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Entrepreneurs’ group honors innovators

Entrepreneurs’ Organization Arizona (EO) announced its selection for two highly coveted membership awards for the 2013-14-board year. Lauren Bailey, co-owner of the Upward Projects restaurants was dubbed the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ and Robert Clinkenbeard, founding principal of Integrated Landscape Management received the ‘Member of the Year’ award at the conclusion of the group’s global 24-Hour Learning Day event. Both recipients were peer nominated from amongst the membership, which is made up of 150 successful Arizona business owners.

Arizona entrepreneurs are invited to join EO based on business performance. Out of 131 global chapters spanning 40 countries, EO Arizona is a leader in ingenuity and creative thought. Their purpose is to propel entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other, leading to greater business success and enriched personal lives.

“This is the first year for the prestigious awards and all nominees were, quite frankly, outstanding,” says David Loaney EO Arizona board president. “We have a highly driven membership that includes some of the most successful business leaders in Arizona. We felt it was important to recognize their accomplishments and significant contributions they have made to the organization as well as the greater community.”

The EO Arizona board set stringent guidelines for award recipients. After being nominated by fellow member, the award selection committee reviewed each submission, selected finalists, then held lengthy individual interviews for in-depth discovery of goal attainment. Winners were chosen based solely on accomplishments throughout the year. Entrepreneur of the Year was measured on the successes and growth of the member’s business while the Member of the Year was determined on the individual contributions to the chapter.

With Upward Projects in the past year, Bailey oversaw considerable growth of her company as they opened two new restaurants, one new concept and added 140 employees to the organization. Individually, Bailey was also nominated for various community honors. Clinkenbeard served as a role model for members and prospects with his active engagement and participation.

“My goal in EO is to impart some of the lessons I’ve learned throughout my career to other business owners, helping them navigate the sometimes difficult path to success,” says Clinkenbeard on his active chapter participation. “When our Arizona business owners are successful, the community wins with greater employment, a healthier workforce and increased attention to our local neighborhoods. Giving back of our time and talent is the best way I’ve found to achieve that.”

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$100K Micro-lending Fund Supports Entrepreneurs

CPLC Préstamos CDFI, LLC (a Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. subsidiary), committed to building stronger communities by providing small business access to capital, in partnership with local valley leaders, have created the Community Investment Fund – a group project of Valley Leadership’s Class 35, to support entrepreneurs looking to start-up or expand their business in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

“We are very excited to give local entrepreneurs, who do not qualify for traditional financing, an opportunity to improve the health of our community and contribute to Arizona’s economy,” said Brigitte Dayton, Member of VL 35. “Our Valley Leadership, Class 35 group is proud to partner with a long-standing community organization such as Chicanos Por La Causa on this project. We all feel the emphasis on targeting organizations or individuals who demonstrate a focus on improving the health of our community and/or contributing to the growth of the economy, through the potential for job creation, fills a unique role in local micro-lending.”

“Any current or aspiring entrepreneur who wishes to establish or grow a business, but who due to size, assets, and stage of development cannot seek capital from more traditional sources, is encouraged to apply for a loan today,” said Jose Martinez, President of CPLC Préstamos. “These loans range from $20,000 to $25,000 depending on the applicant, business plan and distinctiveness of the entrepreneurial idea.”

Top qualified applicants will compete in a business “Pitch Day” event where they will have the opportunity to pitch their business concept and funding needs to a panel on May 23, 2014. The panel will select 3-5 businesses for loan approval. Additionally, the business with the best presentation will win a $2,500 cash prize.

Interested candidates can apply at www.prestamosloans.org up until Friday, April 25, 2014. Applicants will be notified of loan approval the same day of their presentation, May 23, 2014.

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Cox honors Latina entrepreneurs

Cox Business announced today a partnership with Prensa Hispana newspaper, Azteca AméricaPhoenix and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (AZHCC) to recognize successful Latina entrepreneurs whose talent and innovation in the businessworld are helping other small businesses grow throughout Arizona.

“According to the 2013 AZ Women-owned Business Enterprise Report we released earlier this year, Latinas make up the single largest minority group among women-owned businesses,” said Mónica Villalobos, Vice President for the AZHCC. “This is a tremendous accomplishment, and our partnership with Cox Business is a great way to show our support to these entrepreneurs that are making a tremendous impact in our community.”

This one-of-a-kind campaign includes a series of 30-second spots produced in English and Spanish, that highlight two outstanding Latina Entrepreneurs in Phoenix. These spots will run across the Cox channel line up throughout the month ofJune. Through the media partnerships, honorees’ stories will also appear on the pages of Prensa Hispana newspaper, Azteca América Phoenix’s newscasts and through communication vehicles of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“These women embody a true entrepreneur spirit of creativity, dedication and hard work, that positively impacts our community and state’s economy,” said Steve Rizley, Sr. Vice President and General Manager, Cox Communications.  “We hope that all the efforts these Latina entrepreneurs are doing to contribute to Arizona’s business growth inspires others to do wonderful things for our state.”

The individuals featured in the Phoenix campaign are:

Linda Valenzuela, MIA Cosmetics
LindaValenzuela is a make up artist, master stylist, and owner of Mia Cosmetics, a growing force aimed at satisfying the real and fantasy beauty needs of individuals through quality products and services. A professional stylist for over 10 years, Linda’s work has appeared in fashion magazines, catalogues, and runways, including W Magazine, SkyMall and FIDM Prom Web LA. Linda is a popular guest teacher and lecturer at notable cosmetology and art schools, as well as volunteer instructor for the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. Her talent is so hard to miss, that she was chosen to apply make up to President Barack Obama and Maria Elena Salinas – one of the most renowned Latina journalist in the U.S. – during their visit to Phoenix last year.

Beatriz Alatorre de Hong, Paletas Betty
Beatriz Alatorre de Hong is the president and owner of Paletas Betty, an ice cream and cream-pops shop in Chandler andTempe. Founded in 2011, Paletas Betty uses simple from scratch recipes that deliver the freshest experience possible. With classic Mexican flavors and newly invented flavors Paletas Betty is Betty’s way of sharing the happiness sheexperienced as a child eating paletas. This year, Betty is focusing on increasing their presence in existing markets by doing more community events and forming strategic partnerships.

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ASU launches program for inventors and entrepreneurs

Arizona State University is seeking aspiring entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors who want to develop their ideas into solutions, products and services in a free summer program.

The university is recruiting participants for AREA48 (Applied Regional Economic Activity), a revolutionary new “formation space” that provides early-stage entrepreneurs with opportunities to access human and knowledge assets. While AREA48 is open to anyone, ASU is particularly seeking participation from retirees, veterans rejoining the civilian workforce and knowledge workers seeking new opportunities.

Located in a former restaurant in downtown Tempe, AREA48 supports the development of entrepreneurs by providing a central place for them to connect, collaborate and create as well as receive mentorship, advice and practical business training. There is no cost to participate in AREA48, which runs from June through September. Anyone interested in participating may apply online.

The initiative, which is run by ASU Venture Catalyst, the university’s startup unit, is funded by a grant from the Blackstone Organizational Grants Program, an annual $1 million program targeting organizations that focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. Through this program, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation is helping innovative organizations that directly support entrepreneurs to pilot, expand or replicate projects or programs that will catalyze the growth of successful businesses, industries and communities.

“AREA48 provides an opportunity to harvest untapped human resources to create high-growth ventures that will spur long-term economic growth and job creation in Arizona,” said Gordon McConnell, Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development at ASU. “In addition, it will become a feeder to the state’s entire entrepreneurial ecosystem, including accelerators, incubators and co-working spaces.”

At AREA48, participants from diverse backgrounds who have varied skill sets will learn to use new product development and Lean methodologies to turn ideas into solutions, products and services. The initiative’s practitioner-oriented approach allows participants to engage in hands-on activities ranging from prototyping products to establishing a social enterprise to turning a hobby into a business.

AREA48, which officially opens June 24, is housed in the former Bamboo Club restaurant at 699 S. Mill Ave. in Tempe. The location features team huddle spaces, areas for prototyping and testing products, classroom space for “pracademic” courses and a “showcase space” open to the public.

ASU Venture Catalyst will offer its highly successful Rapid Startup School at AREA48, with classes on topics ranging from customer development, fundraising, and business modeling to product development, marketing strategies, and intellectual property. In addition, ASU faculty who teach entrepreneurship and innovation will serve as academics-in-residence.

AREA48’s location is also an innovative way of solving the problem of vacant buildings that is so prevalent in urban and downtown areas throughout the country.

“Locating AREA48 in a vacant restaurant in the heart of downtown Tempe creates easy accessibility for all audiences,” McConnell said. “It allows us to connect ASU’s tremendously diverse students, faculty and staff with AREA48 participants, helping bridge the divide that often exists between a university and its local human and economic infrastructure. Not only does this help create diverse teams, it offers students a real-world experience that is very different from a typical internship or academic course.”

For more information about AREA48, please visit http://www.asuventurecatalyst.org/p/content/area48.

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Seven Habits of Seven Successful Arizona Entrepreneurs

Everyone wants to know the secrets to succeeding in business. Most agree hard work and intelligence are a given.  But what about those attributes that cannot be taught in school or by working long hours?

Entrepreneurs are a breed who typically embody qualities that make up a successful business person. They tend to be risk-takers, passionate, altruistic and confident. They avoid getting stuck in a rut. Entrepreneurs turn what other see as obstacles in to challenges, and ultimately, opportunities. They are relentlessly positive.

In addition to possessing some of these qualities, entrepreneurs usually have a rule, philosophy or ritual they live and breathe each day. This can be anything from beginning the day in a positive way to how they treat anyone the come into contact with. As an entrepreneur myself, I have learned the importance of working “on” my business and not just “in” the business.  By this I mean you must treat your business like we treat our clients and must make time to focus on our strategic planning and growth.

Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a leading professional organization designed to offer entrepreneurs additional resources, support and collaboration, has an extremely successful Arizona chapter. Some of our state’s most recognized small business owners are EO Arizona members, ranging from well-known restaurateurs to real estate moguls.

What are their secrets to success? Here is insight from EO Arizona’s most established entrepreneurs (hint: Their habits are less about what you know and more about achieving the right mindset):

Paul Dembow, Arizona Natural Resources, Inc.

I wake up early everyday and meditate for 15 minutes with positive thoughts and deep breathing. I exercise for an hour, then start my business day. I also study, read, research, etc. but the mental attitude that my morning routine gives me is the winning edge. Attitude is everything!

Dan Sager, Civil Search International

If I hold myself 100 percent accountable for all my work/relationship problems, then all issues can be quickly rectified.

Derek Greene, Get Your Move On

The most impactful habit I have practiced is meditation. With this hour of “me” time, I afford myself the time to enjoy a calm cup of coffee, read the news online, do a brain teaser and most importantly sit quietly for 10 to 12 minutes and breathe. I do not miss a day most months and I do the same thing before bed. I find myself, among many other things, as serene as I have ever been in my life.

Max Hansen, Y Scouts and Job Brokers, Inc.

The rule I live by that has been a big contributor toward my success is summed up in a quote by Theodore Roosevelt.  “People don’t care about what you know, until they know about how much you care.”  As with anything in life and business, people follow people they trust and care about them.  Once you genuinely care, you just have to show them and tell them.

Robert Clinkenbeard, Integrated Landscape Management

Discipline is one of my biggest rules in business which also translates into my Ironman training. Unless you have a vision or goal, develop a plan and have the discipline to execute day after day then it is very easy to become distracted, lose focus and not achieve anything. Every year I prepare my business and personal goals for the year ahead and then every month and week I review them and figure out how I am going to execute them.

Steve Levine, Steve LeVine Entertainment

At Steve LeVine Entertainment and Public Relations, we have 2 rules that we use in our office on a daily basis.

1. Never assume anything.  When we assume we are taking a chance to get something wrong. If we never assume, and double check our work, we are less likely to have mistakes and the final product is always better.

2. Take responsibility for your actions. If you know and admit your mistakes, I have found that this helps future mistakes. Also, a client wants to hear us take responsibility rather than pass the blame on to someone else.

Jonathan Rosenberg, Levrose Commercial Real Estate

Over the years, I have learned when to say “yes” and when to say “no”.  When I was younger, I said “yes” to every client or potential business opportunity and soon found that it was impossible to be as effective when trying to please everyone.  Determining where to draw the line between these two responses has allowed much greater focus and clarity.

Every business person is different and their own personal formula for success depends on so much more than one daily ritual or philosophy. But, by using the advice from the above local entrepreneurs as a starting point, you are sure to be on the right path.

 

David Anderson is the communications chair for Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Arizona chapter, a professional group of Arizona’s most successful entrepreneurs. He is also the managing partner and CEO of Off Madison Ave + SpinSix, a marketing and communications firm in Phoenix. 

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Mentor your way to the top

We often hear about success stories that begin with some type of mentorship. Whether it be through a formal program or casual guidance from someone more experienced, thriving entrepreneurs usually can point to someone who coached and encouraged them along the way. Long story short, it ultimately contributed to their success.

For small business owners, a strong mentor relationship is an undeniable necessity. Choosing to venture into entrepreneurship is rewarding, but it comes with handfuls of challenges that only another entrepreneur can understand. For many, having the support system could be the difference between giving up too early and finding a way to flourish. Some of the most widely known benefits of enlisting a mentor include:

  • Gaining better understanding of your industry
  • Growing your professional network
  • Receiving candid and constructive advice

As entrepreneurs – especially those of us who have been doing it for years – it is important that we collaborate with others to share our successes and challenges, and one great way to do that is making yourself available as a mentor. In Arizona, where the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well, the new generation of entrepreneurs is passionate and eager to grow. These individuals will benefit from hearing what worked for you, what didn’t, how you survived hard times, your advice and support.

Participating in a mentorship program should not be viewed as only a pay-it-forward move toward the younger generation. Many mentors are surprised that they take away several lessons from the relationship that can be applied to their company. For example, if a mentee is fresh out of college, he or she may be able to provide valuable insight into what they’ve learned in school, providing a casual way for the mentor to sharpen his or her skills.

Recognizing the career-boosting value that a mentorship can provide, EO Arizona recently launched a mentorship program that pairs its members – Valley entrepreneurs with businesses generating more than $1 million a year – with Arizona State University and Thunderbird School of Global Management. The first-of-its-kind program here in the Valley provides student entrepreneurs with networking, mentorship, experience sharing, thought leadership, internship, joint events and classroom presentations.

Most importantly, the mentor-mentee relationship ensures entrepreneurs have a trusted network, which I believe is essential to success. Entrepreneurship can be a lonely path, and it is important to find other similar entrepreneurs like the ones I have found through EO Arizona.

 

Paul Dembow is an entrepreneur and school mentorship chair for Entrepreneurs’ Organization Arizona, a dynamic group of 140 of Arizona’s most successful entrepreneurs. To learn more about EO Arizona and its mentorship program, visit www.eoaz.org.

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Real Estate Guru Tanya Marchiol Draws On Athletic Background

When athletes suffer catastrophic injuries, it’s usually a game changer. Real estate guru Tanya Marchiol — a collegiate volleyball star who played professionally in Italy — was no exception.

“I was working as a golf cart girl, trying to figure out what to do with my life,” Tanya Marchiol recalls. “One day, the cart flipped and crushed my ankle. I ended up in the hospital for six months, and doctors had to completely reconstruct my leg.”

To help her daughter pass the time and give her some direction while she was on bed rest, Marchiol’s mother gave her some real estate books to read, and a passion was born.
“I brought everything I learned playing volleyball — work ethic, teamwork, problem-solving skills — to real estate,” Marchiol says.

It paid off. After an agonizing six months of surgeries, Marchiol took her real estate exam and started buying and selling properties. Her neighbor at the time, Justin Lucas of the Arizona Cardinals, heard about what she was doing and asked for her help. That year, he bought 13 houses and Marchiol’s company — Phoenix-based TEAM Investments — was born. Marchiol developed a system for educating and empowering athletes — including quarterback Donovan McNabb, former ASU and Miami Heat star Eddie House, and baseball star Bengie Molina — to intelligently handle their financial and business matters.

“No one was really teaching athletes how to use real estate in their portfolios to create income,” Marchiol says. “Most athletes — particularly football players who have an average professional career of three years — will have to do something when they are done playing. I can help them invest in a way that they know they’re going to have an extra $10,000 a month coming in if they get hurt or their career comes to an end.”

Tanya Marchiol AZ Business May/June 2012

It’s not just athletes who have benefited from Marchiol’s advice and guidance. Marchiol teaches entrepreneurs, investors and individuals how to not only maintain their current financial status but also create generational wealth. Her expertise has led to appearances on the NFL Network, Fox News, CNN, FOX Business News, and most recently as a recurring personality on HGTV.

“As a woman who grew up in a family of powerful men, I know what it takes to walk into a room, command respect and get the deal done,” Marchiol says. “Women need to understand the power that they have. They need to believe in themselves and create an air of confidence. When they do that, being a woman becomes an asset in any industry you want to tackle.”

For more information on Tanya Marchiol and Team Investments, visit Team Investments’ website at teaminvestmentsinc.com.

 

Arizona Business Magazine March/April 2012

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ASBA Celebrates Entrepreneurs

The Arizona Small Business Association ( ASBA ) and the U.S. Small Business Administration ( SBA ) will kick-off national Small Business Month in May by announcing Arizona’s small business award winners at the 19th Annual Enterprise Business Awards Luncheon on May 1. The luncheon will be held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and, notably, LifeLock Chief Executive Officer Todd Davis will provide the keynote address on how a gutsy, spur of the moment marketing decision turned the Arizona-based startup into a two million plus customer phenomenon.

“It’s an honor for the Arizona Small Business Association to recognize these exceptional Arizona businesses,” says Rick Murray, chief executive officer of ASBA. “They represent the very best in innovation, business and entrepreneurial spirit that Arizona has to offer, and exemplify the great business leadership that is contributing to our state’s strengthening economy and excellence.”

“Each year the SBA has the honor of spotlighting Arizona winners of our Small Business Week awards in a ceremony that recognizes and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and community activism that has long characterized the small business community of our great state,” said Robert J. Blaney, the District Director of the SBA in Arizona. “These men and women are the risk takers, the innovators and the employers that power our economy and daily serve our communities in business and as local leaders.”

Recipients of the 2012 U.S. Small Business Administration Awards represent small business achievements across the state.

Small Business Person of the Year: Zeferino Banda, owner of Banda Group International (BGI) of Chandler

• Small Business Exporter of the Year: Dr. Manuel Padilla, President of Geotechnical Consulting and Testing Systems (GCTS) of Tempe

• Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year: AGM Container Controls of Tucson

• Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Virgilia Kaur Singh, CEO of MIB Consultants of Scottsdale

• Minority and Small Business Champion of the Year: Lea Marquez Peterson of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber

• Women in Business Champion of the Year: Janet Marcotte, Executive Director of the YWCA in Tucson

• Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year: Tom Shambo of the Microbusiness Advancement Center’s Small Business Development Center of Tucson

• Financial Services Champion of the Year: Karen Goettl, Vice President and Regional Loan Operations Manager of Western Alliance Bank of Phoenix

The “Small Business Person of the Year” award recipient, Zeferino Banda, will represent the State of Arizona during national Small Business Week in Washington D.C. May 20-26.

At the awards luncheon, ASBA will also reveal the winner of its “amAZing Small Business Video Contest.” The contest began accepting video submissions in March which answered the question, “My small business is amAZing™ because…” The contest is open to all Arizona small businesses through Friday, April 20. Contest submission details can be found at www.asba.com/amazingbusiness. The event will also feature a video booth where attendees can stop by and tape a video about their business on site.  Each attendee will receive a copy of their video after the event to use however they would like.

Join the celebration honoring these small business leaders on May 1st at 11am-1:30pm at the Arizona Biltmore Resort (2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, AZ). To register, visit www.asba.com/enterprise or call 602-306-4000.

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Mobile Applications Can Help Business Sustainability

Smartphones have become a communication necessity in business. They can do just about anything, from tracking packages to depositing a check into the bank. Business owners and entrepreneurs are embracing smart phones because they are better, faster and have applications that focus to specific business needs.

Now these phones are helping companies go green. With applications such as Greenpeace Tissue Guide, which allows a consumer to make better green-buying decisions on toilet paper, paper towels, tissue and paper napkins is available on the iPhone and Android. Greenpeace Tissue Guide is an organization that focuses on the use of recycled paper products.

The smartphone application features 100 brands of paper products to choose from, ability to search for brands or browse by product category, ratings based on expert analysis and brand recommendations.

If business owners are worried about gas prices they can download an app called Avego. This application is a real-time, ridesharing app. It allows drivers to be matched in real time as they travel, so ridesharing can be done whenever and wherever you are. It also helps to operate and manage fleet operations with web-based instructions with no additional IT help.

This app helps business save on route issues and gas. Allowing employees to sign up for ridesharing also helps the economy to focus on working together for a greener environment.

Mobile Applications Can Help Business Sustainabliltiy

If your company requires employees to be on the road, try an app called GreenDrive, that helps heavy-footed drivers put their driving in perspective by suggesting the most economical driving method. When you are going too slow or fast it will let you know how much more speed to increase or decrease in order to achieve maximum fuel efficiency. This app is said to save you an average of 15 – 25 percent on fuel costs.

No matter what type of business you have, smartphones are advancing the way you service your customer base, invest your time and money. Communicate with employees on a new level. Mobile applications will continue to be a driving force in everyday business ventures, including green initiatives.

By 2014, green mobile applications could exceed 400 million according to a report issued by Juniper Research.

Mobile technology can help business sustainability initiatives and create a reliable form of green standards for employees, owners and consumers to follow. Don’t loose money when you don’t have to. Make sure your company is allowing your smart phone to work for you.