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Additional $425,000 raised for Small Business Relief Fund

Local First Arizona Announces Additional $425,000 in Donations for Small Business Relief Fund From Rural Partners and Local Banks benefiting Arizona’s smallest businesses without access to capital and shut out of federal aid.Phoenix, AZ — Small businesses across Arizona have lost federal dollars to larger companies in urban areas — that …

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Elective Surgeries are back on the schedule after Governor lifts restriction.

On May 1 the Governor announced hospitals could once again begin scheduling elective surgeries. Elective surgeries shouldn’t be considered optional – they’re vital to the health of both individuals and hospitals across the state.  The initial order in Mid-March suspended non-essential or elective surgeries which the Governor’s office broadly defined …

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Arizona governor takes further steps to reopen businesses

Citing “continued positive data trends,” Gov. Doug Ducey announced the next steps Arizona will take in gradually reopening its economy. The governor issued an executive order Monday allowing beauty salons and barber shops to resume their appointment-based services this Friday, May 8. Three days later, restaurants and coffee shops may …

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Frustration with federal funding programs outlined by non-profit director

I’m part of a small business, a nonprofit that serves some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Like most small businesses in our community, we’ve been substantially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are seeing an increase in demand for our support services, and we are working diligently …

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Pinto Valley Mine outlines COVID-19 response planning actions

In a letter to community partners, General Manager Mike Wickersham outlined the steps Pinto Valley Mine is taking to prevent the spread of the virus in their workplace, while supporting employees and optimizing copper production.  Here is the full text:  Dear Community Partners: At Pinto Valley Mine, we continue to …

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Cable company assures public they can handle spike in internet usage

March 27, 2020 – Phoenix, AZ – Whether working from home, taking a class online, tuning into a fitness program, or live streaming a religious service, a reliable internet connection is more essential now than ever – and Sparklight’s network is designed to handle the demand. “We understand the importance of …

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Department of Revenue says taxpayers should ask questions when hiring tax preparers

The Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) says taxpayers need to be mindful when selecting their tax preparers this tax season, because they are ultimately responsible for what is filed, regardless of who prepared the return. According to the IRS, roughly 60 percent of tax filers used tax preparation services in …

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