Record Number of Small Business Owners Report Labor Quality as Top Business Problem


Small business owners continue to struggle to increase their workforce with 29% of owners reporting labor quality as their top business problem in November, a 48-year record high. Ten percent of owners cited labor costs as their top problem, according to NFIB’s monthly jobs report. “Unfortunately, the tight labor market has not eased for small business owners,” … [More]

Tips for Renewal of Arizona TPT Licenses Online

Arizona Department of Revenue

The Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) appreciates that businesses want to renew their Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT) License on time and efficiently. In an effort to assist taxpayers through the process and reduce errors, ADOR has prepared several tips. Businesses with more than one location will not receive a paper form for renewal and must renew their licenses online … [More]

Leading Family-Style Pizza Chain Set to Open In Mesa Before Christmas

Mountain Mike’s

Mountain Mike’s Pizza, a leading family-style pizza chain for more than 40 years, known for its legendary crispy, curly pepperoni, Mountain-sized pizzas, toppings to the edge, and dough made fresh daily, is proud to announce its first restaurant in Arizona will open in Mesa before the end of the year. Located at 849 N. Dobson Rd. in the Mesa Riverview Shopping Center, the new … [More]

Dealership Commits $500K to General Motors to Be One of the First in Arizona to Go Green

Yates Buick GMC

Yates Buick GMC has positioned itself to be at the forefront of the electronic vehicle (EV) transition with a planned investment of $500,000 to General Motors for new equipment, charging stations and to implement training programs. The dealership will also be the first in the region to receive the new all-electric GMC Hummer. “Our initial investment paid for a supercharging … [More]

Local Marketing Tips to Help Businesses Boost Sales

BBB Serving the Pacific Southwest

There are many methods for growing a business, but local marketing is an excellent way to get a foot in the door. Local marketing targets an audience in a specific geographical location. Approximately 93.2% of consumers shop at local merchants within 20 minutes of their homes, according to Access, making local marketing is a smart strategy. Whether you're a small … [More]

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Grants More Than $395K to Help Fight Diabetes

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona’s Mobilize AZ initiative has awarded grants to seven local community organizations, providing funding to help combat diabetes and address social determinants of health. The grants will support projects that improve health outcomes for patients living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, or gestational diabetes, or which impact … [More]

First Commercial Customer Contributes to SRP’s Healthy Forest Initiative


Reducing wildfire risk and restoring the forested watersheds that provide water to about half of the Valley is why company officials at Terracon, an engineering firm, decided to take action. Terracon is the first Salt River Project commercial customer to contribute $10,000 to the SRP Healthy Forest Initiative™ (HFI). “Terracon’s employee-owners are deeply invested in the … [More]

Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Awardees for the 2021 Arizona Innovation Challenge

Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) announced today 10 companies have been selected as Awardees for the 2021 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC). The 10 companies will be added to the Arizona Innovation Challenge portfolio and participate in the ACA's Venture Ready Accelerator, connecting companies with serial entrepreneurs, high-level executives, and subject matter experts. … [More]

3 Tips for Deciding Whether to Accept or Reject an Early Retirement Offer

by Calvin Goetz

You’ve spent years planning and saving for your retirement. And then, out of the blue, your employer hands you an early retirement offer that could change everything. An early retirement offer is a financial incentive to resign when an employer needs to reduce payroll costs. It could be a boon, giving you the freedom to pursue other activities. Or it could be an unwanted … [More]

Weekly Jobless Claims Less Than Expected, Job Market Is Coming Back

U.S. Department of Labor

In the week ending November 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 222,000, an increase of 28,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 5,000 from 199,000 to 194,000. The 4-week moving average was 238,750, a decrease of 12,250 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this … [More]

Private REIT Acquires Self Storage Facility in Phoenix

Strategic Storage Trust

Strategic Storage Trust VI, Inc., a private real estate investment trust sponsored by an affiliate of SmartStop Self Storage REIT, Inc., announced today the acquisition of a newly constructed 650-unit self storage facility in Phoenix, Arizona. This is the fifth acquisition in the newly formed SST VI and the third property owned by SST VI in the Phoenix market. Located at … [More]

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