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Pandemic Forces Some Arizona Businesses To Innovate And Pivot

The pandemic has forced a lot of us to think creatively — about how we work, how we go to school, see our friends and family. For small businesses in Arizona — and across the country and world — they’ve had to get creative about how to keep their doors open.

In some cases, that can mean small changes, like moving to a to-go or curbside operation. But in others, businesses have had to completely change what it is they do — think distilleries and breweries starting to make hand sanitizer, for example. 

So how do businesses make those moves? To find out, The Show spoke with Andy Lombard, executive vice president for Innovation, Venture Development and Small Business at the Arizona Commerce Authority.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.