Friday, September 11, 2015

Arizona Trail Celebration Weekend


The Arizona Trail Association is having our big celebration weekend in Flagstaff, and I was wondering if it would be possible for you to post on your social media channels about it. Eddie Bauer is hosting a social event where I’ll be giving a talk at 8pm on Friday, the big Trail Day celebration is from 10-2 on Saturday at Buffalo Park, and the Arizona premiere of the movie Unbranded on Sunday at 7pm at the Orpheum theater.


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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Flagstaff Clinic of Naturopathic Medicine hosting open house, heart screenings Sept. 11


The Flagstaff Clinic of Naturopathic Medicine is hosting an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, at their clinic located at 809 N. Humphreys St. in Flagstaff. The public is invited to tour the clinic, meet the physicians and clinicians and learn more about naturopathic medicine. Additionally, heart screenings are available by appointment from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; walk-in appointments as available.

The informative and interactive event includes light refreshments, free chair massages, a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. with the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, an opportunity for guests to learn more about and try the clinic’s hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, and heart screenings.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) enhances the body’s natural healing process through inhalation of 100-percent oxygen while in a total body chamber. It is a simple, non-invasive and painless treatment used for a wide variety of conditions such as stroke, cerebral palsy, head injuries and chronic fatigue.
Additionally, the clinic will offer heart screenings for children and adults on Sept. 11. The screenings are provided by the Anthony Bates Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives by helping prevent sudden cardiac arrest from a condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or HCM. About one out of every 500 people have HCM. It affects men and women equally and is a common cause of sudden cardiac arrest in young people including young athletes.

The evaluation includes an ultrasound, comprehensive echocardiogram or electrocardiogram, commonly known as an EKG or ECG. These tests check for problems with the electrical activity of the heart. HCM disrupts the electrical circuits of the heart, which causes the heart to stop beating resulting in sudden cardiac arrest.

To schedule a heart screening appointment at the clinic on Sept. 11, call the Anthony Bates Foundation at 602-482-5606 or go to The screenings are free; donations are appreciated.

Established in 1986, The Flagstaff Clinic of Naturopathic Medicine is the oldest naturopathic clinic in Flagstaff. The clinic offers complete family healthcare through the use of natural therapies. For more information on the Flagstaff Clinic of Naturopathic Medicine or the open house and screenings, call 928-774-1770, visit or like on Facebook at

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Good Morning Flagstaff with NAU Athletics

Good Morning Flagstaff with NAU Athletics

Are you ready for another season of Lumberjack football!?!?

Get excited by attending Good Morning Flagstaff taking place next Thursday, September 10 at 7:30 am at the NAU Walkup Skydome when we celebrate all things business and the 100th Anniversary of NAU Football. There’ll be coaches, the band, Louie, pom poms, prizes and many businesses to meet. Title Sponsor Twin Arrows Casino Resort will bring us up to date on their latest news, and you will supercharge your customer base and interact with dozens of business leaders.

Join the Chamber, Twin Arrows Casino Resort and NAU Athletics for the most exciting Good Morning Flagstaff of the year for breakfast and networking in the NAU Walkup Skydome. Visit the Good Morning Flagstaff page to register today.

Thursday, September 10, 2015 doors open at 7:00 am

NAU Walkup Skydome (Parking to the south of the dome)

$20 for members / $30 for prospective members

All are welcome. We are getting close to seating capacity so register today; you don’t want to miss this!

Sponsored by:

Title Sponsor Twin Arrows Casino Resort

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Chamber University – Let’s Put Flagstaff on the Map

Chamber University


Let’s Put Flagstaff on the Map

by Nick Allen of Sublime Dzine and Greater Flagstaff Chamber

Greater Flagstaff Chamber to host Let’s Put Flagstaff on the Map workshop to help small businesses succeed on the web

The Greater Flagstaff Chamber is helping small businesses grow their presence online with a Let’s Put Flagstaff on the Map workshop, which will feature a lesson about how to get found on Google Search and Maps. The workshop will be hosted on Wednesday September 30th at the Greater Flagstaff Chamber from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m..

Let’s Put Flagstaff on the Map is part of Google’s Get Your Business Online program and aims to bring community members, business owners, and civic leaders together to help small businesses succeed on the web.

AZ-Flagstaff“4 out of 5 consumers use search engines to find local information nearby, yet only 37% of businesses have claimed their listing on a search engine,” says Soo Young Kim, Head of Small Business Engagement at Google. “Small businesses are the engine of local economies and when they flourish, their communities do as well.”

Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map is a program designed to empower communities to support their local businesses and encourage them to get on the map. Local businesses keep our communities strong; when we help them succeed on the web, they make our communities even stronger. This Chamber University workshop is a Google presentation hosted by the Greater Flagstaff Chamber. Visit to learn more about the program and get involved.

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About Get Your Business Online
Get Your Business Online is a fast, easy, and free way for small businesses to get online. While 97% of consumers look online for local products and services, 55% of small businesses do not have a website. Get Your Business Online provides small businesses with a free website as well as free tools, training, and resources to help their business succeed online.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Historic Clark Telescope to Reopen

After nearly 2 years the Clark telescope is back and ready for action.

Flagstaff, Az- Lowell Observatory’s historic Clark Telescope will soon return to tour operations after a 20-month-long renovation project. The Observatory will add the Clark back to its day time tour schedule on September 5. Lowell will host a first light opening on October 3 to which the public is invited to come view through the telescope in the evening. This will feature family-friendly activities, a rededication ceremony, and viewing through the Clark after dark, weather permitting.

The Clark had been a mainstay of the visitor experience to Lowell for decades, but the constant heavy use resulted in parts wearing out. By 2013, the instrument was in danger of permanent damage if corrective measures weren’t taken, so the Observatory undertook a fundraising campaign to support a complete renovation of the telescope and the dome that houses it.

Led by major donations from philanthropists Joe Orr and the Toomey Foundation for the Natural Sciences, plus a crowdfunding effort, the Observatory raised nearly $300,000 to complete the work.

Samantha Christensen played a lead role in the fundraising effort and now serves as the Observatory’s Outreach Manager. She said, “The Clark was in desperate need of repair and the community at large really came together to support this project.”

Led by Lowell’s Director of Technical Services Ralph Nye, a crew removed the telescope and examined every part, down to the nuts and bolts. Their two-part goal was to return all parts to working order while cleaning and beautifying the facility. They repaired or replaced components as needed and reassembled the instrument in the dome, which also saw major repairs. The telescope now works better than when it was first built and the entire facility sparkle.

Lowell Observatory Director Jeffrey Hall said, “Hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed the opportunity to peer through the Clark in the past. We are pleased to complete this much-needed renovation so many more in the future can experience this treasure.”

Observatory founder Percival Lowell commissioned the eminent optician and telescope maker, Alvan G. Clark, to build the Clark in 1896. The final product cost Lowell $20,000 and was one of the best refracting telescopes ever made.

For decades, the telescope was used for major astronomical research, including Percival Lowell’s controversial studies of Mars, V.M. Slipher’s first detection of the expanding nature of the universe, and mapping the moon for the Apollo program. It played a secondary role in the discovery of Pluto and was used by astronauts as they trained for moon mission.

In recent decades, the Clark had been used for the Observatory’s public programs, allowing every guest to tour it during the day and view through it at night.

Lowell historian Kevin Schindler said, “The Clark’s scientific, historical, and cultural importance is staggering. It has played a major role in understanding the universe around us, first as a research instrument and later as an educational tool. Now that it is reopened, its legacy of inspiring and educating the public can continue.”

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Creating a Mission and a Vision for your Business

Several free classes for people wishing to start or expand their businesses are being held this month at the Market of Dreams.  Each Tuesday’s class is in English; the same class is repeated Wednesdays in Spanish.  All classes are from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.  No pre-enrollment is required.
Creating a Mission and Vision for your Business–Tuesday, August 11 & Wednesday, August 12
What makes your business different from the rest?–Tuesday, August 18 & Wednesday, August 19
Analyzing your market & understanding your competition–Tuesday August 25 & Wednesday, August 26
The instructor, Maria Castillo, has a B.A. in business administration and many years of teaching experience. She grew up working with family members in small businesses.  These classes are possible due to a partnership with the greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and funding from the U.S. Small Business Association. 
The Market of Dreams is at 2532 E. 7th Avenue, Flagstaff.  

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Monday, August 3, 2015

4FRI Thinning Project on Coconino NF Began Today

4FRI thinning project on Coconino National Forest began today.

Flagstaff, AZ., Aug 3, 2015, For Immediate Release — A 1,017-acre forest thinning project associated with the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) began today on the Flagstaff Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest.

The Weatherford Task Order is north of Flagstaff, east of Highway 89 and part of the 4FRI Phase One Stewardship Contract held by Good Earth Power AZ LLC.

Weatherford-TO-Map“This is the first Four Forest Restoration Initiative task order to be implemented on the Coconino National Forest,” said Mike Elson, district ranger for the Flagstaff Ranger District. “It is appropriate that it is located within an area adjacent to the Schultz fire, which is a stark reminder of why this work is so important.”

Work will be ongoing throughout the season as weather and conditions allow, and logs will be hauled out of the area via Forest Roads 420 ( Schultz Pass Road), 865, and 556 (Little Elden Springs Road).

The Elden Springs Horse Camp, Deer Hill Trail, and Little Elden Trail are within the area and may be closed at times for public safety. Visitors are urged to abide by on-the-ground closures.

No road closures will be in place due to this activity, but delays are possible. When driving on roads used as haul routes, stay to the right and give logging trucks the right of way. When following a logging truck, be aware that bark, mud, and gravel may fall from the truck.

The goal of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative is to accelerate the pace and scale of restoration within 2.4 million acres of ponderosa pine forest in northern Arizona to increase the resilience and proper functioning.  Restoring this fire-adapted ecosystem is accomplished with a suite of restoration activities – from watershed maintenance and habitat improvements to prescribed burning and thinning.

The progress of thinning, fire, and project planning efforts are recorded in Monthly Restoration Updates available on the 4FRI website at

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Arizona Snowbowl to Add First New Chairlift in 30 Years

Arizona Snowbowl to Add First New Chairlift in 30 Years
Resort Officials Unveil Plan for Additional Lifts in the Future

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Resort officials announced today that Arizona’s most popular ski resort, Arizona Snowbowl, will build the ski area’s first new chairlift in 30 years this summer. Part of a massive $10 million multi-resort capital campaign and slated to open for Christmas 2015, the new lift will provide direct access to some of the mountain’s newest and best terrain.

Named after Humphreys Peak, the highest summit in Arizona and part of the San Francisco Peaks above Snowbowl, Humphreys Peak Lift is the resort’s first quad, a chairlift that accommodates four guests per chair. It will span over a half-mile with a vertical rise of 775 feet and serve popular intermediate trails built in 2011, including Route 66, Pluto and Dutchman.

As part of today’s announcement, general partner Eric Borowsky said that James Coleman, managing partner of Purgatory Resort of Durango, Colorado; Pajarito Mountain of Los Alamos, New Mexico; and Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort near Taos, New Mexico; has become a partner in the existing Snowbowl partnership.

“Together, with James Coleman and Snowbowl general manager J.R. Murray, our team has already been hard at work to expand and build upon the tremendous success at Arizona Snowbowl, and today’s announcement only accelerates our plans for the future of this resort,” Borowsky said.

Coleman said Snowbowl’s new lift and the snowmaking projects will account for around $2 million of this summer’s $10 million capital campaign, which will add significant mountain improvements across the four southwest resorts. Snowbowl and Sipapu are building new quad chairlifts and Purgatory will replace the Legend’s Lift with a high-speed detachable quad. All four ski areas are adding new trails and improving snowmaking infrastructure.

“Eric Borowsky pioneered one of the most progressive and innovative snowmaking systems in the country to secure the future of the Snowbowl,” Coleman said. “As we look to the upcoming winter and beyond, we are focusing on creating an even better mountain experience for our guests with the installation of the new Humphreys Peak Lift and future high-speed lifts.”

The Humphreys Peak Lift is the first of several new chairlifts planned at Snowbowl. The next lift on the docket is the Grand Canyon Express, Snowbowl’s first high-speed lift. Engineering and planning for the approved Grand Canyon Express, which will serve 90% of the terrain currently served by the popular Agassiz lift, is currently underway, and mountain crews are adding snowmaking infrastructure to support the future lift. An opening date for the new Grand Canyons lift has not been announced.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Colorado River Day this Saturday


 A Celebration of a Most Precious Resource

Saturday, July 25th is Colorado River Day marking the 94th anniversary of the Grand River being officially renamed the Colorado River in 1921. The Colorado River stretches for 1,450 miles from the central Rocky Mountains in the U.S. in a southwesterly direction across the Colorado Plateau to Lake Mead, before turning south into Mexico, emptying into the Gulf of California between Baja California and Sonora. Known for its dramatic canyons and whitewater rapids, the Colorado River is a vital source of water for agricultural and urban areas in seven U.S. and two Mexican states. The Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce continues to work with corporate executives, water strategists and political leaders to share innovations, best practices and challenges on water conservation and sustainability to preserve the river.

A large portion of Flagstaff’s economy revolves around the direct and indirect positive benefits our community receives from the Colorado River. People travel from all over the world to take their first or tenth trip down the Colorado and use Flagstaff as their base of operations. We have fifteen non-consumptive river running operators that generate $37.5 million annually into our local economy. Flagstaff outfitters pay $2.4 million a year in franchise fees to the National Park Service. The indirect positive economic value is realized in full hotels and restaurants as well as grocery, fuel and other outdoor recreation supply companies which are valued business members of the Greater Flagstaff Chamber.

protectFlowsAccording to one of our partner organizations Protect the Flows, ( the Colorado River would be the 19th largest employer on the Fortune 500 and creates $10.4 Billion in annual earnings, salaries, and wages while supporting 234,000 jobs across Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. A 2014 study from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University estimated impact of Colorado River water loss for the entire Basin Region Economy to be at $1.4 Trillion.

This is a stark reminder of the importance of working together to find sustainable solutions in order to deal with the decade long drought while Lake Mead is at historic low levels. The enormous positives require us to be responsible stewards of this most precious resource.


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Thursday, July 23, 2015

2015 Suddenlink Teacher Supply Drive

On its fourth year, the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce and Suddenlink strengthen their partnership to host the community-wide drive to provide much-needed classroom supplies to Flagstaff K-12 teachers at the beginning of school year.

The Chamber also invigorates the Business Donor Program in which businesses and organizations have the opportunity to conduct drive in  their offices/ businesses, donate specific branded items, or match cash donations.   So far 21 businesses/organizations  support the Teacher Supply Drive by gathering supplies for teachers in their respective businesses, Business Donor Program. Boxes are available for pick up at the Chamber. Donated items can be dropped off at either Walmart stores or Sam’s Club during the drive on August 5-8.

Teacher Supply Drive partners include Suddenlink, Coca-Cola, Primetime Athletics, and Grenax Broadcasting. The drive on August 5-8 is taking place at Sam’s Club and the two Walmart stores.

Flagstaff Teacher Supply DriveAs in previous years, the tremendous success of the drive is also attributed to the support of over 100 volunteers who help in many ways during the drive and distribution.  The supply drive last year gathered over $40,000 in supplies and distributed to Flagstaff K-12teachers.  Be a part of this community-wide drive by volunteering. Online Volunteer Sign up is at

Share the Facebook event page on Teacher Supply Drive via the Chamber’s page

To participate in the Business Donor Program, sign up to volunteer and more info, please contact

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Messages & more earns 11th consecutive ATSI Award of Excellence

Outstanding Service Earns Award of Excellence – eleven time award winner Messages & more, Inc. wins coveted ATSI Award of Excellence

Messages & more, Inc. has been honored with the exclusive ATSI 2015 Award of Excellence for the 11th consecutive year. This award is presented annually by the Association of TeleServices International (ATSI), the industry’s Trade Association for providers of telecommunications and call center services including telephone answering and message de-livery across North America and the UK. Messages & more was presented with the award at ATSI’s 2015 Annual Convention held at Hilton Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA.

“This honor speaks to the quality of our team AND the overall consistency of our team – we have achieved this distinction without ever having the exact same team any two years” – Eric Speirs, President/GM

Independent judges are contracted by ATSI to evaluate message services over a six month period. The scoring criteria includes:

  • Response Time
  • Courteousness of Rep
  • Accuracy of Call
  • Knowledge of Account
  • Overall Impression of Call

“The ATSI Award of Excellence is the most prestigious recognition of exemplary customer service in our industry. Award recipients demonstrated the highest level of service throughout every as-pect of a caller’s experience – exceeding the award’s rigorous criteria and customer service stand-ards. It’s quite an honor,” says ATSI President Jeffrey W. Zindel.

The award started 19 years ago as a means to improve the overall quality of the call centre indus-try by setting expectations and measurements to ensure a successful call handling experience.

Now an eleven-time winner Messages & more earned the Diamond Plus Award for eleven con-secutive years. ATSI extends its congratulations to the staff of Messages & more on their proven quality service to their customers.

About ATSI

The Association of TeleServices International was founded in 1942 as a national Trade Association representing live answering services. ATSI now encompasses companies across North America and the UK offering specialized and enhanced operator based services including: call centers, contact centers, inbound telemarketing (order entry), paging, voice messaging, emergency dispatch, fax, and internet services among others.

About Messages & More – visit

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Meet the Tesla Model S in Flagstaff

FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2015

Tesla’s award winning Model S, now with Autopilot features, is an evolution in automobile engineering. Our advanced electric drivetrain will propel you from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 3.1 seconds, without hesitation and without a drop of gasoline. With the highest safety rating in America and up to 270 miles range, Model S redefines performance driving.

Drive demonstration appointments are available to experience the award winning Model S.

  • Your drive demonstration will be 15 minutes long over a predetermined route designed to highlight the capabilities of Model S.
  • A Tesla Product Specialist will accompany all drives to ensure you optimize your time in Model S.
  • You may bring up to three guests to ride in the back seat during your drive.
  • Appointments will be confirmed by a Tesla representative from our California headquarters.

This Drive Demonstration is coordinated, sponsored and run by Tesla Motors, Inc., headquartered in Palo Alto, CA.

Tesla Motors Inc. | 3500 Deer Creek Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304 | (650) 681-5000

This event will take place at the following location:
Courtyard Marriott Flagstaff
2650 South Beulah Blvd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Peace Surplus raises $1,300 for Grand Canyon Youth

“Pint Night” at Peace Surplus raises $1,300 for Grand Canyon Youth

Local outdoor retailer Peace Surplus, in conjunction with outdoor travel website, held its first annual “Pint Night” event raising $1,300 for local non-profit Grand Canyon Youth on Thursday, July 9.

An estimated crowd of over 150 guests packed the downtown outdoor retailer to enjoy pints of craft beer provided by local breweries Flagstaff Brewing Company and Wanderlust Brewing Company. Outdoor enthusiasts, guides, local business people and travelers passing through Flagstaff on vacation were able to purchase Klean Kanteen stainless steel pint glasses provided by RootsRated and filled with their choice of beer for $5.

“Pint Night” at Peace Surplus raises $1,300 for Grand Canyon Youth

Darren Weigl, right, Manager of Peace Surplus, presents $1,300 cash to Emma Wharton, Executive Director of Grand Canyon Youth, following Pint Night at Peace Surplus.

Live acoustic music was performed by Ry Glover, Associate Editor of RootsRated, for all to enjoy while wetting their whistles. Outdoor apparel and camping gear were given away to random winners throughout the evening, compliments of Peace Surplus.

All of the cash proceeds from the tastings were presented to Emma Wharton, Executive Director of Grand Canyon Youth, on July 10. GCY provides youth (ages 11–19) an experiential education along the rivers and canyons of the Southwest in an effort to promote personal growth, environmental awareness, community involvement, and teamwork among people of diverse backgrounds.

See more images of the Pint Night 2015 on Facebook 

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CCC Helps Flagstaff Teachers

White and colored copy paper, pencils, pens, glue sticks, colored pencils, Kleenex and disinfecting wipes are just a few of the materials Flagstaff teachers are asking for during this year’s Teacher’s Supply Drive.

This year, Coconino Community College will be participating in the “Pack a Crate Challenge” to help donate classroom supplies to the Greater Flagstaff Schools (K-12th grade) and all are asked to help donate supplies at the front entrance of either the Lone Tree or Fourth Street Campuses.

The Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce and Suddenlink are conducting their fourth community-wide drive. The Chamber also helps the Business Donor Program in which Chamber members can conduct a drive in offices, donate specific items or match cash donations. Last year, the supply drive gathered more than $40,000 in supplies and more than 100 volunteers participated in the drive and distribution.

The drop-off dates for collected items are Wednesday, Aug. 5 – Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Flagstaff Walmart or Sam’s Club locations. From Aug. 5-7, people can drop off their donations from 1 – 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

If you would like to sign-up to volunteer at the drive and distribution, or get a list of needed materials, visit:

To participate in the Business Donor Program, sign up to volunteer and more info, please contact

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Flagstaff Ranked #5 for Healthiest Housing Markets in Arizona

The housing data website recently compiled data on the nations housing markets in an effort to located the healthiest markets in our country. The qualifying indicators include stability, risk, ease of sale and affordability.

Flagstaff ranked #5 for Arizona and #577 in the nation.

Check out to find out who ranked #1-4 in Arizona.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Best Places to Start a Business in Arizona

NerdWallet, an independent website focusing on informing consumers on all things financial, recently crunched Census data to find the best places to start a business in Arizona and Flagstaff ranked 13th out of 65 places. Read more below our at their website

Once a frontier state built on mining and agriculture, Arizona’s economy has grown to include health care, financial services, transportation and manufacturing, among other industries.

The state hasn’t forgotten its roots, though. A mix of history and nostalgia draw tourists to cities such as Wickenburg, Prescott and Bisbee for a glimpse of life in what used to be the Wild West.

That steady stream of sightseers has helped make those cities, along with Sedona, Scottsdale and more, some of the best places to start a business in Arizona.

NerdWallet’s analysis

NerdWallet analyzed 65 places in Arizona, each with at least 500 businesses and a population of at least 5,000. We determined the overall score by looking at data from the U.S. Census Bureau to assess each city’s business climate and economic health. See below for more details on our methodology.



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Pioneer Title Agency Celebrates Goal for “Take a Hike” Initiative

Pioneer Title Agency Celebrates $30,000 Goal with Northern Arizona Leaders       for “Take a Hike” Initiative

(PHOENIX, July 9, 2015)- To celebrate surpassing the $30,000 goal for the company wide “Take a Hike” initiative, Pioneer Title Agency founder Keith Newlon and Elden branch employees Sarah Landry and Andy Fox hiked Passage 34 of the Arizona Trail with Flagstaff leaders including, Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Neighbors, CEO of Greater Flagstaff Chamber Julie Pastrick, and Executive Vice President of Alliance Bank Sherry Slayton.

“It was incredible to share part of our company efforts with the local leaders in Flagstaff,” said Newlon. “Knowing that we hit our $30,000 goal to help the Arizona Trail made this an even bigger celebration.”

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pioneer Title Agency, the Arizona-based, family owned business partnered with the Arizona Trail Association – also celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Arizona Trail- to “Take a Hike,” a first-ever fundraising and employee wellness challenge utilizing the Arizona National Scenic Trail. The Arizona Trail is a continuous path across the state of Arizona and is open to all forms of non-motorized recreation, including hiking, running, backpacking, horseback riding and mountain biking (outside designated wilderness areas).

Through the unique partnership, Pioneer’s team of more than 375 individuals set a goal to raise at least $30,000 in 2015 to support the Arizona Trail. The goal was achieved on June 30th. The community minded team also collectively hiked, biked, ran or rode all 800-plus miles of the Arizona Trail.

 About Pioneer Title Agency

A 2014 Arizona Corporate Excellence honoree, and recipient of the Community Impact Award, Pioneer Title Agency has proudly been serving Arizona since 1985, handling all types of real estate transactions, ranging from the smallest secondary loans to the transfer of large sophisticated commercial properties. A local, family-owned business, Pioneer has grown to more than 50 offices in more than 35 cities across Arizona by remaining focused on a “Commitment to Service” since its inception. With more than 100 years of experience in nearly every office, each team is able to focus on ensuring the rights of one’s property are clear, and the transfer of title is completed in a timely fashion, with the utmost professionalism. Pioneer leadership and team members are active in REALTOR associations across Arizona as well as local Chambers of Commerce and other economic development and real estate-focused organizations, such as the American Land Title Association, Land Title Association of Arizona, Arizona State Escrow Association, Arizona Mortgage Lenders Association and Women’s Counsel of REALTORS, just to name a few. As active in its commitment to the community as to its professional services, Pioneer also has a statewide community relations program, Pioneer Title Agency in Action, which focuses on giving back both time and money to hundreds of local causes across our state. For more information, please visit

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Radio Show June 27, 2015 – Tawny Star, owner, Black and Birch Apparel

Explore handmade apparel and unique fashion statement wear with Black and Birch Apparel

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Radio Show June 27, 2015 -Blake Nabours, owner, AZ Pedal Tours

From historic downtown tour, to craft beer and wine tour, to party bike downtown, AZ Pedal Tours a variety of tours as well as rental cruiser, mountain bike, tandem, and co-pilot trailer.

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Radio Show June 27, 2015 -Russell Goddard, Executive Director, The Peaks Senior Living Community

Discover living options, services and amenities available to seniors offered at The Peaks Senior Living Community.

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Radio Show June 13, 2015 – Jerome Tsosie, owner, Native Innovation

Native Innovation introduced the Diné Bizaad App for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch® & Android OS as an innovative learning tool.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Radio Show June 13, 2015- Jennifer Outland, Vice-President, Rivers and Oceans

Specializing in water adventure travel and offering exciting river trips in Grand Canyon and Colorado River for over 28 years, Rivers and Oceans now offers the only one-day rafting trip in Grand Canyon.   River trips are also available as multi-day full-length expeditions through the whole canyon or as partial trips covering a special section. Rivers and […]

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Radio Show June 13, 2015 – Dr. Nathan Belcher, owner, Summit Chiropractic and Rehabilitation

Summit Chiropractic and Rehabilitation owner Dr. Nathan Belcher shares the benefits of chiropractic treatment and injury prevention tips. His practice also takes pride in educating clients about the importance of a healthy and balanced lifestyle including exercise, diet, and nutrition.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Radio Show May 23, 2015 – Garrett Moldrem, co-owner, MOL Films

Turning passion into profession, listen how Garrett Moldrem’s creativity and love for making video turned into his own successful business.  Making all of his video projects with love.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Radio Show May 23, 2015 – Vince Sherry, Co-owner, Run Flagstaff

Celebrating 10 years in business, Run Flagstaff is not simply a retail running store. Vince and Sarah Sherry, along with the entire Run Flagstaff crew, are involved in community partnerships and collaboration, such as with Team Run Flagstaff and Kids Run Flagstaff,  to better the running community in Northern Arizona. Run Flagstaff also co-presents the Downtown […]

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Radio Show May 23, 2015:Mark Monthofer, Marketing and Fleet Director, Findlay Auto Group

From its humble beginning with a gasoline station in Nevada that expanded into a repair shop and used car lot started by Cliff Findlay, family-owned Findlay Auto Group now has 18 brands, 30 dealership in five states:Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Idaho. Learn more why Findlay Auto Group bagged the Business Achiever Award and its […]

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Radio Show June 6, 2015 – Hitchin’ Post Stables general manager Tim McDowell and livestock manager Erin Aakre

Cowboys from Hitchin’ Post Stables share several opportunities to experience the Wild West and the great outdoors with guided trail rides, wagon rides, children’s horse camp, Dinner in the Forest, Buckaroo Breakfast Wagon Adventure, and Cowboy Cookouts.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Chamber Radio Show June 6, 2015 – Lori Pappas, Market Segment Manager, Suddenlink Communications

Lori Pappas talks about the fastest internet speed provided by Suddenlink Communications, Bundle & Save Program, VIP Perks, and current partnerships with Pandora and Netflix.  Suddenlink is also geared to launch connected home security and a partnership with hulu soon.

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Radio Show June 6, 2015 – Dennis Criner, Good Neighborhood Plumbing

Being in business for over 28 years, Good Neighborhood Plumbing owner Dennis Criner shares some tips on maintaining  garbage disposal, toilets, faucets and heaters.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Weatherford Hotel Saved 40 Years Ago

Forty years ago, public sentiment was in favor of new, modern buildings – motels with swimming pools, air conditioning and icemakers – recalls Henry Taylor. “It was a sad time for old buildings and history. It didn’t seem like anybody cared.” But after growing up in a historic Holbrook hotel, The Brunswick, Taylor had a […]

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Lowell Observatory Establishes New Foundation and Hires Head of Development

LOWELL OBSERVATORY ESTABLISHES NEW FOUNDATION AND HIRES HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT Flagstaff, Az – Lowell Observatory has established the Lowell Observatory Foundation, an independently managed, 501 (c) (3) organization that will allow the Observatory to expand its philanthropic base.  In a related move to bolster Lowell’s fundraising program, Lisa Actor was recruited to serve as Deputy […]

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