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The following business received business licenses from the City of Maricopa June-16-July 15:

Commercial: Burger King, Ross Dress for Less

Home based: Avasu, Boundless Vacation, Color Street, Gemini Mapping, Helpful Howie Handyman Service, Keep the Beat Entertainment, Modern Glamour Photography, North Suburban Office Services, P&N Your Choice Cleaning Services, Pawdicure Pals

Out of town: Action Barricade Company, Desert Metropolitan, GE Home Services, InstaBright SmileLabs, Interior Logic Holdings, JLC Enterprises, Keiki Corner, Mobile Car Wash, Monarch Pools, Pearlman Architects of Arizona, Trinity Building Services

Peddler/Solicitor: Arizona Environmental Progress

Nonprofit: Maricopa Militia Youth Football

This item appears in the August issue of InMaricopa.

Smiley Dental is among new businesses acquiring a new commercial license.

Of the many new business licenses applied for in Maricopa last month, the majority were for out-of-town companies and vendors.

Commercial: GoWireless Inc., H&R Block, Maricopa Family Psychiatry, My Maricopa Plumber, Planet Fitness, Smiley Dental, Treasured Smiles Children’s Dentistry, True Hearts II

Home-based: Ashley’s Parties, Bags and More by Julie, Charmed Bath & Body, Comfort Care Assisting Living Home, Crossland Training Connections, Desert Ice, JC & Laney, LenzKing, Ms. Sparkle, Nana’s House of Childcare, Origami Owl, PCs by D’vine, Positively Posh Events, Skurtsy/Peaches & Seams, Sonora Candle & Oils, Usborne Books & More, VanGo 4 Kids, VIPTV

Out of town: Arizona Correctional Industries, Arizona Foundation Solutions, Banner Casa Grande Medical Center, Cordova Contracting & Development, Different Smokes BBQ, Digital Video Networks, Flippin’ Rice Food Truck, Garth Vacuum Truck Service, Good Ruby Apple Christian Book & Gift, Guzman Fence Company, Horrocks Engineers, The Ice Tea Guy, Joseph’s Graneries, Liquid Habit, Lislie Heft Premier Designs Jewelry, Metro Traffic Control, MRC Construction & Electrical, Ms. C’s BBQ Chicken N Ribs, Pace Pacific Corporation, Phoenix Psychic, RT Underground, Seacret Direct, Soil Works, Sonya’s Feather Duster, Starlight Homes Construction, Tac-O-Bout It, Tribal Waters, Tupperware The Fanatics

Nonprofit: Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl, Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona, Maricopa Pantry, Waypoint Church

This item appears in the April issue of InMaricopa.

Tena Dugan questions city staff about the business license process during Councilmember on the Corner. Photo by Michelle Chance

Last year, the city unveiled a new digital program designed to save residents time, money and paper when applying for various permits.

The City of Maricopa Online Services” system includes business license applications and renewals.

Development Services Director Martin Scribner said the city currently processes between 1,200 and 1,500 business licenses every year and, since the documents are submitted and approved online, the turnaround time for approval is significantly quicker than before.

Although the transition from paper to digital was made in part to make the process convenient for customers, some residents have said it’s done the opposite.

The discussion took place during Henry Wade’s “Councilmember on the Corner” public forum at Highway 238 Industrial Park Jan. 10.

Residents complained the website is not user-friendly and suggested the name of the link be changed to something relevant and recognizable.

As explained during a tutorial at the meeting, to access business license applications on the city website, residents can click a link titled “Access Online Permitting & Parcel Search,” which residents said is confusing. 

However, another link, “Apply for a Business License” is just below and takes residents to the same destination. 

Scribner said the city plans to edit the language on its website during a future redesign.

Resident and local business owner Tena Dugan said the city’s customer service over the telephone is another area in need of improvement.

“It’s very frustrating to call and not get your question answered,” Dugan said, adding employees were helpful when she reached them in the past.

Councilmember Henry Wade hosts Councilmember on the Corner. Photo by Michelle Chance

Scribner said staff inside the business licensing department works to answer every phone call and every question. However, he said he would like to hire more employees in the department in the future.

Residents also said the digital application process might be a hinderance to residents who are not well-versed with computers as well as to people who have limited or no access to computers. Dugan suggested a small-business “advocate” at City Hall be hired to help residents.

Isela Hernandez, an employee within the city’s business license department, reminded residents that there are computer kiosks inside City Hall where the applications can be completed with the assistance of a city employee during normal operation hours, Monday through Thursday.

Local business owner Eduardo Quirindongo said despite some of the issues with the new process, the online portal does have its perks.

“It’s a lot better than going to City Hall on Friday,” Quirindongo joked.

Another sticking point for Dugan was the lack of notice from the city for renewing her license.

Currently, every business license issued in Maricopa expires at the end of the year, flooding the department with renewal paperwork over the course of a short time.

Although the city attempts to send a renewal notice to every license holder, Scribner said sometimes there are “hiccups.”

Scribner said the department would like to see a change in city code to allow renewal deadlines to reflect the anniversary of business license applications. Scribner said that way, renewals will be spread throughout the year and will be easier to process for employees.

“This is still new to us so next time we will definitely do better,” Hernandez said.

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The following businesses applied for or received business licenses or renewals Nov. 16-Dec. 14.

Commercial: Amazing Flooring Solutions, Courtny Tyler State Farm, El Taco Santo, Gloria Smith Insurance and Consulting Services, J Warren Funeral Services, Sunstreet Mortgage, SV Gourmet Kitchen

Home-based: Accounting Advocate, Affordable Quality Child Care, Bougie Bags and Accessories, Chelsea Mendoza, Comfort Realty, Crazy Cranberry Salsa LLC, High-Dration, Power Networking Group, Rich for Maricopa, Sharpe Signature Holdings LLC, STAR Productions, Tim Stashin

Out of town: Arizona Seals Swimming Association, Craft Master Signs, DRH Electric Inc., Fire Catt LLC, High Power Electric, Pinal Transport & Storage, Scott Communities at Sorrento Park LLC

Peddler’s License: Arizona Environmental Process

This item appears in the January issue of InMaricopa.

Gyro Grill plans to open its doors Friday. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Commercial: Gyro Grill, Enke Nails & Spa, Maricopa Bright Starts Academy, Maricopa Shell, Maricopa Wells Veterinary Hospital

Home-Based: Bellissimo Lashes & Brows, Bolo Tie Cleaning Service, Derrick Wood, Designs by Sandra, Erik’s Mobile Mechanic, Evergreen Global Services, FS Artistic Concepts, Handy Man Services, Happy Eyes Visuals, Latin Chef, LuLaRoe Gina Wrenn, Top Dog Home Services

Out of town: Ardeo Law Group, Benchmark Home Loans, Criterion Supply, Express Employment Services, Hemp Creations, Pacific Acoustics, Perspective O, RoadSafe Traffic, Scott Homes Development Company, Southface Solar Electric, Southwest Traffic Engineering, Vivint Inc., Walking M Farms

Peddler: Arizona Environmental Progress, ARM Security

This item appears in the October issue of InMaricopa.

The following businesses applied for businesses in the city of Maricopa April 16-May 15.

Commercial: Aalpha 1 Systems LLC, American Tower Investments LLC, Ameripro Service Systems Inc., Desert Rage LLC, Raspado’s Locoz, Toby’s Auto Mechanic Service

Home-based: Cobblestone Assisted Living, Elite Residential Cleaning Services, Horseshoe Enterprises LLC, Julia’s Cookies LLC, Konadu Family LLC, Leisa’s Luscious Lips, Sevill’s Luxury Services, Share Conceptz, Stromboli Sicilian Sauce

Out of town: BH Skating Parks LLC, East West Bedding LLC, Fins and Whims, LP Rent a Fence LLC, Total Transit Enterprises

Peddler: Streamline Solar

This item appears in the June issue of InMaricopa.

Fight Farms was among businesses gaining business licenses last month. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

The following businesses applied for business licenses with the City of Maricopa Feb. 16-March 15:

Commercial: Maricopa Home Rentals LLC, Peachy Clean

Home-based: 911 Air Repair, Avon Cosmetics with Tina Rivas, Big Money SBC, Bob’s Ballistics, Cultivated Events, Dog Collar Boutique, Dr. Dusty Sowards NMD, Fight Farms, GDP Trendz, Julia’s Cookies LLC, Karen Stratman, Lauralee’s Creations, Leisa’s Luscious Lips, Little Bob Creations, Lori’s Beauty Boutique, LuLaRoe Gina Wrenn, Maricopa Garment Print, Maricopa Trikke, Nicole’s Usborne Books & More, OrganiKiss, Outside the Line, Paisley Cactus Design, Pazii Cigars, Peaches and Dream Décor, Pure Romance by Natasha Sutton, Rawlins Cosmetics, Royal Home Watch, Sevill’s Luxury Services, Solabstract Art & Photography, UMBUH, West Valley Printing, Zanovia’s Dress

Out of town: ATC Group Services Inc., AZ Bounce Pro, Blazing Deer Salsa Company, Danzarte Danza Folklorica, Elouise Jones, Hound Street Boutique, King Insulation of Arizona, The Lemon Hut, Patterson & Dewar Engineers, Pool Troopers, Promise Towing, Sandstorm Signs & Services, The Segal Company, Suds ‘N Such, Waffle Crush,

Peddler/Solicitor: Burke Ice Cream

This article appears in the April issue of InMaricopa.

Big 5 was among companies picking up new business licenses in Maricopa last month.

The following businesses applied for business licenses in Maricopa Nov. 16-Dec. 15:

Commercial: Big 5 Sporting Goods, Homestreet Bank

Home-based: Arizona Home Repair Service, Candy Creations, Chadwick’s Caleidoscope, Desert Vibes DJ, Jill Smith (Scentsy), Stephanie Raper, The Wright Home Day Care

Out-of-town:  Campo Construction, A Child’s Joy, Deadlift Brew & Shakes, Elite Fire Protection, First Impression Ironworks, Guitar Tommy’s, Legacy Transportation, Navajo Secrets, Policy Development Group, Ram Jack Arizona, Super Products, TJZ Corporation, Vicki St. Clair

Peddler/solicitor: Arizona Environmental Progress

This article appears in the January issue of InMaricopa.