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"There’s a lot going on, and while this week won’t spotlight any specific developments, there is everything from an early childhood learning center unveiling to management changes and networking-centric events. Here’s the news!"

Hello, readers! Welcome back to Business Briefcase. This week is a good one for those of you looking to get out into the community and spread the word of your business — or maybe even learn about all the others.

There’s a lot going on, and while this week won’t spotlight any specific developments, there is everything from an early childhood learning center unveiling to management changes and networking-centric events. Here’s the news!

First, Glendale Community College will soon unveil its new early childhood learning center. The ribbon-cutting and grand-opening ceremony is a partnership with the Peoria Unified School District’s preschool program, and will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, August 12. The event will be held in GCC’s Technology 1 building, at 6000 W. Olive Avenue, Glendale. Parking is available in the S4 blue lot to the north of T1. For more information, contact Jackie Gonzalez at jackie.gonzalez@gccaz.edu or call 623-845-3477.

Moving along, Jay A. Cory, CEO of Phoenix Rescue Mission, recently stepped down. In the wake of Cory’s departure, PRM’s board of directors is searching for a replacement, who should be named by the year’s end. Board member Paul Reicher has been appointed as the interim CEO. Cory will assist with the transition. PRM is a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides life-transforming solutions to people who are facing hunger and homelessness. For more information about Phoenix Rescue Mission, visit phoenixrescuemission.org

Next up, WESTMARC, or the Western Maricopa Coalition, has opened the nomination process for its next Best of the West awards dinner. The annual event is set for Thursday, November 7. The evening will begin with registration and a silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by the main event at 7 p.m. The main awards are for Excellence in Innovation, Economic Engine, Quality of Life Enhancement-Education; and Quality of Life Enhancement-Community.

Founded in 1990, WESTMARC is a public-private partnership between 15 West Valley communities: Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Gila Bend, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Phoenix, Sun City, Sun City West, Surprise, Tolleson, Wickenburg and Youngtown.

In addition to merging the education and business sectors of the communities it serves, the Glendale-based organization sets forth three main goals: Promote the West Valley, enhance economic development and increase member value.

Seats at the Best of the West cost $250 for members and $300 for nonmembers. Tables cost $2,000 for members and $2,500 for nonmembers. Sponsorships are available from $2,500 to $25,000.

The Best of the West will be held at State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive. To register or nominate someone, visit westmarc.org/bow19. The deadline to submit guest nominations is Friday, November 1.

Finally, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center will host an Arizona behavioral health networking group meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 4. It is recommended that guests bring business cards. Reservations are requested. Attendance is free. The event will be in the conference room by the cafeteria at 5555 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2KwKBEv.

That’s all the briefs for this week! Stay tuned for next week! Thanks for reading!