July – August 2010 Archives

Common Cold – Or Cancer?

Common Cold Symptoms or Cancer?
by in Prevention

Learn how to tell the difference between common cold symptoms and signs of cancer You never miss your annual physical. You check your breast regularly for lumps, and your skin for new moles. You don’t smoke; you eat well and exercise regularly. You’re in great health, so you would know if something was wrong, wouldn’t… Read More →

Managing Downstream And Upstream Risks

Managing Downstream and Upstream Risks
by in Industry Insiders

Examine your company’s cash flow needs and managing downstream and upstream risks Even the strongest, most sophisticated contractor has probably taken a lump or two over the past year as a result of one of the worst stretches the construction industry has seen in decades. Because of these challenges, there are many ways that you… Read More →

A Threat By The Cubs To Leave Arizona Has Cactus League Sites Scrambling

It appears the Chicago Cubs’ spring training facility will remain in Mesa - AZ Business Magazine Jul/Aug 2010

Update: It appears the Chicago Cubs’ spring training facility will remain in Mesa. Team officials recently notified a group from Naples, Fla., attempting to lure the Cubs to the Grapefruit League that they plan to continue to negotiate exclusively with the city of Mesa. Mesa, meanwhile, reportedly is looking at four sites for the new… Read More →

Ready For Take Off: Luke’s Future In The West Valley Is Assured

Luke’s Future In The West Valley Is Assured - AZ Business Magazine Jul/Aug 2010
by in Economy | Featured | Tech

Luke Air Force Base has landed the coveted mission of training pilots for the next generation F-35 fighter jets. Luke was on the Defense Department’s short list, competing with Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, and Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, for the F-35. Actually, Luke was shooting for becoming a secondary site… Read More →

Steve Jobs Takes On The World … Again

Steve Jobs Takes On The World - AZ Business Magazine Jul/Aug 2010

Steve Jobs — the guy who famously flew a pirate flag over the building where the Macintosh was being invented, thus rescuing Apple from oblivion — is at it again. This time the fight is with Adobe, makers of the Flash platform that is currently the dominant software for playing interactive and video Web content.… Read More →

Business Incubator AZ TechCelerator Works To Create Viable Companies In The West Valley

AZ TechCelerator - AZ Business Magazine Jul/Aug 2010

In an effort to boost its economy and shake its reputation as a bedroom community, the city of Surprise has launched AZ TechCelerator, a business incubator for budding entrepreneurs. The incubator offers well-below market rent, administrative support and access to experts who can help the entreprenuers “graduate” in three to five years, and thus bring… Read More →

The Greater Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone Opens Up Business Possibilities In The West Valley

Greater Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone - AZ Business Magazine Jul/Aug 2010

At a time when the West Valley could use an economic boost, officials have put the finishing touches on the proposed Greater Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone. Under the administration of WESTMARC, an acronym for Western Maricopa Coalition, this new Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) is seen as a welcome economic development tool that will spawn jobs… Read More →

Jim Todd Never Dreamed He Would Be The Valley’s Main Aerial Photographer

Jim Todd in a helicopter - AZ Business Magazine Jul/Aug 2010

Jim Todd Todd Photographic Services Title: President Est: 1990  |  www.toddphoto.com “We’re the only aerial photographer in town that can shoot it, process it, print it, mount it, frame it and get it out the door same day — and that’s huge.” – Jim Todd When Jim Todd began Todd Photographic Services 20 years ago… Read More →

Employees And Employers Are Reaping The Benefits Of Low-Cost Health And Wellness Perks

employee perks are often the first thing to go. - AZ Business Magazine Jul/Aug 2010

We’re in a time when it seems the only job benefit that matters is actually having a job. As employers look for ways to cut costs, employee perks are often the first thing to go. As a result, stress increases and morale declines. However, many local employers are taking advantage of low or no-cost simple… Read More →

Continuing Education Is Proving Vital In The Health Field

Continuing Education Vital In The Health Field - AZ Business Magazine Jul/Aug 2010

From nurses to doctors to health care executives — and everyone in between — the job market in the medical field has tightened since 2007. “For the first time in a decade, our undergraduate nursing graduates have had difficulty in finding positions or in obtaining a position in a specialty area in which they prefer… Read More →

First Job: David Birzon, President Of Paradise Bakery & Café

David Birzon, President Of Paradise Bakery & Café - AZ Business Magazine Jul/Aug 2010

David Birzon President, Paradise Bakery & Café Describe your very first job and the lessons you learned from it. My first job was at a neighborhood grocery when I was 15. My job was to come in after school and clean the meat room where the butchers worked all day cutting and grinding meat. Talk… Read More →

The State’s Economic Forecast For The Rest Of The Year Calls For An Agonizingly Slow Recovery

The State’s Economic Forecast For The Rest Of The Year - AZ Business Magazine Jul/Aug 2010

Ready to heave a sigh of relief over Arizona’s economy? Go ahead — but don’t get carried away. Some observers expect the second half of this year will bring positive signs that the economy is recovering, turning the dial toward even stronger growth in 2011 and 2012. Others aren’t so sure the state’s recession is… Read More →

Data Centers Are Doing Their Part To Reduce Carbon Emissions

Reduce Carbon Emissions - AZ Business Magazine Jul/Aug 2010

Anytime a business owner goes online to bank, shop for equipment or place a classified ad for a new employee, chances are they are navigating what’s become known as the cloud — a metaphor for the Internet where business transactions are more and more commonplace and economically sensible. And Phoenix, interestingly, has its own slice… Read More →

Today’s Fragmented Market Requires Asset Managers Who Know The Lay Of The Land

Asset Managers Who Know The Lay Of The Land - AZ Business Magazine Jul/Aug 2010

During turbulent economic environments, many institutions and individual property investors lack the local market knowledge, vendor relationships, licensing, staff, experience or operational knowledge to effectively manage and/or reposition distressed real estate assets. As such, the day-to-day management oversight and short- to midterm turnaround planning has been assigned to local market asset managers. Role of an… Read More →