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Capitol Event To Honor 12 Arizona Small Businesses on March 29

Twelve Arizona small businesses and their achievements will be honored at the 2012 Success Awards and Legislative Lunch on March 29.

The event is hosted by the Arizona Small Business Development Center Network (AZSBDC) and scheduled to take place from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on the House Lawn of the Arizona State Capitol Complex, 1700 W. Washington Street in Phoenix.

Arizona Capitol Times publisher Ginger Lamb will serve as emcee of the event, which is expected to attract more than 300 guests, including members of the Arizona Legislature and  government, business and community leaders from across the state.

Arizona Senate President Steve Pierce, Speaker of the House Andy Tobin and Secretary of State Ken Bennett will all participate in the program, which recognizes the achievements of small businesses across Arizona. The 2012 Success Awards winners include:

  • Best Finishing, Inc. — Tucson, AZ        Master Award Winner
  • Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair — Phoenix, AZ
  • Cotton Clouds, Inc. — Safford, AZ
  • Criollo Latin Kitchen — Flagstaff, AZ
  • Drug Valet, Inc. — Tempe, AZ
  • Gutierrez Canales Engineering, PC  — Yuma, AZ
  • K-Bar RV Resort — Show Low, AZ
  • Kinetic Muscle, Inc. — Tempe, AZ
  • Kool Treats, LLC — Douglas, AZ
  • Sierra Seed Company LLLP — Nogales, AZ
  • Sorellas Elite Fashion — Safford, AZ
  • Tender Hearts Senior Care, Inc. — Prescott, AZ

The AZSBDC Network (www.azsbdc.net ) is Arizona’s largest and most accessible source of assistance for small business, with 28 locations across Arizona, including 11 Service Centers and 17 satellites and/or meeting sites. The Network recently also became the host of the new (March 2012) Arizona Procurement Technical Assistance Center (AZPTAC) network (www.azptac.com ), which is headquartered in Glendale and has satellite locations in Mesa, Tucson and Yuma.

During 2011, the Network counseled 3,128 clients and helped create or retain 1,647 jobs. AZSBDC clients started 268 new businesses last year. They created capital investment totalling $45 million. These companies collectively increased their sales by $85.1 million.

A map of all Network locations, including the new AZPTAC sites, can be found online at http://www.azsbdc.net/locations/ .

The AZSBDC Network is funded through a cooperative agreement with the U. S. Small Business Administration and through host agreements with 10 Arizona community colleges and Tucson’s Microbusiness Advancement Center.

More information on the 2012 Success Awards, including profiles of each of the winners, can be found visiting the AZSBDC website at http://www.azsbdc.net/news-impact/success-stories/ or by calling the State Office at (480) 731-8720.

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