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Small Business Leadership Academy: Aligning Strategy With Corporate Resources

Small Business Leadership Academy

The 2012 Small Business Leadership Academy (SBLA) kicks off with two nights devoted to strategy, and more specifically, competitive advantage and how to achieve it. Emphasis is put on the importance of aligning a company’s activities to create an advantage over competitors. The cornerstone of the strategy course is analysis. Any business owner can use… Read More →

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Banner Health create joint venture

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by in Business News | Economy | Healthcare

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and Banner Health announced today that they will enter into a new joint venture, to be known as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Advantage (BCBSAZ Advantage), in which both companies will participate equally to bring enhanced Medicare services to Arizonans. The venture brings two premier organizations together with… Read More →

2012 Healthcare Leadership Awards Winners & Photos

healthcare leadership awards

David Lincoln and the Lincoln family earned Arizona Business Magazine’s first Lifetime Achievement Award to highlight the 5th annual, 2012 Healthcare Leadership Awards Thursday, March 8 at the Arizona Biltmore. “Even though this is a lifetime award, I hope that I have a lot more life to live,” David Lincoln joked. Thirteen other awards were… Read More →

HCL Awards 2012: Insurance Provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

HCL Awards 2012 - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
by in Events | Healthcare

Insurance Provider Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, which consists of 39 independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans, covering nearly one-third of all Americans. The not-for-profit company provides health insurance products, services or networks to… Read More →

Medical Technology: Increasing Longevity, Healthcare Costs

Medical Technology - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

Advances in technology are great, experts agree, but costs need to mimic the rest of the economy. As Arizona enters its second century and health care costs soar, we can’t help but ask: Has the technology that helps us live longer become too costly? Are we living too long? And who will pay for the… Read More →

Green Schoolhouse Series Creates Sustainable Valley Schools

Green Schoolhouse Series
by in Education | Green

Thanks to the Green Schoolhouse Series, three Arizona schools will receive makeovers with sustainability in mind as part of an 18-market national tour. For 14 million American children in school today, December 1, 2011 marked a step in the right direction for a healthier and greener future. This moment in time ceremoniously marked the groundbreaking… Read More →

Affordable Patient Care Act May Cause Businesses To Drop Healthcare Insurance

Affordable Patient Care Act - AZ Business Magazine November/December 2011

Although most small businesses in Arizona aren’t dropping their healthcare insurance plans right now, some are thinking about doing it when the Obama administration’s Affordable Patient Care Act is fully implemented in 2014. Meanwhile, many small business owners are also looking for new plans that will save them money, but may also slash benefits for… Read More →

Small Business Leadership Academy: Building High Performance Teams (Part I)

SBLA: Building High Performance Teams
by in Education | Small Biz

Last night, students in the Small Business Leadership Academy (SBLA) formed two teams and competed to see which could navigate a “minefield” best. The exercise was designed to help students experience the dynamics of high performance teams as they move through all the stages of group development. “Many of these owners are getting ready to… Read More →

Small Business Leadership Academy: Understanding Corp Procurement Practices (Part II)

Small Business Leadership Academy: Understanding Corporate Procurement Practices (Part II)
by in Education | Small Biz

Small Business Leadership Academy: Understanding Corporate Procurement Practices (Part II) One company’s purchasing is another company’s marketing. If small and mid-sized businesses can keep that in mind, they will have discovered one of the secrets of success for a supplier, according to Joseph Carter, the Avnet Professor of Supply Chain Management at the W. P.… Read More →

Small Business Leadership Academy: Understanding Corp Procurement Practices (Part I)

Small Business Leadership Academy
by in Education | Small Biz

Small Business Leadership Academy: Understanding Corporate Procurement Practices (Part I) If you are the owner of a small or medium-size business interacting with a big corporation, you need to know how that company thinks about procurement. That’s what students in the 2011 Small Business Leadership Academy are learning from Joseph Carter, the Avnet Professor of… Read More →

Small Business Leadership Academy: Competing Through Services (Part II)

Small Business Leadership Academy, W.P. Carey School of Business, ASU
by in Education | Small Biz

Small Business Leadership Academy: Competing Through Services (Part II) Last week, Small Business Leadership Academy students learned how to blueprint processes within their organization that affect customer satisfaction. Their application assignment was to pick an aspect of their organization to blueprint. By detailing the process, including both what happens behind the scenes and in plain… Read More →

Small Business Leadership Academy: Competing Through Services (Part I)

SBLA: Building High Performance Teams
by in Education | Small Biz

The second module in the 2011 Small Business Leadership Academy (SBLA) includes an examination of factors necessary for innovation and competitive success. One of the key mechanisms for companies to distinguish themselves in the marketplace, retain loyal customers and grow profits is through the design and execution of service. Many small business leaders fall into… Read More →

Small Business Leadership Academy Impacts Business Growth

Small Business Leadership Academy, W.P. Carey School of Business
by in Education | Small Biz

The Small Business Leadership Academy (SBLA) is an intensive executive education program designed to strengthen the business acumen of small business leaders in Arizona. The program was jointly developed by the W. P. Carey School of Business and the Salt River Project (SRP), the program’s founding sponsor. Other seat sponsors this year include Arizona Lottery,… Read More →

Arizona Business Promotions and People Moving Up

Arizona Business People & Promotions

Arizona Business Promotions July 21, 2011 – Business is booming as important executives across the Valley are being appointed, promoted and honored. Major companies highlight their updates on essential leaders within their divisions. Congratulations to the following who have shown excellence in their field: Dioguardi Flynn LLP Mark Dioguardi and John Flynn: Dioguardi and Flynn… Read More →