Cubs vs D-backs Smile Bags Delta Dental

Delta Dental of Arizona — which has a location at 5656 W. Talavi Boulevard in Glendale — teamed up with the Arizona Diamondbacks to distribute “Smile Bags” — which include tooth brushes, toothpaste, floss and an educational card with brushing and flossing tips — to Little Leaguers at games.

Hello, readers! And welcome back to the Briefcase, where we discuss all the hot new business openings, closings, construction and development, renovations, networking and more. This week’s column will focus on the “networking and more,” as a business with a local tie is working to benefit kids in the Valley, several local insurance agents were commended for their efforts, and a great business meetup is approaching. Here’s the news!

First, Delta Dental of Arizona teamed up with the Arizona Diamondbacks to provide “Smile Bags” to more than 7,000 Little Leaguers. Delta Dental of Arizona — which has a location at 5656 W. Talavi Boulevard in Glendale — has been distributing these bags — which include tooth brushes, toothpaste, floss and an educational card with brushing and flossing tips — to Little Leaguers at games since April, and will continue through June. The teams participate this baseball season in the Arizona Diamondbacks Give Back Youth Jersey Program, which was launched by the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation to provide youth baseball and softball leagues with branded uniforms and caps to offset expenses across Arizona. These sponsorships have allowed leagues to dedicate funds to registration fees, equipment and facility improvements.

“A healthy body starts with a healthy mouth and Delta Dental of Arizona is pleased to provide these children with the tools they need to keep their teeth and gums healthy and keep them on the field,” said Allan Allford, president and CEO at Delta Dental of Arizona. “They may be Little Leaguers, but we want them to have big smiles, so we thank the D-backs for allowing us to promote good oral health habits for these young ball players.”

For more information on Delta Dental of Arizona, visit deltadentalaz.com.

Next, 62 Allstate exclusive agency owners — including four in Glendale — have been designated an Allstate Premier Agency for 2019. These include Juan Deglane, 8276 W. Camelback Road; Michelle Sanders, 7102 N. 55th Drive; Robert Brainard, 4915 W. Bell Road, Suite F200A; Steve Sutto, 6520 W. Happy Valley Road, Suite B107.

Thirty six percent of Allstate’s 11,000 agency owners nationwide receive this award, which is designated for those who demonstrate excellence in delivering an accessible, knowledgable and personal customer experience while achieving outstanding business results.

Finally, Thryv’s June Lunch and Learn workshop — 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 — will provide tips, tricks and practices to overcome declining business in the summer months. Hosted by Thryv and the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, this free workshop occurs the first Tuesday of the month. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m., while the program commences at noon. Advance registration is required, as seating is limited. Participants will meet in the Glendale Chamber’s BNC National Bank Conference Room, 5800 W. Glenn Drive, Suite 275. For more information, contact 623-937-4754 or rheidt@glendaleazchamber.org.

That’s all the briefs for this week. Thanks for reading!