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Former Casa Grande employees become owners, share their success story

By Melissa Arroyo For many years, Karen Manzanares dreamed of owning a restaurant and club. She spent hours of the day thinking about every detail and sharing it with her family and friends. “Even my 22-year-old son remembers hearing about it when he was a little kid,” Manzanares said. Manzanares said she knew that her passion for music and determination …

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How millennials are changing the work environment

Analysis by Melissa Arroyo The work environment is changing, as millennials continue to join the workforce and employers find themselves making accommodations for them. Some ways the millennial generation is changing the corporate work environment include the following: *Flexible schedules: Millennials understand that everyone has different patterns of productivity and focus, so they build their schedules around their own patterns. …

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Congress is back: Where to start?

Commentary by Dermidio Juez-Perez With the U.S. Congress back in session, Washington, D.C., is officially open for business again. And the list of must-do jobs is extensive. The following issues, in my opinion, should be among the highest priorities for Congress to address: *Hurricane Harvey relief: The first thing Congress should accomplish is to put a plan in place to …

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No 401(k)? No problem

Commentary by Dermidio Juez-Perez The most popular type of account being used to save for retirement is the 401(k). However, not everyone has access to a 401(k) plan because not every employer offers one. If your employer doesn’t offer a 401(k), it’s not the end of the world. There are plenty of other ways to save for retirement. It just …

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Logos and slogans are essential to local business owners

Commentary by Katherine Diaz Unique branding, an enticing logo design and overall customer service are essential in helping a small business be a top-of-the-mind brand. Here are a few tips to consider when narrowing down your logo design: *Determine your color scheme: One of the most important factors to consider when creating a logo design is color. Rather than simply …

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How to advertise your small business

Commentary by Katherine Diaz Being a small business owner isn’t easy. One of the challenges of running a small business is getting the word out to consumers about your existence. There are various ways you can go about advertising your small business, but here are some popular ways you should consider: *Social media: It’s the digital age. That means most …

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Be smart when starting a new business

Commentary by Katherine Diaz The first step of starting a new business is taking a leap of faith. But there are many factors to consider when deciding whether or not to take that leap. So if you’re thinking about starting a business, some of the most important factors you should consider include the following: *What interests you the most: There’s …

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U.S. Latinos contributing $2.13 trillion in GDP, study finds

By Melissa Arroyo A new study seeks to debunk the myths surrounding the U.S. Latino population. According to research from the Latino Donor Collaborative (LDC), the U.S. Latino population is a major contributor to the U.S. economy. The study indicates that, if the U.S. Latino gross domestic product (GDP) were a country, it would be larger than India, and rank …

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Young entrepreneur inaugurates Balloon Shop in KCK

Story by Melissa Arroyo and photos by Michael Alvarado On July 13, Abi Rodriguez, her family, members of the community and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Balloon Shop Inc., located at 541 Central Ave. in Kansas City, Kan. Originally opened on June 10, Balloon Shop is the fulfillment of a Rodriguez …

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IRS Warns of New Phone Scam

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today warned people to beware of a new scam linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), where fraudsters call to demand an immediate tax payment through a prepaid debit card. This scam is being reported across the country, so taxpayers should be alert to the details. In the latest twist, the scammer …

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