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InnovateHER Fastpitch winners in race for national honor

Alex Bradberry and Leiah Scheibel, who won the InnovateHER fastpitch competition that formally launched Arizona Women’s Education & Entrepreneur Center (AWEEc), a program of Arizona Women’s Education and Employment (AWEE), have been selected as finalists for the national SBA 2015 InnovateHER Business Challenge in May in Washington, D.C.

IMG_0643The duo will compete against nine other finalists for a chance to win $30,000 in prize money during a live pitch competition that is part of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) National Small Business Week.  The two-minute pitch competition will be preceded by a Women in Small Business Breakfast hosted by the Washington Post where the finalists will be recognized.

Bradberry, of Tempe, and Scheibel, of Glendale, will open The Sparkle Bar, Arizona’s first full-service make-up studio, this summer.  They have been developing the concept for a year while holding down full-time jobs and working with AWEEc to fine tune their business plan.  They won the Phoenix InnovateHER event against six other entrepreneurs before a panel of six judges. Similar events took place across the country, and ten business owners have been selected for the national competition.

“Alex and Leiah have developed a comprehensive, progressive business plan for an idea that has incredible growth potential, not just in Arizona but nationwide,” said AWEEc Program Director Alicia Marseille. “Being able to present their pitch on a national stage will certainly open tremendous opportunities for them on many levels.”

Bradberry said The Sparkle Bar will open in mid-August at a retail location “between Old Town Scottsdale and Arcadia” offering individuals the chance to work with “talented makeup artists dedicated to bringing the most glamorous and gorgeous you through personalized makeup application,” according to The Sparkle Bar website landing page.

AWEEc is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

AWEEc, provides entrepreneurs and existing business owners education and resources that include training and workshops, one-on-one counseling, online programs, mentoring and support networks. Among AWEEc’s unique opportunities are programs to develop core business skills and strategies to target low-to-mid income populations, and financial literacy specifically for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

For more information about the Arizona Women’s Education and Entrepreneur Center, visit www.facebook.com/AweeCenterAZ.  For more information about AWEE, visit www.awee.org.

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BankWork$ partners With AWEE on career training

Arizona Women’s Education and Employment (AWEE) will partner with BankWork$™ to deepen its long-time work with adults from low-income and minority communities and those with barriers to employment. The partnership to prepare workers for careers in the financial services industry comes as BankWork$™ continues its $4-million national expansion to 15 cities by 2019.

“AWEE is highly respected in Phoenix with deep ties throughout this community,” said Les Biller, BankWork$™ founder and co-founder of The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation. “We were looking for a partner we could work closely with to bring our proven program to Phoenix and together offer a career opportunity for those in need. AWEE understands the importance of providing training in the skills that employers are looking for, which helps ensure that its graduates can find employment and advance in their careers.”

AWEE has been transforming the lives of Arizonans into “faces of success” through the dignity of work for 34 years. Since its inception, AWEE has helped create successful beginnings and renewed hope for more than 165,000 women, men and young adults by assisting them prepare for, find and keep jobs.

“This partnership with BankWorks complements our existing programs at the same time it expands and enhances our ability to prepare women and men for jobs in an industry that offers tremendous career opportunities for our participants,” said AWEE President and CEO Marie Sullivan.  “The combination of job training, job placement assistance and ongoing coaching for career advancement will be incredibly valuable.”

BankWork$™ launched in 2006 in Los Angeles and expanded to Seattle in 2011. It currently places about 200 graduates each year and will continue its expansion to Portland, Ore. later this year. By 2019, BankWork$™ will be operating in 15 or more cities nationwide. Its $4-million national expansion is funded by Bank of America, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo, which have each pledged $1 million over five years to support the rollout, and by The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, which founded the program and has also pledged $1 million.

Since its launch, BankWork$™ has achieved enviable results. It has successfully placed more than 800 graduates who were hired by banks and other financial institutions. BankWork$™ achieves a graduation rate of approximately 75% and is placing approximately 70% of graduates with partner banks each year. BankWork$™ graduates also stay employed in their jobs: retention rates for 2012 BankWork$™ graduates showed that 86% were employed six months after their hire date and 72% one year from their hire date.

Eleanor Millwood, Bank of America Arizona Area Executive, said that BankWork$ is “an incredibly important workforce development resource for both banks and the individuals the program is serving to put them on a possible career path and for banks to have a well trained, diverse and motivated base of potential employees.  Partnering with AWEE in this effort brings together two highly credible and proven organizations that will certainly result in effective and productive outcomes for everyone involved.”

BankWork$™ classes are free for participants. Banking industry professionals and BankWork$™ Founding Partner JVS Los Angeles developed the curriculum, which is designed to be hands-on training with exposure to banks and the financial industry, and teaches sales and customer service skills through simulation exercises. The classes run for eight weeks and provide training in the skills needed for jobs as tellers, customer service representatives and personal bankers. The course culminates in a graduation and job fair with local banking partners, giving graduates the opportunity to interview for jobs immediately. BankWork$™ also offers resume building, job interview practice, job placement assistance and ongoing coaching and mentoring to help with career advancement. Participants must be 18 years or older, have a high school diploma or GED, be fluent in written and spoken English, have basic computer skills and no adult felony convictions.

“It always is so gratifying to see our graduates interview with potential employers and successfully put into action all they have learned during their BankWork$™ classes,” said Colleen Anderson, BankWork$™ Executive Director, who spent 30+ years in the financial services industry. “AWEE has more than three decades of experience and has had a major influence on building and expanding Arizona’s workforce.”

BankWork$™ reflects the collaboration much sought after by the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. The Los Angeles Business Journal recognized BankWork$™ with the Project Collaboration Award at the Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards for its work in bringing together partner banks, local government agencies and philanthropies to support job training.

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Wells Fargo grants $1 million to six area nonprofits

Wells Fargo & Company, one of America’s leading community banks and the nation’s largest home mortgage lender, announced the company will make donations totaling $1 million shared across six Arizona nonprofits to help further strengthen and stabilize Arizona communities.

The local grant recipients were identified in close collaboration with the City of Phoenix and Mayor Greg Stanton.  Grants are targeted to support five key areas:  Support services for the homeless, neighborhood beautification and improvement, education and workforce programs, small business and economic development, and the environment.

Wells Fargo is making $1 million in grants to the following Phoenix nonprofits:
· Arizona Citizens for the Arts — $50,000 to support the organization’s efforts in neighborhood beautification efforts and the arts.
· Keep Phoenix Beautiful — $100,000 in support of Phoenix neighborhood beautification efforts and the environment.
· Arizona Women’s Education and Employment, Inc. (AWEE) — $150,000 in support of education and workforce programs, homelessness, and economic development.
· Maricopa County Community College (MCCC)/Arizona Small Business Development Center — $200,000 to support small business programs and economic development.
· Teach for America – Phoenix — $200,000 to support the organization’s education programs.
· Valley of the Sun United Way — $300,000 to support the homelessness community, education, employment, and economic development.

The grants are funded through the Wells Fargo’s NeighborhoodLIFTSM  program that was launched early last year.  The program is an innovative effort created to help stabilize neighborhoods and help people buy homes by making properties more affordable with down payment assistance available for eligible prospective buyers.

“Wells Fargo is the leading mortgage lender in Arizona and we are proud to support our communities to help ensure a thriving and healthy community base,” said Pam Conboy, Wells Fargo Arizona Lead Regional President.  “These nonprofits are actively leading efforts to help stabilize neighborhoods and promote jobs and education programs, and we are excited to help support their tremendous efforts with the NeighborhoodLIFTSM program local initiatives funds.”

“City government is a key player in moving our economy forward, ending homelessness and advocating for quality education for our kids, but we cannot do it alone,” said Mayor Stanton.  “Our partners in the nonprofit and faith communities are indispensable to ending homelessness and ensuring a stronger economic future in Phoenix and the region.  Thanks to Wells Fargo’s NeighborhoodLIFT program and their continued efforts in our communities and for being a conduit for boosting programs that build our city up to a more promising future.”

In addition to the local grants, the NeighborhoodLIFTSM program is helping further the nation’s housing recovery by providing down payment assistance to help more local families achieve successful, sustainable homeownership. In Phoenix, more than $2 million is still available for down payment assistance grants of $15,000 for local eligible hombuyers as part of the $8 million commitment to provide down payment assistance grants, homebuyer support programs and local initiatives to help consumers achieve successful, sustainable home ownership.  Wells Fargo collaborates with the City of Phoenix and the non-profit organization NeighborWorks America and its local affiliate, Neighborhood Housing Services of Phoenix, to implement the program.

Down payment assistance of $15,000 is available to those who qualify, buy and reside in a home in the city of Phoenix.  To qualify for down payment assistance that may be applied to mortgage purchase loans with any lender, applicants must meet certain criteria including annual income not exceeding 120 percent of the median income for the area. Income maximums vary based on family size.  An event was held in Phoenix last March to kick-off the program and nearly 1,000 prospective homebuyers attended. Wells Fargo committed $8 million in the city of Phoenix to fund the NeighborhoodLIFTSM program designed to stabilize neighborhoods and help residents become homeowners.

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Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Hires CEO

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee today announced the appointment of Jay L. Parry to head the organization as Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Parry will oversee the Host Committee and will work closely with the NFL to deliver a successful Super Bowl XLIX to the State of Arizona, including driving marketing efforts, developing and implementing NFL and Host Committee programs, spearheading sponsorships, fundraising and community relations, and managing financials.

Super Bowl XLIX will be the third Super Bowl played in Arizona, and the second played at University of Phoenix Stadium. Super Bowl XLII in 2008 had an economic impact of $500 million, according to a study conducted by the W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University.

Parry brings a sports and business acumen uniquely suited to lead the Host Committee’s efforts for Super Bowl XLIX. Most recently, she was senior vice president of Brand and Business Development for the Phoenix Suns. Parry also spent seven seasons as president and chief operating officer of the Phoenix Mercury. During her tenure, the Mercury won two WNBA championships and generated double-digit business growth in corporate partnerships and attendance. Prior to her career in professional sports, Parry was an executive in a variety of roles with Bank of America, most recently as executive vice president in the Central Region. She served on the MVP Host Committee when Arizona hosted Super Bowl XXX in 1996. Currently, Parry serves as a director on the boards of several local organizations, including Arizona Women’s Education and Employment (AWEE,) BMO Harris Bank Arizona Advisory Board and Thunderbirds Charities. See www.AZSuperBowl.com for Parry’s full biography.

Parry was named a Most Admired CEO by the Phoenix Business Journal in 2010 and in 2008, was selected one of the Arizona Woman magazine’s “20 Women Who Will Shape Arizona by 2020.”

Parry will report to David Rousseau, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman and president of Salt River Project.

“Jay’s appointment is an amazing coup for the Host Committee,” said Rousseau. “She is the ideal candidate for this role because of her deep experience in sports marketing, business and her strong ties to the community. Jay’s proven leadership skills make her well-suited to drive all facets of the organization from sponsorship and community activation and engagement, to the complex logistics involved in putting on the Super Bowl.”

“Arizona has so much to offer, and I’m honored and excited to be a part of demonstrating this to the world through the Super Bowl,” said Jay Parry, CEO, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee. “Sports and business are not only my expertise, but my passion. Super Bowl is an exciting opportunity for Arizona that will leave a lasting legacy for our entire community.”

The successful 2015 game bid was prepared by the Host Committee, led by Michael Bidwill, president of the Arizona Cardinals, Mike Kennedy, former chairman of the Host Committee, and Winnie Stolper. Stolper has worked with the Host Committee since 2006 and will take on the role of Chief Administrative Officer reporting to Parry.

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee will bring together influential business leaders, senior government representatives, Convention and Visitors Bureau personnel, and thousands of volunteers to insure Super Bowl XLIX is a success, and results in positive economic impact under a global spotlight that enhances community pride.