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asba encouraged by governor brewer's competitiveness package

Tuesday, February 15, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Whitney Fletcher
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(Phoenix, February 15, 2011) – The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) is optimistic as Governor Jan Brewer has declared a special session this week to increase our state’s competiveness, grow small businesses and create more jobs for Arizonans. Governor Brewer joined House Speaker Kirk Adams, Senate President Russell Pearce, Arizona Commerce Authority president and CEO Don Cardon, and ACA co-chair Jerry Colangelo to highlight the special session focused on both formalizing the Arizona Commerce Authority and a comprehensive tax reform package.

"Arizona small business owners will appreciate that this bill includes a solid foundation of support for growing existing businesses in the state – both urban and rural – while also targeting strategic growth industries,” says Donna Davis, ASBA CEO. "A healthy, robust business ecosystem supports large, medium and small businesses, and is dependent on competitive economic development activities and policies to attract and advance businesses.”

The proposed business property tax relief and job training fund offer the most direct impact for small businesses which comprise 97-percent of businesses in the state. Not to be overlooked is the ripple effect as each new, high-wage job results in more jobs being created in the goods and services industries.

"This action is a step in the right direction, increasing opportunities for our small businesses to overcome anemic sales and high taxes,” says Davis.

Further details will be available as the competitiveness package bills (SB1001 and HB2001) are debated this week. ASBA will continue to monitor the activity surrounding the proposals and provide a link to the bills and additional updates at

ASBA offers members a variety of resources to assist their small businesses rebound and emerge stronger from the recent downturn. Learn more about ASBA member benefits at or by calling the ASBA Phoenix or Tucson offices at 602.306.4000 or 520.327.0222.


About ASBA – For nearly 40 years, the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) has been a trusted source in creating opportunities for businesses to make money, save money and achieve amAZing results. With a membership of almost 5,000 businesses, representing over 300,000 employees, ASBA is the second largest trade association in the state and the only statewide association dedicated to serving small businesses. From outstanding value to an extensive range of support and services, ASBA is committed to making Arizona the best place for launching and growing your business. For more information, please visit
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The Competitiveness Package consist of two separate bills introduced in the House and Senate. Follow them using the links below:



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