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Mesa just launched a new program to help small and micro enterprises. Arizona’s third-largest city is targeting businesses with fewer than 25 employees that are technology challenged or have a hard time getting traditional loans or other resources.
Sep. 14, 2021
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Many Arizonans are left without a financial buffer as unemployment benefits expired this week. But business owners have been anxiously anticipating the end date, hoping the deadline will drive people back to work. The expiration could not come fast enough for some business owners.
Sep. 9, 2021
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Arizona has set up sports gambling in less than 150 days. What starts Thursday is key to an updated compact with tribal nations that took around 2,000 days to negotiate. Also a major part of the deal is that Arizonans don’t have to be inside a casino or venue to make a bet because they can access the sportsbook on their phones.
Sep. 8, 2021
books on shelf one title is antiracist baby
Bookstores across Arizona are bracing for an uncertain fall and holiday season as the publishing industry gets pummeled by the pandemic and labor shortages.
Sep. 7, 2021
Buckeye is offering grants to businesses looking to spruce up their buildings. The city’s Catalyst Program focuses on existing commercial, industrial or mixed-use properties.
Sep. 6, 2021
Mexico’s Senate has unanimously passed a new law banning animal testing for cosmetics. That makes Mexico the 41st country to institute a ban on animal testing for beauty products — the first in North America and the third in Latin America.
Sep. 3, 2021
Marijuana in Mexico
Mexico’s Supreme Court made headlines around the world in late June when it ruled that prohibitions on recreational use of marijuana were unconstitutional. But the legal status of marijuana remains complicated for entrepreneurs in neighboring Sonora who look forward to the possibility of selling the drug legally.
More Fronteras Desk News
Aug. 25, 2021
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Arizona consumers felt better about the state’s economy in the second quarter of this year than they had in a little while.
Aug. 23, 2021
Amazon in Hermosillo
The warehouse will serve Northern Mexico, and provide next-day delivery to Prime customers in several major Sonoran cities, and same-day shipping in Hermosillo.
Aug. 20, 2021
closed barber shop
On its website, the Arizona State Board of Barbers mission statement is “to ensure that the public health safety and welfare is protected from the incompetent practice of barbering.”
Aug. 6, 2021
A display at a Target store
As stores like Target, Lowe’s and Home Depot require masks again for employees, the nation’s biggest retail trade association says vaccination is key to further economic recovery.
Aug. 4, 2021
Retailers could see their best back-to-school season ever. The National Retail Federation expects K through 12 and college purchases to total more than $100 billion.
Jul. 28, 2021
The nation’s largest private employer is expanding educational opportunities for employees. On Tuesday, Walmart announced it will pay 100% of college tuition and books through its Live Better U program.
Jul. 27, 2021
Border Crossing Restrictions
Arizona border communities are dealing with ongoing crossing restrictions, renewed again just this week. And those restrictions have spelled profound changes for businesses and border residents.
Jul. 22, 2021
map shows boundaries of hub
Tempe is gathering public input on ways to improve a key employment corridor. For decades, industrial businesses have enjoyed easy access to the Smith Innovation Hub, a half-square mile area, bounded by Rio Salado Parkway, Loop 101, University Drive and McClintock.
Jul. 20, 2021
Demolition of Paradise Valley Mall
Demolition work has started at the Paradise Valley Mall; it’s expected to continue through the rest of the year. The mall closed earlier this year and the Phoenix City Council approved a redevelopment plan for the 1970s-era shopping center.
Jul. 14, 2021
sign says snakes & lattes on wall surrounded by games and seats
Offering higher wages, retention bonuses and extra time off are some ways employers are dealing with a tight labor market.
More Arizona Business News
Jul. 8, 2021
Phoenix Suns Arena exterior NBA Finals 2021
As Phoenix Suns fever rises, so do ticket prices. Katie Connor with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office says fans looking to score seats should buy from trusted vendors and use credit cards.
Jul. 7, 2021
Help wanted sign
There are reports of some companies and industries struggling to find enough workers and of employees leaving their jobs and being more choosy when looking for a new one. To get a sense of what’s going on in the state’s labor market, The Show spoke with Dave Wells, research director at the Grand Canyon Institute.
Jul. 7, 2021
Despite more people shopping online during the pandemic, one local expert says the future of retail in metro Phoenix is “solid."
Jun. 29, 2021


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