Executive Director Luz Rubio states, “we at ASA-AZ have called for the assistance of other small business associations when trying to get help on passage or defeat of a bill, and events like this allow us the opportunity to learn about other associations, alliances and coalitions that are out there working on behalf of small business owners. We are very fortunate to have relationships with these groups, and though from time to time we have to be on opposing sides, we can work together on events like these.”
The day consisted of presentations on various bills from this legislative session, given by the following featured speakers from the legislature: Senate President Andy Biggs, House Speaker David Gowan, Senate Assistant Democratic Leader Steve Farley, House Democratic Leader Eric Meyer, House Appropriations Chairman Justin Olson, and Representative Bob Thorpe. According to Rubio, one of the event’s highlights was a presentation by new Secretary of State Michelle Reagan who presented a declaration from Governor Doug Ducey naming February 5th as Small Business Day.
“The importance of being part of events like these is the ability to network with other small business associations and owners and to learn about their challenges as well as their successes. Small business owners many times feel alone and struggle trying to figure things out.” Rubio also notes, “Those in attendance enjoyed the event and understand the power that an association can have in helping them with their challenges as they strive to grow their business. The event was very successful, and the exchange of information is always invaluable.”