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Cox honors Latina entrepreneurs

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Cox Business announced today a partnership with Prensa Hispana newspaper, Azteca AméricaPhoenix and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (AZHCC) to recognize successful Latina entrepreneurs whose talent and innovation in the businessworld are helping other small businesses grow throughout Arizona. “According to the 2013 AZ Women-owned Business Enterprise Report we released earlier this year, Latinas… Read More →

Are Businesses Crossing Lines by Tracking Employees?

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Nearly 10 years after real-time package- and people-tracking went viral with the advent of GPS-enabled cell phones, small businesses face two big concerns. “One is expense. Small businesses, especially those still recovering from the worst recession in modern history, can’t always afford to provide their employees with GPS-equipped smart phones,” notes location-based services specialist George… Read More →

Social Media: Great Resource for Small Business

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Are you taking advantage of social media in your small business? According to a recent report by the Social Media Examiner, you probably should. 89 percent of the respondents said social media was providing them greater exposure and 75 percent claimed it was increasing traffic. Although only 43 percent suggested that social media increased sales,… Read More →

Arizona Business Community Supports HB2111

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The undersigned organizations and businesses want to express their strong support for the passage of HB2111 with the floor amendment that will be offered by Senator Steve Yarbrough. This final amendment represents major concessions to address concerns that have been expressed by the city representatives. This final amendment reflects the cities’ request for a separate… Read More →

Maloney-Langmade becomes leader of men

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There are not many people in the world who can say they are a licensed plumber, have an MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and are a mother to three daughters, ages 7, 11 and 12. Kathryn “Kitty” Maloney-Langmade can make those claims. The president of W.J. Maloney Plumbing, Heating… Read More →

Coup Des Tartes adds catering company

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May 27, 2013 by in Dining | Featured | Small Biz

Ranked as the No. 1 French restaurant by Ranking Arizona for four years in a row, Coup Des Tartes is a charming, 15-year-old, bistro-style restaurant that patrons call one of the most engaging and intimate dining experiences in all of Phoenix. With his exquisite attention to detail, owner Ron Pacioni has turned Coup Des Tartes… Read More →

Small businesses get loans in record numbers

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A common complaint since the financial crisis began was that some of the Wall Street banks that were being bailed out by the federal government weren’t doing enough to help the mom-and-pop shops on Main Street. “In 2008 when the recession hit, the impact on small business lending was pretty catastrophic,” said Greg Lehmann, managing… Read More →

ASBA’s CEO Ready for a close-up

Rick Murray, chief executive officer of the Arizona Small Business Association.

Rick Murray followed an eclectic path to becoming chief executive officer of the Arizona Small Business Association in February of 2012. After college, he worked as a broadcast news photographer before starting a small advertising agency and production company, which grew into a sports production company before he ended up back in broadcast news, this… Read More →

ASBA's CEO Ready for a close-up

Rick Murray, chief executive officer of the Arizona Small Business Association.

Rick Murray followed an eclectic path to becoming chief executive officer of the Arizona Small Business Association in February of 2012. After college, he worked as a broadcast news photographer before starting a small advertising agency and production company, which grew into a sports production company before he ended up back in broadcast news, this… Read More →

ASU launches program for inventors and entrepreneurs

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May 24, 2013 by in Education | Featured | Small Biz | Tech

Arizona State University is seeking aspiring entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors who want to develop their ideas into solutions, products and services in a free summer program. The university is recruiting participants for AREA48 (Applied Regional Economic Activity), a revolutionary new “formation space” that provides early-stage entrepreneurs with opportunities to access human and knowledge assets. While… Read More →

Small Business Big Target – Crime Infographic

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Did you know that small businesses are 35 times more likely to be a victim of crime? Or that $656,982,032 worth of office equipment is stolen annually? Despite the amount of money larger businesses make, the size and security measures taken may be intimidating to a white collar thief. Small businesses often make the best… Read More →

Tax reform aims to help small businesses

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During the State of the Union address, President Obama said that tax reform is a key issue for small businesses today. Specifically, the president stressed that many small businesses are overwhelmed with administrative tasks associated with tax filing and deserve the opportunity to focus on strategic areas of their business that could help them grow… Read More →

10 Things Every Customer Wants

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May 16, 2013 by in Featured | Marketing | Small Biz

Why does a customer buy from one vendor rather than another? According to research recently conducted by The Rain Group, customers tend to buy from sellers who are superlative at the following tasks: 1. Bring New Perspectives and Ideas If customers could diagnose their own problems and come up with workable solutions on their own,… Read More →

Frutkin Publishes Equity Crowdfunding book

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There has been widespread recognition of the emerging power of crowdfunding, the online phenomenon that provided more than $10 million for iPhone-compatible watch creator Pebble and $5.7 million for the upcoming Veronica Mars movie. Valley Attorney Jonathan Frutkin of The Frutkin Law Firm recently published a new book about this new source of finance, known… Read More →