Arizona Color Vehicle Wraps & Graphics Receives 2009 Comerica Bank Arizona Companies to Watch Award

Oct 26, 2009, 20:20 ET from Arizona Color Vehicle Wraps & Graphic Media

PHOENIX, AZ, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ - Arizona Color Vehicle Wraps & Graphic Media has been recognized as a recipient of the 2009 Comerica Bank Arizona Companies to Watch award, an honor presented by the Arizona Small Business Association, Comerica Bank and the Edward Lowe Foundation. Thirty-seven companies from Arizona will receive their awards at an awards gala on Nov. 6 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. Comerica Bank Arizona Companies to Watch is an awards program that celebrates privately held second-stage companies based in Arizona. To be eligible, applicants must employ between 6 and 100 full-time equivalent employees and have between $750,000 and $100 million in annual revenue or working capital in place. Awardees are selected for demonstrating the intent and capacity to grow based on employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage or other notable strengths.

Among the honorees in 2009 is Arizona Color Vehicle Wraps & Graphic Media.

Arizona Color Vehicle Wraps & Graphics is a nationwide leader of vehicle advertising (wraps) and large format graphic printing and applications. An award winning and internationally recognized company, Arizona Color prides itself on setting the bar for results-driven vehicle wrap advertising campaigns. Chosen by 3M Corporation 2 years in a row as top 25 wrap nationally in their "Wrap for a Roush" competition, Arizona Color knows our experience will help small to large businesses reach new customers and get noticed. Our results-based approach and creativity designing and installing vehicle wraps has us working with clients that span many industries. Headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., Arizona Color's clients include: ABC 15, Discount Cab Company, The Cities of Phoenix, Peoria, Glendale, The Phoenix Police, The Glendale Fire Department, Geico Insurance and Clear Channel Communications. For more on Arizona Color visit www.arizonacolor.com.

Comerica Bank Arizona Companies to Watch is presented by Arizona Small Business Association and Comerica Bank in collaboration with the Edward Lowe Foundation.

This program would not be possible without the generous support of the following: Comerica Bank, Arizona Business Magazine, Jobing.com,The Lavidge Company, BBVA Compass Insurance, APS/AAAME, IBM, Staples, SCF Arizona, Arizona Corporate Broadcast Center, News Radio 1510 AM, InfusionSoft and KAET ei8ght.

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Comerica Bank Arizona Companies to Watch is unique because of its focus on second-stage companies and the wide-ranging industries they represent. The impact of these companies on Arizona's economy is immense, and this year's honorees are examples of such companies in the state. During 2005-2007, Arizona's resident companies averaged about 28,600 second-stage establishments according to YourEconomy.org, an online resource of the Edward Lowe Foundation. Those second-stage companies employed more than 660,000 workers.

Looking at the contributions of these companies from a broader perspective, from 1993 to 2007 only 11.6 percent of Arizona's resident establishments were in the second-stage category, however, they generated 40 percent of net new jobs.

For more information: www.AZCompaniesToWatch.org and www.YourEconomy.org.

    About the program presenters
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About Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA): Since 1973, ASBA has been working hand-in-hand with Arizona businesses to help them achieve amAZing results that exceed expectations. Over 3,400 business members statewide representing over 300,000 employees count on ASBA to connect them to the right opportunities and resources, including affordable health and workers' compensation insurance, up-to-date educational workshops and dynamic networking events. A membership fee of $125 provides access to the most cost-effective and comprehensive range of resources, support and services available to Arizona businesses today.

For more information: www.ASBA.com. Join ASBA. Be amazed(R).

About Comerica Bank in Arizona: Comerica Incorporated is a financial services company headquartered in Dallas,Texas, and strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth & Institutional Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. In addition to Texas, Comerica Bank has offices in Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada, and Mexico. In Arizona, Comerica has grown from one office in 2004 to 13 locations, with plans to open another three banking centers by the end of 2009. Comerica Inc. reported total assets of $67.4 billion at March 31,2009. For more information: www.comerica.com/newsalerts.

About the Edward Lowe Foundation: Based in Cassopolis, Mich., the Edward Lowe Foundation is the national presenter of Companies to Watch. The foundation created this awards program to recognize second-stage entrepreneurs and their companies. Established in 1985, the foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports entrepreneurship through recognition, education and research with a focus on second-stage companies-those that have moved beyond the startup phase and seek significant, steady growth. The foundation also encourages economic gardening, an entrepreneur-centered strategy providing balance to the traditional approach of business recruitment. The foundation also presents Companies to Watch in Colorado, Indiana, Michigan and North Carolina.

For more information: www.edwardlowe.org.

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