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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.

J.D. Power’s 10 Things I’ve Learned in Business

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October 8, 2013 by in Featured | Small Biz

After 50 years working with a range of companies—as well as founding and running my own company, J.D. Power and Associates—I have observed a good deal, and come away with a few thoughts about how to have the best shot at success in business. The businesses I’ve seen grow, adapt, and thrive are the ones… Read More →

How to be Your Boss’s New Best Friend

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October 5, 2013 by in Featured | Workforce

If there is any belief in the universe more ubiquitous than the belief that there is a universe, it is the belief that Boss’s are Idiots (aka iBosses).  The genetic pre-disposition (nature) crowd believes that many people in positions of institutional authority were imbued with the stupid gene at conception.  Subscribers to environmental influence (nurture)… Read More →

The 7 Silent Business Killers

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October 2, 2013 by in Featured

High blood pressure is a silent killer. Combined with other risk factors it can lead to death. Similarly, in business, there are 7 silent business killers that if combined, can lead to the death of a business. Here are the warning signs the health of a business may be at risk: #1 Life Is Great… Read More →

UA Seeking People for Breast Cancer-Vegetable Study

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University of Arizona Cancer Center researchers are seeking participants in Maricopa County for a study designed to determine if a compound found in broccoli can enhance the health-promoting effects of the breast cancer drug Tamoxifen in women at risk of developing breast cancer or those previously treated for early-stage breast cancer. Since receiving a $3… Read More →

How hospitals, employers can help themselves with ACA

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September 28, 2013 by in Featured | Healthcare | Small Biz

While employers in Arizona are bracing for the expected impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on health insurance premiums, the long-range theory behind the act is that the costs will eventually stabilize over time. This stabilization in employer premiums can be expedited if hospital ERs, who will be impacted most by the increase in… Read More →

Midwestern Glendale Enrollment Tops 3,000 for 1st time

Incoming Midwestern University students receive their white coats at a special ceremony just after the beginning of the fall semester. The University’s total enrollment in 14 graduate-level healthcare programs offered at its Glendale campus has surpassed 3,000 students for the first time this year.
September 27, 2013 by in Business News | Education | Healthcare

Midwestern University, home to Arizona’s largest medical school and the state’s first College of Veterinary Medicine, announced the achievement of another milestone in the University’s history. For the first time since the University’s Glendale campus was established in 1995, total enrollment in Midwestern’s 14 graduate degree programs exceeds 3,000 students. For comparison’s sake, only 136… Read More →

Deaf Awareness Week spotlights diversity

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September 23, 2013 by in Events | Featured | Healthcare

Throughout the month of September 2013, the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) joins the world in promoting the annual Deaf Awareness Week (DAW). September 23rd – 28th is the time to celebrate the culture, heritage and language unique to Deaf people of the world.  Currently there are more than… Read More →

How Personal Employment Information Is Shared And Sold

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September 20, 2013 by in Featured | Legal | Workforce

In today’s competitive business world, employers constantly are seeking ways to increase efficiency and reduce cost.  One obvious option in this effort is outsourcing, and employers certainly should be free to delegate functions to third-party vendors when it makes sense to do so.  But what are the implications when outsourcing requires an employer to share… Read More →

5 Tips To Get The Best Mortgage Rate

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September 19, 2013 by in Banking | Featured | Finance | Real Estate

No. 1: Establish a baseline. Call a lender and have your credit pulled. Do a full application and establish what you can and should be borrowing. No. 2: Contact a mix of financial institutions and do it all on the same day. Interest rates fluctuate constantly for a variety of reasons, including the occasional promotion… Read More →

How Financial Professionals Can Better Cater to Women

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September 19, 2013 by in Banking | Featured | Women In Business

Historically, women have been viewed as secondary decision makers in financial situations – a sorely outdated posture that’s quickly evolving at most financial institutions. However, the insight alone isn’t sufficient enough to attract and retain more female clients. Many financial professionals are still struggling with their approach to working with and catering to women. What… Read More →

The impact of the Supreme Court’s Windsor ruling

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September 17, 2013 by in Featured | Legal

Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) defined marriage under federal law as a legal union between one man and one woman. In June, the Supreme Court declared that provision unconstitutional in U.S. v. Windsor (No. 12-307, June 26, 2013). On Aug. 29, 2013, the Department of the Treasury and the IRS jointly… Read More →

Why isn’t there more solar in Arizona?

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September 16, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight | Energy | Green

Eleven years ago, I wrote a guest editorial for the Arizona Daily Sun newspaper in Flagstaff in which I put forward a question that was quite popular at the time: “Why isn’t there more solar in Arizona?” It was in the aftermath of the California energy crisis.  New incentive programs adopted by Arizona utilities were… Read More →

Midwestern Opens Doors to a Future in Healthcare

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September 14, 2013 by in Business News | Education | Events | Healthcare

Midwestern University’s faculty, admissions staff, and students are ready to help you embark on a career in healthcare. The University’s Glendale campus will host a free public open house in the campus Auditorium on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm. Current Midwestern students will conduct informative campus tours which will allow… Read More →

Could doing the right thing hurt your business?

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There are few stories as disheartening as those of Good Samaritans who come to the rescue of others – only to have kindness repaid with a nasty lawsuit. The first inclination for many is to help our fellow man, yet, as director of the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH), I’m often asked… Read More →

How to Awaken the Steve Jobs in You

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August 23, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight | Featured

Just like everyone else, small business owners get caught up in their personal economic successes and woes. They’re trying to find more time; trying to deal with the exigencies of life; trying to just survive. The latter is both the cause and result of the broken and failed businesses we see in such large numbers.… Read More →