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Trever Fleetham, AICP   

Economic Development & Planning Manager


303 N. Beeline Highway       

Payson, AZ 85541

Office: (928) 472-5046

Cell: (928) 978-9584

Our mission is to maximize the region's economic prosperity and position the Greater Payson Area as a state leader in education, workforce, and light industry.

Start your Business Checklist

To start you off on the right track we’ve created a “Start your Business Checklist”. Keep in mind that it is not intended to include every step you need to officially open your doors. It should be used as a reference guide only.

Step 1: Plan your Business

Step 2: Set Up your Business
  • Determine a Business Structure
    Since your business is a legal entity, you will need to decide on a business structure for legal and tax purposes. It is always a good idea to check with an attorney or accountant for guidance on how best to structure your business. For a list of business structures, visit the State of Arizona Corporation Commission.  

  • Choose a Business Name
    The name of your business is important for branding everything from business cards to the sign above your door. Do a thorough search on all potential business names to avoid possible infringement on a reserved name. The first step to researching a name for a corporation or a LLC is to search the Office of Secretary of State.  You will also need to register your business or trade name with the State of Arizona. For FAQs about researching and registering trade names, visit the State of Arizona Business Licensing page. Don’t forget to secure your website domain name so that people can find you online, too. Registered domain name lookup can be found on

  • Register a Business Structure
    Corporations & Limited Liability companies need to register with  Arizona  Secretary of State first to obtain a UBI number. Businesses with other business structures register at the Business Licensing Service of Arizona State (BLS) to obtain a UBI number.  For more information, see the small business guide.

  • Obtain Licenses
    Be sure to register your business correctly with federal, state, county and city agencies. At a minimum, you will be required to have a Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN), Arizona State business license and UBI Number, and City of Payson business license. Additional licenses and fees may be required and vary by business type. Note: For more detailed information, go to the licenseand requirements page. 

Step 3: Decide on a Location
  • Depending on the type of business you plan to open, think through your location options. Will you be launching your business from home or will you need a retail, commercial or industrial space? http://cazbr.com/

Step 4: Set up Operations

From buying supplies and inventory to setting up internet access, streamlining your internal processes and procedures will pay off.

  • Choose your accounting method–consult with an accountant

  • Determine your business tax year

  • Pay for your business licenses, permits and other fees

  • Understand your tax obligations

Step 5: Hire Employees (if applicable)
Step 6: Sales and Marketing
  • Now is the time to think through how you will spread the word about your products and services to reach the right customers. Start networking, get advice, or attend a marketing class to get more help with this crucial part of your business success.

Step 7: Open Your Doors – Celebrate!


Macky's Grill

Greg and Cari Day opened Macky's Grill in 1996 on a shoestring budget.

Macky's was named after Cari's Grandpa Mac, a fun loving Irish Cowboy.

He loved great food, great drink and sitting' around the campfire singing songs.

Greg & Cari "grew up" in the restaurant business. Greg's Mom started him in a restaurant in Oregon and taught him how to make their famous burgers.

Later, when Cari's Mom ate one of Greg's delicious burgers, she told Cari, "He makes the best burgers I've ever had; you need to marry that man." Cari did and her Mom has been eating Macky's burgers happily ever since.


That was nearly three decades ago and the saga continues... 

It has been a family affair with all three of Greg & Cari's kids growing up and side by side with them.


Over the year’s friend and manager, Kristy Ulmer has become part of the Macky's Family. Kristy is always ready with a smile and a warm greeting. She works hard to ensure a great meal is served by Payson's friendliest staff.


Everyone at Macky's enjoys getting to know the many welcome visitors that make Macky's a regular stop for locals and travelers.


"The Town of Payson has welcomed us and we are so happy to call Payson our home." stated Cari Day.


Macky”s Grill is open 7 days a week.