Message from the CEO

by Cindy Kibbe

Greetings! I am Mark Hiegel, your new chamber president and CEO. By way of introduction, let me tell you a little about myself. Most recently, I served as director of marketing and business development for Greenberg Traurig, an international law firm based in Phoenix. Before that, I was managing partner at R&R Partners, an international… [More]

The only thing certain is change

by Cindy Kibbe

When I was a little girl, my mother would say, “The only thing certain is change.” As is often the case, she was right. The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce is undergoing a sea change of, well, change. Rick Kidder, our president and CEO since 2006, announced his resignation in June. He will be leaving… [More]

Scottsdale Area Chamber celebrates volunteers, unveils new initiatives

by Cindy Kibbe

The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 2015 Business Volunteer Awards on June 10, at Venue 8600 in Scottsdale. Organizations like the Scottsdale Area Chamber rely on its members as much as its staff to become and remain successful. The Business Volunteer Awards were created to honor those members who have gone above and… [More]

2015 Scottsdale Spice set to sizzle in September

by Cindy Kibbe

While the Arizona summer heat in September is just beginning to cool down, things are just starting to heat up at the 2015 Scottsdale Spice Culinary Festival. Returning to The Venue in Downtown Scottsdale on Sat., Sept. 12, Scottsdale Spice will feature dishes served up by some of the Valley’s hottest chefs. The culinary all-stars… [More]

Scottsdale Area Chamber launches new initiatives

by Cindy Kibbe

The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting in June in conjunction with the Business Volunteer Awards. At the meeting, members were treated to a preview of two new programs. Be Scottsdale Fit Be Scottsdale Fit is a wellness and work/life integration initiative sponsored by the Scottsdale Chamber Foundation, the mission-oriented 501(c)(3) organization… [More]

Apply now for the 30th Annual Sterling Awards

by Cindy Kibbe

If your company or nonprofit organization provides your customers and the community with superlative service, now is the time to let it shine by applying for the Scottsdale Area Chamber’s 30th Annual Sterling Awards. Each year, the chamber honors a large, medium and small company and one nonprofit with a Sterling Award for embodying the… [More]

Expand your network through Leads Groups

by Cindy Kibbe

One of the best ways to grow your list of professional contacts and business leads is by joining one of the morning Leads Referral Groups with the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber’s leads groups provide an opportunity for members to share ideas, contacts and qualified referrals in a one-person-per-profession setting. While all professions and… [More]

7 tips for a successful ribbon-cutting event

by Cindy Kibbe

You just opened your business and joined the Scottsdale Area Chamber as a Classic-level member. You’re already on your way to a successful start. Now, customers need to learn more about you. One of the best ways to increase publicity and foot traffic is to host a Red Ribbon Networking Event with the chamber. For… [More]

Partner Council: The ultimate return on chamber membership investment

by Cindy Kibbe

The Partner Council supports the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce at significant investment levels in order to support the mission of the organization and to engage in programs and services dedicated to that smaller group. Members of the Partner Council are some of the most influential and connected business leaders in Scottsdale and the Valley.… [More]

Changes at the Scottsdale Area Chamber

by Cindy Kibbe

Matt Blum Matt joined the chamber’s sales team in March. Originally a musician and sculptor, he has channeled his creativity into marketing and sales. Prior to joining the chamber, Matt worked with Weebly, Phoenix Suns, Harlem Globetrotters, Insight and ASU Foundation. Kelly McCoy Kelly was hired as the chamber’s programs and events manager in March.… [More]