Rep. Schweikert Meets with Small Business Development Experts at Maricopa Community Colleges to Launch Small Business Week

May 9, 2019

Tempe, AZ – America’s SBDC Arizona Network (AZSBDC) kicked-off National Small Business Week (May 5 – 11) by hosting a small business roundtable with U.S. Rep. David Schweikert on Monday. The roundtable provided an opportunity for Rep. Schweikert to meet with business owners and AZSBDC team members to discuss the successes and challenges faced by small businesses in Arizona. “America’s SBDC Arizona works with small business owners throughout Arizona to help them start stronger and grow faster,” AZSBDC State Director Janice Washington said. “National Small Business Week puts the spotlight on the significant economic impact that small businesses create in their communities and across our state.” Rep. Schweikert toured the SBDC offices at Gateway Community College and met with Director Washington and SBDC staff. The AZSBDC has helped launch, grow and sustain small businesses in Arizona since 1988. It is part of the national America’s SBDC association, which represents more than 1,000 SBDC Centers across the U.S. “Small Business Development Centers help create success by helping people realize their dreams,” noted America’s SBDC President & CEO Charles ‘Tee’ Rowe. “SBDC impact can be seen in new business starts, sales growth and job creation across America.” In 2018 alone, America’s SBDC Arizona counseled or trained 5,604 individuals, helped its clients start …

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Nov 25, 2017: Small Business Saturday

November 15, 2017

Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to celebrate and support small businesses in your community. If you are a small business owner, use the hashtags #shopsmall and #smallbizsat to join the online momentum. Visit THIS page, created by the Small Business Administration, for more ways to participate.

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Arizona Central College SBDC Seeks Applications for New Center Director

May 13, 2016

The Arizona Small Business Development Center Network and Central Arizona College are seeking applicants for the SBDC Service Center Director for the Central Arizona College SBDC. Central Arizona College is located in Casa Grande, AZ. For more information regarding this open position, click here.

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Arizona SBDC Network client, Angela Cody-Rouget, appears on Shark Tank

February 9, 2016

Arizona SBDC Network client, Angela Cody-Rouget who worked with the Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC will be on Shark Tank this Friday, February 5, 2016. The program airs at 8:00 p.m. local time on ABC channel 15. Angela Cody-Rouget is the founder and owner of Major Mom® and one of three Certified Professional Organizers in Arizona. Angela spent 14 years dedicated to serving her country in the U.S. Air Force, where she attained the rank of Major. Her husband nicknamed her Major Mom after their first child was born. Angela has been building the Major Mom brand for eight years and currently has a team of 16 employees in four states. Major Mom is expanding to become a franchise business. Angela feels she was born to create order out of chaos. She is on a mission to restore order to the world, one household at a time! Angela received business assistance services from the Maricopa SBDC, participated in the SBA Emerging Leaders program, won the SBA Arizona InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge, and also won first place in the Citi Foundation and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families Realizing Your Dream Business Competition. Arizona is proud to have such an innovative entrepreneur represent …

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Ellen Kirton recognized as the 2015 Arizona State Star

September 17, 2015

The Arizona Small Business Development Center Network (AZSBDC) announced Ellen Kirton, director of the Pima & Santa Cruz SBDC, as the recipient of the 2015 America’s SBDC State Star for Arizona. Kirton was recognized at a private reception during the America’s SBDC Conference in San Francisco this week. Each year, America’s SBDC recognizes a State Star from each SBDC at its annual conference. The State Star award is given out to an SBDC employee who exhibits exemplary performance, makes a significant contribution to his or her SBDC program and shows a strong commitment to small business. Any SBDC employee is eligible for the award. Ellen Kirton spent 35 years in the banking industry, with her last position as a Senior Vice President and Business Banking Manager at BankOne/Chase. She co-owns an internet-based human resource company, is the author of “Cinderella is Still Dancing” and a public speaker. Kirton counseled small businesses, lead training sessions teaching business principles, and guided many small businesses to create economic impact for their communities. “I am delighted to recognize Ellen Kirton for her contributions to Arizona small businesses. She is truly an example of an exemplary leader,” said Janice C. Washington, state director of the …

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2015 Small Business Week Winners

May 27, 2015

Recent Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC and Client Awards The Maricopa Community Colleges Small Business Development Center (Maricopa SBDC) has been named the 2015 Small Business Development Center of Excellence and Innovation for Arizona and U.S. Small Business Administration Region IX. This honor is bestowed upon an SBDC Service Center that surpasses performance milestones, builds small business excellence, embraces continuous improvement and champions economic development through small business within their region. Along with the Maricopa SBDC Service Center two clients were also recognized for their outstanding efforts as part of the Tuesday, May 19, Enterprise Business Awards Luncheon showcasing the annual awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Sharon Hamilton, President of Sentinel Fence and Contracting was honored as the 2015 Woman-Owned Small Business Champion of the Year. In addition, Lisa Odle, President of Odle Management Group was presented the 2015 Minority-Owned Small Business Champion of the Year. Similar distinctions were bestowed by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce with the 2015 Impact Awards on May 13. Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, another Maricopa SBDC client, received the 2015 IMPACT Business of the Year and Entrepreneurial Excellence Award. Pinnacle Transplant Technologies is a wonderful example of business success created by combining the expert …

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2015 Success Awards Recognition

May 1, 2015

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 …

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