Business Development Show Hits Airwaves

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Providing education about and insight to successful business practices, the Gila Community College Small Business Development Center is sponsoring a new program on TV4.

"BusinessMatters" debuts at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 7 with Judy Miller, director of the SBDC, and Anna Ryan.

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Anna Ryan, left, and Judy Miller present "BusinessMatters," a program that looks at local businesses.

"I'm the anchor and producer and Judy is the education anchor," Ryan said. "Fred Carpenter (town manager) is making it possible."

The program airs live from the town hall council chambers and then repeats at 9 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of the month.

Ryan said while Miller will be anchoring the education portion of the show, local business owners will also be participating as educators.

The first show will feature Gerardo Moceri of Cucina Paradiso, and Barbara Wilembrecht of Paper and Metal Scrappers. Ryan said they will be discussing common business misconceptions.

"I'm hoping it will serve a dual purpose," Miller said. "We will have education segments and provide an opportunity for various businesses to tell about their products and services."

The "tell" part of the program will be moderated by Ryan. She will report on business startups, new product lines, hirings, promotions and more, she said.

"The show is an exercise in economic development and an effort to bring the classroom to the home," Ryan said.

The second show, April 21, will have Mike Amon of Amon Builders, and Lee Queen of Hold Communications discussing the traits of effective business people, she said.

"Judy will present a self-assessment program that is designed to help determine if your personality is suited to being a business owner," Ryan said.

Ryan's background is in real estate, broadcast journalism, public relations and trade show production. She worked in Memphis and Nashville, Tenn., writing news for new and expanding businesses and had her own public relations company, Communique.

Her portfolio of work earned her a journalism scholarship from the University of Memphis.

She did a variety of jobs for CableVision of Memphis, including camera work and videographics, producing and being on-camera. She has created both documentaries and infomercials.

"Producing is what I love to do," she said.

Planning for the program started in July 2004, shortly after Ryan moved here.

"I called on Judy and suggested the show," Ryan said, " And we built it from there."

She said she has discovered a tremendous pool of talent in the Rim country, including people who have years' of experience working with the national networks.

Ryan said she is looking for production crew volunteers, but prior experience is optional as she is willing to train those interested. Call her for more information at (928) 468-6868.

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