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Female-owned thrives in auto parts industry

February 4, 2013 by in Featured | Small Biz

In 1996, a Phoenix woman and her husband purchased an automotive parts wholesaler by the name of Autohaus Phoenix, Inc. During the 10 years that followed, the couple transformed the company from a local distributor into an entirely internet-based retailer and wholesaler, distributing automotive parts to more than 115 countries under the name But… Read More →

Regus’ Newest Scottsdale Business Center Appeals to Professionals

January 31, 2013 by in Business News | Small Biz

As professionals seek innovative ways to balance work-life responsibilities, Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, today announced the opening of its 15th full-service business center in the valley at 16427 North Scottsdale Road aimed at giving workers a convenient place to drop-in, be productive and network with like-minded professionals. Commenting on Regus’ growth… Read More →

4 Keys to effective Small Business Blogging, Social Media
January 27, 2013 by in Featured | Marketing | Small Biz

A week or so ago I gave some marketing advice to a small business owner trying to promote his fly-fishing lodge. It’s an incredible lodge, with access to world-class private fishing as well as being nestled smack dab in the middle of a National Forest—the perfect spot for a fly-fishing vacation. “Facebook is just for… Read More →

ASBA addresses issues facing small business in 2013

5 C's of Credit
January 8, 2013 by in Business News | Events | Small Biz

January 7, 2013 – The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) will offer a forum for Arizona small business owners and supporters of the small business community to discuss the critical issues facing small businesses this year at the 2013 Small Business Outlook.  ASBA’s annual event will be highlighted by a panel of industry leaders who… Read More →

What Your Business Should Do Before The End Of January

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Using last year’s failures as a roadmap to success: What your business should do before the end of January. The beginning of each year brings new opportunities and challenges for business owners. Some of us are dying to put last year behind us, while countless others feel inspired by the way their business year ended.… Read More →

W. P. Carey School Launches New Major in Entrepreneurship


If you’ve ever thought about starting your own business — about turning your passion into a moneymaking company – then entrepreneurship may be for you. The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University announces a new major in business entrepreneurship that can offer you access to incredible resources and the knowledge to… Read More →

Valley media company creatively adapts for 40 years

January 7, 2013 by in Featured | Small Biz

There’s a quaint studio located in the East Valley that houses beautiful backgrounds, sets and camera equipment that can make any business owner or musician feel like a rock star. With its innovative technology, it is no wonder why so many different customers flock to Image Ave Studios, which is located on the border of… Read More →

Workers’ Compensation: 3-Headed Dragon for Employers

Keep Workers Working
January 6, 2013 by in Featured | Small Biz | Workforce

Workers’ Compensation insurance has become a hot topic, as several recent changes have made this business expense more costly and cumbersome. Companies are facing three primary challenges: HARD MARKET – higher pricing from insurance carriers INCREASED (NCCI)  RATES – percentage growth varies by state EXPERIENCE MODIFIER RULE CHANGES  – adjustments in the primary-excess split point… Read More →

Need $1 million for your business?

December 25, 2012 by in Business News | Small Biz

On April 5, 2012 President Obama signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act.  Business owners and entrepreneurs need to know about the JOBS Act because it will allow startups and existing businesses to raise up to $1 million in investment capital each year using the Internet and other social media… Read More →

Seven Habits of Seven Successful Arizona Entrepreneurs

December 25, 2012 by in Featured | Small Biz

Everyone wants to know the secrets to succeeding in business. Most agree hard work and intelligence are a given.  But what about those attributes that cannot be taught in school or by working long hours? Entrepreneurs are a breed who typically embody qualities that make up a successful business person. They tend to be risk-takers,… Read More →

Pope’s on Twitter – If You’re Marketing, You Should Be, Too

December 24, 2012 by in Featured | Marketing | Small Biz

His handle is @Pontifex and 85-year-old Pope Benedict XVI can tweet in eight different languages on his brand new Twitter account. On Dec. 12, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church tentatively typed out his first tweet on an iPad. It read, “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter.… Read More →

What Are You Afraid Of? How To Avoid Making Decisions Out Of Fear

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I think business owners, managers and employees are about to let out a collective sigh. We did it! We made it through 2012. It has not been an easy year for several industries. As I look back on 2012, I realize many of my most challenging experiences were because of the unknown that lies in… Read More →

Generating Big Business out West

Westgate Entertainment District
December 18, 2012 by in Dining | Featured | Small Biz | Sports

Nearly all retailers and restaurateurs will tell you that the key to having a successful business is largely based on the old adage – location, location, location. For several national entertainment and restaurant brands with Valley-wide locations, revenue figures indicate that the West Valley now ranks number one in market share, with their top-producing stores… Read More →

Phoenix Looks to Award Contracts to Local Businesses

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December 12, 2012 by in Featured | Small Biz

Local First Arizona believes the leadership at Phoenix City Hall is moving in the right direction with respect to the inclusion of Arizona owned companies bidding for new contracts for the city’s towing.  A new towing contract proposes that Phoenix be divided into four zones, with local companies All City Towing and DV Towing being… Read More →

Retail: It’s a New Reality

December 10, 2012 by in Featured | Small Biz

As municipalities all across Arizona have seen their general funds strongly impacted over the last several years due in part to significant drops in sales tax revenue, the importance of a vibrant/strong retail sector has once again taken on a prominent role. With Arizona cities in some instances relying on retail sales taxes for up… Read More →

Scottsdale-Based Spa810 Announces Franchise Opportunities

December 9, 2012 by in Business News | Small Biz

Spa810 announced the official launch of the company’s franchising opportunities. The company, which is known locally for it’s unique offering of pain-free laser hair removal, cosmetic laser treatments, facials, and massage in one location as a combined service has begun offering franchises for purchase nationally with the help of Phoenix Global Consulting; a local franchise… Read More →

Governor’s task force making right moves on sales tax
December 8, 2012 by in Blogs | Featured | Politics | Small Biz

One of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s top legislative priorities for 2013 is to simplify our state’s sales tax system.  Our sales tax is so complicated that you might be surprised to learn that Arizona does not technically have a sales tax. Rather, we have a transaction privilege tax (TPT), something that requires… Read More →

Is Your Company Naughty or Nice?


Generally, companies try to stay on their best behavior all year long. But during this holiday season—with decked halls, crowded malls, shrinking bank accounts, and frayed nerves—providing great service is even more critical than usual. Much like Santa, customers have their own “naughty or nice list,” and Ron Kaufman says they won’t hesitate to give… Read More →

Youfit Health Clubs expands in Valley

December 7, 2012 by in Business News | Small Biz | Sports

Youfit Health Clubs is about to open its 8thnew club in the Valley – its second one in Gilbert. And several more are coming soon. Rick Berks, owner of Youfit, has targeted the Valley for expansion – and he’s making good on his promise.  Youfit Health Clubs ( now has 43 clubs in Arizona, Florida,… Read More →

University of Phoenix honored for support of women, minorities

December 6, 2012 by in Business News | Education | Small Biz

University of Phoenix has been recognized by the Arizona Million Dollar Circle of Excellence for its exceptional efforts to support Arizona minority-owned and woman-owned suppliers. The University has been inducted as an inaugural member of the Arizona Million Dollar Circle of Excellence by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (AZHCC). “As an Arizona-based business, we… Read More →

Help to ease Holiday Shopping Customer-Service Worries


As we approach holiday shopping time, many of us start thinking about long lines, frayed nerves and dealing with frazzled customer-service representatives. However, some companies are now taking the time to turn customer-service interactions into a strong point of competitive difference that makes consumers want to come back for more, especially when price and other… Read More →

New Tenants Opening at CityScape Phoenix

CityScape Phoenix
November 19, 2012 by in Business News | Small Biz

Just in time for the holiday season, CityScape Phoenix will welcome three new tenants including Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Brooklynn’s and BC Café  by The Breakfast Club. Potbelly Sandwich Shop, the popular Chicago-based chain, just opened its doors on Nov.13 and occupies a 3,000 square-foot space beside Fuego CityScape along First Street. The restaurant company has… Read More →

Mentor your way to the top

November 18, 2012 by in Business News | Small Biz

We often hear about success stories that begin with some type of mentorship. Whether it be through a formal program or casual guidance from someone more experienced, thriving entrepreneurs usually can point to someone who coached and encouraged them along the way. Long story short, it ultimately contributed to their success. For small business owners,… Read More →

Man Brings Social Media Business to Chandler
November 15, 2012 by in Business News | Marketing | Small Biz

The front of his business card reads, “Poet, world traveler, human being.” The smell of old books and antique belongings emanate throughout Patrick Smith’s apartment. A bottle of prohibition Whiskey sits on display next to an ancient looking hieroglyphic stone. After many years of traveling internationally, Smith, a Chandler resident, has decided to bring his… Read More →