Business Showcase Is Your One-Stop Shop

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Wouldn't it be wonderful to go to one location and talk to just about every business in Arizona Rim Country? It would save time, lots of gas and those jangled nerves.

Your lucky day is coming.

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Martha Hemphill, owner of Curves for Women, dons a sombrero at last year's Business Showcase. To be a part of this year's Showcase, contact Bob Ware, director of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, at 474-4515.

April 26, the 11th Annual Business Showcase takes place in the huge parking lot of the Rim Country Mall.

A 16,000-square-foot tent will be erected to house roughly 80 businesses and organizations -- each one sharing valuable information. On the outside will be additional businesses highlighting the best they have to offer.

Though sunshine is usually the norm, the Business Showcase will occur even if it rains or snows.

Everyone will be welcome to this free event. Every booth will have a door prize, and all adults may enter to win. Come early -- there seems to always be a full house.

The registration period for businesses has just begun. No matter the size of your business, if you want a booth, you should sign up right now.

Every year, we sell out of spaces early, and about a third of the spaces have already been chosen.

Call Judy at the chamber (474-4515) for information, and then hurry down and pick your perfect location.

In case you don't remember, your chamber of commerce members mean business. And a great business climate ensures that we all will have a constant revenue stream to pay for the necessary services in our communities and county.

Your participation at the 11th Annual Business Showcase -- either as an exhibitor, or as a guest -- guarantees that the economic health of our area will stay strong.

Legislative brief

Did you know that the House and the Senate of the Arizona Legislature are considering ways to ruin our economy? That is a fact. The name of the game right now is cut, cut, cut and cut right down to the bone. Locally, those cuts will slice deeply into our local economy.

One suggested cut includes taking $20 million from the Heritage Fund for 2003 and another $16 million for 2004. That $30 million hit to the Heritage Fund is huge since the fund only received $17.5 million in 2002.

How does this affect Arizona Rim Country? Why should you care?

The fact is that you should care a great deal because the legislature is revisiting closure possibilities of the State Parks.

Contact your legislators and tell them to leave the Heritage Fund, and our state parks, alone.

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