AZ Business Magazine Archives

Jersey ads lead to controversy in NBA, as WNBA profits

WNBA

The four major professional sports leagues have shied away from placing sponsored advertisers on players’ jerseys but the Women’s National Basketball Association has capitalized on the practice since 2011. And the NBA will soon follow the WNBA’s example. The revenue-generating move helps a league struggling to grow a fan base: game attendance is half that… Read More →

Steps to consider when outsourcing your firm’s IT

IT

Information Technology is a core part of any modern firm’s day to day operations. Websites need to be maintained, operation software needs to run right, data needs to be protected and servers need to be running. That’s why when a business is considering outsourcing its IT, many considerations have to be considered. Brett Helgeson, president of Phoenix-based… Read More →

Lottery transfers $64M to Arizona beneficiaries

Lottery

Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Lottery are announcing a record breaking third quarter transfer of funds to statewide community organizations for fiscal year 2016. More than $64 million was transferred to Lottery beneficiaries in the third quarter, which is approximately $20 million more than the average quarterly transfer. The increase is a result of… Read More →

Which Arizona city has the best 401(k) plan?

Employer Retirement Plans in Phoenix, Ariz.

Retirement readiness isn’t a topic many would consider fun to talk about. However, SmartAsset, a financial company based in New York, used data to show what cities nationally has the best 401(k) plans. “We want people to think about these topics,” said AJ Smith, vice president of content for SmartAsset, “While not always fun, they… Read More →

SRP employees honored for volunteer work

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In honor of the hundreds of SRP employees who devote thousands of hours to worthy causes, six employees have been chosen to receive the SRP Presidents’ Volunteer Spirit Award. The award recognizes employees and retirees who are leaders in volunteerism and who serve as examples of the power of caring. “One of the truly remarkable aspects of the… Read More →

ASU professor tests preventive cancer vaccine

Colorectal Cancer

For more than 10 years, professor Stephen Johnston and a team of researchers at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute have been developing a cancer vaccine aimed at preventing all types of cancer. Johnston said his vaccine has passed safety trials and is moving on to efficacy trials in dogs. Johnston said one of the biggest… Read More →

3 reasons giving back will grow your business

Subaru Superstore of Chandler

There is a quote that says, “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” No one disagrees that giving back is important. Whether it is volunteering to speak at an event, sponsoring a conference, or reserving time to mentor, giving back is not only the right thing… Read More →

Calling all businesses, The Zone needs help for Veterans

The Zone

The Zone in Scottsdale is looking for businesses that care about local veterans and want to help these men and women who may be dealing with grief or stress after returning from duty. For each donation of $299, a veteran will receive three one-hour-long sessions in ‘The Pod’, as well as one-on-one time with grief specialist… Read More →

The rise of the home-owning tourist

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It’s no secret that Arizona is the place to be in the wintertime. The warm, sunny days coupled with a variety of events around the Valley often entice tourists to call Arizona their home for part of the year. As one of the top “snowbird” states in the nation, when should tourists consider transitioning from… Read More →

Plexus plants 20,000 trees after Earth Day

123rf.com: Mário Mihál

Plexus Worldwide, a leading direct-marketing weight-loss and health-supplement seller, announced that the company will fund the planting of 20,000 trees after a successful Earth Day sales campaign. The promise was to plant a tree for every order placed with the company on Friday, April 22. Plexus has partnered with American Forests to help protect and replenish the Earth for generations to come. American Forests, the oldest… Read More →

Arizona Opera appoints new general director

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The Arizona Opera Board of Directors has announced the appointment of its new President and General Director, Joseph Specter. Currently the General Director for Austin Opera, Specter successfully led the $3.8 million company through a significant era of growth, overseeing a 30 percent increase in its annual operating budget while maintaining complete fiscal solvency. He… Read More →

Arizona becoming training ground for Olympic hopefuls

Matti Harrison is training at the Phoenix Swim Club for the Olympic Swimming Trials in July. (Photo by Nicole Vitale/ Cronkite News)

The state of Arizona is no stranger to Olympians. A string of athletes from the state has pursued the Olympic dream and made it a reality. But they have done so outside of Arizona. Gymnast Kerri Strug left the state to train with Bela Karolyi in Texas and went on to win gold in 1996.… Read More →

Going mobile with customer service

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Tech

Today’s ubiquity of mobile devices has revolutionized the way consumers make their decisions. According to an October 2015 Pew Research study, 68 percent of Americans have smartphones and 48 percent have tablets. Consumers are increasingly using these devices to plan trips, make reservations and read and write reviews. Therefore, the development of an effective mobile… Read More →

Intel Science Fair needs judges and volunteers

Intel Corporation Headquarters in Santa Clara, CA

Supported by over 30 organizations including the Arizona Technology Council, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), is currently seeking judges and volunteers for this year’s event. Approximately 1,700 high school students from over 75 countries, regions, and territories will gather Sunday, May 8, 2016 to Friday, May 13, 2016, to showcase their independent… Read More →