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Posted By Administration, Monday, March 6, 2017

Have we mentioned how much we <3 our members? So much so that we'll be featuring new members every week! Get familiar with this week's fresh faces. 

Randstad Staffing-Office Administratiive
Randstad US is a wholly owned subsidiary of Randstad Holding 
nv, a $24.5 billion global provider of HR services. As one of the largest staffing organizations in the United States, Randstad provides temporary, temporary-to-hire and permanent placement services each week to over 100,000 people through its network of more than 900 branches and on-site locations.

Connect with Randstad Staffing - Office Administrative 

Chapman Group Holdings LLC

Chapman Group Holdings, LLC, is a business that was started in 2015, with the sole purpose of assisting asset management companies, realtors, and banks. We currently offer services that include, but are not limited to: interior/exterior cleaning, debris/trash removal, and lawn maintenance care.

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A&J Bookkeeping and Business Support
Our staff has extensive experience in preparation and supervision of day-to-day and analytical accounting, including: administration all accounting through financial statements, tax records and meeting deadlines, cost accounting, work in progress, cash flow controls, set up of managerial reports, set up of budget processes. We work with your staff to create the managerial reports to assist and support your business; A & J Bookkeeping and Business Support enables their clients to make timely and strategic business decisions.

Connect with A & J Bookkeeping and Business Support

Tags:  ASBA  ASBA News  AZ Small Biz  New Members  Small Business 

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ASBA Love… It runs in the family!

Posted By Laura Bassett, Arizona Small Business Association, Thursday, February 18, 2016

Hi there!  My name is Laura Bassett.  I am Member Services Manager at ASBA, and I LOVE my job. 

I love being able to interact with entrepreneurs and small business owners from across the state, and it is a joy to watch our members make connections and grow their business. 

My love for ASBA doesn’t just stay at the office – it is something I take home with me every day.  Even my out of state family gets to hear all about our members, events, and programs.  It’s been fun to help fuel a fire encouraging my friends and loved ones to “think small” when thinking about where to shop or eat or when they are in the market for a particular service.

That’s why I was BEYOND excited when my mom recently sent me flowers at the office and I noticed that the beautiful arrangement was from an ASBA member’s flower shop – PJ’s Flowers & Events.

I was surprised at her choice because my mom lives in Florida, and I couldn’t imagine that she randomly chose a florist that happened to be an ASBA member.  I snapped a picture of the flowers and sent her a very excited “Thank you!”  She called immediately and told me that she found PJ’s Flowers on our website by searching for florists in our member directory.  She called PJ’s Flowers and explained how she found them and placed her order.  Way to go, Mom!

I love that while supporting me, she also supported ASBA and our ASBA Members!

I just really want to encourage all of our members to find opportunities to do the same.  We are all a part of this small business community that makes Arizona so great!

 

-Laura Bassett

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Tags:  ASBA love  ASBA news  Florists  pj's flowers  thinksmallbiz 

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How to Improve Your SEO Score and Why You Need to Do It

Posted By Cort Walberg, Power To Be Found, Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Quick 8-Point SEO Checklist

Many people in the digital marketing world are aware of the importance of SEO scores, but may do not know how to calculate or improve them. There is a step-by-step process that can help you determine how your website is doing and what you have to do to improve your SEO score.

Consider these eight points:

  1. Analyze your domain authority
  2. Determine website load times
  3. Check and update the sitemap
  4. Monitor robots.txt
  5. Keep an eye on meta content
  6. Keep checking H-tags
  7. Add high-quality onsite content
  8. Include relevant keywords

In today’s digital world, information is the currency of online marketing. SEO encompasses a world of information, with everything from graphs to combinations of metrics, which you can easily use to boost your website’s visibility!

Read the entire article, click here

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Tags:  Arizona  asba news  business development  business services  content  cort walberg  domain  keywords  marketing  online reputation  power to be found  SEO  small business 

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Networking is to Your Business as a Bee is to Honey

Posted By Julie Armstrong, Arizona Small Business Association, Monday, November 2, 2015

Many people tell me, “You make it look so easy”.  My response back is “networking” is not easy, however it should be worthwhile.  I have found over the 20+ years I have been interacting in the business to business social scene that very little has changed, given the prevalent changes in technology and the social media surge.  The formula to successful networking is to focus on the outcomes you wish to accomplish during the event.

 

Be prepared…here are some tips to get you there:

  1. Bring your smile, it will increase your face value

  2. Know your business, know your brand.  Focus on the benefits of your product/service rather than the features

  3. Speak with conviction and confidence

  4. Listen, Listen, Listen – genuinely engage in conversation

  5. Ask questions relevant to conversation

  6. Make eye contact with the person you are speaking with (don't be looking around the room to see who else is there)

  7. Bring your end game.  Know what is it that you want to accomplish from attending the networking opportunity

In addition to these tips, here are things you should always practice when preparing for networking.

Remain positive.  The attendance and audience size are a consideration; smaller numbers can render greater outcomes.  Choose networking events you know will be advantageous for the audience (clients) you are seeking. Research the event, check history, sponsors/partners and search for feedback from past events the organization has hosted.

 

Dress for success.  Ensure you present yourself in a professional, well-dressed manner. Your name badge should always be on your right upper chest for clear visual during handshake and other exchanges.  Have a place to store collected business cards, keeping your hands free to meet and greet people.  Have your business cards handy and bring plenty with you.

 

Be aware of your non-verbal communication and the message you might send with wondering eyes and looking around the room while trying to communicate.  Chewing gum, tobacco and smoking is a distraction in any networking environment. Be respectful of others.  Breath mints are a suggested sidekick.

 

Use technology only as a means to exchange ideas or show people your website or other business related content.  No texting, talking on your phone or communicating with non-attendees during the event.  If you need to make a call or text, step outside.

 

Many times I will circle back to an individual before leaving to gather further information or ask a few more questions, if necessary.  After the event, take notes for appropriate follow-up.  Make a quick assessment of your brief meeting with the person; ascertain the benefits of furthering a conversation or another meeting with them.  What can they learn from you, what can you learn from them.  This will be good information when following up via email to set an appointment.  Do not rely solely on social media to relationship build with your new contacts.  Send an email to make initial contact, then pick up the phone and set an appointment with them.

 

Happy Networking!

Tags:  asba  asba news  b2b  brand  networking  thinksmallbiz 

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Call for Speakers for 2015 AZ Small Biz Con & Think Small Biz Expo

Posted By Julie Armstrong, Arizona Small Business Association, Friday, November 7, 2014
Updated: Thursday, November 13, 2014

ASBA will hold AZ Small Biz Con 2015 on Tuesday, May 19 and Wednesday, 20, 2015.  We are preparing for the largest small business event in Arizona.

Arizona small business owners and professionals from across the state will attend to network, seek new business ideas/strategies and attend educational breakout sessions.

ASBA is currently seeking speakers to participate.  We are looking for highly-motivated, power-packed speakers to deliver timely discussions, relevant education and meaningful interactions.

Are you interested in speaking at the AZ Small Biz Con 2015? 

If so, Click here and complete the speaker application.

Please contact Julie Armstrong at jarmstrong@asba.com or 602-306-4000 with questions.

Tags:  ASBA  ASBA News  AZ Small Biz Con  Call for Speakers  Julie Armstrong  small biz  speakers  ThinkSmallBiz 

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NFIB Small Business Index Hits Second Highest Reading Since 2007

Posted By Arizona Small Business Association, Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

 

NFIB's small business optimism index hits its second highest point since October 2007. Despite the uptick, job creation, job openings, capital spending plans and inventory investment plans (hard measures of the index) were unchanged.
Small businesses reported taxes, government regulations and store sales were among their top concerns.

Today's ASBA news update has been brought to you by CopperPoint, Arizona's premier provider of workers' compensation insurance.

 

Produced by Sequence Media Group

 

Tags:  ASBA NEWS  asbanews  NFIB Optimism index  Small Biz  Small Business 

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Home Depot Confirms Payment Data System Breach

Posted By Arizona Small Business Association, Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

 

Home Depot confirmed it's payment data systems was hacked. While no evidence proves debit pin numbers were compromised, Home Depot is not holding shoppers responsible for fraudulent charges and are taking extra steps to ensure customer's information privacy. 

Today's ASBA news update has been brought to you by CopperPoint, Arizona's premier provider of workers' compensation insurance.

 

Produced by Sequence Media Group

 

Tags:  asba news  asbanews  data breach  hackers  Home Depot  LifeLock  small biz  small business  Target 

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ASBA Update with CEO Rick Murray: Access to Capital, Affordable Care Act

Posted By Rick Murray, Arizona Small Business Association, Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ASBA's CEO Rick Murray provides an update for Arizona small business owners on what is available to help them with their business.

- Access to capital with ASBA Pulse
- Affordable Care Act health insurance options
- ASBA's Open House Business Expo & Free networking








Tags:  Access to Capital  ASBA News  Free Networking  Lending  Small Biz  Small Business 

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Small Business Lending Slowly Recovering

Posted By Arizona Small Business Association, Wednesday, August 20, 2014


According to new data from the FDIC, at the end of the first quarter, small business lending was up 1% from last September, but still 18% less than the peak in 2008. Small-business lending is slowly recovering, but still lags behind most other types of business & consumer loans.

Tags:  ASBA news  Capital  Lending  Loans  Small Business Lending 

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The Most Profitable Small Business?

Posted By Arizona Small Business Association, Wednesday, August 20, 2014



Why did accounting services lead the pack in delivering the best profit margins according to Sageworks, a financial information company? Service-based services along with healthcare and real estate dominated the rest of the list.

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