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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.

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Historically, women have been viewed as secondary decision makers in financial situations – a sorely outdated posture that’s quickly evolving at most financial institutions.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 →

Study reveals Arizonans’ chances of climbing economic ladder

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August 18, 2013 by in Economy | Featured

Location matters when it comes to the chances that a child born into poverty in Arizona will move up the economic ladder during his lifetime, a recent study shows. The study, by researchers at Harvard and the University of California, Berkley, found that a child born into a Phoenix family in the bottom fifth of… Read More →

Brewer earns less than most governors

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Besides having one of the lowest governor’s salaries in the nation, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer also makes less than almost all of the state’s top administrative officials, according to a recent report. Brewer’s $95,000 annual salary was less than that of 44 other governors in 2013 and was topped by 37 Arizona administrators out of… Read More →

Avoid Making Duplicative Payments for Final Services!

Estate Planning: Planning Your Future
August 17, 2013 by in Featured | Legal

Have you ever considered paying in advance for your funeral/burial expenses to save your loved ones the financial burden?  If your finances allow you to do so, pre-paying for funeral/burial services is an efficient and effective step in your estate planning that can alleviate the often onerous task for your loved ones to undertake while… Read More →

Flake tops The Hill’s ‘most beautiful’ list

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August 5, 2013 by in Featured | Politics

Sen. Jeff Flake had already made something of a name for himself as a freshman, by being one of the bipartisan “Gang of 8″ that drafted a sweeping immigration reform bill. Now the Arizona Republican can boast of another freshman achievement: most-beautiful person on Capitol Hill. Flake was awarded the top spot Wednesday in The… Read More →

Report: Immigration reform could boost economy

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August 5, 2013 by in Business News | Economy

WASHINGTON – Passing an immigration reform plan that provides for a pathway to citizenship could create up to 123,680 jobs and boost the gross domestic product by $10.32 billion by 2014, according to a new study. The report by Regional Economic Models Inc. predicted that Arizona alone would see 3,254 new jobs and an additional… Read More →

Identity Protection: Who to Notify When a Loved One Passes

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July 30, 2013 by in Featured | Legal

When a loved one passes away, a crucial step in minimizing the risk of identity theft is to notify the proper entities, such as government and credit reporting agencies, banks, and creditors of your loved one’s death. To expedite notification, the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) recommends that you initially make contact with government and… Read More →

The 7 Fastest Growing Industries of 2013 – Infographic

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July 24, 2013 by in Infographics

The economy is, thankfully, recovering, and entrepreneurialism has played a large role in helping it along. One of the most interesting parts of this recovery, however, is the emergence of new types of industry. Businesses have found all new niches to fill, and seven industries in particular have shown substantial growth in 2013:

The Myth Of The Shark Tank

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July 22, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight

Television makes it look like VC firms and Angel investors are lining up to take your great idea and give you all the money you need to get your restaurant or other venture off the ground. The truth is, only about two percent of small businesses have what equity investors are looking for—and unless you’re… Read More →