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Sales add up with card readers, paired with tablets or phones

"We'd definitely lose business if we didn't take credit cards in the tap room," says Tristan White, co-founder of Tucson's Dragoon Brewing.

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SCORE's ship righted, and small firms benefit

SCORE's ship righted, and small firms benefit

Jim and Valerie Wright needed help reorganizing their popcorn business to cope with a down economy and drive growth.

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SCORE's ship righted, and small firms benefit

SCORE's ship righted, and small firms benefit

A facade detail by Concrete Designs at Stone and Pennington downtown.

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SCORE's ship righted, and small firms benefit

SCORE's ship righted, and small firms benefit

Nathan Hartzell

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SCORE's ship righted, and small firms benefit

SCORE's ship righted, and small firms benefit

Concrete Design's Rodrigo Hernandez uses acid etching for a limestone finish. When the business was slated for closure by its national parent, SCORE helped arrange for an employee buyout and ownership transfer, keeping the firm alive. It's located at 3650 S. Broadmont Drive, near East Ajo Wa…

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SCORE's ship righted, and small firms benefit

SCORE's ship righted, and small firms benefit

Jamie Sosa, with Concrete Designs, pounds out a form for a fireplace facade. With help from the consulting group SCORE, Nathan Hartzell and Deby Wiest arranged to buy the business.

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SCORE's ship righted, and small firms benefit

SCORE's ship righted, and small firms benefit

Valerie Wright

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SCORE's ship righted, and small firms benefit

SCORE's ship righted, and small firms benefit

Jim Wright

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SCORE's ship righted, and small firms benefit

SCORE's ship righted, and small firms benefit

Deby Wiest

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SCORE's ship righted, and small firms benefit

SCORE's ship righted, and small firms benefit

Ralph Hershberger

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Small firms don't have to go it alone

Small firms don't have to go it alone

"They helped me position myself to get together a banking package," said Donna DiFiore, who is revamping her Delectables Restaurant on Fourth Avenue. Above, Jesus Velazquez of Hidden Hollow Construction works on the restaurant's expanded bar area.

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Small firms don't have to go it alone

Small firms don't have to go it alone

New chief of micro business center

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Small firms don't have to go it alone

Small firms don't have to go it alone

Andres Tepaz, a chef at Delectables, works in the restaurant's newly expanded kitchen to prep for the day. The Small Business Development Center helped the owner win a bank loan to finance the improvements.

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Small firms don't have to go it alone

Small firms don't have to go it alone

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Small firms don't have to go it alone

Small firms don't have to go it alone

The last couple of years have brought major changes to Tucson's Microbusiness Advancement Center, including the addition of the Small Business Development Center and more recently, a change in top management.

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Hirsh's Shoes stands apart with its focus on aching feet

Hirsh's Shoes stands apart with its focus on aching feet

Sid Hirsh, right, who has been in the shoe business at his Broadway and Country Club location for years, helps his brother Bob find a new pair. Hirsh's Shoes specializes in dancing shoes and in expert fittings.

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Hirsh's Shoes stands apart with its focus on aching feet

Hirsh's Shoes stands apart with its focus on aching feet

Sid Hirsh, right, who has been in the shoe business at his Broadway and Country Club location for years, helps his brother Bob find a new pair. Hirsh's Shoes specializes in dancing shoes and in expert fittings.

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Hirsh's Shoes stands apart with its focus on aching feet

Hirsh's Shoes stands apart with its focus on aching feet

Customer Rowena Lovely tries on a pair of sandals with the help of Earl Sher at Hirsh's Shoes at Broadway and Country Club Road. Owner Sid Hirsh says his business is rebounding to pre-recession levels.

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Hirsh's Shoes stands apart with its focus on aching feet

Hirsh's Shoes stands apart with its focus on aching feet

Aching feet rarely wait, becoming intolerable quickly, and so Hirsh's Shoes has done a brisk business, even during the recession.

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