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Twin Arrows Casino Nearing Completion

The $175 million Twin Arrows, Casino Resort near Flagstaff is nearing completion. “Everything is on schedule to open late spring or early summer 2013,” said Raymond Etcitty, general counsel and acting COO of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise. Now, he says, it is just a matter of hiring and training the estimated 800 employees it […]

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Credit Union Utilizing Latest Technology

Mobile banking arrived at Coconino Federal Credit Union on Sept. 19, making it the very first local bank to offer the service. Jennifer Harris, president and CEO of the credit union, is excited about the new technology. “Mobile banking allows our customer members to access their accounts 24/7 from their cell phones,” she said. “They […]

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A Born Entrepreneur

Mike Funk, owner of Fire Creek Coffee, has had a lot of careers. “I was that kid who banged his head against the wall wanting to be an entrepreneur,” he said. “I had many different companies, like futon stores. I built and sold futons. I built coffee carts. I had a promotional company that had […]

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Making a Business Online

Several years ago, a friend told Dan Gitomer that a person could make a living selling things on eBay. He remembers thinking the notion was pretty funny. “I laughed because he is always doing schemes all the time,” Gitomer said. Now, more than a decade later, he has learned his friend was right. Gitpmer is […]

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The Business of Beauty

At least half of the due diligence is complete when you have been a happy client of a business you decide to buy. That is how it happened for Leona Bix, the owner of Flagstaff Face & Body. “I had been a client of the company,” Bix said. “I told them if they ever considered […]

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Running Flagstaff Store for 37 Years

People often say “Wow!” when they walk into HomCo Ace Hardware for the first time, says Mike Brackin, the store’s owner. “They are surprised about how big our store is, the color on the walls, the color on the floors. It’s not a stale, dull store. It’s alive,” he said. “We are trying to give […]

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Downtown Shop Offering Local History

Jeffrey Bonner says he has a lot of fun teaching today’s high-tech kids how to use the old-fashioned bottle opener affixed to the wall of his store. “We had to teach about 500 kids how to use it. I enjoy teaching them. They think it’s crazy. They get a big kick out of it. They […]

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