Starting up a business during the pandemic has to be tough but Bree Sipia did just that. Last Thursday we had their one year in business anniversary ribbon cutting for Apricot Lane's Boutique located at 337 N. Montezuma. If you notice, the ribbon is blue not the red used for new business ribbon cuttings.
The anniversary ribbon cutting presentations included Judy Sultrop representing Senator Mark Kelly who passed on the congratulations from the senator, and Chamber of Commerce CEO Sheri Heiney who presented Apricot Lane Boutique's owner Bree Sipla with their "First Dollar" award. Our Master of Ceremonies was Ambassador Tom Lukes.
Bree spoke briefly thanking the community and all that attended for the continued support of the business and also helping to make it a success. What an accomplishment when so many businesses closed last year due to the pandemic and yet Apricot Lane Boutique hung in there.
We are so happy to have such a beautiful women's boutique store in our community! Click below and check them out!
Jay's Bird Barn Prescott has evolved over time to include three stores under one roof - the Bird Barn, Arizona Field Optics, and Hallmark. Join owner, Eric Moore, as he guides us through the store and gives an in-depth look at all the things under the roof.
As part of our commitment to support you and your business through education, promotion, and networking, we’d like to invite you to take advantage of a few complimentary opportunities presented by one of our members, and local marketing partner, Cadu Medina, Founder & CEO of Craf2m Marketing Agency.
1 – SBSM Podcast Interview – you’re invited to be featured on Cadu’s podcast, the Small Business Smart Marketing Podcast (https://apple.co/3todHw1). Each episode is an exclusive interview about your business, products, services, customers, and key marketing strategies and tips. The SBSM podcast is a great way to introduce your business to our local business community and build authority among local listeners. The interview can be recorded via phone or Zoom, then distributed through iTunes, shared on Social Media, and via email newsletter to all Chamber members. Please contact Cadu directly at https://craf2m.com/contact to schedule your podcast interview.
2 – Complimentary Marketing Coaching Call – this is an invaluable 1-on-1 marketing coaching call with Cadu to provide you with the guidance, knowledge, encouragement, and accountability to develop and stay on top of your business and marketing plans. Cadu has over 25 years of experience in marketing and has successfully run his local SBSM coaching program and Craf2m Marketing Agency – Craf2m is celebrating 10 years in business this year! This coaching call can be done via phone or Zoom. Please contact Cadu directly at https://craf2m.com/contact to schedule your complimentary marketing coaching call.
Here’s a personal note from Cadu Medina about his SBSM Coaching Program.
Hey fellow small business owner,
The #1 roadblock I faced when starting my business was...not knowing what to do next. I’m sure you can relate, that helpless feeling of being stuck.
Does that sound familiar?
In late October, the much anticipated Outpatient Services Building West will begin to open in stages to serve our community. Located on the campus of Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center West (YRMC) in Prescott, this new state-of-the-art health and wellness center combines high-tech innovations with comfort and convenience.
“The Outpatient Services Building West is a patient-focused health and wellness center,” says Ken Boush, Director of Marketing and Communications at Dignity Health, YRMC. “The planning process we embraced – involving key stakeholders, exploring best practices and conducting a thorough needs assessment – resulted in an exceptional facility. Our team is proud to introduce the Outpatient Services Building West to our community.”
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF ARIZONA ANNOUNCES JOE GREENBERG AS NEW GENERAL MANAGER, COMMERCIAL BUSINESS SEGMENT
ARIZONA – Aug. 30, 2021 - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona recently appointed Joe Greenberg as the new General Manager of its Commercial Business Segment.
In his role, Greenberg will oversee the profit and loss of the Group Business Segment and the Enterprise Specialty Business, along with leading planning, product development, plan pricing, compliance, and underwriting to serve companies that provide health insurance coverage to their employees.
“We are excited to welcome Joe to the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona family,” said Paige Rothermel, Chief Operating Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. “His experience overseeing multiple business segments, both nationally and locally, will benefit our organization as we continue to grow our commercial segment and make a positive impact on the health of Arizonans.”
Greenberg brings extensive industry expertise to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, having worked in business development and sales positions within the health insurance industry for more than 20 years. He joins Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona from Sidecar Health, where he helped to build the start-up company to a $1 billion valuation.
Credit union will celebrate grand opening with $40,000 in donations to Yavapai County community organizations
PHOENIX (August XX, 2021) – Desert Financial Credit Union will open its first branch in Yavapai County on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at the Prescott Valley Fry’s Food & Drug located at 3100 N. Glassford Hill Road in Prescott Valley.
Desert Financial will celebrate the grand opening of its 47th location, with a month of giving in Prescott Valley and Prescott. The credit union plans to donate $40,000 to local organizations throughout the month of September as part of its celebration.
The branch, which will employ seven full-time employees, will operate from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays. It will be closed on Sundays.
Craf2m celebrates 10 years helping local small businesses survive and thrive with "Small Business Smart Marketing
PRESCOTT, AZ (August 3, 2020) — Craf2m is celebrating 10 years in business this year! We’re proud of our longevity, especially considering the statistics: about 20% of small businesses fail within their first year, and 50% by their fifth. We love living and working in the Prescott area … and the experience is even richer because of those we live and work with. Not only are we proud of our longevity, but we’re also proud of the growth we’ve helped create for our clients through all the ups and downs (2020, we’re looking at you). Our work has run the gamut—from outreach to sales to advertising to education—and our clients’ results have, too.
A lot has changed in the past decade. When Craf2m launched in 2011, LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” and Adele’s “Someone Like You” were at the top of the charts. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” the final installment in the Harry Potter movie franchise was the highest-grossing film of the year in the US. Facebook, launched in 2004, was growing in popularity (it grew from 1 million users to 800 million by the end of 2011). Other social media channels like Pinterest, Snapchat, and Instagram were in their infancies. In 2010, 970 million people were on social media. By 2020, that number jumped to 2.96 billion. Ten years ago, the iPhone 4s was the newest to market, and the first iPad was released just the year before. Between 2011 and 2019, people’s daily time spent online on mobile devices jumped from 32 minutes to 132 minutes (and it’s probably more than that now).
Marketing has also changed. Arguably, the last 10 years have seen the greatest technological growth ever. As people's attention shifted from offline to online media, marketing followed suit. Consumers now see and hear messages in real time, almost everywhere they go … if they’re not looking at a device in their hand, they’re hearing an ad while pumping gas.
The ribbon cutting for Makala Chadwick's State Farm Insurance office was held Thursday July 29, 2021. Their office is located at 3700 N. Robert Road Suite 1, Prescott Valley, AZ. Thanks to the Prescott Regulators and their Shady Ladies and all Ambassadors who attended and assisted with the ribbon cutting. Our M.C. was Prescott's Chamber Hunter Powell.
In attendance was Jeff Timm representing Congressman Paul Gosar's office; Judy Sulltrop for Senator Mark Kelly; Ambassador Susan Cohen and Sheri Heiney for the Prescott Chamber of Commerce. Jeff Timm presented a Certificate of Appreciation from Congressman Gosar. Judy Sulltrop spoke on behalf of Senator Mark Kelly, and Ambassador Susan Cohen spoke for the Prescott Chamber and all the Ambassadors. Chamber staff member Stephanie Miller and member of the Prescott Young Professionals welcomed Makayla and staff as well. The Prescott Chamber of Commerce Board was represented by Chamber CEO Sheri Heiney who presented the "First Dollar" Certificate.
Our last ribbon cutting was a ground-breaking held the Prescott Center for the Arts (PCA) located on 208 N. Marina St. in downtown Prescott.
Mayor Greg Mengarelli was there representing the city and presented a Certificate of Recognition to Robyn Allen of the Prescott Center for the Arts. Gillian Haley Chamber Board member presented a Certificate of Special Recognition to Robyn. Jeff Timm attended and represented Congressman Paul Gosar’s office. Robyn Allen spoke briefly and was grateful for all the community support the center is receiving. The Project Architect for the future build was represented by Bill Otwell of Otwell & Associates, and Haley construction was represented by project contractor Allan Crary. Our MC was University of Arizona chamber intern, Lucas Forray.
The PCA building is on the historic register so stop by and take a tour, for local history buffs it is fascinating to read the various plaques there about the history. The building was the old Sacred Heart Catholic Church and rectory dated from 1878. Rather than elaborate here, look at the photo below with the history, it once had a steeple over 115 feet tall and was struck by lightning several times. They have great Courtyard and artist’s gallery.
Construction hasn’t started yet but it should be an outstanding addition. They were given an anonymous donation of 3 million dollars, unheard of these days and I think critically important to our downtown.
The ribbon cutting held Thursday July 15 was for the Prescott Executive Offices located at 3623 Crossings Drive in Prescott. They offer a professional address, office suite with availability for conferences for businesses. This can be a big savings for small businesses that don't want to rent a small office space. They also provide a photo studio for those needing special photos, or backdrops along with lighting.
In attendance and speaking at the ribbon cutting: Judy Sultrop from U.S. Senator Mark Kelly's office; Jeff Timm representing U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar; and Councilman Phill Goode from the City of Prescott. The first dollar Certificate was given by Chamber Board Member Keith Nichols. Representing Prescott Executive Offices was Erik Knight.
Prescott Chamber of Commerce
The Prescott Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based nonprofit organization with business members ranging from sole proprietors to nationally recognized corporations.