August 2008 Archives

Caring For A Relative Injured During Active Military Service Now Permitted Under FMLA


Most Arizona employers associate the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) with employee time off to care for an ailing parent or spouse or to tend to a newborn baby or newly adopted child. Since early this year, the list of reasons for granting extended employee leaves has become longer, and in some cases, so has… Read More →

Q & A With John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital’s New CEO Bruce Pearson


Bruce Pearson took over the CEO role at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital in Phoenix in April. AB met with him to find out more about his goals for the hospital, as well as his insight on various issues the health care industry is facing. What is your background in the health care industry?… Read More →

Kona Grill Opens Third Location In The Valley

Kona Grill opening new location

By Noelle Coyle and Janet Perez Despite the sluggish economy, restaurants continue to open or expand in the Valley, and Arizona native Kona Grill is no exception. Originally founded in Scottsdale in 1998, the restaurant has expanded throughout the United States, with locations in Missouri, Nevada, Indiana, Colorado, Connecticut, Michigan, Louisiana, Illinois, Nebraska, Texas and… Read More →

John F. Long Didn’t Just Build Houses In The West Valley, He Also Built A Community


About the only person who would disagree about calling the late John F. Long the father of the West Valley would be John F. Long. For more than 60 years, the man described by friends and colleagues as quiet and unassuming, held the vision that transformed the West Valley from fields to thousands of homes… Read More →

West-MEC Provides Career And Tech Training To West Valley Teens

West-MEC provides career and tech training

Keeping with its goal of enhancing the education system in the West Valley, WESTMARC is a major proponent of West-MEC — the Western Maricopa Education Center District. West-MEC is a public school district that provides Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs to more than 21,000 high school students in the West Valley. West-MEC was formed… Read More →

State Leaders Prepare The Copper State For Explosive Growth


An official letter from the state’s Lawn and Pool Use Enforcement Division says you must choose between taking out your green lawn or draining your swimming pool. You can’t have both, as the state has been severely restricting outdoor water use ever since the population of Central and Southern Arizona swelled to 10 million people… Read More →

The SEC Catches Up On New Technology In Proxy Solicitations


A quick tutorial: Proxies are the means by which public shareholders vote. The Securities Exchange Act of 1934 governs the solicitation of those proxies. The act and the regulations adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission under the act are designed to ensure a fair process with adequate disclosure to shareholders so they may make… Read More →

CD Rates Inching Higher Again


Bank-issued certificates of deposit rates are inching up, but if your one-year CD is maturing, you’re probably not going to like what’s being offered. That’s because CD rates took a dramatic drop in the past year as the Federal Reserve marched through a series of reductions starting last summer. The downward spiral was triggered by… Read More →

Attention Cyber Shoppers: Do Your Homework Before Entering The E-commerce Arena


Here’s advice for any business giving serious consideration to selling goods and services online: Before diving into electronic commerce, make sure to get your feet wet in such critical areas as marketing, networking, branding, fulfillment and customer service. Novices can hone these skills by selling on eBay or placing products on Amazon Marketplace. But even… Read More →

Two New Spring Training Stadiums Set To Debut In The West Valley

Two new spring training stadiums
by in AZ Business Magazine | Travel

With football, hockey, baseball and possibly USA Basketball joining the mix, the West Valley is becoming an active sports mecca for the rest of the Valley. Recent additions to this bustling hub of game activity are new Cactus League training facilities in Glendale and Goodyear that will come online for the 2009 spring training season.… Read More →

What To Do When Bad Business Partners Happen To Good People

Bad business partners

“He is robbing you blind.” Business owners are never emotionally prepared to hear these five words, but they should be poised for action to protect their own interests and those of their companies’ when business relationships turn hostile. Recently in Arizona, the owner of a residential property rental company found this out the hard way… Read More →

As More People Lose Their Homes, Banks Are Left Holding The Keys


Acquiring real estate through foreclosures is not exactly the type of transaction banks relish. That’s especially true in a down market that is overloaded with raw land and homes — and a paucity of potential buyers. Estimates of the amount and value of acquired real estate through foreclosures are difficult, if not impossible, to come… Read More →