Business Briefcase August 23 2017

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the final Business Briefcase for August! Quite a bit of information has been buzzing around the West Valley this past week, so whether you’re looking to grab a bite to eat at a new West Valley establishment or you need a vending opportunity at a local festival, you will find plenty of opportunities in the coming months. So, let’s get straight to it!

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opened its fifth location on Thursday, August 24. The new spot, located at 9860 W. Lower Buckeye Road, Suite 108, Tolleson, is offering a variety of deals and giveaways for its first month of service. That includes: Thirsty Thursdays, when guests will receive free all-day refillable cups; Philanthropy Fridays, when gift cards will be awarded to those who donate to Barbeque, Boots & Badges; Giveaway Saturday, which gives opportunities to win free barbecue for a year; and Kids Eat Free Sundays, where adults who spend $10 will be able to get their kids a free meal.

McDonald’s is hosting a massive hiring event on Wednesday, August 30. For the statewide event, the fast-food chain will be hiring more than 2,000 workers, with 900 being in Maricopa County. The event will be spread throughout the entire state, with every West Valley location taking part. There are more than 40 McDonald’s locations in the West Valley. This is a great opportunity for locals, as this will bring hundreds of part- and full-time jobs to the Valley, many of which come with benefits.

The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce will host another Chamber 101 meeting on Thursday, September 7. The meeting offers local businesses a chance to build connections within their community and learn the benefits of being a chamber member. Lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m., while a presentation by the chamber will begin at noon. The Southwest Valley chamber is located at 289 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear.

Arthur Murray Dance Centers will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 9. With more than 270 dance studios in 22 countries, the international dance organization offers courses for West Valley residents. From beginner lessons to ballroom dancing, Arthur Murray Dance Centers serves dancers of all experience levels. The new center is located at 3730 S. Estrella Parkway, Suite 201, Goodyear.

Puff and Fluff Grooming & Pet Sitting, located at 221 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, September 15. The fur baby spa is known for providing a variety of pet care options, from dog and cat grooming to brushing and bathing. Depending on the chosen service or price level, this could include a bath, massage, haircut or nail trim. The launch event will begin at noon.

WESTMARC’s West Valley Healthcare Career Expo will be held at Avondale Sports Complex, Avondale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on September 20. More than 13 West Valley health care companies, including The CORE Institute and Banner Health, will be on site for this large hiring event. For the expo, WESTMARC partnered up with Career Connectors, Arizona@Work and Goodwill of Central Arizona. Admission is free. For more information, visit

This should be a fun one! The Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce is planning a Sangria and Shopping event in downtown Buckeye on Saturday, October 7. Starting at 10 a.m., visitors will gather at Buckeye’s downtown shopping center to peruse local vendors, while having the opportunity to drink delicious sangria. The event will be located at 517 E. Monroe Avenue, Buckeye.

Rocktoberfest will bring plenty of live music, food, arts and crafts, and adult beverages to Avondale’s Western Avenue on October 21. The family-friendly event, which will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m., will be hosted in partnership with the city of Avondale, the Historic Avondale Merchants Association and American Legion Post 61. As such, a portion of proceeds will benefit veterans and first responders, who can also apply for free vendor space until September 21. For vendor applications or additional information, visit

Ahipoki Bowl is opening seven locations around the Valley in the coming months, one location of which will launch in Avondale this fall. At Ahipoki Bowl, customers choose regular or large-sized bowls, as well as a variety of options with which to fill it. With its rice bases, seafood selections, sauces and toppings, customers can truly get the taste of the sea at this island eatery. Ahipoki’s selections are many, and customers can choose from tuna, salmon, shrimp and even octopus to fill their bowls. The new Avondale location will be located at 103rd and McDowell.

A new select-service, extended-stay hotel in Buckeye is in development by Performance Capital Partners, LLC. The hotel, which will feature 90 guest suites, is expected to open in late 2018. It will have a modern, spacious design, as well as a variety of upscale amenities, such as high-speed internet, full-sized refrigerators, dishwashers, microwaves, cooktops, a fitness center, and a pool and spa combo. It will even be fully nonsmoking and pet friendly, and will provide guests complimentary breakfast. The hotel will be located at the I-10 and Watson Road.

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