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ASBA Assembles Team of Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, July 27, 2011   (0 Comments)
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Posted by: David Drennon, VP, Marketing + Business Development
520.327.0222 | 602.306.4000 |

Group Increases Focus on Southern Arizona Business Needs

(Tucson, July 27, 2011) – The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) is enhancing its approach to innovative business solutions by establishing a team of entrepreneurs to support its mission in the Southern Arizona region.  To propel business success, the working group will provide valuable guidance and assistance to ASBA, its 3,000 Southern Arizona business members, and its more than 10,000 member businesses across Arizona.  ASBA’s focus is to help small businesses and entrepreneurs grow with tools to work smarter, significant group discounts to save money, and public policy advocacy to protect their businesses.

"Assembling this team of leaders from the region’s small business community will aid ASBA in its ability to foster our members’ growth and innovation,” says Donna Davis, Chief Executive Officer of ASBA.  "We continually identify best practices and resources to offer and actively keep a pulse on public policy issues at the state and federal levels.”

ASBA’s team for Southern Arizona includes:

  • Mark Banister, Founder, CTO and inventor of Medipacs pump system and unique polymer actuator materials.
  • Michael Berman, Director of Manufacturing for Tempronics, and engaged in the state’s nanotechnology cluster.
  • Stacey Collins, Development and IT Director at Abby Office Centers, who is also on the board of Downtown Tucson Partnership.
  • Kay Daggett, a well known champion of film industry and small business, and currently with the City of Sierra Vista.
  • Mike Munday, a serial entrepreneur and owner of Tech News Frontiers and Sci-Tech Reports, digital platforms covering innovation enterprise in Arizona.
Other team members will be added in the coming weeks, and the group will find support from ASBA’s regional board of directors’ members from Southern Arizona:
  • Vice Chair Joe Higgins, serial entrepreneur of Abtech Industries, Gotta Go Wireless and Talking Trash Waste Removal, and co-host of "Wake-Up Tucson” on KVOI.
  • Doug Martin, President and General Manager of Good News Radio Broadcasting.
  • Brad Specht, Client Associate with Wells Fargo Advisors.

"With our team of business leaders in Southern Arizona, we are positioned to approach old and new challenges in fundamentally different ways,” says Joe Higgins, Vice Chairman, ASBA Board of Directors.  "We are serious about an aggressive approach to get business back on track which will fuel the creation of jobs, grow our economy, and increase opportunities for Arizona entrepreneurs.”

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 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 10,000 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, and significant group buying power.  ASBA’s Entrepreneurial Accelerator provides professional leadership mentoring coupled with business education.  With 41% growth during the recent economic downturn, ASBA is Arizona’s leading, most experienced trade association.  Discover more at Join ASBA. Be amAZed®


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