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Growing up as the daughter of a veteran, Haley Schuster learned at a very early age how important it is to care for members of the military, as well as first responders.

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It is sometimes a nuisance or inconvenience for a freelancer or entrepreneur to travel to local coffee shops, in the hopes of getting work completed, when seats are unavailable, or when the environment is too distracting and even when the Wi-Fi is occasionally spotty. But one Peoria entrepre…

Nadine Rivera, outside sales expert from FASTSIGNS Glendale, recently completed an intensive three-day Sales Boot Camp training program at the FASTSIGNS corporate headquarters in Dallas.

The EPA recently announced the winners of their prestigious Indoor airPLUS Leader Awards and Mandalay Homes were honored for the second year in a row. Only six builders nationwide received this award.

With school just around the corner, Deseret Industries, a nonprofit thrift store, donation processor and employment training center, is encouraging parents to stop by before spending hundreds of dollars at department stores.

As the sun rises each morning heating the City of Glendale, there are hundreds of tasty morsels rising and warming in ovens at La Purisima Bakery, leaving the delectable smell of pan dulce, Mexican sweet bread, wafting through downtown.

The 2016 Biz 2 Biz expo offers an unparalleled opportunity for all businesses throughout the West Valley and beyond to showcase their products and services to hundreds of decision makers and buyers. Free to attend and open to the public, this highly productive event offers the perfect opport…

The Peoria Unified School District Governing Board unanimously approved the 2016-17 Maintenance and Operations budget during the July 14 board meeting.

Arrowhead Towne Center, Macerich’s market-leading retail property in the West Valley, announced six new stores that have recently joined or will be joining the lineup this summer: H&M, Pandora (now open), Chompie’s (now open), Nationwide Vision, Finish Line and Lush. As well, the roster …

Glendale Civic Center has been voted No. 1 for the fifth consecutive year for meeting and conference facilities in the State of Arizona by Arizona Business Journal’s Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business publication.

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Phoenix attorney Jon Howard has been appointed to the executive committee of WESTMARC — the Western Maricopa Coalition — a public-private partnership of the 15 communities, the business community, and the educational sector in t…

Ford Motor Company’s Masters Program, established in 1993, recognizes the technical training accomplishments of Ford and Lincoln dealership technicians in the United States. Technicians can earn the designations of Master Technician, Senior Master Technician, 10-year Master Technician, and 1…

Wells Fargo opened its newest Arizona location, a 2,529-square-foot store at 6525 W. Happy Valley Road, Feb. 8. A grand opening celebration is planned in March.

As a newly certified Fit-To-Retire coach, Kirtus Brutsman of Wilde Wealth, now offers a systematic, holistic approach to help clients make the transition to a successful retirement.

Papa Murphy’s, the country’s largest take ‘n’ bake pizza chain, has opened a new store in Glendale at 6002 N. 67th Ave. The newest West Valley location is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Friday and Saturday. Owned by Linda and Ed Holmes and James Lovelac…

Daum Commercial Real Estate Services has negotiated the $1.750 million sale of a 16,150-square-foot industrial building on 3.77 acres at 5150 N. Tom Murray Ave. in Glendale (south of Colter Street).

The Glendale Planning Commission gave unanimous approval and forwarded its recommendation to the city council for approval of the new Zanjero Apartments that would be located near 91st and Glendale avenues.

To prepare for the 2016 Spring Training season, Glendale Sportservice seeks to fill a variety of positions in food, beverage and retail operation. It will be hosting a job fair 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 5 at Camelback Ranch, the spring training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox.

To say Mark Witthar is new on the job would be unrealistic. He’s been dealing with Sanderson Ford for almost 30 years. That’s how many years he was employed by Ford Motor Company (FMC). When the former GM at Sanderson retired, recruiting Witthar to replace him was a given.

Last year, 2,296 Arizona residents across the state gave back to their communities as volunteers providing free tax services.  These volunteers prepared more than 86,000 federal and State of Arizona individual income tax returns through the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and AA…

Desert Schools Federal Credit Union announced its 12th annual Community Service Scholarship Program to reward outstanding local high school seniors who have made notable charitable contributions to their communities over the past year and are dedicated to doing so in the future.

Two high-profile shopping centers sold in separate transactions in the past 60 days: Fry’s Food Store anchored 51st & Olive Square at 5116 W. Olive Ave., Glendale for $9,250,000 ($165.40 per square foot) and Playa Del Norte, 555 N. Scottsdale Road, Tempe for $7,100,000 ($617.44 per squar…

For outstanding leadership, data-driven results and an authentic approach to coaching highly functional teams, Tressa Jumps earned a coveted regional award from the National Council on Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR), a national organization of marketing professionals from two-year colleges.

Dave & Buster’s, the ultimate entertainment destination, is looking to hire enthusiastic individuals to join the team at Glendale’s new Westgate location, opening November 2015. Positions are available in both front- and back-of-house capacities, including servers, bartenders, hosts, lin…

The Department of Economic Security’s AZ Job Connection is hosting a job fair 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28 at the NCO Club, 14000 W. Eagle St., Luke Air Force Base.

Smoke’s Poutinerie, the “World’s Largest and Original Poutinerie,” will open at Gila River Arena Oct. 10, just in time for the start of the 2015-2016 NHL hockey season with the Arizona Coyotes.

The ‘friendliest gym in town’ and the largest locally owned health club in Arizona, Mountainside Fitness is expanding and opening its 12th location near Loop 101 and 75th Avenue in early November.

Job seekers in the West Valley have a chance to meet with more than 40 employers all in one place Oct. 7 when Glendale Community College Career and Employment Services hosts the Fall Job Fair, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the main campus Student Union, 6000 W. Olive Ave.

The Musical Mystery Tour fundraiser originally scheduled for Oct. 3 has been cancelled. Glendale Civic Pr8ide Ambassadors Foundation is asking those who may be interested in rescheduling the event to contact Nancy Lenox at 602-568-6202, or

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Westwood Financial Corp. (WFC), one of the largest privately held owner-operators of grocery-anchored retail properties in the United States, announced the sale of Arrowhead Plaza, located at 20165 N. 67th Ave. in Glendale, Ariz., for $14 million. The buyer, Arrowhead Plaza, LLC, owns the ad…

Home prices in most of Glendale saw double digit increases compared to last year, with a decrease in just one of the city’s main ZIP codes, according to the latest figures from the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service.

Credit Union West is now accepting applications for their 2015-2016 Young Adult Advisory Panel. The credit union is looking for highly motivated young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 years to serve on the voluntary panel. The purpose of the panel, launched in 2013, is to engage young ad…

Kneaders Bakery & Café are calling residents of Phoenix to experience freshly baked European hearth breads, delicious sandwiches, fresh-made pastries, hearty soups and refreshing salads at its newest location in Glendale. The premier fast-casual restaurant and retail shop will open Sept.…