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SBA Honors Arizona's Entrepreneurs and Small Business Champions

Posted By Robert Blaney, SBA-Small Business Administration, Tuesday, April 19, 2016

 

PRESS OFFICE – Arizona District Office             

Contact: Stephen Hart 520-269-9497

Release Date: April 18, 2016                

Release Number: 040615   

Internet Address: www.sba.gov/az                  

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SBA HONORS ARIZONA’S ENTREPRENEURS

AND

SMALL BUSINESS CHAMPIONS

PHOENIX, AZ – In celebration of National Small Business Week, the US Small Business Administration is honoring Arizona entrepreneurs and small business champions for their contributions to the state economy and the many communities they serve.  Over 97 percent of the businesses in the state are small businesses. Year-after-year small businesses are the greatest sources of innovation, jobs, and revenue growth in Arizona’s dynamic economy.

“Each year the SBA has the honor of spotlighting Arizona winners of our Small Business Week awards in a ceremony that recognizes and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and community activism that has long characterized the small business community of our great state,” states Robert J. Blaney, the District Director of the SBA in Arizona.  “These men and women are the risk takers, the innovators and the employers that fuel our economy and daily serve our communities as local leaders.”

The awards this year will be presented during the Arizona Small Business Association’s annual AZ SmallBizCon 2016 which will be held on May 5 at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix.  The awards luncheon is on Thursday, May 5. Information is available from ASBA at 602-306-4000 or www.azsmallbizcon.com.

At the National level, Small Business Week will be celebrated from May 1 to 7 with events planned in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Denver, Phoenix and San Jose and Oakland, California.

 

The 2016 SBA Small Business Week Arizona winners are:

 

2016 Arizona Small Business Person of the Year

Paul A. Smiley – President of Sonoran Technology and Professional Services, Goodyear 

Warriors, like entrepreneurs, are forged in battle. Though the stakes are hugely different both require commitment, discipline, skill and a drive for success. Paul A. Smiley, President of Sonoran Technology and Professional Services in Goodyear brought those very characteristics, developed during years of military service, to business and he is winning.

His success earned him the highest of awards offered by the Arizona office of the US Small Business Administration (SBA): Arizona 2106 Small Business Person of the Year. 

Paul’s story is familiar to many entrepreneurs.  Drawing on skills learned in the military and in other walks of life, risk takers like Paul strike out on their own to compete in the world of small business. Trusting their fate to past experience, self-discipline, a healthy dose of faith in themselves, and a desire to learn and succeed they embrace an uncertain future.

Smiley and his partner took that leap of faith, and like most small businesses financed their startup on their own while keeping it small and home-based until success dictated otherwise. Focusing primarily on marketing, they took no salaries in the first two years, plowing all revenues back into the business.

Sonoran Technologies provides clients highly trained and security-cleared professionals in program management, aircrew training, courseware and curriculum development, data link operations support, cyber security, IT systems administration, IT help desk and call center operations, facility management, logistics support, leadership training and medical administration, and more. 

Nine years into the enterprise, Paul’s corporate culture of frugality and customer focus has grown the company to 235 employees in twenty-three states with customers across the government. Paul credits a large part of that success to a focus on hiring veterans. A full seventy-five percent of his employees are veterans.

Giving back is part of that culture too. Sonoran offers scholarships to ASU New College and annually sponsors Goodyear’s small business conference.  Paul also routinely teaches separating military personnel about entrepreneurship as part of the SBA’s Boots-to-Business program.

To those starting in the business of federal contracting his advice is to start small, build strong relationships, focus on your proposal writing, and when you don’t win a contract ask why and apply what you learn in your next bid.

On management, Paul suggests that start-ups hire part-time employees until demand requires the need to hire full time, invest money on marketing and business education, and take every opportunity to learn from both your successes and failures.

Winning in business is no sure thing, but from his perspective a corporate culture focused on customer and employee satisfaction helps deliver results, maintain customer loyalty, and produce sustained growth.


2016 Arizona Small Business Exporter

Rita M. Vigil and Gregory L. FergusonMerit Engineering and Equipment Company, Prescott

A frontier maxim often heard as our nation expanded westward was “A good axe and a good saw make the man”. For those in the construction industry today the wisdom about a good saw still holds true. Saws of all shapes, sizes and uses exist today for any cutting job one can imagine. Rita and Greg produce an industry-leading concrete cutting flat saw.

It’s not often you hear about a consumer of a product turning into a manufacturer of it. But that’s the story of Rita and Greg Ferguson and Merit Engineering.

Veterans of the construction industry and owners of G&F Concrete Cutting, the Fergusons found themselves caught between and rock and a hard place when their source for the saws they used was purchased and the new owners discontinued the line. Without the right equipment, their livelihoods might have been in jeopardy.

In the loss the Fergusons saw opportunity. They took over of the very same manufacturing facility their previous supplier had used, hired some of its experienced employees and started developing a new line of saws. Juan Vielma, a designer from the old company, who specialized in flat saws, joined the team and together these “three amigos,” as they refer to themselves, started Merit Engineering in Prescott.

They spent most of 2011 building prototypes and testing them in real world conditions at G&F Concrete Cutting job sites. Being both manufacturer and user of the saws made them unique in the industry and allowed for quick adaptations of user-tested and user-friendly innovations.

Today Merit offers nearly twenty different saw models with many interchangeable parts, an option that attracts many buyers frustrated by their competitors’ design limitations. Depending on the job and the country, their saws can be run by gas, diesel, hydraulic or electrical power sources.

Merit saws are popular in the US and abroad and are currently exported to distributors in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, Columbia, England and a growing number of countries in Europe. In 2015, Merit sold 230 saws and had revenues in excess of $6 million.

Merit’s corporate culture aims to keep customers satisfied by proactively solving problems and delivering innovations and customization quickly and efficiently. The three amigos also know that their success depends on their employees so they focus on creating an enjoyable, rewarding and challenging work environment with opportunities to develop and grow with the company.

 

2016 Woman-Owned Small Business Champion

Angela Cody-Rouget Founder and Owner of Major Mom, Phoenix

Life can change as fast as the wind, or the turn of a key. Imagine what it must be like to go from being the officer in charge of a nuclear missile silo one minute to a stay at home mom the next.

A US Air Force Major with fourteen years of service, Angela Cody-Rouget regularly had control over one of the two keys required to launch a nuclear missile. She commanded a team whose job required that they maintain the utmost discipline, perform flawlessly under gruelingly realistic surprise drills, and without exception keep things impeccably organized. A long career awaited her, and she thrived in that orderly environment.

But like so many other professional women with newborns, she gave up that future to raise her family as a stay at home mom. Dubbed Major Mom by her husband, she learned quickly just how hard it is to be a mom and maintain an orderly home while caring for a baby and toddler. Everywhere she went moms spoke of the same challenges.

Unexpectedly, family financial circumstances changed and she suddenly needed to add to the household income again. A dynamo from birth, Angela’s skill as an organizer made her a natural to start Major Mom, a business that helps others remove the chaos and clutter from their lives.

After going solo for three years the company started growing. Today she employs 32 professional organizers called “Liberators” for the freedom from chaos they provide their customers. In 2016 the Major Mom Training Academy trained 60 apprentice organizers.

Her unique services, her natural energy, the stellar growth of her business, and her desire to franchise caught the attention of some major investors. In February she made her franchising pitch to the billionaires on the hit TV show Shark Tank. While none of the Sharks bit, Angela came away undaunted.

Plans for future growth are underway while she and her team continue helping clients with a continuum of services including: residential organizing, office organizing and paper management, unpacking a new home, preparing for a new baby, family and time management, downsizing and merging households.

 

2016 Minority-Owned Small Business Champion

Cecilia Mata – Founder and Owner of Allsource Global Management (AGM), Sierra Vista

Cecilia’s story is that of many who come to the US and leverage their experience to start a small business. Hers is a story of success unlike most others though because many of the services she provides her clients are classified. Allsource Global Management’s core customers are in the defense, counterterrorism and intelligence communities.

Born and raised in Panama, Cecilia worked for years there gaining experience in business, contracting and as a consultant for multi-national companies in England, Switzerland and Panama.

She moved to the US in 2000. In the next five years she worked as a consultant and held positions with both the University of Arizona and Cochise County Workforce Development.

In 2005, drawing on her very diverse experience, she started AGM and embarked on an enterprise that just ten years later has 285 employees and measures its revenues in the tens of millions of dollars.

AGM offers a seemingly endless array of services to federal agencies which focus on intelligence analysis, cyber and information security, logistics, armed guard services, shipping, training, simulations, and warehouse and supply chain management to name just a few. Among those agencies are the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Energy.

Intelligence support services are a large part of AGM’s portfolio too, including: threat assessment, situational awareness, crisis preparation, counterterrorism, biometrics, forensics, counterintelligence, and open source, human and signals intelligence.

A recent purchase of Tucson-based BrockTeck adds drone design, manufacturing and software development to AGM’s services. BrockTek offers commercial aerial and ground data gathering and analysis services that help in precision agriculture management, forestry, herd management, infrastructure management, and search and rescue. It also supplies similar services and specialty built drones to the military and law enforcement.

In March AGM celebrated its tenth anniversary. Employees, partners, clients, friends and dignitaries including Senator John McCain gathered to celebrate with Cecilia and to honor her great success.

 

2016 Veteran Small Business Champion

Eli Crane Founder – CEO of Bottle Breacher, Tucson

Navy Seals are known for stealth, secrecy and for finding creative solutions to common and unimaginable challenges alike, with whatever supplies are on hand.

 

The story of Bottle Breacher is a familiar one. A tool is needed for a specific job, a one-off version is created by modifying an everyday item, co-workers see it, they like it, they want one.

 

A 50 caliber round isn’t an everyday item for most folks, but if you’re a Seal they’re everywhere. And dummy 50 caliber rounds modified for virtually any unique purpose are popular items in both military and civilian markets. Eli tells of receiving a bare brass 50 caliber round cut into a rudimentary bottle opener as a gift. He later thought it would look better if painted black and put the Seal Team 3 shield on it. 

 

When fellow Seals at a team gathering saw him use it they each wanted one, then asked where to get one, and then started naming friends and family they’d buy one for. Realizing the business potential, Eli sold his beloved motorcycle and with his wife Jen started Bottle Breacher in their one-car garage.

 

In answer to a very common question Eli explains that it’s called Bottle Breacher because there is a person on a Seal team with special training called a “breacher” whose specific task it is to breach obstacles, like blowing open doors, or in this case breaching bottle tops.

 

The business which started small has literally exploded. Eli and Jen caught the attention of the star investors on the hit TV show The Shark Tank and after making their pitch won the support of two Sharks. Their appearance created a skyrocketing demand for their suddenly very popular products.

 

In the three months following the show, orders grew from $500,000 to $2.5 million, creating a backlog that initially overwhelmed their production capacity. With help and a larger facility, they soon scaled up production from 175 units a day to over 1000 a day and grew their staff from eight to thirty-two employees.

 

Today buyers can customize their Breacher, choosing from a variety of colors while dictating any logo, design or phrase they wish laser engraved on it. The Bottle Breacher now comes in a variety of new sizes: the 7.62 mm rifle round, the 30 mm anti-tank round and the 20 mm helicopter cannon round. There’s even a 50 caliber Wine Breacher for pulling corks. All are powder coated for durability, made from dummy rounds for safety, and manufactured in Tucson.

 

As the business has grown, the two have remembered their roots and love to hire veterans and as they put it “reinvest in those who have served.”

 

2016 Arizona Small Business Development Center, Excellence and Innovation Award

Northland Pioneer College Small Business Development Center, Show Low

Under the leadership of center director Tracy Mancuso, the Northland Pioneer College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a small center that serves an economically challenging region of Arizona. Through innovation and creativity it helps small businesses throughout Apache and Navajo Counties, offering support and guidance in all aspects of business development. The area the Center serves is 21,177 square miles, or twice the size of Massachusetts.

In 2015 the Center served sixty-nine long-term counseling clients, helped twenty-six new businesses start, and assisted clients in raising nearly $5 million in capital while helping increase sales by $4.3 million. As a result of its efforts, the Center also helped create or retain eighty-nine jobs.

These metrics overwhelmingly exceeded annual goals and are characteristic of the ongoing pattern of excellence Tracy and her team exhibit year after year.

In the past five years alone, the Northland Pioneer College SBDC has helped create eighty-nine new businesses, create or retain 560 new jobs, secure over $24 million in new capital for clients and increase client sales revenues by $28 million.

Among the challenges the communities in the Center’s area face is the scarcity of quality childcare. Jobs are hard to keep without it, student enrollment at the college is hurt because of it, and area employers have trouble retaining employees who can’t find it. Tracy has led the local effort to address the challenge, and as part of the solution the Center now offers child development business training.

Due to the unique demographics of the region, many small business owners qualify for special certifications that can help them compete for federal contracts. As a result the Center invests heavily in education on the potential benefits of selling to the government and how to progress through the many steps required to compete for its business.


2016 Arizona Small Business Lenders of the Year

One of the SBA’s core missions is to help small businesses access the capital they need to start and grow. SBA works with lenders to create loan programs that include provisions specifically designed to benefit small business owners, such as interest rate caps, longer loan terms and no balloon payments. There are three primary types of SBA loans: the 7(a), the 504 and microloans.

In fiscal year 2015, SBA’s Arizona District Office supported a total of 1,361 loans totaling $646 million through the 7(a) and the 504 loan programs. SBA microlenders in the state made twenty-four loans totaling $712,000.

Arizona 7(a) Small Business Lender of the Year – Wells Fargo Bank

Wells Fargo Bank is the 2015 SBA 7(a) Lender of the Year. The bank approved 281 7(a) loans totaling more than $92 million and created the largest economic impact for small business owners in Arizona by providing the highest flow of capital to small ventures.

The 7(a) program is the most flexible of SBA’s loan programs, allowing borrowers to use loan proceeds for working capital as well as for the purchase of major assets.

Arizona 504 Lender of the Year – Business Development Finance Corporation

Business Development Finance Corporation is the 2015 SBA 504 Lender of the Year. The largest 504 lender in the state, it participated in forty-four 504 loans totaling over $30 million.

SBA’s 504 loan program is designed to finance long-term fixed assets including real estate and equipment for up to twenty years. Interest rates are typically fixed and the long life of the loan offers small businesses a regular and predictable level of payments.

Arizona Microlender of the Year – Prestamos Small Business Lending

Prestamos Small Business Lending is the 2015 SBA Microlender of the Year. It provided twenty microloans in 2015 totaling $694,000.

The SBA Microloan Program is designed to offer small-dollar loans, from $500 to $50,000. SBA lends funds to specially designated nonprofit community-based organizations that have both lending experience and programs that offer management and technical to borrowers. The average microloan is $13,000.

 

 For more information about all of the SBA’s programs for small businesses, visit the SBA’s extensive Web site at www.sba.gov/az

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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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ASBA Names Joe Erceg New Southern Arizona Director

Posted By Gabriel Salcido, Arizona Small Business Association, Tuesday, April 21, 2015

CONTACT:
Arizona Small Business Association
602-306-4000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Joe Erceg has been appointed as Southern Arizona Director of the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA).  With over 10,000 members, ASBA is the state’s largest trade association and serves the small business community by providing valuable products and services, designing and promoting networking events, advocating for public policy and fostering a positive economic direction powered by entrepreneurism.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Iowa State University and a brief career with Rockwell International/Collins Avionics in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Erceg moved to Tucson in 1981 for a position as avionics buyer for Gates Learjet.  He has been an advertising executive and has marketed and managed numerous sports/special events in a professional and volunteer capacity since becoming a partner in Erceg, Sitton & Bratt Advertising in 1982.  In addition to management positions with several local advertising agencies, he has been a senior account manager in magazine (Arizona Trend Magazine), radio (Journal Broadcast Group), television (Raycom) and out-of-home (Clear Channel Outdoor).

He has fostered or served as a board member for a number of major events and organizations in Arizona including the McDonald’s Western Wildcat Classic (a national high school all-star basketball game at McKale Center), Grand Canyon State Games, Pima County Sports Authority, Southern Arizona Sports Development Corporation, Tucson Fiesta Bowl Committee, Hands of Hope, Tucson Ronald McDonald House and Y.A.C.H.T. Club of Tucson (Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital’s non-profit support group from 1986 – 2002).

Erceg is an active member of Casas Church in Oro Valley and 4-Tucson.  He is the father of three adult children:  Sean (Salpointe Catholic High School graduate and offensive coordinator for the school’s varsity football team), Alec (M.I.S. graduate from the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management) and Madison (Pepperdine University graduate in Theater & Media Production).  

Joe can be reached at the ASBA Southern Arizona office at 520-327-0222, jerceg@asba.com or 1022 W. Ina Rd., Tucson, 85704.

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ABOUT ASBA: The Arizona Small Business Association is the largest and only statewide association dedicated to serving the needs of small business.  Your Business. Our Expertise.  Together, a Prosperous Arizona.  Learn more at www.asba.com.


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New “BIEN” Website Connects Businesses in Arizona, Canada and Mexico

Posted By Julie Armstrong, Arizona Small Business Association, Monday, October 27, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             

 

Building an International Economic Network

New “BIEN” Website Connects Businesses in Arizona, Canada and Mexico

 

PHOENIX (October 15, 2014) ––Businesses looking to improve their bottom line by connecting with others in their trade region have a powerful new tool at their fingertips. On October 21, 2014, the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG)and its partners will hold a press conference and formal public announcement regarding the launch of ConnectBIEN.com, Arizona’s first-of-its-kind website that relies on an extensive database to link businesses in Arizona, Mexico and Canada. The site is available in English and Spanish and will soon be available in French.

 

“To be globally competitive, businesses need to be able to connect to their supply chain and distribution networks,” said MAG Chair Michael LeVault, mayor of Youngtown. “This website allows companies in Arizona, Mexico and Canada to directly connect with each other using technology instead of travel to broaden their customer base,” he said.

 

BIEN, which means “good” or “right” in Spanish and French, is an acronym for “Building an International Economic Network.” ConnectBIEN.com uses an online platform to connect individual businesses and improve cross-border freight and trade opportunities. When a business provides a profile about its products and services, other businesses can see what is offered and e-mail the business a connection request. Users can search for a like business by distance, industry type, or name.

 

“There are more than 13,000 businesses in the City of Phoenix alone,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, a member of the MAG Economic Development Committee. “The more companies that join BIEN, the more opportunities they will have to make connections to increase business expansion opportunities and generate more revenue. This will encourage economic growth in Arizona, Mexico and Canada.”

 

BIEN is provided as a public service and is free to join. The goal is for businesses to find ways to collaborate, such as supplying products and services, assisting in cross-border promotion, or sharing ideas and best practices. The ultimate goal is to improve local and regional economies in Arizona, Canada and Mexico, leading to jobs and economic development.

 

The site has been launched statewide and has already attracted dozens of partners, including the Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Department of Transportation, Arizona Mexico Commission, Canada Arizona Business Council, U.S. Commercial Service and other strategic partners, including chambers of commerce, industry groups, and organizations in Canada and Mexico.

 

“With ever increasing levels of trade and economic integration among NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) countries, the US Commercial Service is proud to partner with MAG and other supporting agencies to promote the BIEN initiative to further this important region of free trade,” said Kristian Richardson, acting director of US Commercial Service in Arizona. “It’s our hope that Arizona-based companies will consider being part of the BIEN network and submit a company profile today.”

 

The site uses a self-reporting system where businesses of any size can add information about their company and categorize the information by industry. Visitors can find businesses using various search factors.

 

“We encourage all businesses throughout the state, including southern Arizona, to embrace the new BIEN web tool to network both statewide and globally,” said Regional Transportation Authority Vice Chair and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. “The improved connections you can make with this tool will decidedly lead to new business opportunities and new jobs to benefit our state and region. The partners involved are indicative of our interest in advancing this tool to lead to a more robust economy and long-term jobs.”

 

A French version of the site is imminent.  “The Canada Arizona Business Council is thrilled to see the BIEN project add a French version of the site, which will be received well in Canada,” said Glenn Williamson, CEO and Founder of CABC.

 

For more information, contact MAG at connectbien@azmag.gov, or call (602) 254-6300. For media coverage, call Kelly Taft, (602) 615-2086.

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Economic Symposium Brings Governor and Top Valley Business Leaders Together for Economic Discussion

Posted By Arizona Small Business Association, Friday, October 24, 2014

Gov. Jan Brewer to Speak on Economic Legacy and Future for Arizona
 
PHOENIX, AZ (October 24, 2014)  In Business Magazine is bringing together top Valley business leaders and Governor Jan Brewer, as keynote speaker, just three days after Election Day for the Annual Guest Editors Economic Symposium and Expo. Panels will present an in-depth discussion on the local economy during the luncheon on Friday, November 7, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Phoenician Resort.
 
An imposing slate of In Business Magazine Guest Editors will take part in a panel discussion on emerging economic opportunities, strengthening our workforce, business funding, government policy, education and other important economic issues that affect us as businesspeople. The event will also include a business expo showcasing business services. Guests are invited to visit exhibitors before and after the luncheon. Celebrating four years in publication, In Business Magazine will announce its redesigned pages, online efforts and products at this year’s event.
 
Among those Guest Editors confirmed for the panels are Jerry Colangelo, Principal Partner JDM Partners; Kimber Lanning, Executive Director, Local First Arizona; Rudy Parga, Managing Shareholder, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite; Bob Parsons, Chairman, Yam Holdings and Founder, GoDaddy; Elliott D. Pollack, CEO, Elliott D. Pollack & Company; Jim Ward, President & CEO, The Phoenix Symphony; and Candace D. Wiest, President & CEO, West Valley National Bank; among others.
 
“This is a great annual Valley event, as we are able to bring together top business talent and our Governor to discuss our future,” said Rick McCartney, president and CEO of InMedia Company and publisher of In Business Magazine. “It is a great opportunity for local business owners and executives to hear from those who lead the government, top companies and business organizations here, and to discuss, one on one, the issues that affect our economy.”
 
The panel discussion presented during the luncheon will be moderated by Ted Simons, host of KAET Channel 8's "Arizona Horizon." Individual tickets for the event are $65. A table of ten is $650. Corporate sponsorships and marketing opportunities are available. Please visit www.inbusinessmag.com to register or for more information.
 
In Business Magazine reaches one of the largest demographics of business owners and managers in the Valley.  Each monthly issue is direct-mailed to subscribers and members of our partner organizations as well as additional associate organizations and is available online.  The publication is sold on newsstands Valley-wide and in select other Arizona markets. Greater Phoenix In Business Magazine is published monthly by InMedia Company. InMedia has been publishing in the Valley since 2004.
 
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To learn more about In Business Magazine or to set up an interview or on-camera interview with Rick McCartney, please contact Savanah Holmgren at sholmgren@inmediacompany.com or (480) 588-9505, ext. 210.

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