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AZ Business Magazine

About AZ Business Magazine

Over the past 30 years, AZ Big Media has grown to encompass not just Az Business magazine, but also a whole host of other publications and signature events. Az Business magazine is the state’s leading business publication. Published by AZ Big Media, the magazine covers a wide-range of topics focusing on the Arizona business scene, and is aimed at high-level corporate executives and business owners.

Brokers Alliance forms partnership with Omega IM Group

From left to right, Dr. Timothy Fussell, president and CEO of Omega IM Group with David Racich, CEO of Brokers Alliance, and Eric Palmer, CMO of Brokers Alliance. (Photo: Tim Fussell)

Omega IM Group, LLC, a division of Omega Financial Corporation a Miami-based publicly traded financial services holding company, has announced an exclusive marketing partnership with Fountain Hills-based Brokers Alliance. “We share a common core value to do the right thing for our clients,” said Eric Palmer, chief marketing officer of Brokers Alliance. “We both leverage technology without… Read More →

Abrazo employees raise $94K for Heart Association

Arizona Heart Walk - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

Abrazo Community Health Network employees raised $94,629 for the American Heart Association’s 2016 Phoenix Heart Walk to fund research to fight against heart disease and stroke, the Number one and Number five causes of death. As a result, Abrazo Community Health Network was the top fundraising company for the 23rd annual Phoenix Heart Walk which… Read More →

Phoenix start-up GiftCard Zen acquired for $22M

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RetailMeNot, Inc., a leading digital savings destination connecting consumers with retailers, restaurants and brands, both online and in-store, announced that it has acquired GiftCard Zen Inc, a secondary marketplace for gift cards.  The company also provided preliminary financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016 and updated financial guidance for the calendar year… Read More →

Down payment assistance for Valley home buyers

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Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC), NeighborWorks America and its network member Trellis, announced the Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT program has millions of dollars in down payment assistance grants still available for eligible Maricopa County homebuyers. “We are ready to help families qualify for the Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT program down payment assistance grants,” said Patricia Garcia… Read More →

BBB Torch Awards for Ethics winners are honored

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Better Business Bureau serving Central, Northern and Western Arizona (BBB) revealed the 2016 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics winners during its 15th annual dinner sponsored by Wells Fargo. BBB also presented its Luminary Award to a family and brand well known in the business community. The BBB Torch Awards for Ethics recognize firms whose business… Read More →

Tempe-­based Ncounter plans expansion

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Founders and former Kahala Corp. executives Kevin and Kathryn Blackwell are bringing their proven restaurant expansion experience to Arizona as their new venture, Pacific Restaurant Partners, acquired the Ncounter concept with plans to add new locations. CKS Securities served as the exclusive financial advisor to Ncounter. Since 2012, Ncounter has been an instant favorite among the… Read More →

Phoenix Rescue Mission launches heat relief campaign

Homeless Mike and his dog Pony  (Photo: Nicole Pena)

Rising temperatures and unpredictable weather continue to plague the Valley’s homeless and elderly shut-ins each summer in Arizona, causing many to die on the streets and in their homes. In an effort to protect this vulnerable population, Phoenix Rescue Mission is launching its Valley-wide Code:Red Summer Heat Relief Campaign for the fourth consecutive year. Beginning May… Read More →

Arizona Commerce Authority hosts competitiveness exchange

Arizona Commerce Authority

More than 50 high-level officials from 24 countries will come together to participate in the Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE) on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, hosted by the Arizona Commerce Authority April 10 through 13, 2016. Attendees represent a mix of industry, innovation, university and government organizations. ACE is a best practices-focused program that brings together business… Read More →

Google to Test Driverless Cars in Arizona

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If you see a car driving itself soon don’t worry you’re not going crazy. Google will be testing its Driverless cars right here in Arizona. Gov. Doug Ducey sent out a statement Thursday afternoon applauding, and welcoming the California-based search giant to the state. “Arizona is known as a place where research and development is… Read More →

St. Joseph’s lung transplant program jumps in rankings

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Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center has jumped to No. 2 in the nation for the amount of lung transplantations preformed in 2015. Now only outranked by one facility, St. Joseph’s transplant team at its Norton Thoracic Institute has completed more than 450 lung transplants to date, including an impressive 93 last year. … Read More →

TGen tackles Valley Fever, one dog at a time

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Valley Fever, a disease caused by a fungus in Arizona’s dust, not only affects people, but can also affect their pets. A new study launched by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) invites pet parents to share information about their dogs to better understand the disease through an effort called Valley Fever PAWS. To help, pet… Read More →

Nominations sought for Cox Conserves Heroes awards

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Cox Communications, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land, is seeking nominations for Arizona’s 5th annual Cox Conserves Heroes awards program. A total of $20,000 will be donated to local environmental nonprofits on behalf of the winner and finalists. Nominations are being accepted through 5 p.m. MT on May 6th at www.cox7.com/cox-conserves for volunteers… Read More →

Ballard Spahr marks milestone with diversity scholarship

ASU's Arizona Center for Law and Society

Ballard Spahr’s Phoenix office is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a $125,000 gift to the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. The first scholarship from the Ballard Spahr Diversity Scholarship—$25,000 for one year of tuition—will be awarded for the 2016-17 academic year, and the recipient will be known as the Ballard… Read More →

Pieceful Solutions, Arizona Humane Society team up

Pieceful Solutions Teachers Get In the Spirit

Pieceful Solutions, which operates three K-12 schools for students with autism spectrum disorders, is teaming up with the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) for a special canine training session as part of its Autism Awareness Month activities in April. Ten students from 5th through 12th grade will be participating in clicker training with local owned and… Read More →

FBI warns of increase in business e-mail scams

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FBI officials are warning potential victims of a dramatic rise in the Business E-Mail Compromise Scam or “B.E.C.,” a scheme that targets businesses and has resulted in massive financial losses in Phoenix and other cities. The schemers go to great lengths to spoof company e-mail or use social engineering to assume the identity of the… Read More →