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Arizona Business Owners Stand Against Opening Too Soon

More than 400 small business owners in Arizona have signed a petition at Too Soon Arizona indicating they don’t plan to open their business until experts and research shows it is safe to do so. The movement to remain locked-down gained steam in recent weeks as Arizona Governor Doug Ducey began reopening up the state’s economy.

Salons and barbershops were allowed to reopen on May 8th, and dining rooms were allowed to open beginning on May 11th. Those businesses still must follow state COVID-19 safety guidelines.

A statement on the website where businesses could sign the letter read: “The intention of Too Soon Arizona is to provide a voice for independently-owned businesses who feel it is too soon to reopen indoor public spaces. Too Soon Arizona wants business owners to feel supported and be able to let their guests know why they are not opening their doors at this time.”

A review of the business owners who’d signed the open letter showed the majority were in the Tucson market, though there were a scattering of companies listed from across Arizona including in Phoenix, Mesa and Scottsdale.

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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