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The International Water and Garden Showcase is 6 to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20, and the community is invited.

Welcome back readers to this week’s edition of Business Briefcase!

We welcome all new and returning readers to stay updated on what’s new in Peoria. If we’re being honest, there is always something going on in our city. 

This week, we are highlighting a Peoria Chamber meeting, a free community event and a new resource center! Let’s get right to it.

First up: Calling all businesswomen! Join your peers from Peoria at this month’s Peoria Chamber Women 4 Women meeting. 

The meeting is from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 19, and will feature Shelby Ikeda as the guest speaker. She will discuss her Mary Kay beauty products. There will also be breakfast provided by Reba Mason from Reba’s Vision, an organization focused on battling breast cancer and providing free 3-D digital mammograms for women in the West Valley. The meeting will be located at the Peoria Chamber of Commerce, 8385 W. Mariners Way, Suite 3. Attendance is free for all Peoria Chamber investor members and $10 for all other women.

To RSVP, call Carmen McKinney at 623-979-3601 or visit

Next, The International Water and Garden Showcase is 6 to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20, and the community is invited. Hosted by The Pond Gnome, it will educate homeowners about the aquascape lifestyle. According to The Pond Gnome’s Facebook page, the showcase is “a spin on traditional pond tours and garden walks, (and) this contemporary outdoor garden show features a terrific outdoor living space in Arizona.” 

This event will include a number of displays from which homeowners can take inspiration — one example being a koi fish pond with five waterfalls. While this showcase is free, The Pond Gnome asks that all attendees RSVP by calling Barbi Holdeman at 623-572-5607. 

Finally, it’s time to welcome the new Community Assistance Resource Center to town. The center is dedicated to providing resources to residents. Information and referrals for financial, health care, child development, nutrition services and more will be offered, and according to Mayor Cathy Carlat, the opening will strengthen the whole community.

“This center provides access to opportunities for health, stability and self-sufficiency, and I’m thrilled we are opening the door to the resources that will assist our residents as they strive to live their best life,” Carlat said.

The center, for which a formal grand opening ceremony was held in June, will also house many nonprofits, and community members will be able to get information, attend workshops, sign up for assistance or consult with experts.

Thank you for reading! I’ll see you next week with more briefs.