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How small businesses affect the safety of their communities

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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

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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

Co-Hoots founder Jenny Poon and Anita Blanco, director of diversity recruitment and engagement at Stanford University at the Women of Color STEM Entreprenurship Conference to encourage women of color to own businesses. (Photo by David Marino Jr./Cronkite News)

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

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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

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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 →

Independent businesses show sales, hiring growth

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Independent businesses experienced healthy sales growth in 2015, buoyed by strong community ties and growing public awareness of the benefits of locally owned businesses, according to a large national survey. The Independent Business Survey, which is conducted by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in partnership with the Advocates for Independent Business and is now in… Read More →

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 →