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Sanders Named as New Regional Center Director for Maricopa SBDC

August 25, 2014

Arizona Small Business Development Center Network (AZSBDC) announced Nancy Sanders will be the new Regional Center Director for the Maricopa Community Colleges Small Business Development Center (Maricopa SBDC) effective Thursday, August 21, 2014. The Maricopa SBDC has a service center at GateWay Community College and satellite locations include: Estrella Mountain, Mesa, Paradise Valley and Scottsdale Community Colleges as well as Rio Salado’s Life Long Learning Center in Surprise, and the City of Chandler’s Innovations Incubator. The AZSBDC Network is Arizona’s largest and most accessible source of assistance for small businesses in every stage of development. The Maricopa SBDC services all of Maricopa County. Sanders began her career with AZSBDC as a Business Analyst in 2010. She has worked with Fortune 500 organizations and award-winning small businesses. She is the President-Elect of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Phoenix Chapter (NAWBO) and serves on the Marketing and Public Relations Committee for the Board of Directors. Sanders is the recipient of the NAWBO Bridge Builder Award and has been recognized for her efforts in marketing, communications and mentoring. As an entrepreneur, Sanders has owned several small businesses of her own, earned a B.S. in Business Administration and an MBA in Global …

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Copyright, Patent, Trademark – what’s the difference?

May 20, 2014

Ask M & M is a feature in the Sierra Vista Herald every Monday. Business questions are answered by Cochise SBDC Director, Mark Schmitt. The following is a questions regarding copyright, patents and trademarks. Dear M & M: I am confused. Explain the differences between copyright, patent and trademark? –Will Dear Will: According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, “A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol or design or a combination of words, phrases or symbols or designs that identifies and distinguishes the source of goods of one party from those of others. A service mark is the same as a trademark except it identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than a product. A copyright protects original works of art or literary work and a patent protects an invention.” The United States Patent and Trademark Office information can be accessed at the following web site; http://www.copyright.gov/. “There are three types of patents. Utility patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof. Design patents may be granted to anyone who invents a new, original, …

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Small High Tech Business funding options – SBIR & STTR programs

May 20, 2014

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and its related Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are well established government programs designed to allow the opportunity for small high-tech businesses to obtain government agency funding to pursue research and development projects. Many of the AZSDBC Service Centers offer workshops that overview these two valuable programs. Attendees of these workshops learn how the programs work, the differences between the two programs, the latest news and changes and how the specific government agencies differ. In addition, information will be provided as to the benefits to the small business, how the three phase programs work and instructions on how to find specific topics of interest. Additionally, some tips are provided as to what the small business should do to prepare to participate in the SBIR/STTR programs. For more information about SBIR/STTR programs contact your local SBDC office.

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2014 Arizona Small Business Development Center of Excellence

May 8, 2014

On May 7, 2014, Ellen Kirton and the Microbusiness Advancement Center Small Business Development Center (MAC SBDC) was honored as the 2014 Arizona Small Business Development Center of Excellence. In honor of National Small Business Week, May 12016 the Small Business Administration honors outstanding small business owners and supporters. Ellen Kirton and the MAC SBDC are a network oriented team of high performers. They embrace and work diligently to advance SBA and the Arizona Small Business Development Center state network strategic objectives creating economic impact for the state of Arizona. The MAC SBDC is part of Arizona’s largest most accessible statewide source of assistance for small businesses in every stage of development. The AZSBDC is an accredited member of America’s Small Business Development Centers. The Network’s mission is to provide high quality, high-impact one-on-one counseling, resource assistance, and training to preserve and create small business jobs and revenue, and to facilitate capital formation throughout Arizona at no cost or low cost to consumers. Business growth and economic development is made possible through the strategic initiatives: international trade education, business incubator support, direction for Veteran owned businesses, assistance for technology businesses, and guidance with government procurement contracts. The MAC SBDC team …

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Frontier Techni-Kote – 2014 Success Award Winner

April 29, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014, Frontier Techni-Kote was recognized as a 2014 Success Award Winner by the Arizona Small Business Development Center Network in the annual Success Award program for small business success. The Arizona Small Business Development Center Network is Arizona’s largest and most accessible statewide source of assistance for small businesses in every stage of development. Each year the Network highlights and honors some of Arizona’s brightest small business successes for the vital role that they play in our state’s economy. Frontier Techni-Kote worked with the Yavapai College Small Business Development Center to achieve a higher level of success. Read their story below: Frontier Techni-Kote is based in Chino Valley at Jerome Junction, and is proud to serve as a partner in the manufacturing industry. As a former railroad stop between Prescott and Jerome, Jerome Junction has always had a history of countless and strong industrial partnerships. Frontier Techni-Kote, a 20 year old company, built and maintained by three generations of metal finishing professionals, is a vital link to its customer base, and, now, has become one of those strong industrial partnerships. Frontier Techni-Kote’s primary goal to its customer is quality, expedience and excellence in customer service. Andrew Furrer, …

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TLC’s Family Kitchen – 2014 Success Award Winner

April 28, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014, TLC’s Family Kitchen was recognized as a 2014 Success Award Winner by the Arizona Small Business Development Center Network in the annual Success Award program for small business success. The Arizona Small Business Development Center Network is Arizona’s largest and most accessible statewide source of assistance for small businesses in every stage of development. Each year the Network highlights and honors some of Arizona’s brightest small business successes for the vital role that they play in our state’s economy. TLC’s Family Kitchen worked with the Northland Pioneer College Small Business Development Center to achieve a higher level of success. Read their story below: Tim and Laurie Sykes have worked for many years in the restaurant industry. Tim had always wanted to open his own restaurant but it was only a dream because he could never come up with the money needed. After Tim married Laurie and their combined family grew to consist of yours, mine and ours, the share vision seemed even more out of reach. That was until Tim came up with the idea of “selling tables” to investors! The investors would receive 20% of the income from the table for the first year – …

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AZSBDC Statewide Business Incubator Support

April 25, 2014

The Arizona Small Business Development Center Network supports the efforts of business incubators statewide. With 26 Small Business Development Center locations and six Procurement Technical Assistance Center locations state wide, the AZSBDC is Arizona’s largest most accessible source of assistance for small businesses in every stage of development. On April 22, 2014, San Luis broke ground for a business incubator to assist small start-up and expanding businesses with the focus on producing jobs. The AZSBDC was there to partner and show support of these local efforts. Arizona State Director, Janice Washington spoke reinforcing the Network’s strategic alliance with business incubators statewide to assist small businesses succeed and create economic impact for their local communities and the state of Arizona.The AZSBDC Network provides confidential professional advising by knowledgeable counselors with real-life business ownership and management experience to Arizona businesses at no cost. Additionally, the AZSBDC Network provides many quality training services at no cost or low cost helping business owners create the necessary skills to succeed. Presently, the AZSBDC partners with the City of Chandler’s Innovations Science and Technology Incubator, the Center for Entrepreneurial innovation (CEI) at GateWay Community College, Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology in Flagstaff, the AZ …

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