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COO of Science Foundation Arizona to address women in business
8/4/2012 10:00:00 PM
By David Maurer
Margaret Mullen, chief operating officer of Science Foundation Arizona in Phoenix, will be the keynote speaker at the chamber's Aug. 8 Women in Business luncheon sponsored by APS and Walmart. The lunch program will take place at the Hassayampa Inn's Marina Room from noon to 1:15 pm. Reservations must be made no later than tomorrow, Monday, Aug. 6, and can be made on-line through the chamber's website (www.prescott.org) or by calling the Chamber, 445-2000. The cost to attend is $20 per person for chamber members and $30 for non-members. Although this is a Women in Business luncheon, men are welcome as well.
Science Foundation Arizona was established approximately six years ago to provide grants for high-tech companies to locate and grow in Arizona. A recent report that addressed the impact that Science Foundation Arizona has had so far showed that $68 million has been invested in research and development, 22 companies have been formed, creating 1,776 jobs in the past five years. The overall economic impact was pegged at $592 million.
Mullen joined Science Foundation Arizona to handle the start-up of the organization, coming from a stint as vice president of bioscience for Greater Phoenix Leadership, but really made her mark in Phoenix as the founding CEO of the Downtown Phoenix Partnership. During her tenure, downtown Phoenix was transformed with projects such as Chase Field, US Airways Center, the Orpheum Theatre, Arizona Science Center and the Phoenix Museum of History. She has received numerous recognitions for her work including her most recent honor this past March when the Arizona Centennial Legacy Project selected her as one of the state's 48 most intriguing women.
Prescott a Top Ten City for Business
Small cities are being valued more for their business climate these days and Prescott ranks high. Jack Shultz, author of "Boomtown, USA," recently announced his best small towns for business and Prescott is in the top 10. Schultz cites the changes in technology as the reason that business owners can now live anywhere they want and work whenever they want. As a result, many urbanites have moved to smaller towns like Prescott.
Schultz's top 10 small towns for business, ranked alphabetically, include: Bend, Ore.; Columbus, Ind.; Columbus, Miss.; Keene, N.H.; Moorseville, N.C.; Oxford, Miss.,; Ponca City, Okla.; Prescott, Ariz.; St. George, Utah; and Tupelo, Miss.
Christmas and New Year's Events Seek Funding
Something old and something new need your support! The 58th annual Courthouse Lighting for Christmas is made possible each year by public and private sector donations. Some of the first lights go up in late August and early September, so it's not too early to make a donation to help support this year's lights. All donations should be made payable to the Prescott Chamber Foundation and sent to the Chamber at 117 W. Goodwin St., Prescott, AZ 86303.
The Prescott Chamber is also joining forces this year with other supporters for the second annual New Year's Eve Boot Drop on
. Thousands of people attended last year's inaugural event, as a large, lighted cowboy boot was lowered from the roof of the Palace building to signify the start of the new year at midnight (and an "East Coast" preview at 10 pm.) Sponsorship opportunities are available for this special event as well. Call me for more information about either event.
Welcome New Members
The Prescott Chamber is pleased to welcome the following new members: Aero-Allergen Research; Ben's Fine Art Gallery; Prescott Creeks; Jeff Hall Consulting; Dorn Homes Northern AZ; Jeri Smith-Fornara; Elect Rowle P. Simmons; Karen (Fann) 2012; Lucy Mason for Supervisor; Freedom Pro Baseball League; Dolce Skin Care; Nature's Renewable Power LLC; and Safe Harbor LLC Vacation Rental.
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