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Friends of PACC among more than 1,000 non-profits registered for Arizona Gives Day

Arizona extends income tax filling deadline to May 17, matching federal date

  Confusion grows over mask requirements for businesses

Marana rescinds expansion of restaurant seating

Pima County encourages businesses to continue COVID mitigation efforts

No tuition, fee increase expected for most students at UArizona, ASU or NAU

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  Local businesses now have the power when it comes to enforcing masks and social distancing per Gov. Ducey’s new Executive Order

  New Amazon sorting facility will bring more jobs to Tucson

  U.S. Education Secretary Cardona discusses funding for southern Arizona schools

  Arizona Sen. Sinema discusses support for increase in federal minimum

  Businesses having to re-enforce mask mandate after customers use ‘I’m vaccinated’ as reason to be without one

Here’s how to track the status of your stimulus check

Can employers in Pima County require employees to receive the COVID vaccine?

Employers may also ask employees to show proof of receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination, according to the county.

  Non-traditional spring break helps businesses

The university aimed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by discouraging travel—when announcing the change back in October 2020.

  American Rescue Plan hits home in Tucson

Tucson lost 34,000 jobs at the beginning of the pandemic and most have never come back, but this stimulus, according to experts, may be enough to start bringing them back.

  US budget deficit hits record $1.05 trillion after 5 months

The U.S. government’s budget deficit through February hit an all-time high of $l.05 trillion for the first five months of a budget year.

Put the cap on gas prices: 6 ways to save at the pump

  Tucson gets $139 million in rescue funds, charts reopening path

165K hens dead after Hickman’s Family Farms barn fire in Arizona

  Businesses aren’t ready to re-open to 100% capacity despite Gov. Ducey’s new order

  Capacity requirements lifted for Arizona businesses

As Arizona eases COVID-19 restrictions, county health officials advise to remain vigilant

Pima County calling out to artists for $75K project opportunity in Tucson

The deadline to apply is March 8, 2021, and the budget for the artwork is $75,000.

Recreational marijuana dispensaries must submit monthly liability reports to ADOR

ADOR says licensed recreational marijuana businesses must report and remit their tax liability monthly.

Marana schools offering pay increase for certified substitute teachers

On Feb. 11, The MUSD Governing Board unanimously approved a recommendation to raise the pay for substitute teachers to $140/day, and $165/day for long-term commitments.

  Rise in rent? Landlords have rights to increase payments during lease renewal

Recently, finding affordable housing has become a problem in Tucson.

AP: Arizona on track for 11% job increase over 2 years

A report released Thursday by the Office of Economic Opportunity projects employment will increase by over 325,000 jobs during the two-year period now approaching the halfway point.

Angel Charity for Children announces 2021 beneficiaries

Five local organizations will receive a total of over $250,000 in grants to help meet the need of education and emotional health needs of children in Pima County.

ASBA launches virtual initiative for pandemic-recovering small businesses

The training is free for any small business owner and can be found at

Tax filing season opens Feb. 12, IRS suggests taxpayers to e-file for faster refund

For taxpayers who have previously not used e-file, the IRS emphasizes using it this year to avoid paper-related processing delays.

  Minority-owned businesses prioritized for federal aid

Tucson small businesses can get no-cost help with loan applications through the Small Business Development Center at Pima Community College.

Department of Interior to consult with tribal leaders next month after Biden executive order

The Department of Interior is said to have notified all federally recognized tribes in the U.S. of the consultation on Feb. 11, 2021.

US Travel Association says leisure and hospitality work hardest hit by pandemic

According to the U.S. Travel Association, almost 4 in every 10 jobs lost to the COVID-19 pandemic since February 2020 were in the Leisure and Hospitality industry.

ADOR searching for unclaimed property owners for Maricopa County

The agency is seeking potential property owners and their families to attemp to return assets. ADOR says the largest amount owed to a single owner is over $596,000.

U of A introduces three pilot startup entrepreneur companies

The three companies are Metfora, Obanj and Dive.

  Pandemic makes job search difficult for teens

Many adults can’t find jobs amid the pandemic, and teenagers are facing an even more challenging time.

Sun Tran to hold job fair Saturday, hiring transit bus drivers

The transportation company is looking to hire full-time employess. Intersted parties are asked to bring a resume, an I.D. and to be prepared for an on-site interview.

Hobby Lobby to end its popular 40% off coupon

The chain store says it’s doing away with the popular 40 percent off promotion, which has allowed customers to hold out their cellphones at checkout for a quick scan and a quick discount.

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.

Town of Marana launches small business assistance program

Eligible expenditures for reimbursement must have taken place during from March of 2020 through June 21, 2021. This program will operate on a first come, first serve basis.

Gov. Ducey releases Arizona’s budget for Fiscal Year 2022

Ducey plans in making investments in K-12 education, public health, public safety, wildfire prevention, infrastructure and more, while also providing tax relief to residents.

SBA re-opening Paycheck Protection Program to small lenders

The U.S. Small Business Administration says it will re-open the Paycheck Protection Program loan portal to eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for First and Second Draw applications on Friday, Jan. 15.

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

Their newest initiative is the #BoostCrew, a group that will target a business for a period of time and focus on driving business to their door. They will use platforms like social media to encourage people to take $20 dollars a week and put it back into the community

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

The Treasury Department reported Wednesday that three months into the budget year, the deficit was $216.3 billion higher than the same October-December period a year ago.

More coronavirus relief on the way for small businesses

The Small Business Administration and the Treasury Department are preparing to revive the PPP five months after its first two rounds of funding ended.

Fronimo’s Greek Cafe in Tucson closing soon

The cafe says it was not able to renew its lease with the landlord due to a rent increase.

  United Kingdom signs trade deal with European Union

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Wednesday, signed the post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union.

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

With reductions in the size of social gatherings due to COVID-19, many are compensating by buying gifts for their loved ones. A recent survey says that more than 50% of Americans feel pressured to overspend on gifts this holiday.

Arizona businesses should renew TPT licenses by Jan. 1

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

  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.

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

Post Offices across Arizona are offering special weekend retail hours at certain locations to help make customers’ holiday shipping tasks a bit more convenient.

  Another gem show cancellation puts entire show in jeopardy

The AGTA was denied a permit for their event from the Pima County Health Department but had the right to appeal that decision. It declined to do that.

  Small businesses encourage holiday shoppers buy local

As many shops and restaurants feel the pandemic’s impact, local businesses hope for continued customer support this holiday season.

Cyber Monday could be record-setting, analysts say

It’s Cyber Monday again, and some retail analysts say it could be a record-setting day.

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

This year, Cultivate Tucson is putting on a six-week pop-up holiday market at the MSA Annex and online to help boost sales for local vendors.

Here is how shoppers can find and buy from local small businesses Saturday

Small Business Saturday is tomorrow and if your in the middle of doing your holiday shopping, this is your opportunity to help small businesses in Tucson.

  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.

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.

  Two Tucson Mexican restaurants facing two different realities

Owners facing two different realities amid the growing health crisis.

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.

Pima County opens another round of PPE for small businesses

This time around, priority will be given to those applying for the very first time.

  City cracks down on food delivery services

Food delivery service deals with popular providers are not benefiting many small businesses.

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.

  Aluminum can shortage affects local breweries

While local breweries recover from long shutdowns during the pandemic, another problem is hitting the industry. An aluminum can shortage. Right as many are turning to canning for to-go orders.

Amazon says its COVID-19 cases are lower than expected

The company said that almost 20,000 employees have tested positive for the coronavirus or been presumed positive- 42 percent lower than the expected number.

  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.

  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.

Pima County applications for small business program grant open Sep. 25

Beginning Sep. 25, the application process for a small business grant opens up to Pima County residents outside city and town jurisdictions with small businesses that have faced difficulties during COVID-19.

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.

  The origins of Old Tucson, as told by the founder’s wife

Carolyn Shelton remembers her late husband, Bob Shelton, and the legacy he left behind at Old Tucson.

  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.

  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.

Christie’s Cabaret ordered to close immediately for non-compliance, Tucson

Christie's Cabaret on Tucson Boulevard is the second strip-joint in Tucson to receive a notice for immediate closure from AZDHS.

  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.

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.

  Coffee shop owner arrested at Board of Supervisors meeting

Co-owner of Viva Coffee House read threatening messages he's received since appearing on county's wall of shame.

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.