B2B 2019 West Valley Expo

"the West Valley Biz 2 Biz Expo will return from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 22."

Hello, readers! As I often mention, there’s quite a bit of business news to touch on here at Business Briefcase. And today’s agenda has no shortage of that.

In addition to a couple recent openings and a building sale, several major West Valley events — great for networking and just mingling with the business community — are approaching, so I definitely won’t leave those out. Anyway, here’s the news!

First, let’s start in Litchfield Park. Abbie Cakes bakery is now open at 5110 N. Dysart Road, Suite 154, northwest of Camelback and Dysart roads. Formerly based out of owner Brittanie Cordova’s home, Abbie Cakes has become known for its cake jars and brioche donuts, among other signature desserts including cookies, cupcakes and macarons. Café options — cold and hot espresso-based drinks, cold brew coffee, lemonade and smoothies — will also be provided in the Litchfield Park shop.

“To finally be branching out into a storefront location in the community that I’ve grown up in my whole life is nothing short of a dream come true. This would not have happened without our amazing supporters and their encouragement for us to take on this new venture. We are excited for members of the community to have a new place to gather and socialize while enjoying the menu items we have to offer,” Cordova said.  

For more information, visit abbiecakesco.com or follow the shop Instagram @abbiecakesco and Facebook @abbie.cakes.5. Also, stay tuned for a feature story in the coming weeks.

Over in Buckeye, just three months after opening a location, Dollar General has opened another one at 1807 N. 195th Avenue. The popular store offers everything from cleaning supplies to clothing, health/beauty products, food and home décor. For more information, visit dollargeneral.com.

“Dollar General is committed to delivering a pleasant shopping experience that includes a convenient location, a wide assortment of merchandise and great prices on quality products,” said Dan Nieser, Dollar General’s senior vice president of real estate and store development. “We hope our area customers will enjoy shopping at Dollar General’s new location.”

Then, a partnership company purchased the Burger King at 1315 S. Watson Road in Buckeye, southeast of Watson and Yuma roads, for more than $1.5 million.

Next up, WESTMARC, or the Western Maricopa Coalition, has opened the nomination process for its next Best of the West awards dinner. The annual event is set for Thursday, November 7. The evening will begin with registration and a silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by the main event at 7 p.m. The main awards are for Excellence in Innovation, Economic Engine, Quality of Life Enhancement-Education and Quality of Life Enhancement-Community.

Founded in 1990, WESTMARC is a public-private partnership between 15 West Valley communities: Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Gila Bend, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Phoenix, Sun City, Sun City West, Surprise, Tolleson, Wickenburg and Youngtown. Seats at the Best of the West cost $250 for members and $300 for nonmembers. Tables cost $2,000 for members and $2,500 for nonmembers. Sponsorships are available from $2,500 to $25,000. The Best of the West will be held at State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive. To register or nominate someone, visit westmarc.org/bow19. The deadline to submit guest nominations is Friday, November 1.

A bit sooner, the West Valley Biz 2 Biz Expo will return from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 22. The event, a partnership between the six West Valley chamber of commerce (Buckeye Valley, Glendale, Peoria, Southwest Valley, Surprise Regional and Wickenburg), will be once again held at the Glendale Civic Center, 5750 W. Glenn Drive. Free to attend and open to the public, the event provides local businesses with the opportunity to showcase what exactly they offer. Exhibitor registration has closed. For more information, visit glendale.chamberofcommerce.me/Calendar/moreinfo.php?eventid=329926.

Finally, and speaking of the Southwest Valley Chamber, the Business Pulse survey is open. Business professionals can visit https://bit.ly/2ORI7WK and high school and college students can visit https://bit.ly/3IyqQU8.

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

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