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Things A Woman Should Know About Beauty July 22, 2009

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Acai Berry Moisturizer Soft as a Baby’s …

If you want to look good, take care of your skin. Simple as that. Start as young as you can and keep it up. There is only so much that cosmetic camouflage can conceal and if you don’t know your AHAs from your antioxidants, here’s a chance to learn the basics of skin care.

Meet Lisa VanBockern, the founder of Valley-based business Skin Script, and hear an in-depth discussion on Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), antioxidants, moisturizers, and SPFs to help you choose the appropriate ingredients for your skin care.

Cost: FREE

  • August 1, 2009 9-10 am

Derma Health Institute – Paradise Valley

10214 N. Tatum Blvd , Ste. B-300
Phoenix, AZ  85028
RSVP – Phone: 480-991-7900

  • August 27, 2009 6-7 pm

Derma Health Institute – Mesa

4140 E. Baseline Rd., #110
Mesa, AZ 85206

RSVP – Phone: 480-539-0777


How is your AC running in these hot temps? Advice from Donley July 17, 2009

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Jim and Mike Donley. Family owned business in Phoenix, AZ

Jim and Mike Donley. Family owned business in Phoenix, AZ

Mike Donley of Donley Service Centers, a former BBB Ethics Award winner with a current A+ rating has this to say about the current AC issues of homeowners:

Lots of people are concerned about how long their a/c is running during these hot summer days.

According to Mike Donley, of Donley Service Centers “Anytime the temps are 110+ the systems are maxed out and have a hard time cooling the home. The number one thing to remember all the time, and especially in the summer is to change your filter each month. A regular maintenance check up should have been done in the spring to ensure no major issues will happen in the summer.”

For now, homeowners should follow these tips.

Keep the thermostat at a reasonable temperature of 78 or warmer, don’t mess with it. If you can program it, that’s even better. This will save you money in the long run on your electric bill.

Also, make sure the area around the outside unit is clear (nothing leaning up against the unit such as garbage, shrubs, etc.). Keep doors and windows and shades closed as much as possible. If you have a pet that uses a dog door, make sure its got a good flap/seal on it. Limit using your oven to cook and also limit the amount of times the kids keep running back and forth in and outside to the yard. Another tip you may not be aware of is if the humidity goes up, don’t leave the indoor fan/blower on, and switch it to the auto position on the thermostat.

What to do before you call the repairman if the AC isn’t working:
If your a/c is not working (dead, won’t come on)

1. Make sure the temperature is set low enough (below the temperature of the room) to bring the unit on.
2. Try changing the fan switch from “auto” to “on”

a. if the fan comes on you will know there is power to the unit

b. if the fan doesn’t come on you probably have a power problem

3. If no power is going to the unit check the circuit breaker in your electrical panel

a. You can reset the breaker and see if power is restored

4. If no power after checking breaker

a. Most units have a fused disconnect at the unit. The fuses can be pulled out and tested at some local hardware stores.

If your a/c is running and blowing warm air
1. Check the air filter and make sure it is clean
2. Turn unit off and call Donley Service at (602) 870-6840

About Donley Service Centers:

Donley Service Center has been serving the valley with Honest, Committed, and Caring service since 1976. Over the years Donley Service Center has evolved by adding more services while maintaining it’s excellent reputation for providing quality repairs and installations in a customer oriented environment. Today, Jim along with company president Mike Donley, lead Donley Service Center in providing both residential and commercial customers award winning service for air conditioning, heating, plumbing, water systems, and solar hot water.


AZ’s FINEST Couples Chosen for 2009 July 16, 2009

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(My husband and I were honored to be a part of this last year…and even won Top Couple for our fundraising efforts.  Great organization to support! CF is a crappy disease and I hope a cure will be found soon.)

top_CFFlogoAZ’s FINEST Couples Chosen for 2009

After an exhaustive search across the Valley, ten couples have been chosen to participate in the 2009 AZ’s FINEST Couples program from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The couples chosen are:

Joseph Christ and Lisa-Bailey Christ

Tom and Andrea Evans

Luke and Najla Kayyem

Adam and Mindy Lang

Jay and Stefanie Layton

Ryan and Carrie Lehrman

William and Kim Magyar

Kelly and Cindy Mero

Gregory and Johanne Rossi

Ryan and Michelle Schultz

The AZ’s FINEST Couples program is designed to spotlight Arizona’s most influential trendsetters, honoring their professional and charitable accomplishments. Each couple was nominated by a member of their community, completed an application and then underwent an interview process. These nine couples best exemplify philanthropic qualities and overall, have excelled in the community.

Last year’s Couples raised over $60,000 for the Foundation through the AZ’S FINEST Couples event. As part of the honor, each couple has agreed to raise more than $5,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Couple who raises the most dollars during the Campaign will receive the “Top Fundraiser Award”.

The couples will be honored at a dinner on November 6th, 2009 at the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Phoenix.
For additional information on the couples, please contact Jennifer Robertson at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 602-224-0068 or


B&B event at Derma Health Institute July 25

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before_afterEnjoy a B&B (Breakfast and Botox) Event in July at Derma Health Institute

(Phoenix, AZ) – Even in a down economy, women want to look their best. Take a vacation from wrinkles and attend Derma Health Institute’s one-day only B&B (Breakfast & Botox®) event at all four Valley locations. The event will take place on Saturday, July 25th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Locations can be found at

Botox will be only $6.95/unit (after $50 rebate) for up to 25 units for this special one day event. Also, the first ten people who show up to Breakfast and Botox® will receive ten free units of Botox(worth $120 at regular retail price). Customers interested in both Botox & Juvederm will receive up to $200 in rebates that day under a Duet program offered by Allergan. That makes the net price for Juvederm on that day only $309. A typical price for Juvederm in the valley is between $500 to $600 per syringe. Under the Duet rebates, customers can also receive another $100 in rebates from Allergen within six months just for giving them an email address for a reminder of their next appointment. Plus, there will be hourly drawings at the event for free services.

Breakfast muffins, pastries, flavored coffees, orange juice and mimosas will be served. Bathing suits will be on display from Tempe’s “What Women Want” boutique.

Trish Gulbranson, Derma Health Institute owner spoke about the sales increase at Derma Health Institute due to the rise in requests for non-invasive procedures like Botox and fillers. “Tough economic times have caused a decline in plastic surgery revenues; however, our figures show patients are visiting Derma Health Institute for things like Botox 2.9 times a year which is more than twice the national average of 1.3 times annually. Our revenue has increased 71% for these types of procedures over the past year. Revenue is also up due to fractional CO2 laser resurfacing.”
All of the employees at Derma Health Institute are trained, licensed and certified medical and aesthetic professionals. In 2008 Derma Health Institute was honored as a Diamond Level provider of Botox® and Juvederm™ by Allergen, the company that produces the products, and was recognized as one of the largest providers of these procedures in the state of Arizona.

Derma Health Institut
e offers services such as laser hair removal, microdermabrasion and laser wrinkle and acne scar reduction. Popular new services include the hcg Ultimate Fat Burning Diet and Vela Shape body contouring. Derma Health Institute always provides customers with free consultations to determine their skin needs.
For more information or to schedule your appointment at the new Derma Health Institute, call (480) 539-0777 Mesa/Gilbert, (480) 730-9000 Chandler/Tempe, (888) 359-5448 Ahwatukee/Phoenix or (866) 414-8434 Paradise Valley/Scottsdale. You may also visit


AYSA Workshops for August Announced July 2, 2009

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We are at it again with a line-up of great workshops to help your business or non-profit stand out among the others. Are You Socially Acceptable Workshops are interactive, informative and affordable.

· Hands on Intermediate WordPress Workshop – Thursday, August 27, 2009 / 6pm-9pm

Gangplank HQ
325 E Elliot Rd
Chandler, AZ 85225

Members of our WordPress Workshop have learned to install WP, personalize and theme it, and load and manipulate content. Now that you’ve had time to build your own site, lets take it to the next level with some intermediate techniques.
Learn to use plugins to manipulate menus, bring in social media, boost your RSS feed, and add graphics. Learn how to manage image galleries online, add video, and even boost the SEO of your blog. We’ll cover managing users and subscribers of your site as well as how to write blog posts that sell.
This is an intermediate class open only to those who have previously taken WordPress Workshop. 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.

$79 for small business
$39 for non-profit 501c3
To sign up or for more info:

· Let the World Know – PR, Marketing & Social Media for your Product – Saturday, August 29, 2009 / 9am-4pm

Gangplank HQ
325 E Elliot Rd
Chandler, AZ 85225

Don’t make the same mistakes so many organizations make- save yourself money, time and heartache by knowing how to leverage PR, Marketing and Social Media for your new business. 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.

$79 for small business
$39 for non-profit 501c3
To sign up or for more info:

· Hands-on Social Media Seminar – Sunday, August 30, 2009/ 9am-4pm

Gangplank HQ
325 E Elliot Rd
Chandler, AZ 85225

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, Flickr, and Youtube 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.

$99 for small business
$49 for non-profit 501c3
To sign up or for more info:

· Making Events Happen for Non-Profits- Monday, August 31, 2009 / 9am-12pm

Gateway Community College
room MA1100N
108 N. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Does the idea of planning your organizations next event make you sigh? Does it do the same for your org’s attendees? Maybe your org is planning an event for the first time? Have your past efforts cost, not gained your org donations? Planning an event is an overwhelming job for anyone, but the responsibilities and liabilities that it presents non profits are particularly challenging. Learn how to make your event successful from a technical aspect, including how to plan a theme, to how to budget reasonably, where to spend money, how to gain RSVPs, how to manage volunteers and how handle day of event management. Learn how to solicit donations, including how to craft “ask letters” and how to find people in organizations to solicit. Then learn how to promote and brand the event, from social media like twitter and facebook to online, inexpensive services for printing. Use online management tools to garner more attendees, and solicit after the event donations through promotional items. Attendees will leave the event with a great handle on how to make that next event happen! While ideal for non profits, businesses can benefit from this primer as well.

$79 for small business
$39 for non-profit 501c3
To sign up or for more info:

· Email Marketing that Works – Monday, August 31, 2009 / 1pm-4pm

Gateway Community College
room MA1100N
108 N. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Raise your hand if you or your company:
-sends email newsletters from your email or outlook
-puts more than one email address into the to,cc or bcc field
-attach photos to newsletters
-have no idea who reads your emails
-send more than one email newsletter a week
-send emails that never look right when opened

Guilty of one of these email marketing sins that send your great ideas to the spam folder, put you at risk of violating the law, or just plain don’t communicate your message? Email marketing has been made easy for even those with no HTML knowledge whatsoever. Using exceptionally low cost online accessible tools we can craft effective and well designed emails that appear correctly everywhere. First, learn the “5″ W’s of Email Marketing: Who you should send them to, When you should send them, from Where, Why you should send them, and What they should say. Next, learn how to set up an account, create an email both in dynamic html and text. Next, learn how to track and use the data that the email program gives you to get your message across even better. Attendees will learn where to find resources for creating dynamic email marketing pieces, as well as guidelines for what they should be saying. Attendees will leave the event with a great handle on how to make that next event happen! While ideal for non profits, businesses can benefit from this primer as well.

$79 for small business
$39 for non-profit 501c3
To sign up or for more info:

· Hands-on Elevator Speech- 60 Seconds to Sell – Monday, August 31, 2009 / 9am-12pm

Gateway Community College
room MA1100N
108 N. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
2 guys step onto an elevator, and one guy says to the other……It’s not a joke- you never get a second chance to make a first impression, and when you’ve got something to sell, whether it’s an idea, a product or a cause-you’ve got to be ready to tell someone your story before you get to the 5th floor. What’s the story of your business? What’s the point of your goal? What is your personality and passion? Learn how to craft a definitive “elevator speech” that tell a story that won’t put your listeners to sleep. Then practice pitching it and hear a critique. Attendees will leave the event with a practiced pitch and advice on how to take that pitch to the right audience.

$79 for small business
$39 for non-profit 501c3
To sign up or for more info: