Author Archives: Don Weiner


The Ubiquitous Topic Of Green Is Popular For A Reason — It Works

The Ubiquitous Topic Of Green Is Popular For A Reason — It Works

Lake Superior State University may not be too well-known, but it does generate some publicity each year with the release of its annual List of Words to be Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness. Those who tire of hearing or reading certain words and phrases go to the Michigan university’s… Read More →

Companies Can Get Better Understanding Of Customer Experiences Through Service Blueprinting

Companies Can Get Better Understanding Of Customer Experiences Through Service Blueprinting

Not too long ago, Mike Tully discovered something important about the perception of time. The AAA Arizona president and others in his organization were not on the same clock as members requesting roadside assistance. AAA Arizona measured effective responses from the point when its personnel dispatched tow trucks until those trucks actually arrived on the… Read More →

Steven Lockard – President And CEO, TPI Composites

Steven Lockhard TPI Composites
January 1, 2009 by in AZ Business Magazine | Green | Tech

When the goal is to carve out a spot on the cutting edge of green-energy technology, it helps to be in the business of making blades. That’s the case with TPI Composites Inc., a privately held company now headquartered in Scottsdale that devotes a significant portion of its business to manufacturing massive wind-turbine blades used… Read More →

High-Tech Hopes For Arizona

December 15, 2008 by in AZ Business Magazine | Blogs

The State, its universities and business groups work to make Arizona a high-tech powerhouse. When the new millennium arrived, high-technology activities in Arizona were on a slide. The industry was unable to keep pace with the job demands of an expanding population or match employment growth in other economic sectors. That was then. The state’s… Read More →

Web 2.0 Offers Companies A New Way To Conduct Business

Web 2.0
December 1, 2008 by in AZ Business Magazine | Marketing | Tech

Those unable to offer a clear definition of Web 2.0 are not alone. Even computer industry experts have a hard time agreeing on exactly what it is. “The reason why there are so many different opinions is because the term is so comprehensive,”says James Windrow, director of interactive strategy for Scottsdale-based I-ology, an Internet strategy… Read More →

Arizona Is Staking A Claim In Bioscience Territory

Bioscience in Arizona - AZ Business Magazine November 2008
November 1, 2008 by in AZ Business Magazine | Healthcare | Tech

There’s no doubt Arizona’s public and private sectors have worked hard this decade to turn the state into a high-profile player in bioscience. And there’s no question these efforts have paid off with a number of successes. But no chart, report or press release drives these points home as effectively as an experience enjoyed by… Read More →

Attention Cyber Shoppers: Do Your Homework Before Entering The E-commerce Arena

CyberShoppers

Here’s advice for any business giving serious consideration to selling goods and services online: Before diving into electronic commerce, make sure to get your feet wet in such critical areas as marketing, networking, branding, fulfillment and customer service. Novices can hone these skills by selling on eBay or placing products on Amazon Marketplace. But even… Read More →

What To Do When Bad Business Partners Happen To Good People

Bad business partners

“He is robbing you blind.” Business owners are never emotionally prepared to hear these five words, but they should be poised for action to protect their own interests and those of their companies’ when business relationships turn hostile. Recently in Arizona, the owner of a residential property rental company found this out the hard way… Read More →

There’s more to building an Internet presence than just posting a Web site

There's more to building an Internet presence than just posting a Web site, 2008

Working the Web There’s more to building an Internet presence than just posting a Web site By Don Weiner When it comes to establishing a presence on the Web, there seem to be as many good reasons as there are sites. The Web offers groups effective ways to communicate their messages. Politicians and organizations may… Read More →

Translatinal Accelerator looks to invest in Arizona bioscience companies

Translatinal Accelerator looks to invest in Arizona bioscience companies, 2008

Future Funding Translational Accelerator looks to invest in Arizona bioscience companies By Don Weiner Providing funds is one thing. Lending a hand may mean something else. But select companies can expect both from the Translational Accelerator LLC, a new $20 million Arizona-based venture capital group that has set its sights on assisting early-stage bioscience companies… Read More →

Small Business Is Big Business In Arizona

small business open sign - AZ Business Magazine April 2008

There’s really no need for small business owners to feel like they have to go it alone in Arizona, not with the variety of programs, organizations and resources available to provide help. There are obvious places to start. The Arizona Department of Commerce has an online resource center that is filled with links and information.… Read More →

Options For Telecommunications Providers Steadily Growing

options grow for telecommunication providers - AZ Business Magazine April 2008
April 1, 2008 by in AZ Business Magazine | Tech

Choosing the right telecommunications system for a growing business is no small decision. In fact, the array of available products and services can be a bit overwhelming. But, in the end, everyone seems to want the same thing. “One of the things that we’ve found through the surveys that we’ve done is that reliability is… Read More →

Baby Boomers Bust

Baby Boomer Bust
February 1, 2008 by in AZ Business Magazine | Workforce

Companies get ready as boomers start leaving the work force The catchy term many are using to describe the impending exodus of baby boomers from the work force sounds like the title of a science-fiction film: “The Brain Drain.” But there’s nothing fictional about it. The oldest baby boomers, a group that includes more than… Read More →