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
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to capital; and assure and provide an easily
accrued paid sick leave. Businesses are
accessible, well-trained workforce through
now obligated to pay this benefit when
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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
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to create more and better jobs.
if any large businesses provide this benefit,
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Business Association, where we celebrate
the additional costs. Meanwhile, small
and promote small business every day.
businesses — many working on very small
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Entrepreneurs and small-business owners,
profit margins — will have a very difficult time
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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
becomes effective July 1st. ASBA will be
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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
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.
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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.