NFIB Arizona Member Profile: Dan Burke of Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning

Date: September 10, 2015 Last Edit: January 05, 2016

'Arizona is a business-friendly state in many ways.'

Dan Burke,
former owner of Goettl Air Conditioning and now chairman of the company’s board
of advisors, talks about the 76-year-old independent business and shares advice
for entrepreneurs.

Name: Dan Burke

Business: Goettl Good Guys Air

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

What advice would you give to other small business owners?

Know what is going on in your state and your community that can affect your business, taxes and quality of life. Participating in industry, business and community organizations is an easy way to stay informed and connected with a relatively small investment in time and money. I have found that state legislators and many elected officials want to hear from small business and are attuned to issues important to these job creators.

What surprised you about running a business?

When I became an owner, the decisions were actually less stressful than when I was recommending strategies and investment risks to an owner not directly involved in the business. In 2003, I and my partners received the largest [Small Business Administration] loan granted that year in Arizona, which was secured by all of my and my partners’ families’ worldly possessions. We had done the analysis, made the decision, and we did not feel that much stress. We were accountable, and that was OK.

What makes Arizona a good place to do business?

There is the obvious in that I am in the air conditioning business, which is a necessity in Arizona and involves the health and comfort of people. Arizona is also a business-friendly state in many ways, and I believe there is an inclination and history to regulate prudently—unlike some other places I have lived, where it seemed the political climate tended to be they never saw a regulation or tax they didn’t like.

Why did you get involved with NFIB?

A friend who owned a business similar to mine in the area talked to me about the kinds of things NFIB gets involved with. There are the benefits such as monitoring proposed laws, regulations and other actions that may impact our business, offering discounts for business services, educational opportunities and facilitating contact with our elected officials. 

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