Arizona Small Business Development Center Network (AZSBDC) announced Nancy Sanders will be the new Regional Center Director for the Maricopa Community Colleges Small Business Development Center (Maricopa SBDC) effective Thursday, August 21, 2014. The Maricopa SBDC has a service center at GateWay Community College and satellite locations include: Estrella Mountain, Mesa, Paradise Valley and Scottsdale Community Colleges as well as Rio Salado’s Life Long Learning Center in Surprise, and the City of Chandler’s Innovations Incubator. The AZSBDC Network is Arizona’s largest and most accessible source of assistance for small businesses in every stage of development. The Maricopa SBDC services all of Maricopa County.Sanders began her career with AZSBDC as a Business Analyst in 2010. She has worked with Fortune 500 organizations and award-winning small businesses. She is the President-Elect of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Phoenix Chapter (NAWBO) and serves on the Marketing and Public Relations Committee for the Board of Directors. Sanders is the recipient of the NAWBO Bridge Builder Award and has been recognized for her efforts in marketing, communications and mentoring.
As an entrepreneur, Sanders has owned several small businesses of her own, earned a B.S. in Business Administration and an MBA in Global Management. She is also a graduate of Scottsdale Leadership and has been active in the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.
About the AZSBDC Network
For 25 years, the AZSBDC Network has nourished a statewide partnership between higher education and economic development organizations, dedicated to providing emerging and established business owners with management and technical assistance, enabling overall growth and increased economic impact throughout the state. The AZSBDC Network includes 26 SBDC locations across the state and is also host to the specialty program, Procurement Technical Assistance Center, which has six sites throughout the state. The AZSBDC Network is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, hosted by the Maricopa Community Colleges and accredited through the national Association of SBDCs. To learn more about the AZSBDC Network or to find a SBDC near you, visit http://www.azsbdc.net/.
Last year alone, the AZSBDCs served nearly 4,500 entrepreneurs through workshops and training along with more than 3,400 business owners received one-on-one counseling from one of our professional business advisors. This resulted in more than 1,400 jobs created or retained; nearly $76 million in sales growth; more than $55 million in capital accessed; and 347 new businesses started.