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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 →

Best practices to effectively utilize letters of credit

5 C's of Credit

In brief, a letter of credit is a document from a bank guaranteeing that a seller will receive full payment, as long as certain terms and conditions have been met. In the event that the seller is unable to cover the full payment the bank will put up the outstanding amount. A letter of credit… Read More →

Ranking Arizona® will get a new look for the 2016 edition


The 19th edition of “Ranking Arizona®: The Best of Arizona Business” will feature a makeover of the editorial content to help readers learn more about their favorite Arizona-based businesses. “Historically, we have published traditional profiles of each company,” said AZ Big Media Editor in Chief Michael Gossie. “This year, we are going deeper. We are… Read More →

Women own more than half of Hispanic-owned businesses


The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will release its fifth annual edition of the DATOS Tucson report at a morning conference Oct. 6. The report provides an overview of the state of the Hispanic market in Southern Arizona, as well as statewide and nationally. The conference takes place 9:30 to 11:00 p.m. at Tucson Hilton… Read More →

What are the risks and rewards of crowdfunding law?

September 28, 2015 by in AZ Business Magazine | Legal | Small Biz

Arizona’s new crowdfunding law, which is intended to give small companies in the local Arizona economy greater access to capital, took effect on July 3. Arizona joins a growing number of states that have recently enacted laws permitting some form of equity crowdfunding. For startups and other emerging growth businesses that may not have ready… Read More →

Meet Arizona’s Most Admired Companies of 2015


Each year, Az Business magazine and BestCompaniesAZ chooses 40 companies as winners of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies Awards. When developing the Most Admired Companies program, the primary goal of Az Business magazine and BestCompaniesAZ was to recognize those companies that excel in workplace culture, leadership, social responsibility, customer opinion and innovation. Here are Arizona’s Most Admired Companies of 2015: Alliance Residential Company Most… Read More →

Mountainside Fitness grows with Glendale gym


The “friendliest gym in town” and the largest locally owned health club in Arizona, Mountainside Fitness is expanding and opening its 12th location near the Loop 101 and 75th Avenue in Glendale in early November. Join Mountainside Fitness at Arrowhead for an Open House Preview Party on Saturday, November 7th from 9 a.m. to 4… Read More →

Local small biz “LaunchPad Project” returns for second year


R&R Partners, an integrated communications agency in Phoenix, announced that it is bringing back its successful “LaunchPad Project” to help Arizona businesses and local entrepreneurs  take their company to the next level with free marketing and advertising services. R&R’s second annual LaunchPad Project kicked off in August and applications will be accepted through September 24. The project… Read More →

Big crowd honors Arizona’s Most Influential Women


A crowd of nearly 500 people packed Chateau Luxe in Phoenix Thursday night to honor Az Business and AZRE magazines’ Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. “The Most Influential Women issue of both magazines is easily our most popular issue of the year,”said AZ Big Media  Publisher Cheryl Green. “This year, we had more than 2,000 women… Read More →

Businesses in Roosevelt Row may get a boost

Roosevelt Pointe

A group of business and property owners are collaborating to implement a $375,000 business improvement district in the Roosevelt Row/Evans Churchill area of downtown Phoenix by next year.  According to the business improvement plan newsletter, a Business Improvement District is a plan that allows property owners to gather resources and provide services beyond those provided… Read More →

Jen of all trades: Scottsdale designer puts heart into homes

Courtesy of Jennifer Adams

In order to understand how Scottsdale designer Jennifer Adams transformed her life of cleaning houses, teaching aerobics and being a receptionist to becoming a successful entrepreneur, you would need to trace her journey all the way back to home. “I realized at an early age the power of home and what you do to your… Read More →

Cardinals player helps develop potty training system

Character Group Shot

Mike Leach, 15-year NFL veteran and current Arizona Cardinals player, and his wife Julie announce the launch of Potty Pals, an innovative, new potty training system they developed. Potty Pals is a multi-faceted system that makes potty training less frustrating for parents and more fun and rewarding for toddlers. It consists of a stuffed animal plush… Read More →

CenturyLink Gbps service available to Arizona businesses


CenturyLink, Inc. today announced the availability of 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) fiber speeds to approximately 1,200 additional business locations in Arizona as part of a national fiber network upgrade that expanded availability of CenturyLink’s gigabit broadband services to nearly 490,000 business locations in 17 states. As part of CenturyLink’s gigabit service expansion in Arizona, 1… Read More →

Local First Arizona will celebrate National Independents Week

Small Business

In recognition of National Independents Week, Local First Arizona will honor locally owned and independent businesses across the state from Saturday, June 27, through Sunday, July 5. The nationwide Independents Week campaign, coordinated by the American Independent Business Alliance and known as “Indie Week,” takes place during the week of Independence Day with the purpose… Read More →