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18 Dec. 18 - Jan. 7, 2011

Downtown library offers employment help

Job seekers now have an additional resource to help them look for work: the new Job Resource Center in the Chandler Downtown Library, open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Library volunteers are available at the Center to help job seekers access public computers and write resumes and to offer tips, tools and job search resources, including the Virtual One-Stop Website of the Arizona Workforce Connection. If needed, job seekers can be provided with referrals to Maricopa County’s One-Stop Career Centers for more intensive services.

The Job Resource Center is provided through a partnership between the Chandler Downtown Library and Maricopa Workforce Connections. The Chandler Downtown Library is located at 22 S. Delaware St. in downtown Chandler. For more information, call 480-782-2800 or visit

Holiday fitness special at TCF bootcamps

Team Cane Fitness Bootcamps and Personal Training is offering a holiday fi tness special with discounts on their offerings, and one-hour camps starting Jan. 3, 2011. “Now is the ideal time to make a decision about a workout program to help you through the after-holiday weight gain and be ready to solidify an effective routine when the New Year begins,” said TCF owner Ty Cane. “Nutrition is a strong part of our boot camps, and we will help guide you through the overload of holiday eating and educate you on how to eat clean for your lifestyle.”

TCF will hold the camps at The Summit in Southern Chandler, at 985 W. Chandler Heights Rd. Suite 12, on the southeast corner at Alma School. Days and times vary throughout the week starting at 6 a.m. and going until 8 p.m. select days. Ty Cane created TCF Bootcamps in Tokyo, Japan in 1994. Cane says he has combined years of Asian and American cultural experiences and studies in women and men’s nutrition, boot camps and personal training. For information, call 480-276-6436 or visit www.teamcanefi


Gilbert Chamber announces January events

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce offers several educational and networking events in January 2011.

Referral Institute, an exclusive educational program and networking event, is presented by business referral strategist Victoria Trafton from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Tue., Jan. 19 at Val Vista Lakes Community Clubhouse, 1600 E. Lakeside Dr. in Gilbert. Trafton shares her expertise with business owners who wish to “signifi cantly increase referral business.” The event, sponsored by Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, Gilbert Insurance Group, Maddy’s Pool Supply & Service, MAX Solution PLLC, Rayhons Financial Solutions, Referral Institute and The I.T. Workshop, is open to current Gilbert Chamber members and their guests. Breakfast is included and registration required.

The Chamber celebrates community women and their contributions to Gilbert at the “What Women Want … in Business” luncheon, held 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon., Jan. 25 at San Tan Elegante and Legado Hotel, 1800 W. SanTan Village Pkwy., Gilbert. The event, sponsored by National Bank of Arizona, includes the naming of the 2011 Gilbert Business Woman of the Year, as well as guest speaker Deborah Bateman, executive vice president of specialty banking and marketing for National Bank of Arizona. The cost is $20 for Chamber members and $35 for nonmembers. Ongoing Chamber events include the Greater Gilbert Leads Club, which meets every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.; the New Leads Club, which meets every Wednesday at 9 a.m.; the Gilbert “Go Givers” Leads Club, which meets every Thursday at noon; and the “Gilbert Leads to Prosperity” Leads Club, which meets every Friday at noon. To learn more or register for events, visit

Company offers garage floor deal

Now may be the time for a new garage fl oor. IronDrive Coatings, which is owned by Southern Chandler resident Shannon Stevens, is now offering a lifetime warranty on its premium garage fl oor epoxy systems in addition to a 10 percent discount through Feb. 5. Veterans, police offi cers, fi refi ghters and teachers get the added bonus of an additional 5 percent off.

For more information on IronDrive Coatings products, call 480-726-1891, email, or visit

Gift cards offers more protection this holiday season

Gift cards remain the most requested holiday gift for the fourth year in a row, according to the 2010 National Retail Federation holiday survey. “With the popularity of gift cards again this holiday season, the rules implemented to restrict fees and expiration dates couldn’t have come at a better time,” says Matthew Fehling, Better Business Bureau president and CEO.

The BBB and Federal Trade Commission offer these highlights for new federal rules that went into effect recently for most gift cards:

Money on a gift card cannot expire for at least fi ve years from the date the card was purchased or from the last date any additional money was loaded onto the card.

Inactivity fees can be charged only after a card hasn’t been used for at least one year.

The expiration date of a card must be clearly disclosed on the card, and fees must be clearly disclosed on the card or its packaging.

When shopping for gift cards, BBB suggests keeping these tips in mind to avoid problems:

Buy gift cards from a source you trust, and use caution when buying them from online auction sites. Some consumers may fi nd gift cards purchased from auction sites are counterfeit, have less than the dollar amount claimed or they may not even receive the cards. Never wire funds for a gift card purchase. Preferably buy gift cards at a store where the cards are behind the counter. If purchasing from a store rack or kiosk, inspect the card before buying it. Make sure the card and packaging have not been tampered with or damaged.

Determine if there are any fees associated with the purchase or use of the card.

Keep the original receipt or give it to the recipient of the gift card. The information may be needed if the card is lost or stolen.

Check the expiration date on the gift card. The gift card itself may have an expiration date; for example, a card may expire in fi ve years but the money may not expire for seven. If the card expires, the balance won’t disappear – you can request a replacement card at no charge.

If you have a problem with a gift card, contact the company that issued the card. If that is not successful, contact the FTC at or call 877-382-4357. For more holiday tips visit

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