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When the Stars Align, then You Know It's Time!

Posted By Susan F. Moody, Starshine Associates, Wednesday, August 24, 2016

When the STARs align, then you know it is time!

New Business Venture Helps Startups Build a Business That Makes a Difference and Makes Money

 

(PHOENIX, AZ) She is all about the passion. Her partner is all about the profit. Want to turn your passion into a profitable business? Then meet Leeanne Gardner and Susan F. Moody. Both are corporate escapees, successful entrepreneurs and business consultants, who teach small business owners exactly what it takes to create a lucrative company. Together they have created a new business venture, Starshine Associates, to help start-ups build a business that makes money and makes a difference! 

“Starting a new business can be overwhelming and confusing. We have created a system to cut through the clutter and fast track our clients to be ready to take action in 30 days,” stated Susan F. Moody, Starshine co-founder. “We will provide the Systems, Training, Advice and Resources needed to create your personal path to success.”

Since they have joined forces, they have moved their offices into the Glendale Municipal Airport. This is where they will help your startup business take flight. They specialize in helping new business owners find their focus and create a foundation for success; all the while having some fun!

“If you are not passionate about the business you are starting, then don’t even start,” recommends Starshine co-founder Leeanne Gardner. “There are going to be days you question your decision, so be real clear on why you wanted to have your own business in the first place.”

Their pilot offering “Money, Mindset and Marketing Business Success Program” starts this September 17th and offers entrepreneurs the unique opportunity to create their business, marketing and financial plan all in 30 days! Where else can you find the expertise and guidance that will allow you to walk away with a strategic action plan dedicated to your long-term success in such a short period?

Between them, Susan and Leeanne, have started over 10 small businesses. They have been everything from a solopreneur, to a franchise owner, to a direct sales distributor, to the president of an S Corp and CEOs of LLCs. They have even been featured in magazines, on radio and television.

Susan is the Managing Director of eWomenNetwork Phoenix and is the owner of U-SUCCEED. Leeanne is the West Valley Leader of The Conscious Community and owner of Unbridle It. Both are passionate about inspiring others to create their own definition of success and empowering them to achieve amazing results.

If failure is NOT an option for your new business, check out their success programs at www.StarshineAZ.com.

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Tags:  business development  business services  business startup  entrepreneur  entrepreneurship  new business  press release  Small Business  women businesses 

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Business Education Foundation Receives $500 Walmart Foundation Community Grant

Posted By Nicole Shumate, Arizona Small Business Association, Thursday, June 9, 2016

ASBA is honored and excited to announce that the Business Education Foundation (BEF), a business related party to ASBA, has been awarded a $500 community grant from The Walmart Foundation.

The goal of the Business Education Foundation is to advance the spirit of entrepreneurism by engaging and strengthening small business in Arizona. By providing timely education, hands-on mentoring and necessary resources and assistance, the BEF helps cultivate business owners’ creative vision and helps to transform them into a solid financial future for business owners, their family, their future employees and ultimately, their community, for a stronger Arizona. 

When asked what made ASBA the top recipient for the grant, Walmart store manager, Krissy Lujan, said “Your submission was unique and stood out to me.” She continued, “When choosing a recipient, I want to pick someone who benefits the community, someone who we haven’t helped before and someone that is in our community”.

Krissy expressed to ASBA that not only is it important to thoroughly review applications submitted, but that she strongly felt how important it was for Walmart to truly believe in the mission and values of those organizations awarded. 

Rick Murray, ASBA CEO, expressed “ASBA’s mission is to be the statewide resource for small businesses in Arizona.  The BEF, in collaboration with ASBA, allows us to further educate small business owners, creating opportunities of success.  We are grateful that The Walmart Foundation continues to support our vision through partnership and individual store support.”

We look forward to taking the next step with this grant to educate, energize and empower entrepreneurs. 

Tags:  bef  business development  entrepreneur  grant  small business  walmart 

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Scam Alert: "Annual Minutes" Mailers Target Small Businesses

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

View original article here.  


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

 

Tags:  Arizona  entrepreneur  small business 

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ASBA Hosts Free Event in Downtown Phoenix for Business Owners

Posted By Ashley Vizzerra, Arizona Small Business Association, Wednesday, May 18, 2016

ARIZONA SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 17, 2016

 

Contact: Ashley Vizzerra

Communications Coordinator

(602) 306-4000

avizzerra@asba.com

 

ASBA Hosts Free Event in Downtown Phoenix for Business Owners

 

Phoenix, AZ –The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA), in collaboration with the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Networking Phoenix, and The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host the AZ Small Biz CollaborMIX™ on May 24th, in recognition of Small Business Month.  This will be the second event of the month ASBA has hosted in dedication to the small businesses of Arizona, providing an opportunity for business owners to network and make valuable connections.    

On May 5th, over 400 business owners attended the AZ Small Biz Con, hosted by ASBA.  ASBA is eager to continue the momentum with the AZ Small Biz CollaborMIX™ & Expo on May 24th.  The AZ Small Biz CollaborMIX™ & Expo will be hosted in the heart of Phoenix’s urban-chic Warehouse District at Warehouse 215 @ Bentley Projects.  ASBA expects to have 60 exhibit booths and more than 300 attendees.

 

“After an overly successful AZ Small Biz Con on May 5th, we are seeing a lot of enthusiasm surrounding the upcoming mixer,” quotes Rick Murray, ASBA CEO.  “As the statewide resource dedicated to small business, we love providing opportunities for growth and seeing the excitement from small business owners.”

 

All who pre-register for the event will be entered to win a 40” Samsung HD TV, courtesy of Sam’s Club.  The event is free to attend and open to the public.  There will be free parking, food samples, exhibitor give-a-ways, and a cash bar.  Exhibitor opportunities are still available.

 

Event Details:

Date and Time: Tuesday, May 24th, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: Warehouse 215 @ Bentley Projects, 215 E. Grant St., Phoenix 85004

Event Contact: Rhette Baughman, Director, Business Development and Strategy rbaughman@asba.com

Registration: FREE TO ATTEND, See website asba.com/smallbizexpo

Expected Attendance: 300+

   

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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Tags:  entrepreneur  mixer  networking  small business 

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LegalShield Provides Greater Access to Equal Justice and Paves the Way for the Future of Legal Services with New Products and Plans Announced at its 20th Annual Legal Provider Conference

Posted By Kenyatta Turner, LegalShield Independent Associate, Monday, May 9, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 LegalShield Provides Greater Access to Equal Justice and Paves the Way for the Future of Legal Services with New Products and Plans Announced at its 20th Annual Legal Provider Conference

  • Elevate by LegalShield conference hosted more than 120 leading attorneys from firms across the U.S. and Canada
  • Nearly 75 percent of individuals who have looked to hire an attorney in the past year used online resources at some point in the process
  • Seven new products, enhancements and legal plans announced

ADA, Okla. — May 4, 2016 — LegalShield, the original disrupter in the legal services industry, announced plans to roll out at least seven new and enhanced technology-based services and products to meet the needs of consumers and business owners in the sharing economy. The new line-up continues the legal services company’s commitment to providing equal access to equal justice for millions of North Americans. The announcement was made at Elevate by LegalShield, its 20th annual conference of more than 120 LegalShield lawyers from the U.S. and Canada.

"Forty-four years ago, LegalShield disrupted the legal industry by offering services at an affordable cost—creating a community of members and matching them to accountable and responsive law firms,” said Jeff Bell, CEO of LegalShield. “The costs of legal services are out of reach for most North Americans, and we are again reshaping the future of law services by putting a law firm in the palms of all citizens and our members with LegalShield mobile apps.”

Unlike its competitors who offer do-it-yourself (DIY) online legal services or a referral to a random lawyer, LegalShield offers the convenience of DIY technology with the assurance of a high-quality, full-service law firm. This is what customers want. A recent survey of 4,000 adult internet users by LexisNexis found that nearly 75 percent of those who have looked to hire an attorney in the past year used online resources at some point in the process.

The new products and services to be rolled out over the next 30 days and throughout 2016 include:

  • LegalShield App: The newly redesigned app provides LegalShield members instant access to their dedicated law firm and member perks discounts, and makes it easy to keep member’s information up to date. (June)
  • Snap by LegalShield: Available in the LegalShield App, the Snap feature allows members to take a picture of any traffic ticket and instantly send it to their dedicated law firm for resolution. (June)
  • Shake by LegalShield: Provides free forms to members that are backed up by dedicated law firms. (July)
  • Launch by LegalShield: Makes it easy to start businesses right by providing state-specific forms and dedicated attorney support in a one-stop shop. (August)
  • Ask by LegalShield: The Ask App is adding more free answers to the most commonly asked legal questions, with more than 1,500 questions answered in an easy to use app. (September)
  • Legal Plan for “gig economy” drivers: A legal plan that provides legal consultation and moving traffic violation coverage for individuals that drive their personal car for income-producing purposes. (October)
  • Enhance by LegalShield: Supporting law firms and lawyers by providing educational opportunities, technological resources and real lawyer ratings, including Net Promoter Scores (NPS) from clients. (November)

All LegalShield products and apps have an underlying goal of increasing ease of use and access to legal services and furthering understanding of consumer rights as it relates to the law. The new products and enhancements were spearheaded by Shake, an award-winning technology start-up company purchased by LegalShield in April of 2015.

“By combining the benefits of technology with practical advice from a trusted law firm at a reasonable cost, LegalShield is paving the way to greater legal access for millions of people,” added Abe Geiger, LegalShield vice president of product development and founder of Shake.

LegalShield is the only legal services provider that has a dedicated network of law firms and lawyers supporting its members. This unique attorney network provides a dedicated law firm in every state (except Alaska, which will be available by 2017) to directly service each LegalShield member. To ensure member satisfaction and quality, members are surveyed after every interaction with a lawyer and rate their experience using a NPS. The average NPS for LegalShield providers is 54, putting the company on par with companies like Apple and Nike.

“It took decades to build our network of attorneys—one firm at a time, one state at a time. The relationships we have with our providers and the commitment they have to helping our members is unparalleled,” said Bell. “And together, we are furthering our commitment by not only providing the best legal services, but the best technology to access legal help.”

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About LegalShield is one of the nation’s leading providers of legal safeguards for individuals, families and small businesses. The company also offers one of the industry’s most affordable and comprehensive identity theft plans, IDShield. LegalShield plans provide protection to more than 3.7 million individuals, and IDShield provides identity monitoring and restoration services to more than one million individuals across North America. More than 34,000 companies offer the LegalShield and IDShield plans to their employees as a voluntary benefit.

For as low as $20 per month, LegalShield members get access to attorneys with an average of 19 years of experience in such areas as family matters, estate planning, financial and business issues, consumer protection, tax, real estate, benefits disputes and auto/driving issues. Unlike other legal plans or do-it-yourself websites, LegalShield has dedicated law firms in 49 states and four provinces in Canada that members can call for help without having to worry about high hourly rates. Contact: Suraya Bliss 580-665-9113 surayabliss@legalshieldcorp.com

For more information about LegalShield or IDShield for yourself, your family, your business, or your employees, please contact Kenyatta Turner, Independent Associate at 602-367-1069 or KenyattaTurner@LegalShieldAssociate.com.  Worry Less...Live More!

Tags:  estate planning  financial  identity theft  idshield  legal  legal advice  legal provider  legal services  legalshield  mobile apps  press release  shake app  small business  taxes  voluntary employee benefits 

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