Greater Flagstaff is home to a diverse portfolio of businesses and industries, ranging from global companies to small businesses.
Many distinguished brands, like Nestle Purina, Joy Cone Company, TGen North, Machine Solutions, PRENT, and W.L. Gore are driving Flagstaff’s thriving economy and creating jobs. Some of these corporations are celebrating major milestones. Joy Cone Company is celebrating its 100th anniversary with many of those years featuring production in Flagstaff. Joy Cone is the world’s largest ice-cream cone producer, with an output of more than 1.5 billion cones a year. Nestle Purina Flagstaff employs 250 people in its state-of-the art factory that produces 1,000 tons of dry cat and dog food each day.
Love You Foods, with its unique FBOMB products that feature low-carb, high-fat foods and snacks in portable packaging, has also started business in Flagstaff. Delicious nut butters and premium oils are quickly becoming consumer favorites. Shoppers can find their entire product line, which includes macadamia nut butter with sea salt, online. FBOMB’s founders are expanding their business and are working with an exclusive large retailer to bring the line to more markets.
Xanterra, a national park and resort management company, manages six distinct hotel properties on the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. Xanterra employs both seasonal and permanent employees in order to provide food and resort management to the millions of annual visitors to Grand Canyon National Park.
Sodexo, the provider of high-quality foods for Northern Arizona University, is another prominent hospitality and service provider that operates in Flagstaff. Sodexo also provides on-campus student jobs.
Small businesses have always called Flagstaff home. A local couple recently founded Squirrel’s Nut Butter in their kitchen. Their anti-chafing salve is made with only a few simple ingredients and is designed for everyday use to protect skin and lips from the elements.
All businesses, whether they are small or large, start with big dreams. That’s the business of Moonshot, which is helping entrepreneurs launch their ideas in effective and lasting ways. Moonshot works alongside clients to develop capital, partnerships and grants in order to turn ideas into tangible products that can be taken to the marketplace.
Job seekers can find career opportunities on HiringFlagstaff.com, the premier online job board for Flagstaff and Northern Arizona. The board consolidates Flagstaff’s job and internship listings and lists volunteer opportunities as well.
By Cathy Cuthbertson
In Alliance Greater Flagstaff Chamber Now Serving Williams Area
Business owners in Williams, Arizona, are excited about the new partnership with the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce and what it may mean for future endeavors.
The Williams Business Alliance – a group of Williams-based businesses – have joined forces with the Chamber to work together to advance a strong local and regional economy. It’s a perfect partnership.
“The Chamber is working to help build the partnership between Williams and Flagstaff, as well as fill the void left when the Williams Chamber of Commerce closed in 2016,” said Mike Besler, owner of Colors of the West, and Williams Business Alliance member.
“It (Williams Business Alliance) has a lot of potential,” Besler said. “We are starting to move in a good direction (with the alliance).”
Kris Williams, president of the Williams Alliance for the Arts, said although the Williams Business Alliance is still just getting started, she is excited about what the future holds.
“Our overall goal is to introduce the Flagstaff community and Flagstaff Chamber members to Williams,” she said. “We have seen some success thus far with mixers the Chamber has hosted. We are looking forward to the partnership and new relationships that are being built between Williams and Flagstaff and the outlying areas.”
By Gennie Taylor
The Williams Business Alliance
The Greater Flagstaff Chamber (GFCC) is privileged to announce our newest division – the Williams Business Alliance (WBA) a collection of Williams based businesses that have joined forces with the GFCC to continue to advance a strong local & regional economy and to promote their products and services. We focus on the many businesses, the school district, and the City of Williams to help their community prosper as opportunities continue to expand along the I-40 Corridor. As part of our mission to be a catalyst for economic prosperity in the Northern Arizona region, this partnership is a natural progression for services already provided to existing Williams-based members.
Community Profile for Williams
Source: Arizona Commerce Authority
Elevation: 6,490 ft.Location: Coconino County
Population: 3217 2016 (Est.)
Civilian Labor Force: 1,465
Top 6 Industries (Ranked by Employment)
Arts, Entertainment , Food & Recreation Services 24.4%
Retail Trade 14.1%
Education, Health Care & Social Assistance 13.9%
Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities 9.5%
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting, & Mining 7.5%
Principal Economic Activities
Known as the Gateway to the Grand Canyon®, the city offers the shortest route from I-40 to the splendor of the Grand Canyon. Williams’ location 59 miles south of the Grand Canyon makes tourist-oriented retail and service firms a major economic segment. Williams is also situated in the heart of Arizona’s timber country, and the timber industry is making a comeback in this historic community.
Downtown Williams “Cruise the Loop” Route 66
Downtown Williams is bustling with activities and scenic attractions. Williams is the last town on Route 66 to be bypassed by Interstate 40 and is a popular stop for “Mother Road” enthusiasts. Besides hiking, fishing, and visiting the Grand Canyon, attractions include the Grand Canyon Railway, Bearizona, local breweries including Historic Brewing Company/Grand Canyon Winery, and the Grand Canyon Brewing Company and Distillery. Retail shops are vibrant and offer a huge variety of gifts and uniquely crafted items. The Gallery in Williams is a cooperative with nearly 40 member artists. They showcase some of the best arts and crafts Northern Arizona has to offer, including pottery; oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings; woodwork; colored pencil and graphite drawings; metal sculpture; fiber arts; gourds; and jewelry. Be sure to visit the many Williams Business Alliance member restaurants that offer superb food and small-town friendly service!
City of Williams
113 S. 1st St.,
Williams, AZ 86046
Williams Business Alliance
A Division of the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce1 Source Mechanical, Refrigeration, Heating &
Air Conditioning, Manny Araujo
Anna’s Grand Canyon Café, Anna Dick
Arizona Railroad Heritage Park, Al Richmond
Arizona Route 66 RV’s, Dave Darby
As you Wish Remodeling, Eric Eikenberry
Ash Fork Joint Unified School District #31, Seth Staples-Superintendent
Banker’s Real Estate, Allan Duncan
Bearizona Wildlife Park, Sean Casey
Civitan Foundation, Inc., Dawn Trapp, Williams Council Member
Civitan on 66, Dawn Trapp
Colors of the West, Mike and Jacque Besler
Comfort Inn Near Grand Canyon, Cindy Chabisek
Direct Connect America, Bear Thomas
Grand Canyon Brewing Company, John Peasley
Grand Canyon Harley Davidson-Buell, Kyle Rose
Grand Canyon Railway, Bob Baker, Jeff D’Arpa
Grand Canyon Winery, Carole Kennelly
Historic Brewing Company, John Kennelly
International Kadampa Retreat Center
Grand Canyon (IKRC), Karla Hassenstein
James Wurgler, Associate, Williams Council Member
Juniper Creek Outdoors, Kevin & Allison Overfield
Kiwanis Club of Williams
La Quinta Inn & Suites, Andy Bhakta
Michael F. Vasquez, Associate
National Bank of Arizona, Williams, Tanya Christie
Navajo/Hopi Observer-Williams Grand Canyon News, Madeline Keith
NextEra Energy Resources, Ian Kalkins
Pine Country Restaurant, Dee Seehorn
Red Raven Restaurant, David Haines
Rod’s Steakhouse, Lawrence & Stella Sanchez
Roger Ely, Associate
South Rims Wine & Beer Garage, Greg Cole
Superior Propane, Lindie Rodgers, Williams Business Alliance,
GFCC Board Member
Synergy Recovery & Towing, Shilo Thomson
The Gallery in Williams, Kris Williams
The Star Hotel, Andy Bhakta
Twin Peaks Glass, LLC, Tim Savage
Williams Alliance for the Arts, Bonnie Dent
Williams Feed, Pet, & RV Storage, Alan Mularky
Williams Rotary Club, Alan Duncan
Williams Unified School District #2, Ron Honsinger-Superintendent
Grand Canyon National Parks Lodges, Xanterra