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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 →

Initiative Helps Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

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June 25, 2013 by in Featured | Small Biz

Veterans who own small businesses in Arizona can save up to $3,000 by tapping into a new loan program called VetLoan Advantage. The program, offered by CDC Small Business Finance, features rebates and fee waivers associated with SBA-504 loans (for commercial real estate purchases) and Community Advantage loans for working capital, equipment purchases and other… Read More →

Coup Des Tartes being forced from historic location

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Coup Des Tartes, Phoenix’s longest running and most well known B.Y.O.B. restaurant, is being forced out of its location at 4626 N.  16th Street in Phoenix through no fault of its own. Coup Des Tartes is being offered a 180-day notice as of June 1, 2013 by the new landowners, the Van Tuyl Group, which… Read More →

The ROI of Social Media

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I was never a fan of the cocktail party-variety networking scene. I will never be one to dart around a room shoving business cards into people’s hands. I prefer meaningful conversations with people, getting to know them and vice versa. But social media networking? That’s something different altogether. Done right, it’s never a hit-and-run. Rather,… Read More →

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 →