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ArizonaSmallBusinessAssociation

ASBA Launches amAZing Small Business Video Contest

The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) has announced the launch of the “amAZing Small business Video Contest” to celebrate National Small Business Month in May. The goal is to honor the small businesses in Arizona that provide jobs and help drive the local economy. Contestants should submit a short video that tells the story of their company and explains why it is amazing.

The contest is open to all business in Arizona with 500 employees or less. The videos will be judged on creativity and message. The top five finalists and the overall winner will be voted upon by a panel of judges, including ASBA sponsors and key partners. All videos will be reviewed by ASBA staff to ensure they meet the submission guidelines.

Video submissions are due by Friday, April 13, and the winning video will be revealed at the 19th Annual Enterprise Business Awards Luncheon on May 1, 2012 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. The video below explains more details about the contest.

The submission video should be no longer than two minutes. All videos should describe what the business does and explain why it is amazing. Be sure to use the phrase, “My small business is amazing because…” Upload the video to YouTube or another hosting site, and then send the link to marketing@asba.com.

Top 5 finalists receive:

  • One complimentary ticket to the 19th Annual Enterprise Business Awards Luncheon on May 1, 2012 — a $60 value
  • Video featured on the ASBA website and social media pages, such as Facebook, Twitter and the ASBA YouTube channel during National Small Business Month (May 2012)

The winner will additionally receive:

  • $500 cash prize provided by Sonoran Studios
  • Video featured at the 19th Annual Enterprise Business Awards Luncheon on May 1, 2012 to the 400 expected guests in attendance
  • Complimentary one year ASBA Membership – a value upwards of $585

For more information about the video contest, please visit asba.com/amazingbusiness.

 

First Press Fine Wine Auction

First Press Fine Wine Auction Benefits KJZZ Youth Media Project

The 10th Annual First Press Fine Wine Auction will benefit the KJZZ Youth Media Project. All proceeds from the auction go to the youth media program that allows KJZZ reporters to mentor high school students in the areas of journalism and reporting.

The 10th Annual First Press Fine Wine Auction

First Press Fine Wine AuctionThe 10th Annual First Press Fine Wine Auction, presented by Molina Jewelers, will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012.

More than 30 wineries are scheduled to participate, including the Robert Craig Winery from Napa Valley. President Robert Craig will serve as this year’s honorary chair, and Peter Sagal, the voice of the popular NPR game show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!,” will be the evening’s host presented by National Bank of Arizona.

The evening will have live entertainment by Alice Tatum and the Alice Tatum Band, a gourmet five-course meal and a high-end live auction of rare vintages, culinary experiences and vacation packages.

But the most important part of the evening will be about the fundraising. Funds raised from the auction will benefit Friends of Public Radio of Arizona and the KJZZ Youth Media Project. Last year, the First Press Fine Wine Auction raised more than $170,000 for their benefiting organizations.

The KJZZ Youth Media Project

The KJZZ Youth Media Project is an educational outreach program designed to mentor “at risk” youths in the areas of broadcast journalism and digital media production. The program was started in 2007 and initially worked with 14 students from South Mountain High School. This year the program is expanding to approximately 20 students from all high schools who qualify.

The students complete an application and go through a verbal interview process to see if they can fit the six-month core curriculum into their time frame. The projects curriculum consists of elements developed by the Radio Television National Association.

“[The] kids will work in all aspects of digital media,” says Louis Stanley, the executive director of Friends of Public Radio Arizona. “Then they will specialize and continue to work on content development, while also helping to mentor new kids starting the program.”

The ultimate success of the students is what the program is all about. Stanley shares a success story from Ann Miles, an employee at the South Mountain High School Communications department.

“Ann Miles said, ‘Many of my students who a participate in the KJZZ Mentorship program at South Mountain have gone on to college to study journalism. They return to tell me how much the experience with KJZZ not only prepared them for college journalism classes, but they also feel that they are ahead of their peers,’ ” Stanley says.

KJZZ’s Youth Media Project

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The 10th Annual First Press Wine Auction
When: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at 6 p.m.
Where: Westin Kierland Resort and Spa
Tickets: $250 per person or $2,500 for a table of 10. Guests seeking guaranteed table seating with a vintner and marketing exposure can purchase a table sponsorship starting at $5,000.
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