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Legislators score big on small business legislation

Small Business Administration Awards

Nearly three-quarters of Arizona’s legislators received a perfect score on pro-small business legislation according to the Arizona Small Business Association.  Of the 11 priority bills ASBA promoted, 54 legislators voted with ASBA every single time.  The Arizona Small Business Association had an exceptionally productive session with all 11 of ASBA’s priority bills becoming law. State… Read More →

Coffee shops spark downtown Phoenix growth

Independent coffee shops are on the rise in downtown Phoenix, helping bring a sense of community to the rapidly developing area, shop owners and city officials say. (Photo by Taylor Nelson/Cronkite News)

Late on a Sunday morning, Lola Coffee Bar can expect an eclectic group of people, from college students gathering to gossip, to businessmen meeting to discuss the week ahead, to dedicated readers with books open on their laps. The dining area is small, with several community-style tables that brings all of these different people together.… Read More →

2% Club looks to help women scale their businesses

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I recently conducted research in preparation for a roundtable discussion for women business owners with revenues in the $100,000s looking to scale to $1 million. I learned that only 2% of women generate a million dollars in annual revenue. The average generates $155,000 annually and has .9 employees. This was shocking. But it also inspired… Read More →

Meet the Industry Leaders of Arizona

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The CEOs and CFOs of Arizona’s most dynamic and innovative companies are coming together for the 2016 Industry Leaders of Arizona (ILoA) Awards, a night of networking and celebration.  Each year, Az Business magazine presents the Industry Leaders of Arizona Awards, which recognize the contributions and impact of Arizona‐based companies on both the economy of Arizona and in… Read More →

ADOT hosts small business transportation expo

Arizona Small Business Association seeks new CEO

The Arizona Department of Transportation and partner agencies will hold an event Wednesday, Feb. 10, offering tips and tools to owners of small businesses and companies qualifying for the agency’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. The DBE & Small Business Transportation Expo, scheduled for 7 a.m. to noon at Glendale Civic Center, will allow attendees… Read More →

Here are the Top 10 stories of 2015

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Here are the Top 10 stories of 2015, based strictly on the number of readers on azbigmedia.com. The Top 10 stories of 2015 are not based on newsworthiness or importance — although each of these stories are important and newsworthy — but by the sheer number of azbigmedia.com readers who took the time to read the story.… Read More →

Arizona business experts praise federal budget deal

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At 2009 pages, the political world has a lot to say today on the federal budget deal posted online in the wee hours of the morning, and one provision in particular has Arizona small-business owners hoping Congress seals the deal on Friday and President Obama signs it. The part of the bipartisan agreement making up… Read More →

ACA announces Fall Innovation Challenge finalists

Self-Service Technologies, Technology

The Fall 2015 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC) continues as the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 10 finalists in its bi-annual business plan competition. The ACA provides $3 million in grants annually – $1.5 million in the spring and $1.5 million in the fall – to the most qualified, innovative startups and… Read More →

StartupConnect AZ Conference for entrepreneurs

Self-Service Technologies, Technology

The Arizona Technology Council is hosting its annual StartupConnect AZ Conference which will be taking place on Wed. December 9, 2015 at ASU SkySong, 1475 N. Scottsdale Rd. This annual event was created for entrepreneurs looking to start, grow, or sell a venture. Attendees will hear 50 successful CEOs and Executives divulge their secrets, solutions and… Read More →

AzBIA event can help start-ups, co-working programs

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The Arizona Business Incubation Association (AzBIA) is holding a “Globalization of Innovation” event this Friday, November 20th at the historic DeSoto Central Market in Phoenix.  The event hopes to build on Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton’s Mexico trip, and the state’s push to promote international trade.  The event is for both AzBIA members and non-members. to register, click here. Here is the agenda: 7:30AM… Read More →

Vote now to decide FirstBank ‘Elevator Pitch’ winner

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FirstBank, which has 17 banking locations throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan area, announced the five Arizona finalist companies of its the “FirstBank $20,000 Elevator Pitch Business Contest” where it will award one Arizona-based winner with $20,000. The five companies are: Pinspiration Co+Hoots Brelby Theatre Company Cake Art Studio Nancy’s Jewelry and Clothing The public is invited… Read More →

Nov. 8 is deadline for FirstBank ‘Elevator Pitch’ contest

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FirstBank, which has 17 banking locations throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, is reminding Arizona businesses that the November 8 deadline for its a new competition is fast approaching. The competition, called the “FirstBank $20,000 Elevator Pitch Business Contest” will award one winner with $20,000, courtesy of the bank. Contest participants are asked to submit a… Read More →

FirstBank launches ‘Elevator Pitch’ contest in Arizona

Chandler Innovation Center

FirstBank, which has multiple banking locations throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, announced a new competition for businesses in Arizona. The competition, called the “FirstBank $20,000 Elevator Pitch Business Contest” will kick off on Tuesday, October 12 and, only a few weeks later, award one winner with $20,000, courtesy of the bank. Contest participants will be… Read More →

Best practices to effectively utilize letters of credit

5 C's of Credit

In brief, a letter of credit is a document from a bank guaranteeing that a seller will receive full payment, as long as certain terms and conditions have been met. In the event that the seller is unable to cover the full payment the bank will put up the outstanding amount. A letter of credit… Read More →