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New Mexico chile gets certified-product safeguards

New Mexico chile gets certified-product safeguards

Independent auditor will decide whether restaurants, others can use a certified logo.

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New Mexico chile gets certified-product safeguards

New Mexico chile gets certified-product safeguards

A new certification program announced Tuesday is aimed at protecting the reputation and integrity of New Mexico-grown chile.

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Why you should have a business plan

The most-asked question of SCORE Southern Arizona mentors is “Why should I have a business plan?”

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Woman critical after drinking chemical-laced tea

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman drank sweet tea containing a toxic cleaning chemical, severely burning her mouth and throat, at a Utah restaurant after an employee mistook the substance for sugar and mixed it into a dispenser, the woman's attorney said Thursday.

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What to include in your employee handbook

What to include in your employee handbook

A good employee handbook can be a valuable tool for your staff.

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Search-engine savvy can boost visibility

Why should you care about customers finding your small business online?

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Online business can be lucrative but takes work

Getting public to notice a new site requires much work.

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Biz tip: Consider an encore-entrepreneur career

Young whippersnappers aren’t the only clients of SCORE mentors as more than 17 percent of the population in Pima County is 65 or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Biz tip: Consider Facebook for your small business

In a community where relationships and networking are so important, it is natural for small businesses in Southern Arizona to add a Facebook page to their marketing strategy, especially if members of their target market also subscribe to Facebook.

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Crowdfunding your startup takes some work

One of the most commonly asked questions by clients of our SCORE mentors is “How do I get financing when the banks won’t talk to me as a startup?”

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Loan help available for women business owners

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 30 percent of the firms in Pima County are owned by women.

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Biz tip of the week: How to work better with millennials

All older generations seem to disparage the youngest generation and today’s millennials (ages 18-29) are no exception.

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Structure key for entrepreneurial couples

Entrepreneurial couples are quite common. Small businesses owned and run by couples provide the foundation for convenient and cost-effective business ventures when the marriage is sound.

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Write a blog to reach your largest audience

Blogs (or weblogs) provide small business owners with ways to reach large audiences that their websites can’t do.

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Buying a business has pluses, but do your homework

Thinking about buying an existing business rather than starting from scratch? One website,, lists more than 30 businesses for sale in Tucson.

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Tapping into the growing Hispanic market

Southern Arizona used to be part of Mexico before the Gadsden Purchase of 1854.

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Q&A: Helping Tucson businesses is her business

Q&A: Helping Tucson businesses is her business

Ellen Kirton, director of MAC Small Business Development Center in Tucson, received the 2014 Arizona Small Business Development Center of Excellence award this month from the U.S. Small Business Association.

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'Greening up' your small business

From windmills and adobe in the last centuries to solar and recycling now — green businesses aren’t new to Arizona.

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Financing the deal is one option for selling a business

With 42,100 businesses in Tucson and 11.9 percent of the population over 65, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, it seems reasonable that some local entrepreneurs may be selling their businesses.

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Veterans who want to start small businesses have ‘wingmen’

“We’ll be their wingman … offering free counseling, contracting opportunities and access to capital,” said the new administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), Maria Contreras-Sweet, after visiting a “Boots to Business: From Service to Start-Up” class recently.

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