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SpringHill Suites Hosts Chamber Mixers

Members of the Greater Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce are encouraged to register for the mixer on August 18th from 6-8pm.

SpringHill Suites, by Marriott, 545 S. Sixth St. will host the event.

There will be food, drinks, and a raffle!

Companies are always invited to donate raffle prizes. Register for the event at

The entry fee is $10 for members and $12 for non-members. Registration includes food and drink tickets.

Apply for Moonshot Pioneer Pitch

In October 2022, the Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization will host an exciting two-day event called Moonshot AZ Pioneer Pitch Verde Valley. This “Shark Tank” inspired entrepreneurial business pitch competition is open to anyone who does or wants to do business in the Verde Valley.

Do you have a “moonshot” idea or an existing business you want to expand? Entrepreneurs can seek guidance and advice from various industry experts on how to start or accelerate their business/idea while competing for cash and prizes have the opportunity to receive

Contest prizes include $1,500, $1,000, and $500 scholarship awards to the NACET Business Development Program. Physical products such as business cards, photos, website support and security. Additionally, the Sustainability Alliance is offering $1,500 and his $1,000 Sustainable Entrepreneur Award. These prizes are offered to competition finalists who start new businesses or revenue streams related to sustainability.

To apply, candidates must submit a $35 fee and complete online registration at the Yavapai College Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Participants are also required to complete an application explaining their startup idea, what their unique selling proposition is, and why the service’s products are superior to those already on the market.

SBDC offers workshops and coaching to prepare for the big event in October.

An important step is attending an SBDC workshop. If you haven’t attended at least 3 of the 4 workshops, please contact Ruth Ellen Elinski ( about workshop content. Businesses should familiarize themselves with the competition, which starts on October 14th, and prepare for it as well.

If you have any questions or need assistance with registering your business or pre-venture, please contact Ruth Ellen Elinski, SBDC Business Analyst, or Mary Chicoine, VVREO Executive Director, 928-300-1640 or Please contact moonshot@.

Yavapai College Approves Aviation Program Private Pilot Training Fees

The Yavapai College District Steering Committee has approved a proposed fee structure for the College’s Private Pilot Training as part of the Aviation Program.

The aviation industry needs an influx of trained pilots and Yavapai College is equipped to train students in private and commercial pilot training in just two years.

Aviation Program classes are taught at Prescott Airport and at the Yavapai University Career and Technical Education Center in Prescott.

At a special meeting Tuesday, the board approved the university’s request for tuition, differential tuition, and other program costs, allowing classes to be offered this fall. YC partners with his Leighnor Aircraft to privately lease his pilot’s training aircraft. The total student cost will be approximately $14,388.

YC already offers FAA-approved training for instrument pilots, commercial single-engine aircraft, commercial multi-engine aircraft, commercial flight instructors, and commercial instrument flight instructors.

For more information, please visit or contact Matthew Mintzmyer (

State of the Verde Basin Conference September 26-29

The 2022 Verde Watershed Conference will be held September 26-29 at the Cliff Castle Casino at Camp Verde. Keynote speakers are former Governor and Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt and Carol Peden Schilling, Chairman of the Pulliam Charitable Trust.

This year’s conference added a full-day Stormwater Fundraising and Fundraising Workshop co-hosted by the US EPA Center for Environmental Finance. The conference will follow up on the 2020 Verde Watershed Report Card and explore solutions and adaptations to system threats such as climate change, drought and aquifer overpumping.

There is still time to get up early. The registration fee will increase on August 15th. For more information, visit