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Volume 2013, Issue 6

The Chamber Vista A monthly publication of the Sierra Vista Area Chamber

July 2013

The Only Fall Show in Cochise County Coming in September Volume 2013, Issue #7

Update from Executive Director Amanda Baillie


Member Spotlight-Team Beachbody


Decrease in Ft. Huachuca Personnel


Congressman Barber-One Year Report


Farmer’s Market Moves to Veterans’ Park


June Events at a Glance


Arizona Association ED Luncheon


Knowledge Mgmt. Nonprofit


Member Page


Board of Directors / Chamber Staff


Our mission is to promote business and we regard the Home & Business Expo as the signature event that helps us to meet that important goal. The Annual Home & Business Expo is just two The cost of participating in the Expo will remain the months away and the Chamber is now accepting same as last year’s event, which saw 95 Chamber registrations. members take advantage of this great promotional opportunity. Following the success of last year’s event, we will again hold the show at The Mall at Sierra Vista on With a high traffic location, limited space and exSaturday, September 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tensive marketing, we expect the Annual Home & Booths will also include pipe and drape, which Business Expo to be a sell out again. proved to be a very popular addition in 2012. And so we encourage our members to sign up for a The Home & Business Expo, sponsored by SSVEC, booth as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Cox, Sierra Vista Herald, Cherry Creek Radio and For your convenience, we have included a registraSouthwest Gas, will be the only major show of its tion and information sheet in this newsletter. kind taking place in Sierra Vista this Fall -and it is You can also sign up and pay online at exclusive to Chamber members.

By Amanda Baillie Executive Director

Typically attracting more than 2,000 attendees, the Expo allows Chamber members to meet existing and potential clients face to face. It is also a very affordable way to market your business or organization to a wide audience in just six hours.

The sooner you register the more publicity and exposure your business will receive via our event marketing. We also have sponsorship opportunities available. For information call the Chamber at 458-6940.

How will the Health Care Act Affect Your Business?

“We Mean Business”

The Chamber has partnered with the Small Business Development Center to sponsor a healthcare seminar aimed at helping local businesses navigate the Affordable Care Act.

To be held on Tuesday, July 30, at the Cochise College Community Room, the event will begin with an overview of the ACA by Stephen Hart, Senior Area Manager of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Since it was passed in 2010, the ACA has caused much confusion among small businesses regarding their responsibilities and requirements when it comes to healthcare provisions. More than 20,000 pages of regulations have so far been issued by various federal agencies – a Next, Shelly Winson, founder of number which is only set to inTrue Choice Benefits and a certicrease. fied Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act professional, will The Chamber and SBDC have discuss the considerations of invited ACA experts to participate large employers. in a morning seminar to educate businesses on the law and its What constitutes a large emimpact. ployer? Which employees do you

have to count when making that determination? If the play or pay rule applies to you, just exactly how do you have to play? Is it less costly to pay? What changes have to be made and how do they have to be communicated to employees? Shelly will be followed by Ray Magnuson, also a PPACA professional and founder of Magnuson & Associates. Ray will focus on small employer and individual considerations. As a small business owner, should you continue to offer health benefits to your employees? How are benefit plan options going to change and what will it cost? Can you rely on your health insurance company to make sure you are in compliance? Continued on Page 6

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Chamber Update by Executive Director Amanda Baillie

“This year’s seminar will feature a keynote speaker on networking— something all business people should learn to do successfully.”

Next month the Chamber is partnering for the third year running with the Small Business Development Center and the Sierra Vista Herald to stage a Women In Business conference. Woman 2 Woman will aim to provide education on a personal and professional level to business women, as well as showcasing women owned businesses in our community. This year’s seminar will feature a keynote speaker on networking—something all business people should learn to do successfully. Chamber member Cheryl Oliver, of Your Business Experts, will be passing on valuable networking tips, as well as conducting some activities that will allow at-

tendees to walk away with new connections. Participants will also have the chance to attend a number of breakout sessions focusing on leadership—run by Chamber member Dr. Maria Church— work/life balance, customer service and accounting and bookkeeping, featuring Chamber member Connie Grady from CNJ Bookkeeping. There will also be an opportunity to eat lunch, and browse and shop the vendors featured at this event. You can also pick up some dress for success ideas from the fashion experts at Dillards. Woman 2 Woman will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Cochise College on Saturday, August 10. And the best part? There is no charge to attend.

Right now, we are looking for vendors to participate. Packages start at just $100 and include advertising space in the Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review. Tables are available to any business—whether a Chamber or nonmember, or a woman or man owned company. To reserve your space contact the Herald/Review’s advertising team at 515-4648 or email To take advantage of this great networking and learning opportunity as an attendee, you must register by contacting the SBDC at 515-5478. You can also get more information by calling the Chamber at 458-6940.

Member Spotlight—Team Beachbody Financial freedom is a dream everyone would like to achieve, and Doug and Lisa Lee hope they are well on their way to getting there. As the operators of Team Beachbody, the energetic couple offers their clients the chance to not only lose weight and get healthy, but the opportunity to make some money also. Doug and Lisa are both qualified coaches who believe in taking a holistic approach to preventative healthcare. They offer clients a range of programs and products, including Shakeology, INSANITY and Slim in 6, as well as the nationally known P90X. It was P90X that got Doug started with the business after he tried the 90-day extreme home fitness program. “He got great results,” said Lisa, pictured at the Business at Twilight Team Beachbody hosted. “Then he found out there were business opportunities connected to it, he did

some research and decided to start the business.” From there they started gathering clients who needed help losing weight or getting fit, which led to online support groups being formed. The Lees then offer business opportunities to clients looking to make some extra money. But it is important that the people they recruit use the products they promote, and prove that they actually work.

“We would have no credibility if we didn’t do that,” said Lisa, who adds that every food item they offer is completely natural and chemical free. Currently a home based business, Team Beachbody is now in the process of looking for a brick and mortar location where they can grow and offer fitness classes on a regular basis. Their ultimate goal, however, is to live a financially free lifestyle, while helping others do the same. And they believe their Chamber membership will give them a helping hand. “The Chamber is a good way to promote your business and is a great marketing tool,” Lisa said. “And we always have fun at the events we attend, which encourage us to keep going.” To find out more about Team Beachbody, which will be featured in the August issue of Success from Home magazine, call (520) 456-4580 or visit

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Army force structure, stationing decision will result in a minor decrease to Fort Huachuca’s personnel numbers The following is a statement released by Fort Huachuca: The force reductions announced by the Department of the Army will result in a relatively minor decrease of approximately 31 permanent party personnel spaces by 2017 at Fort Huachuca. This number takes into account the relocation of the 11th Tactical Theater Signal Brigade Headquarters. We do not have exact numbers at this time, but we expect the impact on the training throughout to be minimal. While the number of brigade combat teams will drop to 33, the reorganization associated with the reduction

maintains basic combat power and should retain a similar amount of associated combat enablers who train at Fort Huachuca. The Department of the Army announced force structure and stationing decisions associated with the active component end-strength reduction of 80,000 soldiers, resulting in an Army end-strength of 490,000 (a 14 percent reduction across the active component force) by 2017. These reductions are consistent with fiscal constraints resulting from the Budget Control Act of 2011 and defense planning guidance

issued in 2012, but do not reflect additional reductions that will be required if sequestrationdriven funding reductions remain unmitigated. With this force structure, the Army retains its adaptability and flexibility to provide Regionally Aligned and MissionTailored Forces in support of national defense requirements. The Department of the Army held a community outreach session here in April to gather community -unique considerations to support the Army making the best decisions to realign its force structure.

U.S. Rep Barber statement: “The force reductions announced by the Army confirm that the assets of Fort Huachuca are indeed unique. “Although the Army as a whole will see significant reductions, Fort Huachuca’s status as the center of Army intelligence, as a training location for pilots of unmanned aerial vehicles and as the site of the cleanest electromagnetic spectrum in the United States and the best testing environment for electronics evaluation make it one-of-a-kind. I will continue to fight for the preservation of these vital missions. “Nonetheless, the threat posed by sequestration – to the fort and to our national security – cannot be underestimated. Additional reductions in force will be required unless Congress addresses these sweeping and irresponsible budgetary mandates. “I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress on both sides of the aisle to cut spending in a way that targets waste and duplication while preserving our strong national defense. That will benefit Fort Huachuca, Southern Arizona and our country.”

The One Year Report –Congressman Ron Barber U.S. Rep. Ron Barber today completed his first year in office – a year in which he introduced 28 bipartisan pieces of legislation and his staff provided direct assistance to more than 2,500 people in Southern Arizona, recovering more than $11 million for them and saving 60 homes from foreclosure.

is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the Veterans Jobs Caucus. He appointed a Veterans Advisory Council in which Southern Arizona veterans provide advice and counsel on legislation.

Barber also has made a dozen floor speeches during his first year in office – many of them dealing with his responsi“Every day, I remember that the word bilities on the three committees on which ‘representative’ is not just a title, but a job he serves: Armed Services, Homeland Sedescription,” Barber said. “It is an honor to curity and Small Business. represent the people of Southern Arizona Barber has spent a good portion of his first in Washington and it is a responsibility year in Southern Arizona, coming home to that I work every day to live up to.” his district virtually every weekend. Barber took office June 19, 2012, succeedHe played a key role in negotiating an ing Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, agreement between the Environmental who resigned to focus on her recovery Protection Agency and the Arizona Elecfrom a gunshot wound. Barber served as tric Power Cooperative to reconsider a Giffords’ district director – her top repredecision that could have increased rates for sentative in Southern Arizona – for her constituents and jeopardized the jobs of entire five years in office. 242 employees. During the past year, Barber has introHe also has met with the mayor of every duced 28 bipartisan pieces of legislation, city and town in Southern Arizona at least many of them to support veterans. Barber once, toured the military installations in his

district numerous times and heard from employers and employees of many businesses. The congressman has held 135 community meetings and events, spent time on the U.S.-Mexico border and listened to Border Patrol agents, ranchers and others concerned with border security. The constituent services representatives working in Barber’s Southern Arizona offices also have had a busy and productive year. They have handled 2,555 cases from constituents that have either been resolved or are being worked on. And they have recovered more than $11.4 million for constituents while saving 60 homes from foreclosure. Barber’s three offices have received more than 81,000 calls, e-mails and letters from Southern Arizonans. A complete report on Barber’s first year in office is available at:

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Farmers Market moves to Veterans’ Memorial Park The Sierra Vista Farmers Market will celebrate the move to its new location at Veterans’ Memorial Park, 3105 E. Fry Blvd. in Sierra Vista, with a grand opening celebration on Thursday, July 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

11:30 a.m. by the Simmons Family Band.

Gardening will be the theme for the grand opening, with lots of information and an activity for the kids. A ChamThe farmers market op- photo credit Diane Jones Tomatoes are in season and the ber of Commerce erates year-round, every Sierra Vista Farmers Market is loaded with fresh tomatoes of ribbon cutting ceremany types, including lots of heirloom varieties. Thursday, featuring mony is scheduled fresh, locally grown and raised produce, for 11 a.m. with remarks by Mayor Rick grass-fed meats from nearby ranches, and Mueller. real farm eggs. Shoppers can find freshly The community is invited to meet local baked breads and goodies as well as growers and ranchers and take home honey, salsa, jams, sauces, preserves, some healthy and nutritious foods. The oils, olives, knife-sharpening, and more. farmers market is the very best way to Customers can order lunch from several shop local. For more information call 520food trucks and relax at the park, while 678-2638 or visit listening to the live music of banjo player Don Van Palta at 10 a.m., followed at

Schedule of Events Wed., Jul 10 - Ambassadors monthly committee meeting Thurs., July 11 - Business at Twilight (BAT) mixer and networking event. Hosted by BBB. Held at Lawley’s Automotive. 5 to 7 pm. Tues., July 16 - Ribbon Cutting-Bare Aesthetics, 8:30 to 9:00 pm, 3533 Canyon de Flores Wed., July 17 - SBDC Access to Capital Seminar, 9:00 am to noon, Cochise College-Sierra Vista campus-Room 900 Fri., July 19 - Chamber’s Board of Directors Meeting Wed., July 24 - Military Affairs Committee Meeting (MAC), Chamber, 8:00 am Fri., July 26 - Chamber 101 at the Chamber, 11:30 am

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Events at A Glance

Top Row: At the Windemere’s Business at Twilight, actors from “Dead Men Don’t Get Desserts,” the ambassadors strut their stuff and SVAC Marketing & Membership Director, John Hargraves announcing raffle winners. Row Two: Mr. Hayashi receives congressional recognition. Leadership Boot Camp graduates on the steps of Alchesay Barracks. Boot Camp class. Row Three: SFC Moran-Sargent receives Certificate of Achievement. Row Four: Leadership Sierra Vista 2013 skits. Ribbon Cutting celebrations at First Things First and Baby Boot Camp. Row Five: Leadership Sierra Vista Graduation.

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Four Southern Arizona Mayors to Speak at Arizona Association for Economic Development’s July Luncheon Four Southern Arizona mayors, Toney D. King of Benson, Danny Ortega of Douglas, Arturo R. Garino of Nogales and Rick Mueller of Sierra Vista, will speak at the Arizona Association for Economic Development’s (AAED) July luncheon. It will be held Wednesday, July 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Arizona Inn, located at 2200 E. Elm Street, in Tucson. The panelists will provide updates and share their views on economic development in Southern Arizona and its

direct impact on their respective communities. The cost of the luncheon is $35 for AAED members and guests, $45 for nonmembers and $50 for late registrants. To register for the luncheon and panel discussion, visit http:// For more information, call AAED at (602) 240-AAED (2233), or visit The registration deadline is Friday, July 19. Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance.

AAED was originally founded in 1974 as the Arizona Association for Industrial Development (AAID). The organization, which was dedicated to expanding the industrial and economic base of Arizona, changed to its current name in 1991 to better reflect its broader mission. The mission of AAED is to serve as Arizona’s unified voice advocating for responsible economic development through an effective program of professional education, public policy, and collaboration.

Knowledge Management Nonprofit Created in Sierra Vista Knowledge management is not a term that is commonly known, but it will be soon according to Edwin K. Morris, who holds a master’s degree in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management from School of Library and Information Science. Morris says, “Most organizations are challenged because they are not taking care of intellectual capital. When people come and go out of an organization, there are voids as knowledge goes with the people who leave. There is a lull when managers

have to train new employees in that area of expertise. Overall, the challenge is to capture and sustain the knowledge perpetuating the knowledge ecosystem those people represent.” Morris has created Pioneer Knowledge Services, a nonprofit corporation designed to educate and raise awareness of knowledge management in nonprofits. The Sierra Vista based company will assist nonprofits with personnel issues, employee turnover, onboarding processes and retaining knowledge within the company. “The mission of the newly formed company is to add to the societal structure,” says Morris. Most nonprofits are geared to assist, educate,

and make others’ circumstances better. Our society could benefit greatly by the added value of an organization that focuses and values its intellectual capital.” In addition to creating the nonprofit, Morris championed the first knowledge management alumni group at Kent State University and will be traveling to Costa Rica as a professional ambassador to propose the a partnership with University of Peace to develop a teaching curriculum. “Knowledge management is what makes peace happen; it’s an intricate component of a culture to create a peaceful environment. For further information, contact Edwin K. Morris at

Health Care Act Continued from Page 1 Will your employer stop offering insurance? What other options do you have? What is an insurance exchange or marketplace? If I do not have insurance, what penalties will I pay?

Business at Twilight

Thursday, July 9th • 5:00 pm Hosted by the Better Business Bureau at Lawley’s Team Ford

It’s a Luau! These monthly mixers are a great way to learn more about the Chamber, other local businesses and to promote your own! Don't forget your business cards and bring another business owner with you! No RSVP required. Food! Raffles! Prizes! For info., call the Chamber at 458-6940 or email:

Finally, Lanny Kope of the Sierra Vista Regional Legacy Foundation board, and a former Sierra Vista Regional Health Center board member, will talk about the ACA from a medical providers’ perspective. The event will end with a panel discussion, when attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. A representative of Congressman Ron Barber’s office will also be on hand. Running from 8:30 a.m. to around Noon, this seminar is free of charge and is open to all businesses. Seating is limited and you must register to attend by calling the SBDC 515-5478 or emailing

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A Special Welcome to Our New Members! Coyote Song Properties, LLC Sierra Vista Phytotherapeutics Baby Boot Camp Kara L. Montes, D.P.M., P.C. Prism Communications Blue Star Assisted Living Atomic Fight Club Cochise Health & Wellness

(402) 730-5556 (520) 335-8570 (520) 255-0345 (520) 459-3339 (520) 432-4901 (520) 456-1583 (520) 417-2582 (520) 226-8316

Cardinal Law Sierra Vista Legacy Foundation Service Solutions Group Z4 Enterprises, LLC Plum Windows & Doors Wound Cares, LLC Diamond Computers Sierra Wash-N-Dry

(520) 452-1002 (520) 417-3003 (520) 629-0040 (520) 459-5411 (520) 795-4104 (210) 705-4147 (520) 260-0331 (520) 459-5519

Thanks to these members for renewing their commitment to the business community One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating AZ New Beginnings, LLC Healthy Solutions Panterra Gallery First Christian Church Belleza Fine Art Gallery Good Neighbor Alliance Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Vista Sierra Housing Resource Partner Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona Southeastern Arizona Contractors Assoc. Overland Financial Silhouette Studio ERA Four Feathers Realty, LLC, Virginia Cleven

KANMAR Construction LLC Sierra Vista Insurance Agency BrightStar Freedom Automotive Cochise Children's Dental Center Bella Vista Motel Monty's Motors, Inc. Buffalo Corral BBQ Sierra Vista Flowers & Gifts Castle & Cooke Arizona, Inc. Mr. Shed Inc. The Boeing Company Arby's Roast Beef Restaurant Beverage Warehouse Arizona Water Company Sierra Pest/Termite Control

Mark Browning, CPA, PLLC RV City Sierra Vista Realty Sierra Remodeling & Home Builders Liberty Utilities (Formerly Liberty Water Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Castro Electric Sierra Suites NCM Media Networks Pioneer Title Agency Southwest Gas Corporation Sierra Toyota - Sierra Scion Southern Arizona Distributing Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Coop.

Executive Club Members Allstate Insurance Company - Pat Meldrum American Southwest Credit Union American Family Insurance American Systems Arizona Water Company BrightStar CACI, Inc. Castle & Cooke Arizona, Inc. Castle & Cooke Mortgage, LLC CerendipiTees CGI Cherry Creek Radio City of Sierra Vista Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc. Cox Data Systems & Technology, Inc. Dental Village Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Farmers Insurance-Ginny Francis Garden Terrace Assisted Living Home General Dynamics Information Tech. Horizon Moving Systems of Sierra Vista, Inc. Huachuca Mountain Insurance Agency

JR's Food and Spirits KKYZ Radio Landmark Cafe, The Las Palomas Lawley Automotive Center Lawley's Team Ford Life Care Center Long Realty Co. Longhorn Restaurant Mall at Sierra Vista - Management Office ManTech Telecommunications & Info Systems Mr. Fix It of Sierra Vista, LLC Naco Dental National Bank of Arizona Navy Federal Credit Union Netmedix IT Solutions New Frontier Animal Medical Center Northrop Grumman Corporation -

Rommel Equipment Services Rosemont Copper Company Sierra Vista Ace Hardware Sierra Vista Herald & Bisbee Daily Review Sierra Vista Regional Health Center Southeastern Arizona Contractors Assoc. Southwest Gas Corporation Southwestern Eye Center Specialists in Dermatology Stachel & Associates, P.C. Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Coop. Sun Canyon Inn Systems Integration Tailored Living The Boeing Company TownePlace Suites by Marriott University of Phoenix Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors, David Burnett *Large Business of the Year 2013* Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Patio Pools & Spas Wayland Baptist University Pioneer Title Agency Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Inc. Pueblo del Sol Country Club Windemere Hotel & Conference Center

The Chamber Vista is a publication of the Sierra Vista Area Chamber

21 E. Wilcox Drive, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 (520) 458-6940, Fax: (520) 452-0878

Mission Statement

The Sierra Vista Area Chamber promotes business and provides leadership for the improvement of the community.

2012-13 Board of Directors Executive Officers

Chamber Staff

Chairman - Michael Benson, TDY Housing Past Chairwoman - Dee Dee Hoeft, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Chair Elect - Rick Shelley - Horizon Moving Systems Treasurer—Anita Farrow, National Bank of Arizona Secretary—Jack Blair, SSVEC

Executive Director Amanda Baillie,

Board Members

Communications Director Margaret Dillard,

Frank Gonzalez, Lawley Automotive Elsie MacMillan - Sierra Toyota Ken Cecil - Mall at Sierra Vista Phil Vega - Sierra Vista Herald / Bisbee Daily Review Nancy Nash - Stuff ‘N Baskets Nathan Williams - Nathan Williams, Law Office Glen Cobb—Sierra Suites Kevin Peterson—CGI Mary Tieman—Southeast Arizona Workforce Connection

Membership & Marketing DirectorJohn Hargraves III,

Office Manager Toni Rogers, Events Coordinator Diane Erwin,

Sierra Vista Area Chamber


21 E. Wilcox Dr. Sierra Vista, AZ. 85635



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