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7 Business Lessons Learned from Cancer

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I never set out to be a “survivor.” My life’s aspirations were pretty basic: become successful professionally, marry my soul mate, have two beautiful children and perhaps even retire early. Getting cancer certainly wasn’t on the list. But there I was, lying on the operating table the day of my surgery, shivering – not knowing… Read More →

The Herb Box’s Recipe For Success

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They weren’t even friends when they launched a 20-year partnership. “We didn’t know each other until we started the business,” said Susan Smederovac-Wilcox, who created The Herb Box with Becky J. Windels in 1995. “We heard about each other and met for breakfast. I said, ‘If you can cook it, I can sell it.’ We… Read More →

Az Business honors Most Admired Companies

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BestCompaniesAZ and Az Business magazine honored 40 companies at the 2014 Arizona’s Most Admired Companies award reception on September 11, 2014 at the Westin Kierland Resort. Arizona’s Most Admired Companies are selected based on how a company has performed in the following areas: workplace culture, leadership excellence, corporate and social responsibility, customer opinion and innovation.… Read More →

As You Wish opening 7th studio at Westgate

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Local “paint your own” pottery studio, As You Wish, celebrates its 19th anniversary and business success with the opening of its 7th studio in Glendale, Ariz. One of the first paint-your-own pottery studios in the nation and the first in Arizona, As You Wish’s planned 2,109 square-foot studio next to AMC Theatres at the Westgate… Read More →

Goodmans among top purpose-driven companies

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Goodmans Interior Structures recently earned the GameChangers 500 designation for the positive impact of its products and services, and how it treats people and the planet in the process of running its business. GameChangers 500 is a list profiling the top-purpose driven companies in the world. In contrast with the Fortune 500 list emphasizing profit,… Read More →

Valley cities rank high for Hispanic business climate

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The United States is often dubbed “a nation of immigrants.” But lately the path to American citizenship has been a rough road, especially for an increasing number of Hispanics. Whether they’ve entered U.S. borders lawfully or otherwise, many have felt the sting of marginalization, racism and discrimination in every kind of social environment. And despite… Read More →

AZ Big Media honors Most Influential Women

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They are the best business minds in Arizona. They are innovators, trailblazers and leaders of men. They are Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2014, as selected by the editorial team at Az Business magazine and a panel of industry experts. The Most Influential Women were honored Thursday at a reception… Read More →

How to Protect Your Business Against Fraud

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We hear stories of employees embezzling money from unsuspecting employers, but we never expect it to actually happen. Nathan J. Mueller, an employee in the reinsurance division of financial services giant ING, carried out a scheme, embezzling nearly $8.5 million over a period of four years. Mueller’s story serves as a lesson to employers, alerting… Read More →

GoDaddy Acquires Email marketing firm Mad Mimi

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GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, announced it has acquired Mad Mimi, which helps small businesses connect with customers through simple, beautiful and effective email marketing. Mad Mimi’s easy-to-use applications, empathetic and knowledgeable customer care, and robust technology platform made the company a perfect fit for GoDaddy and its expanded offerings… Read More →

Gilbert launches tool for small businesses

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Small businesses in Gilbert are seeing how they “size up,” with a new, free online tool offered by the Gilbert Economic Development Department. The SizeUp SBI tool allows users to access information that could help their business, including demographics information, competitor locations, potential workforce, and more. At a launch party on Thursday, small business owners… Read More →

Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator Helps Tech Innovators

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Wells Fargo began accepting applications through October 1 from young companies interested in joining the new Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator, a semiannual boot camp for innovators whose technology ideas in payments, deposits, fraud, operations and other fields could shape future customer experiences in financial services. Wells Fargo will make a direct equity investment of $50,000… Read More →

Massage Envy Spa Opens 1,000th Location

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Scottsdale-based Massage Envy Spa, the pioneer and national leader of professional, convenient and affordable massage and spa services, announced today it has opened its 1,000th location in Exton, Pa. This milestone comes on the heels of significant growth for the 12-year-old brand, including reaching $1 billion in system-wide sales at the end of 2013. Contributing… Read More →

5 Tips To Turn a Bad Customer Into a Good Customer

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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 →

NLRB puts thousands of small businesses, franchises at risk

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Need convincing that the National Labor Relations Board is an agency in desperate need of a management change? The NLRB, which ostensibly is charged with protecting workers’ rights and remedying unfair labor practices, has morphed into an arm of organized labor. Consider the board’s hit parade of the last few years: There was the case… Read More →