Columnist Spotlight Archives

Preparation for Loan Approval

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While small business owners appear to have a good grip on managing their companies, they are often unsure about what to do to properly prepare for loan approval.. According to the Small Business Association Lending Index report, big banks approved 15.1 percent of small business loans in February 2012. While we are seeing a slight… Read More →

Time to vote yes on immigration bill

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by in Columnist Spotlight

If you were worried that the Gang of Eight’s immigration overhaul efforts didn’t sufficiently address border security, then then amendment filed by Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and John Hoeven (R-ND) should put any fears to rest. Sen. Hoeven last week said his amendment language is “almost overkill.” It’s not almost overkill, it is overkill. But… Read More →

Will Your Beneficiaries Beat the Odds?

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Two-thirds of baby boomers will inherit a total $7.6 trillion in their lifetimes, according to the Boston College Center for Retirement Research — that’s $1.7 trillion more than China’s 2012 GDP. But they’ll lose 70 percent of that legacy, and not because of taxes. By the end of their children’s lives — the third generation… Read More →

How Culture Trumps Policy, impacts Workplace Violence


“The nail that sticks out gets hammered down” is an old Japanese saying that took hold in our post World War II corporate America culture. This phrase encourages an unspoken rule of conformity combined with an authoritarian hierarchical structure. Today it is important for business leaders to consider the impact this has in American workplaces.… Read More →

Housing, how should we look at it going forward?

During the last two years the country has experienced an upward shift in the housing market. How does this affect home owners today? For years, home owners have typically viewed real estate as one of their largest assets. However, we’ve learned during the last housing bubble, it can also be our largest liability. The housing… Read More →

Should The Legal Blood Alcohol Content Be .05?

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by in Columnist Spotlight | Legal

Earlier this month, the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that all 50 States adopt a cutoff of .05 Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) as the maximum percentage of blood alcohol that a person could have in their system and legally drive. Although spurned by good intentions, this lower figure is both unattainable and will likely… Read More →

The ROI of Social Media

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I was never a fan of the cocktail party-variety networking scene. I will never be one to dart around a room shoving business cards into people’s hands. I prefer meaningful conversations with people, getting to know them and vice versa. But social media networking? That’s something different altogether. Done right, it’s never a hit-and-run. Rather,… Read More →

What Happens if you Lose a Laptop with Patient Information?

Eric Marcus, CEO of Marcus Networking.

The government is starting to implement the HIPAA-HITECH Encryption Requirements 2012. If you choose not to encrypt data, the HIPAA Security Rule states you must implement an equivalent solution to meet the regulatory requirement. The law leaves encryption open to interpretation since covered entities vary when it comes to network and network usage, depending on… Read More →

How can you turn a PR crisis into success

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The old saying, “No PR is bad PR,” has been put to the test the past few weeks with the PR circus surrounding Amy’s Baking Company. The Scottsdale restaurant generated local and national press after the restaurant and its owners were featured on Gordon Ramsay’s reality show, Kitchen Nightmares. Ramsay found the problems with the… Read More →

Social Media: Great Resource for Small Business

Are you taking advantage of social media in your small business? According to a recent report by the Social Media Examiner, you probably should. 89 percent of the respondents said social media was providing them greater exposure and 75 percent claimed it was increasing traffic. Although only 43 percent suggested that social media increased sales,… Read More →

Arizona Business Community Supports HB2111

The undersigned organizations and businesses want to express their strong support for the passage of HB2111 with the floor amendment that will be offered by Senator Steve Yarbrough. This final amendment represents major concessions to address concerns that have been expressed by the city representatives. This final amendment reflects the cities’ request for a separate… Read More →

What Will Really Make You Happy?

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The idea of a happy and meaningful life has become unnecessarily complicated in some circles, says author and certified positive psychology coach Lynda Wallace, who left a high-powered executive career with Johnson & Johnson to pursue her real passion – helping individuals and groups achieve greater happiness and success. “Happiness has been appropriately cited as… Read More →

Sales up, income down

Reading the latest business news, you might be surprised to find articles highlighting large corporations with increasing sales and decreasing income. This prompts the question, how is it possible for a company to sell more but make less? Business managers often assume if the company can increase its sales, it will have an increase in… Read More →

Phoenix Public Market boosts micro-businesses

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Micro businesses may be small, but they pack a big punch. Though defined as businesses with less than five employees, 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 →