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September 11, 2013

Contact: Mike Sakal, Public Information Officer          

Office:  623-882-7053;

Small Business Summit in Goodyear to offer marketing tips, networking opportunities and prepare businesses for healthcare changes

 The success of small business is critical to the foundation of economic vitality in every city or town. Goodyear is no exception as the city has grown from 10,000 to 70,000 residents, all while attracting small businesses, high-tech companies, healthcare facilities and many other industries making Goodyear uniquely diverse and one of the must see locations for business from all over the country.

As Goodyear prepares for the squadron expansion of the F-35A Lightning II fighter jet training program at Luke Air Force Base and the Phoenix-Goodyear Airport renovates decades-old hangars to accommodate expanding businesses, the City of Goodyear’s Economic Development team and Southwest Chamber of Commerce have partnered for its signature event to help establish and strengthen small businesses:  Inspire and Innovate: Goodyear Small Business Summit 2013.

The Goodyear Small Business Summit, which will offer tips and networking opportunities, will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 2000 North Litchfield Road in Goodyear.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of any community, and with the City of Goodyear being a business-friendly city, we want owners of small businesses to know we not only welcome them, but we want them to have the tools to be successful.,” Mayor Georgia Lord said.  “Big businesses and industries are just as important, but many of them started out small. The Goodyear Small Business Summit will help small businesses learn what kind of support services and networking opportunities are available that help market your business.” 

This year’s keynote speaker will be Don Henninger, Publisher of the Phoenix Business Journal, one of the state’s leading publications that keeps readers informed on a wide-range of business news and trends.

Three panel discussions focusing on business development will address: Opening the Door to Business Opportunities, business performance, marketing and workforce development. Additionally, a presentation, Challenges Ahead, will include preparing for Healthcare changes and Succession and Asset Planning.

“The City of Goodyear’s Commitment to small business endures with Year Three of the Small Business Summit,” said Sheri Wakefield-Saenz, Development Services Director for the City of Goodyear.  “It’s important because a lot of topics will be discussed that small businesses face and need to know about, such as marketing your business and changes in healthcare. “We expect that the summit will be well attended as small businesses are facing challenges regarding the topics we will discuss, while at the same time, we want small businesses to remain successful,” Wakefield-Saenz added.

Event Details:

What: Goodyear Small Business Summit

When: Thursday, October 24, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Hampton Inn and Suites, 2000 North Litchfield Road, Goodyear

An “early-bird” entry fee of $20 will be charged for this event, which includes a light breakfast and a pasta lunch. The entry fee will increase to $25 for reservations and payments received after September 30.

Reservations for the event can be made on the Southwest Valley of Chamber of Commerce’s website,, or the City of Goodyear’s website, Seating is limited, so please make your reservations early.

For more information, call the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce at (623) 932-2260 or Tina Daniels, City of Goodyear Economic Development Department at (623) 882-7874.



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City of Goodyear • 190 N. Litchfield Road • Goodyear AZ 85338 • Phone 623-932-3910 • Toll-Free 1-800-872-1749