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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.

What’s wrong with education today?

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Recently, a great deal of attention has been focused on teacher shortages across the country. In addition, the national outrage with what many see as an excessive student assessment approach to school reform continues to be the focus of discussions among educators and parents concerned that we are heading in the wrong direction. The intersection… Read More →

Where are the best Arizona locations to take a selfie?

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Sel.fie (n). “A photograph that is taken of oneself, then typically shared via social media.” Do you think you have the best location in the Valley for a selfie — and can you prove it?! With the selfie trend being so popular that it has even caused and increase in plastic surgery, AZ Big Media thought it would… Read More →

Arizona beer has an economic kick in terms of jobs, taxes

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When Rob Fullmer, the executive director of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, says “everything is improved by the presence of a brewery,” he’s talking about the economic buzz it brings and not the alcoholic kind. “Anytime you can put a business between two breweries, you’ll see a much more foot traffic in that area, and… Read More →

Arizona repeats as No. 1 state for gun owners

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For the third straight year, Arizona was ranked best state in the nation for gun owners by Guns and Ammo magazine, which praised the state’s self-defense and carry laws, its shooting sports and strong gun culture. “Arizona combines strong laws with an unmatched shooting culture and a strong industry presence,” said the magazine, which said… Read More →

Driving while single can cost more in Phoenix, study shows

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Single, widowed and divorced drivers in Phoenix are likely to pay higher insurance rates than married drivers with identical driving records, according to a recent report from the Consumer Federation of America. Phoenix was one of 10 large cities across the U.S. where the federation sought quotes for a 30-year-old woman with a perfect driving… Read More →

Arizona prepares for new EPA carbon emission standards

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Arizona is preparing for new federal standards that will curtail carbon emissions coming from power plants. By the end of summer, the Environmental Protection Agency will release its final regulations aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent nationwide and in Arizona by more than 50 percent — one of the… Read More →

Are Solar Water Heaters Worth it in Arizona?

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Solar water heaters are a great way to save money on energy costs. Your water heater is probably one of the biggest energy consumers in the house because it has to keep the water temperature up at all times, even when you aren’t using it. Using a solar water heater can dramatically reduce your costs,… Read More →

Flagstaff banks on Valley residents trying to beat heat

Corner of Aspen Ave. and San Francisco Street in historic downtown Flagstaff, Arizona.

Compared to the Valley’s 100-plus degree days and stifling summer nights, Northern Arizona is an oasis of mild weather and cool temperatures. It’s no surprise that Flagstaff, the hub of the high country, is a popular tourist destination for Phoenicians in the hot summer months. Indeed, 40 percent of Flagstaff’s annual visitors are traveling from… Read More →

Study ranks Arizona high for length of workouts

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People in Arizona work out longer than those in almost any other state, according to an analysis of data from millions of users of a popular fitness app. Arizona ranked fifth among states, with an average weekly workout of 79 minutes, said the analysis of data from the MapMyFitness app. California was first, at 87.4… Read More →

Businesses in Roosevelt Row may get a boost

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A group of business and property owners are collaborating to implement a $375,000 business improvement district in the Roosevelt Row/Evans Churchill area of downtown Phoenix by next year.  According to the business improvement plan newsletter, a Business Improvement District is a plan that allows property owners to gather resources and provide services beyond those provided… Read More →

How will overtime expansion impact Arizona business?

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The Department of Labor announced plans Tuesday to expand overtime guarantees to about 5 million salaried workers who are not now covered, including an estimated 100,000 white-collar workers in Arizona. The proposed rule would more than double the threshold at which a salaried worker has been ruled ineligible for overtime pay, from the current $23,660… Read More →

9 ways to burn more fat faster

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Unwanted fat slows you down and makes you feel less confident. Fortunately, if you take the right steps, you can burn off pounds of fat faster than you ever imagined. How can you get started on this mission? With these nine fat-burning tips… Fat Burn Tip #1: Hit the Weights: Losing weight is always a… Read More →

Technology, preparation can help prevent fraud

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Fraud can come in many forms, from counterfeit checks to stolen credit cards and trusted employees to savvy hackers. For businesses, fraudulent activity is always bad news. According to the Association for Financial Professionals’ (AFP) 2015 survey, 62 percent of companies were targets of payments fraud in 2014 with financial losses that ranged anywhere from… Read More →

Catch ‘XTREME’ fun at the circus this week

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME Have some XTREME fun with your family this week as the circus comes to Phoenix! The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey have pulled out all the stops for this exciting event, which celebrates all things extreme, extraodinary and exotic. The young―and young at heart―will love… Read More →

Partisan system: Is it working? Is it fair?

Author Paul Johnson, former mayor of Phoenix, is chairman of The Nonpartisan Movement's 501c4 in Arizona.

The evidence says that we should be optimistic about the future.  Through innovation, entrepreneurs and dynamic businesses, we are on get verge of driverless cars, new energy sources, a cure for cancer, extending human life and untold millions of other wonderful discoveries.  Here in Arizona we have an amazing potential for job growth and an… Read More →