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05
May
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Business Briefcase: May 05, 2015

Hey, Briefcasers.

By the time you read this, I’ll hopefully have landed safely in Korea and be visiting Briefcase Husband while he’s on leave from his remote tour.

Tue
28
Apr
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Business Briefs: April 28, 2015

Avondale employee earns transit award

The Arizona Transit Association and the Arizona Department of Transportation held their 2015 Excellence Awards ceremony, sponsored by First Transit, April 14.

First Transit named Avondale city employee Kristen Sexton the Outstanding Transit Individual, which recognizes an individual who has provided outstanding leadership and/or contributions to public transportation programs to the transit industry, to a jurisdiction or municipality, or to the private sector to improve the quality of transit services.

Tue
28
Apr
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Business Briefcase: April 28, 2015

All right, you caught me, I’m a geek.

Before you challenge me (or even worse, try to tell me that girls can’t be geeks), I’m unfortunately not nearly as geeky as I once was. Between graduate school, working full time and general “adulting,” both my schedule and my wallet don’t allow me quite as much of my passion anymore — but I still have my Princess Leia costume, which I wore to conventions for about a decade after it was no longer socially acceptable for me to try and pass it off as a Halloween costume to my non-geeky friends. Maybe that tells you why I’m excited to talk about our first business.

Tue
21
Apr
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Business Briefcase - April 21, 2015

Howdy, readers. As a Goodyear resident (closer to Luke Air Force Base, not Estrella) I feel a little spoiled as far as relative distance from West Valley businesses. I’m smack dab in the middle between Buckeye and our more eastern cities such as Tolleson, so shopping and restaurants are never that far of a drive.

Other communities, such as Verrado, aren’t quite so lucky. That’s not to say they’re out in the boonies, but I think it’s safe to say that there’s a little bit more of a commute sometimes, which is why I’m sure everyone is excited about the140 acres dubbed as the “Marketside District” set to be developed for commercial and mixed-used purposes there.

Tue
14
Apr
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Business Briefcase - April 14, 2015

The West Valley used to have the stereotype of not being the side of the Valley you wanted to be for new restaurants. But that misnomer is changing.

Especially when it comes to pizza restaurants.

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like pizza, and the West Valley certainly has a lot of new businesses to try and find your favorite slice.

Tue
07
Apr
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Business Briefs: April 7, 2015

Avondale CIO honored by magazine

Avondale Chief Information Officer Rob Lloyd has made the list in Government Technology Magazine’s “Doers, Dreamers and Drivers,” which recognizes the top 25 public sector innovators around the country. Every year, Government Technology designates 25 individuals who cut through the public sector’s “legendary barriers” to innovation with transformative ideas.

Tue
07
Apr
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Business Briefcase: April 7, 2015

I braved the stores this weekend for some clothing sales (note to self, never again) and employees were already clearing off Easter items from the shelves. It’s now full-steam ahead for summer, Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day outdoor barbecue sales.

I might as well forge straight ahead into businesses, too. Ability Center recently opened its third location in Arizona in Suite 109 at 13735 W. Auto Drive in Goodyear. That’s just east of Litchfield Road. It’s the 10th location in the Southwest, which is a good thing considering the work the business does.

Ability Center was founded in 1994 and aims to provide mobility equipment, mobility products, wheelchair vans, wheelchair-accessible vehicles and services for the physically disabled.

Tue
31
Mar
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Business Briefcase: March 31, 2015

Rachel TrottCadbury eggs have taken over the shelves at grocery stores, so it can only mean one thing: Easter is upon us. I hope everyone has a good holiday this weekend (or a good Passover for all of my Jewish family and friends).

Since it’s arguably a tad difficult to make a matzah pizza for your Seder, I figure I’d throw in some news about Oregano’s Pizza Bistro for your post-Passover meals.

Tue
24
Mar
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Business Briefcase: March 24, 2015

Hey there, readers. I don’t know about you, but I finally relented and turned on my air conditioner. Here’s to the next six months of summer!

First up, let’s talk business closures. Henrys Jack’s Place closed earlier this year at 613 E. Western Ave. in Avondale.

Admittedly, we missed covering it in the Briefcase the first time around, but more to the point, I received a call from one of the owners shedding some light on why it shut its doors.

For those of you who read Briefcase regularly, this is a fairly rare (yet very welcomed) occurrence. Most of the time, businesses shutter without warning or explanation, so it’s nice to get some “closure.”

Henrys Jack’s Place was a bar originally built in 1935 by ... you guessed it, Jack. More than 40 years later, it was bought by Henry Beltran, who added his name onto the title and kept it going.

Tue
17
Mar
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Business Briefcase: March 17, 2015

Rachel TrottHey there, Briefcasers. Reporter Emily Toepfer told me a story (originally told by her mother who is an art teacher... still with me?) about a second-grader who was over the moon about getting to go on a picnic during her spring break.

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