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Posted By Tracelyn Sutton, American Cancer Society, Friday, March 2, 2018

It’s March and that means a lot more than bracket busters and the final four. It’s Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!!  It’s true; it doesn’t sound as exciting… But oh man, is it!  Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the US. This month signifies the leaps and bounds we have made in the fight against colorectal cancer. We have a long way to go in Arizona in order to reach our 80 percent screening goal: we need 640,000 people to get screened.   Go online and take the pledge by clicking here. 

As a business leader, we are asking you to Pledge to Screen and share this information with your colleagues, family, friends and community. 

Regular screening tests can help prevent some colorectal cancers before they start or find them early when they are small and treatment is more likely to be successful.


Important Facts to Know

  • There are several screening options available, including simple take home options. Talk to your doctor about getting screened.
  • Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, when men and women are combined, yet it can be prevented or detected at an early stage.
  • Preventing colon cancer, or finding it early, doesn’t have to be expensive. There are simple, affordable tests available. Pledge to get screened! Call your doctor today.
  • If you are over 50 or have a family history colorectal cancer, talk to your doctor about what option is best for you and get screened.

For more information go to or call Adrienne Barker at 520-357-1457 

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Tags:  american cancer society  cancer  colon  colorectal  screening 

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Big Education Bills affecting all Generations in the Workplace

Posted By Genesis Garcia, ASBA, Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Original article posted on Employee Benefit News

Student debt isn’t just negatively affecting people’s ability to save enough for retirement. It’s also making it very difficult for people to buy cars or houses, open up a credit card, or start a family.

According to a recent survey by Kelton Global, on behalf of EdAssist, 72% of individuals with student debt said it was hurting their personal relationships and stalling their careers. Seventy-eight percent said that it has impacted their ability to save for retirement.

As college costs continue to soar, so are the amounts of student loan debt people are accruing and this doesn’t just apply to millennials. Many older people are carrying debt for their children or grandchildren rather than using that money to make sure they have a secure retirement.

“It was surprising that almost two-thirds of baby boomers are carrying student loan debt. I would have thought they would have been relieved of that; they would have paid off that loan debt,” says Chris Duchesne, vice president of client service and client relations for EdAssist in Watertown, Mass.

EdAssist is an education program service provider. Not only does it offer student debt loan repayment as a benefit but it also offers tuition assistance benefit programs that employees can take advantage of when furthering their education.

Continuing opportunities for education and development are really important for millennials, the company finds. More than half of those surveyed said that those opportunities for continuing education are more important than regular pay increases. Tuition assistance and student loan debt repayment benefits together make great recruitment and retention opportunities for employers, says Duchesne.

The survey found that 64% of respondents would be reluctant to go back to school for an advanced degree because their current student loan debt is so high and 63% said that the cost of a future degree would keep them from their desired education.

“Between taking on debt for dependents and the high demand for graduate degrees in today’s workforce, people of all ages are carrying student loan debt. As an employer we want to see our employees lead happy and fruitful lives. With the amount of debt degree-holding individuals are facing today, we feel it is right from a recruitment and retention perspective to help ease this burden for our employees,” says John Eshleman, manager of benefits for Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, Texas, which offers student loan repayment benefits to employees.

Seventy-one percent of millennials who graduated from college in 2015 entered the workforce with student loan debt. The average amount of debt was $37,172. This generation is one of the most educated, with 61% of millennials having attended college, compared to only 46% of boomers, according to the survey.

“By offering this sort of program, it is psychologically meaningful because you have an option as an employer to give more money, but the fact is this is directed to student loan repayment, focusing on people at different life stages than other benefits address,” Duchesne says.

Many benefits programs are directed at workers with families or those over the age of 35. There’s not a lot of programs that target the other end of the spectrum.

NVIDIA, a Silicon Valley technology company, began offering EdAssist’s student loan repayment option to its employees on Jan. 1, 2016.

“Our intent was to improve employees’ experience. We know that student loan debt is one of the biggest struggles that new college grads are facing today, so what we wanted to do is extend our help as a benefits team to help them address that struggle so they can focus on other things,” says Andrea Trudell, director of global benefits for NVIDIA.

“What it does from my perspective is it prevents them from living their best life,” she says. “Their student loan debt is so significant, usually upwards of $40,000 or more. For new college grads, they are starting out at a lower pay so they are struggling to meet necessary needs like housing and food and we wanted to help out with that.”

The program is very popular at NVIDIA. It pays up to $6,000 per year, up to a $30,000 lifetime maximum, toward the employee’s principal student debt loan payment. Employees are eligible to apply for the program up to three years after the date they graduated.

EdAssist said that the student loan crisis is “more than a crisis of cash; it’s a societal crossroads. People are desperate for help.”

According to its research, nearly half of respondents said they’re so stressed they’d prefer help with school debt over budgeting, credit card debt and even retirement. Nearly one-third of respondents said that debt repayment is the most important job benefit, according to EdAssist.


Paula Aven Gladych


Tags:  education  student 

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ASBA Kicks off Arizona Speaks Series with A 2016 Point of View for Small Business

Posted By Julie Armstrong, Arizona Small Business Association, Thursday, February 18, 2016

ASBA Kicks Off Arizona Speaks Series with A 2016 Point of View for Small Business


The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) kicked off their newest series, Arizona Speaks, with a bang last week!  The first session, A 2016 Point of View for Small Business, presented a high-level view of the key issues facing small business today.  All 5 sessions of the series will include panel discussions with industry leaders giving business owners and managers, ideas and strategies that will help keep them relevant in this new economy.  Speakers and topics from the most recent session included:


  • Charlie Berry, Senior Counsel, Clark Hill – Access to Capital & Financing for Small Business
  • Lisa Graham Keegan, Principal Partner, The Keegan Company – State of Education in Arizona & Issues Related to Small Business
  • Gunnar Light, Managing Partner, Global G Group – Going Global & Understanding if Your Small Business Can
  • Park Howell, Founder & President, Park&Co – Story Telling & Why It’s Important
  • Jim Small, Editor, Arizona Capitol Times – Public Policy & Getting Involved as a Small Business Owner


ASBA would like to personally thank CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company for not only sponsoring Arizona Speaks – A 2016 Point of View for Small Business, but for agreeing to sponsor the remaining events.  The upcoming session in Arizona Speaks, titled Shooting Straight in your Small Business, is sure to bring even more buzz, as ASBA takes the event out onto the golf course!  You can expect to hear from top-notch professionals on topics including: knowing your competition, developing your brand, building your team strategy, keeping your business on course, and discovering solutions that save your business strokes.  For more information on the series and upcoming session, be sure to reach ASBA at or email Julie Armstrong at

Tags:  education  finance  global  public policy  small business 

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Multitasking is Killing Your Brain

Posted By Gabriel Salcido, Arizona Small Business Association, Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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Linkedin Strategies to Grow Your Business (Video)

Posted By Gabriel Salcido, Arizona Small Business Association, Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Thanks to Patrick Harter and Lisa Raymond for providing us this valuable content. PLEASE NOTE: We had some feedback on the mic the first 6mins of video. Good thing is the real presentation starts just after that. Feel free to skip after 6 mins.

Tags:  growing your business  Linkedin  strategies 

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