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A Priority For The Next Governor

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Three of Arizona’s five Democrat members of Congress last week joined all four of their Republican colleagues from the state to accomplish what a similar bipartisan majority in the Arizona Legislature did earlier this year: It loaded a badly needed shot in the arm for the small-business owners who generate almost every new job in… 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 →

W. P. Carey School & SRP Host Small Business Leadership Academy

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Small businesses play a key role in our economic recovery, creating jobs to help get our community back on track. The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is offering a program to help small business owners and executives learn how to improve efficiency, streamline operations and raise profits. The fifth annual… Read More →

The Small Business Year In Review 2011 & Outlook For 2012

Small Business Year In Review
by in Infographics

The Small Business Year In Review 2011 & Outlook For 2012 Being a part of a slow economic recovery can take its toll on anyone, especially those who are trying to maintain and grow a business. Particularly, small business owners have had a lot to overcome throughout 2011, including a credit crunch and general uncertainty… Read More →

Small Business Leadership Academy: Understanding Corp Procurement Practices (Part II)

Small Business Leadership Academy: Understanding Corporate Procurement Practices (Part II)
by in Education | Small Biz

Small Business Leadership Academy: Understanding Corporate Procurement Practices (Part II) One company’s purchasing is another company’s marketing. If small and mid-sized businesses can keep that in mind, they will have discovered one of the secrets of success for a supplier, according to Joseph Carter, the Avnet Professor of Supply Chain Management at the W. P.… Read More →

Small Business Leadership Academy: Understanding Corp Procurement Practices (Part I)

Small Business Leadership Academy
by in Education | Small Biz

Small Business Leadership Academy: Understanding Corporate Procurement Practices (Part I) If you are the owner of a small or medium-size business interacting with a big corporation, you need to know how that company thinks about procurement. That’s what students in the 2011 Small Business Leadership Academy are learning from Joseph Carter, the Avnet Professor of… Read More →

Changing Office Demands In Arizona: Is Office Space Becoming Obsolete?

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by in Real Estate

An estimated 450,000 U.S. office jobs have moved offshore in recent years, and that number will likely grow as high as 3.4 million by 2015, according to a study performed at Columbia University in New York. And those aren’t the only jobs that are vacating U.S. offices. Further research shows that 44 million U.S. workers… Read More →

Scottsdale Area Chamber Of Commerce Gives Out Its Annual Sterling Awards

Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious Sterling Award.
by in Events | Small Biz

Four Scottsdale businesses received the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious Sterling Award.  The 25th annual Sterling Awards were handed out yesterday, Nov. 16, to a packed house at the Scottsdale Resort and Convention Center. The Sterling Award is presented to companies that make Scottsdale a great place to live, work and play. Four teams… Read More →

6 Tips To Launching Your Own Business In A Down Economy

The idea of starting your own business can be frightening with the recession - AZ Business Magazine Nov/Dec 2010

The idea of starting your own business can be frightening, particularly with the recession stubbornly choking the Arizona economy. However, by following a few tips for getting started, launching your own company doesn’t need to be scary. In fact, there are a few advantages to launching a business during an economic downturn. Commercial space is… Read More →

Many Arizona Small Businesses And Banks Say A Federal Loan Program Isn’t Needed

Many Arizona Small Businesses And Banks Say A Federal Loan Program Isn’t Needed - AZ Business Magazine Nov/Dec 2010
by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy | Featured | Finance

President Barack Obama has signed a bill that aims to increase small business lending. But it’s not exactly popular among Arizona’s small companies and community banks. They question whether a multibillion-dollar loan fund created by the legislation will achieve its goal. The Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010 will establish a $30 billion… Read More →

The Buzz on AZNow.Biz – October 12, 2010

Arizona Business Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Janet Perez
by in Columnist Spotlight | Economy | Finance

This week on AZNow.Biz, the University of Arizona’s McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is making it easy for entrepreneurs and small business owners to expand their knowledge with three unique online certificate courses. Our personal finance columnist, Jacob Gold, writes about Americans putting more money into savings and how that benefits the economy. Plus, see some… Read More →

The University of Arizona Brings Online Education To Entrepreneurs

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by in Economy | Small Biz

As the state pulls itself out of the recessionary hole, small business owners and entrepreneurs have to re-think how they get things done. Getting advice from experts is critical, but who has the time? The University of Arizona’s McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the Eller College of Management is making it easy for entrepreneurs and… Read More →

Small Businesses Are Still Waiting For Bank Lending To Thaw

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We are still feeling the effects of the recession that started in fall 2007. When small business owners read financial literature, listen to pundits on television or radio, or visit with their local bankers, they still encounter conflicting information regarding the near- and long-term prospects of both the Arizona and United States economies. Small business… Read More →

Cash Strapped Companies Seek Solutions

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The economic downturn and volatility of the financial markets has left a large number of established businesses with difficulty managing cash flow. Cash-strapped businesses, big and small, are paying their bills more slowly than ever. It’s a cash flow river — or trickle in this case — that flows downhill, impacting the businesses below that… Read More →