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5 Ways to Keep it Small This Holiday Weekend

Posted By Ashley Vizzerra, ThinkSmallBiz, Friday, July 1, 2016



How to have a killer weekend while supporting small businesses.

1. #NOM- Buy your grill grub from your local farmer's market on Saturday or from Luci's Healthy Marketplace (P.S. Have you checked out their new location at The Orchard? It's uh-maze-ing)

2. #SPARKLE- Enjoy some quality family time under the flashes of fireworks at Indian Steele Park. With live entertainment, a splash pad, and lots of food vendors (yay small biz!), the whole family is sure to have a great time! Click here for other Independence Day celebrations.

3. #GULP- Designate a driver, grab your friends, and head over to one of the local breweries serving up fabulous holiday specials.

4. #MORENOM- Because... food. Sunday brunch is that much sweeter knowing you don't have to work Monday. Why not make a day of it? Need some ideas? Check out the ThinkSmallBiz Directory.

5. #FROYO- It's going to be hot (hi, July in Arizona), so what better time to load up on delicious cold treats? Grab a frozen yogurt with all your favorite toppings at Twirl. Not on team FroYo? Check out the shaved ice from Snoh Ice Shavery... it makes 110 degree weekends seem just a little cooler.

Have a Happy & Safe Holiday Weekend!

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Tags:  entrepreneur  Independence Day  July 4  small business  ThinkSmallBiz 

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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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Are Your Ready for Small Business Saturday?

Posted By Arizona Small Business Association, Monday, November 23, 2015


This Saturday is Small Business Saturday! As you may know, we’ve partnered with the ThinkSmallBiz movement to help encourage shoppers to support our small business community this holiday season.

Whether you're shopping or dining, we encourage you to #ThinkSmallBiz! Don’t have a favorite small biz? Find one today at

ThinkSmallBiz has highlighted a few businesses to help you get started. See more at


Babies on the Block… Don’t forget the littlest ones this holiday season! Babies on the Block offers a large variety of baby products including car seats, strollers, carriers, nursing and feeding essentials, diapers and toys. Conveniently located in the Park Place Mall, their friendly staff can help you find the perfect gift. Shop Now

bed DRS… Looking for a new mattress?  Using state-of-the-art pressure mapping, the friendly staff at bed DRS can help you find the mattress that is right for you and your health.  You can even test your selection for up to 4 hours in their comfortable Dream Room! Shop Now

Changing Hand Bookstore… With an extremely helpful and friendly staff, Changing Hands will help you find the perfect book for the avid reader in your family or a fun stocking stuffer. Stop by the location on Camelback to enjoy a beer or coffee from First Draft while you shop. Shop Now

The Dhaba… A long-time Tempe favorite by far, The Dhaba welcomes you with a cozy atmosphere and authentic (and delicious!) Indian food. Don’t forget to stop by the adjoining market as well! Shop Now

Kidstop Specialty Toys & Books… Avoid the chaos of the giant retailers and pick up fun and educational toys for all the kids in your life at Kidstop in North Scottsdale. Shop Now

Queen Creek Olive Mill… Find the perfect stocking stuffers and gifts for family and friends from out-of-town.  This local treasure has an great selection of olives, extra virgin olive oil, sweets, wine, and bath & body products.  Visit their marketplace locations in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Tucson or stop by the Mill in Queen Creek to see where the magic happens (they will be offering FREE Olive Oil 101 tours all day - every hour on the half from 9:30-3:30 - on Small Business Saturday). Shop Now


Don’t forget to keep it small when stopping for lunch, coffee or a drink with friends!

OKRA Cookhouse & Cocktails… OKRA is a brand new restaurant in central Phoenix offering Southern style “eats” with an Italian twist. The hush puppies are a must-try! Shop Now

Short Leash Dogs… You haven’t lived until you’ve tried a hot dog from Short Leash Dogs! Stop by one of their three locations in Phoenix for lunch and mention “ThinkSmallBiz” to receive 20% off your tab! Shop Now

Songbird Coffee & Tea House… Tucked in a quaint historic home in downtown Phoenix, Songbird offers custom-made coffees, teas and treats that will start your day off right. Shop Now

Tommy Pastrami’s NY Deli… After working up an appetite at CitySkate (CityScape’s outdoor ice skating rink), walk over to Tommy Pastrami’s NY Deli for an authentic New York pastrami on rye bread sandwich. Your taste buds will thank you. Shop Now



Not in the mood to go out? Stay home and shop online while still supporting local small businesses!

BB Vintage and More… Looking for a gift that is unique and one-of-a-kind?  BB Vintage and More specializes in unique vintage collectibles, jewelry, turquoise, and sports memorabilia.  Be sure to visit their website and like their Facebook page to receive 20% off!  Shop Now

Elegant Gifts… Need a gift for one of your clients, kids’ teachers, or picky relatives? Have a beautifully customized basket delivered right to their office or home. Shop Now

To find these small businesses, and many more, visit today!

Be sure to track your journey on social media with the hashtags:



Tags:  black friday  shopsmall  small business  ThinkSmallBiz 

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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 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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