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Small Business Continues to Lead Arizona – Arizona Small Business Association is the Leader

About Us The Arizona Small Business Association

by Jack Lunsford, President & CEO, Arizona Small Business Association

(ASBA) is the success engine small

Who creates the jobs in Arizona? Simple

funding platform, giving small businesses

business owners depend on to deliver

answer: Small businesses represent more

another tool in the toolbox to access capital.

statewide education, mentoring,

than 99 percent of Arizona’s entire private-

It took Rep. Jeff Weninger’s leadership in

networking and advocacy that provides

sector economy, with minority-owned

the Arizona House of Representatives to see

forward-thinking entrepreneurs with the

businesses accounting for 25 percent of

this through, and we’re beginning to see the

resources necessary to grow and evolve

those businesses. And 88 percent of the

results of that effort.

in an ever-changing marketplace. By

state’s exporters are small businesses.

bringing thousands of small businesses together, ASBA has created greater value for all members and is proof

Small business employs almost 1,000,000 growth of 2015. These figures come from the 2017

Earlier this year, ASBA argued against the passage of Proposition 205 (Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act) and Proposition 206 (The Fair Wages and

positive that our mission of supporting

Arizona Small Business Profile published

Healthy Families Act). ASBA’s position

small businesses through an active and

by the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small

on Prop 205 was based on the fact that

connected community is working.

Business Administration. They demonstrate

there is no legal standard of impairment for

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that small business drives Arizona’s private-

marijuana, creating major liability issues for

sector economy and we must do all we can

employers, especially small businesses who

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to preserve and protect them.

can’t afford the costs of litigation. No other

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Arizona’s New Paid Sick Leave

What does that mean? Keep taxes as low as possible; minimize regulations so as to

organization focused on this provision as strongly as ASBA.

not impede the ability of small businesses

Regarding Prop 206, ASBA specifically

to grow and prosper; foster easier access

argued against the provisions of mandatory

Have We Reached ‘Peak’

to capital; and assure and provide an easily

accrued paid sick leave. Businesses are

Professional Conferencing?

accessible, well-trained workforce through

now obligated to pay this benefit when

Why Offer Group Insurance?

proper education and training programs so

an employee leaves the job, whether

small businesses have the tools to continue

voluntarily or through termination. Very few

Help Your Business Thrive

to create more and better jobs.

if any large businesses provide this benefit,

5 Reasons Why a Strong Brand Is

Business Association, where we celebrate

the additional costs. Meanwhile, small

and promote small business every day.

businesses — many working on very small

The Solution for Sustainable

Entrepreneurs and small-business owners,

profit margins — will have a very difficult time

Success: Trust Your Instincts

and even medium-sized businesses, want

managing these costs. The minimum wage

relevant, timely resources to help them grow

increase became effective January 1st of

their businesses. They need answers to

this year, but the paid sick leave provision

their questions.

becomes effective July 1st. ASBA will be

Policies: It’s Time to Get Ready!

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Important for Your Small Business

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None of this is news to the Arizona Small

although they can likely accrue and absorb

To provide more answers and assistance

hosting an educational program to help small

in 2017, ASBA is examining partnerships in

businesses plan for and deal with the effects

ways that we haven’t done before, working

of this new law.

to make services such as business planning,

No other group in Arizona specifically

marketing, legal, financial planning, and

focuses on small business, something for

Southern Arizona

other business resources more available to

which ASBA is most proud. Many leaders

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our members. As we define the new ASBA,

say Arizona is open for business, and ASBA

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these opportunities will be more apparent.

says small business IS Arizona business.

p. 520.327.0222 © 2017 ASBA. A publication of the Arizona Small Business Association. For more information or to join ASBA, please contact us at www.asba.com. Section designed by the Arizona Small Business Association.

ASBA’s advocacy on behalf of small

That’s why we say the Arizona Small

business is critical and is a key benefit for

Business Association is THE VOICE of small

our small businesses. ASBA has been at the

business in Arizona, and we’ll continue to

forefront of the creation of an Arizona crowd-

serve in that role.

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In Business Magazine's June 2017 Issue