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Stabilizing Asset Prices Is Key To An Economic Recovery

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The declines in asset prices are sweeping around the globe like a giant tsunami tumbling everything in its wake. Equity prices are down 47 percent from their highs, commodities 53 percent and, of course, residential real estate 25 percent. Industrial production, retail sales and personal consumption expenditures are all showing losses year-over-year and do not… Read More →

New Angel Investment Group Targets Women Entrepreneurs

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A new angel investment group called the Catalyst Committee is gearing up to invest in local startup companies that focus on consumer goods such as apparel, high-end furniture and cosmetics. Heading up the new committee is Dee Riddell Harris, president of the Arizona Angels, a group of private investors that has been funding startup, technology-based… Read More →

The Credit Crunch Is Leading Many Organizations To Outsource Asset-Intensive Legacy Processes

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Market conditions are always a driving force in organizational spending, and the current environment is no exception. But in 2009, in addition to cost reduction, companies are now evaluating whether they can maximize their scarce credit availability by outsourcing capital-intensive IT functions that were traditionally “off limits” to these sorts of exercises or simply not… Read More →

Q&A: Michael Bidwill, President, Arizona Cardinals

Michael Bidwill Arizona Cardinals

During these difficult economic times, how vital is an organization such as the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) to the local economy? GPEC is vitally important because it is the only regional organization focused exclusively on bringing new business to Greater Phoenix. Because GPEC works closely with companies considering expansion to the region, they know… Read More →

Tips On How To Navigate The Current Credit Crunch

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy | Finance

The credit crunch is making its way from Wall Street to Main Street and squeezing businesses across all industries. There are some proactive steps Arizona companies can take to prepare for potentially challenging days ahead. Cash is king If you have cash on your balance sheet, you have a greater degree of flexibility in your… 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 →

What To Do When Bad Business Partners Happen To Good People

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“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 →