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Arizona Town Hall Seeks to Strengthen Arizona-Mexico Regional Cooperation

Posted By Dawn Anderson, 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 www.aztownhall.org.

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 www.jsslaw.com 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 www.b3strategies.com.

~JSS~

Contact:  Dawn O. Anderson | danderson@jsslaw.com| 602.495.2806

 

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Jennings, Strouss & Salmon Continues Strategic Growth with the Addition of Three Attorneys

Posted By Dawn Anderson, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC, Thursday, March 30, 2017

PHOENIX, Ariz. (March 30, 2017) – Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C. continues to implement its growth strategy to be better positioned for the future by adding three new Members. The firm is pleased to welcome Joseph E. Cotterman, Howard J. Weiss and Patrick D. White to its Phoenix office.

Celebrating 75 years of advising businesses and individuals on a wide-range of legal matters, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon is excited to be growing its transactional and litigation departments to enrich the services offered to clients across multiple practice areas. Over recent months, the firm has welcomed eight new attorneys with experience in multiple areas, including tax, commercial litigation, labor and employment, medical malpractice, legal ethics, bankruptcy, real estate, and energy. Jennings, Strouss & Salmon continues to build its presence throughout North America through its Arizona and Washington, D.C. offices.

“It is a very exciting time for the firm,” states John C. Norling, Managing Attorney. “Established companies are expanding locally and into new markets, and new businesses are emerging and experiencing rapid growth. Jennings, Strouss & Salmon recognizes the need to plan for the future and is expanding in the areas and industries where we see the most development to ensure we continue to provide high-quality legal services to our clients. Joe, Howard and Patrick – three very experienced and esteemed attorneys – are great additions to the firm and their respective departments.”

Cotterman joins the firm’s Business Restructuring and Reorganization department with over 25 years of experience representing clients in the areas of corporate restructuring, business bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, and commercial litigation. He advises corporate debtors, creditors, and committees in Chapter 11 cases, and lenders and borrowers in commercial and real estate foreclosure litigation. Cotterman’s restructuring experience includes the representation of creditors and debtors in the real estate development, retail, manufacturing, health care, telecommunications, airline, firearms, and high-tech industries. He has served as a presenter, author, and instructor on topics relating to bankruptcy law and procedure, and foreclosure and collection litigation. Cotterman earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and a B.S. in Justice Studies, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University.

Weiss expands the depth and breadth of the firm’s Real Estate department with his experience representing clients that are purchasing, selling, and leasing retail, office, industrial, and multifamily properties. In addition, he represents Canadian clients with their U.S. entity selection and real estate transaction needs. Weiss also works with landowners on the negotiation and drafting of cell tower leases. To complement his real estate practice, he counsels clients on business transactions, including the preparation of asset and stock purchase agreements, security agreements, operating agreements, shareholders agreements, promissory notes, consulting agreements, confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements, and other business-related contracts. Weiss often presents to professionals in the real estate industry. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.S. in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University.

White enhances the extensive knowledge and experience of the firm’s Medical Malpractice and Health Care Professional Liability department. For over twenty years, he has focused his practice in the areas of medical malpractice defense, representing physicians, health care entities, and HMOs. White also represents physicians and orthodontists before state licensing boards, and has litigation experience in the areas of general liability defense and professional liability defense. He is licensed to practice in Arizona and Illinois. White earned his J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and a B.S. in Finance from Loras College.

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 advertising and media law; 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; labor and employment; legal ethics; litigation; professional liability defense; real estate; surety and fidelity; tax; and trust and estates. For additional information please visit www.jsslaw.com 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 www.b3strategies.com.

 

~JSS~

Contact:  Dawn O. Anderson | danderson@jsslaw.com| 602.495.2806

 

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Jack Lunsford Named President & CEO at the Arizona Small Business Association

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 25, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 25, 2017

CONTACT: Nicci Latino

(602) 306-4000

nlatino@asba.com                                   

 

JACK LUNSFORD NAMED PRESIDENT & CEO AT THE ARIZONA SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

 

Phoenix, Ariz. – After serving as “Interim” for five months Jack Lunsford has been named permanent President and CEO by the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA). Lunsford is a former ASBA Board member.

 

“Jack is a visionary thought leader and change agent”, remarked Jason Trujillo, ASBA’s 2017 Board Chair. “There’s no question that Jack’s record as a well-known business, public policy, and community leader throughout the valley and state will greatly benefit ASBA through his outstanding leadership.” 

 

The federal government defines small business in the U.S. as those businesses having less than 500 employees. That means that 97% of the businesses in Arizona are small businesses, and ASBA represents those businesses as well as major companies.

 

“We are reshaping and rebuilding ASBA through rebranding to be more relevant for our members and to provide them with more innovative services,” Lunsford said. “We intend to be the voice of small business in Arizona, providing dynamic leadership and advocacy throughout the state.”

 

Non-profit leadership is a very familiar role for Lunsford, who has served as President & CEO of WESTMARC, the Greater Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone, and the Arizona Community College Coordinating Council. While with WESTMARC he was recognized by The Phoenix Business Journal as one of the Valley’s “50 Powerful People” and one of its “Most Admired CEOs & Top Level Executives”, and he received the ASU West Visionary Award jointly with WESTMARC.

 

“Jack’s commitment to Arizona’s small businesses, combined with his contagious energy, brings an excitement and attitude to the Board and staff that ASBA hasn’t seen in many years,” noted ASBA Past Chair Nick Petra.

 

A Phoenix native, Lunsford has more than 40 years’ experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. In 2014 he served as Special Assistant for Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, supporting him on economic development, education, transportation, healthcare, and homelessness issues. He is also the founding director of the Office of Government Relations and External Affairs for the Maricopa Community Colleges where for 20 years he was the chief policy and political advisor to the Chancellor and Governing Board. 

 

Lunsford’s honors include being a recipient of the Arizona Capitol Times “Leaders in Public Policy ‘Unsung Hero’ Award and national recognition as the “Marvin D. ‘Swede’ Johnson National Achievement Award for Outstanding State Relations in Higher Education”. He was also named one of the inaugural “West Valley ‘24’ Movers & Shakers” by West Valley Magazine.

 

Lunsford has twice held elected office:  as Coconino County Assessor (youngest in state history) and as a board member of West-MEC (a Maricopa County JTED school district). He is twice an Arizona banking officer, was a rural Arizona radio station executive, and is a former account executive for Mountain Bell/AT&T. Lunsford remains President of The Lunsford Group, an Arizona small business.

 

 

About ASBA

The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) is the success engine small business owners depend on to deliver statewide education, mentoring, networking and advocacy that provides forward-thinking entrepreneurs with the resources necessary to grow and evolve in ever-changing marketplace. 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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If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Jack Lunsford, please call Nicci Latino at 602.306.4000 or e-mail Nicci at nlatino@asba.com

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Scam Alert: "Annual Minutes" Mailers Target Small Businesses

Posted By Rick Murray, Arizona Small Business Association, Monday, May 23, 2016

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For Immediate Release: May 17, 2016
Contact: Mia Garcia (602) 339-5895 or Mia.Garcia@azag.gov

SCAM ALERT: "Annual Minutes" Mailers Targeting Small Businesses Are Back in Arizona

PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is warning consumers to be cautious of mailings that claim consumers owe money for an “Annual Minutes” or “Annual Corporate Minutes” requirement for their businesses. The Attorney General’s Office recently received complaints that such solicitations are again being mailed to small businesses in Arizona.

The mailers often include the words “notice” or “statement.”  They also provide an arbitrary deadline to respond. There may be a blank form, inside of the mailer, that asks the recipient to fill in the names of the officers and directors of its business.  The form may also seek other contact information, and then asks for a payment for $125 to $150 dollars.

Many consumers have been tricked into thinking they are filling out a mandatory form and returning it to a government agency.  The forms may look like legitimate government documents but they are not.  The forms are particularly misleading because corporations are required to file an Annual Report with the Arizona Corporation Commission and pay a fee.  However, annual reports for Arizona corporations are filed electronically with the Arizona Corporation Commission. The Commission does not mail a reminder that an annual report is due.
 
These mailers primarily affect “mom and pop” businesses, causing them to waste hard-earned money on a fictitious requirement that appears to come from a government agency.  After the fee is paid, the business will receive boilerplate “minutes” forms that provide little to no value.
 
AG Brnovich Offers the Following Consumer Tips:

  • Carefully read and review any mailers that appear to be government documents.
  • Annual reports for Arizona corporations are filed electronically with the Arizona Corporation Commission.  Businesses can sign up to receive email alerts from the Commission regarding their annual report.  The Commission does not currently mail a reminder that an annual report is coming due.
  • If you have questions regarding required filings for Arizona corporations, please contact the Arizona Corporation Commission at (602) 542-3026, or toll-free within Arizona at 1(800) 345-5819, or visit the Commission’s website at https://www.azcc.gov(link is external).

If you believe you have been a victim of consumer fraud, please contact the Attorney General’s Office in Phoenix at (602) 542-5763, in Tucson at (520) 628-6504, or outside the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas at 1(800) 352-8431.  Consumers can also file complaints online by visiting the Attorney General’s website at https://www.azag.gov/complaints/consumer.

For additional information, members of the media may contact Mia Garcia, Director of Media Relations at (602) 339-5895 or Mia.Garcia@azag.gov.

To view an example of an "Annual Minutes" Scam Letter, CLICK HERE

 

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Arizona Banking Landscape free eBook outlines key challenges for local small businesses

Posted By Julie Smith, Horizon Community Bank, Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Arizona small businesses want loans, but are baffled why they are still so difficult to obtain even after the recession is over. When it comes to Arizona’s banking landscape and how it directly impacts local small businesses, an eBook released today byHorizon Community Bank outlines a few key challenges that are top-of-mind in the industry and why they are happening. Each challenge in the eBook drastically impacts local businesses in Arizona, a state particularly hard hit by the recession.  Main challenges discussed in the free eBook include:

  1. We expect seamless, smooth service online and off, yet the actual customer experiences banks deliver are slow to improve.
  2. Banks are hampered, sure, but where’s the innovation?
  3. Satisfaction & loan approvals are higher at small local banks, yet new banks aren’t opening.
  4. Corporate America.... Corporate Arizona... has money, but they aren’t spending it.
  5. Excessively tight laws continue to negatively impact business loan approvals.

 

“Banks are losing ground to online lenders and crowdfunding platforms who don’t have compliance issues and can more easily deliver a streamlined customer experience,” said Jerry Ernst, president and CEO of Horizon Community Bank. “The problem? Non-bank lenders aren’t subject to the Truth in Lending Act or regulation. It’s a Wild West out there and small businesses are getting burned. They’re turning to easier solutions without understanding the true cost over the life of their loan. They need to know that loan approvals are highest at small local banks and why that matters.”

The free eBook can be downloaded here and is released in conjunction with National Small Business Week (May 1-7, 2016).

Ernst continues, “This complicated beast of an industry can’t change unless it’s helped along–banks, politicians and businesses working together to untangle this incredibly complex knot that’s been created as a knee-jerk reaction to the recession. We need to recognize the issues and join together in solving them.” Perhaps this ebook can be a start.

About HCB

Horizon Community Bank is a locally owned and operated FDIC insured bank with branches in Fort Mohave, Lake Havasu City, Mesa, Parker and Quartzsite. It has almost 80 employees and provides high-touch, customized financial services to those in the healthcare, transportation, real estate, and technology industries, as well as general commercial and consumer services. Horizon Community Bank is a subsidiary of holding company Horizon Bancorp, Inc.

Horizon Community Bank supports local communities. May’s non-profit partner of the month is Lake Havasu Unified School District #1. Learn more at HorizonCommunityBank.com.

 

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