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27
Jan
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Business Briefcase: January 27, 2015

Hey there, Briefcasers. Hopefully the first month of 2015 has treated everyone well.

First up, Imagination Childcare opened earlier this month in Suite B112 at 5220 N. Dysart Road on unincorporated county land.

That’s just south of Colter Street in the Litchfield Park zip code.

The childcare center provides childcare and preschool for children as young as 6 weeks old all the way up to 5 years old, owner Trish Rosenthal said.

Each age group has its own room, including a room for preschool-aged learning.

“It’s the difference between childcare, we’re not babysitting, we have a strong curriculum for the kids,” Rosenthal said. “[Our teachers] meet or exceed all the state requirements. We have teachers who have taught pre-kindergarten, and teachers who have taught kindergarten.”

Imagination Childcare’s curriculum includes the Math Their Way program and Zoo-phonics, which is a multi-sensory language arts program.

Tue
20
Jan
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Business Briefs: January 20, 2015

SRP receives highest customer rank in the west

In a report issued Jan. 14 by J.D. Power, Salt River Project ranked highest in customer satisfaction for business electric service among large electricity providers in the West Region for the second consecutive year — the fifth time in the last six years SRP has been ranked highest in the study

SRP’s overall customer satisfaction index was 741 out of a possible 1,000 points in the 2015 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study. SRP ranked highest in the West in all six customer satisfaction factors: power quality and reliability, billing and payment, corporate citizenship, price, communications and customer service.

Tue
20
Jan
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Business Briefcase: January 20, 2015

Last week, I told all y’all about Hanna’s Original Italian Ice opening in Suite A5 at 14130 W. Indian School Road, west of Litchfield Road in Goodyear.

I had a chance to catch up with one of the owners, Jeff Lawson, a few days ago to get some more information and its hours of operation.

Lawson owns the ice shop with his wife, Stephanie. The couple moved from Illinois to the Valley to open the frozen ice business.

“My wife’s parents, my in-laws were in the Italian ice business. They had one named Stephanie’s, so we continued the trend out here where it makes sense because of the heat,” Lawson said.

Like Stephanie’s parents, the Lawsons also continued the tradition of naming their business after their daughter, Hanna.

Hanna’s Ice serves about 16 flavors of Italian ice every day, plus six rotating specialty flavors such as birthday cake, eggnog and pear.

Tue
13
Jan
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Business Briefcase: January 13, 2015

Rachel TrottHola, Briefcasers!

As of this past weekend, I’m now back in the U.S. and ready to bring you some business news. The world is big and beautiful, but nothing beats coming home (and the West Valley makes a great home).

Tue
13
Jan
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Business Briefs - January 13, 2015

W.V. Hospital Trauma Program manager named to ENA board

Tiffiny Strever, West Valley Hospital’s Trauma Program manager, has been appointed to the Emergency Nurses Association’s national board.

Strever, who began her two-year term Jan. 1, is the liaison to Delaware, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. She will assist those states with various issues and will speak at conferences.

Tue
06
Jan
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Business Briefcase: January 6, 2015

Howdy, Briefcasers.

They say positive thinking can go a long way toward shaping your life and future. So let’s start off the year positively, especially since Goodyear is starting off 2015 on a good foot.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Goodyear is among the 10 fastest growing cities in the country.

According to data collected from 2000 to 2013, Goodyear grew from just 19,000 people to 68,000. That’s a growth rate of about 257 percent.

The growth put the city at No. 7 on the national list. That’s right, the entire country. Avondale didn’t do too badly, either, and ended up at No. 46 with a growth rate of 114 percent.

The numbers are encouraging to Harry Paxton, an economic development project manager for Goodyear.

Tue
30
Dec
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Business Briefcase - December 30, 2014

 

Season’s greetings, Briefcasers.

This Briefcase caused me some anxiety to write. In the spirit of the new year, I wanted to throw together a list of some of the bigger business openings and closings that the West Valley has seen throughout 2014.

Of course, what I consider “big” might not be as important to you. And what does size really mean, anyway? Is a successful mom-and-pop business not as important as a new warehouse just because it doesn’t employ as many people?

Tue
23
Dec
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Business Briefcase - December 23, 2014

Awhile ago, I mentioned El Pollo Loco’s coming soon to 13233 W. McDowell Road, between Litchfield and Dysart roads, on the south side of McDowell in Goodyear.

Well, it’s open now. In fact, it’s going to have a grand opening and ribbon cutting event starting at 10 a.m. Jan. 8.

The chain restaurant has one other location in the West Valley, over in Buckeye. It serves burritos, salads, quesadillas and family-sized chicken meals.

Tue
16
Dec
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Business Briefcase - December 16, 2014

OK, readers. I try not to be the type of person who shies away from owning up to my mistakes, so first off, I owe you all an apology. Blue Daisy Spa in Verrado actually isn’t quite open yet.

The spa had a few planned opening dates that had come and gone, and I assumed it was open since its Facebook page and website are up and running (with lots of lovely pictures and posts of its owners engaging potential customers). But you know what they say about assuming ...

Tue
09
Dec
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Business Briefcase: December 9, 2014

Rachel TrottThis week, we’re talking about Buckeye. The former town recently relabeled itself a city, which hopefully brings along more business development.

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