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Local Economy Boosted by Wine

A proven marketing model is helping the Verde Valley ride out the economic tide on a wave of wine. “We have seen the sales of wine at local vineyards double over previous years’ sales,” said Lana Tolleson, president/CEO of the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce. “No other business has achieved that kind of success.” “In a […]

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Flagstaff Business Rockin’ Local Manufacturing

          Bruce Zinky operates a “cantankerously independent” manufacturing company in Flagstaff. He describes Zinky Electronics LLC as a “strange anomaly,” as compared to other Northern Arizona businesses. “Manufacturing and assembly are an anomaly in an area that has noted ‘tourism’ as the leading industry in recent years. Not putting the knock […]

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Businesses Catering to Pregnant Women

Pregnancies lead to big business. In fact, in the United States, people spend more than $20 billion dollars a year on pregnancy/infant/toddler and preschool age products combined. Let’s face it, like the need for health care, the market for expectant mothers will always be there. In Northern Arizona, there are several companies that cater to […]

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Niles Radio Growing With Flagstaff

On the corner of East and Johnson in Sunnyside, the Niles Radio building has been a familiar sight to Flagstaff residents since 1954. Only a few might be able to tell you what this small, full-service, family-owned telecommunications provider with just 16 employees does, or how it has managed to more than survive, but to […]

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Fitness for New Moms

A Flagstaff business offers new mothers and soon-to-be moms an outlet to not only stretch their legs, but also build friendships and knowledge about parenting. Beth Sabol, owner of Stroller Strides, bought the franchise in June of 2008. It has been described as “group therapy fitness.” “Being a mom – whether it’s your first time […]

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Local Businesses Working With Nonprofits

Flagstaff’s largest private employer, W.L. Gore and Associates, Inc., is setting an example of philanthropy with several programs in place that provide opportunities for employees to give back to the community. The Gore Volunteer Time Program allows employees to take eight hours of paid time each year to work for local non-profits. And when a […]

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Courage Required for Opening Your Own Business

  Wendell and Jennifer Johnson were the epitome of corporate Americans. Theyboth worked in the Phoenix area as engineers. After some time, they left thosepositions and started their energy consulting firm, where he remained for severalyears.    However, they eventually needed another change; they were tired of the Valley andthe rat race. They owned a […]

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