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Business Briefcase September 13, 2017

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WESTMARC President and CEO Sintra Hoffman

By Connor Dziawura

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to Business Briefcase. This week’s lineup is quite a doozy, with everything ranging from the chamber meetings and forums to new large-scale packaging facilities and city developments. But don’t worry; it’s not all work and no play. Continuing the lead-up to Halloween set in motion by previous briefcases, yet another festive West Valley event will get some shine. And while it’s an equally great opportunity for local businesses looking to get out there, this carnival is sure to be equally sweet. Here’s the news!

For starters, Goodyear’s Haymaker Restaurant Co. isn’t going anywhere! In the September 6 issue of West Valley View, it was reported that Haymaker Restaurant Co. had been sold. The building the popular eatery leases was recently sold for $1.7 million. This has no effect on Haymaker Restaurant Co., 1800 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. As a matter of fact, read all about the restaurant in this section!

Next on this week’s agenda: The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce will host Business After Hours at Thompson Funeral Chapel from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, September 14. This monthly event provides an opportunity for local business owners to come out, mingle and learn about their peers. Attendees can come and go as they please during the two-hour event. Some businesses may also offer door prizes as part of a raffle. Thompson Funeral Chapel is located at 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear.

Big changes are coming to the Phoenix Goodyear Airport’s master plan. The City of Phoenix Aviation Department is planning a public meeting from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 5. The next step in discussing the master plan update, the meeting will be at the Lux Air Jet Center, Building 110 at Phoenix Goodyear Airport, 1658 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. The Phoenix City Council approved the last master plan update in 2007. For more information on the master plan update, visit goodyearairport.com or call 602- 273-2058.

Ball Corporation recently announced plans to build a packaging facility in Goodyear. The August 30 announcement by the Broomfield, Colorado-based beverage packaging company also included that three other facilities, located in Birmingham, Alabama; Chatsworth, California; and Longview, Texas, will be closed in 2018. This will allow Ball Corporation to put its focus on the new facility, which is expected to begin production in the second quarter of 2018. With the closings and the new building, Ball Corporation is expected to save $50 million in net fixed costs annually from late 2018 onward.

Changing focus to another locale in the West Valley, the WOW Economic Forum (Women of the West Valley) will take place at StarshineAZ from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday, September 28. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. At this essential forum, WESTMARC President and CEO Sintra Hoffman shares her tips for women business owners looking to grow their local businesses in the West Valley. Entry costs $25, but a continental breakfast will be provided. StarshineAZ is located in Huntington University at 8385 W. Mariners Way, Peoria. For more information, call 855-878-2233.

Buckeye also has big plans over the coming months. Approaching quickly, the city’s 77th annual Halloween Carnival will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, October 28. The city has applications for vendors on its website that must be submitted by October 13. The event will feature a variety of vendors, and this popular carnival allows local businesses, charities, schools and nonprofits to participate while festivalgoers support their local community. The carnival will feature games, bingo and, of course, food and drinks. The event will be at Earl Edgar Recreation Facility, 500 S. Miller Road, Buckeye.

But even sooner than Halloween, the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold a Buckeye Business Connection event from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 19. If you can’t make this meeting, there’s no need to fret! This is a weekly event, taking place every Tuesday, when Buckeye chamber members and nonmembers are invited to participate. At this event, which features coffee and a light breakfast, businesses will get a chance to intermingle and meet their local community. The Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce is located at 508 E. Monroe Avenue, Buckeye.

And last, but surely not least, the City of Buckeye is planning a Street Improvement District for Roosevelt. The city is looking to install water and sewer lines, new roads and drainage improvements. While the city just recently received authorization from the Flood Control District of Maricopa County, plans for the Street Improvement District are still being finalized, with small details yet to be hammered out over the coming weeks. Should planning continue as scheduled, the city will look to start construction at the turn of the year. The project is estimated to take six or seven months with a cost estimate of $11 million.

That’s all the briefs for this week. Thanks for reading!

Have an item for Business Briefcase? Email Connor Dziawura at cdziawura@timespublications.com.

 
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