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SEED SPOT hires Director of Entrepreneur Initiatives

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Phoenix-based SEED SPOT, one of six incubators in the country focused on social entrepreneurs in the fields of health, education, energy and environment, human and basic rights, civic engagement, and community impact, hired C’pher Gresham as its Director of Entrepreneur Initiatives. In his new role at SEED SPOT, Gresham will be responsible for enhancing programs,… Read More →

Valley app creator’s GLTYR helps market skills, products

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Ahwatukee resident Subra “Dr. S.”Sudhakar, co-founder of GLTYR, said he developed the app to help people, schools and small businesses more easily market their skills and products. GLTYR, which is pronounced “glitter”and stands for “Give Life To Your Reality,”is a content-creation app which was originally launched as a way for people to create a multimedia… Read More →

Lanning Receives Economic Development Leadership Award

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Kimber Lanning, Executive Director of Local First Arizona, was awarded the Citizen Leadership Award by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for her extraordinary commitment in promoting economic development.  The honor was presented on Tuesday, October 21, during IEDC’s Annual Conference in Fort Worth, TX. “The Citizen Leadership Award celebrates a community or business leader,… Read More →

Lovitt & Touché Rebrands After 100 Years in Arizona

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Lovitt & Touché, an Arizona-based insurance brokerage and benefits solutions provider, announced today a rebranding of the agency that emphasizes its local roots and commitment to the community. “Business Focused, Community Minded” will now serve as the slogan, which Chief Operating Officer Charlie Touché says speaks to the heart of the company’s history and values.… Read More →

Independent shops create Coffee Culture in Phoenix

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It doesn’t take an investigative panel to notice the smattering of new coffee shops in Phoenix. In the past few years, vacant lots and empty buildings have transformed into Cartel Coffee Lab, Songbird Tea and Coffeehouse, JoBot Coffee and Nami. The culture of local shops have more to offer to Phoenix than a just a… Read More →

Phoenix Entrepreneurs Launch Global Exchange Program

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Phoenix entrepreneurs have teamed with Phoenix City Councilman Daniel Valenzuela to announce the world’s first coworking and entrepreneur cultural exchange program rooted in pro bono service called CO+EXCHANGES. The CO+EXCHANGES program, which will operate via the CO+HOOTS Foundation, an Arizona nonprofit, is designed to bring together the world’s most innovative entrepreneurs and coworkers in various… Read More →

Business owners must decide what to do when they’re gone

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It’s been 225 years since Benjamin Franklin said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Whether you like it or not, there is another certainty for business leaders: sooner or later, one way or another, you’re going to have to leave your business. And even though experts said… Read More →

Entrepreneur uses ASU grant to jump-start business

Jeff Kunowski, the founder of Illumin8, a Scottsdale-based company that provides innovative LED signage products, had 12 internships while he was a student at ASU.

Not many people look at sign flippers or signs posted along the road and think they know how to improve those companies’ advertising. Jeff Kunowski went a step further and made it happen in a bright and eco-friendly way. Kunowski graduated from ASU in 2011 and received the ASU Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative grant, which… Read More →

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 →