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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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.



Federal contracts in Arizona represent ~ an  $11 BILLION a year market! 

Learn more about accessing this market at a  no-cost/no obligation presentation conducted by  Tom Sheets
The Stonewall Group
June 22, 2016
8:30-11:30 am

302 N First Ave
6th Floor
Phoenix, AZ
Reserve a seat by sending the following info to
tsheets@stonewall-group.com:TSG DBWTFG Jun 22

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



The Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce (SWVCC) announced today that The Ripple Effect is one of two recipients of its quarterly Veteran Charitable Contribution Program. SWVCC will contribute $500.00 to The Ripple Effect to support its local programs.

The Ripple Effect press release 3.17.16

Strategic Partnership with PMCC

We are pleased to announce our strategic partnership with the Phoenix Metro Chamber of Commerce (PMCC). The principal goal of this partnership is to assist Members of both Chambers to grow their businesses and to achieve their organizational goals.
The PMCC leadership is very passionate about supporting Veterans, and will be an active partner with us in raising funds for our Veteran Charities and Scholarship Programs. Jason Bressler, their Executive Director and several other Members attended our Patriots Ball in November. They have over 200 Members and growing steadily.
Several members of the SWVCC Board of Directors have been individual members in the PMCC since its founding. We encourage you to also consider joining PMCC. They have numerous events monthly that attract a large audience that will provide additional business development opportunities for you. Several of their Members have joined SWVCC after initial exposure and introduction to SWVCC at a PMCC event. Whether you join their Chamber and benefit from Member rates or attend their events at the non-Member rate, we encourage you to check them out.
Please visit their website, www.phoenixmetrochamber.com/ and review their upcoming events. We would like to draw your attention to an event happening this week–their Town Hall and Trade Show Meeting on February 11th. This event will be held at Embassy Suites Hotel at 4415 E Paradise Valley Parkway in Phoenix. Here is a link to that event:
We have begun initial planning for several “joint events” in the future and will advertise them on both websites. PMCC has leadership representatives at most of our Monthly Chapter Networking events. Jason Bressler will be our guest speaker at our February 16th luncheon at the North Scottsdale Chapter. We encourage our Members to participate in PMCC events of their choosing. We know you will be impressed by their size and enthusiasm, and their support for Veterans.
Your SWVCC Board of Directors
Please spread the word about your SWVCC, connect with us on your social media networks.

Spring Cleaning Your Business Expenses by SWVCC Member Cara Lee

Spring Cleaning Your Business Expenses

Now that we are well into a new year and nearing tax time, this may be the best time to be assessing how efficiently your business expenses are working for you to maximize profits and growth.

Have you kept up with monthly budgets and financials, or are you scrambling to assemble your records for 2015 because you spent last year flying by the seat of your pants and not keeping track of where your money was going? Maybe now is the time to change direction and be intentional with your budget.

The first task of a financial spring cleaning is to compile and organize your information and make sure that you have the right professional assistance where your available time and skills may fall short. Perhaps for you, this means starting with a professional organizer to streamline the flow of paperwork in your office.

Are your files organized such that you or your office personnel can easily access business receipts or other financial information instantly? Do you have your bank accounts, credit card accounts, invoices and payroll information updated into a software program that can give you an expense report, job costing, profit and loss or other financial reports that can accurately keep you informed of how well your business costs are controlled? Is all of your information secure and do you have regular backup procedures in place to protect you against destruction or theft of data?

Now that you have your organized system and software in place to track and protect your data, it’s time to print and analyze a detailed expense report. As you read through each line item, question the value of each expense using the following criteria:

*Did this item produce any new customers, leads or revenue within the past month, quarter or year?

*Is this item necessary to keep my business running?

*Is this expense necessary to service my clients?

As you check off the items that are deemed absolutely necessary and/or productive to your business, take a hard look at some items that may no longer be efficient or continued in the budget more out of habit than necessity.

Now go forward into 2016 with a leaner, more organized and efficient budget and make your business work for you!
Cara Lee

Only VA Job Reserved Specifically For Vets: Janitor

Only VA Job Reserved Specifically For Vets: Janitor

Submitted by Guest Blogger and SWVCC Member Michael Duarte

Virtually the only jobs explicitly reserved for veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs are toilet-cleaning “housekeeping aides,” a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis of data from USAjobs.gov found.

Filling the janitorial jobs with veterans helps the VA meet its hiring goals without intruding on a lucrative union giveaway that favors current government employees over everyone else for the majority of open positions.

The VA is currently advertising for 3,000 positions, some seeking multiple people each. Only about 50 job ads, seeking an estimated few hundred workers, are accepting applications exclusively from veterans. And of those, all but a handful would have a returning hero trade a rifle for a mop and $13 an hour. At the same time, more than a thousand vacancies, many with no highly specialized skills required, were being advertised as open only to current civil servants.

Seventeen percent of job ads said they were open to current employees and to veterans under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), which allows vets to apply for positions that otherwise are available only to current employees.

But, as TheDCNF reported Thursday, what job-seeking veterans don’t know is that a clause in VA’s collective bargaining agreement with the American Federation of Government Employees requires the agency to give “first and full consideration” to current federal employees before hiring veterans.

Veterans said the limiting of so many jobs to current federal civil servants shows that the VA has become a self-perpetuating, union-backed jobs program for career bureaucrats. They contend managers support the status quo because they fear employees who are vets are less likely to quietly go along with sloppy practices and more likely to turn whistleblower when they witness conduct detrimental to their brothers in arms.

Article comes from the “The Daily Caller.”

Join us for our Feb 23 meeting with the PV Chapter we have Guest Speaker and SWVCC Member Christine Gannon

CHRISTINE GANNON BIO w photo FEB 2016 SPEAKERChristine Gannon
Economic Liaison, Phoenix
Veterans Economic Communities Initiative
Christine Gannon represents the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as the Economic Liaison for the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative in Phoenix. In this position she is responsible to work in the community to equip employers with resources and tools that will help them successfully hire and retain Veterans. In addition, she will engage with community partners and policy experts to find ways to overcome education and career challenges that Veterans and their families face. In the community she will amplify the meaningful work that transpires across numerous local organizations in the public and private sector that serve Veterans.
Christine has a successful background in business development, corporate communications, community outreach, marketing and finance, in addition to her own consulting agency for many years after spending a majority of her career in Fortune 100 companies such as JP Morgan Chase, American Express and IBM. There she served in numerous executive leadership positions providing strategic guidance and governance domestically and internationally to include IT Service Transformation, Global and Local Business Development, Quality and Process Improvement, Six, Sigma/LEAN, Retail Banking and Marketing.
With a strong reverence for the military, she honors her father Michael, retired Army, along with her two brothers, John retired Coast Guard and Mark retired Navy. With a heart for veterans, she works with several organizations locally that strive to improve the lives of veterans and their families in the community.
Christine holds degrees and executive certifications in Business Administration, Management, Consulting/Coaching, Lean/Six Sigma, Program/Project Management and Organizational Behavior from the University of Phoenix, Stanford, IBM, and Ohio State University.

SWVCC Member Angela Cody-Rouget, owner of Major Mom, hopes to cash in on ABC Shark Tank

Home Phoenix entrepreneur Angela CodyRouget, owner of Major Mom, hopes to cash in on ABC Shark Tank

February 5, 2016
The Arizona Republic
Lauren Michaels

On the ABC show “Shark Tank,” entrepreneurs face their fears by jumping into the shark tank – or an antagonizing room – hoping to persuade one of the five investors to become a partner to grow their business.

Most of the contestants aren’t so lucky, and the “sharks” often shred the entrepreneurs to pieces verbally and leave them without a deal. But that didn’t stop a Valley entrepreneur from going on the show.

The opportunity outweighed the fear.

Angela Cody-Rouget, who has made a business out of helping families get organized, will appear on the show Friday to pitch Major Mom. While many people see spring cleaning as a chore, the mother of two sees it as a career.

“My husband said, ‘You know what? You’re really organized and you like doing it for everyone we know, why don’t you do it for a living?’” Cody-Rouget said.

The Phoenix resident helps her customers sort through their personal items, deciding what to sell, donate and keep. But she developed her talents as a leader in the military.

Cody-Rouget served as a major in the U.S. Air Force and completed 16 years of service. At the beginning of the Great Recession in late 2006, Cody-Rouget found herself needing a job. That’s when she created Major Mom.

She never imagined 10 years later, her company would get national recognition on Shark Tank.

“Shark Tank seemed like an amazing opportunity to get my brand out there,” Cody-Rouget said. “That may have taken me the next 10-20 years to do.”

If she snags a shark, she said she wants to franchise Major Mom and create opportunities for other women.

One of Cody-Rouget’s 18 employees, Hansa Bove, who has worked with the company for 18 months, said she hopes she can take part in the franchise plan as well.

“It would be nice, you know?” Bove said. “Be my own boss and run a company where I can grow.”

So far, Cody-Rouget has helped more than 300 families get organized this past year, she said. She said she hopes those numbers and future plans will be enough to intrigue an investor.

At the end of the day, Cody-Rouget said Major Mom will get a boost, no matter what happens on the show.

Shark Tank has invested more than $66 million in small businesses in its six seasons. Cody-Rouget could not talk about her outcome in Friday’s taped episode, and whether she’s included in that number.

However, she did say the whole experience of being on the show was nerve wracking.

“It was so scary,” Cody-Rouget said. “Going in front of the sharks for an hour and a half and being bombarded with questions, not knowing when it was going to stop.”

She also said she practiced her pitch for 70 hours before going in front of the sharks.

Major Mom will appear on Shark Tank at 8 p.m. Friday.

Additional Reading: The Arizona Republic 

Article via http://www.arizonaeconomicnews.com/article/phoenix-entrepreneur-angela-cody-rouget-owner-of-major-mom-hopes-to-cash-in-on-abc-shark-tank