SCOTTSDALE, AZ (CBS5) -Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer opened Arizona's 20th annual small business conference at the Phoenician Resort on Thursday morning.
Recently proclaiming May as Arizona Small Business Month, Brewer
touched on many concerns of small business owners. With a pledge to make
Arizona's economic turnover her priority, Brewer said she hopes to team
up with the legislature to bring sales tax simplification this session.
Brewer calls small businesses
"the backbone" of Arizona's economy. Brewer said the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce ranks Arizona in the Top 10 for starting a business.
"I never forgot that you are the ones who create jobs, wealth and prosperity, not the government," Brewer said.
The governor was followed by a panel of business owners and
professionals, including Secretary of State Ken Bennett. Bennett
addressed concerns that Arizona's strict stance on immigration impacts
business coming to the state.
In addition to opportunities for discussion, the small business conference hosted an all-day free expo.
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