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The Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently announced a second round of Paycheck Protection Program loans will begin for new and certain existing borrowers later this month.

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Happy New Year! As we begin 2021, there is already a lot going on in our community. The COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed, Pima County has established a mandatory curfew, and more money is coming from the Pandemic Relief Package (PPP), to name just a few. As the Marana Chamber works th…

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The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality hand-delivered an abatement order to a northwest-side apartment complex owner for causing a public health nuisance to the complex’s tenants by shutting off the water supply.

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After breaking ground in September 2019, the University of Arizona’s Center for Innovation at Oro Valley hosted an open house last week, showing off their 4,000 feet of new lab space for local biotechnology startups. Previously titled the Oro Valley Innovation Labs, the location in Oro Valle…

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With thousands of nonprofit organizations, Tucson regularly ranks as one of the most charitable cities in the country. Hundreds of these are even locally focused, meaning your contributions can directly feed back into the community. It’s no surprise to learn 2020 has been an exceptionally di…

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In 2020, our community faced a challenge unlike anything we’ve faced before. The cumulative impact of the pandemic has affected every corner of our economy and community. As we come to the end of year, we would like to thank all the donors that have stepped up during this difficult time and …

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Tucson has a large nonprofit community that helps our community in crucial and diverse ways. In the spirit of giving that we embrace during the holiday season, Tucson Local Media shines a spotlight on many of our town’s charity organizations in the hopes that you’ll find one that deserves yo…

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It’s no understatement to say that most – if not all – of us can’t wait for the moment we slam the door on 2020. As we move into the new year, hopes rise for vaccines to end the fear and suffering experienced by too many individuals and families and to put us on a path to whatever the new no…

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It’s the time of year when charitable giving is often driven either by heart-warming holiday generosity or end of year tax motivation. But 2020 has been different and nonprofits are attempting to recover from a year rife with fundraising challenges such as increased demand and decreased reve…

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Six days after President Donald Trump lost his bid for reelection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture notified food safety groups that it was proposing a regulatory change to speed up chicken factory processing lines, a change that would allow companies to sell more birds. An earlier USDA ef…

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Working as a firefighter often requires a person to think quickly and adapt to changes. It’s a skillset that has served former firefighters Jeremy Hilderbrand, Matt Gordon and Taylor Carter well as they operate Firetruck Brewing Company. 

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University Boulevard and Main Gate Square are continuing their annual tradition of decorating for the holidays, with a few extra safety precautions this year. From Friday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 3, University Boulevard between Euclid and Park avenues will have holiday events and decora…

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The Marana Mayor and Council voted 6-1 earlier this month to approve a development agreement with Pima County and the Marana Unified School District for 150 new single-family homes to be built on a parcel near the El Rio Preserve.

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After a double-whammy of COVID and summer fires, Sabino Canyon recreation area partially reopened on Monday, Sept. 21. While the Recreation Area itself is open, the shuttle and the visitor center will remain closed. 

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Tucson Museum of Art. TMA is a local staple, and they’ve reopened this summer. In addition to things like mask requirements and sanitation stations, they’re requiring that you reserve your ticket for a two-hour time slot in advance online. Attendance is limited to 30 percent of its normal ca…

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The Town of Marana has enjoyed strong tax revenues over the past few months despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s negative impact on the larger economy. 

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A recent summer internship for student leaders continued despite COVID-19, and by going virtual, taught its participants networking and leadership skills critical for nonprofits. The Student Leaders program, sponsored by Bank of America, pairs students with local nonprofits for six weeks of …

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PHOENIX – As Arizona bars have reopened after months of being shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic, owners and managers are struggling to comply with state health department regulations that require logistical twists.

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Longtime Western attraction and film location Old Tucson announced today it will remain closed indefinitely due to the continued impact of COVID-19. According to an announcement, Pima County, which owns and leases the park to a private operator, will assume responsibility of Old Tucson start…

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We are halfway through the year and WOW, what a first half it has been. We all have been through a lot and much has been asked of all of us over the last four months. As we move into the rest of 2020, I hope for peace, healing, and happiness for our community and nation.

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Fourth Avenue’s favorite chicken spot is doing its part to help those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic by launching a new program through which customers can purchase a meal or beer for a healthcare professional.

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Most of us are sheltered in place and social distancing the way we should be. That's great - keep it up. It doesn't help the wanderlust, though, does it?

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The Marana Chamber’s plans include the same principles that have carried us this far: our caring and friendly culture, our willingness to think outside of the box and our continued mission to be the voice of business that works to build economic growth and quality of life in our community.

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What started out as the result of a frigid, sleepless night in the Catalinas’ Bear Canyon is now a staple of Tucson’s outdoors community. 

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Thirteen is proving to be a lucky number for everyone connected with Mercado San Agustín—with 13 vendors in the initial site and another 13 in the Annex, a new (and unique-for-Tucson) shopping center that will hold an official grand opening the weekend of May 4.

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The Marana Chamber’s plans for Spring of 2018 include the same principles that have carried us this far: our caring and friendly culture, our willingness to think out of the box, and our continued mission to be the voice of business that works to build economic growth and quality of life in …

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Since 1933, Congress has passed a bipartisan Farm Bill that supports America’s agriculture producers every five years. With the next farm bill due before the end of September, I invited my colleague, Congressman Collin Peterson to join me for two listening sessions in Casa Grande and Tucson …

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The majority of startup businesses fail within the first five years. However, three local tech companies are determined to beat the odds. Codelucida, Emagine Solutions, and Reglagene are receiving help from UA and the Arizona Center for Innovation to succeed in the business world. And all th…

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A new scholarship is being offered by the Marana Chamber of Commerce to encourage high school students and other individuals to pursue careers in health care fields.

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Yesterday the Arizona Superior Court in Pima County’s data systems experienced a malware attack by individuals who were attempting to seize court personnel data for the purpose of obtaining a ransom payment. Commonly referred to as ransomware, a program was introduced to the Court’s network …

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It’s that time of year again! One of the busiest shopping events of the year is right around the corner. While some Black Friday shoppers will stick to making online purchases this year, others are preparing to brave the crowds to snag a good deal on their holiday gifts.

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Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on the busiest shopping weekend of the year. Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Arizona is spreading awareness and urging consumers to support small businesses in Southern Arizona on Nov. 29.