Yavapai College SBDC client Elaine O’Connor wins the grand prize at the statewide Moonshot Pioneer Pitch Competition
The Yavapai College SBDC congratulates Elaine O’Connor who competed Friday night at the final Moonshot Pioneer Pitch event in Flagstaff, Arizona as part of the 2nd Annual Shoemaker Awards Ceremony hosted by Moonshot at NACET. Ms. O’Connor pitched alongside 6 other Arizona entrepreneurs and took home the grand prize of $10,000 to support her start-up Prescott Bark.
Everything we make is packed by hand in old-fashioned mason jars just the way our grandmothers did. All of our products are HACCP based and lab tested for shelf life stability and safety. Most of our products have won multiple blue ribbons at both our very own Yavapai County Fair and at the Arizona State Fair, and we won the Best Pickles award from Best of the Best two years in a row.
These entrepreneurs have contributed greatly to our area economy, growing their businesses in spite of the challenges brought on by the pandemic. Adapting to change, pivoting quickly, and expanding services are trademarks of small businesses. In line with these unique traits, the Yavapai College SBDC Success Award winners have excelled during an incredibly challenging time. It is a pleasure to highlight their success.
I own and coach at CrossFit Ortus. We are a CrossFit gym dedicated to helping people live with optimal health. With that in mind we have designed our programs to address more than just movement. We offer Group classes as well as nutritional counseling, personal training, small group training, injury recovery, kids and teens classes. All of our programs are designed to help you to thrive, not just survive. We equip you
with the skills you need to make changes in your life in order to optimize your health.
Meet Alexa Alcala, an entrepreneur and wholesome food advocate that recently relocated to the Verde Valley. With a master’s degree in fine arts, Alcala has been in the restaurant business for over 30 years. Her new business Gaia Bowls’ specialty product is the Honey Nut Granola made with gluten free oats, raw peanut butter, and Arizona cat claw honey from Bisbee, Arizona.
Originally published in the Courier, by Aaron Valdez. Images by Aaron Valdez The remodeling of a local favorite business is always a big deal and what better way to celebrate than by throwing a special reveal event for the community. Owners Rob and Laura Valenzuela...
In December 2020, the Small Business Development Center launched the Small Business Makeover. Nearly, 9 months after that Launch, the SBM is celebrating the first 2 winners selected for the makeover of a lifetime.
Public event scheduled at Insurgent Brewing Company in celebration of area businesses and the Yavapai College SBDC Small Business Makeover Program
As a Makeover of a Lifetime winning business, Insurgent Brewing Company invites you for an evening of celebration, live music, tasty food, and local brews. Join your community and the Yavapai College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Insurgent Brewing...
In the wake of the pandemic, the Yavapai College SBDC Small Business Makeover Program supports economic recovery.
Members of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) team have been actively consulting with the Small Business Makeover Program (SBM) participants since the approval and distribution of CARES Act funds in late 2020. These funds were allocated to support businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and have been essential to the recovery of companies in our northern Arizona communities and across the country, specifically those in rural Arizona.
An interview with Marlo Johnson, Owner of Oak Creek Arts and Crafts Show and participant in Yavapai College SBDC’s Small Business Makeover Program
Oak Creek Arts and Crafts Shows offer fun, festive, outdoor events ongoing throughout the year where you can speak directly to the local artists that make their wares. From pottery and photography to American Indian jewelry, home décor, and glassware, the shows founder and director Marlo Johnson creates an interactive experience not just sales and retail – “The face to face interaction at these art shows is different than what we are experiencing in the digital world,” Marlo said, “People are craving the social aspect of my shows and meeting the people behind the products.” In addition to fine arts and crafts, the shows are spattered with food vendors, tarot card reading, live music, palmistry, and self-care products. These shows are more like festivals, not simply art shows!
we are so grateful
“SBDC has been instrumental in the development of our new business! They’ve helped us with so many things: from networking to production, policy, and procedure development, to website development, and more. We are so grateful for their expert assistance! We feel our new business is off to a great, healthy start because of them.” – Oak Creek Sheet Metal and TAC Fabrication, 2020 Success Award Winners: Kim and Todd Bean
I rely on SBDC for Guidance
“I truly wish I was aware of SBDC when I started my skincare line 5 years ago. It would have saved me thousands of dollars. They helped me create a free website and blog, guided me with how to market things, do a press release, hire staff, and how to pay them with the correct employee taxes. I relied on the SBDC for guidance. They helped me figure out Quickbooks, creating a FREE website, saving me money I did not have at the start-up. I feel more confident in my bookkeeping, and since this is a farmer’s market with internal and additional currencies, it helped me figure out how to account for my expenses and deposits in a manner that is trackable, accountable and easy to manage. Their encouragement and support have been wonderful as well.” – Prescott Valley Farmer’s Market: Hedda Fay
SBDC was instrumental
“The SBDC was instrumental at the outset by offering guidance in the development of a business plan. Mike Seibert provided us with practical examples of plans and helped us “tweak” them to suit our specific structure and goals. Following discussions with him, we were able to identify our ideal “target” customers and their priorities.” – Granite Mountain Stables: Jacque Gorman. Ed Sierman, Cameraon Macbeth