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Chamber of Commerce

Welcome to Chino Valley and the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce. Our mission is “To strengthen the local economy and serve as the ‘voice of business’ in community affairs.”

We are pleased to present the following 2013-2014 accomplishments within the Core Competencies established for Chambers of Commerce:

Creating a Strong Local Economy

• Continued efforts to encourage people to shop locally throughout the year; promoted “$20 on the 20th”

• Added “Tools for Business Success” onto www.chinovalley.org

• Partnered with Epic Gravel Rides to help bring the Chino Grinder endurance cycle race and more than 200 participants to the community

• Supported the State application for UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) test range

• Active partnerships with:
—Arizona Chamber Executive (ACE)
—Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT)
—Chino Valley Unified School District
—Greater Prescott Regional Economic Partnership (GPREP)
—Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG)
—PV Economic Development Foundation (PVEDF)
—Town of Chino Valley
—Western Association of Chamber Executives (WACE)
—Yavapai College/Regional Economic Development Ctr.

• Supported the EDA grant for the Town of Chino Valley to have infrastructure at Old Home Manor for potential new businesses

• Support of the General Obligation Bond (Utility Bond)

• Represented Chino Valley at the Annual ICSC RECON in Las Vegas

Promoting the Community

Promoting the Community

• Operated the Official Arizona Office of Tourism Visitor Center for Chino Valley, undertaking an expansion, redesign of the facility and adding Wi-Fi

• Maintained the Chamber’s website, www.chinovalley.org, with approximately 371,962 hits to the site last year and an average 4,364 visits per month

• Maintained the Chamber’s Facebook site, regularly posting about events, members and issues which has increased the Chamber’s online exposure and social involvement (145 Likes)

• Hosted weekly “Talk of the Town” show on KQNA (1130 AM, 99.9 FM) featuring 95 member guests discussing lively topics

• Hosted “Chino Chat” on KKLD (95.9 FM)

• Listed on Arizonaguide.com, the AOT online travel guide

• Installed a computerized kiosk in the Visitor Center which adds Chino Valley information to a network of statewide travel information available on the kiosk and accessible to visitors and locals

• Promoted events, members and community information in the Sunday Daily Courier “Chamber Focus”

• Co-Sponsored Annual Territorial Days and Hometown Chino Christmas

Providing Networking Opportunities

• Held connection events, i.e. monthly luncheons, monthly evening mixers, quarterly Women in Business luncheons and Business/Educator Breakfasts

• Implemented ChamberMaster to enhance members’ website presence, promote events, hot deals, press releases and member-to-member discounts

• Launched “MyChamberApp” for mobile devices providing on-the-go information about members, events and hot deals

• Continued to support the Prescott Area Young Professionals affiliate organization

• Participated in grand openings/ribbon cuttings for new businesses

• Hosted the annual Home, Health and Business Expo in Chino Valley

• Partnered with Prescott and Prescott Valley Chambers of Commerce and the Yavapai County Contractor’s Association to host the “Home, Health & Lifestyles” expo at Tim’s Toyota Center

Representing the Interests of Business with Government/Political Action

• Supported the Arizona Chamber Executives annual pro-business platform utilized during the legislative session to support or oppose bills that could affect the business community

• Attended Town Council meetings

• Co-hosted Governor Brewer for her State of the State Address and luncheon with Prescott & Prescott Valley Chambers

• Conducted opinion polls on community and Chamber topics

• Co-sponsored the Citizen’s Academy with the town of Chino Valley and Blue Cross/Blue Shield

ePartnered with Prescott and Prescott Valley Chambers of Commerce to host candidate “Meet and Greet”

Other Activities

• Awarded six scholarships to high school seniors, made possible by a partnership with Sodexo School Services and our 50/50 raffle participants

• Held Chamber fundraisers of Casino Night, Golf Tournament and Winter Wonderland

• Expanded the monthly membership newsletter and advertising opportunities

• Participated in WACE membership survey

• Participated in WACE Board member training

• Recognized 12 Businesses of the Month and named one Business of the Year

• Awarded the annual Vera French Office Volunteer of the Year and Reid/Kaecker Volunteers of the Year

Thank you to the board, volunteers and ambassadors of the Chamber and Visitor Center, through their continued efforts the Chamber continues to be a growing and vibrant organization.

“We can accomplish much more together than we can alone.”

Tracie Schimikowsky
CVACC President/CEO

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