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Arizona Town Hall Seeks to Strengthen Arizona-Mexico Regional Cooperation

Posted By Teresie Zmyslinski., Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC, Friday, May 19, 2017

PHOENIX, Ariz. (May 18, 2017) – Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., in partnership with Arizona Town Hall, is pleased to host the inaugural Community Town Hall on May 25-26, 2017 at the Hotel Lucerna in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.

The Community Town Hall event in Hermosillo was one of the recommendations issued from the 108th Arizona Town Hall. Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, a long-time supporter of Arizona Town Hall, is the premier sponsor of the event.

“The objective of the event is to bring diverse perspectives from both sides of the border to constructively discuss how to strengthen economic partnerships and cooperation between Arizona and Sonora for the betterment of the region as a whole,” states Patrick F Welch, an attorney at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon who, through his relationships and contacts in Hermosillo, has been instrumental in arranging the Community Town Hall.

The event will also include remarks from key leaders helping to shape state and national policy impacting this important relationship, including:

  • Rafael Fernandez de Castro, Department Head of International Studies at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico
  • Karen Ogle, Consul General of the United States of America, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
  • Flor Ayala, Local Deputy, Congress of the State of Sonora
  • Ruben Gallego, Representative, Arizona District 7, U.S. House of Representatives.

According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative, American goods and services trade with Mexico totaled an estimated $579.7 billion in 2016.  Mexico is currently the United States’ third largest goods trading partner with $525.1 billion in (two way) goods trade during 2016. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been one of the main drivers for this economic growth as demonstrated by this substantial growth as compared to pre-NAFTA statistics. Arizona, because it borders Mexico, has been identified as one of the states that has benefitted the most from NAFTA.

According to the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, Mexico is Arizona’s number one trade partner, accounting for about 30% of all Arizona’s exports to foreign markets and 37% of all Arizona’s imports from foreign markets. Arizona exports to Mexico in 2016 totaled $8.32 billion, and primarily include manufacturing products and agricultural goods.

“As an attorney representing United States and Mexican-based companies and individuals involved in cross-border trade and investment between Arizona and Mexico, I have seen an uptick in inquiries for legal services relating cross-border activities,” states Welch. “The take away from these statistics and my personal experience is that economic trade and investment between Arizona and Mexico is of critical importance to Arizona’s economy and the Arizona-Sonora region as a whole.”  

The upcoming Community Town Hall in Hermosillo will provide an excellent opportunity for stakeholders involved in cross-border trade and investment between Arizona and Mexico to come together to explore how Arizona and Sonora can expand their vibrant economic partnership. It will also address opportunities and challenges raised by globalization. For example, what are the prospects for development of the Arizona-Sonora region as an important regional hub for international commerce? Participants may choose to discuss infrastructure needs, tax reforms, and other policies needed to make the most of the region’s competitiveness in the global marketplace. 

“Participants will discuss commercial trends that could influence the region, the impact of immigration and border security, and how Sonora and Arizona can serve as a template for a productive relationship between Mexico and the United States. These are just some of the important topics that participants will discuss at the Community Town Hall event in Hermosillo later this month,” states Tara Jackson, President of Arizona Town Hall. “Participants at this event will undoubtedly leave with a better understanding of the role we all play in supporting the important relationship between Arizona and Sonora, and how to help improve our regional and global competitiveness.”

About Arizona Town Hall

Arizona Town Hall educates, engages, connects and empowers people to resolve important issues through consensus, not division, using a process based on respectful dialogue that values diverse perspectives, builds relationships and fosters leadership development. For more information, visit

About Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C.

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., has been providing legal counsel for 75 years through its offices in Phoenix and Peoria, Arizona; and Washington, D.C. The firm's primary areas of practice include agribusiness; automobile dealership law; bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors’ rights; construction; corporate and securities; employee benefits and pensions; energy; family law and domestic relations; health care; intellectual property; international law; labor and employment; legal ethics; litigation; professional liability defense; real estate; surety and fidelity; tax; and trust and estates. For additional information please visit and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

The firm’s affiliate, B3 Strategies, assists clients with lobbying and public policy strategy at the local, state, and federal levels. For more information please visit


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Posted By Susan F. Moody, Starshine Associates, Friday, May 5, 2017

(PHOENIX, AZ) With only a week away from launching the West Valley’s 1st Co-Op and Co-Working Space for women, StarshineAZ co-founders Susan F. Moody and Leeanne Gardner are adding the final touches to their innovative concept.

“Response from women business owners has been amazing!” says Leeanne. “They are looking forward to being able to be their authentic self and receiving the support that they need to be successful.”

Starshine is a combination community center, learning exchange, business center and resource library for female CEOs all rolled into one. “Basically we combined all the services we would like in one location. Having started over 14 businesses,” stated Susan, “we know exactly what it takes to inspire and empower women to build a business that makes a difference and makes money while living a life that matters.”

Offerings include themed community activities every day of the week: Motivational Monday, Teaching Tuesday, Wine Down Wednesday, Take Care Thursday and Friendly Friday. According to Moody and Gardner,”When you create a business you need speaking opportunities, networking events and accountability partnerships. When you are creating a life, you need motivation, nurturing and fun! We offer support and resources for every part of your life.”

Located at the Glendale Municipal Airport and preparing for lift off, Starshine has special charter membership pricing available through the Month of May. For more information on The West Valley’s 1st Co-Op and Co-Working Space for Women, check out their website at

Tags:  female entrepreneur  startup  women owned small business 

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How two women are helping entrepreneurs kick their businesses into top gear

Posted By Kim England, Fast Inc. Network, Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Devishobha Chandramouli, ContributorFounder and Editor @

How two women are helping entrepreneurs kick their businesses into top gear

04/11/2017 11:31 pm ET | Updated 5 hours ago

Lisha Crytzer(left) and Kim England(right)


Very few people can boast about running a successful business. To do it twice in a row is nothing short of superhuman ability, but that’s exactly what Kim England and Lisha Crytzer have done. And now, they have made it their mission to show other entrepreneurs how to do it.

Kim and Lisha are self-made entrepreneurs who thrive on identifying opportunities and building successful business models. Their unique business model for their first venture, CE Health Careers earned the company the 2003 Innovator of the Year Award by the Journal Record. CE health careers is a niche service that provides a relationship-based recruitment experiences for both the candidate and employer. For the past 16 years, CE Health Careers has been recognized as one of the premier firms by Canadian healthcare professionals interested in pursuing a career in the United States.

Their most recent entrepreneurial sights are set on Fast Inc. Network, a company designed to exclusively serve entrepreneurs and small business owners looking to scale their business and take it to the next level. Their mission is to empower entrepreneurs with resources by committing to curating connections and giving unique access to industry experts to help accelerate growth and mastery within their business.

Kim and Lisha both forayed into a raging partnership after each of them served successful stints in the healthcare industry. It was there that Kim and Lisha met and developed a strong camaraderie and started brainstorming business endeavors and ended up building one of the most successful service portals for healthcare professionals.

Last week, I grabbed an opportunity to interview the two amazing women and tap into their wisdom for scores of other aspiring entrepreneurs.

Here is an excerpt:

What, according to you, made your very first venture tick?

Kim: We understand that, at its very core, recruitment is about relationships. CE Health Careers is designed by recruiters for recruiters. Year after year, healthcare candidates across the US and Canada discover their ideal career placements through CE Health Careers through the meetings we organize between quality healthcare talent and hospitals. We provide a superior process in which the candidate can connect with the local community and the hospital.

You have run two ventures now. Have you found the experiences different? In what way?

Lisha: I would say they were different and similar as well.

They are similar in that they were both ignited out of frustration. The first venture began because we were frustrated with the out of touch recruitment industry. Our second venture, Fast Inc. Network came as a result of frustration with mediocre business conferences.

I would square up the differences to the way we are experiencing our work. Once you’ve done it - it’s so much easier to do again! The risk is no longer intimidating, and you know your strengths.

Tell us about Fast Inc. Network and what fueled your growth at such a rapid pace?

Kim: Well, Fast Inc. Network is new - we just launched. The accelerated growth came from the healthcare firm after connecting with the right business resources and finding a community. Fast Inc. Network is rooted in the lessons learned when the business stagnated and it stood at the verge of bankruptcy. Years of passion and hard work balanced on the line of giving up and throwing in the towel. However, we took a leap of faith, found a business coach, got access to specialists and connected ourself in a supportive entrepreneurial community. Within 2 years, we multiplied the business revenue ten-fold.

Can you give us an example of something that you learned from the expert meetup and applied in your business that you couldn’t have done otherwise?

Lisha: Identifying the value we were creating for our clients, putting it on paper and then learning how to present their detailed ROI. Also, learning how to use video to tell a story was a game changer for us. Our events are perceived as too good too be true. When they can see it for themselves gives them a sense that it is for REAL.

What is the profile of a typical company that needs Fast Inc. Network?

Kim: Based strictly on demographics, a company with revenues of 1/2 a million to 5 million that has up to 25 employees. The owners wear a lot of different hats. They do not have their own marketing team, social media team or PR team.

Outside of demographics, ideally, they are looking for or enjoy being part of a driven entrepreneurial community. They are interested in learning about best practices and new technologies and they like to take action.

You have an upcoming Fast Inc. Business Accelerator™ conference. What makes this conference unique? 


Kim: The Fast Inc. Business Accelerator™ conference will be hosted between June 7-9 in Phoenix at the Phoenix Biltmore Waldorf Astoria.

Here are some of our unique offerings:

1.   Three hour small group master classes with the experts! We were so tired of hearing pitches from the stage or being teased with just enough information! They get to attend 4 master classes = 12 hours of learning and content valued at over $25,000.

2.   Fake News is bad, but Fake Experts can damage a business! After being burned by phonies, we new we had to offer other SBO a trusted source / vetted if you will - so they can confidently do business with the experts if they desire. We have personally worked with 80% of the experts teaching at our accelerator. The few that we have not worked with, have come highly recommended and have stellar industry reputations.

3.   Culture of inclusion and collaboration. Isolation is a fast-track to nowhere and getting out and going to events can be hard for many introverted entrepreneurs. At our conference, we make sure everyone feels like they belong and connect!

For more details on the conference, you can visit:

Do you have anything specific for women entrepreneurs?

Lisha: Now is a great time for women business owners. At our event, we are hosting a press party where 5-8 contributors from various media companies will be listening to 2-minute showcase presentations. This will be a great platform for women to introduce their business and hopefully find an interested contributor or two.

Given that you are both moms, how do you do it all?

Kim: I try to stick with a routine since I am a single mom. I have to ask for help. When I travel, my mom stays with my kids.

Lisha: I have one kid in college and one at home. She is 12 so she is pretty busy with her school and activities. It is much easier now. When they were younger, it was a balancing act. It is important to not be so hard on yourself - we are our biggest critics. You are already perfect in their eyes!

How do you split your responsibilities at work?

Kim: We rely heavily on our unique abilities. We make sure to touch base daily and communicate tasks that need to be accomplished.

What are some of your best productivity hacks?

Lisha: At the end of the day, identify ONE rock you must move the next day (put it on a post it note on your computer screen). It should be the very first thing you tackle every morning, even before you answer emails, or take calls. By the end of the week - you have moved FIVE rocks!

What’s your message for other women?

Kim: See the invisible so you can do the Impossible! Life is going to happen it’s up to YOU to decide if you want to create a legacy for your kids!

Lisha - Don’t wait for someone to empower you. YOU bestow the power of your confidence. With confidence comes self-empowerment. When things don’t go your way, have faith but never surrender your self worth.

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Devishobha Chandramouli is the founder of Kidskintha, dedicated to jumpstarting conversations around millennial parenting, encouraging parents to bring their attention to words, thoughts, resources and actions that will enable them to raise a brave generation. Hop on here to grab a free ebook on “100 Ideas To Create Happy Childhoods That Will Never Get Outdated,” She also writes about entrepreneurship, business- especially women entrepreneurs. She is always looking out for interesting products that will help millennial parents.


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Please Take Your Seats!

Posted By Susan F. Moody, Starshine Associates, Tuesday, April 11, 2017

(PHOENIX, AZ) “What’s the definition of a female CEO?” asks Leeanne Gardner, Starshine co-founder, “Chief Everything Officer.” When I first heard that definition, my immediate thought was how true!

“As women business owners, we juggle so many areas of our life and, for some reason, we do this mainly on our own” stated Susan F. Moody, Starshine co-founder. “At StarshineAZ we are creating a collaborative environment where you do not have to go it alone.”

They say it takes a village, and StarshineAZ is the place where you can have the support of other like-minded professional women willing to share resources to collectively grow your businesses. Not only that, but need some motivation? You get it here. Want speaking opportunities? Got it! How about an accountability partner? Yep, that too. And fun? Monthly Girls Day Out featured here!

Susan and Leeanne are both corporate escapees and business partners. Between them they have started over 14 businesses from being a solopreneur, franchise owner, president of an S corp and CEO of an LLC. They have experience starting and growing just about any type of business. But, more importantly, they are dedicated to helping female CEOs build a business that makes a difference and makes money while living a life that matters.

“We know exactly what it takes to grow a business both on a professional level and a personal level.” says Moody. “At Starshine we also take care of YOU, the woman behind the business.” If you want to learn more, StarshineAZ is hosting an Open House at the Glendale Airport on Friday, 4/28 from 10am-2pm.

With a launch date scheduled for May, it is time to please take your seats and prepare for lift off! For more information on The West Valley’s 1st Co-Op and Co-Working Space for Women, check out their website at

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Why Fast Inc. Accelerator is Changing the Way Entrepreneurs Think & Grow

Posted By Kim England, Fast Inc. Network, Wednesday, April 5, 2017

When successful people set out to help others reach the same success through actionable and intentional strategy, magic happens.

I first heard of the Fast Inc. Business Accelerator™ event earlier this month when my company was engaged to produce some video content to recap their event experience. Initially it seemed no different than any other project, but as we talked details a story emerged. I realized I had to be there – and I absolutely had to meet the creators behind such a unique and intentional experience.

Founded by Kim England and Lisha Crytzer, this 3-day event coming to Phoenix this June “brings entrepreneurs together (and out of isolation) to offer personal access to leading business experts who provide insight and strategy for growth.”

But that’s not the truly special part...


The Story

Kim and Lisha were transformed on the morning of April 19th, 1995 in Oklahoma City. They had a meeting inside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building that morning scheduled for 9:00 a.m..

At 9:02 a.m. a truck bomb placed by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols exploded killing 168 people.

By the grace of the common cold, the meeting was called off and Kim and Lisha were spared from the carnage that took place that fateful morning. As terror often does, this narrow miss bonded the two women and inspired them to take charge of their lives and never take anything for granted.

A fire was lit and they embarked on a journey to build a wildly successful staffing and recruitment agency for the healthcare industry. A sense of clarity and intention powered them through the rest of the century, but their trials weren’t quite over.

In 2008, during the market crash, they realized they needed to take their blinders off and ask for help to get really creative in order to thrive, and not just survive. So when they had an opportunity to work with a business coach that referred them to a videographer to create compelling videos for potential clients, they jumped at the chance to be creative and go in a different and new direction.

The experience not only boosted their business but also made them realize that there was so much more they could be doing to grow and expand – and they figured they weren’t alone in the dark as small business owners. Here began their mission of helping other small business owners across industries and give them a sense of community, trusted sources and access to influencers they needed to take their businesses to the next level.


Creation Mode


The Fast Inc. Business Accelerator™ event was created out of necessity. Kim and Lisha attended countless events searching for elements that would give them the sense of community and access to experts they knew they needed to grow. Unfortunately, they kept coming up short.

It was time to take matters into their own hands and pool together their resources, community, connections and vision to create a very intentional and unique experience. With passion as their driving force, they created the event they wished existed.


The Event


With presentations and mastermind workshops by multiple high level entrepreneurs and successful business owners, Fast Inc. Business Accelerator™ is more than just a conference, it’s an experience. The three pillars of the event are:


Community + Trusted Source + Access


Community: This event brings together a small group (about 200 attendees) of small business owners who are all looking to learn, grow, expand and change the way they are currently operating. Coming together for these common goals encourages organic networking and creates a sense of community with like-minded people who can all relate to each other. This brings business owners out of their corners and into a supportive, inspiring and challenging environment. The founders wanted business owners to know that they are not alone in their struggles or successes and that by connecting with others in the same (or different) position, there is much to be learned.

Trusted Source: “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” has defined business for decades. Fast Inc. Business Accelerator™ brings together trusted influencers, entrepreneurs, business owners, CEOs and creative minds across multiple industries, and puts them in front of small business owners looking to grow. These influencers provide attendees with their collective experience and share their wealth of knowledge in an approachable, digestible and powerful way.

Access: High-impact inclusivity and collaboration is really what sets this event apart from the rest. This intimate setting allows 200 small business owners to sit in master classes with the star of ABC’s Shark Tank Daymond John in order to truly absorb his expertise and experience face-to-face. No boring lectures or shallow presentations here. Fast Inc. Business Accelerator™ is focused on interaction, connection, and strategy.

“Fast Inc. Business Accelerator™ motivates and encourages you to fast-track your business strategies: don’t walk away confused with nothing more than binders about someone else’s success.”


Event Highlights


“Fast Inc. Business Accelerator™ is a very intentional and different experience. No more than 200 people will be in attendance because we want people to feel like everyone else is accessible to each other,” Lisha explained.

  • Organic networking
  • Master classes with experts in small group setting
  • Media Press Party to take the intimidation out of PR
  • VIP luncheon with expert and Q&A

It’s about creating and having a unique experience. The founders want attendees to feel like they’ve found a place where they belong and to meet people that they are going to stay in touch with long after the event. By bringing people together, this event removes the loneliness of starting and running a small business. The goal is not to compete on successes, but to talk about failures and dreams and how to learn and grow in the right direction and inspire each other.


Reasons to Attend Fast Inc. Business Accelerator™


  1. Mix and mingle with experts directly: don’t simply watch them on stage.
  2. Learn from a selection of carefully curated influencers who share practical solutions and experience.
  3. Understand current and emerging technologies that will help move your business.
  4. Share resources at a fraction of the cost: individual access to these in-demand gurus would cost thousands in consulting fees!
  5. Collaborate and engage in small group settings where you can hash out strategies.
  6. Confidently know what solutions are available (and work) today.
  7. Connect with like-minded entrepreneurs: gain an inclusive tribe of colleagues.
  8. Leave inspired with a new vision for your business!

(sourced from


The Details


Where: Phoenix, AZ

When: June 7-9, 2017

Who: Hosted by Fast Inc. Network founders Kim England and Lisha Crytzer with presentations and master classes by:

Daymond John @thesharkdaymond

Joe Polish @joepolish

Re Perez @bftpagency

Nicholas Kusmich @nicholaskusmich

Marcus Murphy @mrmonetization

Rachel Scava @vinniefisher

Brad Martineau @sixthdivision

Angelique Rewers @angeliquerewers

Stephanie Appeal @strategiccoach

Andrew O’Brien @onepublicityguy

Chris Smith @campfireeffect

Mark Guyot @mark_guyot

Pete Vargas @advancereach

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