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Friends of Small Business Advisory Board

The AZSBDC Friends of Small Business Advisory Board (FOSB) is a diverse group of small business owners and small business advocates who meet periodically to provide insight, guidance and support to the Network. FOSB exists to strengthen the Network by evaluating services and advice on effective ways to improve service as the AZSBDC works to fulfill its mission to help small businesses launch, grow and sustain success. FOSB works to build awareness for PTAC and SBDC Service Centers by educating private and public constituencies on the AZSBDC Network’s economic impact in the communities that it serves. Board members also help secure funding that provides the resources needed to meet the growing needs of our increasingly entrepreneurial state. FOSB promotes and celebrates the achievements of the AZSBDC and its clients 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
Ron Cates President/CEO
Karla Fisher, PhD Provost Maricopa Community Colleges
Joyce Grossman Executive Director Arizona Assoc. for Economic Development
Jack Lunsford Principal Lunsford & Assoc.
Joann MacMaster President Arizona Business Incubator Assoc.
Cecilia Mata CEO AllSource Global Management, LLC
Lisa Odle President & CEO Odle Management Group, LLC
Kelly Patton Development Consultant, Statewide Arizona Public Service
Richard Quiroz President Perma-Finish, Inc.
Paul Smiley President Sonoran Technology
Janice Washington State Director Arizona SBDC Network


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