Chandler program offering program for startups
Chandler Innovations, the city’s business incubation and entrepreneurial development program, is offering its biannual Pitch Power program March 29 to teach startups how to attract investment dollars.
The eight-week program is led by Tom Fulcher, the entrepreneur-in-residence at Chandler Innovations.
Deadline to apply for the free program is Friday, March 16. Clients of Innovations and Chandler-based startups are given priority status, but all Arizona-based startups are eligible to apply.
Mesa dentist spotlighted as among best in nation
The American Dental Association has announced Mai-Ly Duong as a recipient of its inaugural 10 Under 10 awards, which recognize 10 new dentists who demonstrate excellence in their work, community and inspiring others.
The ADA New Dentist Committee selected dentists making an impact fewer than 10 years after graduating from dental school.
Duong, of Mesa, organized an annual oral cancer walk to bring awareness to the disease and how dentists can help save lives through oral cancer screening. She is also actively involved in dental science research.
For more information on the 10 Under 10 award recipients, visit ada.org/10under10.
Ducey announces new rules, licensing for self-driving cars
Gov. Doug Ducey has announced a detailed system of rules and a type of licensing system for self-driving vehicles.
Ducey’s new executive order is called as an “update” of his 2015 order that resulted in a fleet of hundreds of semi-autonomous cars on state roads. Waymo and Uber cars have become a common sight in Tempe and Chandler.
Under the new order, companies must register their vehicles with the state if they intend to put driverless cars on the road and do it within 60 days if they’ve already begun such testing.
If the companies comply, they’ll be considered “licensed to operate the vehicle” under state transportation law, the order says.
Tempe company to build large solar plant in Georgia
A Tempe company is announcing plans to build one of the South’s largest solar plants.
First Solar intends to build a 2,000-acre solar facility just south of Macon, Georgia. The plant could generate 300 to 400 construction jobs, according to First Solar.
Once the plant is up and running, it’s expected to generate 450 gigawatt hours a year. Construction is expected to begin in November 2018, with its anticipated completion in late 2019, the company said.
Mesa Chamber announces leadership Awards Dinner
The Mesa Chamber of Commerce will have its annual Leadership Awards Dinner 5-9:30 p.m. April 19 at The Falls Event Center, 4635 E. Baseline Road, Gilbert.
The event honors business excellence and leadership.
To register, go to mesachamberaz.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/12278.
Chandler is 13th best in nation for women in tech, study says
Chandler recently ranked the 13th best city in the country for women in technology in 2018, according to SmartAsset’s fourth annual study.
Women make up 29 percent of tech jobs in Chandler, the ninth highest rate in the study. That translates to about 4,600 tech jobs, and women account for 1,900 of those jobs.
Chandler was the only local city ranked in the top 15 for women in tech. Mesa was No. 27, and Gilbert was No. 58.
Washington; Kansas City, Missouri; Baltimore; Philadelphia and Albuquerque were the top five cities this year.
Gilbert Chamber of Commerce hosts annual Golf Tournament
The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce’s Ninth Annual Golf Tournament is Thursday, April 5, at the Seville Golf & Country Club, 6683 S. Clubhouse Drive, Gilbert.
The tournament is $165 per player, $660 for foursome. For after-party only, the cost is $35.
Bill would ease restrictions on home-based businesses
The Arizona House of Representatives has approved HB2333, which would give homeowners the right to do business from their homes without worrying about local government restricting their ability to do so. It would also prohibit city governments from requiring business owners to obtain a license for their business or to rezone their property for commercial use.
The bill does require the business to be a secondary use of the residence, which means it must be used as a residence.
Rep. Jeff Weninger, R- Chandler, sponsored the bill.