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Business in Brief: Chino Valley Chamber hosts business, networking luncheon May 1

Chino Valley Chamber hosts business, networking luncheon on May 1

The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting a business and networking luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at Grace Baptist Church, 2010 Highway 89, at the 89 and Outer Loop Road roundabout in Chino Valley.

Guest speaker Yanick Hicks, a speaker, coach and trainer, will discuss “Becoming A Person Of Influence.” He will explain why “Everything rises and falls on leadership,” and will give some solid, actionable steps to take to increase leadership ability in order to improve overall effectiveness.

Cost is $16 for members and $19 for non-members. Cash or checks accepted at the door.

For more information, call 928-636-2493 or visit

Young adult career, job fair in Prescott on May 1

Local residents age 16 to 24 are invited to the Young Adult Career and Job Fair on Wednesday, May 1, at the Yavapai Juvenile Justice Center lawn area in Prescott, 1100 Prescott Lakes Parkway, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Attendees will learn about careers; will have the opportunity to apply for full-time, part-time, temporary and summer jobs; and meet with representatives from business, healthcare, and nonprofit organizations.

Job fair exhibitors include Yavapai College, Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona, NACOG, Superior Industries and Fann Contracting. The job fair is coordinated by Yavapai College Regional Economic Development Center, Yavapai County Juvenile Justice Center, Goodwill of Central and Northern AZ, ARIZONA@WORK, and NACOG.

Professional attire is strongly recommended. For information, call 928-776-2008 or email

How major US stock indexes fared Friday

Stocks closed higher Friday, nudging the benchmark S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq composite to record highs for the second time in a week.

The latest milestones came as investors weighed a mixed bag of corporate earnings. They also drew encouragement from a government report estimating that the U.S. economy grew at a better-than-expected 3.2 percent annual rate in the first quarter.

For the week:

• The S&P 500 rose 34.85 points, or 1.2 percent.

• The Dow fell 16.21 points, or 0.1 percent.

• The Nasdaq gained 148.34 points, or 1.9 percent.

For the year:

• The S&P 500 is up 433.03 points, or 17.3 percent.

• The Dow is up 3,215.87 points, or 13.8 percent.

• The Nasdaq is up 1,511.12 points, or 22.8 percent.

US economy grew at strong 3.2% rate in first quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.2 percent annual rate in the first three months of the year, a far better outcome than expected, overcoming a host of headwinds including global weakness, rising trade tensions and a partial government shutdown.

The advance in the gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic health, marks an acceleration from a 2.2 percent gain in the previous October-December period, the Commerce Department reported Friday. However, about half the gain reflected two factors not expected to last — a big jump in stockpiling by businesses and a sharp contraction in the trade deficit.

The GDP gain surpassed the 3 percent bar set by President Trump.

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