November 2009 Archives

Phoenix Bishop Revokes St. Joseph’s Catholic Endorsement

St. Joseph's Hospital/Medical Center
by in Featured | Healthcare

Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted revoked his endorsement of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center as a Catholic hospital today following a heated debate over an abortion performed at the Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) hospital. “Though we are deeply disappointed, we will be steadfast in fulfilling our mission,” said Linda Hunt, president of St. Joseph’s.… Read More →

Raising Capital In A Financial Drought Is Tough, But Not Impossible

money pile

In today’s turbulent economic environment, many companies are finding their cash flows temporarily reduced due to difficult business conditions. Less cash flow generated from operations can cause a working capital squeeze or make existing lenders uncomfortable and/or uncooperative, particularly if the company has violated a loan covenant or agreement. In the past year, we have… Read More →

What Businesses Should Know About This New Strain Of Flu Virus

Stop the Spread of the Flu

The second wave of the influenza pandemic should be upon us in earnest soon. So far, the virus remains similar in severity to regular flu (although a disproportionate share of those seriously ill are children and young adults). However, it continues to mutate and there remain unknowns. The one near certainty we have learned from… Read More →

Key Legal Considerations And Strategies Businesses Should Consider In An Economic Downturn

Legal Aide

Virtually all Arizona businesses, but disproportionately small and medium-sized enterprises, have been significantly impacted by the recession. The current financial climate has and will undoubtedly continue to have countless business ramifications. Often overlooked, however, are the legal considerations that should be proactively evaluated by companies in a challenging economic environment. Legal strategies should be employed… Read More →

Netbooks Are Becoming A Crucial Device For Business Executives

Dell Mini Notebooks

Less is more. While the adage might not apply to the appeal of an all-you-can-eat buffet, it certainly explains the recent netbook phenomena. Netbooks are small portable computers designed specifically for Web access and word processing. With screens between 7 to 12 inches, the mini-PCs typically weigh around two pounds at a price averaging around… Read More →

CEO Series: Curt Waisath

man standing in front of a chandeleier

Curt Waisath President and CEO, Gold Canyon How did Gold Canyon get started? We started Gold Canyon because my wife wanted to stay home with our kids. And I’m a CPA, so I could tell her exactly how much she had to make in order for us to survive financially. That was back in 1995.… Read More →

How To Get The Most Out Of Social Media

Social Media

“Are you taking advantage of Web 2.0?” This question has been circulating throughout the business world regarding the online world of mass collaboration and consumer-generated content. Web 2.0 is redefining public relations, marketing, communications and branding for businesses worldwide. Nielsen’s 2009 Global Faces and Networked Places report states that two-thirds of the world’s Internet population… Read More →

CFO Of The Year Awards 2009 Finalists

CFO Of the Year

Dan Bachus Grand Canyon University Chief Financial Officer “I thoroughly enjoy being actively involved in shaping the vision of a dynamic, visionary company such as Grand Canyon University …” Dan Bachus has been instrumental in reshaping the vision of Grand Canyon University. In 2008, the university had rebounded from financial difficulties and its owners were… Read More →

First Job: Barry Broome, President And CEO, Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Barry Broome

Barry Broome President and CEO, Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Describe your very first job and what lessons you learned from it. I loaded trucks for Mountain Top pies on the west side of Columbus, Ohio. I was in the baker’s local union. I was 15 when I started that job. I remember asking my… Read More →

Marcella’s Italian Kitchen Opens At Scottsdale Fashion Square

Marcellas Italian Kitchen
by in AZ Business Magazine | Dining | Featured

Cue the strings, fire up the oven and pour a glass of fun while surrounded by friends and family. What better way to experience the comforts and flavors of Italian culture than in a boho-chic restaurant reminiscent of Mama’s kitchen? In fact, that’s where the idea for Marcella’s Italian Kitchen started. Meet Marcella Libertini, the… Read More →

You Need More Than A Table And Chairs To Make A Conference Room Inviting And Efficient

Table & Chairs alone don't make a workspace comfortable

A 2005 Microsoft Corp. survey of personal office productivity found that people spend an average of 5.6 hours each week in meetings. That meeting time may be spent in a well designed, comfortable conference space. Or it can be in an uncomfortable chair with no plug for the laptop or light to read presentation notes,… Read More →

New Program At Thunderbird Aims To Help Students And Employees Succeed Post-Recession

Students/employees succeed post-recession

Lately, the national and international media have been reporting that the economy is recovering. The chatter is that many of the key indicators (other than unemployment) are starting to predict that we may be just a quarter or two from the “light” at the end of the tunnel. That light, however, could be snuffed by… Read More →

Accelerated MBA Programs Increasingly Appeal To Out-Of-Work Professionals

Accelerated MBA programs

Grad school has always been a safe haven for out-of-work professionals in a down economy. Now, as economic indicators suggest the economy has bottomed out and the long recovery has begun, those workers face a tough decision: try to stick it out in a brutal job market or invest in retooling their skills and re-enter… Read More →

Times Are Tough For Everyone, And Students Trying To Fund Their Educations Are No Exception

Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Grant Scholarships

With college tuition constantly on the rise, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation is doing its part to help deserving Hispanic students throughout the Valley pay for their educations. The foundation is a nonprofit organization whose main goal is to provide scholarships to Hispanic students attending Arizona post-secondary schools. The foundation also supports philanthropic… Read More →