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PHOENIX (May 1, 2017)— Do you remember when you were a teenager and wanted a car but had no money? Most teenagers who want a car look for a job. Not Jane Spicer. When she wanted a car at age 16, she started a business—an idea to market and sell covers for golf clubs—that now exports to more than 75 countries. Today, her business, Daphne’s Headcovers, is being recognized as the top scoring woman-owned business in the Sun Corridor. On Friday, May 5, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton will present the certificate of achievement to Daphne’s Headcovers at 337 West Melinda Lane, Phoenix, at 2:00 p.m. as part of the Sun Corridor Export Recognition Program.
The Sun Corridor Export Recognition Program was launched by the Joint Planning Advisory Council (JPAC), led by elected officials and business leaders in the Sun Corridor. Mayor Stanton championed the development of the export recognition program when he became chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Council. “The future Fortune 500 companies are those small businesses that are here today. The vast majority of the job creation is being done in the small business marketplace. Those businesses have a huge role in the international economy,” says Mayor Stanton.
Daphne’s Headcovers may have started as a teenager’s solution to get a car, but today the business exports golf headcovers all over the world and employs 14 people full time to create the product, pack, and coordinate shipments. Exporting opened up new markets when the golf season started to slow down in existing markets.
“We tracked the past five years and followed the golf season from hemisphere to hemisphere. We analyzed our slowest months and the peak golf season for every country. Armed with that data, we reached out to the respective countries where the data showed they were the busiest and we sought their business,” explains Spicer, who is now CEO of Daphne’s Headcovers.
All applications from businesses that applied for the program were evaluated by an independent panel of experts. Based on this assessment, the businesses were placed in categories of emerging, proficient or expert. Daphne’s Headcovers is being recognized as an expert exporter in the category of women-owned businesses for all of the Sun Corridor, including Maricopa, Pima and Pinal Counties.
All 17 businesses will be recognized at the upcoming JPAC Economic Development for the Global Economy (EDGE) event. The event will be held on May 19, 2017, at the Wild Horse Pass. Event and registration details are available at www.jpacaz.org.
The program was made possible thanks to support received from the following partners: Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona District Export Council, Central Arizona Governments, East Valley Partnership, Global Chamber Phoenix and Global Chamber Tucson, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Maricopa Association of Governments, Metro Phoenix Export Alliance, Partnership for Economic Innovation, Pima Association of Governments, Sun Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization, Sun Corridor Inc., U.S. Commercial Service, and Western Maricopa Coalition (WESTMARC).
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