SMRBA Welcomes Grandma’s Cookie Company

Mesa Arts & Crafts Festival (MACFest) Chose a Festival Favorite

On November 5th, the Mesa Arts & Crafts Festival (MACFest) chose a Festival Favorite, our newest SMRBA Member, Janis Colbath of Grandma’s Cookie Company.

Janis had been a Financial Controller for many years. She loved working with numbers and running financial teams. About three months ago she was in her office listening to a bully of a boss have yet another tantrum because things weren’t going his way and she just had had enough. She decided she wanted to do something fun so she left her job and started Grandma’s Cookie Company.

She has baked cookies, rolls, sweet breads, candy and other deserts since she was a little girl, learning from her Mom. Her mother baked mouthwatering goodies and when she would ask her how to make one of her recipes she would answer “now Janis, you’ve watched me do that dozens of times.” “Mom rarely used recipes adding ingredients by guess and managed to produce the most amazing pies, cookies, breads, etc.” Her goodies are not all exactly like her mother’s because she too has a habit of altering recipes and trying new ways to bake. Her mom passed away, but she has her recipe box and she’s sure she would love to be with her in the kitchen as she bakes and runs Grandma’s Cookie Company.


She works out of her home in San Tan Valley. She does custom orders that can be picked up or delivered to your business or home. Contact information for orders: Telephone: 480-737-1729 Facebook@grandmashomebakedcookies Email:

You will be able to sample her delicious talents and many others at the next Festival which will be held November 19th 2016, from 10 am to 4 pm. Our regular schedule is 1st and 3rd Saturdays, October 2016 thru April 2017. The festival is located on N. MacDonald Street between Pepper Place and Main Street. The street on N. MacDonald is closed to traffic, but parking is available all around the downtown Mesa area.

Mesa Arts and Crafts Festival is a free event featuring unique artist creations, music, and fun for the whole family. The Festival features the work of established and emerging artists and crafters including woodworking, metal crafts, food items, jewelry, photography, handmade soaps, gift items, ceramics, and so much more.

For more information about MACFest, visit the website at Artists & crafters desiring to exhibit their own work at MACFest please follow the online registration for space, registration page, or feel free to email for more information.


Casa Grande, Maricopa, Apache Junction Honored

Congratulations City of Apache Junction

CASA GRANDE — The cities of Casa Grande, Maricopa and Apache Junction were among the various municipalities and organizations to receive awards from United Way of Pinal County during its 35th annual awards ceremony held recently at Robson Ranch in Eloy.

This is the first year that the United Way of Pinal County had a recognition and awards category for municipalities.

Apache Junction, whose staff donated $3,828 during the 2015 campaign, received an award for being the largest municipal campaign for the giving season.

Maricopa was awarded for having the largest percentage of increase by staff at 35 percent.

Casa Grande received an honorable mention for its 25 percent increase in staff donations.

Employees of municipalities may contribute to the United Way of Pinal County through payroll deduction in a charitable giving campaign. The donations are added to corporate and individual donations and matched with grants to help strengthen community impact.

Last year, funds received through United Way were used to:

– Serve 22,080 meals,

– Provide 13,268 food boxes,

– Give 4,026 Meals on Wheels to seniors and at-risk individuals,

– Provide leadership training for 4,354 junior high school students,

– Distribute 700 back-to-school backpacks,

– Prepare 2,580 tax returns free of charge, which yielded $4,397,467 in refunds and savings, and

– Discount 3,195 prescription claims, which saved residents $74,135.

The United Way started the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and developed a new financial stability class that teaches life skills such as budgeting, balancing a checkbook and differentiating between needs and wants, according to a press release from the United Way of Pinal County.

The United Way and the cities of Apache Junction and Casa Grande are both working on homeless programs.

Nearly 100 attendees from all across the county attended the awards ceremony.

On-hand to receive the awards were Apache Junction City Manager Bryant Powell, Casa Grande Fire Chief and largest donor Scott Miller and Christine Todd from Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino for the city of Maricopa.

Michelle Cassella Business Marketing, Promotion & Photography

See what she can do for your business

One of our members Michelle Cassella had her photography on display at The Gold Canyon United Methodist Church. If you haven’t experienced Michelle’s photography, you are seriously missing out on some beauty. She turns her camera into magic and can help you with your projects.

Here are just a few other things Michelle can do to help make your life easier.

Real Estate Photography & Virtual Tours
Business Promotion
Marketing Coordination
Desktop Publishing/Graphic Design
Whiteboard Videos
Administrative Assistance
Hourly In-Office Help
Business/Group Newsletters
Office Organization
Personal Assistance
Websites & Website Updating Packages
and so much more.

Check out her website at and let her help you. She’s amazing to work with.




Shredding Day Is Here

Bring all your documents and shred all at once in a safe place

Today is the BIG Shredding Day in Apache Junction. From 1 PM to 3 PM.  The address is 950 West Apache Trail, just east of the Cobb’s restaurant.  This is a city wide community event, so anyone in the east Valley can come to the event.

We will accept boxes, bags, and sacks, the cost is $5. per box or $20. for up to 10.  You will get your boxes back.  A certificate of destruction will be available upon request.  We will accept cash and credit, NO checks.

SKY 7 radio will be there broadcasting, so while you’re waiting you’ll be listening to some amazing classic hits and oldies.

We’ll see you there.

SMRBA Announces Monthly Membership Fees

Just in Time for 2nd Year Renewals

As we enter into our second year, it’s time for our first members to renew their SMRBA membership. To make it easier we are pleased to announce our new Monthly Membership Fees.

time-to-renwFor Presidential Members, 12 months @ $40
For Executive Members, 6 months @ $45
For Cornerstone Members, 5 months @ $42
For Non Profit Members, 4 months @ $42

To renew your SMRBA Membership, call Diane 480-349-7725. Have your credit card handy and get ready for a great 2nd year!

SMRBA Celebrates Its First Birthday

We Officially Begin Our Second Year

happy-birthday-balloonsOn September 5th SMRBA officially turned one year old. We couldn’t have done it without the help and support of all of our members. It’s fair to say we’ve had a very interesting first year. We set out to do something pretty ambitious and acquired 88 member businesses in our first 12 months. We are very pleased with our growth and even more excited about what’s planned for SMRBA Members in our second year.

In our first 12 Months we debuted our SMRBA Website and Blog, Weekly Business Wake Up Networking, Lunchtime Marketing Series, Monthly Tailwind Newsletter, Quarterly Business After Dark Get Togethers and the SMRBA Podcast.

Most recently we added Live Chat to the site, along with a Members Only Access Area.

Arriving Shortly: Monthly Membership Fees, More Members Only Access, More SMRBA Podcast Episodes and (finally, after platform delays from Apple) the launch of our SMRBA Mobile App.

And we have even more exciting events and member benefits for our next 12 months. We proud to have you as a SMRBA Member and we look forward to serving you and your business in our second year.


Car Show at Lucky Strikes

Join SMRBA members Carol Handy and KRDE, THE RIDE to let everyone to know about this upcoming event and to not miss out on a thing.

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OK, all you car buffs…we are planning an open car show at Lucky Strikes on Friday, August 12th at honor of Lucky Strikes first anniversary.

We will have a “people’s choice award” and possibly more depending on interest. There are going to be lots of activities involved including a “Sock Hop”. Vendors, prizes and giveaways.  FREE hotdogs from 1 pm to 6 pm

If you are interested or know anyone who might be interested in participating, please have them PM Carol Handy for more information. It will be great fun!  Please share this, so no one misses out.



It's Our GRAND OPENING For a Brand New School Year

Join SMRBA member, Anderson Prep celebrate a brand new school year!  Tuesday, August 9th from 5:30PM to 7:30PM.  Kids, bring your parents out to tour the classrooms and meet the staff.  There will be activities for the kids, with music, fun and more.

Vendors are wanted to support Anderson’s Open House

August 9th 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM to be cleared up by 8:00 PM

Businesses are welcome to set up a booth, just bring your own table.  Bring lots of business cards and help our community come together.  Show and share what you have to offer to our families.   For more information please call 480-380-5004 and they’ll add you to their Open House list.

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SMRBA's Lunchtime Marketing Series, Thursday, July 28th


SMRBA Presents the next program in our Lunchtime Marketing Series. This Thursday from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Empowerment Systems Media Room, 2066 Apache Trail #116, Apache Junction, AZ 85120.

kandice linwrightOur topic is Using Facebook for Business. We’re excited to have Special Guest speaker, Kandice Linwright. Kandice is a writer and consultant who works almost exclusively teaching Facebook Marketing to her clients.

A couple of our members heard her speak recently in the Valley and suggested her for the series. They said she is excellent and awesome and spoke on a level they could understand.

Kandice will be teaching Five Ways to Grow your Business with Facebook even if you have no fans, no engagement and no budget.

That sounds exciting, doesn’t it?

There is no cost to attend this workshop, but you’ll need to pay $6 if  you want to eat the delicious lunch provided by Angie and her staff at The Sandwich Shoppe. Lunch includes a pulled pork sandwich, Hawaiian cole slaw, cookie and bottle of water. Pretty sweet for just $6.

You know the drill. We need to call and confirm lunch with Diane at 480-349-7725. We’re expecting a packed room so get there early and be ready to get some great marketing info from Kandice about building your business with Facebook. Call Diane and book lunch, and we will see you there on Thursday.




June 26th & 28th at 7pm

Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 12.19.40 PMIf you happened to miss the 2nd Mayoral Debate held on July 20th at the VFW Post 9399 with Mayor John Insalaco and Business Owner and City Councilman Jeff Serdy, SMRBA Member and Media Partner Sky 7 Radio will be broadcasting the debate in its entirety with no interruptions. You can listen to the complete debate on Tuesday, the 26th at 7 PM and again on Thursday, the 28th at 7 PM.

Special thanks to VFW 9399 Post Commander Jim Johnson and Master of Ceremonies Retired Veteran Ben Luoma.

Be sure and tune in to hear every minute of the debate. Just go to or visit your favorite App Store to download the SKY 7 Mobile App.