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4 tips to help small business owners survive tax season

A new year brings a new tax season. April 18th is only a few weeks away – D-Day for many small business owners who are filing taxes. Whether you are a sole proprietor or an individual running an organized business entity, filing taxes can be stressful, but the process for small business owners can be… Read More →

Small businesses compete for expansion funds in ASBA contest

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The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) teamed up with Cox Business and 3TV to host the first-ever Small Business Boost Contest. In an effort to drive awareness of the impact small businesses have on the Arizona economy, the contest will reward one small business with a grant to help them expand. The winning small business… Read More →

Small business optimism remains near record high

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Small businesses are excited about a new healthcare law, tax reform and regulatory relief from Washington. According to the February Small Business Optimism Index, small business optimism is at its highest readings in 43 years, despite a .6 point dip to 105.3. The National Federation of Independent Business released its monthly report that shows a… Read More →

Small business optimism rises after election

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Small business optimism saw a boost after the Nov. 8 election, which resulted in Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton, according to a special edition of the monthly National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Index of Small Business Optimism, released Tuesday. The full November index moved up 3.5 points to 98.4, which is just above the 42-year average and… Read More →

How small businesses affect the safety of their communities

Cities, like the people who occupy them, are living things. They grow, they evolve. In the case of Phoenix, this could not be more true. Although communities change, one need rings true throughout all of the phases or forms it might take on: the need for public safety. Communities all over Phoenix undergo change, one… Read More →

Arizona equity crowdfunding boosts small business

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Last April, Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law House Bill 2591. Known as the “Intrastate Offering Exemption”, as a job creation initiative designed to invigorate our state’s economy. This landmark piece of legislation allows Arizona small businesses the ability to sell stock directly to Arizona investors online. This bill makes Equity Crowdfunding available to Arizona… Read More →

Greater Phoenix SCORE names new president

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Greater Phoenix SCORE, a national nonprofit dedicated to mentoring small business owners, selected Jay Gladney as the region’s new president. Gladney took a very non-traditional route to lead the Phoenix-based business organization, spending more than four decades in the U.S. Intelligence Community. Gladney joined Score in April 2013, serving as the vice president for operations before being… Read More →

ASBA helps take small businesses global

The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) next Arizona Speaks event will focus on helping small businesses go global. With 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside the United States, it is crucial for small business owners to become knowledgeable about exportation and the great advantage it can have for their business. “We already know that companies… Read More →

Women of color who own Arizona businesses are on the rise

Jenny Poon is a serial entrepreneur. She runs the business collaborative Co+Hoots, where owners of small businesses, from tea suppliers to software design, share space, ideas and conversation. She created Eeko Studio, a graphic design and marketing agency that recently worked on the branding concept for the Grid Bikes bike sharing program in Phoenix. Poon, the daughter of Chinese-Vietnamese… Read More →

SBA hosts AZ Small Biz Con on May 5

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The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) is celebrating Small Business Week with its Arizona Small Business Conference (AZ Small Biz Con) on May 5th. Officially proclaimed by President Barack Obama on April 29th, Small Business Week will take place from May 1st – May 7th. AZ Small Biz Con will be recognizing the 2016 Small Business Administration… Read More →

Survey: Trump more likely to support small business

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A Cox Business Survey of Arizonans, released Wednesday, found that respondents believed Republican Party front-runner Donald Trump would be more likely to support legislation that would provide more opportunity to small businesses than any other presidential candidate. The blind survey asked 153 Arizonans out of a group of 2,094 Cox customers across the country also… Read More →

How to avoid common small business banking pitfalls

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A Small business comes and goes every day, but what can they do to stay afloat when times get rough? According to Gallup, it is statistically proven that 50 percent of small businesses fail within the first five years. Because of that, it’s smart for small business owners to keep their bankers by their side.… Read More →

Phoenix City Council extends small business program

The Phoenix City Council finance, efficiency, economy and sustainability subcommittee voted unanimously, Wednesday, to extend the Small Business Enterprise Program until July 30, 2020. “The Small Business Enterprise Program provides small business enterprises with opportunities to participate in city construction and purchasing,” said Donald Logan, City of Phoenix equal opportunity director, at a city meeting… Read More →

Meadows Bank brings top-ranked SBA lending to AZ

One of the top ranked Small Business Administration lenders, Meadows Bank, opened up its first Phoenix branch at 2141 East Camelback Road, Suite 100. Meadows has had an SBA loan production office in Phoenix for five years, but the Camelback branch is its first storefront, full-service location offering deposit and conventional loan products in addition to… Read More →