Columnist Spotlight Archives

Solar Power Is Not Just About Saving the Planet

Solar Power
August 29, 2012 by in Columnist Spotlight | Green

We believe that aside from the political hype, solar technology as an energy alternative is a fiscally healthy change for many businesses. Solar is a proven technology, and business should understand how they can take advantage of the long-term energy solutions that solar can provide. When it comes to energy efficiency, reducing expenses, or planning… Read More →

“MACH” A Match For Whistleblowers

"MACH" A Match for Whistleblowers
August 28, 2012 by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance

In 2002, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) breathed new life into whistleblower programs for U.S.-listed public companies. This legislation had a particular impact on audit committees, handing them the responsibility of, “establishing procedures for The receipt, retention and treatment of complaints received by the issuer regarding accounting, internal accounting controls, or auditing matters; and The confidential,… Read More →

Intern Season: The Six Criteria To Allow Unpaid Internships

Intern Season: The Six Criteria To Allow Unpaid Internships

Here’s the six criteria a business must meet in order to allow unpaid internships. It’s no secret that today’s economy is tough. Students are working hard to learn needed skills in the career of their choice, while current members of our workforce are going back to school and training to learn a new trade. The… Read More →

New Technology Makes Financial, Inventory Management Easy, Affordable

New Technology Makes Financial, Inventory Management Easy, Affordable
August 27, 2012 by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance

The expansion of the Internet and the growth of online financial tools continue to change the way we do business. With the development of Web-based and online tools, it is easier than ever for small business owners to manage day-to-day operations, track financial transactions and measure performance. Unlike the more costly software packages many companies… Read More →

5 Common Small Business Challenges

5 Common Small Business Challenges

In working with small, growing entrepreneurial businesses, I have discovered several common financial-related issues with which they struggle. When I first start working with these businesses, most if not all of these issues exist. All of them are critical to their success in managing and growing their businesses. The good news is that with time… Read More →

Business Awards: Are They Worth The Effort Of Applying?

Business Awards: Are They Worth The Effort Of Applying?

What does the Inc. 500|5000 list, Ranking Arizona and Arizona Corporate Excellence (ACE) Awards all have in common? They’re a mix of local and national business awards from incredible companies. There are several organizations that extend prestigious business honors to companies every day. So many, in fact, that a simple Google search for business awards yielded… Read More →

As Renewable Energy Makes Process, Energy Policy To Be Explored

solar panels, renewable energy
August 15, 2012 by in Columnist Spotlight | Green

An unlikely group of bedfellows gathered for a private meeting last month to discuss the future of energy policy in Arizona. While they didn’t solve any issues, there is a measure of success in simply convening dialogue among this small but powerful group of diverse stakeholders representing the governor’s office, state legislature, Arizona Corporation Commission,… Read More →

5 Tips To Providing Great Customer Service

Customer Service

Are customers important to your business? They sure are to mine. If you find them to be important, I suggest reviewing the details of your customer service touches, process and ability to help customers as needed — even if that means working outside of the normal channels. 5 Customer Service Tips: 1. A business owner/supervisor/manager/employee… Read More →

Know Your Customer: Gathering Data To Build Marketing Campaigns

Know Your Customer: Gathering Data to Build Marketing Campaigns

There was a time when we relied largely on focus groups and surveys to learn who was buying the products and services we were touting and what they thought about the experience. Thanks to technology, today we have access to a wealth of data to help build marketing campaigns that will catch the attention of… Read More →

Office Fragrance’s Becoming Real Issue

office fragrances

Office fragrance is becoming a real issue. Asthma. Fragrance sensitivity. Allergies. It may sound “rash,” but many types of fragrances in the workplace can trigger anything from breathing issues to hives to nausea to headaches — and everything in-between. These reactions can be so bad, in fact, lawsuits are being filed — and won —… Read More →

How To Get A Bank Loan Approved

bank loan
July 17, 2012 by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance

Banks, in general, have done a poor job of informing businesses what it takes to get a bank loan approved. In the bankers’ world, many of the most important considerations are what we refer to as the Five C’s of Credit: Capacity: History of positive cash flows The best predictor of a business’s likelihood of… Read More →

Creative Financing: Innovative Options For Funding Business

Creative Financing: Options for Funding Business

Whether you are just formulating a business plan for launch or you already have a company that is in need of a cash infusion, bank loans are often unattainable if you don’t meet the proper requirements. Fortunately, there are a variety of creative ways to fund the growth. If your banker turns you down, instead… Read More →

Do You Have An Investment Style?

Investment Style

Many investors rely on their expertise, or their advisors’ expertise, to develop and follow an investment style. These styles are important and can help provide direction and assist in making investment decisions. Investment styles are developed based on many factors, including age, gender, income, family, wealth, tax situation and previous investment experience. These factors play… Read More →

Four Ultrabooks Rising To The Top

Ultrabooks

If you’ve been watching the laptop market recently, you’ve noticed the buzz around “ultrabooks,” a new breed of laptops coming out from every major PC manufacturer. Ultrabooks blur the lines between notebook, tablet and high-powered machine; they go for around $1,000 (give or take) and have evolved significantly since their big introduction earlier this year.… Read More →