Move Your Business Idea Forward

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Have you ever thought about starting a small business? You can be in the driver’s seat steering toward a rewarding career designed by you. Starting a business in Tucson leads to a better community by providing jobs and the money spent stays in the community. Local businesses also allow consumers to support their “neighbors” who […]

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The Benefits of Thanks

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It is the season of thanks, gratitude, and appreciation. All are wonderful sentiments that many of us struggle with conveying appropriately at times, but at this time of year they loom large in our awareness. Gratitude has often been lauded as a cure for all that ails us. According to Greater Good out of Berkeley, there […]

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Success Story: Michael Ray and Nurse Tree Arch Design

Michael Ray's Nurse-Tree Arch

We love hearing stories of how people are benefiting from the new level of services provided by the Idea+Space at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library. The Idea+Space opened a year ago and has been offering a unique mix of workshops on starting a business, jumpstarting a job hunt, and strengthening nonprofits. Inventor Michael Ray […]

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Jobseekers get creative and inspired

Getting help at Laid Off Camp

Boy, did we have a full house for the library's first Laid Off Camp program in April! The participants at the free all-day workshop included people who had experienced layoffs, as well as recent college graduates, those exploring self-employment, and people looking for a career change. Tucson entrepreneur Tony Ford kicked off the day with an […]

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Selling to the government by winning government contracts

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Based on a presentation by Jim Vickers, Arizona Procurement Technical Assistance Program, Tucson office (AZPTAC), given Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Why should you market your products or services to government agencies?  It's the worlds largest customer, with over 2000 federal agencies. There's nothing they don't buy. The trick is to figure out who's buying what you […]

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Help for women & minorities in business

Pima County Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises The program provides opportunities for certified minority- and woman-owned businesses located in Pima County. Arizona Small, Minority & Women-Owned Businesses Information and Resources from the Arizona Department of Commerce. Also connect with Arizona certification programs for small, minority and women-owned businesses. SBA Online Women's Business CenterFinance, market research, […]

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Researching business statistics & demographics

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American Factfinder Offers search options for creating custom tables based on geographic area and criteria. Arizona Economic Information and Research Arizona Commerce Authority provides demographics, business climate, community profiles and other key economic data. Arizona Workforce Informer Covers and local economy, population, and labor market information. Census Bureau Statistical reports covering business and the general […]

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International trade assistance and information

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My business will be international, so where do I find help? Arizona's Export Assistance Center Arizona's U.S. Export Assistance Centers, a division of the United States Commercial Service, works with firms to build their exports by providing international business development counseling, organizing cost effective business development initiatives, sharing information on foreign markets, identifying international contacts, […]

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Business directories

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Use business directories to locate information on a specific company or to develop a list of potential competitors or customers. Powerful Tools from the Library ReferenceUSA — Business and consumer research tool. Create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, and locate people. Directory of U.S. businesses and residences that can be used to create lists and […]

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CC Financing your business

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Finance & Loans SBA Microloan Program [see link attached at bottom "Participating Intermediary Microlenders Report"] Local lenders for SBA's microloan program which provides loans from $100 to $250,000 to small businesses. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Government-wide compendium of Federal programs, projects, services, and activities which provide assistance or benefits to the American public. […]

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