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PHOENIX — Another 24,723 Arizonans filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits this past week.

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TOMBSTONE — Creek Bonner, a 5-year-old from Phoenix, saves his best jeans for family trips to Tombstone. On Saturday the young cowboy, proudly showed off those jeans and his stick pony, Señor Carrots, to “The Town Too Tough to Die.”

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Passwords are the dental floss of the internet. They take precious time to use, everyone hates them, they cause mild discomfort, and the consequence of negligence could spell doom — not immediate doom, but eventual, inevitable doom. Oh, and by the way, China knows your password! Your favorit…

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There are multiple factors that make a business successful on social media. Everybody wants to get engagement, subscribers and conversions, but we often forget the nature of social media is to be social FIRST. This means that the Know-Like-Trust factor matters.

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As the costs of a college education continues to rise, it may be tempting to ask if it is still worth it to get a degree. We all have heard stories of those that get a degree yet still struggle in the job market with their newly acquired student loans in tow. A college degree is obviously va…

The coronavirus pandemic dealt another crushing blow to retailers in April. Now the question is what the sector will look like as the economy reopens — and how much permanent damage has been inflicted.

Ransomware. The word sends chills up your spine; or it should. Ransomware is essentially a cyber criminal holding hostage your digital life in a binary bag. Cyber criminals do this by zipping all your important, irreplaceable files and setting a password on them. The crooks “generously” offe…

Starting a family can be an exciting yet daunting thing. There are many things to think about such as the name, the nursery, and the changes to your routine that will surely come. Not to mention the unknown financial needs that it will bring as well. Especially for new parents, it can be har…

Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation (AREDF) announced that they have been working with The Foreign-Trade Zones Board to expand the service area of Foreign-Trade Zone 139 in Cochise County. The new service area would increase from approximately half of the County to all of the Co…

Dear M & M: I am an owner of a company in Cochise County. I received a Payroll Program (PPP) loan. I have 3 employees. One of my employees refuses to come back to work. They say they can make more money staying home and not working. I need to bring back at least 75% of my workforce and p…

Are you one of those business owners waiting for the “all clear” to be given to the world so things get back to normal? Are you hoping that on that great day you’ll open the doors to your establishment, flip your sign from closed to open and welcome the influx of shoppers with wads of saved-…

Getting a large sum of money can be exciting and stressful at the same time. Most people have never dealt with huge sums of money and not making mistakes can be challenging. And while others believe that a bunch of money will solve all their problems, the lottery has shown that that simply i…

A few months ago I wrote an article about maintaining your home to protect what is the biggest asset for most Americans. While our homes may be our biggest asset, I would argue that they aren’t our most valuable one. Our most valuable asset not only affects our financial lives but every othe…

REGION — It’s not just the toilet paper and Lysol that have become popular during COVID-19; alcohol sales also have skyrocketed as shuttered bars and restaurants around the country have sent patrons to supermarkets, liquor stores and online to buy their spirits.

We are adapting to this new world that we find ourselves in. We are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and following our governor’s directive on Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected but you may still find yourself in a position where you need to buy a new home or sell your home. Real Esta…

You have worked hard your whole career looking forward to a comfortable retirement. You have patiently invested and planned diligently. You are excited to start drawing social security to reap the benefits of years of hard work. But did you know that a huge portion of your social security be…

Maybe you started the year with a solid marketing plan that targeted your ideal customer with precision. You set your business on the right track; things were going great. Sales were increasing, you were gaining followers online and your email list was growing. Then COVID-19 became the preva…