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Marketing During the Pandemic

Social media professionals say businesses that have been effectively employing web marketing and communications have benefited from the pandemic lockdown’s 20 to 30% jump in online consumption. “Businesses large and small with internet and social media presence have reaped the rewards of gaining more exposure during COVID-19,” said Northern AZ Social Owner and Marketing Strategist […]

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BBB Pacific Southwest Announces Greater Arizona’s 2020 Torch Awards for Ethics Winners

Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest (BBB) has named six winning companies for their 2020 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics for Greater Arizona, sponsored by Desert Financial Credit Union. The distinguished award raises awareness in marketplace ethics and honors businesses that operate with integrity. Exemplary businesses have displayed an outstanding level of ethics throughout […]

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Local Highgate Senior Living Community Opens New Information Center

Seniors and their loved ones of Flagstaff now have a great local resource for information on all aspects of senior living. Highgate Senior Living opened a premier information center for the Highgate of Flagstaff community. Highgate at Flagstaff Information Center opens at 617 North Humphreys Street, Suite 101 in Flagstaff, AZ 86001. Josh Bryant, Highgate […]

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Applications for Arizona Small Business Rent and Mortgage Relief Grants Reopen Oct. 8

In August, the Governor’s Office partnered with Local First Arizona Foundation to launch the Arizona Small Business Rent and Mortgage Relief Grant program and distribute $10 million in grants to small businesses who were required to shutter their doors during this pandemic. Starting Oct. 8, 2020, at 2 p.m., applications will reopen for gyms, fitness […]

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Deadline Approaching in Arizona for  SBA Working Capital Loans Due to Drought

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded small nonfarm businesses in eight Arizona counties and neighboring counties in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah of the Nov. 7, 2020, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury. These low-interest loans are to offset […]

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Letters We Will Never Send

The teddy bear cholla sure sounds cuddly, but don’t let it fool you. The spines on these prolific desert plants are often barbed, like a little fishhook. The cactus itself grows in a collection of smaller pieces. The pieces easily disconnect from the main stem and their needles are designed to catch and hold onto […]

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Enlisting a Mentor in Uncertain Times

One of the big challenges with COVID-19 is there’s no playbook for how to operate a business during a pandemic. “It’s being written in real time,” said entrepreneur and author Mark Timm. “We need mentors more than ever in our life.” Kevin Harrington, one of the original sharks on the television program “Shark Tank,” recalled […]

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SBA Visits Flagstaff Businesses Served Through the Paycheck Protection Program

The COVID-19 era has put a financial strain on businesses across the country, with company leaders scrambling to come up with funds to cover the cost of operations, including paying employees. One major source of funding for companies – including several in Northern Arizona – has been the United States Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck […]

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Promoting Businesses from the Canyon

Though the rural setting of the South Rim of Grand Canyon Village can pose a few minor setbacks for running a media consulting business, the good far outweighs the bad for Elise Burnette. “High-speed internet is the only thing I miss,” said Burnette. “Sometimes I have to head to Flagstaff in the middle of a project […]

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On a Roll

Tony Carcoba feared the pandemic would crush his electric bike rental business. Opened on July 4, 2019, Prescott Ebike was slowly gaining awareness and popularity when COVID-19 rolled in. With the uncertainty of the new virus, Carcoba closed the business through much of spring. He opened again June 1, confident that he could offer a […]

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