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Robert J Blaney

5 Ways to Thank Your Local Small Business 

In the middle of a pandemic that has taken so much from us, acts of celebration and sharing hold an even deeper significance.  Although our holidays celebrations will look different this year, our values remain unchanged.  This is a season of caring, a season of giving.  We each look for ways to ease suffering and connect with our […]

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Identifying Resources for Small Businesses

In a time of business uncertainty, of waning government stimulus packages and a resurgence of positive COVID-19 cases, it is good to know what resources are still out there to help restore consumer confidence and stabilize struggling businesses. First, let’s start with what we know to be true based on the direct feedback from businesses […]

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Bonnie Stevens

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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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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Bonnie Stevens

Encouraging Yourself: Can You Go Three More Feet?

Kyle Maynard and his long-time friend and business partner, Joey Leonardo, know all about failure. Before becoming world-class mountaineers, they weren’t even campers. “We didn’t know how to put up a tent,” said Leonardo. Today, they have over-the-top memories of viewing the world from some of the highest peaks. But, getting there took a rocky […]

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Local First Arizona Launches Small Business Relief Fund

As Congress passes a federal pandemic relief package, Local First Arizona is launching a new initiative that will provide immediate financial relief to Arizona’s microenterprises with mini-grants to cover costs like employee payroll and rent. In a news release, the organization states, “immediate cash flow, not loans, will keep the backbone of the Arizona economy […]

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Flagstaff Ranks High for Startups

How important is it for a city to have widespread access to fast internet service? Very important if you are trying to attract start-up business, says BroadbandNow, which ranks Flagstaff eighth in the nation for locations to create a new business. The company considered cost, speed and availability of internet services in cities across the […]

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