Mesa Mayor John Giles received the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Partner America 2017 Small Business Advocate Award for his efforts and support of small business in the city. This special event took place this morning at a small business gathering at the D-Lab Alley in Mesa. The award is given by Partner America, a public-private partnership that was created by The U.S. Conference of Mayors, to assist mayors in providing the resources and information small businesses need to thrive within their local communities and the global economy.
Along with Mayor Giles, the Mesa Office of Economic Development and the Mesa Chamber of Commerce discussed local programs and resources available to small business owners.
Giles highlighted the success of Mesa’s LAUNCHPIONT buisness incubator that recently moved downtown and THINKspot collaborative workspace at Red Mountain Library.
“We are honored to receive this award but more importantly to have so many successful small businesses in the city of Mesa. They are the heartbeat of the city’s economy. This is a great event for small business owners to learn even more about what tools the city and our partners have to help them grow and prosper,” Giles said.
The keynote speaker was Curtis Cello, director of field service for American Management Services, Inc. Cello delivered his perspective on “Growth in a New Business Climate.” Few people have made as many face-to-face contacts with business owners across the nation as he has over the last decade. Through this experience, Cello has gained a unique understanding of the challenges facing owners in today’s business climate. He is a strong advocate for small business owners, and a driving force in the Partner America initiative, which seeks to help small business owners understand how to overcome common challenges and improve sales, operations and profitability.