Briefcase

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ello, and welcome back to Business Briefcase! Last week, we focused on a business program available to business owners in Goodyear. During such an unprecedented time for owners throughout the state, we wanted to make sure to highlight other resources available throughout the West Valley. 

This week we will take a look at what Buckeye has to offer its business owners, specifically how the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce is here to help support and boost large and small businesses in the city during the pandemic. 

Here’s a look at Buckeye’s program that focuses on supporting local businesses. 

Shop Buckeye 

The Shop Buckeye initiative was launched by the city of Buckeye and the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce in January to support businesses during the Arizona Department of Transportation I-10 widening project. 

The initiative allows for business owners to have access to resources needed to market and communicate to their customers. The intention was to also create an extra incentive for Buckeye residents to shop local. 

Resources include regular business meetings with ADOT, city and chamber staff, marketing materials, social media and website graphics, seminars and training, and a business toolkit. 

As the use of social media and technology continues to grow, especially during the pandemic, the city recognizes the increase and is also offering professionally produced videos to help spotlight the business. 

The 60- to 90-second videos are free to Buckeye business owners and can be used on the company’s business website and social media channels. 

The chamber will also share the videos on its social media channels to increase awareness of the business.

Business owners can participate by scheduling a time in advance and complete a form with a list of questions. Video production will be available on most Fridays in two-hour increments. 

For more information on the available resources and how to access them, visit buckeyevalleychamber.org or email shopbuckeye@buckeyevalleychamber.org with questions. 

1-10 Widening Project 

The Arizona Department of Transportation is making improvements to Interstate 10 between State Route 85 and Verrado Way in Buckeye. 

Expected to begin this month, the project’s goal is to make the area safer for everyone. 

Major elements of the project include adding one general purpose lane in each direction along the median from SR 85 to Verrado Way, reconstructing traffic interchanges at Miller and Watson roads to a diverging diamond design, reconstructing and widening Miller and Watson roads at I-10, adding new drainage facilities, adding sound walls along I-10, and installing a freeway management system.

The city of Buckeye also announced things to keep in mind until the project is complete, including periodic restrictions and closures on I-10, interchange ramps, and the cross streets at Watson and Miller roads. 

ADOT will provide notices in advance about any restrictions or closures during construction.

The Miller Road interchange will be the first on the list to be completed, followed by the Watson Road interchange. 

The entire project is expected to take two years to complete.

For more information on the I-10 Widening Project, visit buckeyeaz.gov/

residents/i-10-widening-project. 

Mindset Shift Workshops

Justin Thorstad, transformation coach and founder and designated broker of Goodyear-based Libertas Real Estate, is hosting Mindset Shift Workshops designed to help people find success in business and personal lives. The next one is 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 13.

Thorstad will walk guests through his personal approach to becoming one’s best self, based on his own intense research and self-education. Thorstad inspires attendees to become elevated versions of themselves and to reach for everything they desire. Also in this workshop, he helps people set goals to increase business heading into the third quarter, adjust to the current market, and build their businesses by leading with value.

Thorstad teaches tangible, groundbreaking techniques to help people shift their mindset for success, develop inspiring and empowering visions for their future, and formulate a strategic approach to upgrade all aspects of their lives. He also provides guests with a step-by-step marketing plan to help them build their business and create immediate results.

Admission is free; registration required via eventbrite. Search for Mindset Shift tickets. For more information, email

libertas.classes@libertasrealestate.com or visit libertasrealestate.com