1 Expand Networking Opportunities
2 Maximize Visibility
3 Enhance Credibility and Corporate Identity
4 A Voice in Local, State and Federal Government
5 Increase your State Insurance Fund Dividend
6 Educational Opportunities
7 Representation with the East Valley Chambers of Commerce
8 Build Client and Customer Relationships
9 Cost-effective Small-Business Programs
10 Exposure on Web through Chamber’s Website
Advocates of chambers of commerce have long believed that when a company is active in its local chamber, it is doing the right thing not only for the community but for its own success as well. A special research study, commissioned by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, conducted by The Schapiro Group and Market Street, asked a random sampling of 2,000 adults nationwide “What is the real value of joining a Chamber of Commerce?”
59% - Showing people about your company
63% - Showing that you are involved in the community
64% - Showing that you care about customers
69% - Showing that you have a good reputation
70% - Showing that you use good business practices
The East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance (EVCCA)—
The Alliance gives East Valley Chambers a stronger voice. The main role of the EVCCA is to have a regional voice for public policy issues. The East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance was founded in 1999. The chambers of commerce in the East Valley felt they all were working toward some of the same goals. They decided that if they formed an alliance, they would have a stronger voice and would better achieve their public policy goals. Today, the EVCCA consists of 7,500 local businesses and eight chambers of commerce, including Ahwatukee Foothills led by Terri Kimble; Apache Junction led by Larry Johnson; Chandler led by Dave Warkentin, Gilbert led by Kathy Langdon; Mesa led by Peter Sterling; Queen Creek led by Marquis Scott; Tempe led by Mary Ann Miller; and Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce led by Rick Kidder. Members of the EVCCA meet monthly to coordinate the advancement of common business interests. Each member of the chamber is represented at the meetings by their president and chief executive, as well as three volunteer chamber leaders. Each year one chamber takes the management role for the Alliance.
The main role of the EVCCA is to have a regional voice for public policy issues. The group meets to discuss important issues and then takes those issues back to each individual chamber board for a vote. If just one chamber does not agree on a particular issue, then EVCCA does not take a stand on that issue. The Alliance employs lobbyist Tom Dorn, Dorn Policy Group, who works with legislators on the issues chambers are passionate about in order to make a difference in the business community.
The Chairman’s Circle is an exclusive membership level of members that interact with their peers and civic and government leaders. Investment at this level provides benefits exclusive to the top membership levels.
Citadel Assited Living
Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
Citadel Assisted Living Retirement Community
Pacific Proving LLC
Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aircraft Museum Debra McKinion
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson
DMB Associates, Inc.
Jill Kusy Hegardt
Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix-
Gilbert Jamy Belcher
Superstition Canyon Luxury Apartments
Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill
Arizona Exterminating Co.
Backfit Chiropractic and Rehab
Bank of Arizona
Bolanos Pools & Products
Buca di Beppo
Buffalo Wild Wings
Career Success High School
Caveo Services LLC
Cessna Aircraft Co.
Chick-fil-A at Mesa Riverview
Christian Companion Senior Care
Clean Air Cab
Cobblestone Auto Spa
Cucina di Vita - Italian Deli
Jenifer and Mark Lobdell
Earth Angel Project Thai Cuisine
Farm Bureau Financial Services
Fiesta Lincoln Mercury
Greenfields Assisted Living Community
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
Investment Advisors International (IAI)
Kaizen Martial Arts Academy
Kohlhase Insurance, Inc.
Legacy Retirement Residence
Legacy True Turf & Solar, Inc.
Mesa Market Place Swap Meet
Mountain America Credit Union
Mountain View Funeral Home & Cemetery
Ogden & Company, Inc.
Orbit Cleaning LLC
Radisson Fort McDowell Resort & Casino
Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass
Red Mountain Ranch Country Club
Sara Lee Bakery Store
Southern Pavilion Self Storage
Springdale Village Rehabilitation Center
Springdale West Rehabilitation Center
Sun Rae Graphics
Trinity Plumbing, Solar, Heating & Cooling
TS Printing Service
Tuff Shed, Inc.
Waxie Sanitary Supply
The Chairman and the Chamber’s Executive Committee oversee the Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan is the Chamber’s focus through its centennial year 2012.
The Organizational Council is concerned with the business and overall financial strength of the Chamber organization. Committees falling under this organization are: Business Excellence Awards Luncheon, Ambassadors, Annual Golf Tournament, Finance Committee and Mesa Leadership.
Public Policy/ Affairs Council
Public Affairs is responsible for the Chamber’s success with local issues—city governance, legislative matters, public policy issues that impact the free market system or affect quality job growth, education and economic development, as well as public recognition for the Chamber. Major activities falling under this organization are Education, Legislative Affairs, East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance and Candidate College.
Economic Development Council
The Economic Development Council is involved in developing programs designed to promote a healthy business climate within the community. The goal is to make the Chamber the organization that will be involved in developing programs to maximize the opportunities for economic growth and job creation in Mesa.
Small Business Council
The Small Business Council continues to foster small business through programs with human resource issues, state and federal regulations, financial planning, etc. Members of these task forces plan and develop programs that assist other small businesses. The purpose of the business council is to foster business opportunities through programs, state-of-the-art marketing techniques and relationship development opportunities. Committees falling under this organization are Senior Lifestyle Expo & Business to Business Expo, Good Morning East Valley, Grow Your Business, Taste of Mesa, Women’s Business Council, Leads Groups, Mesa’s Amazin’ Race and Beat the Heat.