NOW AVAILABLE: Ground floor private suite

For businesses looking for all the benefits of the popular executive suites concepts but with its own private enclosure, look no further than Suite 103 (in green in floorplan above).  Formerly-occupied by a major produce brokerage which recently expanded, Suite 103 is the risk-free solution for a growing business needing a high image at low cost.

This almost 1,500 square-foot, move-in-ready offices boasts a receptionist center facing the dramatic atrium lobby, plus two private offices and board/bonus room.  Occupants have easy access from the front or back of the building. kitchen New tenants share a kitchen/coffee center (left), copy room and large conference area with the adjoining Santa Cruz Executive Suites at no additional cost.

As with the smaller suites, Suite 103 has outside views and up to three parking spaces included.   Suite 103’s entrance adjoins that of the newly-opened 1st Bank Yuma, providing excellent client/customer visibility.

“We’re pleased to offer this mid-size option ideally-suited to help our tenants grow their business”, notes The Americas Center owner/partner David Jeong, explaining that the previous tenant first leased one of the smaller executive suites, then moved to Suite 103 and now occupies more extensive space in the the Center’s second floor.

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NEW LAUNCH: Local economic development board, site

Presentation2The summer has brought accelerated activities in the City of Nogales in preparation for the grand opening of the remodeled Mariposa Port later this fall.

The improved U.S. economy  has also brought  increased interest in the border area benefits.  Our region has also been benefiting directly from the impressive growth of the Mexican economy and the thousands of shoppers and businesspeople who cross our borders daily.

As the region’s only Class A office complex, The Americas Center Executive Suites marketing staff has been directly involved in the City’s new Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Board.   The 15-member group of representatives from both U.S. and Mexico manufacturing (maquiladoras), services, produce, hospitality and the general community have been busy these past months developing exciting new resources for our region.   These include:

  • Dedicated economic development web page.  The City has launched a special  Economic Development web page with general information for existing and relocating businesses (photo above).  You can link to it here: http://www.nogalesaz.gov/Economic-Development
  • Area Resource Guide.  This will be a “one-stop” tool — similar in scope to the Tucson one (see previous post) — focused on specific information for businesses and residents relocating to the area.  It will address the questions asked by many of our prospective tenants, such as building land availability and costs, permit and licensing process, financial and tax advantages, plus a lot more.
  • Border Case Study & Satisfaction Survey.  An important element in the relocating decision-making process, these landmark perception studies will provide direct  insight into what works well and what is still needed to make the region even more attractive.

Be sure to check back with us for news about these activities as they are being finalized.  For more information, plus direct access to the resources listed and special upcoming Suite benefits, contact our marketing department at 1-877-281-9305.

SPECIAL EVENT: New area Resource Guide

(Tucson Newspapers)

(Tucson Newspapers)

We were very pleased to be a part of the very first The Arizona-Sonora Business Resource Guide, which debuted this week at the JW Marriott Hotel in Tucson.

The 68-page book includes a directory of regiona administrative, legal, logistics and manufacturing companies, economic data, and tips for expanding business between borders.   It also highlights the manufacturing products and services available, including office resources such as The Americas Trade Center’s Executive Suites.

The event was attended by 200 or so regional leaders and business owners (photo), including Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino.   A special address from Union Pacific Railroad executives highlighted expanded rail services between the countries, including the planned introduction of air services from Tucson to Hermosillo, Sonora.  This services could be in place as early as this summer, promising to further strenghten the business and tourism connections in our region.

The Arizona Star (Tucson Newspapers) in partnership with the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, launched the project . The Cities of  Nogales, AZ and Sonora are among the top sponsors.  Complimentary copies of the Guide will be available to all Suites tenants.

For more information about the Guide contact vcruz@azstarnet.com or 573-4224.AZ guide-collage

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Border business boost

AZ-SON Guide

The Arizona Star (newspaper) and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (THCC) announced last week a special partnership to launch the first-ever Arizona-Sonora Business Resource Guide.  Designed to boost business between Arizona and the Mexican state of Sonora, the Guide is slated to be published in March.
THCC

According to the THCC, which was awarded “Chamber of the Year” for 2013, Mexico is already Arizona’s #1 foreign trading partner with $6.8 billion worth of exports to Arizona, and our State’s exports to Mexico totaling $6.2 billion.  Sonora is the main driver of this growth due to the extensive maquiladora (manufacturer) presence and expanding middle class.

The Americas Trade Center is ideally located in this active commerce corridor, facilitating small to medium-sized business gain immediate office presence in this area via our Executive Suites.  We are also working closely with the THCC in actively supporting its members, the Guide, and its special launch events.  Local businesses are encouraged to obtain a listing at:  http://arizona-sonora.com.

Stay tuned for more news about this exciting new development in border trade alliances, and how your business can benefit.

TENANT PROFILE: Broker helps understand Obamacare

Maria Frisby, CLU, ChFC, CIC,  president of Frisby Insurance

Maria Frisby, CLU, ChFC, CIC, president of Frisby Insurance

One of the first tenants we welcomed to our brand new Executive Suites was Frisby Insurance.  In business since the late 1970s,  Frisby Insurance, which also has offices in Tucson, represents the personal care and attention to detail that is the hallmark of top service practitioners.

Importantly, as an independent broker, they represent your needs, not those of the insurance companies.  With the new national health plan (The Affordable Health Care Act, known as “Obamacare”) a puzzle to so many, the brokerage has been very busy lately helping clients understand the law and ensure they enroll in the right plan.

We caught up with agency principal Maria Frisby about her extensive experience and how best to tackle the challenges of the new law.

Q:  Maria, first, how did you get into this business, and why?

A:  I obtained my Life & Health Insurance license in 1978 thanks to a close friend’s encouragement, but I always had a very strong belief in insurance.  My Dad had a life insurance policy when he died at 49, and I saw how critical it was to our family to have that safeguard.

Q:  It sounds like you derive a lot of  satisfaction from your career.  What makes you stand apart from other brokers?

A:   I find it very rewarding to advise people on how to make wise decisions, and I am proud to say I go out of my way to help our clients.

Q:  Who are your typical clients?

A:  Most of my clients are small business owners and have  individual polices.

Q: What are you recommending clients do with regard to enrolling in the the new healthcare program?

A:  My first recommendation is to be patient.  It is a huge project, and it’s going to take time to adjust to it.  My second recommendation is to become informed.  It is a complicated plan, and the right choices  need to be made.

Q:  Do you recommend folks come in an discuss the various options with you first before enrolling, and what are some of the pitfalls they might encounter?

A:  The first thing is to ensure that  someone can explain the differences from plan to plan, compare the benefits of each to determine what is best for the individual, because it’s not going to be “one size fits all.”  The most common mistake people do is chose the lowest premium.  When they have a claim, then they find out they don’t have adequate benefits.  Another important point is checking  the network of doctors and facilities in your area.

Frisby Insurance is now taking appointments to help folks navigate this complex new insurance law.  You can reach Maria or her agents/assistants directly at The Americas Center in  Nogales at 520-761-4688 or in Tucson at 520-622-1595, or email maria@frisbyinsurance.com.  Also, check out their website at http://frisbyinsurance.com.

SPECIAL EVENT: Summer Concert

Concert at TACOnce again, The Americas Trade Center is lending its acoustically-superior lobby for an upcoming music recital.   Entitled Music & Miracles, the event benefits the St. Andrew’s  Children Clinic (which specializes in uniting U.S. and Mexico doctors by providing annual free cleft-lip surgeries for kids.  Learn more at:  http://standrewsclinic.org

Taking place at our building on August 17th at 7PM, the two-day venue will feature renowned local and “imported” musical talent, including Pianists Evan Kory and Christopher Allen, Tenor Joshua Guerrero and Baritone Len Hernandez.

The concert is jointly-sponsored by our building’s managing partners, CPAs Jeong-Lizardi and other leading local businesses, and will focus on favorite classical pieces ideal for a summer evening.  Appetizers and refreshments will also be included in the $50 ticket price.

This event is selling out fast, so be sure to reserve tickets today by calling:  520-648-3242, 520-281-2780, or 604-0557.  Or, come by our building management office (Jeong-Lizardi, on the Mezzanine level) to learn more.

Our Executive Suites will be open for tours on the 17th, so do come by and say hello during the intermission!

SPECIAL FEATURE: Suite Membership update

We’re pleased to announce our new, upgraded Americas Trade & Commerce Center (TAC)’s Executive Suites Membership Program, now with added features that make this the optimal office solution for the “on-the-go” professional.

Our Suites is just the right style for the on-the-go professional

Our Suites are just the right style for the mobile executive

As the only Class A-style Executive Suites on the Arizona/Mexico border, we provide unique access to dynamic trade and business opportunities at the lowest cost.  A small monthly fee gives you full access to our luxuriously-appointed offices via an exclusive Membership program that puts YOU in control. As our special Suite Member you enjoy:

♦ Special Membership Card plus TAC mailbox key with souvenir keychain

♦ Private incoming mail.  Use our address and have all your mail sorted and stored safely for pick up when convenient

♦ Suite options:  Any Suite you select office is furnished with desk, credenza, file cabinets and guest chairs:  just bring your cell phone and other mobile devices  (advance reservation required)

The new business luncheon series will take place in our newly-decorated Executive Suites' boardroom

Executive Suites boardroom  designed for comfort and efficiency

♦ Conference Room with ergonomic seating,  plus hi-speed Wi-Fi and complete A/V capabilities (advance reservation required)

♦ Copy center and break room  complete with copier, extensive countertops, lockers, food storage, refrigerator, beverages…even your own coffee mug!

♦ Concierge/Assistant services for hotel and restaurant reservations, transportation, tours, and general business support (additional professional/executive services available at extra fee).

♦ Special invitation to area networking events and local happenings, including discounts and coupons to restaurants, etc.

♦ Covered parking for one car, plus ample guest parking available

♦ Use of our expansive lobby for your private event (by advance approval/reservation). Join us today and be a part of the exploding U.S./Mexico border commerce!

All major credit cards accepted.

Call our Marketing Department at 1-877-281-9305 to learn more!

SPECIAL EVENT: Charles Mingus Jazz Festival

C. MingusOnce more, the sound of music will fill The Americas Trade & Commerce Center.  This time, it’s a special tribute to Nogales-native and jazz great Charles Mingus (died 1979.)

Mingus will be headlined by local Sergio Mendoza (another native son) and his band, who perform Mingus tributes throughout the U.S. and Europe.  The free concert is scheduled to begin at noon on Saturday, April 20.  There will be vendors with food and drinks for purchase.

Sponsored by the Santa Cruz Advocates for the Arts (SCAA) the afternoon-long event will also featured the award-winning Mariachi Apaches from the Nogales High School, Tucson’s Jazz Institute Ellington Band, the Hardy Blues Band from New York, among others.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be a multi-talented and inspirational tardeada of music!

Learn more about the Charles Mingus Hometown Music Festival at http://mingusproject.com and in our local newspaper http://nogalesinternational.com.

ANNOUNCING: New SEAGO partnership

seago_logo1In our efforts to unite the Arizona border business communities, we are pleased to partner in communications with our Sierra Vista area neighbors at  SEAGO, the SouthEastern Arizona Governments Organization.

Our friend and supporter there, Akos Kovach,  Economic Development Planner, has attended our monthly networking lunch and always provides useful insight about cross-border trends.  Importantly, SEAGO continues to promote The Americas Trade Center and new Executive Suites in recent issues of their newsletter and blog.

You can read all about SEAGO at http://seago.org.   Also, check out the many upcoming business and trade activities in Nogales, as well as our new “Suites” ad on Page 8 of the April edition of their monthly newsletter, Turning Point.   You can download the issue by clicking here:  SEAGO Newsletter – April 2013

Our thanks to Akos and his gracious staff for all their support!