June 2010 Archives

The True Benefits Of Building And Maintaining A Green Office

Building And Maintaining A Green Office - AZ Business Magazine June 2010

When it comes to the design and operation of your office space, going green can actually green your bottom line. Consider the current findings: According to a 2008 study by the General Services Administration, commercial green buildings on average consume 26 percent less energy, can reduce overall operating cost by more than 10 percent and… Read More →

Business Leaders are Concerned About the Repercussions the State’s Tough, New Immigration Law Will Have on Arizona’s Still Struggling Economy

State’s Tough, New Immigration Law - AZ Business Magazine June 2010

Opponents of Arizona’s toughest-in-the-nation immigration law charge that it is unconstitutional and will lead to racial profiling, specifically targeting Hispanics. Supporters counter that the state statute corresponds with federal law and is designed to deal with those who break the law by entering the country illegally. Caught in the crossfire is Arizona’s fragile economy. Regardless… Read More →

Downtown Art Walk Is A Homegrown Success

At First Fridays, thousands of residents and visitors gather - AZ Business Magazine June 2010

If you’ve ever been to the Downtown Phoenix area on the first Friday night of the month, you most likely noticed that the streets were alive with people. At First Fridays, thousands of residents and visitors gather to tour more than 70 galleries, venues and art-related shops in what has become one of the largest,… Read More →

Businesses Need To Prepare For A New Federal Rule Aimed At Stopping Identity Theft

Federal Rule Aimed At Stopping Identity Theft - AZ Business Magazine June 2010

Starting this month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will begin enforcing a new law, the Red Flags Rule, to combat identity theft. It regulates most businesses that sell goods or services without a contemporaneous payment. It requires businesses to adopt written policies identifying and addressing red flags of identity theft patterns, practices or specific activities… Read More →

La Hacienda Returns To The Fairmont Scottsdale

La Hacienda at The Fairmont Scottsdale - AZ Business Magazine June 2010

Tucked away at the Fairmont Scottsdale is a hidden gem and an old friend, La Hacienda. After shutting its doors in 2008, the fine-dining Mexican restaurant was re-opened in January with a new chef and new décor. The Fairmont is touting the re-opened La Hacienda as having “a fresh, contemporary twist.” The restaurant’s traditional Spanish… Read More →

Customized HR: Employees Want A “New Deal” At Work

Customized HR: Employees Want A “New Deal” At Work - AZ Business Magazine June 2010

I’d like the pie heated and I don’t want the ice cream on top, I want it on the side, and I’d like strawberry instead of vanilla, if you have it; if not, then no ice cream, just whipped cream, but only if it’s real; if it’s out of the can then nothing.” ~ Sally… Read More →

Some Industries Reveal Their Pricing Strategies Through Online Moves

Pricing Strategies Through Online Moves - AZ Business Magazine June 2010

In the Web’s early days, self-styled seers proclaimed that the ironclad law of online commerce would be survival of the cheapest. Consumers could compare products with a few clicks of a mouse, these folks said, and thus they’d all soon migrate to the places where they paid the least. It hasn’t worked out that way.… Read More →

First Job: William Pepicello, President, University of Phoenix

William Pepicello, President, University of Phoenix - AZ Business Magazine June 2010

William Pepicello, Ph.D. President, University of Phoenix Describe your very first job and what lessons you learned from it. My first job was reading gas meters in Erie, Penn., as summer employment. I learned the importance of being on time and that the work had to be done regardless of the weather or other harsh… Read More →

Local First Arizona Champions Buying Locally

Local First Arizona Champions Buying Locally - AZ Business Magazine June 2010

Today, people generally recognize the importance of shopping locally and supporting our region’s independently owned and operated businesses. But that wasn’t always the case. As recently as seven years ago, the concept was nearly unheard of in Arizona. But in 2003, Kimber Lanning, of the independently owned and operated Stinkweeds music store, started Local First… Read More →

Hosting E-mail And Websites On The Internet Cloud May Save Money, But It Could Also Lead To Headaches

Hosting email and websites on the internet cloud - AZ Business Magazine June 2010

When a weatherman says, “Cloudy today — chance of storms,” he could be talking about hosted cloud services. As businesses look to manage their workflows more efficiently, it seems as if everyone is jumping into the cloud with their eyes closed and fingers crossed. The monetary savings are attractive, and even the city of Los… Read More →

The Recent Market Turmoil Revealed The Weaknesses And Strengths Of Wealth Management Advisers, Service Models

Weaknesses And Strengths Of Wealth Management Advisers, Service Models - AZ Business Magazine June 2010

The market turmoil of the last 18 months has caused investors to ask a lot of questions. Am I properly diversified and allocated to withstand additional market gyrations? Is my risk tolerance really as high as I think it is? Do I trust my financial adviser and those I’ve placed in charge of managing my… Read More →

Listening to Employees

Listen to your employees - AZ Business Magazine June 2010

In tough times, the give-and-take relationship between workers and employers needs to be nurtured U.S. productivity is up. According to the latest reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual measure of labor productivity increased 3.8 percent from 2008 to 2009. While some may view this as a sign of an economic recovery, the… Read More →

Three Things Building Owners Need To Know To Reduce Their Taxes

Three Things Building Owners Need To Know To Reduce Their Taxes - AZ Business Magazine June 2010

In today’s economy everybody is looking for ways to improve their cash flow, especially as it relates to real estate. Implementing tax-saving strategies is certainly a way to help cash flow in the current year, and in some cases these strategies will provide benefits for years to come. While there are numerous strategies for lowering… Read More →

CEO Series: Doug Fulton

Doug Fulton CEO, Fulton Homes - AZ Business Magazine June 2010

Doug Fulton CEO, Fulton Homes How would you assess the current state of the home building industry? Today, I would say it’s in recovery. I would definitely say we have hit the bottom and we are experiencing the trough here. … From this point, things can only get better … This is our fourth year… Read More →