Payson Restaurant Chosen Top Small Business In State

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Mad Dawg's and Mel's restaurant and bar was chosen as a 2004 Success Award recipient by the Arizona Small Business Development Center Network, after showing a tremendous increase in business last year.

Madeline Manchio and Melanie McCarthy, owners of Mad Dawg's and Mel's, attribute their company's success to the one-on-one confidential counseling which is the heart of the SBDC network.

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Melanie McCarthy and Madeline Manchio, owners of Mad Dawg's and Mel's, were recently presented with an award by Gov. Janet Napolitano. Their restaurant and bar was chosen as a 2004 Success Award recipient by the Arizona Small Business Development Center Network.

"Our counselor, Judy Miller, knows the right people to contact for everything a business needs," Manchio said. "She knows how to crunch numbers, what forms you need and how regulations affect your business."

In less than one year, McCarthy and Manchio expanded their business from a small operation with only one employee, to as many as 25 to 40 employees, depending on the season.

They moved from their original location to their current location at 202 West Main Street and have been steadily building their business.

"Mad Dawg's and Mel's is an example of how effective our programs can be to small businesses," said Miller, director for the Gila Community College Small Business Development Center. "We are here to help businesses succeed, and we hope other local businesses will prosper from the services we offer."

Confidential counseling is at the heart of SBDC work. Counselors use their real-life business ownership and management experience to give clients advice that is relevant and practical. Programs and seminars often complement the counseling. Training content, while developed within the overall mission of the SBDC, is customized and tailored to meet the diverse needs of business owners in metropolitan and non-urban areas of the state.

The Gila Community College SBDC can be reached at (928) 468-8039.

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