the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, and the Town of Gilbert’s Office of Economic Development, this class is able to provide extensive resources and insight to the course’s objectives which include: - Define Economic Development Business Retention and its importance to the community; - Name other entities in the community that assist businesses; - Name examples of types of business retention programs, how they differ by industry sector, and desired results of a business retention program; - Define additional resources available to businesses; - Apply techniques to conduct a business retention survey.

Introduced in 2011, Partners In Progress is a program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce designed to facilitate a healthy business environment for the growth, expansion, and retention of businesses. The program was conceptualized under the leadership of strategic foundational partners including Arizona State University, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, and the Town of Gilbert.  It has since expanded to include k-12 educational partners. Learn more about the program at www.PartnersInProgressAz.com.

Partners In Progress is supported by Dignity Health, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, Orbital ATK, the Town of Gilbert, APS, Arizona State University, Banner Gateway Medical Center, Bushtex, John’s Refrigeration, Rayhons Financial Solutions, 910 West, CenturyLink, Sam’s Club, SRP, East Valley Institute of Technology, Gilbert Public Schools, and Higley Unified School District.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 650 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit www.gilbertaz.com.


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CHAMBER’S GILBERT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM NAMES CLASS XXIV MEMBERS

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Kathy Tilque, President/CEO Gilbert Chamber of Commerce

Kathy@gilbertchamber.com

(480) 941-6325 September 23, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



CHAMBER’S GILBERT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM NAMES CLASS XXIV MEMBERS

GILBERT – Gilbert Leadership, a program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, has named 28 members to this year’s class as the program continues to raise awareness of community concerns by helping leaders identify opportunities to serve the Town of Gilbert. Gilbert Leadership is a ten-month development program that brings class members together one day each month to focus on specific issues and to provide an insider’s look at healthcare and social services, community culture, town history, local education and government, economic development, and public safety. Participants are tasked with selecting, organizing and raising funds for a class project that will be of benefit and significant contribution to the Town of Gilbert and its residents. The following individuals have been chosen for Gilbert Leadership Class XXIV:  
Debra Adornetto-Garcia, Banner Gateway Medical Center; Sara Lidman, Rayhons Financial;
Becca Bo, Bo Painting Company, Inc.; Catherine Lorbeer, Town of Gilbert;
Randy Bressler, CertaPro Painters; Anthony Martinez, Gateway Commercial Bank;
Amber Costa, Town of Gilbert; Brenda Masters, ICAN;
Jennifer Crews, Dignity Health; Renée Mesnik, Rio Salado College;
Sam Cutruzzula, Salt River Project; Lisa Miller, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center;
Matt Dallas, N2 Publishing- Neighborhood Networks; Sharon Morris, Salt River Project;
Stacia Ehlen, Re/MAX; Yessica Munoz, Chandler Christian Community Church;
Becky Hansen, DPR Realty; Mickie Shaw, Newman Realty;
Susan Holliefield, Town of Gilbert; Jän Simon, AAA of Arizona;
Aaron Howard, GMIA; Michelle Taylor, Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc.;
Marilynn Igleski, Yoga Stylz; Chris Timmick, The Timmick Team @HomeSmart;
Jaime Johnson, Life Community Church; Linda Tunney, Town of Gilbert; and
Patrick Lahnan, Dignity Health; Elisa Vincitorio, Two Rivers Church.
“Each class has developed its own identity, and this one will be no different,” said Class II Graduate and Board President Les Presmyk. “We try to prepare the class for the journey they are about to embark upon and I am confident each member of Class XXIV is ready.” More than 415 individuals have graduated from the program since its inception, including Mercy Gilbert Medical Center CEO Tim Bricker; past Gilbert mayor Cynthia Dunham; Adelaida Severson, CEO of Bushtex; Kathy Tilque, president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber; Town Manager Patrick Banger, and many other community leaders.

The Gilbert Leadership program is supported through sponsorship by American Family Insurance, APS, Asset Preservation and Restoration Services, Dignity Health – Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, Family Life Financial Solutions, Leading Edge Academy, Morrison Ranch, N2 Publishing, Phoenix-Mesa Gatway Airport, SRP, and Friends of Gilbert Leadership. For more information about Gilbert Leadership, contact Melanie Shaha at (480) 941-6324 or visit www.gilbertleadership.com

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 650 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit www.gilbertaz.com.



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GILBERT, MESA MAYORS AND CHAMBERS UNITED IN SUPPORT OF GILBERT PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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September 15, 2015

GILBERT, MESA MAYORS AND CHAMBERS UNITED IN SUPPORT OF GILBERT PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Release Letter In Support of GPS Override and Bond

GILBERT – Gilbert and Mesa Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with Mayor Lewis and Mayor Giles, released a joint statement in support of the Gilbert Public Schools’ 10 percent override and $82 million bond package.  The letter, dated September 1, 2015, reads as follows:

Dear Constituents: It is with great enthusiasm that Gilbert Mayor John Lewis and Mesa Mayor John Giles unite with both the Gilbert and Mesa Chambers of Commerce and their Board of Directors in support of the upcoming bond and override elections on behalf of Gilbert Public Schools. These community leaders recognize Gilbert Public Schools to be a good steward of tax dollars and a highly-performing district which draws families and businesses to the area. 

Vote ‘Yes’ on the 10% Override - The expiration of the previous override and reduction of other funding threaten to compromise classroom sizes, teacher compensation and technology-based education. A ‘YES’ vote on the seven-year 10% maintenance and operations budget override will provide funding to maintain academic excellence and will ensure innovative college and career ready programs for all students. This proposed measure is not an increase in tax but an effort to thwart further reduction in funding for the education of our local students.

Vote ‘Yes’ on the Bond Package - Parents students and businesses demand innovative and tech-savvy learning and work environments. Support of the $82 million bond package will ensure the investment in new teaching tools that include technology, training and connectivity. Likewise, the proposed funding would allow for the replacement of buses exceeding 20 years of service.

Due to Arizona property tax formulas, the business community shoulders a majority of the tax burden. Our business communities stand behind the importance of a premier education and we understand the funding required to best serve our students and families and, ultimately, our businesses.

These funding proposals are approved with a LOCAL vote for LOCAL dollars to be invested in LOCAL schools. We encourage you to join us in making a strong statement by voting ‘YES’ on the Gilbert Public Schools Override and ‘YES’ on the Gilbert Public Schools bond package. We believe the continued investment in our schools will provide the greatest rate of return for our communities.

The letter includes the signatures of Town of Gilbert Mayor John Lewis, City of Mesa Mayor John Giles, Gilbert Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Kathy Tilque, and Mesa Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Sally Harrison.

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The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 650 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit www.gilbertaz.com.

View file: http://www.gilbertaz.com/images/uploads/image/Letter_of_Support_-_GPS_2015.pdfGILBERT CHAMBER PRESENTS IMPERIAL CITIES GROUP TRAVEL OPPORTUNITY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 15, 2015

GILBERT CHAMBER PRESENTS IMPERIAL CITIES GROUP TRAVEL OPPORTUNITY

GILBERT –The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Collette Vacations to present a group travel opportunity to the Imperial Cities, an eleven-day inclusive excursion featuring Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. Departing on March 28th, the Imperial Cities expedition is priced at $3,799 per person based on double occupancy and includes round-trip airfare from Sky Harbor Airport, nine nights in first class hotels, 14 meals, admissions per itinerary, air taxes and fees/surcharges, hotel transfers, and more.  The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce will host an informational meeting for interested travelers to learn more about this opportunity. A representative of Collette Vacations will review the travel itinerary and answer general questions regarding the Imperial Cities expedition. No travel commitment is necessary to attend this meeting. The meeting will be held: Thursday, October 1, 2015 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce 119 N. Gilbert Road Suite 101 Gilbert, AZ 85234 Tour highlights include Prague, Hradcany Castle, Prague Folklore Dinner and Show, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, Schoenbrunn Palace, Grinzing Evening, Bratislava, Budapest, Matthias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion, Szentendre, Renisssance Dinner, and more.

Visit http://www.gilbertaz.com/imperialcities2016 to view a complete travel itinerary and register to attend the informational meeting.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 650 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit www.gilbertaz.com.



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(Photos provided by Collette Vacations)ESSENTIALS OF MARKETING SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP SERIES Media Contact: Kathy Tilque, President/CEO Gilbert Chamber of Commerce

Kathy@gilbertchamber.com

(480) 941-6325

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 24, 2015ESSENTIALS OF MARKETING SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP SERIES GILBERT –The Small Business Council, a program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, is kicking off a new series of marketing mastermind workshops to provide small businesses with actionable marketing plans designed to increase accountability and results. The Essentials of Marketing Small Business Workshop Series features five unique workshops to boost marketing know-how and build competitive advantage. “Our council designed the workshops to focus on the topic of marketing,” says Jasmine Holmes, Small Business Council Chairwoman and owner of 910 West. “Staying within this one area, allows us to go in-depth and go beyond the big picture to provide steps that any business can use in their marketing to attract new customers and make more sales.” Each workshop features an expert speaker and different topic. All workshops are sponsored by 910 west and hosted at Gilbert’s new Saint Xavier University.

Win the Marketing Game and Stop Wasting Money

Friday, September 11, 2015, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm Presenter, Alan Tarr, MoneyWordsMarketing.com

Secrets of Professional Copywriters: Using Differentiation, Messaging, and Branding to Grow Your Business

Speak Your Way To Success

Friday, November 13, 2015, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm Presenter, Ed Phillips, Ed Phillips’ Business Speakers Academy

Make Every Presentation A Game-Changer

Online Marketing Made Easy

Friday, January 15, 2016, 9:30 am to 11:00 am Presenter, Jasmine Holmes, 910 West

5 Sites + 5 hours = Marketing Success

Referral Marketing

Friday, April 8, 2016, 9:30 am to 12:00 am Presenter, Victoria Trafton, Victoria Trafton Presents

Social Media Marketing

Friday, June 10, 2016, 9:30 am to 11:00 am Presenter to be announced

Workshops are $25 per session for members; $40 for non-members. Members can register for all five workshops for only $100, a savings of $25 and a guaranteed seat at each session. To register or for more information, visit www.gilbertaz.com/sbworkshops. 

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 650 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit www.gilbertaz.com.


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GILBERT CHAMBER SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR GILBERT COMMUNITY EXCELLENCE AWARDS Media Contact: Kathy Tilque, President/CEO Gilbert Chamber of Commerce

Kathy@gilbertchamber.com

(480) 941-6325

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 19, 2015

GILBERT CHAMBER SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR GILBERT COMMUNITY EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Annual Event Honors Outstanding Businesses and Community Members

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations of outstanding businesses and community leaders for recognition at the Twentieth Annual Gilbert Community Excellence Awards, a dinner and award ceremony to be held on Friday, November 13th. Nominations will be accepted through September 4th for the following categories:

Municipal Awards: Municipal Volunteer of the Year; Neighborhood Leader of the Year; and Public Service Award


Gilbert Public Schools Education Awards: Educator of the Year; Education Support Staff; and Education Volunteer
Higley Unified School District Education Awards: Educator of the Year; Education Support Staff; and Education Volunteer
Chandler-Gilbert Community College Awards: Educator of the Year and Employee of the Year
Community Awards: Beautification Award; Gilbert Young Hero Award; and ‘Geneva Clay’ Community Volunteer
Chamber of Commerce Awards: Spirit of Gilbert Business Award; Visionary Award; and Leon Uhlhorn Chairman’s Award Last year, the following recipients were recognized:

Town of Gilbert:

Mayor’s Award- Dale Hallock; Neighborhood Leader Award- San Tan Ranch HOA Board; Public Service Award: Marc Skocypec; Municipal Volunteer Award: Gilbert Feeding Families Committee; Young Hero Award- Logan Carson

Gilbert Public Schools:

Educator Award- Debra Williams; Support Staff Award- Toni O’Dell; Volunteer Award- Sunny McMahan

Higley Unified School District:

Educator Award- Shubhra Khan; Support Staff Award- Michelle Cadiz; Volunteer Award- Melodie Coons

Chandler-Gilbert Community College:

Educator Award- Ted Wolter; Employee Award- Linda Shaw

Community Awards:

Beautification Award- Dr. Robert Brown; ‘Geneva Clay’ Community Volunteer Award-Town of Gilbert Fire & Rescue Volunteers

Gilbert Chamber of Commerce:

Spirit of Business Award- Dignity Health- Mercy Gilbert Medical Center; Visionary Award- Dr. Denise Birdwell; Leon Uhlhorn Chairman’s Award- Kevin DeRosa

Nominations can be made by completing an online fillable form at www.gilbertaz.com/2015gcea or by downloading the form and returning it to the Chamber. Nominations must include a short narrative (3-5 paragraphs) describing the nominee’s contributions according to the selected category. Recipients will be announced at an award ceremony at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Tan Elegante Conference and Reception Center in Gilbert.

The Twentieth Annual Gilbert Community Excellence Awards are in partnership with the Gilbert Republic, the Town of Gilbert, Gilbert Public Schools, Higley Unified School District, and Chandler-Gilbert Community College. To view a complete description of each award category or to submit a nomination, visit the Chamber’s website at www.gilbertaz.com. 

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 650 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit www.gilbertaz.com.


Photo Credit: Carlos Espinosa  Photo Caption: (L to R) Dale Hollock receiving the 2014 Mayor’s Award from Gilbert Mayor John Lewis

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TOURS FOR TEACHERS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR INAUGURAL CLASS Media Contact: Kathy Tilque, President/CEO Gilbert Chamber of Commerce

Kathy@gilbertchamber.com

(480) 941-6325 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 6, 2015


TOURS FOR TEACHERS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR INAUGURAL CLASS
Applications Due by August 14, Selections in September

GILBERT – An initiative of Partners in Progress, Tours For Teachers is seeking applications from local teachers and staff members for the inaugural class of the program aimed to support workforce readiness and bridge the gap between educators and Gilbert’s business community. Tours For Teachers includes in-depth discussions and behind-the-scenes tours of local businesses and industry.  Additionally, it provides an extended continuing education program for teachers serving youth within Gilbert by providing insight and resources as they help to prepare students for gainful employment. "As a way to help teachers bring real world experiences into their classrooms, we are bringing resources from the business community to our education partners,” said JW Rayhons, Chairman of the Chamber’s Partners In Progress Committee and owner of Rayhons Financial Solutions in Gilbert.  “This will help develop an even more prepared employee for the workplace." By bringing local businesses and educators together, the program will focus on reducing the training-to-productivity gap currently experienced by local industry and providing a better understanding of the current and future employability needs and trends within the local economy.

Eligible applicants are teachers or full-time staff members employed by a public, charter, or private school which primarily serves youth within the Town of Gilbert. Teachers of grade levels preschool through twelfth grade and of any subject or specialty are eligible to apply. College students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in the study of Education are also eligible to apply. Applications can be found online at www.gilbertaz.com/toursforteachers.

Enrollment is limited to 30 participants. The tuition for the program is $150.

The Tours for Teachers program is presented by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce’s Partners in Progress initiative in partnership with Gilbert Public Schools, Higley Unified School District, Dignity Health- Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, Orbital ATK, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, John’s Refrigeration, the Town of Gilbert, APS, Arizona State University, Banner Gateway Medical Center, Bushtex Global Satellite Communication, Rayhons Financial Solutions, 910 West, CenturyLink, Sam’s Club, and SRP. Learn more at partnersinprogressaz.com.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 650 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit www.gilbertaz.com.


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GILBERT LEADERSHIP KICKS OFF ITS 24TH YEAR OF LOCAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Media Contact: Kathy Tilque, President/CEO Gilbert Chamber of Commerce

Kathy@gilbertchamber.com

(480) 941-6325 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 5, 2015

GILBERT LEADERSHIP KICKS OFF ITS 24TH YEAR OF LOCAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Seeks Sponsors, Donations For Support of Program; Prepares for Largest Leadership Class

GILBERT – Gilbert Leadership, a program celebrating more than 400 local graduates, begins its 24th year of leadership development with support from individual and business sponsors - and seeks additional support for the continued growth of the program. “The blend of professional development, leadership training, networking, and team building dynamics makes Gilbert Leadership the best leadership program in the Valley,” said Candy Body, Gilbert Leadership board member and Class XX alumnus. “We plan to host our largest class this year. The financial support of our business community and program alumni allows us to maintain the level of excellence that has come to be expected.” Sponsorships of the Gilbert Leadership program range from $500 to $2,500 per year with benefits including sponsor’s logo and link posted on Gilbert Leadership’s website, logo on all issue day agendas, recognition in the Chamber’s newsletter, and special recognition at the graduation ceremony.  Additionally, Gilbert Leadership Alumni can contribute at the exclusive ‘Alumni in Action’ sponsorship level at an annual cost of $100. Benefits include social events, networking with other community leaders, and more. Sponsors provide the support needed to develop Gilbert’s present and future leaders through Gilbert Leadership’s ten-month program.

General donations are welcomed. To make a donation or for more information regarding an annual sponsorship of the Gilbert Leadership program, visit www.gilbertleadership.com or contact Melanie Shaha by phone at 480-941-6324 or by e-mail to Melanie@gilbertchamber.com.

A program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, Gilbert Leadership develops Gilbert’s current and future business and civic leaders through ten issue days, six community tours, and one class project. Gilbert Leadership influences the community by building leadership capacity, increasing knowledge and awareness of community concerns, and nurturing future leaders. More than 400 individuals have graduated from the program, bringing together leaders with diverse backgrounds, including homemakers, entrepreneurs, town council members, and more. 

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 650 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit www.gilbertaz.com.


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Photo: Community Leaders and Gilbert Leadership Class XXIII Members Gathered at Class Project Dedication on May 15th, 2015.GILBERT CHAMBER WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS AND 2015-16 FISCAL YEAR GOALS

June 30, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


GILBERT CHAMBER WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS AND 2015-16 FISCAL YEAR GOALS

GILBERT- The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce announced today the new and renewing members serving on the board of directors effective the first of July. New members and renewing to the board include: Tim Bricker, Dignity Health-Mercy Gilbert Medical Center- second term Sheila Hunter, Macerich-SanTan Village- second term Joan Krueger, Bliss Lieberman Realty & Investments- second term Rustyn Sherer, APS- first term Ralph Willett, CPA- first term Tony Yantos, Wal-Mart- first term The Chamber’s Board of Directors is made up of eighteen elected members, each serving a three-year term. Terms rotate so that six terms expire or renew for one additional term each fiscal year. Board members are eligible to serve two three-year terms. Also effective on July 1st is the start of the Chamber’s 2015-2016 Fiscal Year. According to the Chamber’s leadership, the organization will continue to provide popular programs and services, including public policy efforts, partnership through the East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance, roundtables with elected officials, workforce initiatives, referral teams, Chamber Chats, and the ambassador committee. In an effort to further serve the community, additional programs and services will be introduced and developed. This will include the second class of Business Academy Growth Group, the launch of business growth webinars via the Small Business Council, and the inaugural class of the Tours for Teachers workforce readiness program. Tours for Teachers will aim to provide insight and resources for the educators serving Gilbert’s youth as they help prepare students for gainful employment by engaging both businesses and teachers in candid conversations. The new East Valley Docs program will continue to move forward; which features a website whereby local medical-related businesses can learn about and build partnerships with one another and will include industry-specific networking and training opportunities. The Partners In Progress committee will continue to foster partnerships to produce a series of career pathway videos that demonstrate the many career opportunities that exist and will provide a roadmap from high school to such careers.  The Chamber will also continue to host signature events, an important fundraising arm of the organization, and will introduce a community-wide opportunity for international travel. “It is an exciting year ahead on all fronts,” states Kathy Tilque, CEO/President of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. “Advocating for business and future workforce readiness top our priorities once again this year, along with helping companies grow their businesses.”

To learn more about the programs and services offered at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, visit www.gilbertaz.com.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 650 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit www.gilbertaz.com.


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GILBERT CHAMBER TO HOST GOOD GOVERNMENT SERIES LUNCHEON ON MATT SALMON June 25, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GILBERT CHAMBER TO HOST GOOD GOVERNMENT SERIES LUNCHEON ON MATT SALMON

GILBERT – United States Congressman Matt Salmon, representing the 5th District of Arizona, will address business leaders next week at a luncheon hosted by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by SRP. The SRP Good Government Series brings together local business leaders with elected officials for an informative and fast-paced discussion. In this event, the business community and Congressman Matt Salmon will discuss the latest issues affecting business in Washington D.C. Congressman Salmon will share recent news from the Capitol and will discuss a variety of topics impacting Gilbert and East Valley businesses. “Several important business issues are before Congress at this time and we look forward to talking with Congressman Matt Salmon to hear his views on their progress and the challenges we may face,” said Kathy Tilque, Gilbert Chamber of Commerce President/CEO. “Leading our top priorities are US Export-Import Bank, Trade agreements, federal permitting, along with Highway and Transit Funding.” Additionally, “Excessive EPA regulations are becoming detrimental to our economic future,” said Tilque, “Arizona is constantly battling to find a fair balance that won’t increase costs for business and residents to the point of stifling economic growth.” The luncheon will be


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