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Friends of Small Business Advisory Board

The AZSBDC Friends of Small business is a diverse group of small business owners and small business advocates who meet periodically to provide insight, guidance and support to the Network as an advisory board. The purpose of Friends of Small Business is to strengthen the Network by evaluating services and advise on effective ways to improve as the Network helps Arizona small business launch, grow and sustain success. The advisory board increases awareness of the PTAC and SBDC Service Centers across Arizona by educating private and public constituencies on the Networks’ economic impact on the communities served. Additionally, the Friends of Small Business Board members have worked to secure funding that provides resource to meet the needs of our growing, entrepreneurial state. Finally, together we celebrate AZSBDC achievements and business success to reward and inspire excellence.

Friends of Small Business Advisory Board Members

First Name Last Name Title Company Name
Mary Lou Bessette Principal Bessette & Co.
Robert Blaney District Director Small Business Administration
Joseph Dean Owner Dean Enterprises
Clara Engel Retired Bank Executive Community Representative
Joyce Grossman Executive Director Arizona Association for Economic Development
Maria Harper-Marinick Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Maricopa County Community College District
Kristine Kassel President Benefits By Design
Joann MacMaster President Arizona Business Incubator Association;New Venture Wheelhouse Arizona, Tech Launch Arizona, University of Arizona
Tracy Markie President Engenuity Systems
Cecilia Mata CEO AllSource Global Management, LLC
Rick Murray CEO Arizona Small Business Association
Lisa Odle President & CEO Odle Management Group, LLC
Kelly Patton Sr Econ Dev Consult, Statewide Arizona Public Service
Richard Quiroz Co-Owner Perma-Finish, Inc.
Paul Smiley President Sonoran Technology
Janice Washington State Director Arizona Small Business Development Center Network
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