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20 2009 GREATER PHOENIX ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LIVING HERE events & programs T here's no reason to stay holed up in your office when there's so much going on for members of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce! Regular events and programs offer avenues for personal and professional development and recognition, chances to hear nationally known speakers on important topics and opportunities to build their network of business connections. Celebrating excelence The annual IMPACT and ATHENA Awards celebrate the Valley's outstanding small businesses and business women, respectively. For more than two decades, both programs have served as an inspiration and recognition of perseverance, accomplishment and community involvement. Each spring, the IMPACT Awards honor small businesses that demonstrate drive, passion and commitment. The 2008 recipients included Community Tire & Auto Service Specialists ( Small Business of the Year), Elontec ( Community Involvement), Challenge Charter School ( Response to Adversity) and PerfectPower ( Innovation). ATHENA Awards Fall brings the ATHENA Awards, a local celebration in an international tradition. For the first time, three successful business women earned distinction in 2008, as Private Sector ( Candace Lew, MD), Public Sector ( Ina Mae Copeland, Valley Christian Centers) and Young Professional ( Courtney Klein, New Global Citizens) awards were handed out for the first time. An ongoing program, ATHENA Powerlink ® is a customized mentoring experience designed to help women- owned businesses grow and thrive. A governing board examines the unique needs and challenges of candidate businesses and assembles a panel of advisors who help address those needs and challenges over the course of a year at no cost to the business. National speakers, key topics Titans of industry, stars of the entertainment world and experts on important topics make regular stops at Chamber luncheon events. Thousands of business people have flocked to hear big- name speakers such as political strategists James Carville and Mary Matalin, billionaire energy advocate T. Boone Pickens, humorist Dave Barry and legendary baseball manager Tommy Lasorda at these events in recent years. Twice- annual business expos are day- long events that offer opportunities for networking and marketing. Companies can showcase their products and services through booth or table top displays, while attendees can meet potential suppliers or partners. Educational seminars are often a part of the expos. Committees, roundtables, leads clubs, Business for Breakfast events and orientations are just some of the many regular programs and get- togethers that come with membership in the Chamber. Visit www. phoenixchamber. com to find an upcoming or ongoing event that works for your schedule and your needs. Make Your Day! Chamber members have a multitude of great reasons to get out of the office When you're a member of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, you have access to a variety of events, awards and national speakers. photos: Greater phoenix chamber of comerce

2009 GREATER PHOENIX ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LIVING HERE 21 procurement program, BidSource, points members to millions of dollars in government contracts annually. Busines champion The Chamber's Public Affairs department acts as the Voice of Business, working closely with elected officials at the local, state and federal level to communicate the needs and viewpoints of the business community. There are opportunities for anyone and everyone to get involved through grassroots efforts or through membership on a committee that shapes policy recommendations. The bottom line is still top of mind for any successful business, and Chamber membership offers access to money-saving partnerships and programs that take advantage of strength in numbers. Networking A vast network of non- profit members is at the very heart of a thriving business community. Whether you're looking to volunteer your time, make a donation, or sit on a board of directors, you can find that connection and ways to make Greater Phoenix a better place in which to live and work. The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce thrives because of the dedication and contributions of time, resources and expertise of its diverse membership. No matter the size of your business, no matter your interests, no matter your needs as a business owner, you can find support through Chamber membership. Visit www. phoenixchamber. com today and click " JOIN" to become a part of all the GPCC has to offer you and your business. member benefits F or more than 120 years, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce has been an integral part of the Valley's business community. By aligning themselves with the biggest and best-established organization of its kind in Arizona, the Chamber's 3,400 members have fostered a spirit of dedication, accomplishment and mutual support. These companies — large, small and in- between — see the benefits offered by GPCC membership, including the opportunity to grow their businesses, have a voice in government, save money and connect to the community. So many oportunities The Chamber provides marketing opportunities in various advertising venues, event sponsorship and the ability to host events and meetings. Committees and councils allow business people to connect with like- minded individuals and explore issues and groups that meet their interests. Professional development programs abound, with the opportunity to learn and expand horizons. Those who continue to grow and excel may be recognized through the IMPACT or ATHENA Awards and serve to inspire others. And a state- of- the- art, highly efficient government bid Is it worth joining? You bet! Just ask any of the more than 3,400 members who make up the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. The GPCC is one of Arizona's oldest and largest organizations serving the business communities of the Valley of the Sun. Why Join? Let's count the many, many reasons! photos: Greater phoenix chamber of comerce