Columnist Spotlight Archives

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?

international leadership

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?

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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

Chandler Innovation Center
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 →

Why Everyone Needs an ‘Incapacity Plan’

Medical Technology - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

Dementia has become the No. 1 cause of disability globally, according to the World Health Organization. Stroke, which can also profoundly impair judgment and decision-making, stands at No. 2. “This year, 7.7 million new cases of dementia will be diagnosed, and 15 million people will suffer a stroke,” says CPA Jim Kohles, chairman of RINA… Read More →

Arizona needs clear message to capitalize on energy

energy supply - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2012

States with the most successful industry clusters have a common characteristic — unwavering support from government, industry and the public. The oil and gas industry in Texas was built with support for the industry from all levels. Such support is not garnered unless the industry has a common voice in articulating its needs. To some… Read More →

Habitat for Humanity is built by volunteers

Reviving the Construction Industry

There are many good people in Arizona. Several weeks ago, a group of them stood in searing summer heat celebrating the completion of another Habitat for Humanity home-renovation project for a deserving family. We are often asked how we’re able to build or renovate homes during Arizona’s oppressive summer months and despite the economic challenges. … Read More →

The Myth Of The Shark Tank

Entrepreneurs
July 22, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight

Television makes it look like VC firms and Angel investors are lining up to take your great idea and give you all the money you need to get your restaurant or other venture off the ground. The truth is, only about two percent of small businesses have what equity investors are looking for—and unless you’re… Read More →