John Safin Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce

John Safin. 

Saying “life is a 24/7 experience” is no more a revelation than Drake telling everyone “YOLO.” That’s “you only live once,” for anyone who hasn’t heard the acronym. Summers in the Southwest Valley might slow down for some, but there’s always something to do for the people shaping, building and sustaining our community. Businesses continue to provide needed services and products, charities give help to thousands in need and our cities are always working toward a high quality of life for all of us. Of course, there’s always something happening with/at the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce has two networking groups. Networking at Noon meets every Wednesday at lunchtime. It’s a way for members to build top of mind awareness for their business. Friday Business Connections meets second and fourth Friday mornings. There’s always a dynamic speaker with information on things important to the business community. Two of the many ways to expand the reach of business.

I’ve often said your business is only as smart as you and your employees. Even during the summer, the Southwest Valley Chamber offers classroom and online training classes. Presenters at the in-person sessions are experts in their field. Topics include marketing strategies, using social media, financial planning for business owners, human resources and other topics to improve your business or career. The webinars are available any time at under “Business.” Some are free and some are fee-based, with thousands of topics available. If you don’t know or understand the benefits of routine training, I would be glad to share.

Looking for something to do? Check out the online calendar for fun events, regular meetings or activities for the business professional. It is the most complete four-city calendar available. Bonus: anyone can post on it for free. Of course, the event or meeting must take place in the Southwest Valley, which is Avondale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Tolleson. Please use the calendar to promote civic group meetings, fundraisers, festivals or other events you want to share with the public. The calendar is one of many ways the chamber makes a positive impact in the community. By the way, the Southwest Valley calendar is the second most viewed page right behind the business directory.

We’ll continue our involvement with public policy, business mentoring, community outreach and so many activities that it would take a couple of pages to tell you. For the business professional, the best way to learn would be to stop by the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce office, give us a call or speak with a current chamber member. There’s always something happening and it’s always a great day in the Southwest Valley!