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Business News – Feb. 4-18

February 6th, 2017 SanTan Sun News
Business News – Feb. 4-18

Career Connectors can help kick-start job search

Are you looking for a new career? Discover Career Connectors, a nonprofit organization connecting professionals with high-quality resources and hiring companies. Events are free to attendees and held three times a month. Each event includes professional speakers with presentations on relevant job search topics, three to four featured hiring companies, networking, resume help, career coaches, LinkedIn coaches and business portraits. For more information, visit or call 480-442-5806.

Request for Proposals accepted for vacant downtown property

The City of Chandler is seeking proposals from developers interested in purchasing the site known as Blue Peacock II. This vacant, City-owned property is located at 51 E. Boston St., mid-block between Arizona Avenue and Washington Street, nestled between SoHo63 and the former Brunchies in downtown Chandler.

The project site is 3,000 square feet, with about 2,000 square feet of interior space and an outdoor patio. Zoning allows for retail, restaurant and entertainment uses.

The goal of City officials is to identify a team that has the vision, experience and the financial strength and capacity to transform this property to deliver significant, tangible and measurable social, cultural and economic impact to the City and the community. The goal of the proposal is to negotiate a sale for the building.

Proposals are due by 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. For questions about the Request for Proposal, contact the Purchasing Office at 480-782-2400.

Job search assistance available at Chandler Public Library

The Job Center, located at the Chandler Downtown Library at 22 S. Delaware St., is open 10 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to help job seekers search for a job and prepare for an interview.

The Job Center also provides:

• Access to computers, copiers, fax machines and scanner.
• Help with creating email accounts and online communication.
• Assistance with resumes, cover letters and correspondence.
• Direction in identifying and contacting employers.
• Practice with mock interviews.

In addition, the library offers online resources to those with a valid Chandler Public Library card and 4-digit PIN:

• lyndaLibrary offers unlimited access to whether you’re onsite from library computers or offsite. There are more than 3,000 courses and video tutorials taught by industry experts. While individual price plans for this service cost $20 to $30 per month, library cardholders can access it for free with a library card.

• Gale’s Career Transitions provides hands-on guidance and immediate help for job seekers with job search functionality, guided resume and cover letter creation, interview preparation and interactive practice activities.

• LearningExpress Library provides comprehensive selection of academic and career-related resources in one platform. In addition to offering test preparation for high school equivalency and college admissions exams, LearningExpress Library also offers workplace resources, including tools for job searching, exploring new careers and preparing for occupational licensing exams.

“Job hunting is stressful and time consuming for everyone, and the Job Center can help make it easier, and hopefully, successful,” said Rosanna Johnson, library spokeswoman.

“This service is an example of our ‘many things to many people’ approach to providing services to our residents. As technology evolves and people’s needs and wants shift, we try to quickly adapt and provide them with the latest information and technical resources available.”

Info: or call 480-782-2800.

Allstate agency owner celebrates 30 years in the community

Jacque Riggs is celebrating 30 years as owner of an Allstate agency, located at 3160 S. Gilbert Rd. Riggs provides auto, home, life and commercial insurance, as well as a variety of financial products.

“Time flies. It feels like just yesterday when we opened our doors in January 1987,” Riggs said. “This milestone with Allstate is very important to me. I enjoy getting to know so many families in Chandler and thank each and every one for supporting my business.”

Info: 480-883-7776 or

Local FASTSIGNS receives national award

The locally owned and operated FASTSIGNS of Chandler received the Pinnacle Club Award, which is given to the centers ranked 26 to 125 for sales volume between Oct. 1, 2015, and Sept. 30, 2016. The national recognition, out of more than almost 650 locations worldwide, was announced at the 2017 FASTSIGNS Convention held in Phoenix.

“We are truly honored to be recognized as a top performing center in the country,” said Tom Calvert, Chandler franchisee. “This award reflects our entire team’s dedication to helping businesses and organizations in the community tell their story, increase awareness and achieve their goals.”

FASTSIGNS of Chandler has been serving the area for 17 years. The center is located at 3205 N. Arizona Ave. and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Info: or call 480-782-8800.

Military career event is free

Career Connectors is holding its 2017 Best Companies AZ Military Career Event, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Building B of the North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Admission is free.

Many Arizona employers will be recruiting at this year’s third annual event, showcasing military-friendly companies with workplace cultures that support the hiring, training and development of veterans. Info:

Oliver named executive director at Desert Cove Nursing Center

Michael Oliver was recently named executive director at Desert Cove Nursing Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility at 1750 W. Frye Rd. in Chandler. He has worked in senior care for more than 38 years, 10 years with the Brookdale Senior Living company.

He most recently served as administrator and partner at a small skilled nursing facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, for three and a half years. Prior to that he was executive director at Freedom Plaza Retirement Community in Peoria.

“Mike has extensive experience in Arizona as an administrator and brings a great energy to the role of executive director at Desert Cove,” said Matt Ham, Life Care’s southwest division vice president. “He has a passion for ensuring quality patient and resident outcomes and for helping develop and mentor associates.”

Originally from Harmony, Rhode Island, Oliver earned his bachelor’s degree in health services administration from Providence College. He resides in Phoenix with his wife, Karen. They have three children, Catherine, Michael and Joseph.

“Seniors can be the funniest people around,” said Oliver. “And if you ask them a question, they always give you a straight answer, whether you want one or not.”

Desert Cove Nursing Center is one of 10 skilled nursing and rehab facilities in Arizona operated or managed by Life Care Centers of America. Info:

Valley Hi-Health stores collect more than 1,000 pounds of clothing for homeless

Valley Hi-Health stores, including one at 3165 S. Alma School Rd. in Chandler, collected more than 1,000 pounds of clothing for Phoenix Rescue Mission and the homeless community during its “Keep Warm AZ Donation Drive.” Hi-Health set up donation boxes in stores across the Valley and asked customers to bring in the items to receive a $5 gift coupon.

The campaign, which ran in November and December, received more than 84 boxes of gently used and new coats, hats, blankets and other cold weather items.

“Our mission here at Hi-Health is to thoughtfully and responsibly elevate the health and well-being of our guests, employees and communities.” said Jay Chopra, Hi-Health’s chief operating officer. “Thanks to the help of the Phoenix Rescue Mission we were able to do just that.”

Last year almost 18,000 people in Maricopa County were homeless and nearly 40 percent of them were women and children in families. For these individuals and families, a warm jacket, scarf or blanket was just one more expense they couldn’t afford.

“The clothing and blankets will be equally dispersed throughout the Phoenix Rescue Mission’s ongoing programs,” said Gail Engstrom, Phoenix Rescue Mission special events coordinator. “These programs aid individuals in a variety of ways, including finding appropriate attire for job interviews, providing families with free food and clothing, educating them about financial stability and openly reaching out to those who are unaware of what the mission has to offer.”

Hi-Health Corp., established in 1972 in Scottsdale, is a health food and supplement retailer specializing in premium quality vitamins and nutrition supplements.

Winter Coat Drive

The clothing and blankets collected during Hi-Health Corp.’s drive will be equally dispersed throughout the Phoenix Rescue Mission’s ongoing programs

Women in Leadership is new name of women’s group

The Women in Business committee of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce has changed its name to Women in Leadership. The group meets monthly to enhance the professional development of women.

“When we started Women in Business, we wanted to provide an avenue to promote personal and professional development for business women,” said Terri Kimble, president/CEO. “The entity itself has transformed into so much more, that we felt the need for a name change reflecting what the organization had become. This is personal and professional education for all women, no matter what your profession may be.”

Monthly luncheons feature a mentoring/education session from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. with lunch and keynote speaker starting at 12 p.m. The meetings end at 1:30 p.m. The Tuesday, Feb. 21, luncheon will feature Lory Lanese, who will talk about how inner wisdom, such as words, body language and attitude, can help accomplish goals. Registration:, or 480-963-4571.

The committee’s members are Jane Poston of J2 Media, chairwoman; Maggie Joseph of Intel, immediate past chairwoman; Denise McCreery of d’Vine Gourmet, programming chairwoman; Dea Cobos of Toyota Financial Services, mentoring chairwoman; and Kate Ford of PayPal, Gina La Benz of Origami Owl, Bethanny Crouse of Isagenix, Elaine Ralls of Commit Agency, Lisa van Leeuwen of My Momentum Chiropractic, Stephanie Romero of the City of Chandler and Desirae Barkan of DB Designs.

“We are the go-to resource for women interested in developing their business savvy and leadership skills,” Poston said. “I’m looking for women interested in creating a dynamic network of support to join us. Between top networking opportunities, dynamic keynote speakers, mentoring sessions for new professionals and supporting scholarships, members of this group are living the mission of women helping women succeed in business.”

Jane Poston of J2 Media, Women in Leadership Committee chairwoman; Tram Mai, 12 News Today anchor; and Denise McCreery of d’Vine Gourmet, the committee’s programming chairwoman, at the committee’s January meeting where Mai was featured speaker. More than 135 attended.

Chamber events feature lunches, meetings for members

Throughout the year, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce offers a variety of luncheons and meetings for its members and the community.

Events are held at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce office, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, unless otherwise noted.

To register, call 480-963-4571, visit or email No refunds are available within 72 hours of the event.

Public Policy Series

8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10
Changes to the Arizona transaction privilege tax will be discussed by Maricopa County Supervisor Denny Barney and Dawn Lang, the City of Chandler’s Management services director. TPT is commonly referred to as a sales tax, but is the tax is on the privilege of doing business in Arizona and is not a true sales tax.

Business After Business

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16
Meet new Chamber members, make business contacts, check out the venue and get a chance to win the Chamber Cash Pot sponsored by Earnhardt Ford. Sponsored by Bell Mortgage.
IncogNitos, 2050 N. Alma School Rd.

Women in Leadership Luncheon

10:45 11:45 a.m. mentoring program and 12 p.m. luncheon, Tuesday, Feb. 21
Lory Lanese of Ramias-Lanese Group LLC will present “They’re Listening to Your Body,” about what you can do to leverage four main different body positions to help get the desired results. Every participant will walk away with learning actions to use immediately.
SoHo 63, 63 E. Boston St.