August 2017 Print

Mission Statement




Connecting businesses and community to grow, serve and
enrich the greater Vail area.


Community – We know, care and connect with each other.
Influence – We are present, involved and actively shaping the future.
Growth – We promote opportunities and economic development.
Information – We gather and share resources. 

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President's Report

What’s new?  In our household, we are celebrating a child that just learned to swim and ride a bike, another child that just got braces, and a third child that recently started high school here in Vail!  New experiences facilitate new opportunities for learning and growth.  What’s new in your household?  What’s new in your business? 

In our community there are so many great, new things happening!  Most recently, I got to sit in on a highly energetic meeting with several thousand people from the Vail School District and that challenged me to think about the legacy that I am weaving in my personal life and the relationships I am embracing.  I appreciate the opportunity to be challenged in new ways from the various thought leaders in our region.  What new ways are you being challenged?

Within the chamber our new board is engaging and ambitious and looking at creative ways to leverage future opportunities with the new developments that have been occurring throughout Vail and along the Houghton corridor. 

When you attend the chamber breakfast this month, you will be a part of an exclusive moment to weigh in on a name for our new chamber office.  Many names were submitted and those have been narrowed down to six or seven ideas.  This collaborative office space isn’t just new to the greater Vail area; it is something that few other chambers have in common.  If you happen to miss the breakfast, you can look for a survey monkey that will give you the chance to cast your vote and be a part of this historic moment.

Registration for VailFest is also underway and the new name for this signature event brings with it some exciting developments that will add to the experience from previous years!  A car show will display some of the local classics you won’t want to miss.  Some backyard bands with a great following will set the stage for a memorable afternoon.  And a few craft breweries from the immediate area will tantalize the palates of those who enjoy a good beer.  Mark your calendar for October 21st and join us for VailFest at the Pima County Fair Grounds!  Register for a booth or find out how you can be a part of serving there behind the scenes! 

The chamber is also engaging conversations with the Southeast Regional Council and will soon be looking for those interested in working together to represent the most pressing needs of the community.  Stay tuned for more information there.  In the meantime, check out the Multi Chamber Mixer happening on the evening of August 24th at the Tubac Golf Resort.  It is a gorgeous location and the perfect environment to make strategic connections with other business owners.

Thank you for being a part of the many new developments happening in the Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce!  Now, more than ever, your contribution is helping to weave a legacy while Influencing Vail’s future!

Community.  Influence.  Growth.  Information.

These are our values as a chamber.  They determine our progress and they define our wins.

Realizing our potential together,

Jeff Logsdon


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Chamber Announcements

Click Here to Register Now!

This isn't your typical vendor show. This isn't a ho-hum event. VailFest is shaping up to be the talk of the town in October as we bring in:

  • New this year... Beer Tasting!!
  • Bands: The County Line and Little Kings 
  • Activities for the kids
  • Food Trucks Galore!
  • Car Show with over 100 cars presented by The Door Slammers Car Club

Now you have a chance to put your business at the center of it all!

Don't wait, register today! 


The Minority and Small Business Alliance of Southern Arizona are currently seeking nominations for our 25th Annual Minority and Small Business Awards event, which will be held at the beautiful Westward Look Resort on September 28th, 2017 from 5pm to 9pm. They are looking for small and/or minority U.S. citizen-owned businesses, which have been in business for at least three (3) years, and are a for-profit enterprise in the following categories: 


All nominations must be submitted utilizing the nomination form, which is available on their website at by August 15th, 2017

Contact Jo Anne Arvizu at Raytheon, Chair of the Nomination Committee for more information, (520) 741-5557.


Diaper Drive!

Tuesday, September 5th through Friday, September 15th

Help us collect 100,000 Diapers in 10 Days!

To Support the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona

* Both baby diapers and adult incontinence products are needed. *

Boxes will be at local businesses or bring them to our Monthly Breakfast September 14th.


ReSources Vail Food Bank, Vail Unified School District, Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce, Sahuarita Unified School District, Green Valley Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce, Continental School District, Greater Vail Area, Corona de Tucson, Sahuarita and Green Valley communities.

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Calendar of Events

It's National Health Center Week August 7-11

Please Join Us for a Mixer at

United Community Health Center

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
5:00 - 7:00 pm

United Community Health Center at Old Vail Middle School
13299 E. Colossal Cave Rd.

United Community Health Center at Old Vail Middle School offers quality primary care, pediatric care and pediactric dental care. Come and enjoy refreshments while mingling with our providers and staff; our clinic will be open for tours as well as our Mobile Dental RV.

Bring raffle prizes to donate and have your business mentioned. Bring your business cards to enter.

FREE to members and guests.

Please join us for our Monthly Membership Breakfast
at Hotrods Old Vail

Speed Networking

Thursday, August 10
7:00 - 8:45 am

Breakfast will be served promptly at 7:00am.
The speed networking rounds will start right at 7:30am
so please
 arrive on time to eat and get your spot in the rotation.

This breakfast will give you tons of exposure as you make your way around the room to network with everyone in attendance. Here's how it will work.

  • There will only be two people at each table.
  • Each round will be 1:30 minutes long where each person can share their 30 second commercial.
  • At the end of the round, you will have 30 seconds to rotate to the next table. One person at the table will move while one will remain seated.

At the end of the event, you will have met everyone (or almost everyone) in the room. Find new customers, partners, and professional connections as we embrace our Chamber's mission and put you up close and personal with the people who will bring you success in 2017.

Please note: This is a highly structured event. In order for you to meet everyone in attendance, it is imperative that you register in advance, arrive on time and plan to finish eating by 7:30 when the speed networking rotation begins.

At the Door Rate:
Vail Chamber Members $20
Non-Members $25
Register and Pay Online for a Discount!

*You can bring raffle prizes to donate and have your business
mentioned at the Event. Bring your business cards to enter.

This Breakfast is Sponsored by: 

Please join our Business Power Hour to learn about

Taking the Myth and Mystery Out of Blogs
Guest Speaker: Gary Wagnon, 800biz Ninja Marketing 

Tuesday, August 15
9:00 - 10:00 am
Del Lago Golf Club

Why do you need a blog?  How do you do a blog?  What the heck is a blog?   This information packed workshop will not only answer these questions, but also give you lots of tips to effective blogging.  In today's search engine world, blogs are a valuable source of web site traffic and search engine ranking success.  You will learn how to capitalize on one of the biggest shifts in search engines ever.  

We Appreciate your Pre-registration:
Vail Chamber Members - Free
Non-Members $15

Please Join Us, Green Valley Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce, Tubac Chamber of Commerce, Rio Rico Chamber of Commerce, Sonoita/Elgin Chamber of Commerce, and Nogales-Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce for the annual

Multi-Chamber Mixer

Vail Chamber        Green Valley Sahuarita Chamber        Tubac Chamber
Rio Rico Chamber        Sonoita Elgin Chamber Logo        Nogales Chamber

Thursday, August 24
5:00 - 7:00pm

Tubac Golf Resort
1 Ave De Otero
Tubac, AZ 85646

There will be restaurants from each area, cash bar, raffle prizes, and great people!

Raffle Tickets will sell for 10 for $5.00 or 20 for $10.00.
Please bring can goods to donate to the Green Valley/Sahuarita/Amado
and Nogales Food Bank.

If you would like to donate a raffle item, please contact Michelle Harrington
at (520) 261-8245 or at


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Welcome New Members

New Members

Sunny Bravin – Baggins Gourmet Sandwiches

Amy Thomas – Cimarron Family Vision Center

Roxanna Ramirez – Glam by Roxy Salon

Victoria Stephens – Old Pueblo Benefits Advisors

Ken Zambos – Pima County Public Library

Tonie Richins – Plexus Worldwide

Aaron Brown – Vail Fire Fighters Association

Members Renewed

Shannon Germanos – Accredited Appraisal Service Ltd.

Tom Birmingham – Arizona Daily Star

William Tatz – Cienega Rotary Club

Shelly Fagan – Diversified Print Solutions

Amy Brown – Foto Station Live

Peter Purves – Green Valley Cooling & Heating

Mike & Leslie Esala – LegalShield & IDShield

Michael Pena – Lucas Electric LLC

Silvia Cuevas – Liberty Mutual Insurance

Melaney Magaletti – LuLaRoe Melaney Harrison

Larry Dellea – Oasis Business Solutions

Judy McOsker – TRU Global

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Business Spotlight

Academy Villas Assisted Living offers unparalleled support for anyone seeking help with the activities of daily living.

Services and Amenities

  • Professional, certified staff, on duty 24/7
  • RN on staff, directly available to residents
  • Private rooms with walk-in closets
  • Large, wheelchair accessible bathrooms
  • Attractive, comfortable gathering places
  • Beautifully landscaped patios
  • Three nutritious daily meals plus snacks
  • Housekeeping and laundry services
  • Help managing medications
  • In-house hair and nail salon
  • Wi-fi and cable TV service
  • Individual room heating and cooling systems
  • Transportation arranged for doctor visits, shopping, etc.
  • Fitness classes
  • Massage and Pilates services available
  • Celebratory parties and events
  • Weekly live concerts and lectures
  • Gorgeous views of the Rincon Mountains and valley
  • Short-term rental properties available nearby for visiting family

Academy Villas are owned and operated by a not-for-profit, tax exempt organization, formed to serve the residents of Vail and the greater Tucson region.

For more information please visit our website at or visit.  We would love to show you around.

We are located at 7700 S Vivaldi Court off of Old Spanish Trail. Call Pat Strong for information at (520) 647-7500.

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Member Shout Outs

Member Shout Outs

Kimberly Crossland, Savvy Copywriters, gives a shout out to Rob Harrington, Harrington Technologies, for helping her when her website and email went down!

A shout out to Lucretia Free, The Vail Voice, from Steve Pakus, Vail Electric, for all the work he gets through his ad.

Laurie Larkin, J. Hilburn Men's Clothing, thanks Michael Bradford, Bradford Insurance Group/Allstate, for all his help and patience. Customer service extraordinaire! 

Mark Tate, ReSources, gives a shout out to Steve Pakus, Vail Electric. The ReSources Vail Food Band utilizes 48 fluorescent light bulbs. Steve told them about LED bulbs. It would only require half as many. So they ordered 24 LED bulbs and Steve installed them all for the Vail Food Bank for free. This has increased the amount of light and will help them save money on their electric bill. Thank you Steve!

A shout out to Haley Larkin-Movahedi, A Simple Cookie, from Kimberly Crossland, Savvy Copywriters, for delivering cookies to a client.

Jackie Atkins, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, gives a shout out to Rita Ranch Automotive. They performed work on her son's car efficiently and quickly at a great price.


Member Announcements & Events

Pima Community College announces 2017-2018 Season: Imagine! Visit their website for more information:

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