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Phoenix earns a B- for small business friendliness belchonock

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 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


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


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


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?


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

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 →

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 →

Small Businesses Slowly Increasing Economic Activity

Arizona Small Business Association seeks new CEO
by in Business News | Economy | Small Biz

Small business owners are showing a willingness to hire more employees amidst signs of expanding business activity, according to the most recent Business Confidence Survey released today by Insperity, Inc., a leading provider of human resources and business performance solutions for America’s best businesses.  More than 40 percent of respondents say they are adding employees,… Read More →

Eastmark Grand Opening Set For June 1 With Full Day of Activities

Rendering of the amphitheater at the Great Park at Eastmark.

  The first new large-scale integrated community to launch in Metro Phoenix in 10 years will hold a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 1 to showcase its first phase of residential homes and the first phase of the Eastmark Great Park. Eastmark, located in the heart of the East Valley,… Read More →

Brewer's sales tax overhaul passes 1st House hearing

Jan Brewer

A proposal that would overhaul Arizona’s complex sales tax collection process got a strong endorsement from business leaders before unanimously passing its first Arizona House committee Monday. The proposal from Gov. Jan Brewer is designed to ease the burden on businesses, and business leaders hailed the bill for its intent of cutting red tape and… Read More →