December 2009 Archives

Oh-So-Good Organic: Calistro Offers Healthy Food That Packs A Tasty Punch


Although we all know organic food is good for us, sometimes it’s hard to accept this healthy alternative to our bad-for-you favorites. Well, Calistro has broken the cycle by offering healthy, organic and, best of all, great-tasting meals. All the products in the restaurant’s fresh Mediterranean-inspired fare are sourced through local and regional organic and… Read More →

Small Businesses Are Still Waiting For Bank Lending To Thaw

Lending Thaw

We are still feeling the effects of the recession that started in fall 2007. When small business owners read financial literature, listen to pundits on television or radio, or visit with their local bankers, they still encounter conflicting information regarding the near- and long-term prospects of both the Arizona and United States economies. Small business… Read More →

Valley Forward’s Water Efficiency Leaders Program Showcases Water Management Efforts

Water Consumption

In this unique desert environment, water is our lifeline to sustainability and growth. The Valley’s secure water future is the result of more than 100 years of visionary planning. It’s clear, however, that while our region leads the Southwest in managing water supplies, we need to do a better job of communicating our efforts. Valley… Read More →

The Future Of Sustainability Is In The Hands Of Today’s Teens

Teen Sustainability 2010

I’ve lived half my life and never heard the word cotillion. So when I went to my first cotillion event this fall, I didn’t have any preconceived notions about what to expect. And I was blown away by the experience. The Phoenix Cotillion was formed more than 50 years ago to give young men and… Read More →

Author Says Parents Should Unplug Their Kids From Electronics And Plug Them Into Nature

by in AZ Business Magazine | Featured | Green

Getting kids back in touch with nature is critical to raising healthy children, according to author and journalist Richard Louv. His most recent book, “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder,” focuses on the relationship between children and nature. Louv links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s electronically… Read More →

From Eyesore To Eye-Pleasing, Rio Salado Has Changed Dramatically Over The Years

by in AZ Business Magazine | Featured | Green

Once an ugly swath of usually dry land that often served as a dumping ground, Rio Salado today offers the best of both worlds — economic development opportunities and a riparian haven for environmentalists. Options for education and entertainment round out the dream planners had 40 years ago for the Salt River as it winds… Read More →

Local Groups Are Working To Protect The Link Between Water And Energy

Light Bulb - Power Center
by in AZ Business Magazine | Featured | Green

It’s a given that oil and water don’t mix, but Arizona’s two key resources — water and energy — are inextricably linked. Experts from the public and private sectors are exploring the water-energy nexus, how the two resources are connected and what needs to be done so Arizona continues to have a sufficient supply of… Read More →

Lawrence Odle, Air Quality Director For Maricopa County

Lawrence Olde
by in AZ Business Magazine | Featured | Green

Lawrence Odle Air Quality Director, Maricopa County Lawrence Odle’s initial field of study — wildlife toxicology specializing in rattlesnakes — would have kept him busy in Arizona. Yet, that’s not the career he chose. Odle, the air quality director for Maricopa County, says he was a “starving senior” at the University of California at… Read More →

The New Year Brings New Federal Security And Privacy Rules To The Health Care Industry


The economic stimulus bill passed this year included a number of important modifications to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), which was enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, modified HIPAA’s Privacy Rule and Security… Read More →

Now’s The Time For Business To Streamline And Maximize Cash

Now’s The Time For Business To Streamline And Maximize Cash

How do strategic growth-oriented organizations find and exploit the opportunities inherent in any downturn? Recently, Ernst & Young surveyed 3,100 entrepreneurs around the world to discover the actions entrepreneur-led companies are taking to remain on course during the current economic times. Contrary to what you may think, the survey found that today’s economic environment has… Read More →

CEO Series: Brian Mueller

man standing in front of a shelf with a basketball on it

Brian Mueller Chief Executive Officer and Director, Grand Canyon University Assess the current state of private universities. I think if you look at the top tier, the Ivy League schools, and those just below them, those people have such strong brands and such huge endowments that they are OK, and they can make it through… Read More →

The Charitable Challenge

Nonprofits struggling to provide services for those in need

The construction industry has faced more difficulties than any other in this recession. The industry lost 45,800 jobs year-over-year in September, the most of any sector in Arizona. Despite that grim number, many construction companies still are trying to give back to the community in any way they can. Hunt Construction is one of them.… Read More →

Valley Forward: Tracy Williams

Valley Forward 2010
by in AZ Business Magazine | Green

Tracy Williams Area Manager Altrade Supplies Is there a better way to become interested and involved in environmentally friendly issues than with the Girl Scouts? That’s what opened Tracy Williams’ eyes to recycling and the need to protect our environment. It started when she was a Girl Scout and continues today with six of… Read More →

Valley Forward: Barbara Lockwood

Barbara Lockwood, APS
by in AZ Business Magazine | Green

Barbara Lockwood Director of Renewable Energy Arizona Public Service Barbara Lockwood is a chemical engineer who doesn’t consider herself an environmentalist at heart, yet there she is — director of renewable energy for Arizona Public Service. “It’s not something that’s innate in me,” Lockwood says about the environment. “I got into it from a… Read More →