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Ranking Arizona voting for 2016 ends tomorrow

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Everybody wants to be the best. In business, being the best can boost a company’s bottom line. Ranking Arizona lets Arizona companies prove they’re among the 10 best in their industries. Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business, which is published annually by AZ Big Media, is the result of largest business opinion poll taken in… Read More →

Pros and cons of conducting business south of the border

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Conducting business overseas presents its own set of challenges and risks, but with a proactive plan you can decrease the risks and build valuable resources that can lead to a favorable result.. This is especially true when it comes to doing business south of the border. One of the biggest growth areas for U.S. companies… Read More →

Arizona trade mission builds confidence with Mexico

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President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), Chris Camacho, joined Governor Doug Ducey in Mexico City for an important trade mission last week, with more than 40 business, university and government leaders – including GPEC board members Sharon Harper of The Plaza Companies, David Rousseau of SRP and University of Arizona President… Read More →

Phoenix Chamber of Commerce announces new board leadership


The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) announced its new board chair, a new chair-elect and 11 new members to its board of directors. Ken McMahon, vice president of enterprise sales mountain west at CenturyLink, will serve as the 2015-2016 Board Chair, succeeding Ed Munson of KPHO-TV CBS5. Daniel Froetscher, senior vice president of transmission, distribution… Read More →

16 Arizona companies make Fortune 1000 list

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Sixteen Arizona-based companies earned spots on the Fortune 1000 list, a reference list of the 1,000 largest American companies, ranked on revenues alone. The 16 Arizona companies on the Fortune 1,000: No. 108 Avnet, Phoenix No. 137 Freeport-McMoRan, Phoenix No. 323 Republic Services, Phoenix No. 386 PetSmart, Phoenix No. 493 Insight Enterprises, Tempe No. 502 Northern Tier Energy,… Read More →

Phoenix Chamber honors winners of 2015 IMPACT Awards


The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) recognized eight outstanding Valley businesses at the 28th annual IMPACT Awards today, with Pinnacle Transplant Technologies and Goodwill of Central Arizona earning accolades as the 2015 IMPACT Businesses of the Year. The luncheon celebrated the remarkable contributions these companies and their employees make to the Greater Phoenix community.… Read More →

Apple plans $2B expansion in Arizona, Ducey says

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Governor Doug Ducey announced Monday that Apple will be expanding in Arizona, with a $2 billion investment in Mesa on a command center for the company’s global networks — representing one of the company’s largest investments in history. Apple said it will invest $2 billion over 10 years to open a data center in the Phoenix… Read More →

Scottsdale-based Discount Tire opens 900th store


Scottsdale-based Discount Tire, the world’s largest tire and wheel retailer, opened its 900th store in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The new store is the first Discount Tire location in Cedar Falls. Providing the lowest prices on tires and wheels, combined with excellent customer service, Discount Tire strives to serve as its customers’ knowledgeable and convenient neighborhood tire retailer. The 7,373… Read More →

Startup Tuft & Needle aims to wake up mattress industry

John-Thomas Marino and Daehee Park.

Tucked away in the Levine Machine Building in the Phoenix Warehouse District, Tuft & Needle is a mattress company that is easily overshadowed in terms of scale by the big boys, namely Serta, Sealy, Simmons and Sterns and Foster. The local mattress maker, however, is growing rapidly, and it may just become a household name… Read More →

Arizonans spend more on Cyber Monday than Black Friday

Arizonans plan to spend more money shopping electronically on Cyber Monday ($556) than hitting the malls and super-stores on Black Friday, where they plan to spend $433, according to the BMO Harris Bank Holiday Report. The survey examined the buying intentions of consumers ahead of Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving; and Cyber Monday,… Read More →

Proposed EPA water rule is all wet

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If you need further evidence of the sometimes cartoonish level of ham-fisted management of environmental regulatory matters by the federal government, consider the proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency to change the definition of “navigable waters” under the Clean Water Act. A coalition of over 30 business organizations led by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce… Read More →

5 Tips To Turn a Bad Customer Into a Good Customer


A successful business cannot be considered a success without the support of a good customer. How you treat your customers, especially if you own a service-oriented business, can make the difference between a loyal returning customer who will become an ambassador for your business and a lost opportunity or a negative influence for your company… Read More →

CAP has $1 Trillion Impact on Arizona Economy

Fresh Water is Becoming Scarcer with the Planet's Changing Climate

Key players in Arizona’s water supply gathered today at the GPEC Ambassador Event to discuss the future of water in greater Phoenix at Renaissance Square in Downtown Phoenix. The event featured a panel consisted of David Modeer, general manager at Central Arizona Project, Grady Gammage Jr., an Attorney at Gammage & Burnham, Dave Roberts, the… Read More →

Local salt company launches new bacon products


Local salt purveyors Aaron and Liz Eckburg have been busy. These two serial entrepreneurs have parlayed their love of pork products and salt and have launched a new line of bacon aptly named, “Bring Home the Bacon” this month at the Gilbert and Fountain Hills Farmers’ Markets, and are working to bring it to local… Read More →