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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 →

Arizona beekeepers adjust as honey production slows


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


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


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


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 →

Locally made tip app, BRAVO, launches for Super Bowl

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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


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

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

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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 →