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J.D. Power’s 10 Things I’ve Learned in Business

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October 8, 2013 by in Featured | Small Biz

After 50 years working with a range of companies—as well as founding and running my own company, J.D. Power and Associates—I have observed a good deal, and come away with a few thoughts about how to have the best shot at success in business. The businesses I’ve seen grow, adapt, and thrive are the ones… Read More →

How hospitals, employers can help themselves with ACA

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September 28, 2013 by in Featured | Healthcare | Small Biz

While employers in Arizona are bracing for the expected impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on health insurance premiums, the long-range theory behind the act is that the costs will eventually stabilize over time. This stabilization in employer premiums can be expedited if hospital ERs, who will be impacted most by the increase in… Read More →

Businesses Named Spirit of Enterprise Award Finalists

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As Arizona moves along the road to economic recovery, many impressive local businesses are helping to vault us forward with job creation and growth. Today, 10 of the state’s best businesses are being recognized as finalists for the prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Awards from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.… Read More →

Helping small businesses keep records

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Nearly 28 million small businesses are in operation in the U.S. About 1 in 5 small businesses have employees, but all have something in common: the need to ensure accurate record keeping, from earnings and fiscal data to tax records. And while that can be cumbersome for small-business owners, there are things entrepreneurs can do… Read More →

Checking fine print protects bottom line

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September 11, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance | Small Biz

Every purchase order or invoice should have them, but what are they? Terms and conditions. The fine print found at the bottom or on the backside of in invoice or purchase order, so it is often ignored. Look for it, read it, understand it. When a company purchases goods or services, it is not uncommon… Read More →

Fired Pie delivers with hot new concept

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September 3, 2013 by in Dining | Featured | Small Biz

Here’s the beautiful thing about Fired Pie: In less time than a typical commercial break, the staff at Fired Pie can make you a fresh pizza that suits your taste and specifications. Fired Pie is the latest Chipotle-inspired build-your-own-meal, fast-casual dining concept to hit the Valley. The creation of veteran restaurateur Fred Morgan — the… Read More →

Tempe Start-Up a Finalist for Crowdfunding Contest

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Out of over 125 small businesses that applied, Tempe start-up – Global Cancer Diagnostics, Inc. – has been selected by The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council), an advocacy and research organization for entrepreneurs, and… Read More →

The high cost of disengaged employees

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$550 billion: That is the cost of lost productivity thanks to disengaged employees. Build your team, build your business. Having your own space at work has its advantages; we all want that corner office, right? But research suggests that consistently working alone lowers morale and affects overall work ethic. We invite you to use this… Read More →

Coup Des Tartes Finds New Building

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Earlier this year, the land where Coup Des Tartes is located at 4626 N 16th Street in Phoenix was foreclosed on.  The restaurant owner, Ron Pacioni, had seven years remaining on his lease and thought his restaurant would be able to stay in its current location.  However, the new owners, The Van Tuyl Group, have… Read More →

Wells Fargo Names new Business Banking Managers

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Kyle Hanson, Tom Traylor and Jerry Ritchie, financial services veterans with more than 47 years of experience between them, have been named Business Banking managers for Wells Fargo Business Banking in the Valley.  Jim Pfeiffer, Area Business Banking manager for Arizona announced the appointment. Kyle Hanson will serve as Business Banking manager for Wells Fargo… Read More →

First Fidelity offers tips to prepare for fire, drought season

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As the fire and drought season in Arizona continues, the risk for businesses and the importance to be prepared is higher than ever. Recent research shows that small businesses are particularly vulnerable with only 38 percent having an emergency or disaster preparedness plan, 84 percent don’t have natural disaster insurance and 71 percent don’t have… Read More →

Former NFL Player Opening Luxury Spa in Chandler

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David Barrett, a former Arizona Cardinals cornerback, is opening a boutique-style luxury salon and spa in Chandler. In his NFL career, Barrett played for the Arizona Cardinals and then later traded to the New York Jets. After retiring from professional football, Barrett has embarked on a new mission: to create a beautiful upscale salon and… Read More →

What does the Obamacare mean for small businesses?

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Small-business owners who are anxiously waiting for regulators to finalize rules that will define the three-year-old Affordable Care Act remain uneasy. Their anxiety is justified since they are waiting for rules that will be enacted next year and no one knows what growing pains lie ahead. But they shouldn’t necessarily view the ACA as a… Read More →

Two New Tenants Coming to Westgate in August

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IT’SUGAR and RazzleberrieZ will open their doors this August at Westgate Entertainment District, adding even more family-friendly variety for West Valley patrons to enjoy. IT’SUGAR, best known nationally as a novelty candy store, offers the world’s largest boxes of Nerds, Sweethearts and Pop Rocks, five pound Gummy Bears as well as candy themed accessories like… Read More →