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“M*A*S*H” Star and Author Wayne Rogers Will Provide Keynote Address

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"M*A*S*H” Star and Author Wayne Rogers Will Provide Keynote Address

(Phoenix, April 6, 2011) – The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are announcing Arizona’s small business award winners. Eight business champions will be recognized during the 18th Annual Enterprise Business Awards Luncheon on May 5th at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in the Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer will provide welcome remarks. Wayne Rogers, successful entrepreneur, author of Make Your Own Rules and actor, most notable for his role as "Trapper John" in the classic comedy series M*A*S*H, will provide the keynote address. Award winning journalist and host of Arizona Highways Television, Robin Sewell will emcee the program honoring the amAZing® accomplishments of each awardee during one of our nation’s most challenging economic times.

"We are thrilled to recognize these extraordinary entrepreneurs who have demonstrated incredible staying power and exceptional results,” says Donna Davis, ASBA Chief Executive Officer. "This event is also an opportunity to celebrate all Arizona small business owners who continue to hang on as both the state and national economies change course and head into positive territory.”

"Each year the SBA has the honor of spotlighting Arizona winners of our Small Business Week awards which celebrate and spotlight the entrepreneurial spirit and community activism that has long characterized the small business community of Arizona,” states Robert Blaney, SBA’s Arizona District Director. "As risk takers, innovators, and employers, these winners reflect how small businesses contribute to both the state economy and their local communities.”

Recipients of the 2011 U.S. Small Business Administration Awards represent small business achievements across the state.
· Small Business Person of the Year: J. Dan Kelley, managing member of Tierra Dynamic Integrated Environmental Services in Phoenix.
· Exporter of the Year: Mark Miller, account manager with Vante, a medical device manufacturer in Tucson.
· Family-Owned Business of the Year: Robert Hollis with Hollis Cinemas in Globe.
· Women in Business Champion of the Year: Debbie Chandler, executive director of Microbusiness Advancement Center in Tucson.
· Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year: Rayond Ragan III, president of Rook & Knight – Strategic Communications and Technology in Phoenix.
· Minority Small Business Champion of the Year: Tony Hatcher, retired SBE procurement manager with the City of Phoenix Finance Department/Purchasing Division.
· Financial Services Champion of the Year: Tim Collins, senior vice president – SBA lending for BNC National Bank in Cave Creek.
· Small Business Development Center Award: Randy Nelson, director of Arizona Western College, SBDC in Yuma.

Join the celebration honoring these small business leaders on May 5th. To register, visit <> or call 602-306-4000. Registration deadline is May 3, 2011.

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 – The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) is a dynamic, growing community dedicated to entrepreneurial development and business advancement. With a reach to more than 300,000 employees at nearly 5,000 member businesses, ASBA provides services at every stage of business growth. Offering resources to fulfill critical business needs, ASBA members enjoy access to the only state guaranteed-acceptance group health plan, human resource solutions and group buying power. ASBA’s Entrepreneurial Accelerator provides professional leadership mentoring coupled with on-demand access to business training. With 41% growth during the recent economic downturn, ASBA is Arizona’s leading, most experienced trade association. For more information, please visit www.asba.com> . Join ASBA. Be amAZed®

About the U.S. SBA (Arizona District Office) - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The Arizona District Office plays a significant role in the economic development of Arizona with a substantial impact to the state’s economy. For more information, please call 602-745-7200 or visit <> .


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