As part of National Entrepreneurship Week, Glendale Community College conducted an Innovation Summit on campus at 6000 W. Olive Ave.
The event, led by Dr. Gabriela Cojanu, faculty member of the GCC Business and Information Technology Department, provided education, training and a pitch competition with cash awards totaling $5,000 donated by Credit Union West. The Innovation Challenge pitch competition was open to GCC students only, however community members were invited to the various seminars to listen to panels and guest speakers.
The winners of the GCC Innovation Summit live pitch competition include: in first place, Mary Elizabeth Gilbertson, Tailored Tutoring, awarded $2,500; in second place, Jason Higgins, Jupiter Wings Buffalo Sauce, awarded $1,500; in third place, Kristin Kauder and Alyssa Ray, Whiskers Pantry & Care, awarded $1,000.
Judges for the live pitch competition were Credit Union West CFO Pamela Chan; Glendale Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Robert Heidt; Grand Canyon University New Business Development Center associate director Roxanne Segura; Maricopa SBDC Assistance Center director Jeff Swenson; and Easy Voice CEO Ron Babich.
The kick-off for this event was the Innovative Challenge Workshop.
“This two-day event was free and open to anyone who wanted the opportunity to learn how to compete in a pitch competition and bring their innovative ideas to light.” Ms. Cojanu stated in a college news release. “For participants of this workshop, a recording session was held providing an opportunity to make a short video explaining their ideas and how they would use the prize money if awarded. These videos were judged, and the top seven GCC student finalists were invited to give a live pitch at the Innovation Summit.”
The Innovation Summit featured keynote speakers, informational sessions and activities, dinner donated by Grand Canyon University, and culminated with the live pitch competition. The keynote speaker for the event was Kimber Lanning, founder of Local First AZ. She was followed by faculty Diane Sandborn, David Boninger, Fernando Romero and Peter Lupu, who gave inspirational, short presentations; entrepreneurship workshops conducted by Credit Union West community relations specialist Evan Norris; Mr. Babich; and Paradise Valley Community College professor and director of the Entrepreneurship Center Kishore Dash.
Also on the agenda was a Small Business Owner Panel, where participants asked questions of fellow entrepreneurs. The panel was made up of Keep It Cut owner Jacob Meltzer; Fit for Business owner Natalee Sticht; Purple Gurl’s Popcorn owner Kimberly Horton; Novie owner Carlos Velasco; White Tie Production owner Ross Snyder; and Mr. Babich.
Glendale, AZ, (February 24, 2020) – Glendale Mayor Jerry P. Weiers will once again lead hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts in the Mayor’s Big Dog Run on Saturday, February 29, 2020. This years’ event is held in partnership with the Glendale Chamber of Commerce’s Military & Veterans Affairs Committee, Sanderson Ford, State Farm Stadium, Phoenix Raceway, Luke Air Force Base, Swire Coca-Cola, Westgate Entertainment District, Maricopa Ambulance, Arizona Motorcycle Towing, Shane’s Rib Shack, Arizona Organix, Dutch Bros. and Freddy’s. Proceeds from the event provides veterans scholarships through the Veteran Services Center at Glendale Community College.
“Every other year we host this ride and it only continues to get better. There’s no other motorcycle ride like this in the Valley with an opportunity to ride through these amazing venues,” said Glendale Mayor Jerry P. Weiers. “This year we have a record-breaking number of participants with over 1000 already registered. Each time we hold this event it gets better and it’s always an honor to help our veterans.”
This year’s ride begins at Glendale Municipal, (6801 N Glen Harbor Blvd.) with check-in and registration beginning at 8 a.m. At check-in, registered participants can enjoy Dutch Bros. coffee and Freddy’s breakfast bagels and the opportunity to buy an event t-shirt and patch. Kickstands go up promptly at 10 a.m. From there, riders will make their way to Phoenix Raceway (formerly ISM Raceway) where they will enter the raceway and complete a lap before heading to Luke Air Force Base. Once at Luke Air Force base, riders will enjoy a ride up and down a runway and then head to State Farm Stadium for a lap around the inside of the stadium. Finally, riders will go over to Westgate’s Fountains Plaza to park in front of Glendale’s own Gila River Arena and enjoy Shane’s Rib Shack BBQ lunch and a cold beverage provided by Swire Coca-Cola.
In addition to experiencing the ride, the first one thousand participants will receive an official event challenge coin.
The cost of the ride is currently $40 per person, and participants can pre-register at www.MayorsBigDogRun.com through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, February 27 or pay cash the day of the event.
“All of us at Glendale Community College express our deep gratitude for the generosity of Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and all of the participants of the Mayor’s Big Dog Run. The GCC Veteran Services Center is a vital part of our campus community and your support will benefit those who have bravely served all of us and our country,” said Teresa Leyba Ruiz, Ed.D. President of Glendale Community College.
A similar ride was held in 2018 and attracted more than 300 motorcycle riders, and the 2016 ride had almost 500. The event is a “poker-style” run (not escorted), and a suggested route will be provided upon registration with planned staging points for riders. Helmets are required for any motorcyclist joining the ride through Luke AFB, and no firearms are permitted on Luke AFB. The ride is open to the public and all participants must be age 18 or older.
The Military & Veterans Affairs Committee of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce provides recognition and assistance to our local military community, which is comprised of active duty personnel, reserve personnel, veterans and their respective spouses and families. The committee also helps members of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce conduct more business with Luke Air Force Base and encourages businesses to hire veterans.
For additional information and to pre-register please visit www.MayorsBigDogRun.com
Student entrepreneurs learn success at workshop
Glendale Community College, 6000 W. Olive Ave., hosted an Innovation Challenge Workshop Jan. 31-Feb. 1. The GCC Business and Information Technology Department organized the two-day program, which was designed to assist students in developing their business ideas and record a 3-minute pitch promoting their concept.
The event was led by Dr. Gabriela Cojanu, lead faculty member for Small Business and Entrepreneurship program at GCC.
There were a total of 19 “Pitches” submitted for review and judging. A judging panel will select seven pitches to be invited to participate in the live pitch competition where three winners will be selected and awarded prizes of $2,500, $1,500, and $1,000 for first, second and third places, respectively.
The live pitch competition will take place at GCC Wednesday, Feb. 19.
“The judges are going to have quite the challenge selecting just seven finalists from these dynamic ventures,” Dr. Cojanu stated in a news release. “The passion and enthusiasm these students showed during the two days of workshops was truly inspiring.”
Each finalist will present their pitch, live, to a panel of judges at the GCC Innovation Summit 2020. The panel is comprised of individuals from the following: Small Business Development Center, Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Credit Union West, and Grand Canyon University.
“Dr. Cojanu worked with many faculty and staff volunteers in facilitating the workshop and upcoming summit. A special thank you to Gabriela for all her hard work and dedication to make this workshop happen,” GCC Business and IT Department chair Rachelle Hall stated. “A big thank you goes to Heather Merrill, assistant department chair in Education; Yolanda Facio, SBDC analyst for Maricopa Small Business Development, and Brent Kleinman, GBS faculty, Business and Information Technology who also brought in two speakers to work with the group as well as Liz Cantu, communication faculty at EMCC also volunteered as a mentor.”
The upcoming GCC Innovation Summit 2020 goes 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 and includes an award presentation for the student finalists in the pitch competition.
Register at gccaz.edu/innovation-summit. Registration is free. Everyone is invited.
The Board of Directors is the policy body of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce. Its members represent a cross-section of the business and professional leadership in the community. It has always been considered an honor to serve on the Board. Genuine and unselfish interest in the Chamber and its objective is the first requirement for the Board members. The Board performs the legislative function for the organization. That is, it makes policy decisions for the Chamber.
The Glendale Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the following individuals have been newly elected to the Board of Directors: