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"To rev-up for NASCAR, the featured speaker at Business & Breakfast on Wednesday, Feb. 26, will be ISM Raceway President Julie Giese."

Welcome to 2020! Can you see clearly now? Thank you to everyone who groaned at the pun. I hope you had a terrific holiday. Now, take a deep breath because the Southwest Valley will be even more amazing this year! 

I’ll begin with some business news: Last month, the board of directors approved the chamber’s Public Policy Guide. This is a broad set of standards for the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce to follow as it pertains to legislative activities. This gives Chamber members and the public an understanding of policies the Chamber feels is important. The Chamber advocates for a strong and sustainable business environment and efforts to maintain a high quality of life for the community. The public policy guide and official statement are available online, southwestvalleychamber.org/publicpolicy.

Time for fun! The start of the New Year is a good time for outdoor fairs, festivals, and other events. Each of the four Southwest Valley cities – Avondale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Tolleson – will host dozens of events in the coming months. I’ll nod towards the city of Buckeye for all they do, too. Major League Baseball Spring Training with the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark starts next month. NASCAR at ISM Raceway will be huge this year! The FanShield 500 in March and the 2020 NASCAR Championship this November. 

To rev-up for NASCAR, the featured speaker at Business & Breakfast on Wednesday, Feb. 26, will be ISM Raceway President Julie Giese. Her story, “From a $178 Million Modernization to the NASCAR Championship,” will awe and inspire everyone. The event is open to the public and details are on the Chamber’s website.

For business owners, managers and professionals, you’re invited to a special presentation of Chamber 101 from 7:30 to 9 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28,  at Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino. Yes, the Loop 202 will be open for your driving convenience. Chamber 101 is a lively, interactive, and dynamic session that shows how your business can prosper from the services and benefits of membership, the Chamber’s role in business, and how members influence the community. It’s free to attend, but seating is limited. Register on the Chamber’s website or call 623-932-2260.

Please be healthy, safe, be happy, share happiness, live long and prosper every New Year!