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SIERRA VISTA — Joe Smendra's telecom and network company with the catchy handle — cleverly named Joe Knows IT — goes out of its way to accommodate busy work schedules for residents needing help or troubleshooting when their Wi-Fi networks and other infrastructure goes kapooey.

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Dear M & M: Do I really need a marketing plan? I was thinking about just taking out a few ads to see if I can get some more business.—  Jan

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HEREFORD — If you’re having trouble jumpstarting the new year fitness resolution you swore you’d definitely follow through with, maybe having your beloved pooch start one might just be the best incentive.

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BENSON — In November 2022, Cochise County’s retail, restaurant and bar, and hotel/motel receipts were up from November 2021, after adjusting for inflation. November’s increases followed six consecutive months of year-over-year decline across the three largest categories of taxable sales countywide.

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Mignonne Hollis, executive director of the Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation, has been elected to serve on the Board of Trustees for the National Small Business Association for 2023.

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SIERRA VISTA — You’ve had hamburgers you’ve loved and would kill for, burgers you’ve hated and would kill the cook for and others trampled with toppings that killed the burger and the bun it rode in on.

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BENSON — In October 2022, Cochise County’s retail, restaurant and bar, and hotel/motel receipts were down from October a year ago, after adjusting for inflation. October was the sixth consecutive month of decline across the three largest categories of taxable sales countywide.

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SIERRA VISTA — Opened since Nov. 1, the big, bright yellow metal building towards the end of Wilcox Avenue with the Mobile Home Depot sign by the curb is as eye-catching as they come.

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It’s a wonderful time of the year! The elections are over, and we are into the holiday season. I love showing houses that are decorated for the season and the smell of freshly baked cookies. Homes sell better when they look and smell good.

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Dear M & M: My employees are very important to the success of my business. What are some questions I should be asking them to see if they are happy here? — John

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SIERRA VISTA — If you’ve always felt you have a flair for floral design but didn’t have a workshop to nourish your creativity, a new business has opened its doors on the city’s east side with a do-it-yourself studio to help spark your talents for flower arrangement.

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SIERRA VISTA — A two-woman operation trying to make inroads in a traditionally male-dominated, home improvement industry is beginning to turn heads in Cochise County since Sierra Vista native KC Bock and Lexi Pennington began their startup business in September.

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BENSON — Cochise County’s unadjusted unemployment rate in October 2022 was 4.5%, the same level as September but up from 3.8% in October 2021, according to data from Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity.