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|

Tucson Metro Chamber Celebrates Small Businesses, Copper Cactus Awards Winners Announced

Tucson, AZ (September 12, 2016) – The Tucson Metro Chamber announced the 16 award winners of the prestigious Copper Cactus Awards at its major annual event at Casino Del Sol Resort on Friday, September 9.  The Tucson Metro Chamber Copper Cactus Awards event presented by Wells Fargo celebrates the accomplishments and innovation of Southern Arizona’s [...]

September 12th, 2016|Chamber News|

Tucson Metro Chamber and TUSD Partner to Develop Intern to Career Program

The Tucson Metro Chamber listened to its investors during a series of “Roundtables” to identify and address the biggest challenges facing local businesses today. Finding qualified workers was identified as the biggest obstacle to the success of businesses and the overall growth of our local economy.  Businesses are not aware of the curricula being taught [...]

September 8th, 2016|Chamber News|

City of Tucson Talks a Good Game on Diversity and Inclusion, but….

On Friday, September 2, a full eleven-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco overturned a decision by one of its own three-judge panels earlier this year and declared the City of Tucson’s quirky voting system to be constitutional.  The three-judge panel had originally declared Tucson’s voting system to be unconstitutional [...]

September 7th, 2016|One-to-One-From-Mike-Varney|

Score Another One for the Home Team!

Can you handle some more good news?  A recent article published by Bloomberg reports that Tucson has the third best year-over-year job growth among cities with populations of 500,000 or more. There seems to be an element of regionalism in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers.  Cities in the south and west dominate the [...]

August 30th, 2016|One-to-One-From-Mike-Varney|

J.B. Shockey Joins Tucson Metro Chamber Board of Directors

Tucson, AZ (August 22, 2016) –The Tucson Metro Chamber board of directors has elected J.B. Shockey, chief operating officer for Crest Insurance Group, LLC to its board of directors. Crest Insurance has been a major supporter of the Tucson Metro Chamber for more than 16 years and was a key partner in the Chamber’s First [...]

August 22nd, 2016|News Release|

What If We Were All More Like Bill Holmes?

You may have heard that on Monday, July 18, Tucson lost one of its most favorite sons, Bill Holmes. Bill was a unique person in many ways. His passing deserves commentary. Originally from Yuma, Bill was a citizen of Tucson for more than 40 years. He loved Tucson deeply and constantly tried to make us [...]

July 26th, 2016|One-to-One-From-Mike-Varney|

Tucson Metro Chamber Releases Arizona Legislature Report Card

The Tucson Metro Chamber is proud to release its Arizona Legislature Report Card for the second session of the 52nd legislature.  The report card reflects the voting records of Southern Arizona’s legislators on pro-business policies on which the Chamber advocated a position.  To access the report card, click HERE or visit The second session [...]

July 11th, 2016|Government Affairs Alert|

Tucson Metro Chamber Copper Cactus Awards Finalists Named

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     Tucson, AZ (July 6, 2016) – Forty-nine businesses and five business leaders in Southern Arizona have been selected as finalists for the Tucson Metro Chamber Copper Cactus Awards presented by Wells Fargo. "Small businesses do amazing things in our metro area, but often don't receive the recognition they deserve.  Collectively, [...]

July 6th, 2016|News Release|

Tucson is on a Roll

If you’ve ever played dice (craps) in a casino, you know how exhilarating it can be to have gaming chips on the table when the person with the dice (the shooter) is “on a roll”.  Being on a roll means the shooter and all of the other people at the dice table making the same [...]

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