Small Biz Archives

Locally made tip app, BRAVO, launches for Super Bowl

Courtesy of BRAVO
January 30, 2015 by in Featured | Mobile | Small Biz | Social Media

The Super Bowl is right around the corner, bringing with it a mass of more than one million people enjoying their Sunday at Super Bowl Central in downtown Phoenix. Vendors and activities will span from food to transportation services and most will provide a form of gratuity for their service and hard work. We live… Read More →

NB|AZ will air ‘Elevate AZ’ Super Bowl ad

-1

In an effort to promote Arizona and the businesses that impact its communities and citizens, National Bank of Arizona (NB|AZ) announced the airing of its official “Elevate AZ” commercial during the broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX. The commercial is a key portion of NB|AZ’s “Elevate AZ” campaign and will feature three Arizona businesses and two… Read More →

Arizona Commerce Authority awards grants to innovators

Staying Innovative as a One Man Operation

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the six winning companies in its Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC). These grant recipients represent innovative Arizona entrepreneurs who are creating technological solutions with the potential for global impact. The Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge Grant Recipients are: ·       Iris PR Management – Phoenix, AZ (IT –… Read More →

ACA names Arizona Innovation Challenge finalists

technical education career training looking at petri dish

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 10 finalists in the Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), its bi-annual business plan competition that awards talented entrepreneurs who are solving today’s most challenging problems with technology-based solutions. Each year in the spring and fall, the ACA awards to the most qualified, innovative startups and early stage… Read More →

Hiring military veterans adds competitive edge

veterans

During his military career, Capt. Eric Engquist negotiated mortar attacks, roadside bombs, ambushes and rocket grenades in the Iraqi desert, employing strategic planning and problem solving skills under extreme pressure. After eight years as an Army infantry officer, Engquist left the military to join corporate America, bringing those skills with him. Today he is the… Read More →

11 new companies coming to High Street

High Street

Just in time for the new year, High Street in Phoenix is welcoming 11 new companies to their family of tenants. Vacant spaces at High Street will soon be filled with an array of new businesses, including a vacation rental office, nail spa, tea shop and creative studio. The shopping, dining and entertainment destination located… Read More →

Startup Tuft & Needle aims to wake up mattress industry

John-Thomas Marino and Daehee Park.

Tucked away in the Levine Machine Building in the Phoenix Warehouse District, Tuft & Needle is a mattress company that is easily overshadowed in terms of scale by the big boys, namely Serta, Sealy, Simmons and Sterns and Foster. The local mattress maker, however, is growing rapidly, and it may just become a household name… Read More →

KEASY sweeps winning prize at SEED SPOT Demo Day

Meghan Martinez, Founder of KEASY, a keyless, digital lock that provides safe and efficient access to rental homes.

Move over, Silicon Valley – Arizona is becoming quite the hotbed for startups. Just ask the 800+ people who attended SEED SPOT’s fourth Demo Day event in Phoenix, designed to highlight local, up-and-coming entrepreneurs and their successful and inspiring new ventures. SEED SPOT, an incubator for socially-minded entrepreneurs, entertained a sell-out crowd at its Demo… Read More →

Phoenix Chamber appoints new VP of public affairs

phoenix

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce today announced the appointment of Mike Huckins as Vice President of Public Affairs. Huckins will spearhead the Chamber’s lobbying efforts at the Capitol, oversee the Chamber’s public affairs and seven issue committees, as well as provide leadership for the Chamber’s internal public affairs team. “We are thrilled to welcome… Read More →

Jen of all trades: Scottsdale designer puts heart into homes

Courtesy of Jennifer Adams

In order to understand how Scottsdale designer Jennifer Adams transformed her life of cleaning houses, teaching aerobics and being a receptionist to becoming a successful entrepreneur, you would need to trace her journey all the way back to home. “I realized at an early age the power of home and what you do to your… Read More →

ACA names Arizona Innovation Challenge semifinalists

internet

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 25 semifinalists in its Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition awarding $3 million annually to talented entrepreneurs. Each year, the ACA awards – $1.5 million in the spring and $1.5 million in the fall – to the most qualified, innovative startups and early-stage… Read More →

Klein creates Seed Spot to help innovators blossom

As co-founder and CEO of SEED SPOT, Courtney Klein has created a culture and environment that is unique and empowering for entrepreneurs in the Phoenix community. Photo by Robin Sendele, AZ Big Media

Entrepreneurs move fast in all directions and for Courtney Klein, it’s no different. From presenting to boards to attending festivals to competing in triathlons to being a full-time CEO, Klein is entrepreneurial in all facets of life. A few years ago, Klein was spending endless nights and weekends at local coffee shops talking to college… Read More →

Battle brews for Arizona microbreweries

liquor

Some of Arizona’s most successful microbreweries are brewing for a legislative battle to hang onto their business. Four Peaks and San Tan brewing companies are in danger of losing their restaurants that aren’t attached to brewing operations once they surpass a production cap, the Arizona Capitol Times reported. Both companies have been close to going… Read More →

Wells Fargo No. 1 SBA lender for Arizona

A Guide to Applying for a Bank Loan

Wells Fargo & Company announced it is the No. 1 Small Business Administration (SBA) 7 (a) lender in Arizona in amount of dollars and number of loans  approved for fiscal year 2014.  Wells Fargo approved $89,034,400 and 197 loans to Arizona businesses from Oct. 1, 2013 and Sept. 30, 2014. “Working with small business owners… Read More →