by Eugene Scott - Mar. 3, 2010 12:05 PM The Arizona Republic
Ralph Holmstrom opened the first C&R Tire near Tatum Boulevard and Bell Road nearly 15 years ago.
He had worked in the tire industry for Firestone for 30 years and joined an association of tire dealers shortly after starting his own small business.
"I picked up things listening (to people at the association), but I wouldn't say anybody went out of their way to assist me," Holmstrom said. "Most small businesses really don't have anywhere they can turn to for guidance."
Since then, he's opened locations in Scottsdale and Anthem.
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