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Phoenix Public Market boosts micro-businesses

Klocke Dan dpp 6-14-05

Micro businesses may be small, but they pack a big punch. Though defined as businesses with less than five employees, www.microexec.com reports that micro firms “represent a staggering 99.7percent of all the employer firms in the country.”  That means more than half of all private-sector employees work for micro firms which pay “44 percent of… Read More →

Do we have a clue of what financial stability is?

economy

It’s been nearly 5 years since we experienced the “Great Recession” and still we struggle to find the answers to stabilize the markets.  Since the recession we have experienced stricter bank regulations, continued government spending, high unemployment, struggling homeowners, and consumer confidence is still low. The crisis was tragic and because of its severity we… Read More →

Visa reform needed to move country forward

immigration
April 30, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight

And so it begins. After six years since the last substantive debates over immigration reform, the Senate Judiciary Committee last week began hearings on the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, the title of the legislation borne out of the months-long work of the bipartisan Gang of Eight, which includes Arizona Sens. John… Read More →

How to improve your collections efforts

Get more cash

Collections may not be every business owner’s favorite task however, maintaining an effective collection strategy is essential to running a successful business. Traditionally, collection departments focus on the clients with the most dated debt, as opposed to the clients with newly formed debt. This strategy may seem logical, but resourceful collection companies and departments should… Read More →

Secrets to a successful client-agency partnership

Marketing action plan

Unlike the scenes we all love in Mad Men where account execs spend  the day wining and dining clients and brainstorm sessions are always accompanied by cocktails, enlisting the expertise of an agency is serious business. And like any partnership, the better the communication, the more successful the relationship and the results. When a company… Read More →

Creating high performance schools

carey school - graduate

A central part of this year’s state budget debate is over Governor Brewer’s Performance Funding proposal for district and charter schools. Her plan helps ensure that tax investment in our schools yields measurable results. Employers from across the state have fought against across-the-board cuts to our K-12 system, and we’ve supported the governor’s budget request… Read More →

Let the Sun Set on Debt Trap Loans

Cynthia Zwick

In 2008, more than 1.2 million Arizona voters said no, by a 2-to-1 margin, to triple-digit interest rates and special exemptions from the state’s usury laws for payday lenders by rejecting Proposition 200, which would have permanently legalized 300% APR payday loans in Arizona.  Since then, through bi-partisan efforts, the legislature and Arizonans have rejected… Read More →

3 Reasons the Bank Says No

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If your application for a small business loan has been denied, you are not alone. In fact, only about 10 percent of the small business borrowers who apply at the bank leave with a loan. Although the bank may give you a song and dance about why you were denied, it usually boils down to… Read More →

Guayule could drive Arizona’s economy

guayule

It’s common knowledge that America’s largest import is oil, but do you know what’s second? Hint: it’s a commodity used for tires, hoses and thousands of household products. The United States imports 100% of it’s natural rubber from the Hevea tree grown in nations like Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. Once upon a time, there was… Read More →

Guayule could drive Arizona's economy

guayule

It’s common knowledge that America’s largest import is oil, but do you know what’s second? Hint: it’s a commodity used for tires, hoses and thousands of household products. The United States imports 100% of it’s natural rubber from the Hevea tree grown in nations like Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. Once upon a time, there was… Read More →

Shine coming off the Golden State

real estate - expanding to california

The Tax Foundation in its 2013 State Business Tax Climate Index tells us something most of already know: California has high taxes. Really high. In its state-by-state rankings, California checks in at 48, duking it out with New Jersey and New York at the bottom of the barrel. Breaking out the ranking in its component… Read More →

Grand Canyon-sized tax reform

Labor Unions, City of Phoenix

The recent Grand Canyon Institute report “The Effects of Tax Reductions In Arizona: Significantly Reduced Government Revenue and No Apparent Impact on Economic Growth,” dismisses the bipartisan efforts to improve Arizona’s tax competitiveness over the past two decades and defies common sense. Does anyone really believe that Arizona would be better off with significantly higher… Read More →

What can the U.S. Count on for Future Growth?

economy

2012 was a smoother ride than expected for the markets. However, it was and will continue to be turbulent in the political arena. Hopefully, economics and politics will be able to work together and define a path that will create a stable environment for everyone. There are many exciting advances in different areas of our… Read More →

Advantages and disadvantages of an IPO

ipo

The closing concludes and a company suddenly has $50 million cash in its bank account from the sale of its stock.  Champagne corks are popped and celebration ensues―for a brief period.  “Going public” is an exciting event for all involved and may provide many advantages to the company’s operations.  However, being a public company has… Read More →