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Local business owners weigh in Ban Bossy campaign

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The Ban Bossy campaign led by Facebook COO and Lean In founder, Sheryl Sandberg, and the Girl Scouts of USA works to help empower girls and women. The campaign partnered with celebrities and businesses to share quotes, stories and tips for girls, parents, troop leaders and managers to help women become leaders. The basis of… Read More →

Arizona hospitality association celebrates 32nd annual fundraiser


The Arizona Chapter of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) will present the 32nd Annual Chinese Auction Fundraiser & Dinner, celebrating the “Year of the Horse,” on Friday, June 27, 2014 the Marriott Phoenix Mesa, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Proceeds from this award winning event will help to support our association’s mission and… Read More →

W.J. Maloney Plumbing lands new projects

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W.J. Maloney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling has landed two west-side school projects, one for the Glendale Union High School District and one for the Peoria Unified School District. Noted for its work with school districts, including the Phoenix Union High School District and the Paradise Valley Unified School District, W.J. Maloney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling… Read More →

Tips for Starting Home-Based Business

Dreaming of launching a business from your home? You’ll join an ever-growing number of entrepreneurs, according to a broad new report based on 6,000 surveys. Sixty-nine percent of all U.S. businesses start in the home and half of them are still home-based long after they launch, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report. “The median… Read More →

$100K Micro-lending Fund Supports Entrepreneurs


CPLC Préstamos CDFI, LLC (a Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. subsidiary), committed to building stronger communities by providing small business access to capital, in partnership with local valley leaders, have created the Community Investment Fund – a group project of Valley Leadership’s Class 35, to support entrepreneurs looking to start-up or expand their business in… Read More →

Local salt company launches new bacon products


Local salt purveyors Aaron and Liz Eckburg have been busy. These two serial entrepreneurs have parlayed their love of pork products and salt and have launched a new line of bacon aptly named, “Bring Home the Bacon” this month at the Gilbert and Fountain Hills Farmers’ Markets, and are working to bring it to local… Read More →

Pizza Studio Opens First Phoenix Location


Los Angeles-based fast-casual restaurant, Pizza Studio, will expand into Phoenix after signing a multi-unit development agreement for 20 new locations in the Phoenix area over the next five years. The first location will open in CityScape on March 10, 2014 at 11 W. Washington Street, Suite 120. “CityScape will be our flagship restaurant in downtown… Read More →

Cox Business Launches New Suite of Cloud Services

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Cox Business announced the national availability of Essential Cloud™, a suite of cloud-based business applications that provides small businesses with the solutions they need to increase operational efficiency and improve customer relationships. A Cox Business solution, Essential Cloud is designed to meet the needs of businesses in specific industry verticals. “Businesses are continuing to embrace… Read More →

Organic growth: Former engineer turns coffee roasting into a profitable art form

BEAN COUNTER: David Anderson is the owner of Roastery of Cave Creek (ROC2), which has been serving estate grown organic coffee for 15 years. Photo by Courtney Pedroza.

Upon walking into the Roastery of Cave Creek (ROC2), the smell of the organic coffee beans fills the air in the most subtle way. Goliath steel machines — the roasters — take center stage of the workshop. The mountains surrounding Cave Creek are viewable from the windows of the pristine shop, giving a sense of… Read More →

Survey: Businesses Not Utilizing Tax Technologies


GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, announced findings from a survey of 600 small business owners. The survey explored how small businesses manage their finances throughout the year and the impact that has during tax season. The survey reveals that more than half of small businesses surveyed still use manual processes… Read More →

Help for Entrepreneurs Wanting to Franchise Business


Susan Wells, a partner with the law firm of Jaburg Wilk is hosting FranFocus–a no-cost presentation by experienced professionals for successful entrepreneurs considering expanding their businesses through franchising, followed by cocktails, on Wednesday, March 12th from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Jaburg Wilk, 3200 N. Central Ave., Suite 2000 Phoenix, AZ 85012. Attendees will… Read More →

14 New Domain Extensions Available at GoDaddy

February 13, 2014 by in Business News | Small Biz | Tech

GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain name registrar, launched seven new domain name extensions today, giving people more choices when it comes to finding the right online name. Today’s launch, featuring popular names like .GURU and .PHOTOGRAPHY, brings the total of new generic top-level domain name extensions, or gTLDs, available at to 14. The new… Read More →

GoDaddy Helps Small Businesses Get Found Online

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GoDaddy, the world’s top platform for small businesses, today expanded its product portfolio with the introduction of Get Found, which helps small businesses attract new customers on popular destinations, including Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Yelp. How many times have you tried to contact or visit a local business only to find out their phone number… Read More →

Chase Spurs Small Businesses, Affordable Housing


The JPMorgan Chase Foundation (NYSE: JPM) announced a $6 million grant to NALCAB—National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders—for a multi-market pilot project focused on job creation, affordable housing, and small business lending in predominantly Latino communities. The three-year initiative is being led by NALCAB, as the lead applicant and convener for the project. Partners… Read More →

Small business tips for the New Year


Organization is the key to success, so as the calendar starts fresh so should your business habits. Start your New Year off right by getting your business organized. Here are some tips to help you get a firm grip on your finances. Organize your finances: Set aside 15 minutes per week, the equivalent of one Facebook… Read More →

Essential facts about the ACA for small business

January 7, 2014 by in Featured | Healthcare | Small Biz

The new year is usually a very busy time for small businesses…new marketing plans, new merchandise or services, regulatory changes, and year-end reviews all add to our already busy agendas. This year our plates are even more full because of provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that are being phased in for 2014. A… Read More →

Valley Start-Up Delivers Line of Mobile Device Accessories


THEO, a designer and manufacturer of mobile device accessories, today announced its official launch at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. The Tempe-based start-up founded by several mobile device industry executives will unveil a series of products, including app-assisted patented Light Guide Technology, customizable design, and Qi compatible wireless charging… Read More →

Stand Up For Small Business This Saturday

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November 27, 2013 by in Featured | Small Biz

Have Americans lost hope? The trust-deficit between them and their policymakers is distressingly large, with only 19 percent, according to an October Pew poll, who say that they have faith that the government will do what is right just about always or most of the time. Thankfully, not all is lost. Americans still have faith… Read More →

The problems that small businesses face

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November 5, 2013 by in Economy | Featured | Small Biz

Small businesses are the engine that powers the American economy, but that doesn’t mean they are free of problems. From an uncertain economy to the complexity of tax codes, here are a few numbers to illustrate the issues that small business owners face: 103 percent: The cost for small business owners to insure employees has… Read More →

America’s Taco Shop Expands Throughout the Valley

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America’s Taco Shop® is growing in the Phoenix market with the opening of three new locations: Camelback and 16th Street, Kyrene and Elliot and Ray and the 101. The newest locations highlight an updated look with a sleek red and blue color scheme and urban metal accents and mark the latest movement in an already… Read More →

America's Taco Shop Expands Throughout the Valley

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America’s Taco Shop® is growing in the Phoenix market with the opening of three new locations: Camelback and 16th Street, Kyrene and Elliot and Ray and the 101. The newest locations highlight an updated look with a sleek red and blue color scheme and urban metal accents and mark the latest movement in an already… Read More →

Wells Fargo Arizona No. 1 SBA lender in dollars

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Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC), America’s No. 1 small business lender, today announced it is the No. 1 Small Business Administration (SBA) 7 (a) lender in Arizona in amount of dollars for the seventh consecutive year and tied for #1 in terms of number of loans  approved.  Wells Fargo approved $75 million dollars and… Read More →

Paddock Pools Relocating Corporate Headquarters


A long-standing business presence on Thomas Road, in the southern part of Scottsdale, is moving north. Paddock Pools is relocating its corporate headquarters to its already significant presence at the 29,000 square foot Paddock “Superstore” near the Loop 101 and Shea Boulevard. The building and real estate that had housed the company’s headquarters near 64th… Read More →

SBFC Announces New Leadership

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Southwestern Business Financing Corporation (SBFC) – Arizona’s leading SBA 504 lender –  announced that the Board has appointed Teresa Mandelin as President and CEO of SBFC. Mandelin has more than 20 years of banking experience, having specialized in SBA lending since 1992. For the past 10 years as SBFC’s SVP of Commercial Loans, she has… Read More →