Now Sowing: Lettuce (Jan~Feb, Sept~Nov)

Lettuce seeds in the catalog Common Name: Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) Seed Saving Level: Easy: Perfect, self-pollinating flowers. Little out-crossing with lettuce so isolation is not a big concern. Varieties: Loose-head varieties—butter-head or Boston—will mature in 60-75 days. Loose-leaf varieties, suited for cut-and-come again harvests, mature in 40-60 days. Romaine varieties, with long narrow leaves and…
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Selling to the government by winning government contracts

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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Why Many Businesses Fail

Wondering what causes businesses to fail?  Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur who wants to improve the likelihood of success for your business?  If so, then read on. There are many reasons that small businesses fail.  If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur, you may have encountered or at least contemplated…
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Developing Your Employee Base

Your employees are who your customers see when they enter your building.  Employees answer the phones and are responsible for making that all-important first impression.  While advertising brings potential customers to your business, being greeted by a friendly, helpful, understanding employee can keep customers coming back.  Here are some tips to help you “find” these…
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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

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

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

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 Help starting a business

Here is our shortlist of authoritative, helpful sites to explore. BusinessUSA Provides a step-by-step guide to starting and growing a business, learning about financing opportunities, federal contracts, resources for veterans, employees, health care changes, hiring employees and more. Startup Basics (SBA) Provides practical, authoritative guidance for the new entrepreneur. Take the SBA Entrepreneurship Online Course…
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