The Maricopa Chamber of Commerce will launch its own blog on May 21 to help members and other businesses learn about local business issues from local business professionals.

The topics will be: Ethics & Community, by Community of Hope’s Pastor Rusty Akers
Marketing & Branding, by Carl Diedrich of Imagewerks and Mark Molus of 1st Impressions, Inc.
Business Finances & Investing, by Jake Romero of Edward Jones
Business Insurance & Liability, by Courtny Tyler of State Farm Insurance.

To check out the blogs, visit and click the blog button.

Troop supporter reaches out to business community

Local resident and Vietnam vet Herb Bailey took on the morale-building task of sending care packages to deployed service members. He sends them little tastes of home like candy bars, toiletries, playing cards, gum, magazines, local newspapers and more. He finances this project on his own out of his disability income.

At the rate of $16-18 to mail each package, Herb can’t reach as many troops as he’d like so he is reaching out to the business community and others who wish to help.

Those who would like to donate goods or aid in paying postage can contact Herb at

Western wear store opens

Saturday, May 26th, Southwest Peddlers will celebrate its grand opening on John Wayne’s 100th birthday. The ribbon cutting will begin at 10 a.m., and the community is invited to help celebrate. Southwest Peddlers is a western apparel, boot and accessory store located at 21116 N John Wayne Pkwy (#B1) next to Bashas’.

Marketing 101

Come and meet three marketing professionals as they discuss the vital task of building a company name and getting it in front of the public from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., June 26, at the Global Water Center located at 22590 N Powers Pkwy.

The cost is $10. To register for this event, visit

The Maricopa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome the following April new members:

AAS Concrete
Allstate Insurance – Minerva Hendrix
Alltel Express Locations
American Pride Crane Service
City of Maricopa Police Department
Desert Schools FCU
Dollar Deals
Farmers Insurance Group – J. Christianson
Just A Buck
Kazoo’s Kafe
Kiwanas Club of Maricopa
Marty McDonald
Northstar Homes
Secondhand Pages Bookstore, LLC
Sunstate Equipment Co.
The New Edition

Photo by Aaron Thacker


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