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UMB Financial finalizes acquisition of Marquette

Vestar Development Investment

UMB Financial Corporation, a $16.7 billion diversified financial holding company, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., has completed the acquisition of Marquette Financial Companies (MFC), a $1.4 billion financial-services company owned by the Pohlad family, in an all-stock transaction. With this deal, UMB has acquired 13 branches in Arizona and Texas, two national specialty lending businesses… Read More →

Shea Homes announces partnership with GE

Reviving the Construction Industry

Shea Homes, the country’s largest privately held builder of new homes, announced its national partnership with GE Appliances. This partnership means Shea Homes design centers in communities across California, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington will now offer a selection of GE appliances to new home buyers. “At Shea… Read More →

Wells Fargo No. 1 SBA lender for Arizona

A Guide to Applying for a Bank Loan

Wells Fargo & Company announced it is the No. 1 Small Business Administration (SBA) 7 (a) lender in Arizona in amount of dollars and number of loans  approved for fiscal year 2014.  Wells Fargo approved $89,034,400 and 197 loans to Arizona businesses from Oct. 1, 2013 and Sept. 30, 2014. “Working with small business owners… Read More →

More than 1,000 enrolled for Starbucks tuition program


Starbucks says more than 1,000 of its workers have enrolled for an upcoming fall semester at Arizona State University to take advantage of a program that helps pay for their tuition. That’s from about 4,000 workers who started the application process, 2,000 who completed it, and 1,800 who were accepted by the school, according to… Read More →

GM Officially Opens Information Technology Center

Chandler Innovation Center

General Motors is adding to its roster of Information Technology Innovation Centers with today’s grand opening of a facility in the Phoenix area. The center, which will enable GM to in-source the company’s innovation capabilities and tap into a pool of new and experienced IT talent, joins innovation centers already operating in Warren, Mich., Austin,… Read More →

Mobile Mini Completes 3 Acquisitions


Mobile Mini, Inc. (Nasdaq GS:MINI) announced it has completed the purchase of the assets and operations of two portable storage businesses with operations in Connecticut, Memphis, Tennessee and Dallas, Texas. Financial terms of the transactions were not disclosed. “We continue to execute on our strategy of making acquisitions in growth markets where we can acquire… Read More →

Fox Enters Juice Market with Launch of Juby True

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Fox Restaurant Concepts has expanded its presence in the thriving health-conscious restaurant market with the opening of Juby True, which stands for “Juice by True,” a juice bar poised to become a multi-unit concept by the end of 2014. FRC, which has 40 restaurants under 13 brands in six states, opened Juby True in October… Read More →

Banner Desert Welcomes Neurosurgeon

Sun Health

Dr. Nevra King, a neurosurgeon, has joined Banner Desert Medical Center. King comes to Phoenix from the United States Air Force where she served as Director of Neurotrauma and staff neurosurgeon at Wilfred Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. King was born and raised in Turkey where she… Read More →

Comerica Bank’s Arizona Index Up in April

Grant Thornton Business Optimism Index

Comerica  Bank’s Arizona Economic Activity Index climbed slightly in April, rising 0.2 percentage points to a level of 95.0. The  April  index  reading  is  23.7 points, or 33 percent, above the index cyclical  low  of 71.3. The index averaged 87.2 points for all of 2012, 8.7 points above the average for full-year 2011. “Our  Arizona… Read More →

HomeSmart International Expands Network into Texas


Real estate firm HomeSmart International continues its nationwide growth with the opening of its newest franchise in Cedar Hill, Texas. Based in Phoenix, HomeSmart began franchising two years ago, offering one of the most attractive business models in the real estate industry. HomeSmart CEO and President Chuck Lemire believes this new partnership will continue the… Read More →

America’s Taco Shop Expands, Plans Future Growth

Americas Taco
by in Business News | Dining | Small Biz

America’s Taco Shop is growing throughout the country with new locations opening in Bethesda, Md., Lake Forest, Calif., Corpus Christi, Texas and inside terminal 4 at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. In late 2012, America’s Taco Shop announced a partnership through Scottsdale-based Kahala, a franchise development company. Led by the vision of entrepreneurial industry… Read More →