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Many a sea captain has used the guiding light of the North Star to find their way home. At North Star Business Center, owner and office administrator Diana North prides herself on providing a home and invaluable help to small business owners. Located in a newly renovated building on 6th Street in Show Low, North Star Business Center provides office space as well as an extensive selection of administrative services. “I love people, and businesses are just a whole bunch of people put together,” smiles Diana warmly during our recent interview. “My job is to help fill in the blanks and help business owners connect with other businesses, take care of their customers and grow their business.”
No strangers to local business, Diana and her husband Steve (who is the City of Show Low Economical Developer) moved to the White Mountains in 2007 and since then have become well known fixtures in the business community. Diana is a member of the board of directors for the Show Low Main Street program and the North's participate and coordinate a number of events including the Farmers' Market in Show Low, the annual Spooktacular Festival, and the Shoppes on Gingerbread Lane. They are the proud parents of two grown children, their daughter Kacie is a recent graduate from ASU in marketing and their son Cole will be graduating this May in Mechanical Engineering.
North Star story began around five years ago when Peter Tims of White Mountain Jewelers in Show Low decided to offer timeshare space in his building. “I approached him to come on board and later, a company called My Brother's Office came into town to offer a similar service. They decided to partner with Peter. After a period of time, Peter decided he wanted to focus on his jewelry business so we moved into another building and renamed the business MBO Executive Suites because it is much easier to understand as a brand. Having three other locations in the Valley, the company decided to focus more on those locations and left last November. I have carried the torch forward and with the help of Cedar Ridge Development, we now have our beautifully renovated building to call home.”
Fueled by Diana's famous enthusiasm and positive can do attitude, North Star Business Center offers a unique working environment designed to meet a variety of business needs and budgets. “I really want our clients to see the office as a cooperative where we all have fun and grow our businesses together. I offer a wide array of business and administrative services. I have co-working spaces, community spaces, part time office spaces as well as full time spaces. Our conference room is well equipped and available for scheduling. We offer faxing, scanning, and assorted print services. I have answering services, customer drop off and pickup, mailings, you name it. Give me the opportunity to hear your needs, and I will figure out a way to make it happen,” smiles Diana. “In addition to the services we offer here, we have a network of people with a large pool of talent. We have a number of great home based businesses that appreciate having an office space to take care of business at a price they can afford. We also offer services for sales people who travel all over the place and need a centrally located office to check their emails or print out materials. It is a home for their work life. I want this office to be a community of businesses within our four walls.”
Realizing every business has unique needs, Diana offers a range of membership levels that include an a la carte assortment of services to choose from. “The membership system allows for adding and subtracting services based on what the business owner needs. So every package is personalized,” says Diana. “We also have a networking group called Biznet that meets the third Friday of every month from 8:30 to 10am. Organized by Kaylene Hardy of Total Wellness Connection, the group is all inclusive and everyone is invited to come. In a nutshell, this is a place for working people to come together and make connections. I could not be prouder of this building and the people in it. They have all stood by me and have been a great support system. Williams Law Group is a major partner and occupy half of our building. We also have three additional attorneys in residence (Lori Johnston, Emery La Barge, and John Banker) as well as Dallas Real Estate, Green Clean Carpet Cleaning and Upholstery, Valley Imaging Solutions, Eric Nietzel of Active Digital Signage and Charles Tupper of We Amuse Family Entertainment.
North Star Business Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm and is located at 141 N 6th Street in Show Low and can be contacted at (928) 532-2680. Type your paragraph here.