Author Archives: Shelby Hill

Shelby Hill

About Shelby Hill

Shelby Hill writes business and lifestyle articles for AZNow.Biz and Arizona Business Magazine. She recently graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor of arts in English and journalism. Shelby is pursuing a career in journalism.

Girlfriend University Isn’t Just For The Ladies

Girlfriend University - AZ Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2011

Don’t let the rhinestones, quotes by Madonna, crystal chandeliers and fuchsia touches fool you; Girlfriend University is serious business. Founders Renee Dee, former publisher of Arizona Foothills Magazine, and Jodi Low, a former sales and marketing professional, combined their corporate and entrepreneurial backgrounds to create Girlfriend University as a way for women to grow personally… Read More →

Studies Show That Every Dollar Invested In Tourism Returns At Least Double That Amount

Enchantment Resort in Sedona - AZ Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2011

Forests of Saguaro cacti lit by fiery red and orange sunsets, gun-toting cowboys staging shoot-outs, and the Grand Canyon’s striated walls looming over the Colorado River. One would think these distinctly Arizona images could sell themselves. Unfortunately, Arizona’s tourism industry is learning the hard way that it takes more than just the state’s natural beauty… Read More →

Boefly, A New Online Marketplace, Matches Borrowers With Lenders

Ted and Cindy Ferkenhoff
February 8, 2011 by in Economy | Featured | Finance | Small Biz

One couple searched unsuccessfully for six months to secure a loan. Then, 14 days after using a new online marketplace, Ted and Cindy Ferkenhoff had an offer. The Ferkenhoffs, who needed a loan to open an AlphaGraphics franchise in Flagstaff, weren’t expecting such a quick response. “With the lending market being pretty shaken up …… Read More →

Arizona Launches Innovative Media Campaign To Bring Back Tourists

Monument Valley in Arizona, part of the Arizona Office of Tourism's new marketing campaign - AZ Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2011

Arizona has gotten a bad rap as of late, with the added national backlash from the passage of SB 1070 making it even tougher for the state to climb out of the recession. But the Arizona Office of Tourism is fighting back, and it has only one word for you — monumental. It’s part of… Read More →

Q&A Steve Chucri, President and CEO Arizona Restaurant Association

Steve Chucri, president and CEO Arizona Restaurant Association - AZ Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2011
January 28, 2011 by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy

-In 2002, Steve Chucri was lobbying at the state level when the Arizona Restaurant Association president and CEO position was presented to him. Chucri now uses his political and lobbyist backgrounds to help Arizona’s restaurant industry navigate today’s tough issues. An executive committee board member with the Arizona Tourism Alliance, Chucri discusses strategies to create… Read More →

Paramount Promotions Puts Its Products On The National Stage

Sea Life Interior
January 11, 2011 by in Featured | Small Biz

Each year Paramount Promotions transforms the University of Phoenix Stadium from the home of the Arizona Cardinals into the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl with colorful and eye-catching graphics.         Phoenix-based Paramount Promotions designs and manufactures most of the graphic signs, banners and inflatables for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl held in Glendale annually. The… Read More →

Get Fit Quick With Dr. Ben Bocchicchio’s 15 Minute Workout

Dr. Ben Bocchicchio

I’ll be honest; the thought of hopping on a treadmill or sweating through push-ups will easily evoke a “Do I really have to?” whine from me. But when I heard about a magical workout – 15 minutes, just two days a week – I thought it couldn’t get any easier. I was wrong. Dr. Vincent… Read More →

AZNow.Biz Launches Health And Wellness Series For The New Year

Exercise

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to become a healthier version of you in the next year. For some people that may mean hitting the gym, for some it means putting down the cupcake and picking up an apple, but however you intend to get healthy, AZNow.Biz’s Health & Wellness Series has… Read More →

i/o Data Centers Keeps Companies Nationwide Up And Running

i/o Data Centers
December 7, 2010 by in Featured | Tech | Workforce

Despite an ongoing recessionary climate, Phoenix-based i/o Data Centers just keeps on growing and doesn’t plan on stopping. In the last year i/o doubled its number of employees and is looking to expand its Phoenix location. In Oct., i/o announced it closed $200 million in financing for the company’s expansions. In addition to its Phoenix… Read More →

The Canalscape Project Envisions Beautifying The Phoenix-Area’s Many Canals

The Canalscape Project Beautifying The Phoenix-Area Canals
December 6, 2010 by in Education | Featured | Green | Real Estate

Forget “The Valley of the Sun.” Imagine “The Venice of the Southwest.” It’s an idea that’s hard to fathom now, especially when most Valley residents think of canals as “ugly, smelly and dangerous,” says Nan Ellin, a former Arizona State University professor who conceived Canalscape with her students. Canalscape is a concept that encourages Phoenicians… Read More →

Touchdown AZ Is Your Source For All Things College Football

Touchdown AZ Magazine and website
December 1, 2010 by in Around Arizona | Events | Featured

College football season is almost over for most teams and cities. But luckily, here in Arizona, the season isn’t officially over until Jan. 10, 2011, when Glendale hosts the BCS National Championship Game. This year Arizona will host three games – the Insight Bowl in Tempe, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and the BCS National Championship… Read More →

Cyber Monday Deals For 2010

Shop Cyber Monday Deals
November 28, 2010 by in Events | Executive Lifestyle | Featured | Lists

We all know – and sometimes dread – Black Friday. But Cyber Monday is something even the most antisocial person can get behind. Cyber Monday allows you to shop from the comfort of your computer. No need to even change out of those pajamas. Check out these smoking deals online. BestBuy.com Best Buy has great… Read More →

Shop Local For The Holidays

Shop local stores in the Phoenix area for the holidays
November 27, 2010 by in Executive Lifestyle | Green | Lists

We all know major department stores have big holiday sales, but so do local stores. Local stores also have the added bonus of being good for your conscience. They’re greener – many of their products aren’t shipped in from all over the world – and they help the local economy more than chain stores. See… Read More →

Amazon And Twitter Are Resources For Savvy Shoppers This Weekend

Use Amazon to help you shop this holiday season
November 26, 2010 by in Executive Lifestyle | Featured | Lists

There are many Web resources for the frugal shopper, like Groupon, LivingSocial, SocialBuy and BuyWithMe, but there are still ways to save on the Web without printing a coupon. Amazon Amazon’s daily Gold Box deals were intensified this week with the addition of Black Friday Week Lightning Deals. Everything from atlases to car seats were… Read More →

2010 Black Friday Deals

Black Friday deals in Arizona
November 25, 2010 by in Events | Executive Lifestyle | Featured | Lists

It’s almost Black Friday – get ready for crowded malls, packed parking lots and maybe even a bit of elbowing for that amazing deal. The malls will be teeming with eager shoppers hungry for a deal, especially since the National Retail Federation predicted a holiday sales increase of 2.3 percent this year. That’s a big… Read More →