Business Briefcase September 6, 2017

By Connor Dziawura

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another week of Business Briefcase. Summer is approaching its end and fall is nearly upon us, so plenty of announcements are coming your way in the business world. Whether it is a new business or important city plans, or from Halloween events to business seminars, it is likely business owners and West Valley residents can find something worthwhile approaching in the coming months.

Marketplace Collaborative, a new indoor farmers market, celebrated its grand opening on August 26. The market, located at 13735 W. Auto Drive, Suite 112, Goodyear, is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. The indoor venue provides a great way for Valley residents to support their local businesses and stay out of the sun. For more information, or to become a vendor, visit marketplacecollaborative.com/market.

Buckeye’s Economic Development Department is looking for residents to participate in a survey. The questionnaire, which can be found at BuckeyeAZ.gov, will allow participants to voice their opinions on the city’s needs for future businesses and services. Participants can also enter a drawing, where three winners will be awarded a $50 gift certificate to a Buckeye retailer.

The city of Goodyear released its Dollars & SENSE Fiscal Management and Priorities 2017-2018 pamphlet. Noting its recognition by the U.S. Census Bureau as the 14th fastest-growing city in the country, Goodyear shows it is facing moderate overall revenue growth and has accomplished many feats in the past fiscal year. One new goal for 2017-18 is to implement a new financial system. This will provide more online access for services for residents, as well as more transparency. The city also wants to create incentives to attract more businesses to the area. The Cleveland Indians are planning an expansion of the Goodyear Ballpark, the cost of which will not affect the city. Changes to Goodyear Branch Library hours, InFocus magazine scheduling and city recreation are just some of the other planned changes in the upcoming year. The full issue can be found at GoodyearAZ.gov.

AT&T recently upgraded 12 cell towers in the Southwest Valley as part of its continued effort to improve service for customers. The newly upgraded 4G LTE towers span Goodyear, Buckeye, Avondale, Tolleson and Litchfield Park. This upgrade aims to give customers faster speeds for many uses, including social media and network connectivity. This follows $425 million in investments by AT&T in Phoenix networks between 2014 and 2016.

Cardinal Glass is nearing completion on its construction of a new manufacturing facility. Located at Southern and Apache in Buckeye, the facility is approximately 300,000 square feet, with plans to employ a minimum of 100 workers. Upon the facility’s launch, Cardinal Glass will hold a grand opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 21.

The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce will host Business & Breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 26, at Estrella Mountain Community College’s Estrella Conference Center. Featuring speaker Daniel Cruz, executive director and founder of Biltmore Media, this seminar and breakfast is a great way for local businesses to get the scoop on strengthening their presence on social media and other internet platforms. The Haymaker Restaurant Company will provide breakfast. Cost of entry is $20 for chamber members and guests, as well as $30 for nonmembers, but as seating is limited, pre-registration is required.

The city of Buckeye is running a Catalyst Program, a machine grant program that allows the city to offer up to $25,000 toward improvements for local businesses. Paint, landscaping and other structural or superficial improvements are just some of the recommended uses of the money given to selected businesses. The annual program has aided 25 businesses since it was founded four years ago. This year’s edition just recently opened, with a deadline of mid-October.

And last, but surely not least, The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold A Boo!tiful Night at the Chamber from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, October 26. This annual event is a family-friendly affair and will feature a variety of chamber members and local businesses. The chamber is expecting between 250 to 300 guests, so be sure to get involved, wear a costume and bring plenty of candy. Table space is free and the event allows members to get their business out there and have fun. The Southwest Valley chamber is located at 289 Litchfield Road, Goodyear.

We’re closing the briefcase for this week. Catch you next week. Thanks for reading!

 
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