Monday March 18, 2013 was a special day for the Arizona Small Business Development Center (AZSBDC) (www.azsbdc.net) and 14 state small businesses. In a ceremony and luncheon on the lawn of the Arizona House at the state capitol complex the small businesses were presented Success Awards. Arizona Capitol Times publisher Ginger Lamb was the emcee for the event.
The event was attended by several hundred guests, including members of the Arizona Legislature as well as government, business and community leaders from across the state. Success Award winners include:
Master Award winner
Odie Management Group LLC of Scottsdale (Lisa S. Odie).
Other award winners:
• Mariscos Mar Azul of Yuma (Hortencia Rosales, Alex Morales)
• Papazona Pizza, Inc. of Apache Junction (Michael Chastek, Chester Chastek)
• Munsey Contract and Development of Sierra Vista (Norman Munsey, Mark Berg, Rick Berg, Kathi Johnson)
• Mother Road Brewing Company of Flagstaff (Michael Marquess)
• Caboose Frozen Treats of Thatcher (Wendy Skinner)
• Cellulars Conexion of Mesa (David Carrizoza)
• Martek of Tempe (Mark James)
• Paideia Academies of Phoenix (Dr. Brian Winsor)
• Bottom Line Tax, Accounting and Business Services of Tucson (Lou and Anna Ciurca)
• Delectables Restaurant and Catering of Tucson (Donna Difiore)
• Budget Blinds of Kingman (Ed and LeeAnn Benton)
• Loan Prairie of Lakeside (Mike Sattinger, Eric Grossman and Robert Fee)
• Quality Vans and Speciality Vehicles of Prescott (Vicki Reber, Doug Reber, Gary Reber)
“The winners represent a wide range of industries and come from every part of the state,” stated AZSBDC State Director Janice Washington. “”Each of these entrepreneurs has a story to share about what it takes to create and grow a successful small business in today’s tough economic environment.”
Success Award winners worked with the AZSBDC Network Center to achieve their goals and are chosen for their accomplishments during 2012. The Network is also host of the Arizona Procurement Technical Assistance Center (AZPTAC) network, headquartered in Glendale and has satellite locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson and Yuma.
During 2012 AZSBDC served 3,177 clients and helped create or retain 1,471 jobs. AZSBDC clients started 352 new businesses last year and created more than $38.6 million in capital. They collectively increased their sales by more than $54.2 million last year.