Author Archives: Don Harris

About Don Harris

Don Harris is a freelance writer in Phoenix who reports on a variety of business-related topics. He also serves as copy editor/reporter for Arizona Capitol Times. Immediately prior to joining the Capitol Times in 2001, for nearly nine years Harris was a public information officer for two state of Arizona agencies, first with the Department of Commerce and then the Department of Insurance. Harris also covered politics, organized labor and general news events for The Arizona Republic for 19 years, periodically serving as an assistant city editor. At The Republic, Harris covered the Arizona House of Representatives for 10 years, as well as five national political conventions and most major Arizona political races. He has received several journalism awards in Arizona and Chicago, where he had been a reporter for a daily newspaper for a number of years.

Shepherding Success: Chamber Works To Help Hispanic Businesses Grow

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September 1, 2008 by in AZ Business Magazine | Finance | Workforce

By Don Harris For 60 years, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has been at the forefront of promoting the growth and welfare of Hispanic-owned businesses throughout the state. The vast majority are small operations with one to five employees, but that doesn’t begin to tell the impact the Hispanic community has on Arizona’s economy.… Read More →

Fueling Change: Higher Energy Costs Are Forcing Valley Companies To Look For Alternatives

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September 1, 2008 by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy

Fueling Change Higher energy costs are forcing Valley companies to look for alternatives By Don Harris From the neighborhood car wash to a corporate behemoth such as US Airways, rising energy costs are forcing Valley businesses to search for alternatives to relieve the pressure on their bottom lines. On a warm weekend morning in the… Read More →

CD Rates Inching Higher Again

CDRates

Bank-issued certificates of deposit rates are inching up, but if your one-year CD is maturing, you’re probably not going to like what’s being offered. That’s because CD rates took a dramatic drop in the past year as the Federal Reserve marched through a series of reductions starting last summer. The downward spiral was triggered by… Read More →

As More People Lose Their Homes, Banks Are Left Holding The Keys

ForeclosureFallout

Acquiring real estate through foreclosures is not exactly the type of transaction banks relish. That’s especially true in a down market that is overloaded with raw land and homes — and a paucity of potential buyers. Estimates of the amount and value of acquired real estate through foreclosures are difficult, if not impossible, to come… Read More →

B2B Collection Agencies Help Companies Recoup On Unpaid Bills

B2B collection agencies help companies recoup on unpaid bills, 2008

Derailing Debtors B2B collection agencies help companies recoup on unpaid bills By Don Harris Far too many business owners and operators don’t realize that a sale is not a sale until they see the money. They put plenty of emphasis on the front end of their business — development, marketing and selling — but often… Read More →

Arizona’s Venture Capital Market Receives Boost

Arizona's venture capital market receives boost

Venture capital is still out there, but startups remain starved for investors Arizona’s venture capital market has received a welcome boost, but startups and early-stage businesses are still looking for financial angels. Experts in the field say a new wave of venture capital is vital if the state’s economy is to continue growing at the… Read More →

Good Job Hunting

Job Hunting with Jobing.com - AZ Business Magazine February 2008
February 6, 2008 by in AZ Business Magazine | Careers

For Jobing.com, it’s the people, not the technology, that makes the difference.   At Jobing.com, The Wall says it all. Scrawled on walls that wrap around a busy office and down a hallway are comments from countless clients, partners, association groups and government friends expressing their appreciation for a job well done. Aaron Matos, the… Read More →

Greater Phoenix Chamber Of Commerce Outlines Its Most Pressing Public Policy Efforts

Public Policy, AZ Business Magazine Oct/Nov 2006

Public Policy in Focus Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce outlines its most pressing public policy efforts   Virtually any group that has experienced the give-and-take of supporting or opposing legislation at the state Capitol is aware of the truism—half a loaf is better than no loaf at all. Indeed, that’s how the Greater Phoenix Chamber… Read More →

CEO Katie Pushor Adds Fresh Ideas To Greater Phoenix Chamber Of Commerce

Katie Pushor - AZ Business Magazine October/November 2006

New President and CEO Katie Pushor adds fresh ideas to Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Katie Pushor gets a rush as she looks out of her 27th floor office, taking in the booming development in downtown Phoenix. The president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce mentions the expanding ASU campus, the expanding… Read More →

Playing The Economics Of Sports In The West Valley

Home Run

Home Run Playing the economics of sports in the West Valley   It’s not so much a case of “if you build it, they will come” that is turning the West Valley into a sports mecca. Rather, it’s the other way around. People have come to the West Valley in droves, setting the stage for… Read More →