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Scottsdale expands efforts to support startups

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The City of Scottsdale is expanding efforts in support of its small business and start-up community after being named one of the Top 10 locations to launch a startup.  Scottsdale economic development is working closely to assist local businesses and entrepreneurs grow and develop both locally and globally through a series of workshops, seminars and… Read More →

Women entrepreneurs’ boot camp coming May 7

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Local entrepreneurial women will be able to get powerful, world-class insights and cutting-edge strategies at the 12th Annual Women Entrepreneurs’ Small Business Boot Camp presented by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Phoenix Chapter. “The May 7, full-day conference includes two keynote presentations, nine workshops and resources from 50 sponsors and exhibitors, all… Read More →

Phoenix native launches Carvana, an online vehicles sales site

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When Katrina and Jerry Beckham’s minivan broke down multiple times, they knew it was time for a new vehicle. With three little girls to take care of, the Tennessee couple had to find a reliable way to get around. But Katrina Beckham called going to a car dealership “anxiety inducing.” The couple works full time… Read More →

Arizona business experts praise federal budget deal

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At 2009 pages, the political world has a lot to say today on the federal budget deal posted online in the wee hours of the morning, and one provision in particular has Arizona small-business owners hoping Congress seals the deal on Friday and President Obama signs it. The part of the bipartisan agreement making up… Read More →

Phoenix earns a B- for small business friendliness

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Small business owners gave Phoenix a B- for its business friendliness, ranking it in the top 50% of cities nationwide, according to Thumbtack’s annual Small Business Friendliness Survey. Complete results for Phoenix are published at https://www.thumbtack.com/az/phoenix/. Nearly 18,000 U.S. small business owners responded to this year’s survey, including 476 in Phoenix and 597 in Arizona. The study asked respondents to… Read More →

Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner earns honor

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Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C. has been named the Small Business Honoree of the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce’s 29th Annual Sterling Awards. The Scottsdale Chamber announced this year’s honorees at a ceremony Friday at the Chaparral Suites Resort in Scottsdale. “The Sterling Awards are among the most credible of all business award competitions in the… Read More →

Sky Harbor Named Top Airport for Small Businesses

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Phoenix Sky Harbor International is the number one airport in the country for new small businesses, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General. The goal of the report was to identify which of the nation’s 64 largest airports have been able to successfully incorporate new DBE (Disadvantaged… Read More →

Phoenix a Top 5 City for Small Business

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Phoenix is one of America’s top five cities for creating small business opportunities and opening doors for entrepreneurs according to the National Federation of Independent Business. The national organization cites “Phoenix’s rebounding economy, favorable climate and entrepreneurial culture” as elements that attract small business owners. NFIB specifically recognized the City Council’s recent steps to improve… 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 →

Gateway Bank's "Love Local" to Award $5000 to Small Valley Business

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by in Connections | Events | Lifestyle

The nominations are open and only one Valley business will win. Love Local, a campaign created by Gateway Bank, gives the local community an opportunity to nominate favorite small businesses for a chance to win a portion of Gateway Bank’s own marketing budget (in the form of a $2500 donation), which will be matched by… Read More →

What does the Obamacare mean for small businesses?

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Small-business owners who are anxiously waiting for regulators to finalize rules that will define the three-year-old Affordable Care Act remain uneasy. Their anxiety is justified since they are waiting for rules that will be enacted next year and no one knows what growing pains lie ahead. But they shouldn’t necessarily view the ACA as a… Read More →

Initiative Helps Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

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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 →

USDA Celebrates National Small Business Week With Continued Investments to Help Rural Business Grow

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces $4.7 million in additional investment for rural small businesses Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today kicked off National Small Business Week by highlighting USDA’s actions to help rural small businesses create jobs, get access to capital and spur economic growth. He also announced the selection of recipients for USDA’s Rural Business… 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 →