Arizona State Star To Be Honored at ASBDC National Conference Sept. 6

The Arizona Small Business Development Center Network (AZSBDC) recognized its top performers at a recent statewide meeting held in Flagstaff.

Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC Business Analyst Linda Koenes was named Arizona State Star, based on her outstanding performance in achieving the highest combined levels of economic impact and client satisfaction in the state. The AZSBDC measures economic impact in areas including job creation and retention, business starts, sales increases and capital formation.

The honor made Koenes a two-time State Star winner with awards from two state networks. She joined the Maricopa SBDC in 2009 after five years of service with the Washington State Small Business Development Network. Koenes was named Washington State Star in 2006.

Koenes will be honored in a September 6 ceremony recognizing State Stars at the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) national conference in San Diego this week. The ASBDC represents 63 SBDC networks across the United States.

“It’s clear that Linda is highly committed to the success of small business owners,” AZSBDC State Director Janice Washington said. “She is a strong contributor to the success of the SBDC program in Arizona.”

 U.S. Small Business Administration Arizona District Director Robert Blaney and Friends of Small Business Advisory Board member Joy Staveley were on hand to help Washington present the award to Koenes and to other category winners.

Photo Caption: Shown, left to right: U.S. Small Business Administration District Director Robert Blaney; Arizona State Star Linda Koenes; Friends of Small Business Advisory Board Member Joy Staveley; AZSBDC Network State Director Janice Washington.

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