In honor of Veterans Day this week, we’d like to spotlight the Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce.
Founded in 2012, the Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce is…
“a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve business opportunities and enhance the economic environment of Veterans, Veteran Owned and Veteran Supportive businesses in the Southwestern United States. The Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)(6) organization where all funds other than operational costs benefit selected partner charities.”
At every lunch, members stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, then a moment of silence.
At present, they have 3 Chapters: Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Glendale and they are starting a 4th in Chandler. They are also working to start chapters in Tucson and Las Vegas. Each chapter meets monthly for a networking lunch and they hold other networking events, some in conjunction with other chambers.
Every December, they hold the Patriots Ball, which is their major fundraiser as well as a popular social event. Event proceeds fund the Southwest Veterans Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, and Chamber of Commerce member programs, scholarships and veterans support programs in Arizona.
You don’t have to be a veteran in business to join. Non-veterans may join as a “patriot”. There are many leadership opportunities as well as business sponsorships.
Their vision is…
“to be the most Veteran supportive organization in the state of Arizona and for Arizona to be the most Veteran supportive state in the nation.”
Compared to other Phoenix area chambers, their annual membership is very affordable.
“I am honored to be a “patriot” member of the Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce. Each member embraces and expresses, patriotism, integrity and good business ethics.” ~Giselle Aguiar, patriot member.