PBJ Veterans Business Summit

PBJ Veterans Business Summit

Mark your calendars to join the Phoenix Business Journal for an incredible morning of information, education, and networking for veteran business owners and transitioning service members.

SkySong Innovation Center

Skysong 3  130 Synergy 1 1365 North Scottsdale Road Scottsdale AZ 85257

November 10 7am – 10am

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Guest speaker this month will be Edward Maznio Thursday September 8th

The East Valley Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce meeting will be held on THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH from 11:30 – 1:00 at Social Box (1371 N Alma School Rd, Chandler 85224) due to Labor Day weekend. 
Our guest speaker this month will be Edward Maznio
Edward Maznio is a proud U.S. Army Veteran and served in Operation Desert Storm/Shield. Maznio has been a “serial entrepreneur” for 25 years. His experience includes work at two law firms specializing in commercial business and litigation, followed by service and retail related business ventures, and eight years as an Arizona real estate broker. Just prior to founding OfficeGuardian, Edward launched, developed and sold a chain of hearing aid stores.
Edward has enjoyed over 25 years of success in his multiple business ventures. In recent years, he has found the process to be quicker, and more efficient by utilizing Social Media. He has built 2 separate businesses using Social Media as his primary marketing tool, with both of them taking very little time and money to flourish. Edward will be able to provide you tools and knowledge from an ENTREPRENEURIAL perspective, rather than just a social media perspective. 
Our spotlight business of the month will be Art O’hagan from Real People’s Ratings.
-Bring a guest to the meeting, and your lunch is free! The more members we have, the better equipped we are to provide leads and facilitate strategic relationships between members. Bring a guest!
As always, it is our mission that you leave this meeting with more knowledge, and more avenues to create profit. 
I look forward to seeing you at 11:30A.M. Thursday, September 8th at Social Box on 1371 N Alma School Rd, Chandler 85224!
Best Wishes,
Shane Levinson

Paradise Valley Chapter of the Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce, announced that the Chapter is moving its monthly networking luncheon to the Historic Wrigley Mansion in Paradise Valley.

Jim Thomas, President of the Paradise Valley Chapter of the Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce, announced that the Chapter is moving its monthly networking luncheon to the Historic Wrigley Mansion in Paradise Valley. Phoenicians know the Wrigley Mansion as an elegant, sprawling Italianate mansion built by William Wrigley, Jr., in 1929. The Chapter has outgrown its previous location and had been searching for a location in Paradise Valley that would support its monthly networking luncheon and provide room for additional growth. Additionally, they wanted a site that would serve as an attractive location for current Members, and would help attract guests and new Members.
Wrigley Mansion is located at 2501 E Telawa Trail, Phoenix, AZ 85016. For more information, visit their website at www.wrigleymansion.com
The Paradise Valley Chapter meets the fourth Tuesday of every month (except December) from 11:30 to 1:00 to provide a business networking opportunity for its Members and guests and to update it Members on programs and operations of the Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce. Meetings at the Wrigley Mansion will begin on June 28th. Jim Thomas noted, “We are very pleased to have the support of the Wrigley Mansion to host our monthly luncheon. We will offer 6-8 meal selections from which our guests can choose, all similarly priced as those at our previous chain restaurant location.”
The Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce and its Paradise Valley Chapter looks forward to inaugural meeting at the Wrigley Mansion.
Please RSVP to Jim Thomas at abwcleaning1@qwestoffice.net if you plan to attend this initial meeting.


Veteran Scholarship Award

The Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce (SWVCC) announced the winners of its second Veteran Scholarship Award today.  Byron Munda and Enrique Priego were selected from among applicants for this scholarship award. They will receive their $1,000 scholarships in public ceremonies at a date to be arranged between them and the SWVCC.  Both are students at Arizona State University.
Ken Speer, Vice President of the Chamber and Chair of the Scholarship Selection Committee thanked all applicants and local college staffs who encouraged the Veterans and assisted them in preparing their applications. He added, “Thanks to a generous $1,000 donation from Retired Navy Veteran and SWVCC Member Randall Asburry and his Farmers Insurance Agency, we were able to award two $1,000 scholarships instead of only one.” He also encouraged “all those who applied but did not win to reapply to future scholarship offerings.”
Byron Munda served four years as an Infantryman in the US Army that included four combat deployments to Afghanistan. He is pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree and hopes to eventually work for the Phoenix Fire Department.
Enrique Priego served over eight years in the US Navy in Aviation Ordnance and made four deployments in support of combat operations in and around Iraq. He is studying Kinesiology and plans to be a Physical Therapist.
The SWVCC Veteran Scholarship is open to Veterans, currently serving Reservists and National Guard, and spouses and children of Veterans killed in action or 100 % disabled. Tom Sheets, the Executive Director of the SWVCC added, “We plan to offer our next scholarship opportunity in late September and will announce the winner(s) in mid-December.” In the future, the Veteran Scholarship Program will be managed by the Southwest Veterans Foundation, a 501c(3) non-profit organization, and charitable arm of the SWVCC. The number and dollar value of scholarships will be dependent upon revenues available to support the Scholarship Program. Our communities can support this program by joining the SWVCC or by making a donation to support its programs. Individuals or organizations who would like to make a direct contribution to support the Scholarship Program can donate at the Chamber website or by contacting the Executive Director, whose contact information appears at the top of this press release.
Lee Lange, President of the SWVCC added, “We are proud to offer benefits such as this to our highly-deserving Veterans who have served our Country during difficult times. We want to thank our Members and Donors, without whose support, these scholarships would not be possible.”
winners of its second Veteran Scholarship Award


Successful Joint Mixer with PMCC

We had a great turn out for the Phoenix Metro Chamber of Commerce, LLC and Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce (SWVCC) Joint Mixer, Phoenix Metro Elite Networking Mixer – Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Toys and monetary donations to benefit local charities, including: Helping Hands for Freedom – HHFF and OCJ Kids.

Proper Handling of Independent Contractors – BookKeeping Tip

May Bookkeeping Tip

Proper Handling of Independent Contractors

Business owners must have accurate, signed independent contractor agreements and signed W-9 Forms on file from the beginning of the company relationship with that individual, LLC, partnership or attorney. As a general rule, all individuals and companies who are NOT incorporated must be issued 1099 forms by your company by January 31 of the following year, if your company paid them more than $600 in the calendar year. Copies must be filed with the IRS by February 28 or March 31 if filed electronically.

Improper recording of transactions for independent contractors in the accounting system, such as identifying contractors as employees or vice versa, can have severe negative consequences and costs to the business owner. If you are uncertain whether someone providing services for your company is an employee or an independent contractor, refer to the IRS guidelines or ask your accounting or tax professional for assistance in making this determination.

Cara Lee

Save The Date 2016 Patriots Ball

The 2016 Patriots Ball will be held December 3, 2016 at the DoubleTree Resort in Scottsdale. Last year’s inaugural event was a great success and we expect this year’s Ball to be even better. This is the Chamber’s signature event and fundraiser and we hope you will mark your calendars now to save the date.
Members from last year’s Patriots Ball Committee will form the nucleus for this year’s planning effort but we need more volunteers from the Chamber membership to join the committee. This year’s committee chairman is Dave Linhart, President of the North Glendale Chapter, SWVCC. The committee will hold monthly planning meetings at various locations in the Valley with a goal of one-hour meetings. Other business may be conducted via email/conference calls. Additional meetings may be required in the last few weeks before the event.
If you are interested in helping us on the Patriots Ball Committee, contact Dave Linhart at (602) 689-9913 or by email at David.Linhart@insperity.com
Please spread the word about your SWVCC, connect with us on your social media networks.

(SWVCC) intends to expand into the East Valley

The Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce (SWVCC) intends to expand into the East Valley in the near future. To facilitate this expansion, we will hold an informational meeting/luncheon about the Chamber, its programs and operations, and advantages of membership at the Social Box, 1371 N Alma School Rd in Chandler (intersection of Alma School and Knox) at 11:30 on Tuesday April 5th.
Individuals need not be Veterans and businesses need not be Veteran-owned to join the Chamber. Only preprequisite is the desire to support Veterans and their families, Veteran-owned businesses, and fellow Members of the SWVCC. The Chamber currently has three Chapters in the Phoenix area.
Please join us for lunch and learn about SWVCC, how you can help, and how you can benefit.
If you want more info please call Tom Sheets, Executive Director, at 623.238.2914 or Shane Levinson at 602.502.8723.