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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.

Taxes and The Defense of Marriage Act

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July 4, 2013 by in Featured | Legal

In their recent decision, the Supreme Court found that a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violated the equal protection clause of the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution as applied to same sex couples legally wedded under state law. The decision means that same-sex married couples will now enjoy many federal tax-related… Read More →

10 Wealthiest Entrepreneurs of All Time

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July 2, 2013 by in Featured

An entrepreneur is not an ordinary person. If you plan to organize and operate a business, you are taking a financial risk to do so — as well as personal risks and an investment in time and effort. But, sometimes the risks and investments pay off, as shown by this list of the ten wealthiest… Read More →

The changing role of nurses

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July 1, 2013 by in Featured | Healthcare

They are the healthcare providers that will see 22 percent job growth – more than any other occupation – through 2018. They are the communicators. They bridge the gap in the medical industry. They are the part of the healthcare team that makes sure that the right patient is in the right place getting the right thing done. They… Read More →

Arizona Manufacturers Council urges skills certification

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June 29, 2013 by in Education | Featured

Not too long ago, Arizona’s five C’s — cattle, cotton, copper, citrus and climate — were the foundations of the state’s economy. Today, the driving engines are a somewhat different set of C’s: choppers, computer chips, cell structure and cruise missiles. Oh, and climate’s still in there. Gone are the days of Arizona’s insular economy:… Read More →

Determining Supervisory Status in Harassment Cases

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June 27, 2013 by in Featured | Legal | Workforce

In a season filled with many highly-anticipated rulings from the Supreme Court, one that warrants particular attention by Arizona employers is its June 24, 2013 decision in Vance v. Ball State University, in which the Court clarified the circumstances under which employers will be held strictly (i.e., automatically) liable for harassment by supervisors. According to… Read More →

New COPPA Regulations: Are You Ready?

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June 20, 2013 by in Featured | Legal | Tech

Less than two weeks remain before the effective date of amended regulations for the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). With the new and expanded definitions under the amended regulations, COPPA may have an impact on you now, even if it didn’t previously. If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to review… Read More →

How Culture Trumps Policy, impacts Workplace Violence

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“The nail that sticks out gets hammered down” is an old Japanese saying that took hold in our post World War II corporate America culture. This phrase encourages an unspoken rule of conformity combined with an authoritarian hierarchical structure. Today it is important for business leaders to consider the impact this has in American workplaces.… Read More →

Should The Legal Blood Alcohol Content Be .05?

Traffic Congestion, Ways to Reduce in Phoenix, AZ
June 11, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight | Legal

Earlier this month, the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that all 50 States adopt a cutoff of .05 Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) as the maximum percentage of blood alcohol that a person could have in their system and legally drive. Although spurned by good intentions, this lower figure is both unattainable and will likely… Read More →

Perfect girls night: 'Love, Loss, and What I Wore'

Sabrina LeBeauf, best known for her work on “The Cosby Show,” stars in “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
June 10, 2013 by in Events

Young or old. Fat or thin. Gay or straight. “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” which will be on stage at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts through June 16, is a “can’t miss” for every woman. It had us crying one minute, then squealing with laughter a split second later. Addressing issues like… Read More →

Perfect girls night: 'Love, Loss, and What I Wore'

Sabrina LeBeauf, best known for her work on “The Cosby Show,” stars in “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
June 10, 2013 by in Connections | Date Night | Events

Young or old. Fat or thin. Gay or straight. “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” which will be on stage at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts through June 16, is a “can’t miss” for every woman. It had us crying one minute, then squealing with laughter a split second later. Addressing issues like… Read More →

What Happens if you Lose a Laptop with Patient Information?

Eric Marcus, CEO of Marcus Networking.

The government is starting to implement the HIPAA-HITECH Encryption Requirements 2012. If you choose not to encrypt data, the HIPAA Security Rule states you must implement an equivalent solution to meet the regulatory requirement. The law leaves encryption open to interpretation since covered entities vary when it comes to network and network usage, depending on… Read More →

Ahh-choo! Beat Your Seasonal Allergies

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Runny nose, watery eyes—spring is certainly in the air. If you think you’re hearing more sniffles and sneezes around the office, it’s not your imagination. Allergies can occur both seasonally and year round. They develop in response to different indoor and outdoor allergens. Once they come in contact with the body, the immune system works… Read More →

Social Media: Great Resource for Small Business

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Are you taking advantage of social media in your small business? According to a recent report by the Social Media Examiner, you probably should. 89 percent of the respondents said social media was providing them greater exposure and 75 percent claimed it was increasing traffic. Although only 43 percent suggested that social media increased sales,… Read More →

Paying it forward: Why it Matters

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May 29, 2013 by in Featured | Nonprofit | Workforce

If one person can make a difference, think what an entire company can do. Giving back has been at the core of many great businesses, but there is a growing trend in the way businesses are paying it forward — employee-volunteer programs. Many businesses understand that it’s more than just numbers, it’s about values. Generosity… Read More →

Coup Des Tartes adds catering company

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May 27, 2013 by in Dining | Featured | Small Biz

Ranked as the No. 1 French restaurant by Ranking Arizona for four years in a row, Coup Des Tartes is a charming, 15-year-old, bistro-style restaurant that patrons call one of the most engaging and intimate dining experiences in all of Phoenix. With his exquisite attention to detail, owner Ron Pacioni has turned Coup Des Tartes… Read More →