By Connor Dziawura, Glendale Star
Hello, readers! Welcome back to Business Briefcase! I’m glad to be back with the second week of the column where we discuss all the great happenings in the city, from construction to new or closed businesses, as well as business-centric events that serve networking purposes.
If this is your first time checking up on this page, be sure to revisit last week’s paper, where I went over the new Unlimited Collision & RV and Credit Union West, as well as development on Sprouts’ distribution center and the Valley Pentecostal Church. But that’s then and this is now. This week I will take a bit of a different approach, with some brief info on a construction project but, beyond that, a promotion and some great networking events. Here’s the news!
First, you may notice construction at the northeast corner of 67th Avenue and Bell Road. Well, I checked in with the city and, according to the development services team, it is a new retail PAD building. Unfortunately, however, that is the extent of the available information. No proposed tenants are available yet, with no license or certificate of occupancy documented by the city.
Moving along, Delta Dental of Arizona promoted Glendale’s Heather Mollon to director of account management. In the newly created position, Mollon will oversee six account executives. Mollon has two years of experience as an account manager for Delta Dental, three years as an account manager at MetLife, five years in various roles at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, and eight years as a broker.
“Heather takes pride in building trusting, long-lasting, respectful relationships, and after 18 years in the insurance industry, she has developed a proven ability to understand, anticipate and respond to client needs in a way that not just meets – but exceeds – their expectations,” said Brad Clothier, executive vice president of business development at Delta Dental of Arizona. “Heather’s expertise in account management and retention will ensure that we continue to deliver the hassle-free, personalized service Delta Dental is known for.”
Delta Dental of Arizona is located at 5656 W. Talavi Boulevard. For more information, visit deltadentalaz.com.
Now that we’re in our second week of Business Briefcase at The Glendale Star, perhaps it’s time to introduce the chamber of commerce, which often holds business-centric events. Other businesses are brewing, and I hope to get you details soon, but for now, here are a few chamber events:
First, the Glendale Chamber of Commerce holds a weekly Business Over Breakfast event. The next one is from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, February 6, at Old Country Buffet, 17125 N. 79th Avenue. Attendance is $20 for members or $60 for interested future members, or you can pay $125 for an entire quarter, which includes all February and March meetings. They take place Wednesdays.
Technical details aside, however, what is Business Over Breakfast? Well, the weekly event essentially serves as a way for local business and community members to network over breakfast, and even hear different speakers. As is known in the business world, building connections is important. So, look no further than Business Over Breakfast. Just be sure to bring your business cards or marketing materials. For more information, contact Robert Heidt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-937-4754.
And one more for good measure: There will be a Downtown Glendale Merchant Meeting from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 12, at The Ceremony Shop, 7150 N. 57th Avenue. Targeted at downtown business owners and landlords as well as stakeholders, the event will feature The Calfee Group’s Neil Calfee speaking about an adaptive reuse and infill project with the city, and designating downtown as a central business district. As mentioned with the previous event, be sure to bring business cards. Beyond just networking purposes, business cards will be entered into a raffle for door prizes. (Local businesses can contribute to the door prizes, too.) Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Katy Engels at email@example.com or 623-937-4754.
That’s all the briefs for this week. Thanks for reading.