Arizona-Sonora Business guide will help businesses along the Arizona-Sonora border

PHOENIX - Jose Palazuelos is the general manager for the Phoenix branch of ECN, a Mexico-based engineering company that develops automated hardware that's used in mining facilities throughout the Valley.

"We bring the solution so that the operator from the control room can push a button and the pumps and the equipment starts functioning," said Palazuelos.

But expanding the company into the U.S. five years ago wasn't easy.

"The government agencies, the certifications…all the procedures…it's very different from Mexico," said Palazuelos.

The new Arizona-Sonora Business guide will serve as a directory for businesses and government agencies, helping companies cut through the red tape.

"It's going to include a business directory that's very comprehensive with thousands of businesses both in Sonora and Arizona," said Lea Marquez with the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Growing opportunities and jobs on both sides of the border.

"Sonora and Arizona are two states, but one heartbeat. Part of being one heartbeat is becoming a closer and closer economic unit," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

While Palazuelos would've loved to use the directory five years ago, he's just happy it's available for companies in the future.

"A whole index of companies already doing it so that you can connect with them and leverage that knowledge," said Palazuelos.

The directory will be available in March, costing $50 to $60 per directory. Companies can add their information to the directory free of charge.

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