Opening a new business in Tucson during inflation

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) – As inflation continues to impact almost every aspect of the everyday world, opening a new business can also be added to the list. But there’s one local business planning to open next year that isn’t letting rising prices slow it down.

“I’m from Tucson and in the 90s downtown wasn’t as cool as it is today,” said Brianna Giacalone, opening a business in downtown Tucson.

That’s why Giacalone decided to open a cycle studio in the heart of Tucson, she wanted to be her own boss. The city of Tucson helped her create a business plan.

“I sat down with someone from the city and they broke down the area’s demographics, marketing strategies and website design,” Giacalone said.

The city says business owners will then need to obtain the appropriate licenses, create a budget, and stick to it. City leaders understand that it can be a long process, but the City of Tucson Small Business Line is here to help any business owner start, expand or relocate to Tucson.

“The city of Tucson really wants Tucson to grow and you can really see that with downtown. They are truly geared towards helping small business owners become profitable and successful,” Giacalone said.

The final tip from Tucson for anyone wanting to open a business: be realistic. For Giacalone, his biggest struggle so far has been hiring.

“I posted on Linkedin, Craigslist, Facebook, everything I even posted flyers. It’s been really hard to hire people,” Giacalone said.

Brianna says none of these setbacks will stop her from moving.

“Times change, I hope prices come down, but if they don’t, that’s the world we live in. That won’t stop me from doing something I care deeply about,” said Giacalone.

Giacalone works hard to get Move Cycle Studio open on 4th Avenue for the community by January 2023.


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