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Small Business Leadership Council  

SBLC Group Photo 3/15/2012

Front row (L-R) Tom Cooper, May Lu, Karen Stafford, Edythe Higgins, Roy Irwin
Middle row (L-R) Ev Taylor, Kevin Sandler, Howard Fleischmann, Erik Knight, Sandy Abalos, Dan Perez
Back row (L-R) Jay Kaprosy, Paul Beckert, Dan Powers, Don Storrs, Jim Mapstead, Andy Swann, Jack Alspaugh

The Small Business Leadership Council is the advocate for small business within the Chamber. The council advises the member services team on topics and speakers that are relevant to the small business community. The SBLC also plays an active role in Public Affairs regarding legislation affecting small business.


To be a part of the SBLC, you must meet these requirements:

  1. Owner/Partner/Principle from a small business (less than 100 Arizona-based employees.) Board capacity is 20 small businesses.
  2. Owner/Partner/Principle from a medium-sized business (100-250 Arizona-based employees.) Board capacity is six medium-sized businesses.
  3. Representative of a large business (250+ Arizona-based employees) who has an interest in working with small businesses. Board capacity is four large businesses.
  4. One representative per company.
  5. Must be a Chamber member in good standing.
  6. Industry conflicts must be approved by existing board member.


Participation requirements for SBLC members are:

  1. Attend 75% or more Council meetings per year
  2. Attend at least one program per quarter (i.e. Professional Women’s Roundtable, Chamber Institute, Business for Breakfasts, After 5 Mixers, etc.)
  3. Attend at least one major Chamber event per year, (i.e. IMPACT Awards, Phoenix Forum, Athena Luncheon, Economic Outlook, etc.)
  4. RSVP to SBLC meeting in a timely manner


Contact bconklin [at] phoenixchamber [dot] com (Brittney Conklin) or call 602.495.2194 for more information about the SBLC.

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