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Phoenix Chamber seeks nominees for IMPACT Awards

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) seeks nominations for its 2015 IMPACT Awards, which honor the accomplishments of outstanding Valley businesses and the positive impact they’ve made on the Greater Phoenix business community.

Nominations — which can come from anyone in the community — are open from now until January 9, 2015, and can be submitted through the Chamber’s website. Two businesses — one with fewer than 250 employees and one with 250 or more employees — will be honored in each of the four categories:  Community Champion, Economic Driver, Entrepreneurial Excellence and Response to Adversity. An IMPACT Business of the Year will be selected from among the four category recipients in each business sector and will be announced at the 28th Annual IMPACT Awards Luncheon on May 13, 2015.

Since 1987, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce has recognized local companies that demonstrate superior levels of success while maintaining extensive community involvement, that excel entrepreneurially, that have survived tremendous adversity or that contribute to the Valley’s economic vitality. The GPCC encourages community members to nominate a deserving business — or even their own business — that has a strong footprint in the Valley that are deserving of special recognition.

“The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce has celebrated some of the finest Valley businesses over the past 28 years and it is an honor to continue this great tradition,” said Todd Sanders, President and CEO, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. “We are proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of local companies who continue to innovate and set new standards that positively impact the greater Phoenix business community.”

For more information and to access the nomination form, please visit www.phoenixchamber.com/impact or contact Janelle Tassart at 602-495-6480 or jtassart@phoenixchamber.com.

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Beauty School Education gets a Makeover

Trade schools have often had the unfair reputation of being less-desirable educational institutions when compared to four-year colleges. However, in an ever-changing economic landscape with evolving student needs, non-traditional schools have become a unique path to career opportunities for many.

Jill and Burt Kohler, founders of Scottsdale’s Penrose Academy, a school for cosmetology and esthetics, have led the charge in giving the image of specialty education an overdue makeover. Seeing a desperate need for a level of real-world training beyond what beauty schools were teaching at the time, these 19-year beauty industry veterans launched what is now Penrose Academy in 2006.

Penrose Academy’s revolutionary approach to education goes beyond the industry status quo that in the past had left students ill-prepared to enter the beauty field. Seven years after its inception, its unique hands-on programs and business management training have reshaped the career options available to graduates.

“The advanced skills our students gain during their experience at Penrose prepare them for an endless number of jobs they never realized they could pursue,” Jill Kohler said. “In addition to working in spas and salons, careers in beauty industry marketing, PR, runway work and education are all at their fingertips at graduation.”

The Kohler’s groundbreaking educational style, which focuses on improving students’ lives on both a personal and professional level, has set them apart in the industry. Most notably, students receive a long list of résumé-boosting opportunities before they even graduate. From editorial work to runway shows, trade show demonstrations to traveling abroad, Penrose Academy students do not just learn the business … they live it.

Penrose Academy’s push to inspire students to achieve more than simply earning a license has garnered it national attention and positioned the school as a respected industry leader. Most recently, the academy was recognized with the Business of the Year and Overcoming Adversity awards at the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 IMPACT Awards.

Penrose Academy offers a 4-day schedule for cosmetology students and a 3-day schedule for esthetics students. Convenient weekly schedules and year-round start dates give students the valuable flexibility to gain an education and dedicate time to family, work and other responsibilities outside of school. For more information on Penrose Academy’s programs, visit www.penroseacademy.com or call (480) 222-9540.

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Scottsdale Beauty School Education gets a Makeover

Trade schools have often had the unfair reputation of being less-desirable educational institutions when compared to four-year colleges. However, in an ever-changing economic landscape with evolving student needs, non-traditional schools have become a unique path to career opportunities for many.

Jill and Burt Kohler, founders of Scottsdale’s Penrose Academy, a school for cosmetology and esthetics, have led the charge in giving the image of specialty education an overdue makeover. Seeing a desperate need for a level of real-world training beyond what beauty schools were teaching at the time, these 19-year beauty industry veterans launched what is now Penrose Academy in 2006.

Penrose Academy’s revolutionary approach to education goes beyond the industry status quo that in the past had left students ill-prepared to enter the beauty field. Seven years after its inception, its unique hands-on programs and business management training have reshaped the career options available to graduates.

“The advanced skills our students gain during their experience at Penrose prepare them for an endless number of jobs they never realized they could pursue,” Jill Kohler said. “In addition to working in spas and salons, careers in beauty industry marketing, PR, runway work and education are all at their fingertips at graduation.”

The Kohler’s groundbreaking educational style, which focuses on improving students’ lives on both a personal and professional level, has set them apart in the industry. Most notably, students receive a long list of résumé-boosting opportunities before they even graduate. From editorial work to runway shows, trade show demonstrations to traveling abroad, Penrose Academy students do not just learn the business … they live it.

Penrose Academy’s push to inspire students to achieve more than simply earning a license has garnered it national attention and positioned the school as a respected industry leader. Most recently, the academy was recognized with the Business of the Year and Overcoming Adversity awards at the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 IMPACT Awards.

Penrose Academy offers a 4-day schedule for cosmetology students and a 3-day schedule for esthetics students. Convenient weekly schedules and year-round start dates give students the valuable flexibility to gain an education and dedicate time to family, work and other responsibilities outside of school. For more information on Penrose Academy’s programs, visit www.penroseacademy.com or call (480) 222-9540.