An interview with Marlo Johnson, Owner of Oak Creek Arts and Crafts Show and participant in Yavapai College SBDC’s Small Business Makeover Program

An interview with Marlo Johnson, Owner of Oak Creek Arts and Crafts Show and participant in Yavapai College SBDC’s Small Business Makeover Program

Oak Creek Arts and Crafts Shows offer fun, festive, outdoor events ongoing throughout the year where you can speak directly to the local artists that make their wares. From pottery and photography to American Indian jewelry, home décor, and glassware, the shows founder and director Marlo Johnson creates an interactive experience not just sales and retail – “The face to face interaction at these art shows is different than what we are experiencing in the digital world,” Marlo said, “People are craving the social aspect of my shows and meeting the people behind the products.” In addition to fine arts and crafts, the shows are spattered with food vendors, tarot card reading, live music, palmistry, and self-care products. These shows are more like festivals, not simply art shows!

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Hotel rebrands to reflect Cottonwood growth

Hotel rebrands to reflect Cottonwood growth

The historic Pines Motel in Cottonwood, Arizona is celebrating this time of regional economic growth by rebranding their well-established business name and identity to Pines Inn and Suites. Current ownership remains of this long-standing, family-owned business by Anna May Cory and her family, along with their exceptional service and high cleanliness standards.

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small business makeover

The Makeover



Coach's Corner

we are so grateful

“SBDC has been instrumental in the development of our new business! They’ve helped us with so many things: from networking to production, policy, and procedure development, to website development, and more. We are so grateful for their expert assistance! We feel our new business is off to a great, healthy start because of them.” – Oak Creek Sheet Metal and TAC Fabrication, 2020 Success Award Winners: Kim and Todd Bean


I rely on SBDC for Guidance

“I truly wish I was aware of SBDC when I started my skincare line 5 years ago. It would have saved me thousands of dollars. They helped me create a free website and blog, guided me with how to market things, do a press release, hire staff, and how to pay them with the correct employee taxes. I relied on the SBDC for guidance. They helped me figure out Quickbooks, creating a FREE website, saving me money I did not have at the start-up. I feel more confident in my bookkeeping, and since this is a farmer’s market with internal and additional currencies, it helped me figure out how to account for my expenses and deposits in a manner that is trackable, accountable and easy to manage. Their encouragement and support have been wonderful as well.” – Prescott Valley Farmer’s Market: Hedda Fay


SBDC was instrumental

“The SBDC was instrumental at the outset by offering guidance in the development of a business plan. Mike Seibert provided us with practical examples of plans and helped us “tweak” them to suit our specific structure and goals. Following discussions with him, we were able to identify our ideal “target” customers and their priorities.” – Granite Mountain Stables: Jacque Gorman. Ed Sierman, Cameraon Macbeth