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ASBA Recognizes Board of Directors and Staff Member of the Year

Posted By Ashley Vizzerra, Arizona Small Business Association, Thursday, March 3, 2016

ARIZONA SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, March 3, 2016

 

Contact: Ashley Vizzerra

Communications Coordinator

(602) 306-4000

avizzerra@asba.com

 

ASBA Recognizes Board of Directors and Staff Member of the Year

Phoenix, AZ – During the Arizona Small Business Association’s (ASBA) 2016 Annual Meeting, outgoing board members, 2015 Board Member of the Year, and 2015 Staff Member of the Year were given recognition for their dedication and service to ASBA.

 

2015 Staff Member of the Year – Laura Bassett
ASBA was proud to recognize Laura Bassett, Member Services Manager, as the recipient of the 2015 Staff Member of the Year award.  Between baking homemade goodies for the office and making personalized phone calls to help the ASBA members feel welcome and supported, Laura’s positive and dedicated attitude were more than deserving of this recognition.

 

2015 Board Member of the Year – Mike Leeds
As an ASBA member since 2003, Mike Leeds, Owner, ProSales Coaching, was the recipient of the 2015 Board Member of the Year award.  Mike is continuously engaged in ASBA and has been a valuable addition to the Board of Directors.  He continues to run the ASBA Speed Networking Program, serve on the ASBA Board of Directors, and was welcomed as a guest at ASBA 101. 

 

 

2015 Outgoing Board of Directors

Donna Robinson, ADM Enterprises, Inc.
2009-2015

 

 

  

 

Linda Stanfield, Benjamin Franklin, The Punctual Plumber
2011-2015

 

 

 

 

 

Karen Karr, Clark Hill PLC
2012-2015

 
 
 
 
 
 
Sandra Luke, CHMWarnick, LLC
2015-2015


 

 

 

 

Luke Johnson, Legend Capital Group
2015-2015

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About ASBA:

The mission of the Arizona Small Business Association is to be THE statewide resource for small business.   Business owners join ASBA for the convenience and efficiency of our products and services, to engage and advocate for public policy that ignites small business growth, and to foster a positive economic direction for Arizona powered by entrepreneurism. By bringing thousands of small businesses together, ASBA has created greater value for all members and is proof positive that our mission of supporting small businesses through an active and connected community is working.

 

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NSBA Releases 2015 Year-End Economic Report

Posted By Ashley Vizzerra, Arizona Small Business Association, Tuesday, March 1, 2016

ARIZONA SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Contact: Ashley Vizzerra
Communications Coordinator
(602) 306-4000
avizzerra@asba.com

NSBA Releases 2015 Year-End Economic Report

In the National Small Business Association’s (NSBA) recently released 2015 Year-End Economic Report, it seems the small business community has a less optimistic outlook on the overall economy than it held just a short six months ago when the report was released in July 2015. To no surprise, the survey revealed that when asked what the most significant challenges to the future growth and survival of their businesses were, owners responded with: economic uncertainty (49%), cost of health insurance benefits (36%), decline in customer spending (34%), and regulatory burdens (33%). Although small businesses seem to be apprehensive regarding the overall economy, 75% are confident in the future of their business, an increase of 4% from six months ago. Additionally, 50% of business owners are planning on utilizing new advertising and marketing strategies to increase the growth of their company.

Despite some of the legislative efforts made this past year in regards to funding opportunities for small businesses (such as Crowdfunding and exporting), one-in-four small businesses still cannot access adequate financing. However, nearly one-in-five small businesses saw an increase in their lines of credit or credit cards, indicating that the financial standing of small business is increasing.

In terms of political issues needing to be addressed by Congress and the President, small businesses report the following top four issues: reduce the national deficit (20%), end the partisan gridlock and work together (16%), simplify the tax system (15%), and reduce the tax burden (9%). Over 60% of small business owners say they would support a proposal regarding reforming and reducing entitlement spending. With the 2016 Presidential elections right around the corner, only 5% of small business owners are confident in the candidates’ understanding of small business.

Rick Murray, Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) CEO, comments, “Despite the report indicating less positivity from small business owners, we are still seeing that gross sales and revenues have increased in the last year by 14% while over 70% are able to obtain financing. That’s great progress from the past year, showing us that we are moving in the right direction.”

As 97.9% of all employer firms in the United States are small businesses, the NSBA Economic Report is a clear indicator of what businesses nationwide need to enhance the economy. Providing this insight will hopefully move legislation and economic spending in a direction that continues to help small businesses thrive.

About ASBA:

The mission of the Arizona Small Business Association is to be THE statewide resource for small business. Business owners join ASBA for the convenience and efficiency of our products and services, to engage and advocate for public policy that ignites small business growth, and to foster a positive economic direction for Arizona powered by entrepreneurism. By bringing thousands of small businesses together, ASBA has created greater value for all members and is proof positive that our mission of supporting small businesses through an active and connected community is working.

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SB-1425 Complements Arizona's Equity Crowdfunding Law

Posted By Ashley Vizzerra, Arizona Small Business Association, Thursday, February 18, 2016

ARIZONA SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, February 18, 2016

 

Contact: Ashley Vizzerra

Communications Coordinator

(602) 306-4000

avizzerra@asba.com

 

 

SB-1425 Complements Arizona’s Equity Crowdfunding Law

 

Phoenix, AZ – The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) is spearheading the effort to pass legislation complementing last year’s intrastate crowdfunding legislation.  Currently allowed in 28 other states, the Reg D 504 exemption will allow businesses to raise up to $1 million without going through the Securities Exchange Commission.  This bill differs from the current crowdfunding law in that it will allow for investors beyond Arizona residents to participate.

 

This crowdfunding initiative is an important aspect of Arizona’s economic development as it allows for businesses to fund expansion through non-traditional means, thus creating more jobs.  Sponsored by Senator David Farnsworth, SB-1425 Securities; registration exemptions, would bring opportunity to businesses in Arizona because it allows an infinite number of unaccredited investors to partake in investing, there is no limit to the amount invested, investors do not have to reside in Arizona, offerings can be debt or equity, and all investments can be made tradable so as to provide liquidity to the investors.  Additionally, there is no requirement that the issuer registers securities with the SEC, but simply notifies them and the AZ Corporation Commission of the transaction.    

 

“With the success of the Arizona Crowdfunding Law, this legislation would be right in line with what we are trying to do here for Arizona businesses,” states ASBA CEO, Rick Murray.  “Getting this on the books would help to make Arizona look even more attractive to the underwriting community, thus increasing business being conducted here in our state.”

 

The overall benefit of the bill is that it provides the issuer of the security another choice for assistance in business development that will be extremely simple.  Since the Arizona Crowdfunding Law went live this past July, positive strides are being made to further the economic development of not only businesses in Arizona, but Arizona as a whole.  We can expect to see great progress in business investing should this legislation be passed.  

Tags:  crowdfunding  finance  public policy 

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ASBA Becomes Part of Community Grant Program through The Walmart Foundation / Sam's Club

Posted By Ashley Vizzerra, Arizona Small Business Association, Tuesday, December 8, 2015


 

 

ARIZONA SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Contact: Ashley Vizzerra
Communications Coordinator
(602) 306-4000
avizzerra@asba.com


ASBA Becomes Part of Community Grant Program through The Walmart Foundation / Sam’s Club


Phoenix, AZ – The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) is a proud recipient of a $22,000 grant through the Community Grant Program provided by The Walmart Foundation / Sam’s Club to fund education and mentoring outreach for the small business community across Arizona.


Rick Murray, ASBA CEO, Carol Mangen, ASBA Director of Member Benefits, and Julie Armstrong, ASBA Community Engagement and Events Manager received the $22,000 check fromTodd Harkins, Market Membership Sales Manager of Sam’s Club. Participating in the event were several employees at the Sam’s Club Chandler location.


Although a global organization, The Walmart Foundation / Sam’s Club strongly believes in giving back locally – creating an impact in the neighborhoods where we all live and work. Through the Community Grant Program, The Walmart Foundation / Sam’s Club proudly support the needs of their communities by providing grants to local organizations.


“Our members are business owners and we want to help make them profitable and save money whether they are coming in and purchasing items for their office or for their family. The more we can do to support ASBA in providing education to business owners the better it is for not only us, but our small businesses, and the community,” Todd Harkins expressed.


“Part of our job as the statewide resource for small businesses is to help our small business owners succeed by providing them with opportunities to save money which translates to bigger profits,” states Rick Murray, ASBA CEO. “We are honored to be a part of the Community Grant Program and value the support Walmart / Sam’s Club provides for the small business community.”

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Hawkins Wealth Advisory voted Best Investment Company Phoenix 2015

Posted By Robert E. Hawkins, Hawkins Wealth Advisory LLC, Thursday, December 3, 2015

Best Businesses Rewarding the Best in Business
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hawkins Wealth Advisory Receives 2015 Best Businesses of Phoenix Award Phoenix Award Program Honors the Achievement

Phoenix, November 19, 2015 -- Hawkins Wealth Advisory has been selected for the 2015 Best Businesses of Phoenix Award in the Investing category by the Best Businesses of Phoenix Award Program.

Each year, the Best Businesses of Phoenix Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Phoenix area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Best Businesses of Phoenix Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Best Businesses of Phoenix Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About the Best Businesses of Phoenix Award Program

The Best Businesses of Phoenix Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Phoenix area.  Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Best Businesses of Phoenix Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Best Businesses of Phoenix Award Program

CONTACT:
Best Businesses of Phoenix Award Program
Email:PublicRelations@BestBusinesses.biz
URL: http://www.BestBusinesses.biz
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Phoenix Award Program Honors the Achievement Phoenix, November 19, 2015 -- Hawkins Wealth Advisory has been selected for the 2015 Best Businesses of Phoenix Award in the Investing category by the Best Businesses of Phoenix Award Program.

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