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Arizona Small Business Association Announces New Partnership with BluePay

Posted By Ashley Vizzerra, Arizona Small Business Association, Thursday, July 23, 2015

Payment Processing for Businesses of All Sizes

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Thursday, July 23, 2015


Contact: Ashley Vizzerra

Communications Coordinator

(602) 306-4000



Arizona Small Business Association Announces New Partnership with BluePay


Phoenix, AZ – The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) is proud to announce that they have partnered with BluePay as their new official payment processor, to provide the lowest rates with the highest level of security for their members.


As a Tier 1 credit card processor, BluePay works with merchants of all types and sizes to make accepting credit cards, electronic checks, and other payment options simple and fast.  BluePay emphasizes their ability to meet the unique needs of each industry they serve, offering a wide variety of credit card processing options. 


“After a long period of reviewing providers, we chose BluePay based on their significant savings and the incredibly high-level of service they offer,” stated Rick Murray, ASBA CEO. “We are thrilled to partner with a company so committed to helping the small business community thrive. By consulting individually with each business owner, BluePay customizes plans that truly fit the business’ goals and budget, overall helping them save valuable dollars which they can use in other vital areas of their business.”


“We are honored to be selected as the official payment processor for the ASBA,” commented Kristen Gramigna, Chief Marketing Officer for BluePay.  “We know small merchants put their all into making their businesses succeed, and BluePay wants to help them achieve their goals.  We focus on forming relationship with our merchants to learn about their unique needs and deliver value-added services that grow their business.”


About the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA):

Representing 10,000+ business members, and nearly half a million employees in Arizona, the Arizona Small Business Association is the largest and only statewide association dedicated to serving the needs of small businesses.  Members enjoy access to networking, education, discounts, marketing, one-on-one support, business resources and advocacy.  Learn more at


About BluePay:

BluePay is a leading technology-enabled payment processor for businesses of all sizes in the U.S. and Canada. Through POS, online, mobile, and software integration, BluePay processes B2C and B2B payments, while providing real-time settlement and reporting, along with robust security features.  Learn more at





Tags:  credit  credit cards  finance  small business 

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Arizona Enters a New Era as Equity Crowdfunding Goes Live

Posted By Ashley Vizzerra, Arizona Small Business Association, Monday, July 6, 2015



Monday, July 6, 2015


Contact: Ashley Vizzerra

Communications Coordinator

(602) 203-4000



Arizona Enters a New Era as Equity Crowdfunding Goes Live


Phoenix, AZ – Friday, July 3, 2015 marks a new era for small business in Arizona, as Equity Crowdfunding, a bill signed by Governor Doug Ducey in the Spring of this year, went live.


Arizona’s crowdfunding law allows small business owners to obtain capital through Arizona residents.  Unless recognized as an “accredited investor” under the Securities Act, investors are able to invest up to $10,000 in exchange for shares of the company.  Businesses are able to raise up to $1 million in a 12-month period unless they provide their audited financial statements, in which case, they can raise up to $2.5 million.


All investments must go through an online portal or social media site where neither business owner nor investor has direct access to the funds until 80% of the stated goal is raised.  The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) will have oversight on all crowdfunding solicitations and companies must register with them prior to any offering.


Arizona Small Business Association CEO, Rick Murray, who helped draft the law says crowdfunding is a game changer when it comes to raising capital for small business.  “Only time will tell what impact this will have, but the more tools we give small businesses to succeed will have a positive impact on job creation and economic development.”  


Tags:  Access to Capital  Arizon  equity crowdfunding  small business 

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High-Tech Small Businesses to Receive Tibbetts Awards for Innovative and Outstanding Contributions

Posted By U.S. Small Business Administration, Tuesday, May 26, 2015
SBA PRESS OFFICE                  
Release Date:  May 26, 2015
Contact:  Tiffani S. Clements  (202) 401-0035
Release Number: 15-49
Internet Address:

NASA Astronaut Cady Coleman to Keynote
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is proud to announce the 2015 Tibbetts Awards to 23 small businesses, six individuals, and - for the first time - three supporting organizations for their exemplary roles in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.  
The 2015 Tibbetts Award recipients will be formally honored in Washington, DC, on June 15 during a White House ceremony featuring keynote speaker Cady Coleman, accomplished scientist and NASA Astronaut noted for her six-month expedition to the International Space Station. Tibbetts Awardees will also be honored at the June 16 kickoff of the National SBIR/STTR Conference where thousands of the best and brightest in the innovation ecosystem convene annually.
“I am so looking forward to celebrating these entrepreneurs who are driving U.S. innovation in diverse and amazing ways across the country,” said Javier Saade, SBA Associate Administrator for the Office of Investment and Innovation. “This will be my second Tibbetts Awards ceremony, and I can honestly tell you, on behalf of the SBIR/STTR family, it is thrilling to be in the company of these visionaries developing and commercializing technologies that strengthen our nation’s defense, improve the health of our citizens, and enhance education.”
Named for the late Roland Tibbetts, widely accredited as being the ‘Father’ of today’s SBIR/STTR programs, the annual Tibbetts Awards are presented to leaders from all over the United States who have been instrumental in supporting the success of the programs and/or utilizing SBIR/STTR investment to develop an ‘idea’ into a product or service that benefits the federal government’s research and development needs, the general public’s wellbeing, and the nation’s economy through technological innovation and the creation of high quality jobs – sometimes in newly created industries.
The 2015 Tibbetts Awards will go to the following small businesses that have excelled through SBIR/STTR investment and to the individuals and supporting organizations that have advanced the success of the SBIR/STTR programs without economic participation:
Companies                                         City & State                          
ANDRO Computational Solutions     Rome, N.Y.
Aspen Aerogels, Inc                           Northborough, Mass.
Behavioral Imaging Solutions             Boise, Idaho
Bexion Pharmaceuticals                      Covington, Ky.
Bioo Scientific                                    Austin, Texas
Celdara Medical                                  Lebanon, N.H.
FarSounder, Inc                                  Warwick, R.I.
FlexSys, Inc                                        Ann Arbor, Mich.
Frontier Technology                            Beavercreek, Ohio
Hybrid Plastics, Inc                            Hattiesburg, Miss.
Hydronalix, Inc                                   Green Valley, Ariz.
Hysitron, Inc                                       Prairie, Minn.
LI-COR Biosciences                           Lincoln, Neb.
Lift Labs                                             Mountain View, Calif.
Out of the Fog            Research                      Mountain View, Calif.
Orbital ATK                                        Northridge, Calif.
Precision Combustion                         North Haven, Conn.
Senes Tech                                          Flagstaff, Ariz.
StormCenter Communications, Inc    Halethorpe, Md.
Systima Technologies, Inc                  Kirkland, Wash.                                                         
Techshot, Inc                                      Greenville, Ind.
TissueTech, Inc                                   Doral, Fla.
Transposagen Biopharmaceuticals      Lexington, Ky.
R. Wayne Brass                                  Clearwater, Fla.                                  
Jacques Gansler                                   College Park, Md.
Amanda Gentry                                  Arlington, Va.
Peter J. Grazaitis                                 Aberdeen, Md.
Thomas J. Piazza                                 Odessa, Fla.               
Larry Pollack                                       Fort Belvoir, Va.
Support Organizations
Launch                                                            Sausalito, Calif.          
MassVentures                                     Boston, Mass.
New Orleans BioInnovations             New Orleans, La.
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About the Programs
The SBIR/STTR programs represent the nation's largest source of early stage research and development funding for small businesses. The programs are administered by the SBA in collaboration with 11 federal agencies, which collectively supported more than $2.5 billion in federal research and development funding in fiscal year 2014. Additional information about each program can be found at
About the National Conference
The SBIR/STTR National Conference is held concurrently with the TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo. The largest gathering of its kind, attendees are able to interact with federal agency representatives, industry leaders and veteran SBIR/STTR awardees to learn about accessing and competing for SBIR/STTR investment, building strategic partnerships, and creating commercialization strategies. Additional information on conference opportunities can be found at
About the Road Tour
The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort to engage local research and development small businesses, innovators, and researchers about opportunities available through America’s Largest Seed Fund, the SBIR/STTR programs. Attendees are able to meet and interact directly with national and state program managers and representatives from state- or locally- sponsored support organizations. Additional information on SBIR Road Tour dates and locations can be found at

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Help Honor the Best Businesses in Arizona Nominate Your Favorite for a Spirit of Enterprise Award

Posted By Rick Murray, Arizona Small Business Association, Monday, April 13, 2015

TEMPE, Ariz. (April 13, 2015) — Do you have a favorite Arizona business? Help it get some recognition by nominating it for the 19th annual Spirit of Enterprise Awards from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

The awards recognize some of the state’s best companies for creating jobs, boosting our economy and delivering great service to customers. Past winners include both well-known names and fast-growing businesses, such as Infusionsoft, Total Transit (Discount Cab), Ollie the Trolley, Kitchell and China Mist.

“Each year, we honor Arizona companies for demonstrating ethics, energy and excellence in entrepreneurship,” says Sidnee Peck, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the W. P. Carey School of Business. “We’re looking for firms that are innovative, have a positive internal culture, and make an impact both on our economy and in our communities.”

Each business can be nominated for up to three of the six Spirit of Enterprise Award categories described at this website:

Primary requirements include that a company is a for-profit enterprise and is incorporated, headquartered or having a majority of its business operations in Arizona.

One minority-owned business will win the Gary L. Trujillo Minority Enterprise Award sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. Companies started by Arizona State University students are eligible to win the Student Entrepreneur Award.

Award nominations will be accepted until June 26. To nominate, go to and click the nominate button. Nominated businesses will have until July 31 to fill out an awards application.

Winners will be announced at a luncheon Friday, Nov. 20 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort. Hundreds of business and community leaders attend the annual event.

For more information on nominating a company, applying for the awards, or attending the luncheon, call (480) 965-0474, e-mail, or visit

These awards are just one focus of the Center for Entrepreneurship, which helps hundreds of businesses each year. The center recently introduced the Sun Devil Select competition to honor ASU alum-owned or alum-led businesses, as well as the Sun Devil Igniter Challenge, a pitch competition for student businesses. The center also offers companies a chance to recruit and meet with top student talent, while allowing students to get hands-on business experience. The center is a gateway to access other ASU business resources. It is self-funded and utilizes community sponsorships and volunteers to sustain its activities.

The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is one of the top-ranked and largest business schools in the United States. The school is internationally regarded for its research productivity and its distinguished faculty members, including a Nobel Prize winner. Students come from about 100 countries and include about 50 National Merit Scholars. For more information, please visit and

Tags:  Awards  nomination  small business 

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InMedia Company Expands Breadth of Services

Posted By Rhette Baughman, Arizona Small Business Association, Wednesday, February 11, 2015

InMedia Company, known for publishing many local and national magazines and websites, including InBusiness Magazine and, has greatly expanded its services within the Greater Phoenix area to include everything from Video Production and Commercials to Social Media Platforms and Business Cards. InMedia is your hub for everything marketing.


For more info, visit InMedia Company's website.


Tags:  Marketing  publishing  Small Business 

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