August 2009 Archives

Failing To File Patent For New Technology Could Cost Company More Than Money


It is arguably one of the most exciting moments for a technology entrepreneur — seeing that invention for the first time. Whether it’s a new software program, mechanical device or a breakthrough biotech discovery, the feeling is always the same, pure elation. If you’re a technology entrepreneur you know the feeling. You spend months, possibly… Read More →

CEO Series: Robert E. Mittlestaedt Jr.

man with red tie standing in front of Dean's office

Robert E. Mittelstaedt Jr. Dean, W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University How is W.P. Carey’s curriculum changing due to the economic crisis? The curriculum in any business school has to involve some fundamental, timeless subjects that never change. So accounting and some aspects of finance and people management and other things will… 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 →

An Analyst’s Look At How Arizona’s Nasdaq-Listed Companies Are Faring This Recession

chart increase, AZ NASDAQ listed companies

Arizona has 52 Nasdaq-listed companies and the performance of those with the most capitalization during this economic downturn has been fairly good. In early June, Stephen Taddie, managing member of Stellar Capital Management in Phoenix, reviewed the top 10 Arizona Nasdaq companies using Thomson Analytics as his data source. Those companies comprise nearly all the… Read More →

Executives From West Valley Hospitals Assess The Impact Of The Current Economy

AH Endovascular OR Suite

The need for health care services continues to grow across the state, including the West Valley. And under the current recession, hospitals are being asked to do more with less. Jon Bartlett, CEO of Arrowhead Hospital, says the health care industry is not immune to the impact of the bad economy, but he remains optimistic… Read More →

Peter Fine, Now CEO Of Banner Health, Drove A Taxi As His First Job

Peter Fine President and CEO Banner Health

Peter Fine President and CEO Banner Health Describe your very first job and what lessons you learned from it. Once I got past delivering newspapers as a little kid, my first job with significant responsibility was driving a taxicab outside of New York City. I did this starting the summer after high school, and did… Read More →

Keeping Employees Motivated In A Troubled Economy Is Critical

Motivate Employees

The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) figures that it can cost up to one-third of an employee’s annual salary to recruit and replace that employee. For the most part, it is to the employer’s advantage to retain and maintain their skilled work force in a tumultuous marketplace. Uncertain times, family issues and unstable financial… Read More →

WESTMARC Unveils The Results Of A Work Force Labor Market Study

West Valley Industry Turnover

What started as an initiative from the city of Surprise Economic Development Department quickly turned into an unprecedented work force study on the entire West Valley spearheaded by WESTMARC. The study came about through a collaboration of communities, corporations, government entities and educational institutions that contributed more than $150,000 to fund the report. “West Valley… Read More →

The Critical Process Of Onboarding Your New Employees

Onboarding Employees

You’ve sorted through stacks of resumes, interviewed the best and selected the perfect candidate. Now what? Once you’ve made the job offer and it has been accepted, it is time to start thinking about your onboarding process. Onboarding is the term used to describe the process of integrating a new employee into your organization, and… Read More →

The Parlor Turns An Old Beauty Salon Into A Pizza Paradise

Pizza Parlor
by in AZ Business Magazine | Dining

There are no hair dryers, manicure stands or various grooming products to be found at The Parlor, a new gourmet pizzeria in Phoenix, but the ghost of them remains. The Parlor now occupies the long-time site of the Salon de Venus on 20th Street and Camelback Road. The co-owner of The Parlor, Nello’s Pizza scion… Read More →