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Posted: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 3:00 am

ADOT seeks public comments about website

The Arizona Department of Transportation is currently reviewing the content and structure of its website in preparation for a complete website redesign. As part of the website redesign process, ADOT has engaged the services of an independent research firm, Partners In Brainstorms, to conduct a series of in-person discussion groups to help better identify its customers’ information needs and preferences.

The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, June 10, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave., lower level conference room.

Partners In Brainstorms qualifies participants for its discussion groups based on a short demographic and current Internet usage questionnaire. To see if you qualify, visit http://www.surveyentrance.com/pib1769/2 to take a quick questionnaire.

At the end of the questionnaire, you will find out if you qualify to participate. Partners In Brainstorms will then contact you to confirm your participation and provide you with the necessary details. Participation in the discussion group and information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.

For more information, contact Partners in Brainstorms directly at pib@pib1.com or by calling (602) 953-5228.

New OV company specializes in organic products

ARBICO Organics has opened a retail location in Oro Valley, at 10831 N. Mavinee, Suite 185. The business is located in the Foothills Business Park, on the east side of Oracle Road near Honeywell.

The Catalina-based company, specializing in organic solutions to pest control, invites the public to visit the new location, browse, and learn about ARBICO Organics, its staff and products.

ARBICO Organics has produced natural products to control pests for more than 30 years. The new retail store offers residential solutions to pest, mosquito and fly control, gardening pests and diseases, and pet care products.

“By moving from Catalina to Oro Valley, ARBICO Organics hopes to create and strengthen their ties, impact and involvement with the local Southern Arizona community,” the company said in a release.

For more information, visit www.arbico-organics.com or call 1-800-827-2847.

Conference equips local Plato’s Closet franchise

This year’s Plato’s Closet conference focused on helping franchisees build the value of their businesses, according to local retailer Connie Knecht, franchise owner of Plato’s Closet of Tucson. Knecht recently returned from the annual gathering of Plato’s Closet franchisees, held May 16-19 in Las Vegas, Nev.

“Each year, our conference provides us with solid, actionable ideas and insights for increasing profits and improving our customers’ experience,” said Knecht. “In addition, the conference gives me an opportunity to share my experiences as a business professional with other franchisees and to learn from both my peers and the Plato’s Closet corporate team.”

Plato’s Closet buys and sells brand name, gently used clothing. This business model means Plato’s Closet’s customers are the source of both the stores’ revenue and their inventory. This, Knecht says, provides an interesting challenge.

“The pivotal role that our customers play on both sides of our business means that customer service is always our number one priority,” Knecht said.

NPCCC seeks event sponsors, offers lower prices 

The Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce has announced new, reduced prices for breakfast and luncheon sponsorships.

For $100, or $175 for two, NPCCC members can sponsor a meal, distribute literature to everyone in attendance, and speak for five minutes about their business and/or service.

Sponsorships present effective ways to tell your story to other chamber members and guests, said NPCCC CEO/President Dave Perry.

For more information, contact Ruth at 297-2191, or email events@the-chamber.com.

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