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Thinking about making the plunge and starting your own business?

Goodyear’s Small Business Startup School is “starting up” on Saturday, Feb 6. 

“We still have space for a few more to register, but time is running out,” said Angela Woods of the city’s Economic Development Department.

“These are great classes for any entrepreneur or small business who may need to know where to find additional resources or creative ways to start or market their business during this unprecedented time. And the best part is, the city of Goodyear is dedicated to helping our local small businesses, so it’s free to everyone.”

Startup School is virtual via Zoom video conferencing from 9 a.m. to noon every other Saturday beginning Feb. 6.

Topics include:

• Customer discovery.

• Minimum Viable Product (MVP). 

• Business structure

• Key partners and resources.

• Pricing.

• Marketing and sales.

For more information or to register, visit developgoodyearaz.com/resources/innovationhub/startup-school/register.

• Scavenger hunt alert. 

The Avondale Youth Advisory Commission, Junior Service Learning Club and the Avondale Local EDGE will host for the first time a citywide business scavenger hunt through the months of February and March.  

“The scavenger hunt will help market local businesses and encourage all to shop and buy local, as well as increase awareness of Avondale youth programming,” according to a release. “This fun and engaging initiative will use #exploreavondaleaz to encourage social media participation.”

This Avondale initiative includes six participating businesses. 

Who are they?

Can’t tell; it’s a surprise.

Each week, two clues will be released on social media, both leading to the business being represented that week. Businesses represented include restaurants, retail establishments, sport and entertainment locations, and more. Anyone can join the fun by following clues posted on Instagram and Facebook accounts @aviyouthcommission, @AvondaleEDGE and on @CityofAvondaleAZ. 

Participants in the scavenger hunt will be awarded small prizes when they enter a business and say, “I’m participating in the #exploreavondaleaz scavenger hunt.” 

(Just to be clear, “#” is pronounced “hashtag” — although if you want to be clever you can say “number sign!”)

For more info, visit avondaleaz.gov/ayac/jslc or avondaleedge.com. 

• Are you ready for more new neighbors?

Great!

Landsea Homes just purchased 844 lots at the El Cidro project near South Cotton Lane and Yuma Road in west Goodyear.

Featuring single-family homes ranging from 1,315 square feet to 3,240 square feet, “These homes will be part of the Garrett Walker Collection, which offers homes at affordable price points,” according to Landsea. 

“Residents will enjoy in-town living with picturesque views and easy access to I-10.”

For more information, visit

landseahomes.com.

About Landsea Homes.

• Unless they are retired, the new neighbors will find plenty of work opportunities.

The PV 303 development has another major expansion, with two large-scale projects totaling 1.4 million square feet. Both have started construction at “the Southwest’s largest master-planned industrial park.”

PV303 in northwest Goodyear is already home to Dick’s Sporting Goods, REI, UPS, Ball Corporation, Ferrero, Daimler, XPO and SubZero.

Merit Partners is developing a 720,000-square-foot logistics center and a 550,000-square-foot facility, with the companies to be announced.

Merit is also “making the bed” for a 650,000-square-foot facility for mattress company MLILY.

Since PV 303 opened in 2011, more than 5 million square feet of industrial space has already been developed, with plans for 3 million square feet more to be developed.

The companies located at PV 303 employ 3,000 people, with another 6,000 expected to work there when the last “occupation ready” permit is signed by Goodyear.

•And here comes Tolleson …

LPC Desert West recently bought 20 acres off Interstate 10 for a project called Buckeye85. 

This is expected to be a transportation hub for internet commerce.

Located at the southwest corner of 103rd Avenue and Buckeye Road/MC-87 Highway, Buckeye85 will be surrounded by the likes of Amazon, Carvana, McKesson, Pepsico, Kroger and Home Depot distribution centers.

Construction on Buckeye85 is scheduled to begin in April and finish within six months.

Other recent West Valley industrial developments by LPC include the Lincoln Logistics 40 at I-10 in Goodyear and Park303 off the Loop 303 and Bethany Home Road in Glendale.