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Ruth-Ellen Elinski Named Program Director of the Small Business Development Center at Yavapai College

Prescott, Arizona (August 19, 2021) – Yavapai College has named Ruth-Ellen Elinski as Program Director for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

A Verde Valley resident since 2004, Elinski has been a certified business analyst for the Yavapai College SBDC since 2018. An entrepreneur herself, Elinski has launched multiple businesses seeing one through its sale.

She has a bachelor's degree in Public Affairs and Management from Indiana University and an associate degree in Accounting from Northern Arizona University.

"Ruth-Ellen is the right person at the right time to lead the SBDC team to new levels of service in our community. The SBDC has been instrumental in not only providing but leading business support services and is well respected in the County," said Richard Hernandez, Executive Director of the Regional Economic Development Center at Yavapai College.

Elinski has first-hand training in management, budgeting, and manufacturing and additional experience as a non-profit director leading alongside a 20-member Board of Directors.  She is a Fellow of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership's Flinn Brown Leadership Academy, a returned Peace Corps volunteer, and most proudly, the mom of two brilliant daughters.

The SBDC at Yavapai College provides no-cost business consulting services and access to funding. Helping small business owners start, grow, or exit their business. The SBDC is hosted by the REDC and funded jointly by Yavapai College and the Small Business Administration

Sparklight to Award $12,000 to individuals building
A Stronger Connection in their community


Aug. 10, 2021 – Phoenix, Arizona – Sparklight today announced it will award $1,000 each to 12 individuals making a difference in the communities it serves as part of the internet service provider’s “A Stronger Connection” social media campaign.

Individuals throughout the 21 states Sparklight serves can nominate a fellow community member simply by sharing a photo and written entry outlining how the nominee works to build connections in their community – whether through volunteering, caregiving, teaching, as a first responder or myriad other ways. Three individuals will be selected to win each week for four weeks.

“Sparklight is committed to connecting our customers and communities to what matters most,” said Trish Niemann, Sparklight’s Senior Director of Corporate Communications. “We want to recognize those individuals in the communities we serve who are also building connections – those often-unsung heroes who make a lasting impact on the lives of their friends and neighbors.”

Entries will be accepted through Sept. 5 at sparklight.com/contest. Winning individuals will be highlighted on Sparklight’s social media channels, including Facebook and Instagram.

###About Sparklight
Sparklight® is a leading broadband communications provider and part of the Cable One family of brands, which serves more than 1.1 million residential and business customers in 24 states. Sparklight provides consumers with a wide array of connectivity and entertainment services, including high-speed internet and advanced Wi-Fi solutions, cable television and phone service. Sparklight Business provides scalable and cost-effective products for businesses ranging in size from small to mid-market, in addition to enterprise, wholesale and carrier customers.





Credit union will celebrate grand opening with $40,000 in donations to Yavapai County community organizations

 PHOENIX (August 18, 2021) – Desert Financial Credit Union will open its first branch in Yavapai County on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at the Prescott Valley Fry’s Food & Drug located at 3100 N. Glassford Hill Road in Prescott Valley.

 Desert Financial will celebrate the grand opening of its 47th location, with a month of giving in Prescott Valley and Prescott. The credit union plans to donate $40,000 to local organizations throughout the month of September as part of its celebration.

 The branch, which will employ seven full-time employees, will operate from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays. It will be closed on Sundays.

 “When you open a free checking account with Desert Financial there are no monthly service fees and no minimum balances,” says Miles Kastner, Desert Financial Credit Union Prescott Valley branch manager. “You also become part of a local movement focused on sharing its success within our community. We are so excited to help people here in Prescott Valley.”

 Desert Financial Credit Union has contributed nearly $60,000 in donations and sponsorships to Yavapai County organizations in the first eight months of 2021. Contributions have been made to the Prescott Unified School District, Humboldt Unified School District, Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce, Prescott Chamber of Commerce, Town of Prescott Valley, Yavapai College Foundation and St. Vincent de Paul.

 In addition, Desert Financial branch employees will receive paid time off to participate in community service projects that are meaningful to them.

 The Prescott Valley branch is the first of several Desert Financial branches planned for northern Arizona. The credit union, which is the largest in the state of Arizona, has plans for additional branch openings in Prescott and Flagstaff during 2022.

 Desert Financial was founded by 15 educators in 1939. Together they launched a credit union just for teachers that has evolved into one of the Valley's most recognizable brands. With a statewide charter, today anyone who works, worships or lives in Arizona (with the exception of Apache, Graham, Greenlee and Santa Cruz counties) is eligible to join Desert Financial Credit Union.

 About Desert Financial Credit Union

Celebrating more than 80 years in Arizona, Desert Financial is the state's largest local credit union with over $7 billion in assets, 350,000+ members and 46 branches. Membership eligibility is open across most of Arizona with contactless solutions via eBranch, making it easy to call, click or come in. As a not-for-profit cooperative, Desert Financial takes pride in sharing success. In 2020, members received $14 million in dividends via the Member Giveback Bonus, and Desert Financial gave more than $5 million in COVID-19 relief plus donations, scholarships and Random Acts of Kindness to our members, community and team. Learn more at www.desertfinanical.com.



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