2015 Success Awards Recognition

Twelve Arizona small businesses were honored for their achievements at the 2015 Arizona Small Business Development Center Network Success Award Luncheon March 24 on the Senate Lawn at the Arizona State Capitol. Nearly 300 members of the Arizona State Legislature, government, business and community leaders throughout Arizona attended this year’s event. “It was a real opportunity to recognize and applaud the achievements of Arizona small businesses,” AZSBDC State Director Janice Washington said. “The winners represent a variety of business sectors, customer bases and communities. The AZSBDC provides targeted guidance to business incubators, technology and innovation focused businesses, and Veteran entrepreneurs. Similarly, we train business owners how to take advantage of international trade opportunities and government procurement contracts in order to grow and sustain their business success. We help strengthen Arizona one business at a time.”

The Master Success Award Winner was Arizona Log and Timberworks in Eagar, Arizona. Owners Randy and Sandra Nicoll worked with the Northland Pioneer College SBDC to grow their wood products business creating a sustainable company that would withstand multiple economic fluctuation factors. The Nicolls purchased new equipment positioning the company to diversify and create a new product line. Additionally with guidance from the SBDC, Arizona Log and Timberworks began exporting wood products. Expanding their product base has allowed Arizona Log and Timberworks to succeed through uncertain times. SBDC Business Analysts bring years of business experience, knowledge of federal, state and local resources, and stay relevant to the community through active memberships in many industry organizations.

Another 2015 Success Award winner that worked with the Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC illustrates the symbiotic relationship between the AZSBDC and community college hosts. MaxQ Technology, a Tempe based thermal management solutions and sustainable power design company, received assistance and guidance from an SBDC Business Analysts to better position the business to grow and be successful. As the business grew, they created jobs and employed GateWay Community College graduates. Successful small businesses benefit the community through revenue generation plus the creation of jobs.

In 2014, the AZSBDC assisted small business clients to increase their collective sales by nearly $77 million and secure more than $60 million in loans and other capitalization. On average, the AZSBDC assisted their small business clients in creating six jobs every working day. The AZSBDC Network has successfully counseled and trained small businesses throughout Arizona for more than 26 years.

Here is a video link, produced by CEI, with highlights from the 2015 Success Award Luncheon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=12&v=uSqpDiGBEgc (May also be seen at: https://azsbdc.net/video/)

2105 Small Business Success Award Winners are:

Master Award Winner
Arizona Log and Timberworks Eager, AZ
Northland Pioneer College SBDC

Tomcat Electric
Yuma, AZ
Arizona Western Colleges SBDC

Casa Grande, AZ
Central Arizona College SBDC

Perales Consulting Group
Benson, AZ
Cochise Colleges SBDC

Ted’s Marine Supply
Page, AZ
Coconino SBDC

Noah’s Ark Animal Clinic
Morenci, AZ
Eastern Arizona College SBDC

Delivery IT
Phoenix, AZ
Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC

Pinnacle Transplant Technologies
Phoenix, AZ
Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC

MaxQ Technology
Tempe, AZ
Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC

Frozen Yogurt Island
Kingman, AZ
Mohave Community Colleges SBDC

Tucson, AZ
Pima & Santa Cruz SBDC

Cottonwood, AZ
Yavapai College SBDC

For more information about the 2015 Success Awards please visit: https://azsbdc.net/news-impact/success-stories/

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