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Experts foresee gains for maturing Arizona wine industry

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The back roads near Cornville look like many others in Yavapai County, until you turn a corner and find rolling hills filled with vines, tasting rooms and homes that are more Tuscan than Southwestern. Javelina Leap Winery sits among grapevines in a small valley outside Cornville. The 10-acre property includes a vineyard, tasting room and… Read More →

Macerich upgrading Arrowhead Towne Center

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Macerich today announced details of key updates planned for Arrowhead Towne Center, its dominant West Valley retail property that also will welcome a new, 25,000-square-foot H&M. Up-to-the-moment, technology-focused new amenities are a major focus of the interior and exterior renovation at Arrowhead Towne Center that starts this spring and will be complete by late 2015.… Read More →

BMO Harris Bank boosts credit to AZ business owners

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BMO Harris Bank is making an additional $2 billion in credit available to businesses in Arizona over the next three years. “We’re here to help, making more of our balance sheet available to businesses to support growth opportunities and help create new jobs,’ said Tim Bruckner, Arizona Commercial Banking Manager, BMO Harris Bank. “We have… Read More →

Locally owned Fired Pie opens 10th location

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In 2013, locally-owned and operated Fired Pie, exploded on the dining scene in the Valley as the first fast-casual pizza restaurant. The eatery announced the opening of their tenth location at Scottsdale Fashion Square. The fast-casual movement has continued to see an upward trend and Fired Pie’s attention to fresh ingredients and great customer service has helped them… Read More →

Teaspressa brings crafted teas, cakes to De Soto Market

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Craft tea cafe Teaspressa will be opening soon on Central Avenue and Roosevelt Street in downtown Phoenix as half of the Tea and Toast shop at De Soto Market. A macchiato, cappuccino, mochas and lattes can all be made with highly concentrated tea instead of espresso. Tea also has a higher caffeine content and its… Read More →

Jen of all trades: Scottsdale designer puts heart into homes

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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 →

Arizona beekeepers adjust as honey production slows

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Locally produced honey is flying off the shelves – so much so that many honey producers cannot meet the production demands. “I’m not having problems selling my honey,” beekeeper Dennis Arp said. “I’m having problems with producing enough.” Fifteen years ago, Arp’s Mountain Top Honey Co. in Flagstaff produced 126,000 pounds of honey a year.… Read More →

R&R Partners selects 3 LaunchPad project winners

The R&R Partners Phoenix office named three local businesses as winners of its inaugural “LaunchPad” project, which was developed by R&R to elevate up and coming Arizona businesses.  Arizona Distilling Company, Broken Plate Concepts, and State Bicycle Co. will each receive at least $25,000 in free marketing and/or public relations services from R&R, an integrated communications… Read More →

StartUp PHX Challenge free office giveaway extended

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The stakes keep getting higher for the Valley’s best and brightest startup companies as they compete to win free office space alongside innovation leaders like Uber at 111. W.  Monroe in Downtown Phoenix. After receiving dozens of entries for the StartUp PHX Challenge, organizers have decided to extend the contest to Wednesday, April 15th. A… Read More →

5 errors that can undermine your new business

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The dream of launching a business runs deep in the American psyche, but more often than not those dreams go bust. Half of new U.S. companies fail in their first five years, according to Gallup. Expand the timeframe out to 10 years and the failure rate reaches 70 percent. That’s not surprising, says Randy H.… Read More →

Sphinx Date Co. launches line of specialty foods

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Sphinx Date Co., the iconic Valley producer of dates for decades, has released a unique line of date-based products including mild and green date salsas ($7.95), date hot sauce ($6.95) and date jam ($7.95). These slightly-sweet and flavorful products are now available for purchase at Sphinx Date Co., Palm & Pantry located at 3039 North… Read More →

Re-Bath of Phoenix named Franchise of the Year

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Chosen from more than 200 franchises, Re-Bath® of Phoenix was named Franchise of the Year by Re-Bath, LLC, America’s largest bathroom remodeling franchisor, during the Home Brands Group™ Reunion on Jan. 19, 2015, in Orlando, Fla. Owner Kurt Kittleson accepted the award, which is the most prestigious of any presented to franchises internationally. Franchise of… Read More →

CREATIV founder headlines downtown lectures

Creativ Co-founder and President Blake Brinker. Credit: Colin Gourlay

One of Arizona’s young visionaries is coming to ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus to headline a popular lecture series and discuss the power of connecting creativity and culture around the world. Blake Brinker’s “Creativity, Technology and Humanity” kick off the spring 2015 Humanities Lecture Series as well as Project Humanities, a universitywide initiative to promote the… Read More →

Small businesses struggle with marketing

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Sales and marketing activities are among the most challenging tasks for small business owners, according to Infusionsoft’s new Small Business Sales & Marketing Survey. Generating leads, getting new customers and gaining marketing expertise are some of the biggest challenges small businesses face today. The full report is available for download here. Here is a summary of key findings from… Read More →