Economy Archives

Arizona nonprofits partner for Tax Credit Tuesday


Each year, millions of dollars in state tax credits go unused by Arizona residents who either aren’t familiar with the process to claim tax credits, or simply don’t know that certain tax credits are offered to them. This year, a collaboration of Valley nonprofits is looking to change that by increasing awareness of available tax… Read More →

Arcade bar growth turns Valley into multiplayer arena

Endgame Bar co-founder and co-owner Ryan Scott plays a video game while seated at one of the several bars inside. Photo by Jason Axelrod, Cronkite News.
by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy

Dillon Thompson has spent one to two hours at Endgame Bar nearly every day since the 22-year-old first started going about two and a half months ago. The reason? Endgame’s nearly 700 free games – a mix of arcade machines, home console games and computer-based games – combined with a stocked bar and kitchen make… Read More →

East Valley Partnership hosts Economic Forum Dec. 3

PHX East Valley, a national initiative led by the East Valley Partnership to improve business and quality of life in the East Valley region of Greater Phoenix, is offering an economic forum at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 at Marriott Phoenix Mesa, 200 N. Centennial Way. Attendees of the economic forum event will learn about… Read More →

Gainsight expands operations to Phoenix Buchachon Petthanya

Gainsight, a Silicon Valley-based technology company focused on customer success, has announced an expansion to Phoenix. The company’s new corporate marketing headquarters will be housed at the 111 W. Monroe building downtown.    Led by CEO Nick Mehta, Gainsight made a major announcement last Thursday with a new $50 million Series D funding round backed… Read More →

Vote now to decide FirstBank ‘Elevator Pitch’ winner


FirstBank, which has 17 banking locations throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan area, announced the five Arizona finalist companies of its the “FirstBank $20,000 Elevator Pitch Business Contest” where it will award one Arizona-based winner with $20,000. The five companies are: Pinspiration Co+Hoots Brelby Theatre Company Cake Art Studio Nancy’s Jewelry and Clothing The public is invited… Read More →

Ducey makes major impact during 1st year in office


Resting on a table in the center of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s meeting room at the state capitol is an Arizona State University football helmet signed by Jake Plummer and Pat Tillman. “I am a proud Sun Devil,” Ducey gushes. But the state’s “first fan” can also boast about another first: Ducey is the first… Read More →

Bankers Trust celebrates opening of new location

Bankers Trust Check Presentation

Nearly 150 community leaders, industry experts and customers joined Bankers Trust on Thursday as they celebrated the grand opening of its new location on the ground floor of Esplanade Building II (2525 E. Camelback Rd. Suite 100). The first Bankers Trust Phoenix location opened in 2007 and since that time the Bank has grown from… Read More →

Villages at Vigneto to create $23.8B in economic impact


Dr. Robert Carreira, principal of, forecasts the Villages at Vigneto will ignite the struggling Benson and Cochise County economies. The development, including 28,000 homes, a destination resort, and four million square feet of commercial/retail space, will bring an estimated $23.8 billion* in economic activity (spending/sales) over 18 years. Additionally, It will create an estimated… Read More →

FirstBank launches ‘Elevator Pitch’ contest in Arizona

Chandler Innovation Center

FirstBank, which has multiple banking locations throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, announced a new competition for businesses in Arizona. The competition, called the “FirstBank $20,000 Elevator Pitch Business Contest” will kick off on Tuesday, October 12 and, only a few weeks later, award one winner with $20,000, courtesy of the bank. Contest participants will be… Read More →

Z’Tejas sale to Cornbread Ventures approved by judge

Courtesy of Z'Tejas

Cornbread Ventures, LP announced it has been approved to acquire Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill via a court order signed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Phoenix last week. The new entity is comprised of the principals of Texas-based Iron Cactus Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar and The Stone Group. Under the new ownership, all Z’Tejas entities will remain open, including five Z’Tejas… Read More →

TGen teams with Barrow to find ALS biomarkers, Copyright: lightwise

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a $687,087, one-year grant to Barrow Neurological Institute and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) to identify peptide, protein, and RNA biomarkers as indicators of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) progression. This degenerative disease, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, kills motor neurons — specialized nerve cells in the brain… Read More →

Canadians help heat up Arizona economy

Icefields Parkway, Banff; Jasper National Parks, Alberta, Canada
by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy | Featured

Canadians love escaping the cold and traveling south to soak up the Arizona sun, but Arizona is becoming more than just a vacation destination for Canadians. Arizona’s economic climate offers Canadian companies a great place to enter the U.S. market, and Canadian companies are taking advantage of Arizona’s favorable business climate. More than 350 Canadian… Read More →

Greater Phoenix export market heats up Phasin Sritham

Greater Phoenix is now responsible for 68.3 percent of the state’s exports – up from 65.4 percent in 2014 – Community and Economic Development Director Christine Mackay announced in a presentation to the Mayor and City Council. Citing growing trade with Mexico, exports in the Phoenix metro area and the rest of Arizona are up… Read More →

Are women business owners the future of incubators?  Rancz Andrei

In the last five years, billions of dollars have been invested in entrepreneurial programs, incubators and business resources across the country to spur economic growth. “It should come as no surprise then as the entrepreneurship wave slows, people are now questioning their return on investment,” says Kristin Slice, owner of Empowered Lab Communications and founder… Read More →