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Arizona Small Business Association announces expert panel discussion on business recovery

PHOENIX (KVOA) - The Arizona Small Business Association has announced a new initiative called Arizona Speaks: The State of Small Business. In a news release Friday, the ASBA said “Small businesses have been on the front lines when it comes to the negative economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we will get through this and, with the right public policies in place, we will have an opportunity as a group to again lead the state’s economic well-being through the rest of the decade and beyond.” 

The ASBA said the new effort was made possible with the support of Governor Ducey’s Office and that it is working with an economist named Jim Rounds, President of Rounds Consulting Group, to quantify the full impact that small businesses have on the economy and recommend policies that will be beneficial to Arizona’s small business recovery into a state of small business report.  

It said Rounds Consulting Group’s report illustrates the significant role small businesses play in the state’s overall business ecosystem, and underscores how critical small businesses are in the context of large business attraction and expansion. 

At Arizona Speaks, Rounds will sit on a panel with former Gilbert Mayor, Jenn Daniels to discuss key findings in the report, and what it will take to help us advance our position going forward, according to ASBA. 

Arizona Speaks will be December 8th from 10 a.m, to 11 a.m. The event is online and tickets are free. To register the ASBA says to go to 

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