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Rick Murray leaving ASBA for Scottsdale tech firm

Rick Murray, chief executive officer of the Arizona Small Business Association.

Rick Murray, the Chief Executive Office of the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) since 2012, has announced he will be leaving to take a senior level positon with Bolste, a Scottsdale-based technology company. “I have had the great honor to work with thousands of small businesses in Arizona and, hopefully, helped advance the economic development… Read More →

New Science Center chair hopes to draw more girls to STEM

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According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, women hold fewer than 25 percent of STEM jobs. As the new chairman of the board for Arizona Science Center, Barbara Lockwood hopes to change that statistic, by inspiring young women and girls with her leadership. When asked how she plans to inspire Arizona young women and girls… Read More →

Space rocks: ASU team finds meteorites in remote Arizona desert

The largest of the fifteen meteorites next to a one-centimeter cube for scale. The black outer layer is called a “fusion crust” and forms when the outside melts as the objects hurtles through the atmosphere at high velocity. (Photo by Anna Copper/Cronkite News)

“The vault” is a climate-controlled room that sits behind three locked doors in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. Housed inside are fifteen charcoal-colored pebbles that collectively weigh less than a quarter of a pound. Make no mistake: these are no ordinary rocks. They are the remnants of a roughly… Read More →

Mother connects with 24-hour view of her preemie’s hospital stay

Ashlee Minton, mother of a child at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, speaks on her experience with the medical center over the last eight months. (Photo by Christopher West/Cronkite News)

Nurses sweep through narrow aisles in a dimly lit room, tending to tiny patients born prematurely or with problems. A mother is here for hours, watching her baby born 10 weeks too soon, touching the hands of her son to the beeps and buzzes of the machines that monitor her boy. Still, as much as… Read More →

Risk to children’s online safety rises in summer

Jamie Winterton, director of strategy for Arizona State University’s Global Security Initiative, is a mother of two young boys, ages 6 and 12. She says teaching kids about online safety is crucial in today’s digital space. (Photo by Alexa Salari/Cronkite News).

School books may be closed for the summer but laptops are open. As children spend more time on the internet, police and parents are working harder to protect them from online predators. “The way I tell parents, is if somebody knocks at your door and he’s some 45-year-old guy and he says, ‘I just want… Read More →

Phoenix lands at No.11 on CBRE ‘Tech Talent’ report

Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors

Phoenix is solidifying its position as one of the nation’s leading tech markets, jumping nine spots to number 11 on CBRE Group Inc.’s annual “Scoring Tech Talent” report which ranks 50 U.S. and Canadian markets according to their ability to attract and grow tech talent. Phoenix also ranked No. 6 on the list overall of top… Read More →

Presto! One Arizona woman and the magic of the new sharing economy

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Stefanie Contreras rarely waits in line. She prefers a life where on-demand or sharing services mean she can spend her time living her life, whether she’s ordering laundry detergent or booking a vacation in Costa Rica. “Most of the time I’m so focused on having fun. The convenience of the apps can help me do… Read More →

Arizona Commerce Authority launches aerospace database

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The Arizona Commerce Authority and Arizona Zanjeros aerospace and defense industry sub-committee launched a comprehensive database designed to connect aerospace and defense companies with Arizona-based suppliers. The database will serve as a go-to resource for Arizona’s aerospace and defense companies and the state’s growing supply chain. It contains detailed profiles of more than 1,250 companies with a… Read More →

Arizona banks make cyber crime insurance available

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Grandpoint Bank, which operates banks in California, Arizona and Washington, has introduced a new way for its business banking clients to protect themselves from financial losses due to funds transfer fraud and cyber deception through a first-of-its-kind cyber insurance group policy. Grandpoint Bank created Grandpoint Insurance Services, Inc., a non-bank insurance agency affiliate, to develop the Client… Read More →

Is ed-tech the key to growing Arizona’s knowledge-based economy?

Enterprise Bank

The Valley’s educational technology (ed-tech) scene has been growing critical mass for decades and odds are it’s not going to stop anytime soon. John Sperling was ahead of the curve in 1976 when he founded for-profit University of Phoenix with the mission to educate working adults. In 1989, the university launched its online program, which… Read More →

This device hopes to fix your water damaged phone

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If you’ve been frantically looking up how to fix your water damaged phone on Google, then this new device may be your saving grace. Typically insurance won’t cover the cost of a water damage phone, and if you’re a smartphone owner, shelling out $600 to replace your now soaking wet piece of hardware just isn’t viable,… Read More →

Orbital ATK completes first next generation Iridium satellites

Orbital ATK

Chandler-based satellite manufacturer Orbital ATK finished the first two of 70 satellites that are being manufactured for Virginia-based Iridium Communications Inc. to replace its current satellite network in orbit.   Photos courtesy of Iridium Orbital ATK is assembling and testing the replacement satellites of Iridium’s existing network, which will be launched and rolled out incrementally over the next few… Read More →

Arizona heats things up at BIO 2016

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It’s probably irritating to many of my Arizona colleagues but I roll my eyes every time someone in economic development says it. “The collaborative gene.” Apparently Arizona has it. They love to throw this term out when discussing Biotech in Arizona, like this is the thing that sets us apart and makes better than all… Read More →

Large tech companies are critical to a startup community

Self-Service Technologies, Technology
by in AZ Business Magazine | Tech

During a recent interview on the local tech startup community, I was asked to list the features of a vibrant startup ecosystem. I ticked off the standard items like access to capital, research universities, smart people, support, and a positive regulatory and tax environment. But I felt like something was missing. Later that week, I… Read More →