Author Archives: AZ Big Media

AZ Big Media

About AZ Big Media

AZ Big Media has grown to cover a multitude of niche topics and industries within its various publications, and become a host for a series of publication-related events and statewide expos.

Do dating apps offer real-world connections?

date

College students use dating apps as a new method for connecting with peers, which some may compare to traditional dating websites. Arizona State University student Brandon Dovgan explained Tinder, a dating app, and traditional dating websites are “similar in the sense that they both require starting a conversation and getting to know someone virtually before… Read More →

Arcade bar growth turns Valley into multiplayer arena

Endgame Bar co-founder and co-owner Ryan Scott plays a video game while seated at one of the several bars inside. Photo by Jason Axelrod, Cronkite News.
by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy

Dillon Thompson has spent one to two hours at Endgame Bar nearly every day since the 22-year-old first started going about two and a half months ago. The reason? Endgame’s nearly 700 free games – a mix of arcade machines, home console games and computer-based games – combined with a stocked bar and kitchen make… Read More →

Chief sustainability officer in turning Phoenix green

Green Marketing

Mark Hartman, Phoenix’s chief sustainability officer, has already enabled significant progress in the past year since joining the City of Phoenix team. Before his arrival, he worked as a lead sustainability officer in Vancouver, B.C., where he was well on his way to achieving his goal of making Vancouver the greenest city by 2020.  His desire… Read More →

Eat these 7 snacks to slim down

weight.loss

Close your eyes and imagine a world in where your snacks give you the upper hand in fat loss. It sounds like a dream, but if you pay attention to the snacks you keep on hand, you can actually use them to get leaner. No, they’re not diet pills that will magically shave pounds off… Read More →

Experts say healthy forests improve quality of life

Luna Lake, White Mountains, Arizona
by in AZ Business Magazine | Featured | Green

Dense forests that blanket millions of acres in northern Arizona are a lightning strike away from a potentially catastrophic wildfire that could threaten our quality of life statewide. Healthy forests impact air quality and maintain our water supply through watersheds that feed the Verde and Salt rivers. They also contribute to our state’s economy through… Read More →

Agritourism flourishes in the Valley of the Sun

Photo courtesy of Visit Mesa

In a time when fresh, organic eating is on the forefront of many consumers’ minds, a handful of farmers in the valley are working to bring interest to the process behind the produce that ends up in kitchens nationwide. Local favorites like Schnepf Farms, the Queen Creek Olive Mill and The Farm at Agritopia invite… Read More →

Valley Partnership Community Project attracts hundreds

12208808_10154337694974196_1307021357343980132_n
by in AZRE Magazine | Events | Featured

It was only fitting that the largest number of volunteers ever showed up for what turned out to be a record-breaking 28th annual Valley Partnership Community Project. The 2015 community project Saturday at the Florence Crittenton Girls Ranch in Scottsdale drew almost 300 volunteers on a sunny fall day.  A record 90 corporate sponsors contributed… Read More →

Experts seek solutions for Arizona’s DUI problems

crash
by in AZ Business Magazine

With so many cases of severe injuries and even death, Arizona’s notorious reputation for drunk drivers has dominated headlines in recent years. There has been significantly less about what Arizona has done to combat this serious issue. However, even though Arizona has failed to find creative and effective solutions, other effective solutions, both nationally and… Read More →

Phoenix Zoo opens $2M home for Sumatran tigers

tigers
by in Experience AZ Magazine | Play

Since the project broke ground last spring, the Phoenix Zoo’s staff has been anticipating the opening of the new tiger exhibit. The zoo has had the tigers for more than a year and is giving them a new home. Isle of the Tiger is a nearly 20,000-square-foot sanctuary built to house the zoo’s two Sumatran… Read More →

15 Things You Must Drink in Phoenix

Top Drinks Headline Photo

When it comes to drinking the night away, there are a few cocktails that reign supreme. Today, the editorial staff of AZ Big Media would like to present the 15 essential drinks that every connoisseur of Arizona nightlife — or day drinking — has to try before they die. We’re not including any PBRs or… Read More →

Erin Davis named associate editor of AZRE magazine

erin
by in AZRE Magazine

AZ Big Media has named Erin Davis associate editor of AZRE: Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine. Davis, a graduate of Park University, has been published in a number of McClatchy Tribune (now Tribune Content Agency) publications, including, The Sacramento Bee, Livewell Nebraska, San Luis Obispo Tribune, The Kansas City Star, Sun Herald, The Idaho Statesman… Read More →

As Obamacare enrollment opens, insurers tweak plans

121277693

As open enrollment begins this weekend for the third year of Obamacare, insurance carriers in Arizona are “still trying to figure … out” which types of plans work best for them and for their customers. An estimated 100,000 Arizonans who could have received discounts on marketplace health coverage did not enroll this year. They were… Read More →

Tempe advances plan to increase renewable energy

solar

Mayor Mark Mitchell and the Tempe City Council motioned to approve a 20-year agreement with SolarCity that will put Tempe on the map as an energy efficient city. “I so move to approve this,” said Councilwoman Lauren Kuby, sporting a big smile. Mitchell and the council hope the approval will advance the city’s plan to… Read More →

Crowdfunding site connects Arizona businesses, capital

123rf.com: Buchachon Petthanya

The biggest challenge for Arizona entrepreneurs today is access to capital, said Dan Nienhauser, executive director of Arizona Collaboratory Inc. To address the issue, the Arizona Technology Council has partnered with Arizona Collaboratory Inc. to launch the Arizona Collaboratory Capital Connectivity Portal. This online platform is the first aimed strictly at Arizona technology companies and… Read More →

Does ‘phubbing’ — phone snubbing — make you crazy?

selfie.smartphone

In today’s day and age, it can be difficult to stay up-to-date on the latest terminology teenagers are using. “Phubbing” seems to be one of the latest additions to this extensive list. Phubbing refers to “phone snubbing,” or when your attention is on your phone rather than the people surrounding you. In a recent study… Read More →