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Paddock Pools Relocating Corporate Headquarters

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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

A Guide to Applying for a Bank Loan

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 →

Lawless Denim Opening First Store at CityScape

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Lawless Denim & Co. will be the first and only denim manufacturer in the state of Arizona when it opens the doors of its first store at CityScape Phoenix on Oct. 12 offering 100 percent handmade, custom-fit jeans, denim clothing items and leather goods. The 3,200-square-foot space will serve as both a retail location and… Read More →

Creating A Small Business Refund Policy

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Did you know that businesses incur up to $14.8 billion per year in fraudulent returns? Or that 91% of customers say that a store’s return policy greatly influences their purchasing decisions? In a competitive market, a smart refund policy can keep your small business from being in the red. Here is advice on how to… Read More →

J.D. Power’s 10 Things I’ve Learned in Business

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October 8, 2013 by in Featured | Small Biz

After 50 years working with a range of companies—as well as founding and running my own company, J.D. Power and Associates—I have observed a good deal, and come away with a few thoughts about how to have the best shot at success in business. The businesses I’ve seen grow, adapt, and thrive are the ones… Read More →

How hospitals, employers can help themselves with ACA

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September 28, 2013 by in Featured | Healthcare | Small Biz

While employers in Arizona are bracing for the expected impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on health insurance premiums, the long-range theory behind the act is that the costs will eventually stabilize over time. This stabilization in employer premiums can be expedited if hospital ERs, who will be impacted most by the increase in… Read More →

Businesses Named Spirit of Enterprise Award Finalists

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As Arizona moves along the road to economic recovery, many impressive local businesses are helping to vault us forward with job creation and growth. Today, 10 of the state’s best businesses are being recognized as finalists for the prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Awards from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.… Read More →

Helping small businesses keep records

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Nearly 28 million small businesses are in operation in the U.S. About 1 in 5 small businesses have employees, but all have something in common: the need to ensure accurate record keeping, from earnings and fiscal data to tax records. And while that can be cumbersome for small-business owners, there are things entrepreneurs can do… Read More →

Checking fine print protects bottom line

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September 11, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance | Small Biz

Every purchase order or invoice should have them, but what are they? Terms and conditions. The fine print found at the bottom or on the backside of in invoice or purchase order, so it is often ignored. Look for it, read it, understand it. When a company purchases goods or services, it is not uncommon… Read More →

Fired Pie delivers with hot new concept

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September 3, 2013 by in Dining | Featured | Small Biz

Here’s the beautiful thing about Fired Pie: In less time than a typical commercial break, the staff at Fired Pie can make you a fresh pizza that suits your taste and specifications. Fired Pie is the latest Chipotle-inspired build-your-own-meal, fast-casual dining concept to hit the Valley. The creation of veteran restaurateur Fred Morgan — the… Read More →

Tempe Start-Up a Finalist for Crowdfunding Contest

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Out of over 125 small businesses that applied, Tempe start-up – Global Cancer Diagnostics, Inc. – has been selected by The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council), an advocacy and research organization for entrepreneurs, and… Read More →

The high cost of disengaged employees

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$550 billion: That is the cost of lost productivity thanks to disengaged employees. Build your team, build your business. Having your own space at work has its advantages; we all want that corner office, right? But research suggests that consistently working alone lowers morale and affects overall work ethic. We invite you to use this… Read More →

Coup Des Tartes Finds New Building

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Earlier this year, the land where Coup Des Tartes is located at 4626 N 16th Street in Phoenix was foreclosed on.  The restaurant owner, Ron Pacioni, had seven years remaining on his lease and thought his restaurant would be able to stay in its current location.  However, the new owners, The Van Tuyl Group, have… Read More →

Wells Fargo Names new Business Banking Managers

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Kyle Hanson, Tom Traylor and Jerry Ritchie, financial services veterans with more than 47 years of experience between them, have been named Business Banking managers for Wells Fargo Business Banking in the Valley.  Jim Pfeiffer, Area Business Banking manager for Arizona announced the appointment. Kyle Hanson will serve as Business Banking manager for Wells Fargo… Read More →

First Fidelity offers tips to prepare for fire, drought season

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As the fire and drought season in Arizona continues, the risk for businesses and the importance to be prepared is higher than ever. Recent research shows that small businesses are particularly vulnerable with only 38 percent having an emergency or disaster preparedness plan, 84 percent don’t have natural disaster insurance and 71 percent don’t have… Read More →

Former NFL Player Opening Luxury Spa in Chandler

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David Barrett, a former Arizona Cardinals cornerback, is opening a boutique-style luxury salon and spa in Chandler. In his NFL career, Barrett played for the Arizona Cardinals and then later traded to the New York Jets. After retiring from professional football, Barrett has embarked on a new mission: to create a beautiful upscale salon and… Read More →

What does the Obamacare mean for small businesses?

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Small-business owners who are anxiously waiting for regulators to finalize rules that will define the three-year-old Affordable Care Act remain uneasy. Their anxiety is justified since they are waiting for rules that will be enacted next year and no one knows what growing pains lie ahead. But they shouldn’t necessarily view the ACA as a… Read More →

Two New Tenants Coming to Westgate in August

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IT’SUGAR and RazzleberrieZ will open their doors this August at Westgate Entertainment District, adding even more family-friendly variety for West Valley patrons to enjoy. IT’SUGAR, best known nationally as a novelty candy store, offers the world’s largest boxes of Nerds, Sweethearts and Pop Rocks, five pound Gummy Bears as well as candy themed accessories like… Read More →

Taking the accounting department mobile

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According to a 2013 Bill.com survey, 66 percent of finance executives use mobile applications to approve bills and collect payments on some level. Accounting professionals have been chained to their desktops for decades, but the increasing popularity of the cloud has allowed businesses to access critical information any time they have access to Wi-Fi. The… Read More →

Preparation for Loan Approval

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While small business owners appear to have a good grip on managing their companies, they are often unsure about what to do to properly prepare for loan approval.. According to the Small Business Association Lending Index report, big banks approved 15.1 percent of small business loans in February 2012. While we are seeing a slight… Read More →

Goodyear lands ASU business incubator program

Staying Innovative as a One Man Operation

When the new branch of the Maricopa County Library system is completed in Goodyear later this year, it could include expanded space for the business leaders of tomorrow to work and brainstorm through a partnership in an incubator program with Arizona State University. During the Goodyear City Council work session on July 8, Tracy Lea,… Read More →

Phoenix firm helps bars tap into profits

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July 9, 2013 by in Dining | Featured | Small Biz | Tech

A Phoenix business’s device keeps the spirits from overflowing in bar profits. Aaron Post and his team at Bar Vision produce innovative bar technology. Devices track pouring measurements to prevent bartenders from over pouring. Bar Vision designs products that improve “pour profits” rather than detect “pour loss.” “Every industry in the world tracks its most… Read More →

Legislative Session Improves Business Landscape in Arizona

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The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA), the largest trade association in Arizona representing over 11,000 member businesses in all 15 counties, tracked 65 bills during Arizona’s 51st Legislature (Jan. 14 – June 13, 2013), eight of which were Priority Bills. ASBA has announced all eight Priority Bills passed. “We have a strong sense of responsibility… Read More →

Beauty School Education gets a Makeover

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Trade schools have often had the unfair reputation of being less-desirable educational institutions when compared to four-year colleges. However, in an ever-changing economic landscape with evolving student needs, non-traditional schools have become a unique path to career opportunities for many. Jill and Burt Kohler, founders of Scottsdale’s Penrose Academy, a school for cosmetology and esthetics,… Read More →