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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
Phoenix leaders will consider adding interactive digital kiosks on city sidewalks and public spaces.
Sep. 10, 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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State Treasurer Kimberly Yee announced Tuesday that she is selling off all of the state's notes it holds in loans to Unilever. That follows the announcement that the company will no longer sell its Ben & Jerry's brand ice cream in Israeli-occupied territories.
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
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New research shows how COVID-19's impact on holiday dining. According to marketing software company Zenreach, Memorial Day saw a 100% increase in foot traffic this year compared to last.
Sep. 6, 2021
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Prior to the pandemic, restaurants operated on razor-thin profit margins, so maximizing the profitability of every table, chair and square foot of the business space is key to keeping an operation afloat. The challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic have forced traditional business models to accommodate social distancing while maintaining the maximum dining capacity. One of the solutions is the “streatery.”
Sep. 1, 2021
A sign on a Phoenix restaurant advertises open positions
Arizona restaurants are still working to recover from losses brought on by the pandemic, including the loss of employees. Summer is usually the slowest time for Arizona businesses, as people try to escape the heat by leaving the state.
Aug. 8, 2021
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While traffic has picked up at many Valley restaurants, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re doing well financially. And some local independent restaurant owners are counting on Congress for help.
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Aug. 6, 2021
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A James Beard Award-winning Arizona chef is facing harsh criticism after she announced that her restaurant they will require their guests to show proof of vaccination to eat there.
Aug. 5, 2021
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Phoenix Public Library is offering new programs for entrepreneurs with specific interests.
Jul. 31, 2021
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A unique redevelopment opportunity has Phoenix trying something new. The city wants to turn a former firehouse at the corner of First and Moreland streets into a full-service restaurant.
Jul. 14, 2021
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Offering higher wages, retention bonuses and extra time off are some ways employers are dealing with a tight labor market.
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Jul. 8, 2021
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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
 Danny Upshaw's wheat paste mural is titled "Uncontained Harmony"
Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation offers key takeaways from recent survey.
Jun. 19, 2021
“Another Avenue” is a master’s thesis project by ASU student Ryan Krebs. He shot the documentary over two weeks this winter while walking up and down Central Avenue. It’s an intimate portrait of an ever-changing landscape.
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May. 22, 2021
More 320,000 private sector jobs in Arizona have been lost since February 2020 — and so far only 78% of them have been recovered. Because shopping habits changed during the pandemic to be more online focused, the trade and transportation sector had been growing.
May. 21, 2021
A sign on a Phoenix restaurant advertises open positions
As more people are getting vaccinated, restaurants around the Valley are filling up. But it has been a rough year for the restaurant industry. So where are we now? And are we anywhere near getting back the culinary momentum we saw pre-pandemic?
May. 19, 2021
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The metro Phoenix dining scene has diversified dramatically in recent years, and a new generation of star chefs, bartenders, and mixologists has emerged. But in a sign that the talent expansion hasn’t happened overnight, we’re seeing some comeback stories.
May. 18, 2021
Sonoran restaurants are set to start promoting the regional agave spirit Bacanora. For many, boosting its profile on local menus a matter of pride.
May. 14, 2021


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