Posts Tagged ‘entrepreneurship’

Success Awards To Honor 14 Small Businesses at Capitol

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

AZSBDC Success Awards Cover 2013TEMPE, AZ - Fourteen Arizona small businesses and their achievements will be honored at the 2013 Success Awards and Legislative Lunch on March 18.

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.

“The Success Awards provide an annual opportunity to recognize and applaud the achievements of Arizona small businesses,” AZSBDC State Director Janice Washington said. “The winners represent a wide range of industries and come from every part of this state. Their accomplishments are impressive, given the continuing challenges of the national and global economies.”

The 2013 Success Awards winners include:

2013 Master Award Winner
Odle Management Group, Inc. – Scottsdale 
Lisa S. Odle

2013 Success Award Winners
Mariscos Mar Azul – Yuma AZ
Hortencia Rosales, Alex Morales   

Papazona Pizza, Inc. – Apache Junction
Michael Chastek, Chester Chastek

Munsey Contract & Development – Sierra Vista 
Norman Munsey, Mark Berg, Rick Berg, Kathi Johnson

Mother Road Brewing Company – Flagstaff 
Michael Marquess

Caboose Frozen Treats – Thatcher 
Wendy Skinner

Cellulars Conexion – Mesa 
David Carrizosa 

MarTek - Tempe
Mark James

Paideia Academies – Phoenix     
Dr. Brian Winsor

Bottom Line Tax, Accounting & Business Services - Tucson
Lou and Anna Ciurca

Delectables Restaurant & Catering – Tucson 
Donna DiFiore

Budget Blinds – Kingman
Ed and LeeAnn Benton

Loan Prairie – Lakeside
Mike Sattinger, Eric Grossman, Robert Fee

Quality Vans & Specialty Vehicles – Prescott
Vicki Reber, Doug Reber, Gary Reber 

“Each of these entrepreneurs has a story to share about what it takes to create and grow a successful small business in today’s environment,” Washington noted. “Their collective achievements demonstrate the dedication, resourcefulness and energy that has always characterized the Arizona small business owner.”

Success Award winners worked with an AZSBDC Network Center to achieve their goals and are chosen for their accomplishments during the previous year (2012). “Each winner’s story is a good example of how the AZSBDC Network is helping Arizona businesses succeed,” said Washington. “We are a very strong Network with statewide reach.”

 The Network is also the host of the Arizona Procurement Technical Assistance Center (AZPTAC) network, which is headquartered in Glendale and has satellite locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson and Yuma.

 A map of all Network locations, including the new AZPTAC sites, can be found online HERE

 More information on the 2013 Success Awards can be obtained by calling (480) 731-8720.

Be A Better Chess Master for Your Business

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Watch Maricopa SBDC Business Analyst Brenda McCaffrey talk about the value of research and how it will make you a better ‘chess master’ for your business on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFpk3qbzXLM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Brenda appeared on the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation’s (CEI) Smartboard Tuesdays show (Episode 11).

You will also learn about SBDC services and some of the exciting programs offered through CEI.

Vet Conferences To Focus on Contracting, Business Building Basics

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

The AZSBDC Network and the Arizona Procurement Technical Assistance Center (AZPTAC) will host a Statewide Veterans Conference on November 16 at Phoenix College in Phoenix. The event will focus on Government Contract Training and is designed for Veterans who are looking to start a business, expand a business or enter the business of government contracting. Topics will include federal contracting basics, Procurement 101 for Vets and proposal development. Admission is FREE to all Veterans, family members and Active Service Members. Call (480) 784-0590 to register.

The Microbusiness Advancement Center SBDC will hold its 3rd Annual Veterans Conference in Tucson on December 6. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tucson Police Department West Side Service Center in Tucson. Admission is FREE to all Veterans, family members and Active Service Members. Register by calling (520) 620-1241 or email HERE for details and registration.
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Learn more about the AZSBDC Network’s Veterans Assistance program on the AZSBDC website HERE.

AWC SBDC and AZPTAC Featured in News

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Small business and government contracting is big news in the Yuma region, with two big stories in the local media.

There’s a great story on the Arizona Western College SBDC in the Yuma Sun.

You can read the full story here:  

http://www.yumasun.com/articles/business-80658-yuma-small.html

There’s also a great story on the Yuma office of the Arizona Procurement Technical Assistance Center (AZPTAC). AZPTAC is a specialty program of the AZSBDC which helps small businesses realize the opportunities in government contracting.

You can read the AZPTAC story here: http://www.yumasun.com/articles/businesses-80528-government-training.html 

Capitol Event To Honor 12 Arizona Small Businesses on March 29

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

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.

Network To Honor Small Businesses At State Capitol

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

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.

“The Success Awards provide an annual opportunity to recognize and applaud the achievements of Arizona small businesses,” AZSBDC State Director Janice Washington said. “The winners represents a wide range of industries and come from every part of this state. Their accomplishments are impressive, given the continuing challenges of the national and global economies.”

The 2012 Success Awards winners include:

Best Finishing, Inc. — Tucson, AZ      
Master Award Winner       
Christine M. Schlesinger

Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair — Phoenix, AZ
Howard Fleischmann, Sr.

Cotton Clouds, Inc. — Safford, AZ
Irene R. Schmoller

Criollo Latin Kitchen — Flagstaff, AZ
Paul and Laura Moir

Drug Valet, Inc. — Tempe, AZ
Jodi Dovidio

Gutierrez Canales Engineering, PC (GCE)  — Yuma, AZ
Marisol Canales, Stacy Gutierrez

K-Bar RV Resort — Show Low, AZ
David and Suzanne Mann

Kinetic Muscle, Inc. — Tempe, AZ
Dr. James Koeneman, Edward Koeneman

Kool Treats, LLC — Douglas, AZ
Donald and Brenda Bartol

Sierra Seed Company LLLP — Nogales, AZ
Sabrina Hallman

Sorellas Elite Fashion — Safford, AZ
Lynn Lewis, Rachel Peck, Emma McBride

Tender Hearts Senior Care, Inc. — Prescott, AZ
Rick and Debra Judy

“Each of these entrepreneurs has a story to share about what it takes to create and grow a successful small business in today’s environment,” Washington noted. “Their collective achievements demonstrate the dedication, resourcefulness and energy that has always characterized the Arizona small business owner.”

Best Finishing, Inc. of Tucson was chosen as the 2012 Master Award Winner because of owner Christine Schlesinger’s ability to identify and fulfill an important market need in an industry where the needs of customers had always taken a backseat to distribution strategies. “Christine rewrote the book on selling and serving finishing product customers in a sector that had always been manufacturer driven,” explained Washington. “Her dedication to providing customer solutions was a real game changer for her company.”

Success Award winners worked with an AZSBDC Network Center to achieve their goals and are chosen for their outstanding economic performance during the previous year (2011). “Each winner’s story is a good example of how the AZSBDC Network is helping Arizona businesses succeed,” said Washington. “We are a very strong Network with statewide reach.”

The AZSBDC Network 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 Arizona Procurement Technical Assistance Center (AZPTAC) network, 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 www.azsbdc.net.

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 can be found visiting the Success Stories page on the AZSBDC website or by calling (480) 731-8720. 

 

Wishing You Great Success in 2012!

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

The Arizona Small Business Development Center Network wishes you a Happy Holiday Season and a Prosperous, Successful New Year!

Thank you to all of our partners, stakeholders, supporters and clients who worked with us to help build a strong Arizona during 2011.

Is entrepreneurship on your list for the coming year? We can help you realize your plans to start or grow a business during 2012. Just contact the AZSBDC location closest to you.

Enjoy the Holidays!

Support Small Business Saturday!

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

The AZSBDC Network encourages everyone to support Small Business Saturday on November 26.

The second annual Small Business Saturday is sponsored by American Express OPEN and designed to be a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. Americans are being asked to ‘Shop Small’ at their favorite local store and help fuel the small business economy and support entrepreneurship.

In 2010, 1.5 million Facebook users, public and private organizations and 41 elected officials declared their support for Small Business Saturday. Media coverage reached an audience of more than half of a billion as consumers rallied across the country. This year is going to be even bigger, with more than 170 small business advocacy organizations already signed up to help with outreach and build excitement for Small Business Saturday 2011. When we all shop small, the results are HUGE!

Learn more about Small Business Saturday at  http://smallbusinesssaturday.com/  Small business owners: the site also offers a wealth of FREE marketing and social media tools that you can use to promote your local business.

What Barriers Do Entrepreneurs Face?

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently travelled around the country and talked to more than 1,000 entrepreneurs, investors and others who want to play a role in building the next great American companies. They asked the aspiring entrepreneurs in the group about the barriers that they faced in starting a business. The responses that they most often provided fell into five categories:

  • People:  The difficulties they face in attracting and retaining high quality workers who are committed to their jobs and to quality;
  • Money:  The continuing challenges that startups and high-growth firms face in accessing the capital they need to create jobs;
  • Ideas:  The need to transform more of America’s discoveries and breakthroughs into commercial successes;
  • Customers:  The importance of making it possible for smaller firms to compete for customers in all sectors and abroad; and
  • Lean Government:  The importance of making it faster, simpler and easier for aspiring small businesses to navigate the regulatory waters surrounding entrepreneurship in the U.S.

A summary of their great ideas is in the SBA’s new report, Startup America: Reducing Barriers. You can also read a summary on the SBA blog HERE.