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Alison Bailin Batz

About Alison Bailin Batz

Alison Bailin Batz is a freelance writer and a senior account executive at HMA Public Relations.

U.S. Business Leaders Showing Signs of Optimism

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April 12, 2013 by in Economy | Featured

On the heels of a pessimistic outlook during the fourth quarter of 2012, US business leaders show signs of increased optimism in the performance of the nation’s economy according to the latest data from the Grant Thornton International Business Report, a survey of 3,200 business leaders in 44 countries. In first quarter 2013, optimism among… Read More →

Support Local on Arizona Gives Day

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Every single resident in Scottsdale and beyond (this means you!) is being asked to do one simple thing today – give. Why? “On March 20, all Arizonans will be asked to participate in the first-ever Arizona Gives Day,” said Patrick McWhortor, president and CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, who helped to develop the… Read More →

Arizona Gives Day

Goodwill of Central Arizona

This month, every single resident in Arizona (ahem – this means you!) is being asked to do one simple thing – give. Why? “On March 20, all Arizonans will be asked to participate in the first-ever Arizona Gives Day,” said Patrick McWhortor, president and CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, who helped to develop the… Read More →

U.S. Business Leaders Show Declining Optimism about Economy

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January 25, 2013 by in Economy | Featured

U.S. business leaders continue to show a lack of optimism about the performance of the nation’s economy, according to the latest data from the Grant Thornton International Business Report, a survey of 3,200 business leaders in 44 countries. In fourth quarter 2012, optimism among US business leaders fell to -4 percent, the lowest since the… Read More →

Boys & Girls Clubs Of Greater Scottsdale: 16,000 Happily Served and Counting

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale
January 9, 2013 by in Connections

Each day, the staff at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale gets asked two questions – one by parents and one by kids. Parents: Will my child benefit from being a part of the Club? Kids: Am I going to have fun? The short answer to both questions is a resounding, “YES!” But,… Read More →

Cervical Cancer: Prevention & Treatment

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December 28, 2012 by in Prevention

According to the American Cancer Society, there will be more than 12,000 new cases of cervical cancer diagnosed this year in the United States alone, making it the third most common cancer in women. The disease forms slowly, but has very few symptoms in early stages. Every January, we observe Cervical Cancer Awareness Month to… Read More →

Picking The Perfect Champagne For New Year's Eve: Brand And Venue Picks

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New Year’s Eve, the one time of year that our wine glasses sparkle as brightly our winter wardrobes. But how does one choose the best champagne or sparkling wine to enjoy during this, the fizziest of holiday seasons? “Simply put, one must decide how much of a brut he/she wants in order to determine the… Read More →

Brubacher is fueled for success

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December 24, 2012 by in Featured | Finance

Joan Brubacher is a gas. Well, she knows gas – and how to account for it. “Growing up in Kansas, my dad was a fuel distributor,” said Brubacher, chief financial officer for Resolute Commercial Services, a Scottsdale-based receivership and corporate renewal firm,. “He also loved math, just like me.” At only 14, number-loving Brubacher was… Read More →

The (Too) Sweet Life: Can Sugar Lead to Heart Attack, Cancer?

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December 19, 2012 by in Prevention

Life is sweet. But is too much sweetness in one’s life dangerous? According to 60 Minutes’ Dr. Sanjay Gupta, sweets – sugar to be exact – may very well be toxic. In a recent report, Dr. Gupta reported that according to estimates, nearly 20 percent of the total calories in American diets comes from added… Read More →

Veolia, Subway partner to help those in need

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Veolia Transportation, provider of quality bus service to the City of Phoenix, and Subway Restaurants of Arizona, are asking residents from across the Valley to join them in “stuffing a bus” for those in need this holiday season. On three consecutive Fridays, Veolia Transportation and the City of Phoenix will park a festive holiday-themed bus… Read More →

Health Resolutions To Make Before The New Year

Health Resolutions to Make Before the New Year

Each year, we spend New Year’s Day resolving to improve mind, body and spirit. However, in most cases, those resolutions are often broken, forgotten and shelved for yet another year before the holiday lights even come down. So, this year, why not get a head’s start on make better choices before the New Year arrives?… Read More →

Dynamic Duo Doing Good For Boys & Girls Clubs Of Greater Scottsdale

E.J. and Jen Hughes, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale
December 3, 2012 by in Connections | Events

E.J. Hughes is a “middle kid.” “Actually, I am the oldest of two, but I am definitely what you call a ‘middle,’ ” Hughes says. To Hughes, a “middle kid” is neither the top 10 percent of kids who always overachieve, nor the bottom 10 percent of kids who are always in trouble. Both of… Read More →

Grant Thornton Give Back Day

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November 16, 2012 by in Business News

On Thursday, Nov. 15, nearly 800 current and retired partners and managing directors from Grant Thornton LLP offices across the globe gathered in the Valley during their annual meeting, which was held at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, to help give back to the local area community. During the day, the firm made a check presentation… Read More →

From Bugles To Breasts: Dr. Robert Kuske's Advances In Breast Cancer Treatment

Breast cancer treatment
November 7, 2012 by in Prevention

Not all heroes wear capes or carry Batman-like toys. In fact, in breast cancer pioneer and Scottsdale resident Dr. Robert Kuske’s case, he wears a lab coat and carries a bugle. Yes, a bugle. “When I was 18 years old, I left my hometown in Ohio for the bright lights of Wisconsin to play in… Read More →

Taste Talavera At Four Seasons Resort Brings Fall Flavors

Executive Chef Mel Mecinas
October 16, 2012 by in Date Night | Events

Here are two Taste Talavera evenings this fall at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North that are a must-attend for any Scottsdale wine lover or foodie: October: Ode to Proof The October dinner provides a sneak peek of the new Proof restaurant debuting November 2012 at the Resort, while the November event brings together… Read More →