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Grand Canyon Chamber Monthly Newsletter

June 2, 2017


Chamber Calendar


June 5

Networking Mixer

5:30 - 6:30 pm

Sponsored by Pink Jeep - location Pink Jeep/IMAX


June 8 10 am

Board Meeting

Xanterra Purchasing


July 4th

Parade and Party

Theme: Honoring our Heroes


July 13

Board Meeting


August 9

Board Meeting


August 29

Job Fair


September 14

Board Meeting


October 12

Board Meeting


October 14

1/2 Marathon


October 17

Networking Mixer


October 26

Job Familiarization Tour


October 31

Trunk or Treat


November 9

Board Meeting


November 15

Board Nominations for 2018 Board Due


November 25

2018 Ballots mailed


December 10

2018 Ballots due


Dec 14

Board Meeting




Message From The General Manager

Laura Chastain

Welcome Summer 2017!  


VA Mobile Center

Reminder that the Veteran's Mobile Center will be coming to Tusayan and the Grand Canyon this week.  The Mobile Center will be in Tusayan June 1st from 10 am - 4 pm and at Grand Canyon Recreation Center on June 2nd from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm(note time change).  The mobile center is designed to extend services to veterans in remote areas. Per the VA we have at least 250 Veterans in our area.  Please work with your Veterans for a few hours off if they would benefit from the services.  We have had a great turnout today in Tusayan and looking forward tomorrow(Friday) at the Recreation Center.


June Activities/Meetings

June 5th Networking Mixer at Pink Jeep 5:30 - 6:30 


June 8th Board Meeting 10 am - 12 pm at Xanterra Purchasing


June 9th - AOT Call Center presentation in Tucson - please let me know if there any myths about your business want me to cover while doing my presentation with the AOT call center.


June 16-19 - Grand Circle Association Quarterly Meeting in Prescott.  If you are not a member of the Grand Circle and would like to learn more about the joint marketing organization please give me a call.


Prop 206 - The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act

I think most of you are ready for the visitors but are you ready for the changes July 1st from Prop 206?  Beginning July 1st Prop 206 will require you to provide sick time for all of your employees.


Here are the basics:


Those with 15 or more employees must provide 40 hours of paid time off annually.  


Those with fewer than 15 employees must provide a minimum of 24 hours paid time off annually.  


This law covers all workers weather they are full time, part-time, seasonal, or temporary.


You can provide the time based on an accrual basis of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked.  Time begins to accrue their first day of hire(or July 1, 2017) and continues up to 24/40 hours depending on the size of your workforce.  If you already have a sick time policy that provides greater benefit you can still use that provided there is no waiting period.


Employees do not need to prove they're sick to take time off.


Time can be used for physical or mental illnesses, or ongoing treatment, preventative treatment (dentist, annuals etc).  Time can also be used if family members need care and they are accompanying them.


Time can also be used for domestic violence, sexual abuse and stalking, meeting with an attorney, arranging shelter services or safe house.


Sick pay time can be requested in the lowest hourly increment you pay.  For example if you pay by the quarter hour an employee can request 15 minutes of sick pay if they are late/delayed returning to work for one of the reasons required by the law.  Remember you can not ask why - if they request sick pay and have not exceeded their 24/40 hours for the year no discipline for taking the time and requesting pay.  The only exception is if it has been three straight days of absence in a row, only then can you require proof of illness or documentation related to one of the covered causes listed.


You are required to keep records of accrued time off for each worker and post notices of the new law in prominent places such as breakrooms. 


For additional information and specific questions please visit the Industrial Commission of Arizona's website.


The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce hosted a question and answer live on Facebook that was very informative if you are interested in hearing an attorneys perspective. 


May Recap

Managers Food Handler Class - had 35 attendees.  We are trying to put together an hourly class in July for both English and Spanish.  I will keep you posted.  I am also working on Arizona Alcohol Title IV training and will keep you posted.


May 7th - May 13th was National Tourism week!  Arizona Office of Tourism promoted the Grand Canyon with all of your wonderful Adventure donations.  Here are their results:  Facebook 3 posts specific to Grand Canyon, 47,348 impressions, 1320 engagements, 856 likes and 207 entered the give-away.  Instagram 4 posts, 7709 likes and 523 entered the give-away.   The Chamber also reposted their promotions - we posted 5 of their posts and had 879 views and 60 engagements.  Thank you all that participated.


Our new 2017 Visitor's Guide arrived and is flying off the shelves! I have already made second deliveries to local members.  Please don't be shy if you run out let me know and I'd be happy to deliver more! Click here to see the online version.  While we did our best to avoid any mistakes please let me know if you find one - we can easily change the on-line version and have already made a few correction.


New Facebook page - for all things Chamber related - mixers, VA Mobile Center, Trainings etc watch and like our new page at 


Instagram - check us out and follow me as I figure it out :) 


Coming soon Twitter!


Reminder...Visitor Center hours expanded...We are open 7 days a week again through the season.  We have also added evening hours on Monday/Wednesday/Fridays until 7 pm.  Please welcome new staff members Amy Hatfield and Kristen Forsythe who will be working part-time with the Chamber.


Congratulations Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel on your beautiful remodel!



Chamber Partner Opportunities

Grand Canyon Chamber Advertising

We have two display ad space opportunities available in the Chamber office.  For $598 you can have a 17X11 full color Ad in our office for the year.  Please call Laura if you are interested 928-638-2901.


Take your business listing to the next level! Banner Ads on our website.  Arizona Exposure Marketing will be contacting you about banner ad spaces available on our website.  


Vacation Races has some Partner opportunities for the October 14th 1/2 Marathon event.


They are seeking partners for Lodging, Restaurants and Entertainment in exchange for...

  • comped rooms for Vacation Races staff and/or discounted room/rental rates for runners *they expect most visitors will check in on Thurs, 10/12 and check out on Sun, 10/15*
  • discounted meals or other restaurant promotions for runners
  • discounts on an activity offering or product

Vacation Races would love to include you on the Grand Canyon half marathon website as a partner and provide you an ad in our race guide (digital and print) at no cost. If you cannot offer a discount or perk, we invite you to be included on our website and in the race guide for a fee of $250.


If you feel runners are your perfect demographic, they invite you to participate in their race expo. For $250, they will provide you with, at minimum, 10x10 space & the opportunity to engage with thousands of runners & their friends & families. You are responsible for bringing your own supplies including a tent, table & chairs.

Contact Laureen Jenkins or call 704-989-1615.


Vacation Races plan on attending the mixer on Monday and will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding the event.


Chimani has some Partnership Opportunities


Here's your chance to participate in Chimani Perks - a discount saving club for national park travelers. This is a first-of-its-kind program which will be build directly into our mobile apps and will be rolled out nationally on April 19th. We currently have over 150 businesses enrolled in the program so far.

As a national park related business, you can participate in this program for free. In exchange for a discount (10-15%) to a small number of our paying members of the Chimani Perks program, you get free advertising in our National Parks by Chimani and Grand Canyon National Park by Chimani mobile apps - which is a combined audience of 750,000 users.

You can view a two-page guide here.

To sign-up it only takes two minutes:

If you have any questions, free free to contact: 


Current Marketing efforts


26 posts, reach 9,780 with 351 engagements.  

Facebook Ad promoting Chamber Office for information and booking tours, hotels etc. reach of 1,667 over a 7 day period but no button clicks.



While the Chamber does not have a booth - our Chamber Visitor Guides will be at several.  Grand Circle Booth, Paragon Skydiving, Delaware North.  Additionally we will be debuting Experience the Winter Majesty: Grand Canyon South Rim in Virtual Reality.  For those of you not going don't worry I am trying to have available at next week's mixer and board meeting.


Current Print Advertising in circulation:

Full page ad in the Spring Drive Guide – circulation 200,000
1/6 page ad in Experience Sedona guide – circulation 275,000
1/3 panel Northern Arizona Exposure Map – 275,000 circulation

1/4 panel Grand Canyon South Rim, Tusayan, & Northern AZ
Plus our new Visitor's Guide I40 corridor certified racks.



National Park Service News

National Park Service CUA program

The National Park Service is considering potential updates to its commercial use authorization (CUA) program. CUAs are permits that tour operators and certain other visitor service providers must procure in order to operate in a national park. In the next two months, NPS expects to post an overview of potential updates and allow for public comment through the online Planning, Environment, and Public Comment System. Check that website for updates and, once the proposed updates are posted, the opportunity to comment. ~ Donald Leadbetter National Tourism Program Manager National Park Service Note their website is currently down but expected back up June 5th.


The National Park Service is already planning the Grand Canyon's 100th Birthday Celebration and they want your feedback on how to make it a Grand Celebration.  Please complete a brief survey  to share your ideas.



Media Requests

We are starting to see a number of media requests.  I have updated our media room page and added a Google form for media to fill out.  I will receive the requester’s information via email and in a pdf form which I will then share with those on my media list.  If you’re not on my media list please make sure your company has completed our contact information form at