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For Immediate Release: Nov. 7, 2008



Club E Chapter forms in Goodyear: Entrepreneurs have a new home



GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (Nov. 7, 2008) – Entrepreneurs and small business owners now have an opportunity to come together for support and inspiration online and on the ground in Goodyear. Peter J. Burns, III, founder of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Club E Network, announced this week the newest Club E chapter and its first president, U.S. Air Force Maj. Sean Rassas, who is stationed at Luke Air Force Base and is the owner of Ground Control Coffee & Wine Bar in Goodyear. 


Burns began building partnerships with communities in 2007, supplementing Club E membership features with access to workshops, seminars and small business support and networking.


Burns is doing the same here, forming alliances with the City of Goodyear Economic Development Department, the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce and local institutions of higher education to leverage intellectual and financial resources available to would-be small business owners. 


“This is a propitious time to be expanding Club E to Goodyear,” says Burns.  “In an economy like this, entrepreneurs rise to the top, but often times they need the support, camaraderie and know-how to turn their ideas into reality.”


Club E was first launched in 2007 in Tempe at Arizona State University with 19 students. Membership has grown to more than 7,000 nationwide, with 10 chapters in Arizona, California, Colorado and Texas. Membership is free to anyone interested in small business and entrepreneurship. Chapter meetings on the ground are held monthly, featuring speakers on topics impacting small business – everything from how to survive this economy, to unique public relations opportunities, to building strategic alliances. 


Networking is also a key component of Club E and extends beyond the ground chapter to the worldwide web. The Club E Network,, is an online social network and web resource for entrepreneurs around the world featuring new information video segments each day for its members. 


As Goodyear’s new Club E President, Rassas believes this to be a valuable resource for small business owners. “It is essential to get together and encourage each other and learn from one another when you have so much at stake,” says Rassas.  “I am thrilled to help launch this club in our community.”


In early 2009, Goodyear will become the home to the Valley’s next eFactory (, an entrepreneur development network that features more than just shared executive space.


Like the location already open in Phoenix and another opening soon in Gilbert, Goodyear’s eFactory will be a 10,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility with space enough for more than 40 businesses. It will feature shared access to conference space, think tank rooms and other amenities at affordable prices for the entrepreneur. Start-up entrepreneurs and those who are seeking to expand can choose from all-inclusive work stations or private offices that are completely furnished with the best equipment and technology.


Training and educational components coupled with side-by-side camaraderie with fellow entrepreneurs set eFactory apart from other run-of-the-mill shared executive space, Burns said.


“We will host seminars and workshops, convene think tanks and brainstorming sessions, the kinds of things business owners miss when they work from home or alone in their shop,” said Burns. “It is the connection that entrepreneurs crave which fuels their creativity and ingenuity. We want to help ignite that spark with Club E and the eFactory.”


The Goodyear eFactory will be located in Green Street Properties’ The Shops at Serafina at the northwest corner of Goodyear Boulevard and Estrella Park way.


More than 7,000 people nationwide have already become Club E members, including 3,000 here in the Phoenix metro area. You can join FREE today by visiting Learn more about the upcoming Goodyear eFactory at





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