Winslow's ASTA wins 2017 top Small Business Award

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Winslow Business ASTA Roofing and Construction Wins State's 2017 Top Small Business Award

Tanya and Tim Young with the 
Master Small Business Award
Tanya and Tim Young

By NPC Staff Writer Dennis Durband

Winslow's ASTA Roofing and Construction has won the 2017 Master Award – the highest annual award given by the Arizona Small Business Development Center Network. ASTA – which stands for Alliance Supporting Tribal America – is owned by Tim and Tanya Young. The company won the Master Award because it represents the kind of dedication, focus and hard work required to build a successful company.

Growing up Navajo, Tim Young witnessed first-hand many of the problems plaguing reservations. Determined to make positive change, he started by learning skills that would prove to be very valuable: how to install and repair roofs. Eventually he leveraged these skills to form a sustainable and sound business model to start his own company and create jobs for Navajo and other disadvantaged people. ASTA Roofing and Construction has grown from 10 employees at start-up in 2011 to 30 employees today and has tripled sales since its beginning.

ASTA has also benefited from working with Northland Pioneer College's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Arizona Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (AZPTAC). NPC's SBDC is part of a network of 11 service centers and 15 satellite/meeting sites in Arizona providing access to workshops, professional business counselors, technology specialists and other resources dedicated to helping small businesses succeed. Each of the 11 service centers honors one business client annually, and one is selected from that group for the state's highest award, the Master Award.

The Youngs emphasize preparing their work force by giving employees the training and resources to provide exceptional quality roofing and construction services, along with excellent grassroots customer relationship management. The company and its employees believe in giving back to their community as well. ASTA also hosts local subcontractor fairs to include Native American labor and trade forces from each project location.

“ASTA was doing business with the federal government and we wanted to do more, so we contacted AZPTAC for assistance in putting our Small Business Administration 8(a) Business Development Program together,” Tim Young said. The result has been phenomenal -- more than 225 projects completed. ASTA has served customers on the Navajo, Gila River, Hopi and Tohono O'odham reservations; schools; hospitals; housing communities; the Fort Huachuca Army Base and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona and Hill Air Force Base in Utah.

Tim Young said winning the Master Award means all his company's hard work and time is paying off.  “I take pride in everything I do and make sure my employees are trained properly, and they in turn, show excellent workmanship,” he said. “Being a small business is tough already, but being Native American make things a little harder. My heart desired big changes on the Navajo Reservation, and with the help of Tracy Mancuso, the SBDC didn't just see me, they saw my heart and my dreams. Dream big because they want what you want.”

Tanya Young said, “AZPTAC and NPC's SBDC have been great and valuable resources to us in growing our company. ASTA Roofing and Construction has a great manager in Kevin Young an exceptional team of employees who work very hard to contribute to the growth and success of this company.”

Northland Pioneer College's Small Business Development Center serves Navajo and Apache counties, including reservation areas, providing quality educational programs, resources and confidential, no-cost, "one-on-one" counseling focused on a broad range of business issues. The SBDC staff and consultants guarantee discussions are held in the strictest confidence, working with small businesses to maximize their successes. For an appointment, or for more information, contact Tracy Mancuso, director of NPC's Small Business Development Center, 532-6170 or toll-free (800) 266-7845, ext. 6170.

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