ASBA Addresses Critical Issues Facing Small Business in 2013
Friday, January 4, 2013
Posted by: Rhette Baughman
2013 Small Business Outlook Joins Small Business
Owners and Industry Leaders Together to Examine Topics Expected to Dominate
Headlines this Year, From Public Policy to Healthcare
– January 3, 2013 – The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA)
will offer a forum for Arizona small business owners and supporters of the
small business community to discuss the critical issues facing small businesses
this year at the 2013 Small Business Outlook.
ASBA’s annual event will be highlighted by a panel of industry leaders
who will delve into important topics such as public policy, sales tax, healthcare in Arizona and access to capital. The event will be held Thursday, Jan. 17
at The Phoenician in Scottsdale.
Panelists for the 2013 Small
Business Outlook include:
Bustamante, Senior V.P. of Public Policy + Southern Arizona, ASBA
Hunter, Director of Legislative Affairs and Special Advisor on Tax Policy &
Reform, Office of the Arizona Governor Janice K. Brewer
Hughes, Policy Advisor for Health Care, Office of the Arizona Governor Janice
Jordan, Lender Relations Specialist, Arizona District Office
Oates, Head of State Government Affairs, Cigna
Rick Murray, CEO of ASBA, states,
"At our Small Business Outlook, our expert panel will explore the main issues
expected to rule the headlines and dominate the dialogue this year.”
One such topic is public
policy. Panelist Jerry Bustamante, senior vice president of public policy for
ASBA, will discuss why he predicts there will be more cooperation across party
lines. He comments, "We are entering Arizona’s Legislative session with more
clarity this year, in comparison to the many questions left unanswered at this
time last year.”
Michael Hunter, director of
legislative affairs and special advisor on tax policy and reform for the Office
of the Arizona Governor Janice K. Brewer, can explain, for example, how the
Fiscal Cliff being averted affects Arizonans and what the new tax bill means to
small business owners. Also from the Office of the Arizona Governor Janice K.
Brewer, Don Hughes, policy advisor for health care, can speak about new health
Cigna Head of State Government
Affairs John Oates will discuss health care policy as well. He is responsible
for legislative and regulatory advocacy in the states, and formerly served as a
legislative aide in the Texas House of Representatives, a health policy analyst
in the Texas Senate, a health policy advisor in the Governor’s office and as
the Committee Director for the Senate Health Services.
Arizona District Office Lender
Relations Specialist Craig Jordan will cover the topic of access to capital.
Jordan will comment on the Small Business Association’s role in providing capital
access to small businesses, loan production information, and the enhancements
to programs and loan programs that currently exist.
The 2013 Small Business Outlook
will commence at 7:30am and conclude at 10:00am on Thursday, Jan. 17. The Phoenician is located at 6000 E.
Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. To
register for the event, please visit asba.com/outlook or call (602) 306-4000.
The Arizona Small
Business Association (ASBA) is the largest trade association in the state
representing 11,000+ member businesses, and over ½ million employees in all 15
counties. ASBA members enjoy access to significant group discounts, countless
opportunities to do business with each other, a wide array of insurance
products, and active advocacy efforts on public policy issues to protect their
businesses. Discover more at www.asba.com or by calling 602.306.4000 or
520.327.0222. Join ASBA. Be amAZed®
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David and Sam PR