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Valley Start-Up Delivers Line of Mobile Device Accessories

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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

Velocity Retail Group
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

Small Business Association, SBA Loans
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

AmericasTaco   Carne Tacos

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

5 C's of Credit

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

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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

Lawless Denim_ready made jeans

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

advice
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

Banner Good Samaritan Hospital
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

Chandler Innovation Center

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

Medical Records Technician

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 →