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"You’re invited (dared) to participate in the chamber’s “Business Pulse” survey. This short, four-minute survey is online at southwestvalleychamber.org and will be open until August 30."

It’s time to gear up, now that summer is pretty much behind us. School has started or will start soon, businesses are prepping for the arrival of winter visitors, NASCAR and football fans are ready for action and pumpkin spice will soon be everywhere. All seems like “normal” stuff… until now.

I’m calling out all business professionals and high school and college students with a dare. Better yet: A double-dog dare. To win the dare you only need to take four minutes from your day.

Let me explain: The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce, as the leading voice of business and regional prosperity, facilitates the success of our members, promotes the entrepreneurial spirit and serves as the central resource of a strong and collaborative business community. To accomplish this vision, it’s necessary to know what’s happening now to be prepared for the future.

You’re invited (dared) to participate in the chamber’s “Business Pulse” survey. This short, four-minute survey is online at southwestvalleychamber.org and will be open until August 30. The results will be posted for everyone to see. This important information will help maintain a strong local economy while looking to the future, which is the reason we want to hear from students.

It’s the 17- to 25-year-olds who are the next-gen movers and shakers. Some of them have already started on the path to follow their dreams. They have been immersed in technology and different societal norms since arriving on the planet more than any other previous generation. They have a unique perspective, as do the over-25-year-old students. To our student population: You can help set the direction and tone for your future by participating in the survey.

One last thing to ask: Please share this with your family, friends and others in your life. Encourage them to give us their opinion. More info means a better understanding to prepare for the future.

A reminder: the Hospitality Job Fair is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 27, at the American Sports Center Avondale. There are a few table spots open for employers. Admission is free for jobseekers. Details are on the chamber’s website.

Parents: Mark your calendars, 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 29, for the annual BOO-tiful Night at the Chamber Halloween Spooktacular. It’s a safe and fun way for kids to get goodies and loot.

Contact the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce at 623-932-2260 with any questions, tourist information or to find out what’s happening in our fabulous community.