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September 2011 – Gary Gelzer, Councilmember

I recently attended a small business seminar hosted by the City, hoping to see who attended, whether we reached our target audience, and if we helped city businesses. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the program, but disappointed by the turnout.

The two-hour seminar, entitled “Keys to Securing Small Business Financing,” featured presentations by a U.S. Small Business Authority (SBA) representative and the local branch manager for a multi-state regional bank. Coffee, continental breakfast, and a 30-minute meet-and greet was followed by presentations about financing small businesses. The SBA rep offered interesting insight on federal loan programs and a Goodyear SBA loan recipient commented on the lending process. Both offered good pointers on how to navigate the process.

Councilmember Gary Gelzer
Gary Gelzer

Next, the local bank manager introduced his team, which included a top-level senior loan manager, the bank’s head of SBA loans for Arizona, and another business banker. They wowed me with the extent of their desire to work with small businesses. Walking us through the loan process, they presented the ‘Top 5 Mistakes Made When Applying for a Loan’ and made themselves available to attendees with questions. Although I was impressed by the program, I was sadly disappointed to see that only five business owners were there to benefit from these experts.

Being from a business background, it is my desire as a councilman to help Goodyear businesses grow and prosper. I encourage local businesses to take advantage of the City’s many business-friendly resources, including the Small Businesses Seminars. We really want your businesses to succeed.

Gary Gelzer


Last Updated: 8/5/2010

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