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FYI- ADA COMPLIANCE The Arizona Attorney General’s Office on December 8 filed a motion to dismiss more than 1,700 ADA compliance cases against metro Phoenix businesses, calling the lawsuits, a shakedown. Information will be forthcoming on status. Under the same topic, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake met with several small business owners two weeks ago, to discuss the flood of disability lawsuits affecting thousands of businesses across the country. Flake is working on a bill that would provide a “notice and cure” provision, creating a temporary pause in litigation for up to 120 days before a lawsuit can be filed allowing property owners the opportunity to correct identified barriers to access. Your chamber has been advocating on behalf of our businesses regarding this issue at both state and federal levels. Watch for additional information in the coming months. WEST VALLEY GOVERNOR STATE OF THE STATE LUNCHEON Tuesday, January 17 at Renaissance Glendale Hotel, registration begins at 11:00 a.m. Hosted by Westmarc and the West Valley Chamber of Commerce Alliance. Cost: $70 through the chamber; $85 non-member. For information call 928.684.5479
Ambassadors Pictured: Diane Huth, Brent Jordan, Rosemary Maglio, Monica Lambert, Karen Johnson, Bill Kester & Carol Wallace. Ribbon-Cuttings This Month All Chamber members are always welcome to join the Chamber staff and Ambassadors for ribbon-cuttings. Meet us at the chamber office on Thursday, Jan 26th, at 8:15 a.m. For a complete calendar of events visit: www.Visitwickenburgway.com
January Member Ribbon Cuttings Cactus Maddy’s Mercantile Sandy & Mike Fuller
Check out their new location for Antiques, Collectibles & Apparel, etc. Open daily from 10 - 5; Fri & Sat until 7 pm 272 E. Wickenburg Way Wickenburg, AZ 85390 Oﬃce: (928) 232-0837
doTERRA Nancy Serba
Health & Wellness, Essential Oils/Spa Products 520 S. Jackson Street Wickenburg, AZ 85390 (406) 544-2597
What’s Inside Newsletter Information ............................2 Member News...............................3 Business After Hours Mixer................4 F. Y. I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 C a l e n d a r. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Letter from Chamber .............................7
INFORMATION Prop 206 Arizona voters passed Prop 206, a new law that increases the minimum wage to $10 per hour starting January 1, 2017. The minimum wage continues to increase to $12 per hour by 2020 and provides up to 40 hours of paid sick leave for employees working in Arizona which is effective beginning July 1, 2017. The law then provides automatic annual minimum wage increases forever based on cost of living. Beginning July 1, 2017, employees accrue one hour paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 40 hours of paid sick leave if a business has 15 or more employees. Fewer employees will accrue and may use up to 24 hours of paid sick leave per year. Exempt employees are presumed to work 40 hours per week (unless their actual schedule is fewer hours, then their actual schedule can be used). Unused sick leave rolls over from year to year unless the employer pays for the unused leave. Employers may cap the amount of unused leave at 40 hours for employers with 15 or more employees or 24 hours for those with fewer than 15 employees. Schedule an appointment with your accountant for additional information. We will continue to add details regarding Prop 206 for our members in future publications.
New Overtime Regulations Temporarily Blocked A federal judge in Texas granted a nationwide preliminary injunction in November temporarily blocking the new overtime regulations scheduled to take effect last month on December 1. Twenty-one states, including Arizona, and over 50 business organizations sued to challenge the new regulations that were issued by the Department of Labor earlier this year. As a result, the increased salary threshold for white collar exemptions (executive, administrative, or professional employees) did not go into effect. Employees who meet the duties test for any of these exemptions can continue to be exempt from overtime pay if they make more than $455 per week. (The blocked rule raised this amount to $913 per week.) The injunction is preliminary, not permanent, so there is a possibility that the rule could become effective later. Contact your accounting or legal professionals to learn more about how to stay in compliance with the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. 2017 HENRY WICKENBURG AWARD The Town of Wickenburg is accepting nominations for the “Henry Award.” This award was developed to honor an individual, group, or organization that has significantly enhanced the quality of life for Wickenburg’s citizens. Nomination Process: The various Town Commissions, Wickenburg service, fraternal, social, cultural, and economic groups, or any individual citizen of the Town of Wickenburg may submit nominations. A Committee appointed by the Town Council will review the nominations and make a recommendation to the Council. The recipient will receive a bronze miniature of the bust of Henry Wickenburg created by artist Clyde Ross Morgan. Nomination forms are available at the Town of Wickenburg’s Website www.wickenburgaz.org or by calling the Town Clerk’s Office at 928-684-5451, Ext. 1517 or 1518. The last date to submit nominations is February 28, 2017.
Rancho Bar 7 is now open on Sunday’s from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Owners Tom & Bobbi Killer have added new menu items and specialty drinks, and implemented a customer rewards card. The Town of Wickenburg Youth Commission and Wickenburg High School have joined “Support My Club” to create a website for the high school. This website allows donors to select the club, sport or program they wish to support, and view their wish list. Go to www.supportmyclub.org for information and select Ways to Give. Your donation is 100% tax deductible. For every $1000 value received by the WHS Club, they will complete one hours of community service. For questions, please contact Gloria Leija at 928.684.5451, Ext. 1517 or Rachel Willis, WHS School Counselor at 928.684.6600. Wickenburg Youth Target Shooting is sponsored by Arizona Game & Fish, Mule Deer Foundation, and Wickenburg Sportsmen Club at 1385 Constellation Road is scheduled for Saturday, January 21st from 9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. Kids ages 8 to 18 can practice shooting archery, shotgun, air guns, and .22 cal. Rifles with friendly, knowledgeable instructors. For details call Craig Heath at 928.856.0764. Saguaro Theatre presents Classic Movie Night the last Tuesday evening of each month. Admission is $5, show time at 7:00 p.m. – Mark January 31st to watch John Wayne in Hondo, and on Feb. 28th Rosalind Russell in Auntie Mame. Mark your calendars for a Pasta Dinner Fundraiser on January 26 at The Chaparral from 5-7 p.m. to benefit Outdoor Education Partnership. Tickets and information available from wickenburgtrails.com or by calling The Chaparral at 928.684.3252; The Flu Season has arrived and it’s not too late to get your flu shot! Wickenburg Community Hospital Clinics can provide same day appointments Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Please call 928.668.1833 for details. WCH Fitness Center is offering Tai Chi for Health on Wednesdays from 10-11:00 a.m. with Susan Shoemaker. Call Rudee at 928.668.1847 for more details. The Town of Wickenburg invites you to take part in their 50K@Play Extreme MakeOver at Coffinger Park on January 14th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The project us designed to bring the community together working with town staff on projects scheduled for installation at the park. Call Robert Carmona at 928.668.0552. Correction for contact: Maid in the West, Leslie Lewis – 928.231.0310
Colors of New England – Collette Travel Book now for the September 28-October 5, 2017 New England Trip and save $100 off of your total. $3,329 double occupancy includes airfare from Phoenix, ground transportation, and lodging for 8 days, with 10 meals. The tour is a great opportunity for viewing spectacular fall foliage in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.
The Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce “Welcomes” Its Newest Members Please support and patronize our member firms.
Poole’s Gunsmithing, William Poole 980 Arroyo Lane, Wickenburg, AZ 85390 (928)499-2866 Email: email@example.com Gun Smithing/ Mfg. Retail Fire Arm Sales Sponsor: Chamber Staff
Brad Henson, (805) 484-8003 3215 Rising Sun Ridge, Wickenburg, AZ 85390 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Associate Member: Sponsor: Chamber Staff Pg. 3
Please join us on Thursday, January 19 from 5:30 -7:00 p.m. sponsored by
Century 21 –Arizona West Realty Help celebrate their 40th Anniversary! Meet the realtors, enjoy appetizers and drink, network with members and hear about local member news. Chamber Members and their accompanied guests are invited to attend. Admission: $5 per person. Century 21 was originally started by the late Jim Alessi and his wife Diane in 1976 who operated it for 29 years, retiring in 2009 when Metro Alliance Century 21 purchased the franchise. Current owner Ben Ruoti began there and after a year purchased the company in January 2008. The following month Coldwell Banker Broker Laura Coughanour joined the partnership. Since then they have purchased Century 21 offices in Prescott, Desert Hills in Anthem and Lake Havasu City.
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS MIXER – 2017 SCHEDULE (Cut Out for your calendar posting) February 23 Select Glass/Mary Kay Cosmetics – Donna Milam March 16 Wickenburg Humane Society April 20 Desert Caballeros Western Museum May 18 OPEN June 15 Bar and Grill July 20 Quality Inn August 17 Premiere Taxes and Accounting Sept. 28 Rancho de Los Caballeros October 19 Rancho Bar 7 November 16 Twisted Dogwood/Reset Design December 14 UMB Bank Mark your calendars for all the 2017 mixers – one of the most popular benefits for chamber members. All mixers run from 5:30-7:00 p.m. with opportunities to mix and mingle, followed by announcements and introduction of new members, and door prize drawings. Watch for additional location information in newsletters and emails. If you would like to learn more about table sponsorship, highlighting your business during the mixer, please call chamber staff. Bookings for BAH 2018 is underway, please contact chamber staff at 928.684.5479.
Membership Reinvestments The Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors wants to “Thank” the following members for renewing their Chamber Membership this past month: Please Welcome and Patronize the Following businesses: Louise Sandoval, Air Evac Services; Joe Maglio, American Family Insurance; Arizona Legends Realty LLC- Cindy Logan; Mad Hukumar, Best Western Rancho Grande; Tony & Pam Rovida, Chaparral Homemade Ice Cream; Cheryl Kohnke, Cheryl's ABC's; Ed Nasser, Chuckwagons West Inc; Creed Botts, Double D Ranch & Feed; Creed & Berva Botts, Double D Western World; Marco Daleo, Hampton Inn & Suites-Surprise; Paul & Janice Sullivan, Horspitality RV Resort; Bill Cowles, My Father's Retirement Ranch; Jesus Gonzales, Jr., Premier Maintenance & Landscape LLC; John Gurley, R.J. Gurley Construction; Katy Bee, Rio Tierra Casitas B&B; Debbie Blunt, Send Out Cards Independent Distributor; Roger Fornoff, The Gun Trader; Buster Webb, W/A Rodeos; Bob Way, Way's Drilling; Carolina Baertsch, Widget Creek Engineers; Gloria Brewer, Wickenburg Legends and Ghost Stories; Wickenburg Gem & Mineral Society; Wickenburg Lions Club; Wickenburg Saddle Club; Wranglers Athletic Boosters; Larry & Lon Steinberg, S&S Construction; Mike Barna, Real Country 96.3 – Associate Members: Bill & Nancy Campbell, Daryl & Royce Ferree, George & Jan Dillard, Patrick & Linda Brewster, and Ted & Jean Wilson
MEMBERS HELPING YOUR CHAMBER! The Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce appreciates the contributions by our members to keep the Chamber a growing and dynamic organization. Referrals are vital to our success! Thank You to those who referred a new member to the Chamber last month. The Chamber recognizes their thoughtfulness and dedication to advancing this Pg. 4 organization for the better by taking small steps to make a big difference.
Town Hall – January The Town of Wickenburg’s Economic Development Advisory Commission is set to host a Community Town Hall meeting on January 27 and 28, 2017, in downtown Wickenburg. This year’s theme is “Everything Still Matters.” The Town Hall meeting will allow community members and stakeholders to provide input regarding policies, actions, and investments needed to enhance Wickenburg’s human capital, economic sustainability, and downtown area. The event will host a facilitated dialogue through specific questions in each of the topic areas. The group comments will be combined into specific statements and recommendations that will then be forwarded to the Wickenburg Town Council for consideration. The two-day event will kick off on Friday evening, January 27, 2017, at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum. On Saturday, the participants will meet at the Wickenburg Community Center, where they will be split into smaller groups providing feedback about each of the topics throughout the morning. The afternoon will include crafting final recommendations and implementation steps into a cohesive statement. The Town Hall is made possible thanks to the generous support of community sponsors, including the Wickenburg Community Hospital, Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce, Town of Wickenburg, Wickenburg Ranch Golf and Social Club, and Arizona Public Service. The free event is open to the public but limited to a total of 100 participants. Registration is available online at https://wickenburg.ticketbud.com/2017townhall or through Aaron White by emailing email@example.com or calling at (928) 668-0522. Registration for the event will close on January 12, 2017.
69th Annual Gold Rush Days – Feb. 10-12 Tickets are on sale now for the Rodeo and advance carnival rides. Melodrama tickets to come. Information along with the schedule of activities find online at www.wickenburgchamber.com or stop by the chamber office.
Comments Wanted: We’re adding members’ testimonials about the Chamber on our website, in our newsletter and on our Facebook page If you have something positive to say about why you are a member of the Chamber, please email it to us. When we use your quote, we will credit you and your business—another chance for some free publicity for you and your business! Email Carol Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org
JANUARY CALENDAR 2 Town Council – 5:30 p.m. 4 Newsletter – 9:15 a.m. 7 Chamber Annual Dinner – 6:00 p.m. 10 Chamber Board Meeting – 8:00 a.m. 11 Tree City Committee – 10:00 a.m. 12 EDAC – 8:00 a.m. 16 Start of Membership Directory Sales – SouthComm Publishing Town Council -5:30 p.m. 17 Governor’s State of the State – 11:30 a.m. – Glendale 18 Transportation Committee – 4 p.m. 19 Gold Rush Days Committee – 8:30 a.m. Business after Hours Mixer – 5:30-7 p.m. 24 Tourism Committee – 8:00 a.m. 25 Education Committee – 8:15 a.m. 26 Ambassador’s Ribbon Cutting – 8:15 a.m. 27-28 Town Hall Forum 31 Community Development – 4 p.m.
Volunteers are always needed for the special events, please meet with staff for details. CHECK OUR WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGES FOR UP TO DATE INFO: www.wickenburgchamber.com www.visitwickenburg.com www.facebook.com/WickenburgChamber www.facebook.com/WickenburgAZ
ACTIVITY REPORT DECEMBER
New Members Mixer Attendance Telephone Calls Office Visitors Mail Inquiries Chamber Website Tourism Website Facebook-Chamber Facebook – Tourism Twitter Tools for Business Success
2 175 925 1,910 250 6,462 3,661 18,558 15,190 1
55 1,130 11,249 22,400 10,418 164,398 316,342 358,727 192,387 571
Happy New Year! To all our members
ENGAGE, CONNECT, ADVANCE…YOUR BUSINESS! Since 1931, it has been the mission of the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce to proactively serve as the business advocate to strengthen the business climate in our community. Visit our website for more information or better yet, stop in the Chamber Office at 216 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg (928) 684-5479 www.wickenburgchamber.com
Dear Chamber Member: In today’s competitive market, communities like ours compete for new dollars from visitors, individuals relocating, and companies interested in ﬁnding the perfect location for their headquarters or satellite oﬃces. They look for available services, a diverse marketplace, high educational standards and unique amenities that set our community apart from others they may be considering. Marketing our community is vital to this process, and our message must ﬁnd its way to our target audience. With over 5,000 print recipients and a great web presence, we are conﬁdent we have the right formula for bringing more stability and vitality to the business and living community that is our home. 2017 is the 30th issue of our Out Wickenburg Way Relocation Guide and Membership Directory. This ﬂagship publication is a critical component of our success and is a major piece of our marketing strategy. It is the “face” we show our Chamber members, the community, new comers and visitors. Out Wickenburg Way, our Community and Membership Directory will provide:
A full year of exposure for your business Great photography An online version of the publication, complete with “call to action” links to website A targeted distribution aimed at the decision-makers that you, and others, want to reach Multiple marketing options that enable all Chamber Members to participate Wide distribution newcomers and visitors from all over the United States
I encourage you to become a part of our annual publication program and begin to maximize the signature piece of our marketing message. Ms. Gerrie Cook, from our publishing member partner, SouthComm, will be in our area this month through March to listen to your marketing needs. Please call to schedule a short meeting with her and be one of the ﬁrst to learn about this opportunity. To secure a prime location or set a meeting date, please e-mail to email@example.com or call the chamber oﬃce at (928) 684-5479. If you have new changes in your address, fax, phone or email, please contact Carol Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for supporting your community and your Chamber. I look forward to serving you as we work together to bring new business, new visitors, and new residents to our area. Sincerely, Julie Brooks Executive Director
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Business of the Month
December Mixer at UMB Bank
Congress Fire Department Santa Claus Float
Chamber Quarterly Luncheon held at Rancho de Los Caballeros on December 16th
Congress Elementary School singing Christmas carols for the Wickenburg Chamber
Search Local to Support Local: www.wickenburgchamber.com
Business of the Month Bromm Auto, LLC; Ed Hunt, Owner 655 East Wickenburg Way Great selection of used cars, and authorized dealer for “Weather King Sheds” 928-231-0314
The easiest way to reduce the environmental impacts of empty ink cartridges is to recycle them. Bring your recyclables to The Chamber Oﬃce at 216 N. Frontier Street to contribute to the E-Waste program.
2017 Chairman’s Circle Members
Wickenburg Community Hospital