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Fight Night Auction Includes Trip to Space

Celebrity Fight Night, one of the nation’s most impactful charity events, with XCOR Aerospace, announced today a new space flight experience onboard the XCOR® Lynx® to be auctioned off live, Saturday, April 12 at Celebrity Fight Night XX. This package, along with other items up for auction that night, will help raise money for charity at the milestone 20th anniversary Celebrity Fight Night event at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix.

This exclusive package includes space flight training at Air Combat USA of Fullerton, California, a space suit fitting and an actual space flight experience onboard the XCOR Lynx, a two-seat spacecraft. XCOR Chief Test Pilot and former NASA Space Shuttle Commander Colonel Rick Searfoss will then pilot two separate missions onboard Lynx, one with the auction winner and one with John Corbett, to the edge of space.

The package also includes a pre-flight physical exam as part of the auction winner’s training, a video of the training day experience, a demonstration of a Lynx launch, two first class tickets to Los Angeles and deluxe hotel accommodations.

The XCOR Lynx flight will depart from a runway at the Mojave Air and Space Port north of Los Angeles, rocketing up to 200,000 feet in five minutes to suborbital space. Lynx will then go through several minutes of weightlessness and gently glide home, for a total time of about 35 minutes of flight.

Actor and country musician John Corbett is well-known for his role as Seth Holt in NBC’s hit dramedy Parenthood, and his self-titled debut country album, which climbed to number 42 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart.

“As an artist, I never for a second dreamed that I could make a living making music. And as a child who was inspired by the Apollo program, I would never have dreamed that the experience of space would be so close at hand–until Celebrity Fight Night connected me with XCOR. To be standing at the threshold of an actual space flight is almost more than I can imagine.”

Colonel Searfoss is both XCOR’s Chief Test Pilot and one of only 100 individuals to actually have commanded a Space Shuttle mission (STS-90). Over his career he has logged 939 hours in space, with 6,000 hours flying more than 79 types of aircraft.

Colonel Searfoss stated that XCOR Lynx is “all of the experiences I had flying the Shuttle, all those phases of flight: the boost, the weightlessness.” But the best part, he added, “is the fact that you’re up in a pilot seat, with me, as opposed to being in the back like a passenger on an airliner. It’s really a ‘Right Stuff’ experience. And I couldn’t be more excited to share the opportunity for this experience with John and Celebrity Fight Night.”

Celebrity Fight Night executive director Sean Currie added that CFN, “now in its twentieth year, could not be more excited to offer this once-in-a-lifetime package with XCOR and Colonel Searfoss. This is truly the experience of a lifetime and we are honored that John Corbett is the explorer who will take part in that journey.”

“Because XCOR Lynx is what Commander Searfoss calls a ‘Right Stuff’ experience, it is important to us to work with a celebrity who is not only moved by the idea of a Lynx flight, but also truly gets the vision of space exploration,” said XCOR representative Greg Claxton. “And all of this could not be for a better cause.”

Celebrity Fight Night’s luxury live auction items are one of the most anticipated aspects of the action-packed evening. The coveted auction items are once-in-a-lifetime experiences that cannot be bought or found elsewhere. The items often go for hundreds of thousands of dollars, helping Celebrity Fight Night contribute a significant amount of dollars to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute and other charities. Other auction items and packages previously announced include: dinner with Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro; dinner with Reba McEntire in her Beverly Hills home; backstage dinner with Michael Bublé, a summer weekend with the Kennedys in Cape Cod; an all-inclusive getaway at a private lodge in British Columbia; a west coast trip on the Patron Tequila Express 1927 Vintage Rail Car; a four night stay with Richard Branson on his private British Virgin Islands Necker Island, for a Leadership Gathering, and more.

Joining Muhammad Ali for this special anniversary milestone will be memorable performances from Michael Bublé, The Band Perry and Kenny Rogers. During the gala, Bublé, entertainment icon Robert De Niro as well as philanthropist John Paul DeJoria will be honored with Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards. Billy Crystal will make a special introduction for De Niro; and Bobby Kennedy, Jr. will introduce DeJoria.

Over the past 19 years, Celebrity Fight Night has raised $87 million for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and other charities.

Individual tickets range from $1,500 to $10,000 each and tables of 10 are priced from $15,000 to $100,000 each. For reservations, please call (602) 956-1121.

Celebrity Fight Night XX sponsors include USA Today Sports, Patrón, GoDaddy, PRO EM, XCOR Aerospace, ETIHAD Airlines and M Group Scenic Studios.

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Survey: Businesses Not Utilizing Tax Technologies

GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, announced findings from a survey of 600 small business owners. The survey explored how small businesses manage their finances throughout the year and the impact that has during tax season. The survey reveals that more than half of small businesses surveyed still use manual processes – typically a spreadsheet or pen and paper – to track finances. In addition, almost 40 percent of these businesses are spending multiple days on tax preparation.

While small business owners are known for being optimistic, confident and passionate about their trade, business functions such as bookkeeping and taxes are seen as burdensome. In fact, 40 percent of small business owners say bookkeeping and taxes are the most unpleasant part of owning a small business, right up there with going to the dentist and public speaking. Additionally, 40 percent of small business owners are only ‘somewhat confident’ in managing business finances and taxes.

“This April, nearly 23 million small businesses in the U.S. will file a Schedule C form, and yet there are still some small business owners who have no idea how much money they owe and have not set aside money for taxes,” said GoDaddy Vice President of Applications Steven Aldrich. “At GoDaddy, we understand how painful tax time is and how critical it is for small business owners to report tax information accurately. We’re committed to empowering the small business owner by providing them with products like GoDaddy Online Bookkeeping, which is both very easy to use and dramatically simplifies tax preparation.”

The survey also indicated that using more sophisticated tools, such as software or online services, to manage finances, seems to give businesses insight into how their business is performing and how to accurately project growth and financial results. For example, a full 60 percent of small businesses using software or online services to manage finances performed as they expected to perform financially, whereas just 46 percent of small businesses that manage finances manually performed as expected.

The survey results also reveal that:

  • Almost half (46 percent) of small business owners reported they do not work with an accountant.
  • Of those small business owners who do work with an accountant, 47 percent see their accountant once a year at tax time or only when they have a question or need help.
  • In the last 12 months, nearly a quarter of small business owners said they had lost track of whether a customer has paid them or not, or could see it happening in the future.
  • 32 percent of small business owners do not set aside money throughout the year to pay income taxes.
  • 12 percent of small business owners have no idea how much they will owe in income taxes, while 74 percent reported that they usually know the “ballpark” of what they owe, while just 15 percent know exactly how much they owe.

GoDaddy Online Bookkeeping empowers small businesses, helping them monitor business metrics easily and enabling them to be more prepared and organized at tax time. The tool helps small business owners manage taxes, create, send and track estimates and invoices, track sales and expenses, as well as profits and loss, and categorizes transactions into IRS categories, among other capabilities.

“As entrepreneurs, small business owners are responsible for a number of business tasks, including marketing, inventory management, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll – all of these different areas that large companies have dedicated departments and specialists for,” said Danni Ackerman, founder of The Danni App. “It is imperative that we find tools to help us become experts in these areas. GoDaddy Online Bookkeeping has been an absolute godsend for me, helping me stay organized and manage my business’ finances effectively and efficiently.”

To learn about GoDaddy Online Bookkeeping, visit: http://x.co/GoDaddyOB.

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Christine Jones Talks to American Subcontractors Association Panel

On Tuesday, the American Subcontractors Association of Arizona hosted a gubernatorial candidate panel to discuss policies vital to economic development and improvement of the business environment for the construction industry. Former Go Daddy Executive Vice President Christine Jones, Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and State Senator Al Melvin participated in the panel.

“In order for Arizona to become an economic powerhouse, it is imperative that our next governor understand the nexus of business and policy,” Jones said. “Today’s panel offered very distinct visions for the future of our state and I was honored to share my background as a policy maker and business leader to outline my plans to grow our local economies, create jobs, and stand up to the federal government on issues such as overregulation. I would like to thank the American Subcontractors Association for hosting today’s substantive discussion on economic development, an issue of critical importance to Arizona’s future.”

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Foss Institute Receives $100K grant from Parsons

The Joe Foss Institute (JFI) announced a $100,000 grant from The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation. The grant will help promote civics education in select urban Phoenix schools through a unique partnership between JFI and Elevate Phoenix. Funds will help expand the reach of the Veterans Inspiring Patriotism program to 10,000 Phoenix students, provide curriculum resources for students in the character education program and will allow the organization to purchase much needed laptops.

“Support from The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation will allow this partnership to better prepare the students we serve to become civically-engaged and responsible community members,” said Dr. Lucian Spataro, JFI president and CEO. “These students are the future leaders of our communities and country. With the support of Bob and Renee Parsons we are better able to ensure students have the tools to fully understand their civic duties, their rights and responsibilities as American citizens, the importance of public service, and America’s core values.”

Since 2001, JFI has worked to advance civics education in schools and help bridge the learning gap created by the emphasis and funding for proficiency in the hard sciences – science, technology, engineering and math. Elevate Phoenix works with students in grades 2-12 who struggle with gangs, drugs, dysfunction and generational poverty by providing high-quality supplementary education. The program seeks to increase the number of students graduating and entering post-secondary schools, as well as preparing them to become civic-minded and responsible adults.

“Students in the Elevate Phoenix program have a 90% high school graduation rate and an 85% postsecondary entry rate historically over 32 years with over 30,000 students nationally. Locally in just four years, we are at 98% graduation and 90% postsecondary entry rates,” reports Elevate Phoenix Executive Director Tim Cleary.

“Renee and I believe every person deserves a shot at the American dream – but, to achieve the American dream you have to understand what it means to be an American,” said Bob Parsons.  “By failing to teach the significance of our civic duties and the rights we possess as Americans, the education system is under-preparing students for their societal responsibilities. The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation is investing in the future of this community by enabling Valley schools, through the Joe Foss Institute and Elevate Phoenix, to effectively reintroduce civics education.”

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation was established in 2012 by award-winning business leader Bob Parsons and his wife Renee. To date, the Foundation has awarded $28 million in critical funds to charitable organizations. Though best known as the founder of GoDaddy, Parsons is also the founder and CEO of more than seven Greater Phoenix Area businesses and is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, recipient of the Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and Purple Heart Medal.

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Ryan Companies to Build $27M, 150,000 SF Global Technology Center in Tempe For GoDaddy

 

Ryan Companies US, Inc. is the developer, design builder and property manager, and PHArchitecture is the architect behind a $27M, 2-story, 150,000 SF technology center in Tempe for Web host GoDaddy.

The new building is part of expansion that is expected to generate hundreds of quality, new jobs for Arizona-based GoDaddy.

“This is an extremely important project for Ryan Companies because it continues and strengthens a long-standing business relationship with ASU Research Park and ASU Foundation, as well as begins a new business relationship with GoDaddy,” said Molly Ryan Carson, Ryan Construction Vice President of Development.

“We are proud to be a part of the continued business growth in Tempe.”

The leasing team will consist of  Mike Haenel, Jeff Wentworth and Andy Markham of Cassidy Turley (landlord broker) and Chuck Nixson of CBRE (tenant broker).

Joining Gov. Jan Brewer for the announcement at Arizona State University Research Park were GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell, as well as officials with the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

The ceremony included Gov. Brewer and Irving “cementing” their footprints at the property – symbolizing the tech giant’s expanding footprint in the Valley. The new building is expected to open in 2014.

“GoDaddy is a true Arizona success story,” Gov. Brewer said. “It started with a handful of people and a dream. Now, GoDaddy is among the largest Valley employers. Year after year, it is ranked as one of the metro area’s ‘Best Places to Work,’ and GoDaddy has expanded each of the 16 years it has operated in our state.

“This is a great example of the type of company we had in mind when we championed legislation two years ago aimed at putting our economy on the right track. The hard work is paying off, and we are proud to have played a role in helping keep GoDaddy firmly-rooted in Arizona.”

The GoDaddy Global Technology Center will provide a creative new space for 1,300 employees, including engineers, developers and customer-care representatives. Construction is scheduled to begin later this month. GoDaddy currently employs more than 3,400 people worldwide, with a significant portion of the personnel based in Arizona.

“GoDaddy has worked hard to become the largest platform for small businesses around the world,” Irving said. “GoDaddy is changing people’s lives by helping people turn their dreams and ideas into real businesses — and this new facility is a key piece to making that happen. This location in the heart of the ASU Research Park is a sweet spot; it’s in the hub of the state’s technology corridor and gives us the space we need for the years ahead.”

“Tempe is thrilled to welcome Go Daddy and its talented employees to our community,”  Mayor Mitchell said. “They are a great fit for our community, where 20% of all jobs are in the technology sector. Tempe is known as a smart, fun and thriving city, and we are happy to welcome Go Daddy into that mix. We are looking forward to being great partners now and in the future.”

“The ASU Research Park is the perfect location for companies to align with our large number of faculty members at one of the world’s leading research universities,” said ASU Executive Vice President, Treasurer and CFO Morgan R. Olsen.

“Collaboration with the ASU Research Park companies offers students the chance to enhance their education and gain skills that can result in jobs for them post-graduation. The ASU Research Park currently houses more than 47 companies and employs 4,600 people. We welcome GoDaddy to our community and believe their presence will be beneficial for all.”

 

Ranking Arizona presents Best of the Best Awards 2011

2011 Best of the Best Awards Photo Gallery

Ranking Arizona hosted it’s special awards reception, recognizing the companies that Arizona’s public ranks as their favorites with which to do business.

Some of the Companies recognized this year include Donovan’s Steak & Chop House, St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center, National Bank of Arizona, The Go Daddy Group Inc., Rossmar & Graham, Scottsdale Fashion Square, CB Richard Ellis, Phoenix Convention Center, KPNX-TV – Channel 12 and  Wist Office Products.


Check out the full Gallery on Flickr…


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Go Daddy To Sponsor College Bowl Game

Go Daddy has announced that it is the new title sponsor for the former GMAC Bowl. The GoDaddy.com Bowl will feature a matchup between Mid-American and Sun Belt Conference teams.

The game takes place in Mobile, Ala., and will be broadcast live on ESPN on Jan. 6. Forty thousand fans are expected to attend the game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

“We’re excited to have a powerhouse like Go Daddy behind Mobile’s biggest event of the year,” said GoDaddy.com Bowl President Jerry Silverstein. “Go Daddy stepped up big time for this sponsorship, which is good for all of us. Our bowl holds the record for the highest-scoring game in college football bowl game history. We are looking forward to another marquee matchup.”

Go Daddy has donated more than $2.7 million to charities this year, and that philanthropy will extend into next year’s game. About 3,000 Mobile-area children will get to watch the game for free from their own special section — the GoDaddy.com Bowl “Kids Zone.”

Valley-based Go Daddy is the world’s largest Web hosting provider and top domain name registrar.