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Economy’s Q3 Growth Boosts Local Businesses

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by in Economy | Featured

The U.S. economy grew faster than expected in the third quarter as businesses restocked shelves, and Arizona businesses are noticing the uptick. A 2.8% boost from July to September has Valley business owners optimistic about the holiday season and the first quarter of 2014. Local restaurants, retail, real estate and even purveyors of luxury goods… Read More →

Economy's Q3 Growth Boosts Local Businesses

shopping
by in Economy | Featured

The U.S. economy grew faster than expected in the third quarter as businesses restocked shelves, and Arizona businesses are noticing the uptick. A 2.8% boost from July to September has Valley business owners optimistic about the holiday season and the first quarter of 2014. Local restaurants, retail, real estate and even purveyors of luxury goods… Read More →

Diane Brossart – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Diane Brossart - Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Diane Brossart – President and CEO, Arizona Forward Diane Brossart joined the nonprofit civic group — which aims to move Arizona forward environmentally, economically and socially — as a member 30 years ago. She was appointed to her leadership role in 1991, when Valley Forward focused exclusively on Maricopa County. Rebranded as Arizona Forward is… Read More →

Karen M. Abraham – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Karen Abraham - Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Karen M. Abraham – Senior vice president and CFO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Abraham oversees eight departments including finance, taxes, facilities and risk. With 30 years worth of experience at BCBSAZ, she works directly with the CEO on the development of long-range plans and policies. Surprising fact: “My mother was a bookkeeper and… Read More →

Steven Koeppel, Owner Of Scottsdale Jean Company, Comes Out On Top By Selling Bottoms

Steve Koeppelle, Owner, Scottsdale Jean Company - AZ Business Magazine June 2010

Steven Koeppel Scottsdale Jean Company Title: Owner Est: 2005  |  www.scottsdalejc.com “You can never learn too much and you can never be too smart – ask a lot of questions.” – Steven Koeppel, owner of Scottsdale Jean Company When it comes to battling with the best in the retail clothing world, Scottsdale Jean Company is… Read More →

Adding Leverage To Going Green At Arizona Businesses

Minnesota flag
by in Blogs | Economy | Green

Minnesota is kicking our butt. No, I’m not talking ice hockey or the fact that they have 10,000 lakes — yes, it’s not just their state motto. Rather, I’m talking about their killer support for their environment — hey, they have 10,000 lakes to keep pristine remember? But seriously, Minnesota is leaving us in the… Read More →

Key Legal Considerations And Strategies Businesses Should Consider In An Economic Downturn

Legal Aide

Virtually all Arizona businesses, but disproportionately small and medium-sized enterprises, have been significantly impacted by the recession. The current financial climate has and will undoubtedly continue to have countless business ramifications. Often overlooked, however, are the legal considerations that should be proactively evaluated by companies in a challenging economic environment. Legal strategies should be employed… Read More →

Celebrating Second-Stage Entrepreneurial Companies

AZ Companies to Watch

Presented by the Arizona Small Business Association in conjunction with the Edward Lowe Foundation Gov. Jan Brewer The businesses of the 2009 class of Comerica Bank Arizona Companies to Watch represent the determined, innovative spirit necessary to advance our great state. I am especially pleased to extend my congratulations and gratitude to this year’s recipients.… Read More →

Moving the Valley and Arizona Forward

Moving Valley Arizona 2010
by in Events | Green

Oh, give me land, lots of land Under starry skies above. Don’t fence me in. That little tune written by Cole Porter and Montana engineer Bob Fletcher has served as the unofficial song of the West for almost 75 years. It’s captured the lure of the West; with all this room, there’s no need to… Read More →

The Business Community Is Ringing A Cautionary Bell On Further Cuts To The State’s Education System

The Business Community Is Ringing A Cautionary Bell On Further Cuts To The State’s Education System

Good schools are good for business. It’s that simple. Contrary to popular belief, incentives and tax breaks aren’t necessarily the only things businesses take into account when considering a move to Arizona or an expansion of a local operation. Sure, they want to make money, but the quality of the education system, from K-12 through… Read More →

Arizona Business Magazine Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

AZ Big Media 25 years

An important lesson in the launch of any business or new product is to learn everything you can about your target consumer, and that’s exactly what Mike Atkinson did when he bought the Office Guide to Phoenix 25 years ago. He approached leaders in the community in such industries as health care and law, and… Read More →

Hidden Health Care Tax Hits Workers

Hidden Tax Revealed Chart

The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) and the Arizona Chamber Foundation are joining forces to stop what we call a hidden health care tax on businesses and consumers. According to a study released by the Arizona Chamber Foundation, which is associated with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Arizona employers and the state’s… Read More →

Best of the Best Awards 2009: Business Services

Wist Office Products - Best of the Best 2009 presented by Ranking Arizona
by in Events

Business Services Honoree: Office: Supply Companies Wist Office Products Wist Office Products has been providing superior service and the highest-quality products to Arizona businesses since 1955. The office supply industry has changed significantly since that time, and through the changes, Wist has emphasized keeping the focus on the customer. It strives to be a solution… Read More →

CEO Series: Keith Maio President and CEO National Bank of Arizona

Keith Maio President and CEO National Bank of Arizona

Keith Maio President and CEO National Bank of Arizona Assess the current state of the banking industry in Arizona. It looks pretty tough. The economic environment is difficult. What we deal with in Arizona is that we have a real estate-dominant economy, so many of the local banks are heavy in real estate lending. And… Read More →