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Need help in your job search? May 29, 2009

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Michael D. Hayes, owner of Momentum Specialized Staffing in Phoenix

Michael D. Hayes, owner of Momentum Specialized Staffing in Phoenix

Need Help in Your Job Search? Head to Boot Camp!

Local staffing service offers help for job seekers

Despite a decrease in the unemployment rate in April for Arizona, economists predict that more layoffs are still in the future. More job applicants equal more competition for the few positions available. Momentum Specialized Staffing is helping applicants hone their job search skills with a Job Search Boot Camp.

“Our trained staff will review your resume, video tape a mock interview and coach you on how to improve your interview style,” said Michael Hayes, owner of Momentum Specialized Staffing. “With more than 108,000 people looking for work in Arizona, having the edge is important.”

Also included in the session is:

  • Dos and don’ts of interviewing
  • Knowing how to understand what job goals are realistic based on your experience and education level?
  • How to properly answer interview questions
  • Binder with resources to reference along with their personal critique sheets

The cost is $125. For a limited time. For more information, call (602) 477-8193 or email

Michael D. Hayes is owner of Momentum Specialized Staffing in Phoenix. Mike is a member of the Executives’ Association of Greater Phoenix (EAGP), 100 Club of Arizona, Men’s Art Council, and The Arizona Trucking Association. He provides practical, real world advice on his blog, You can learn more at For more information, call 602-477-8193 or email


Famous Dave’s BBQ Stimulus Package – Free Lunch for Northwest Valley

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Look for a Famous Dave's Catering Truck on June 2!

Look for a Famous Dave's Catering Truck on June 2!

WHO: Famous Dave’s Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que in Peoria

WHAT: Five of their Famous Dave’s Catering Trucks will be blasting through various busy areas of Peoria, Glendale and Surprise on Tuesday, June 2nd with free lunch for hard-working folks. If you see a Famous Dave’s Catering truck and flag them down, you’ll get a free bbq sandwich, coupon for free wings, and a bottle of their award-winning Rich n’ Sassy BBQ sauce.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 2nd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Keep on the lookout and listen for bullhorns or should we say “Pighorns”

WHY: Because everyone deserves a free lunch once in a while, and Famous Dave’s wants to show some west side love to our “saucesome” neighbors in Peoria, Glendale and Surprise.

For more information on Famous Dave’s in the Valley, go to:

*please note this event does not apply in restaurant.*


WordPress, PR/Marketing and Social Media Workshops this June May 26, 2009

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sociallyacceptablelogoHands on WordPress Workshop, Build Your Website or Blog in a Day
Saturday, June 13, 2009 / 9am-4pm
Gangplank HQ
325 E Elliot Rd
Chandler, AZ 85225

What’s the point of a website if you can’t update it, when the name of the game today is constantly providing fresh content to users? Everyone is blogging- how do you get one of those? The beauty of WordPress is that it allows you to quickly mount a functional, professional website or blog that you’ll be able to easily maintain and control yourself.

Learn the different between posts and pages, what a plugin is and how to get them, how to install and change themes, and how to moderate blogs.
We’ll start from scratch and mount a wordpress website of your own by the end of the day for you to experiment with, or turn into your own online brand. This is a beginners class, but a sense of comfort with the internet and your own computer will be helpful. Attendees may follow along, or actively participate with your wifi enabled laptop.

$99 for small business
$49 for non-profit 501c3

To sign up or for more info:

STARTUP right. PR, Marketing & Social Media for your New Biz
Sunday, June 14, 2009 / 9am-4pm
Gangplank HQ
325 E Elliot Rd
Chandler, AZ 85225

Thinking about a new business? Opened the doors but no one is walking through them? Are you a victim of “the new economy” and considering working for yourself?
Don’t make the same mistakes so many new businesses make- save yourself money, time and heartache by knowing how to leverage PR, Marketing and Social Media for your new business.

Sometimes the most important part of marketing is knowing what NOT to do. Learn “Top Ten Marketing Mistakes Startups Make” so you can avoid the roadbumps.
You’ll need to let people know about your new business- how do the companies featured on the news get there? For the basics of PR and how to deal with the media, you can learn how to target the right reporter and pitch the right story to gain free exposure through the media with this step by step tutorial.

You keep hearing about Twitter and Facebook, but you’re not sure how to actually use it for your own business. Is it worth the time? What if my customers aren’t on social media? Learn the answers and how to leverage these tools to engage customers and monitor your brand online.

Even if you’ve got a budget to hire a publicist, and marketing department, arm yourself with these valuable knowledge tools so you know who to hire, can be an active participant in the process, and when you’re being taken for a ride.

$99 for small business
$49 for non-profit 501c3

To sign up or for more info:

Hands-on Twitter, Facebook and Linked in Workshop
Monday, June 15, 2009 / 9am-12noon
Jobing Main Offices
4747 N 22nd Street Suite #100
Phoenix, Arizona

Social media. Everyone is telling you to follow them on twitter, from your newscaster to your hairdresser. Your daughter is concerned you’ll show up on her facebook account, and you keep getting emails to LinkedIn, but can’t figure out why people love it. You’d love to send photos online! What’s the hype, and doesn’t this all take a lot of time? Every day, people are telling you why you and your company SHOULD be using social media, but no one is telling you HOW to use it.

Bring your wifi enabled laptop, sit back and get ready to be shocked at how easy it is to dip into Social Media. We’ll take you through how to set up an account, to how to use it and what neat tools each technology has.

We’ll walk through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Flickr, all in one day. Step by step, at a very quick but fun pace. This is a beginner to intermediate class, but requires you have a wifi enabled laptop (you can follow along without one, but will be at a disadvantage) and are comfortable with your computer and the internet.

$79 for small business
$34 for non-profit 501c3

To sign up or for more info:

PR, Marketing and Social Media Bootcamp for Non Profits
Monday, June 15, 2009 / 9am-4pm
Jobing Main Offices
4747 N 22nd Street Suite #100
Phoenix, Arizona

Often non-profit organizations get so tied up in their events and their programs, that marketing principles are broken. These marketing principles are simple to fix and crucial to the long-term success of your organization. Make sure your organization gets a clean bull of health by seeing if you violate “The Top 10 Slaughtered Marketing Rules at Non-Profits”.

Non profits struggle to keep up with the competition, not sure where to go next in their marketing efforts. They see others on television or featured in the local publications wondering “How did they do that?” For the basics of PR and how to deal with the media, you can learn how to target the right reporter and pitch the right story to gain free exposure through the media with this step by step tutorial.

Social Media is a big buzzword, but still confusing to so many business owners and non-profits. How do you leverage these tools to engage customers and monitor your brand online? Once you have an audience, how do you measure the impact you’ve had? Learn how to ensure you’re participating in the conversation about your organization online

By the end of the day, you’ll have a slew of new tools in your arsenal to ensure your non profit is being heard loud and clear, raising donations, volunteers, public education and client awareness.

$99 for small business
$49 for non-profit 501c3

To sign up or for more info:


MADCAP Theaters to Bring Music Back to Mill Avenue May 22, 2009

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madcap_logoAsk any Arizona resident what they know about Tempe and they will undoubtedly mention Arizona State University, Mill Avenue and the idea that Tempe is the local hot-spot for cutting-edge music, arts and entertainment. Thanks to a recent partnership between Downtown Tempe Community, Inc. (DTC) and Centerpoint on Mill, this reputation will remain intact for many years to come.

DTC, a private, non-profit organization that works in conjunction with the City of Tempe to increase awareness of the cultural, lifestyle and commerce experience in the Mill Avenue District, has partnered together to develop the Mill Avenue District Community Arts Project also known as MADCAP. Located at 730 S. Mill Avenue, MADCAP will provide a creative way to use the abandoned movie theater space to re-establish Mill Avenue as a destination for live entertainment and cultural activity.

“Many people have asked what happened to the music scene on Mill Avenue,” said Nancy Hormann, DTC President and Executive Director. “This area has a rich history of supporting contemporary music and other performance arts. Residents and business owners alike have been looking for an affordable way to bring back these types of entertainment events, we feel MADCAP theaters is a perfect solution for this situation. Long-term MADCAP will not only bring music back to Mill, but will also bring new economic growth to the area as well.”

DTC is working on a simple renovation of the empty theaters by converting them into raw alternative performance spaces. Each space will then be used to host a variety of performances and activities including; live music, comedy and dance performances, theatre productions as well as lectures, film screenings and corporate meetings.

“This space provides a unique opportunity for performers and companies,” said Hormann. “The movie theaters were a great set-up, with each space having fantastic acoustics, it allows the building to have a variety of acts and events going on simultaneously without interrupting each other.”

Hormann added that MADCAP theaters would help assure that local musicians and artists had an affordable space to express themselves while helping Tempe continue to build its standing as an art-friendly community.

The location of the MADCAP theaters will also be beneficial for meeting planners and promoters as Mill is easy to get to whether walking or driving, there is ample parking and there are a plethora of diverse restaurants and bars in the area. Additionally the costs to rent out the theater spaces will still be significantly less expensive than most larger facilities in the area. “By day, corporations and businesses can have speaking engagements and meetings here and at night, it’s a place for live music, dance performances and comedy acts,” said Hormann.
Scheduled to open in early June, MADCAP is currently looking for volunteers and donations to help with the restoration process. For more information, go here.


Casaundra Brown
Director, Marketing & Communications -Downtown Tempe Community, Inc.
(480) 355-6068

Nancy Hormann
President & Executive Director -Downtown Tempe Community, Inc.



Filed under: H.O.P.E EXPO — themediapush @ 3:21 pm
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2332074506_af08c6ea3b(Mesa, AZ) Support local small businesses at the 2nd H.O.P.E Expo “Helping Other People Excel” on Saturday, June 27th and Sunday, June 28th at the new and improved Power Square Mall in Mesa. A variety of small business owners will be displaying and selling their products at this weekend event. This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to network and possibly do business with others and for the public to shop and support products sold by members of their community.

Kim Carter, the mastermind behind the H.O.P.E Expo is a Mesa businesswoman who went from being laid off to now making a million dollars a year in revenue working on her own businesses online. “I believe small businesses are the backbone of our community and wanted to bring an affordable opportunity to others like me to share, sell and network with others,” said Kim. “Power Square Mall was the perfect location to host this shopping event because it is a going through its own revival with new owners and look and had plenty of space for vendors to show off their products.”

If you are a small or home-based business and would to participate, tables are for sale starting at only $100. Contact Kim Carter to secure you space at or call (480) 650-6110.

Along with the weekend shopping event that is free and open to the public, vendors will have an added opportunity to network with other business owners and local Meet Up groups for free from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26th at the mall. Details will be sent after vendor table orders have been set up.

COST: Event is free to the public. A donation of a canned food or non-perishable food item for Mesa based “A New Leaf Foundation” is appreciated.

Hours of event for shoppers:
Saturday, June 27th hours: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, June 28th hours: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
For more info:

H.O.P.E “Helping Other People Excel” Expo
Saturday, June 27th hours: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, June 28th hours: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Power Square Mall
(Power Road & Baseline Road)
Mesa, AZ 85209

Vendor Cost: $100 per table.

If you have any questions please contact:

Kim Carter
(480) 650-6110


Clive Cussler and Jana Bommersbach to speak at Literary Feast on June 4th May 14, 2009

RFBD C Logo®GIFJune 4 — Literary Feast to benefit the Arizona Unit of Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic  

Internationally known and best-selling author, Clive Cussler and Arizona author and journalist, Jana Bommersbach (whose latest book “Bones in the Desert” chronicles the murder of the mother of one of our honorary Board members, Terri Bowersock) will speak at a Literary Feast Fundraising Luncheon on Thursday, June 4th at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. The Literary Feast is an event to help raise friends and funds for the Arizona Unit of Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. Sponsorships are available.  

Date: Thursday, June 4th

Time: Registration at 11am

11:30am-1:30pm Authors speak and Lunch


Where: Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

Grand Ballroom

2400 E. Missouri

Phoenix, AZ 85016


Ticket price: $100, includes lunch and valet parking


Contact Sandy Dominick at 602-443-0155 or email for seating info or sponsorship opportunities.  

For more info on RFBD, go to:


Two NARPRO shops win BBB 2009 Ethic Awards May 1, 2009

Howard Fleischmann of Community Tire, Charlotte Risch of The Media Push and Nadine Grobmeier of Airpark Auto Service

Howard Fleischmann of Community Tire, Charlotte Risch of The Media Push and Nadine Grobmeier of Airpark Auto Service

Two quality auto repair shops that are a part of the NARPRO network were honored with a Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Central, Northern and Western Arizona 2009 Ethics Award last night at ceremonies at the Arizona Biltmore.

Nadine Grobmeier, owner of Airpark Auto Service and Howard Fleischmann, owner of Community Tire and Auto Service Specialists were winners in their categories. Both owners go above and beyond to provide the most ethical, quality service to their customers, while also staying very involved in local community events and causes.

What is a Business Ethics Award?
BBB’s Board of Directors and its Foundation have established the BBB Business Ethics Awards to recognize those firms whose business practices and related activities exemplify the BBB’s mission and principles, and to ensure that our marketplace remains fair and honorable.
These awards consist of an annual program to gain public recognition for businesses that maintain a solid commitment to conducting their business practices in an ethical fashion. Companies of different sizes are selected by an independent panel of volunteer community leaders based on criteria established by the Council of Better Business Bureau International Torch Award.

NARPRO only recommends independent, family-owned, full-service auto repair shops that have passed 26 rigorous tests of their certifications, customer service, performance, facilities management and auto repair standards record of service to the community. Drivers may visit to find recommended shops near their work or home. Or they may simply call (602) 257-0033 and talk to someone who will connect them to find a top-quality shop in their neighborhood. Either way, NARPRO is the easiest way to find an honest mechanic