• 24 Jan 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Thank you to the global tribe for attending last night's International State of the Metro!

    We were honored to have amazing speakers... thank you ALL! Jeanine kicked it off with our most comprehensive report card on international activities, EVER! Watch for a separate blog post on that.

    • Jeanine Jerkovic, City of Surprise: Metro Phoenix International Report Card
    • Kate Gallego - Phoenix City Councilwoman: PHX Progress and Opportunities
    • Daniel Valenzuela - Phoenix City Councilman: PHX Progress and Opportunities
    • Dr. Heather Ross - Candidate for AZ CD 6: Regional/Federal Opportunities
    • Maria Elena Gallego - President & CEO at Collectron Int'l: Business Viewpoint

    The VERY FIRST time that the announced Phoenix Mayoral Candidates spoke in public, they discussed international business.

    How far have we come as a community? WOW!

    Thank you to all our sponsors as well! You're amazing!!

    • DIRTT - thank you for hosting!
    • Collectron International - thank you Maria Elena for speaking, too!
    • Tommy Bahama Scottsdale (Kierland) - thank you for donating the gift basket, won by Naini Mandala, Dr. Director of IT at Albertson's Companies of Phoenix.


  • 17 Jan 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    As the Mayor of Buckeye and the Chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Council, one might wonder why I am promoting exporting. There are a number of good reasons. People may not realize Buckeye is located just 356 miles from the port in Los Angeles. This proximity to California means that exporting and freight are essential to the future growth of Buckeye, as well as the Sun Corridor. Our rapid population growth in Buckeye and throughout the region means we are very interested in how we can grow high wage jobs for our residents. Jobs in exporting have higher average wages.

    For these reasons and more, I invite you to join the 2018 EDGE (Economic Development for the Global economy) Program.

    The 2018 Sun Corridor EDGE Program celebrates and supports businesses that are selling to international markets. Businesses of all sizes and in all sectors are invited to apply for this program by February 28, 2018. Businesses in Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal Counties are encouraged to apply at Please join us on April 26, 2018 as we highlight the businesses that are showing the world that the Sun Corridor is open for business. Businesses that join the EDGE Program may also participate in one of two ExporTech boot camps. All their costs will be reimbursed when they develop their export plan and complete the three month class. Assistance is also available to help them go to market, such as attending trade shows in other countries.

    This work is made possible thanks to a grant from the Federal Highway Administration and the Arizona Department of Transportation, as well as through the partnership of regional planning agencies and economic development organizations in the Sun Corridor.

    By Mayor Jackie Meck, City of Buckeye

    Regional Council Chair, Maricopa Association of Governments

  • 04 Jan 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Thank you to our members for supporting this crazy fun idea of helping business grow across metros and borders!

    We get to have enjoy coming in to work every day because of you. It is with gratitude that we begin 2018.

    The idea of Global Chamber began in the businesses of Phoenix metro, and now as we start our 4th year and our membership is climbing.

    We're so thankful!

    Our daily efforts have evolved from events-only to providing warm introductions to new clients, partners and resources to help companies and communities grow. We also now provide mentoring and peer-to-peer advisory for leaders and companies valuing a global mindset and the key activities it takes to grow across metros and borders.

    So again we thank you very much for your support. And let us know how we can help further.

    All the best, Doug