Chewy.com

Chewy.com Operations Manager Lantz Greene unloads pet food and supplies in the parking lot of Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies in Buckeye on December 15. Chewy.com donated 16,000 pounds of pet food and supplies to local animal nonprofit Community Paws. More than 20 volunteers from Chewy.com and Community Paws unloaded a 53-foot trailer filled with 26 pallets of donated food and supplies. Chewy.com is passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of pets and pet parents in communities across the country. Every month, Chewy.com’s fulfillment center in Goodyear donates upward of 135,000 pounds of pet food and supplies. (Photo courtesy Chewy.com)

Hello, readers. We have quite a bit of variety in today’s column, so I’m not going to waste any time. By now I’m sure you know the drill here at the Briefcase; I have a roundup of land acquisitions, construction, promotions and other business happenings spanning the West Valley View’s circulation area, and they’re good ones.

Keep it up, readers who regularly reach out to me, as I enjoy hearing about all the various happenings I may have missed and gathering those details for you. I’m still working on a few of your requests, though I have one in the coming paragraphs. Here’s the news!

First, a data center is coming to the southeast corner of Bullard Avenue and Van Buren Street in Goodyear. The Santa Clara, California-based Peak Realty Investment 2 LLC purchased the 49-acre site from KCI Goodyear North LLC for more than $12.7 million. The site is part of 100 acres zoned C-2 that KCI Goodyear North LLC, a single asset entity of Kent Circle Partners, purchased in December 2011. KCI Goodyear North LLC sold another 42.95 acres to Phoenix-based DBM Ventures in September.

Moving along, I received an inquiry regarding construction near the Harkins in Goodyear. According to Angela Woods, marketing coordinator for Goodyear’s economic development department, there are no specific details yet. Yes, dirt is moving, she confirmed, but for now it is just the developer preparing the site for potential future uses. I will keep you posted when anything official comes about. Harkins Theatres Estrella Falls 16 is at the northwest corner of McDowell Road and Bullard Avenue.

For a different side of things, Amanda Thomason was promoted to Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s Goodyear branch manager just after Christmas. She filled the spot left by Harold Poirier, who retired. Earlier that month, Thomason earned her brokers license. She has been a Realtor for the company since 2016. Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate is at 1616 N. Litchfield Road, Suite 170. For more information, visit bit.ly/2R7M9ev.

Looking to start a business or nonprofit? Or maybe you already have and would like more knowledge to keep it afloat or grow it? Well, Goodyear Branch Library’s ASU Startup School is returning – and it may be what you’re looking for. The free, six-week workshop begins from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, January 26, at 14455 W. Van Buren Street, Suites D-101A&B (Some weeks will be held in a different room). Topics that will be covered at the ASU Startup School include customer and product development, business entity selection, legal formation, intellectual property, fundraising, business modeling and marketing strategies.

The InnovationHub is a partnership between the city of Goodyear, Entrepreneurship + Innovation at Arizona State University (ASU), and the Maricopa County Library District that, in addition to the ASU Startup School, offers free resources like one-on-one business mentoring and a monthly meet-up called Business Builders, the latter of which this month will return from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 15.

The ASU Startup School will be capped after 25 people sign up, and the city recommends guests attend each session. Reservations are due Wednesday, January 23. For more information, visit developgoodyearaz.com.

Here’s a quick one. By now you’re probably familiar with the idea of the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Lunch N Learn. The Thursday, January 17, Lunch N Learn, the first of 2019, will focus on marketing trends for the year. DexYP/Thryv will sponsor lunch, and the company’s Chris Amos will present. It meets at noon.

For more information or to reserve a seat, contact the chamber at 623-932-2260 or info@southwestvalleychamber.org.

The chamber is at 289 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear.

Finally, to round out, I’ll leave you with a quick mention. The Western Maricopa Coalition, also known as WESTMARC, which merges the business and education sectors of the 15 West Valley communities it represents, will once again host Gov. Doug Ducey at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel and Spa, 9495 W. Coyotes Boulevard, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 16.

This will, par for the course, allow Ducey to reflect on the past year while also looking forward to legislative goals. Table prices start at $750.

For more information, visit westmarc.org or contact Kristina Vossler, WESTMARC’s membership, events and media manager, at kvossler@westmarc.org.

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

Have an item for Business Briefcase? Email Connor Dziawura at cdziawura@timespublications.com.