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10 2009 GREATER PHOENIX ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LIVING HERE testimonials Chamber members talk about the value of ' belonging' Membership has its Rewards The power of chamber membership... " Our company joined the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce to find the resources we needed to grow our business. Four years, $ 8m in additional revenue and 100 team members later, we knew we'd come to the right place. Through the Chamber we've found superior human resource professionals, our graphics and web development companies and even secured a vital line of credit in this very difficult lending environment. There is no better resource than the Chamber for mid- sized companies to find the help they need to build their businesses." – Connie Perez, CEO, Advanced Reimbursement Management Connecting a diverse community... " The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce has made a tremendous difference in the Hispanic community through the Hispanic Business Leadership Council and its Bridging the Gap luncheons. The community recognizes the Chamber's not only embracing diversity, but also putting effort behind their words." – Gil Valadez, Prudential The power of Chamber membership... " A core tenet of St. Joseph's is collaboration; we know we get more accomplished by partnering with community groups such as the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber provides a strong voice for organizations no matter their size; I am proud to represent St. Joseph's on the Chamber's Board and pleased to be serving alongside a cadre of Phoenix's finest business leaders." – Suzanne Pfister, St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center Branding through sponsorship... " Our membership has paid for itself many times over through the many tools that have helped to grow and build our business. In addition, we've gained great marketing exposure and branding though our sponsorship of Chamber events." – Rick Dircks, owner, Dircks Moving Services/ Allied Van Lines Member to member business... " Sign* A* Rama on 51st Avenue has been privileged to be a member of the Chamber since opening in 2001. We know that at least a third of our customers are Chamber members. I always call a Chamber member first whenever I need a product or service. It's nice to have a family of business people that you know and trust." – Wayne Lawson, owner, Sign* A* Rama on 51st Avenue Credibility with customers... " The Chamber has provided Engenuity with networking, knowledge and exposure. As a result, credibility with customers and vendors has improved and the value of Engenuity has increased!" – Tracy Markie, Engenuity Systems, Impact Award - 2007 Small Business of the Year photos: Greater phoenix Chamber of Comerce

2009 GREATER PHOENIX ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LIVING HERE 11 testimonials The power of chamber membership... " For a small start- up business like ours, the Greater Phoenix Cham-ber of Commerce offers not only professional development, but also networking opportunities that are the most cost effective way we can market Urban Cookies." – Shaun Breese, Urban Cookies The power of Chamber membership... " Being a member of the Chamber has given us the opportunity to participate in educational programs and connect with public policy officials and community leaders who influence the solar energy business. Winning the Chamber's Impact Award has helped catapult us to a leading position in the solar industry." – Lynn- Paige, CEO, PerfectPower, Inc. Impact Award – 2008 Innovation Award Recipient. A voice in government... " The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce has been instrumental in advancing a pro- business agenda at the Legislature. The team is extremely effective and knowledgeable, managing to stay on top of a variety of complex issues while balancing the diverse interests of its members." – Kathi Beranek, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Winning government contracts... " Membership in the Chamber has provided us with new, excellent vendors. But most important to our business has been our subscription to BidSource, an outstanding sales tool." – Paul Fleming, president, EAP Preferred Phoenix A voice in government... " As a Chamber member, my voice is combined with other business owners. That really gives us clout at the capitol." – Dick Foreman, Southwest Gas Corporation Entertaining customers and prospects... " The Phoenix Forum Luncheon Series is a Chamber program that we have enjoyed and supported for several years. It is a great environment for entertaining our customers and prospects with engaging speakers talking on timely and thought provoking topics." – Mark E. Peterson, CEO, UMB Bank Arizona, n. a. Connections and networking... " Chamber connections gave us the opportunity to move into our new headquarters." – Susan Haugland, BestBill Impact Award - 2006 Small Business of the Year Return on your investment... " As a small business, we are always looking for ways to get a return on our membership investment, and the Chamber membership has brought us many new friends and even better customers." – Ricardo Cortazar, designated broker and president, Alvarez & Cortazar Web site exposure... " We joined the Chamber to ' legitimize' our business. And, one of the best and most profitable new customers we picked up this year discovered us listed on the Chamber's Web site. You've made a member for life!" – Michael Walters, president, Camelback Protection Systems Mentoring women in business... " The Chamber provides an excellent opportunity for me to impact the community by joining the Small Business Leadership Council and ATHENA Powerlink ® Governing Board. ATHENA Powerlink ® brings in expert advisors and speakers from the community to serve in an advisory role for women- owned businesses. Any business would benefit from this program." – Major Williams, Kukura Business Solutions, LLC Joining a leads club... " Being in the Chamber Leads group for the past three years has been great for business; we look at the weekly meeting as our sales meeting. I have 15 to 20 extra sales people who are always thinking of my services for their new clients." – Neil Chitel, Manage Staff, Inc. photos: Greater Phoenix chamber of comerce