Columnist Spotlight Archives

Dos and Don’ts with Your Tax Dollar

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With April 15th right around the corner, some of us are anxiously anticipating a tax refund check. As a matter of fact, according to CNN Money, the average tax refund is about $3,000. If you’re lucky enough to be part of this group, what do you do next? I would like to give you some… Read More →

America’s no good, very bad corporate income tax

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Arizona is doing all it can to develop a more competitive tax environment in order to attract jobs, but we’re getting no help from the feds. The state over the last few years has scratched and clawed its way on the road to economic recovery. Staring down 300,000 lost jobs since the beginning of the… Read More →

Arizona: The State of the Solar State

Sustainable Energy in Arizona - AB Magazine November/December 2011

2013 was an event horizon for the solar electric industry in Arizona. The year brought acrimonious debate over net metering, as the utility industry attempted to reel-in a burgeoning rooftop solar movement that it had portrayed in a white-paper as a threat to its century-old business model and profit margins. The utility industry employed hard-core… Read More →

Small business tips for the New Year

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Organization is the key to success, so as the calendar starts fresh so should your business habits. Start your New Year off right by getting your business organized. Here are some tips to help you get a firm grip on your finances. Organize your finances: Set aside 15 minutes per week, the equivalent of one Facebook… Read More →

Stop leaks causing accounts payable errors

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December 2, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight | Featured

Understandably, most companies are focused on their incoming cash flow and the bottom line. As a result, accounts receivable departments, or incoming balances, tend to get all the attention. Consider what companies might discover if they took a closer look at accounts payable. The management of accounts payable should also be considered a priority. When… Read More →

Wage laws hurt young and poor

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November 27, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight | Economy | Featured

President Obama this year has been making noise about wanting to hike the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour and then indexing the wage to inflation. That means the hourly wage would go up every time the cost of living goes up. The latest Gallup poll finds that over 75 percent of Americans would… Read More →

Critical trends shape the technology landscape in Arizona

Arizona SciTech Festival - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

Unless partisan politics in Washington drives the economy back into a recession, there are critical trends in the technology industry that are pointing to continued slow but steady growth for Arizona. Most recently, the Semiconductor Industry Associated reported that U.S. semiconductor sales in August increased by 23.3 percent compared with August 2012, and global August… Read More →

How accounting can add to the bottom line

Sustainable Banks, Green Banking
November 4, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight

In today’s world, where companies are evaluating every aspect of business to try to cut costs, few are looking at their accounting departments for ways to save money. The billing process is a basic and necessary function of accounting, and as a result, its potential impact on a company’s bottom line is often overlooked or… Read More →

Gap is Narrowing on Immigration Reform

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November 4, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight | Politics

Various Arizona Chamber and business leaders have made numerous visits to Washington, D.C. over the years to push for reform of our nation’s badly broken immigration system. As a border state, we understand this issue well. For years, the business community in Arizona has been pressing Congress and the Administration for a secure border, workable… Read More →

Politics or Economics?

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Within the last few years we’ve experience a major cross over between politics and economics. Is this a good or a bad thing? Many economists believe that more political intervention can negatively affect the natural growth of the economy. While others believe that the U.S. could not have survived the 2008 “great recession” without the… Read More →

Leveraging visual storytelling tools can boost business

Kristin Bloomquist is executive vice president and general manager of the Phoenix office of independent marketing and communications agency Cramer-Krasselt.

According to the old adage, a picture is worth 1,000 words. But what about a six-second video? Or an impeccably curated pinboard? A host of new photo and video-sharing platforms—and the evolving universe of digital devices that enable them—are opening up new opportunities for marketers to engage consumers. But like many forms of “new media”… Read More →

High tariffs put manufacturing in the rough

Manufacturing Companies
September 23, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight | Politics

Arizona has a rich golf history. We have hundreds of outstanding courses throughout the state, ranging from affordable municipal courses to Golf Digest five-star offerings. We’re host to top-flight tournaments like the Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain and the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the PGA tour’s best attended event. Our state universities’ golf… Read More →

Why isn't there more solar in Arizona?

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September 16, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight | Energy | Green

Eleven years ago, I wrote a guest editorial for the Arizona Daily Sun newspaper in Flagstaff in which I put forward a question that was quite popular at the time: “Why isn’t there more solar in Arizona?” It was in the aftermath of the California energy crisis.  New incentive programs adopted by Arizona utilities were… Read More →

Why isn’t there more solar in Arizona?

solar
September 16, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight | Energy | Green

Eleven years ago, I wrote a guest editorial for the Arizona Daily Sun newspaper in Flagstaff in which I put forward a question that was quite popular at the time: “Why isn’t there more solar in Arizona?” It was in the aftermath of the California energy crisis.  New incentive programs adopted by Arizona utilities were… Read More →

The Impact of Market Influences

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September 15, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance

Many investors often question what influences the markets and what influences are most critical to pay attention to. There is no easy answer because there are several factors that can manipulate the markets and no one particular factor controls the direction. It’s a combination of several influences such as corporate performance, government- monetary policy, geopolitics,… Read More →

Checking fine print protects bottom line

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September 11, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance | Small Biz

Every purchase order or invoice should have them, but what are they? Terms and conditions. The fine print found at the bottom or on the backside of in invoice or purchase order, so it is often ignored. Look for it, read it, understand it. When a company purchases goods or services, it is not uncommon… Read More →

Does How You Feel about Money Affect Wealth?

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September 5, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight | Featured

Although we live in the richest and most advanced society the world has ever known, many of us say we need more money in order to be happy, notes best-selling business book author Doug Vermeeren. “Even some of those in the top percentile of earners often feel like they don’t have enough money,” says Vermeeren,… Read More →

Can You be the Next Business Thought Leader?

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Plug “thought leader architect” into the title field of a LinkedIn search and only one name pops up: Mitchell Levy, CEO of THiNKaha and author of the new book, “#Creating Thought Leaders Tweet.” “The truth is, a lot of people are trying to become viewed as ‘thought leaders’ because they recognize that being a well-publicized,… Read More →

Could doing the right thing hurt your business?

JessieAtencio Small

There are few stories as disheartening as those of Good Samaritans who come to the rescue of others – only to have kindness repaid with a nasty lawsuit. The first inclination for many is to help our fellow man, yet, as director of the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH), I’m often asked… Read More →

How to Awaken the Steve Jobs in You

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August 23, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight | Featured

Just like everyone else, small business owners get caught up in their personal economic successes and woes. They’re trying to find more time; trying to deal with the exigencies of life; trying to just survive. The latter is both the cause and result of the broken and failed businesses we see in such large numbers.… Read More →

Do You Have a Written Income Plan for Retirement?

Key Elements to Retirement Planning

“Age 85 is a bad time to go broke,” says expert retirement planner Jeff Gorton.  Personal savings, various investments and, yes, Social Security may prove to be short of what you’d expected. “Budgeting how you spend money before retirement can often be a misleading measurement of how you’ll actually spend it during retirement,” says Gorton,… Read More →

Re-balancing an investment portfolio?

Reviewing Investments Annually

When it comes to rebalancing an investment portfolio in today’s economic arena it can be very confusing to choose the right method. Most money-management firms and independent financial advisors use different rebalancing strategies so it’s important to know what approach they use and how often. I also find that many investors focus on their investment… Read More →

Arizona's rocky relationship with the EPA

Show Phoenix Pride, Photo: Michael Ruiz, Flickr

I’d imagine that the speechwriter preparing President Obama for his visit to Phoenix this week was hard pressed to come up with many highlights in the White House-Arizona relationship. We’ve had a rocky marriage over the past five years. From health care, to tax policy, to labor relations, the administration has made it harder to… Read More →

Arizona’s rocky relationship with the EPA

Show Phoenix Pride, Photo: Michael Ruiz, Flickr
August 12, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight | Politics

I’d imagine that the speechwriter preparing President Obama for his visit to Phoenix this week was hard pressed to come up with many highlights in the White House-Arizona relationship. We’ve had a rocky marriage over the past five years. From health care, to tax policy, to labor relations, the administration has made it harder to… Read More →