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Volume 2013, Issue 4

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

Volume 2013, Issue #4

Update from Executive Director Amanda Baillie


Member Spotlight: Stuff ‘N Baskets


GAME ON! Sierra Vista


Glen Cobb Joins the Board


The Chamber Calendar


Chamber Events


March in Pictures


SR 90 Bridge Opens


Immigration Reform


Member Page


Board of Directors / Chamber Staff


“We Mean Business”

April 2013

Board endorses healthcare and education bills By Amanda Baillie - Executive Director Excellent healthcare and education are two key components to attracting new business growth and retaining existing companies in our community. And that is why the Chamber’s Board of Directors has chosen to endorse two pieces of legislation which address each of these areas.

can only be good for business.

The first is HB2047, which is related to Common Core Standards, a multi-state effort designed to introduce a consistent framework for students to enable them to better prepare for jobs and further education opportunities.

Healthcare continues to be a hot issue and a current area of focus is Governor Jan Brewer’s proposal to expand the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) to decrease the number of uninsured individuals.

These standards are guidelines that also help teachers understand the skills students require if they want to be successful in the workforce, and they are being developed at the local level to meet the needs of individual communities. Common Core Standards is not a federal government program, but has been adopted by 46 states. Schools across Arizona, including Sierra Vista, have already been working to implement these new standards in the classroom.

Reducing the amount of uncompensated care has a direct impact on the business community. When uninsured patients cannot pay for their healthcare, the costs are shifted to those who can, including businesses who pay for health premiums on behalf of their employees.

HB2047 takes this process to the next step by eliminating the current AIMS test and replacing it with a new competency test that aligns with the Common Core Standards. We think that is simply common sense. As any business owner or manager knows, recruiting talented people is a challenge when there are students leaving the education system without the necessary skills to respond to the working environment. The goal of the Common Core Standards is to measure a student’s progress throughout their schooling and determine whether they are career or college ready. Shortfalls can be addressed before they graduate, giving the student a much better chance of succeeding in the workplace. That

The current AIMS test is not designed to measure that readiness, which is why the Chamber strongly supports HB2047 and the proposal for a new assessment.

According to a report by the Arizona Chamber Foundation, these costs amounted to an 8.8 percent increase in premiums, or $361 per insured person. Under the Governor’s proposal, Arizona would receive $1.6 billion in federal money in financial year 2015, the first year of implementation. This money would match funds of around $154 million provided through an assessment on hospitals. Sierra Vista Regional Health Center supports this approach. In the last two years alone, it has lost $4.5 million through uncompensated care. The proposal, which is still in draft form, also includes a clause whereby, should the federal government withdraw funds, the expansion would stop. The Chamber believes this legislation is the best offer on the table in terms of handling the spiraling costs of healthcare and we will be letting our legislatures know that we support AHCCCS expansion.

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The Chamber Vista

Chamber Update by Executive Director Amanda Baillie This month includes one of my favorite events of the year – our Annual Awards Gala.

“This year, we are pleased to be adding a Business Person of the Year and a Special Recognition Award.”

In 2012 the staff went above and beyond to create a sophisticated and memorable evening for our guests as we celebrated the best in the business community. We raised the bar and gave ourselves a self imposed challenge of raising it again in 2013. I am confident we will achieve that goal on April 25. This year, we have added a casino element to the evening. Attendees will have the chance to try their luck at craps, roulette and blackjack for the chance to win a $500 Fry’s gift card, a $250 Lowe’s card and a $100 Olive Garden card. The casino will run throughout our cocktail reception, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., and we believe it will add a touch of James Bond glamour to the night.

At 7:30 p.m. guests will sit down to a delicious dinner of top sirloin steak, baked red snapper or roasted vegetables and pasta before we begin the highlight of the evening at 8 p.m.

as a member of our Chamber and we are delighted to be able to honor them in this way. We hope to see many of our Bisbee business friends at the awards gala.

The announcement of our awards is what this event is really about and we cannot wait to reveal the winners of the Home Based, Small and Large Businesses of the Year, chosen by our members and the public.

Throughout the year we receive a huge amount of help from our Ambassadors, who receive points for every event they attend. It will be our pleasure to announce the Ambassador of the Year winner also.

This year, we are pleased to be adding a Business Person of the Year accolade. Chosen by the Business of the Year nominating committee, the winner of this title is a very worthy recipient that we are looking forward to announcing.

Last, but not least, we will acknowledge our current, incoming and outgoing board members and their efforts in overseeing the policies and procedures of this organization. Current chair Dee Dee Hoeft will hand the gavel to her successor Michael Benson, who will talk about his vision for the year.

In addition, we are including a Special Recognition award. I can exclusively reveal that this will be presented to the Bisbee After 5 group for their sterling efforts to revive their home city’s business community. We are proud to have Bisbee After 5

Tickets for this spectacular evening, sponsored by SSVEC, cost $50 per person and registration is open at We look forward to celebrating with you.

Member Spotlight: Stuff ’N Baskets By Amanda Baillie Struggling to come up with a gift idea for a loved one, friend or co-worker? Then look no further than Stuff ‘N Baskets to solve that problem. Owned and operated in Sierra Vista by Nancy Nash since 2001, Stuff ‘N Baskets is a great choice when you are truly stumped in the gift giving department. Nancy believes her longevity is due to her customers knowing they will get what they paid for, and more. She works to personalize each and every gift basket that she provides. She talks with her clients to gain as much information about the gift recipient to ensure they are receiving a gift that is unique to them. “It is not just about creating a gift, it’s about creating a memory,” said Nancy. “And all baskets are personally delivered, no matter when or where delivery is arranged.”

Nancy goes to extra lengths to shop locally, believing her role as a local business owner means she has a responsibility to support Sierra Vista’s economy and its growth. She is a home based representative on the Chamber’s Board of Directors. “Home based businesses are an extremely important part of the business economy and contribute greatly to the local economy’s health,” Nancy said.

Nancy is an active member of the Chamber’s Ambassadors Committee, regularly attending ribbon cuttings and helping at events like the Home & Business Expo and Christmas Parade. Stuff ‘N Baskets, a 2013 Home Based Business of the Year finalist, regularly donates baskets to local good causes, including Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra, Sizzle, American Cancer Society, Real Wishes Foundation and the Republican Women’s Club, to name a few. She strongly believes in giving back to her community because it is one of the biggest ways a business can have a positive impact at the local level. To contact Stuff ‘N Baskets call Nancy Nash at (520) 249-5711. Want to see your business featured in the Member Spotlight? Attend the monthly Business at Twilight for a chance to win this valu-

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Tap into your inner Geek May 17th and 18th The Chamber is partnering with Orbital Games to launch a new event next month which we hope will appeal to the inner geek in all of us.

ness community. As well as local businesses, this event is expected to attract gaming and collectibles industry vendors from Tucson and Phoenix, who will each bring their own customer base down to Sierra Vista to participate. The Chamber is currently accepting applications for the limited vendor spaces, which cost $195 for a 10x10 space, or $149 with the donation of a raffle prize valued at a minimum of $50.

Game On! Sierra Vista will take place on the evening of Friday, May 17, and all day on Saturday, May 18, at Thunder Mountain Activity Center, Fort Huachuca. It will feature a variety of gaming activities and displays, from role playing and strategy to video competitions and fantasy board games. In addition, there will be a collectibles component, including comic books and cards. The presence of Fort Huachuca and its thouSierra Vista Regional Health Center Foundation presents

Key West Night

Saturday, May 4th, 2013 • 5:00 pm The Windemere Hotel & Conference Center Featuring Mark Mulligan For only $40 per person, you’ll enjoy a night out on the town with casualstyle dress, sit-down dinner, appetizers, silent, live and dessert auctions, raffles, games & a pie-eating contest Tickets available at the Foundation office (520) 417-3012

Power of the Purse Join us for a spectacular girls’ night out! Begin with a complimentary glass of wine and get an accessory of your choice from our vast inventory of “previously-loved” donations! First 100 attendees get a $10 gift card from Bath & Body Works! Friday, April 12 • 5:30-8:30 pm Sierra Suites • 391 E. Fry Blvd.

Tickets at National Bank on Hwy. 92, House of Schade-2123 S. Hwy. 92, Sierra Vista Chamber, Finders Keepers in Bisbee

sands of active duty personnel means there is a high demand locally for gaming and collectible merchandise and activities. We believe Game On! Sierra Vista has the potential to become a hugely popular event which will bring valuable dollars to our busi-

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information contact the Chamber’s Membership & Marketing Director John Hargraves at 458-6940 or email

Glen Cobb joins the Chamber board Board member Pamela Anderson announced her resignation last month, following her decision to focus fully on her business, The Landmark Café. The Chamber would like to thank Pam for her wonderful support during the four years she served as a board member.

the by-laws. At its March meeting, the board voted unanimously to appoint Glen Cobb, manager of the Sierra Suites, to the seat. Glen will serve out Pam’s term until April 2015, when she will be eligible to run for a second three-year term.

We are delighted to have a representative of the hospitality industry on our board. We wish her every success in her business. Glen is an active member of the Chamber’s Pam’s resignation came after the recent elec- Ambassadors and Legislative Affairs Committions, which means it was the board of direc- tees, as well as a Rotarian. tors’ responsibility to fill the vacancy, as per

Ribbon Cuttings

Maximize Your Chamber Benefits Chamber 101

April 3, 5:30 p.m. —Arizona Workforce Connection, 1843 Paseo San Luis is celebrating their new name! April 20, 11:30 am—Golden Rule Jewelry, Antiques & More, 4301 S. Hwy. 92. Grand Opening!!

April 26, 2013 11:30 am to 12:30 p.m. COX Resource Room, Chamber Office Chamber 101 is a comprehensive membership orientation. In a Chamber 101 session you will learn how to maximize the benefits of your Chamber investment. The meeting is open to new and existing members alike.

Lunch is provided. RSVP before April 19th to John Hargraves, Membership Director Email:

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The ChamberNewsletter Vista Title

Consider using Twitter for Marketing your business

Schedule of Events

By Margaret Dillard, Communications Director If you are overwhelmed when it comes to using social media and blogs for marketing your business, first of all remember that you don’t have to write a check to use it, but you do have to pay a price. Marketing of any kind is a commitment. When business traffic is slow, you have time to try new ways to reach customers. Here’s a few reasons to consider adding Twitter to your marketing arsenal: 1.) It’s fast. Twitter limits your message to 140 characters. Think of several reasons that customers want to buy from you. Those are your “default” messages to post when your time and resources are too limited to be creative. 2.) It’s mobile. The interface works well on your desktop and mobile devices. Social media is all about getting the word out there now instead of later. On-the-go photos rate well with online customers. 3.) It’s a good first step! It’s simple to use and not as intimidating as a blog or Facebook. Tweet away! Your followers are a forgiving bunch. Avid Twitter users read dozens, perhaps hundreds, of mini messages and choose to pursue those of interest. Studies show that multiple messages per day don’t play a negative role. Hopefully, you are ready to learn more about how to begin using Twitter for business. So let us delve a bit deeper.

Save The Date!

First of all, it’s social. Treat it as if it were a social event. Just as important, it’s marketing. You must have goals and measurements. Remember, it’s a business. No rants or personal view points that don’t benefit your mission.

Apr. 11 - Sierra Vista Economic Outlook Luncheon, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, Windemere Hotel & Conference Center Apr. 11 - BAT at BrightStar, 5:00 pm,

Choose your name wisely. Coordinate with other online media. Observe first. Look at profiles of others in your industry or location.

Apr. 12 - Power of the Purse, 5:30 pm, Sierra Suites, $30 Apr. 16 -Ambassadors Meeting, 7:30 am, Bread Basket Apr. 17 - Leadership Sierra Vista, Law Enforcement Day

Get familiar with hashtags (#). Don’t over think what to write about. Again, think social. Remember, you’re the expert. Borrow from others. Respond. Engage. Ask questions. Give value! Twitter tools you need to know about:,,, TweetCaster, TweetDeck, HootSuite. Follow your Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce on Twitter: @SVChamber101.

Advertise to 600+ local businesses for about 20 cents each!

Apr. 9 - LAC Meeting, 8-9 pm, SV Chamber Cox Room

Apr. 18 – MAC Meeting, 8:00 am, Cox Room, SV Chamber Apr. 20 - Ribbon Cutting, Golden Rule Jewelry, Antiques & More, 12:30 pm, 4301 S. Hwy. 92. Apr. 25—Annual Awards Gala & Casino, 5:30 pm Thunder Mountain Activity Center, Members: $50, Non-members: $65 Apr. 26 –Chamber 101, 11:30 am, Cox Rm., SV Chamber

Business at Twilight by

Reach over 625 businesses in Sierra Vista and surrounding communities Take advantage of this member-only benefit! We insert and mail for you!

Annual Awards Gala Sponsored by SSVEC April 25, 2013 Thunder Mountain Activity Center The cocktail reception has been extended to include a casino, where guests can play blackjack, roulette or craps and win some great prizes, including a $500 Fry’s gift card and a $100 Olive Garden gift card. Casino sponsored by Large Business of the Year-CGI and Small Business of the Year Goin’ To Grandma’s.

Super low advertising rates! Members pay only $99. Executive Club Members pay just $49. SPECIFICATIONS: Inserts must be on 8.5x11, flat, non-glossy, standard weight (20lb.– black & white, 24/28lb.— color) paper. April NEWSLETTER DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 NOTE: Insert space is limited and is provided on a first come, first serve basis. For information, call the Chamber at 458-6940 or email:

Thursday, April 12 5:00 pm 1993 Frontage Rd., Ste. 104

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 information, call the Chamber at 458-6940 or email:

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Events at A Glance

Top Left: BAT at Sparks Furniture Top Right & This Row: Health, Wealth & Lifestyle Fair Below Left: Ribbon Cutting at Timeless Day Spa Below Center: Leadership Day at the Border Below Right: Ribbon Cutting at Bonanza Cleaners Bottom Left: Timeless Therapeutic Day Spa ribbon cutting Bottom Right: Staff and Ambassadors visit Sonoita Vineyards

For upcoming events please visit us at

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The Chamber Vista

Unleash your power at women’s networking and shopping event Just a few days remain for you to snap up one of the limited tickets to what promises to be a fun evening of networking and shopping.

Vendors participating are:

Power of the Purse is the first event we have planned as part of our new Power of Women program.

The Mall at Sierra Vista

Thirty One – Kimberly Tierney CerendipiTees Slumber Parties Miche Bags of Sierra Vista

To be held at Sierra Suites on Friday, April 12, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Power of the Purse has much to offer attendees, including:

MHS & More – Hatrims and Herbalife In addition, there will be a raffle to win a number of great prizes, including a gift basket from Stuff ‘N Baskets.

FREE glass of wine FREE hors d’oeuvres FREE accessory (choose from purses, shoes, scarves & jewelry) Variety of vendors Pop-up Dillard’s store featuring mini makeovers, work appropriate clothing advice, scarf demos Opportunities to buy new and nearly new accessories at rock bottom prices—nothing will cost more than $10

There will be a wide range of donated accessories to browse, many of which are new and include brand names.

Additional glasses of wine will also be available for $3.

Part of the proceeds will go toward paying for two business women to atThe purses include high quality leather tend the Chamber’s new Leadership items, as well as a variety of office ap- Boot Camp on May 31 & June 1. propriate bags—ideal for carrying an Tickets cost $30 and are limited, so iPad or planner. drop by the Chamber, National Bank Attendees have the chance to walk of AZ (S. Hwy 92), House of Schade away with items worth more than $50 (opposite the Mall) or Finders Keepers for just $10. in Bisbee to pick up yours today.

Representing local concerns about immigration reform The Chamber’s Board of Directors voted to endorse a letter of support from the Arizona Chamber of Commerce to Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake regarding immigration reform efforts. The letter has also been endorsed by 39 other Chambers and business organizations across Arizona and reads as follows: Dear Senators McCain and Flake, The business community in Arizona, and across the nation, strongly believes now is the time to reform the nation’s broken immigration system. In order to ensure the competitive standing and economic strength of Arizona and the United States, we must have a robust and fair immigration process that promotes legal immigration while securing our nation’s borders. We commend your latest efforts and demonstration of true leadership in

pushing for bipartisan immigration reform in Congress. Arizona’s business community has long recognized that immigration policy reform is a federal responsibility and that Arizona cannot truly solve the set of complex issues that make up the immigration debate. Yours is a landmark and welcomed attempt for real and significant transformation and we are confident that, with your leadership, it is possible. We support the four legislative pillars that you identified in your announcement that propose to: Create a tough, but fair, path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants currently living in the United States that is contingent upon securing our borders and tracking whether legal immigrants have left the country when required. Reform our legal immigration sys-

tem to better recognize the importance of characteristics that will help build the American economy and strengthen American families. Create an effective employment verification system that will prevent identity theft and end the hiring of future unauthorized workers. Establish an improved process for admitting future workers to serve our nation’s workforce needs, while simultaneously protecting all workers. Like you, we are strongly committed to creating a healthy and robust business environment, and we urge Congress and the President to design and pass immigration legislation based on your outlined principles. We stand ready to support your efforts to fix our broken immigration system.

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A Special Welcome to Our New Members! Bisbee Biobalance Fenntastic Enterprise Friends of the San Pedro River Midas Auto Service Experts Mountain View Family Care, PLLC Nina's Salon Sassy Transport Shepherd's Fold Child Care Sierra Evangelical Lutheran Church Sierra Vista Clean Sierra Vista Volunteer Interfaith Caregiver Program (VICaP) Slumber Parties by Eva C. Unique to You Baskets, LLC

(520) 227-4503 (520) 249-9011 (520)-459-2555 (520) 459-3090 (520) 335-1600 (520) 236-3312 (520) 366-2149 (520) 459-0115 (520) 459-0444 (520) 378-5173 (520) 459-8146 (614) 579-1350 (919) 721-7224

Thanks to these members for renewing their commitment to the business community Air Evac Services, Inc. Au Naturale Natural Health and Wellness CACI, Inc. City of Sierra Vista Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus Cochise Floor Covering & Interiors Evans & Hillebrand, P.C. For Rent Media Solutions Gateway Studio Suites Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona Jack Furrier's Western Tire & Auto Care

Meritage Homes National Bank of Arizona National Bank of Arizona Northrop Grumman Corporation Northrop Grumman Corporation Olive Garden Pepsi-Cola of Sierra Vista Pizza Hut Italian Bistro/Wingstreet Sierra Vista Food Co-Op Sierra Vista Glass Sierra Vista Riding Club

Stuff'n Baskets Sun Canyon Inn Tanuki Sushi Bar & Garden TASC The Body Shop Paint and Body LLC TLC Moving, Inc. TownePlace Suites by Marriott University of Phoenix-Sierra Vista Campus Villa Vista Assisted Living Chili's Restaurant

Lawley Automotive Center Lawley's Team Ford Life Care Center Long Realty Co. Longhorn Restaurant Mall at Sierra Vista ManTech Telecommunications & Info Systems Mr. Fix It of Sierra Vista, LLC National Bank of Arizona Navy Federal Credit Union Netmedix IT Solutions New Frontier Animal Medical Center Nina’s Salon Northrop Grumman Corporation Patio Pools & Spas Pioneer Title Agency Pueblo del Sol Country Club Rosemont Copper Company Sentrillion 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. Stilwell's Learning Center, LLC Suburban Extended Stay Hotels Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Coop. Sun Canyon Inn Systems Integration Tailored Living TDY Housing, LLC The Boeing Company TownePlace Suites by Marriott University of Phoenix-Sierra Vista Campus Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors, David Burnett Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Wayland Baptist University Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Inc. Windemere Hotel & Conference Center

Executive Club Members American Family Insurance American Systems Arizona Water Company BrightStar CACI, Inc. Campstone Transfer, Inc. Castle & Cooke Arizona, Inc. Castle & Cooke Mortgage, LLC CerendipiTees *Home Based Business of 2012* CGI *Large Business of the Year 2012* 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 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

Chairwoman - Dee Dee Hoeft, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Past Chairman - Frank Gonzalez, Lawley Automotive Member at Large— Jean Giuffrida, Long Realty Treasurer/Chair Elect - Michael Benson, TDY Housing Secretary - Rick Shelley - Horizon Moving Systems of Sierra Vista

Board Members

Executive Director Amanda Baillie, Membership & Marketing DirectorJohn Hargraves III, Communications Director Margaret Dillard,

Elsie MacMillan - Sierra Toyota Ken Cecil - Mall at Sierra Vista Phil Vega - Sierra Vista Herald / Bisbee Daily Review Jack Blair - Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative Anita Farrow - National Bank of Arizona Nancy Nash - Stuff ‘N Baskets Nathan Williams - Nathan Williams, Law Office Glen Cobb—Sierra Suites

Office Manager Toni Rogers, Events Coordinator Diane Erwin,

Sierra Vista Area Chamber


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



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