New business startups in Oro Valley have continued to populate the town during the past year, opening a number of specialized services businesses despite a slow economy that’s blanketed the country.

Dave Perry, president/CEO of the Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce, said not only have a number of new businesses opened in the town in the past year, a large group of others are poised to make a move into Oro Valley during 2013.

Of those anticipated to be located in Oro Valley soon (or perhaps completed as of this writing) are Planet Fitness and the Good Egg, both identified as tenants of Rooney Ranch in the Target Center at N. 1st Avenue and E. Lambert Lane; CVS Pharmacy and Paradise Bakery, planned for the southeast corner of Oracle Road and First Avenue; Anam Inc. at San Jose Plaza; GMC Chinese Bistro at the Shops at Oro Vista at N. La Canada Drive and Lambert Lane.; and the Joint at Oracle Crossing, N. Oracle Road. and E. Magee Road.

Perry also pointed out that LA Fitness had been approved for a $6.3 million project at the intersection of N. Oracle and E. Hardy roads, scheduled for completion in May of 2013.

The Oro Valley Chamber has been active in encouraging new businesses in the town, Perry said.

“We recently helped with Desert Springs Retirement Community in getting settled on Lambert Lane,” Perry said. “I’m told the community is now approaching 90 percent occupancy now. We were able to mediate some inspection and signage issues with the town and the community. The town was very responsive to their needs.

Mike Urbanski, owner of Anytime Fitness at 7937 N. Oracle Rd. (at Magee), said the Oro Valley market was underserved, which is why he opened his business in the town.

“The demographics were a good fit for our mission and niche, which is a small neighborhood gym that appeals to people who don’t like big crowds or the bigger gyms,” Urbanski said. “We’re open 24 hours and when you join you get a security key that opens the door when no one is there, although we staff the facility 12 hours a day.”

Urbanski pointed out that he joined the Oro Valley Chamber before he even opened Anytime Fitness’ doors. 

“We felt that it was important to be a part of the community,” he said. “The chamber has helped us with networking, and it’s important to meet other business people, and provides a good seminars and workshops we can attend.”

Tawinia Boehmer of Copper Canyon Alzheimer Special Care Facility at 5901 N. La Cholla Blvd., said the secure 66-unit facility offers 24-hour nursing for ranges of dementia  from early stage Alzheimer’s to hospice care.

“We expect to have our certificate of occupancy shortly and anticipate opening in about two to three weeks,” she said. “The Oro Valley Chamber toured through here today and want to help get our name out there to referral sources from retirement and assisted living locations.”

Jennifer Leinhos, who with her partner MaryAlice Bachani, owns Accounting Allies at 7790 N. Oracle Rd., Ste. 140, provides full service bookkeeping and accounting services to small businesses.

“Our business began as a home-based business in Oro Valley,” Leinhos said, “but we wanted to continue to be a part of the town so we took commercial space on Oracle Road. We opened in April of 2012 and it’s been a perfect location for us. Business has been booming since we’ve been open.”

Accounting Allies provides small businesses with payroll, sales tax, monthly bookkeeping and budgeting assistance, she said.

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