Posts Tagged ‘SBA’

Event To Showcase 7 Awesome Marketing Tools

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

You can learn about 7 Awesome Marketing Tools for Small Business Owners at the AZSBDC Network’s next Coffee & Connections networking event. The program will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 18 at the Innovations Science & Technology Incubator, 145 S. 79th Street in Chandler.  The event is free, but registration is required due to limited seating.

The program will be presented by Dow Media Group. Owner Leigh Dow will discuss several emerging tools in the online marketing space that are available to help entrepreneurs market their small business.

To register for this event go to:

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.

Free Investor Pitch Event

Friday, January 25th, 2013

The AZSBDC Network is excited to announc Investor Pitch! at the Chandler Science and Innovations Incubator. You can participate as an attendee at either (or both) of these two events, or apply to go through the investor pitch experience and receive valuable feedback on your business from a panel of experts.

Registration is free but due to limited seating, you MUST register for either (or both) of these two events at the following link. If you want to learn about the investment process and what it takes to put together an Investor pitch, you are encouraged to attend both of these events.

1. Investor Pitch workshop: Do’s and Don’ts (Tuesday 2/26; 7:30-9 AM)

2. Investor Pitch Clinic: Panel feedback (Thursday 4/4; 1-5 PM)

For those of you who would like to get feedback from a panel of experts on their investor pitch, you will need to apply for this event by attending the 1st event on 2/26.

Investor Pitch workshop: Do’s and Don’ts
Place: Innovations, City of Chandler Science and Technology incubator
Tuesday 2/26
7:30 AM -9 AM

“You Only Get One Chance to Make a Good First Impression”
presented by Tom Swann, SBDC Business Analyst

An entrepreneur never knows when he or she may be called upon to pitch their company to a potential investor. It may be verbal, Internet based or printed media. It may come at a social gathering or meeting someone in the hallway at a conference who is just looking for a place to get some coffee. Or, it may come under very controlled conditions like pitching to a group of Angel or Venture Capital Investors at an Investor Event. However it may happen, you will only have one chance to make a good first impression. Tom will explain what you need to have to always be ready!

“Preparing Client Companies for Investment Funding”
presented by Sanjay Dhole SBDC Technology Coordinator and Business Analyst

An entrepreneur needs to understand the overall business process, be able to recognize when the company is ready for outside investment, the critical communication tools and how to outline a standard 10-minute pitch. Sanjay will also identify the top 10 investor pitch mistakes.

Maricopa SBDC Business Analyst Tom Swann and Maricopa SBDC Technology Coordinator and Business Analyst Sanjay Dhole

Special Instructions
Seating is limited. For more information contact Sanjay Dhole at or phone him at 480-784-0591

To register for this event:
Place: Innovations, City of Chandler Science and Technology incubator
Thursday, April 4, 2013 1 pm – 5 pm

Companies (up to 8) interested in making their investor pitch to an experienced panel who will critique your presentation at this event will need to attend the first event on 2/26/2013 and submit their name for consideration. Under the guidance of an SBDC Counselor, create an investor pitch presentation consisting of an executive summary, using the template provided, and a slide presentation per the guidelines. This exercise will prepare entrepreneur on how to prepare investor pitch. even if you are not interested in putting together the pitch you can still attend this event and learn from other’s experience.

All other attendees for this event are welcome to attend to learn and participate in the event.
To register for this event:




SBA Initiatives That Are Helping Our Veterans

Monday, December 10th, 2012

From the website:
The men and women of our military sacrifice so much for our freedom, and when they return after years of serving, it is a difficult transition for them and their families starting the next chapter in their lives.

The number of veterans early in their careers is on the rise: 74 percent of service-disabled veterans over the last 10 years is under 30 years old. They are equipped with unique skills as a result of their service, and their veteran status offers distinct business advantages. For those veterans and their family members with the entrepreneurial spirit, there are now several programs aimed at helping them leverage their skills and talents and start a business. With the help of these initiatives, veterans have a greater chance of achieving success and once again, providing critical support for our country as one of the many small businesses that are the backbone of our nation.

  • Joining Forces: Joining Forces is a comprehensive national initiative to mobilize all sectors of society to give our service members and their families opportunities and support. The mission is to integrate existing services and offer new forms of business support, knitting them all together and making it work for each veteran’s individual needs.
  • Operation Boots to Business: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recognizes the contributions that veterans make by owning and running businesses that employ millions of Americans.  According to the most recent U.S. Census Data, veteran-owned firms represent 9 percent of all U.S. firms. These 2.45 million veteran-owned businesses employed over 5.8 million individuals. Transitioning service members are natural entrepreneurs, possessing the training, experience, and leadership skills to start businesses and create jobs. SBA is dedicated to help even more veterans grow their businesses and create jobs.  Through the Boots to Business initiative, service members will learn the nuts and bolts of how to start and grow a business. They will also be introduced to the SBA’s nationwide Resource Partner network for support throughout the lifecycle of their new business.
  • Veterans Business Fund: The Veterans Business Fund (VBF) is a not-for profit organization,  established in response to the high unemployment rate among veterans, many of whom are well qualified through their military experience to become successful small business owners but lack sufficient equity capital to qualify for a small business loan.  The VBF assists veterans by providing them with the supplemental capital required to satisfy the equity requirements for a small business loan, providing capital to veterans in the form of a non interest bearing loan with favorable repayment terms.
  • Operation Endure and Grow: Aimed at National Guard and Reserve members, Operation Endure and Grow gives them, their families and business partners access to online training courses focused on the fundamentals of launching or growing a small business. This program offered by the Whitman School of Management, in cooperation with the SBA, offers service personnel courses on crafting a business or nonprofit plan. In addition, they’ll receive ideas for presenting to investors, lenders or other financial backers.

You can read the entire post and access additional information HERE.

Learn more about AZSBDC Veterans Assistance programs HERE.

Lunch & Learn Event To Focus on Intellectual Property for Startups

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

The AZSBDC Network’s November 14 Lunch & Learn event will begin at noon and will feature a presentation on ‘The Entrepreneur and the Attorney’. Entrepreneur (and Maricopa SBDC Business Analyst) Tom Swann and Attorney A. J. Moss of Squire Sanders LLP will help technology entrepreneurs gain a better understanding of the role that intellectual property plays in their businesses. The event will also provide a preview of the Patent Clinic that will be held on February 13.

Lunch and Learn is held at the Chandler Science & Innovations Incubator in Chandler. The event is free, but seating is limited and advance registration is required. To register, email Tom Swann or call (480) 784-0586.

Google, AZSBDC To Host Free Get Your Business Online Event

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Friday, August 17 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Register today!  

Take your business from offline to online at a FREE event with Google and the AZSBDC Network in Phoenix this week. Google team members will provide step-by-step guidance on how to build a free website using Intuit Sitebuilder, register a custom domain name and create an online business listing. They’ll also show you how to make the most of your new online presence using simple online tools. 

At this event you can:
– Get a free website and business listing;
– Get one-to-one advice and tips;
– Learn more about online marketing; 
– Network with your fellow small business owners; 
– Learn more about free AZSBDC counseling services.
The Arizona Get Your Business Online event is free. Space is limited, so we highly recommend that you pre-register online to reserve your spot. At the event: Use one of the on-site laptops or feel free to bring your own.  

The event is scheduled to take place from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday, August 17 at monOrchid, 214 East Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Location map HERE

Learn all about Google’s Get Your Business Online event HERE. You can also register through that page, or you can register by phone at 1-800-986-6958

Tech Council Learns About Clean Tech

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Maricopa SBDC Technology Coordinator Sanjay Dhole and Business Analyst Brenda McCaffrey presented information on the AZSBDC’s Clean Tech Initiative, the TechEDge program and our Network’s research on the Clean Tech sector to nearly 60 people at ASU SkySong this week. The event was co-sponsored with Arizona State University and the Arizona Technology Council.  More information on the Clean Tech program, Coffee & Connections networking events and the Lunch and Learn series is available HERE or by emailing Sanjay at this address.

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:

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: 

International Trade Symposium on May 17

Friday, May 4th, 2012

If you are a business owner who is looking to get involved with economic development with Mexico or the other 95% of the world, be sure to attend the second annual International Trade Conference in Douglas, Arizona on May 17.

Sponsors and participants include: The Cochise College Small Business Development Center,  SEAGO,  SBA, AZ Commerce Authority, Mexican Consulate, Douglas Regional Economic Development Corporation, PROMEXICO, Economica Nogales Sonora, City of Douglas, City of Bisbee, City of Sierra Vista, Sonora State Government, US CBP, Agencia de Promocion Economica Regional de Naco Sonora, Collectron, NDN (tank and advocacy organization Washington, DC) are just some of the stakeholders attending.

The AZSBDC is fast becoming the premier resource for assistance in international trade in Arizona. This will be the most distinguished group of experts and authorities to be on hand in one place to assist in creating economic development in the region. Cochise College SBDC has recently opened an International Trade Office at the Cochise College Douglas Campus. Two of the counselors there have received certifications in export and trade counseling from the SBA.

The conference flyer can be found on the AZSBDC website here: International Trade Symposium May 17 2012 – Douglas AZ

Please contact Rachel Norton at (520) 515-5478 or via email at to register).  The $25 cost to attend include continental breakfast, refreshments and lunch buffet. Booth space is also available.

Clean Tech Open Accelerator Program

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

As a member of the Arizona startup community, the AZSBDC Network would like to encourage early-stage companies to apply to the Clean Tech Open — the World’s largest Clean Tech network and accelerator. The Rocky Mountain region is now accepting applications from Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

 Apply today and compete for:

Access to investors: Over 40% of Clean Tech Open alumni have raised capital, totaling more than $600 million in external funding. 

Exposure and press: The national program offers participants unique PR opportunities and potential to present to thousands from across the world. 

– Free expert advice: Accepted candidates will talk to experts and mentors from across the country in the Clean Tech industry.

World-class training: Attend the 30-hour entrepreneur academy, topical webinars, and present at regional and national events. 

Win cash & prizes: Last year, the grand prize package worth $250k went to a company from the Midwest in 2011

The aplication deadline is May 8th.

Apply and launch startups here:

Cleantech Open Overview and Video
Watch this video to learn more:

The categories for the program include:

.  Air, Water and Waste/Recycling

.  Energy Efficiency, Industrial Efficiency, Green IT

.  Green Building, Renewable Energy, Bio & Green Chemistry

.  Smart Power, Green Grid and Energy Storage

.  Transportation & Electric Cars

.  Other sustainable and green businesses

For more informatin on this and other Clean Tech programs, contact AZSBDC Technology Sanjay Dhole HERE.