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Rep. Grijalva introduces bill to Congress to aid border businesses impacted by pandemic

The Border Business COVID-19 Rescue Act would provide funds to small businesses along the border to address the economic injuries effected by the pandemic.

SBA re-opening Paycheck Protection Program to small lenders

  #BoostCrew aims to help bring more business into local mom-and-pops

US budget deficit up 60.7% in first 3 months of budget year

  More relief coming for small businesses as PPP loan opens for second round

SBA launches free online digital learning platform for female entrepreneurs

  More coronavirus relief on the way for small businesses

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United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program starts Feb. 1

Fronimo’s Greek Cafe in Tucson closing soon

  United Kingdom signs trade deal with European Union

  Fact Finders: Essential workers next up for vaccine

Survey says more than 50% of Americans feel pressure to overspend this holiday

Equal Employment Opportunity Commision gives green light to employers to require COVID-19 vaccine

Arizona businesses should renew TPT licenses by Jan. 1

Licenses renewed within the 2020 calendar year must be renewed for 2021.

USPS: Time is running out to ensure your mail arrives by Christmas

The United States Postal Service is experiencing unprecedented volumes of mail, but there is still time for you to send your holiday packages and ensure that they get to where they need to on time!

  AZDHS: no plans to close businesses as several counties hit substantial spread. Businesses prepping for worst

ADHS said they do not have plans to close businesses outlined in the executive order, and currently only recommends businesses move activities like dining and gym classes outdoors.

  Tucson businesses pledge to ‘mask up’

The Tucson Metro Chamber’s new campaign, Masks Mean Business and So Do We, hopes to keep people safe while maintaining the health of the local economy.

Safest Outside Restaurant Assistance Program applications now open

Post Offices in Tucson to open Sundays at certain locations for convenient holiday shipping

  Another gem show cancellation puts entire show in jeopardy

  Small businesses encourage holiday shoppers buy local

Cyber Monday could be record-setting, analysts say

  Cultivate Tucson extends holiday pop-up past Black Friday to help small businesses

  Black Friday off to a quiet start in Tucson area

In normal times, Black Friday draws millions of shoppers eager to get started on their holiday spending. These are not normal times.

  Remote workers given incentives to relocate in Tucson

The pilot program is accepting 10 people with an eventual goal of 100 people per year.

  University of Arizona working to support startups amid pandemic

UACI has teamed up with R&A CPAs to sponsor one promising startup team with resources, facilities, services, and expert guidance to grow its businesses.

  Holiday shopping season starts early; Tucson businesses thankful for the boost

After a year of hardships, shops and restaurants are hoping to make up for lost sales.

  Businesses near Arizona Stadium busy on UA game day

Many fans flocked to the area’s bars and restaurants to watch the game.

Deals, discounts and freebies for Veterans Day

Here are some deals and discounts for veterans on Veterans Day.

  One-of-a-kind technology created in Tucson

Raytheon says so far they have 350 employees working on the project.

AZ Air Time announces permanent closure

AZ Air Time has released a statement on their Facebook page about the closure.

  Millions of businesses receive SBA loans, many preparing for COVID spike

Millions of small businesses have gotten economic relief through the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA Administrator Jovita Caranza visited Tucson Wednesday and explained what small businesses across the country are doing to power through the COVID-19.

Stocks have their worst day in a month as virus cases surge

Stocks are slumping sharply in afternoon trading on Wall Street Monday and deepening last week’s losses, as a troubling climb in coronavirus counts threatens the global economy.

  Startup Tucson helping local farmers innovate during COVID-19

Startup Tucson plans to help 30 local food producers with the grant and applications will be opening soon.

  Rincon Market to become Flora’s Market Run

The well-known Rincon Market closed its doors months ago due to COVID-19. Ares Collective, the team behind Prep & Pastry, Commoner & Co. and August Rhodes Market, is turning the space into Flora’s Market Run.

FHA gives needy homeowners more time to request assistance

FHA requires mortgage servicers to provide up to six months of COVID-19 forbearance when a homeowner requests this assistance.

Tucson-based eegee’s expanding to include five Phoenix locations

Seven restaurants will open in the Tucson area in 2021.

The Meet Rack closing its doors, selling off memorabilia

The Meet Rack, long a rite of passage for many in Tucson, is closing its doors.

  Support local businesses during Sonoran Restaurant Week

Sonoran Restaurant Week celebrates the food in southern Arizona by giving restaurants a chance to show off the dishes that make them special.

  Downtown Tucson businesses are COVID ready for grand re-opening

Safety is the top priority for each business, and they’ve been working with the Pima County Health Department to make sure COVID-19 safety standards are in place.

  US to block palm oil imports from Malaysia after forced labor investigations

Palm oil is the world’s most consumed vegetable oil, found in roughly half the products on supermarket shelves.

Arizona poverty rate continued fall in 2019, still topped national rate

Advocates caution that the state’s economic gains were not shared equally by all Arizonans.

  Pima County launches small business grant program to help with COVID 19 expenses

Pima County has opened a grant program to assist small businesses that have faced difficulties during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

  Tucsonans respond to return of college sports

In a vote Thursday evening, the Pac-12 Conference announced a return of fall sports starting with football on Nov. 6.

IRS stimulus check tracking tool now live

People can now track the date their COVID-19 relief payment is scheduled to be deposited into their bank account or mailed to them.

Raytheon to cut 15,000 jobs in commercial aerospace

Layoffs are result of less commercial air travel since the pandemic.

  Tucson sisters celebrate mother who paved way to success

September 15 marked the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

  Personal shoppers help at annual Just Between Friends sale

The Just Between Friends consignment sale is being held at 4881 North Stone Avenue, which is near River Road.

CBP officers seize bedazzled counterfeit child pacifiers, Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh CBP officers seized counterfeit baby pacifiers covered in jewels that bore Chanel and Mercedes Benz logos.

  Sun Tran may resume charging transit fares in late September

The Tucson City Council will decide next week whether to start charging transit fares again on September 28, 2020.

  Looking to buy or sell housing? Getting a proper appraisal may benefit your experience

Free, online home estimate services may not always match property records. If you are looking to buy or sell, it may be best to work with an appraiser.

August US home building slides 5.1% after months of gains

U.S. housing construction fell a surprising 5.1% in August after three months of strong gains when home builders ramped up projects following a pandemic-induced shutdown in March and April.

1 in 3 Arizonans believe employers should be liable for COVID-19 transmissions at work, study finds

1 in 3 Arizonans believe employers should be liable for COVID-19 transmissions, study finds.

TEP extends relief to customers through end of year

Tucson Electric Power will extend relief program for suspensions and late fees through the end of 2020.

Caterpillar announces appointment of new vice president

Marc Cameron will have responsibility for Caterpillar’s Resource Industries Sales, Services and Technology Division.

Town of Oro Valley launches OVSafeSteps for business assistance

All businesses in the greater Oro Valley area are invited and encouraged to participate in the OVSafeSteps program

UPDATE: New details on why Tucson strip club forced to close

A sign posted on the business says the liquor license is suspended indefinitely for violating the state’s liquor laws.

Pandemic refinancing boom

Tips to learn if you should consider refinancing your home during the pandemic refi boom.

  Buyers face house hunting hurdles as bidding wars become the norm

A local realtor advises home buyers to be patient and proactive.

  Local video store closing as COVID-19 takes toll on businesses

Local video store closing after being open for almost 30 years.

  Passenger numbers climb as Tucson airport releases recovery plan

The airport has seen a significant uptick in passenger numbers compared to its slowest day in April.

Spaceport America vets capital projects amid investigation

A whistleblower complaint filed in June has left spaceport in a difficult situation.

  Demand for housing in Tucson market outpaces supply

14,000 to 32,000 lots are needed over the next five years to keep up with the demand.

AZ Department of Gaming reports huge decrease in tribal contributions

On Sep. 1, The Arizona Department of Gaming reported $13.9 million in Tribal Gaming Contributions for the first quarter of the 2021 Fiscal Year.

Frank Lloyd Wright home in Phoenix sells for $7.25 million

Buyers say they intend to preserve and restore the house.

UA professor discusses current state of stock market in Tucson

Chris Lamoureux, Diamond Professor in Finance at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management says those looking to save might face more risk.

  Pima County and Downtown Tucson Partnership grants help businesses expand outdoor dining

The new Outdoor Café Grant Program provides up to $5,000 to expand or enhance outdoor cafés.

Pima County bars, gyms and movie theaters could reopen Thursday

Bars, gyms and movie theaters in Pima County could re-open as soon as this week. The official announcement is expected on Thursday.

AZDHS: Gyms, movie theaters, bars, water parks could reopen in Pima County by Thursday

ADHS still urges everyone to continue wearing masks and practice social distancing.

  Prosecuted and Paid: Government doles out billions in coronavirus relief money to companies that paid out millions in fraud-related cases

More than 200 companies that paid the federal government for fraud related accusations in the last decade received billions of dollars in unsolicited relief money as part of the coronavirus bailout package.

Update: List of Tucson business approved to open by AZDHS

List of businesses reopening in Tucson. Information will be progressively updated.

  Steve Bannon, Brian Kolfage, and others charged with fraud in border wall fundraising campaign

The men are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Pima County supervisors delay restaurant fee increase

Businesses that already have paid the higher fee will be credited.

COMMENTARY: Shop while supporting your local community

National Thrift Shop Day is August 17

Tucson real estate sales heat up, extreme seller’s market

There are currently about 1,300 houses for sale in Tucson.

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  Save Our Stages Act looks to help struggling entertainment venues

For now, theaters like the Fox remain dark, but there’s hope for the future that it will be filled with music and people once again.

  Sidestepping Congress, Trump says he will act to deliver Americans another stimulus

The president wants to extend the $600 weekly benefit to unemployed Americans.

White House, GOP agree on virus testing in new aid bill

With millions out of work and a potential wave of evictions ahead, the severity of the prolonged virus outbreak is testing Washington's ability to respond.

  CA start-up picks Tucson for e-commerce marketplace

Launching soon with hopes to help Tucson businesses stay afloat during COVID-19.

GOP splits as virus aid package could swell past $1 trillion

President Donald Trump’s negotiators fanned out on Capitol Hill Tuesday over a new COVID-19 aid package as divisions between the White House and Senate Republicans pushed talks into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office to deal with the mounting crisis.