Tucson Metro Chamber Announces Two More Breakthrough Programs

The Tucson Metro Chamber has just announced two more important achievements to promote a stronger local economy and build a better community. COALITION AGAINST RETAIL THEFT On Wednesday, January 4, the We Watch, We Prosecute campaign was launched at the Pima County Attorney's office. Organized retail theft (shoplifting) costs retailers and honest citizens in Pima [...]

January 6th, 2017|One-to-One-From-Mike-Varney|

Make No Mistake About the Tucson Metro Chamber’s Position on Proposition 206

I am writing to reinforce the Tucson Metro Chamber’s longstanding opposition to increases in the state minimum wage such as Proposition 206 passed on the November 8 ballot.  Prop 206 takes the state’s minimum wage from its current $8.05 an hour to $10.00 an hour in 2017 and $12.00 an hour in 2020.  The same [...]

December 21st, 2016|Government Affairs Alert|

How to Answer The Toughest Question Chambers of Commerce Face

The number one challenge faced by chambers of commerce across the country is explaining exactly what they do in an elevator speech.  It’s not as simple as it might seem.  The reason: complexity.  The Tucson Metro Chamber doesn’t do just one thing – we do lots of things. To see the Chamber’s current program of [...]

December 6th, 2016|One-to-One-From-Mike-Varney|

Judge Blocks Department of Labor

Late yesterday afternoon, a U.S. Federal Judge in the U.S. District Court for Texas placed a national injunction on the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule. The new rules, with an increased salary threshold of $47,000, was set to go into effect on December 1.The injunction stops the rule from taking effect on December 1 [...]

November 23rd, 2016|Government Affairs Alert|

Still Rolling

There is a powerful chapter in the bestselling book Good to Great that describes an amazing phenomenon called the flywheel effect.  In the context of the book, the flywheel effect is the relentless and steady achievement of small things that lead to long term achievement of great things. When you were a kid you might [...]

November 16th, 2016|One-to-One-From-Mike-Varney|

Election Day: What It Means to You

President of the United States Donald Trump handily beat Hillary Clinton 276-218, with a few states remaining to be decided as of this morning. What this means: It is too early to tell. The billionaire businessman who has never previously held elected office shocked America and the world, defeating Secretary Hillary Clinton in an extraordinary [...]

November 9th, 2016|Government Affairs Alert|

Vote NO on Propositions 205 & 206

Don’t Let Out Of State Special Interests Use YOUR Business As a Testbed For Bad Public Policy   On November 8, Arizona voters will decide whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana. Proposition 205, written by the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is more than 20 pages in length. Arizonans are being bombarded with [...]

November 1st, 2016|Government Affairs Alert|

Tucson Metro Chamber Celebrates 120 Years of Advocacy and Community Leadership

­­   Tucson Metro Chamber Celebrates 120 Years of Advocacy and Community Leadership   Tucson, AZ (October 31, 2016) – The Tucson Metro Chamber, the largest and most influential business organization in Southern Arizona, celebrates 120 years of leadership and advocacy in the Tucson area. The Chamber was founded on October 31, 1896 as the [...]

October 31st, 2016|News Release|

Oh Wow, Man. Vote NO on Prop 205.

If ever there were a time for the revival of common sense in our culture now is the time. Do we want more auto accidents, drug dependency, stoned students and workplace mishaps or don’t we? A vote in favor of Proposition 205, an initiative to legalize the use of recreational marijuana in Arizona, will all [...]

October 13th, 2016|One-to-One-From-Mike-Varney|

Some Inconvenient Truths about Raising the Minimum Wage

I still remember my first real job. I was 15 years old and applied for a job to scoop ice cream at a Baskin Robbins franchise that was getting set to open. Fred Gehring, the owner of the franchise, had leveraged everything he had including his mortgage to be able to open this store. Scoops [...]

October 12th, 2016|One-to-One-From-Mike-Varney|