October 2008 Archives

At Your Service

At your service 2008

By Kerry Duff When Margret Thomas of Tucson was suffering from an agonizing headache in the middle of the night, her husband, Harold, called their primary care physician on his cell phone. The doctor met them at the hospital and an hour later she was in surgery having a brain aneurysm removed. Without the surgery,… Read More →

America’s Next Leader

McCain, America's Next Leader - AZ Business Magazine Oct. 2008

The last time an Arizona politician stood at the threshold of the White House was 44 years ago, when Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater introduced a new form of conservative politics to America before falling under the wheels of President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s campaign juggernaut. Now, another Arizonan, also the Republican nominee, has the White… Read More →

Big Money, Tight Times-SBA Loans Can Help

Big money tight times 2008

By Don Weiner It may be true that numbers don’t lie, but they don’t always tell the whole story. When the 2008 fiscal third quarter ended June 30, statewide Small Business Administration-guaranteed lending showed a 25 percent decline from 2007 in both total loans and dollars lent, according to the Arizona District Office. In fact,… Read More →

Calling the Shots

Calling the shots 2008

Many Americans are no longer satisfied with the U.S. health care system and want to exert significant control over their own medical care. They are no longer patients in the traditional sense, but consumers who are adopting a new, more active approach to making decisions about health care treatments, services and products. They demand greater… Read More →

Diane Brossart – Describes Her First Step In The Industry

Diane Brossart -Describes Her First Step In The Industry, 2008

Diane Brossart President, Valley Forward Association Describe your very first job and what lessons you learned from it. My very first job was a part-time stint in high school at Jack in the Box. I learned to take people at their word. I was held up at gunpoint one afternoon when working the cash register… Read More →

The Tourist Trade

Tourist Group 2008

By Don Weiner Arizona’s tourism industry expects to take more than a few hits from an uncertain economy. “Whenever we see a downturn in the economy like this, especially when the staples of life are so much more expensive — food, gas, that sort of thing — it does have some downward pressure on leisure… Read More →

The Long View

The Long View 2008

By Melissa Bordow In real estate, as in love, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So when you ask major players in the Valley’s office-condominium market how attractive it is, you’ll get wildly divergent answers. On one hand, brokers, bankers and economists can tell you what the numbers say: Office-condo sales have lost… Read More →

The “B” Word-Bankruptcy isn’t always a bad thing

The "B" Word 2008

The word “bankruptcy” sends chills down the spines of many business owners and executives as they envision certain financial demise. But bankruptcy is no longer the frightening phenomenon it once may have been, particularly in the business realm. Chapter 11 bankruptcy has become an extremely useful business tool for a company to reorganize its operations,… Read More →

Chef Eddie Matney Pushes Good Nutrition For Schools

Good nutrition for schools

Ants on a log are an old favorite of parents trying to sneak some nutrition into their children’s diets. Now this classic treat has made its way to several Valley schools, thanks to the clever tricks of renowned Chef Eddie Matney. Parents and administrators alike were worried about the lack of nutritional choices on schools’… Read More →

Chef Eddie Matney Returns With Eddie’s House

Chef Eddie Matney Returns With Eddie's House, 2008

The Valley’s original celebrity chef, Eddie Matney, would like to invite you to his house for dinner. Well, it’s not his actual house, but at Eddie’s House, Matney’s newest Valley restaurant, it’s like eating home cooking as only this chef can make it. It’s been a couple of years since Matney had an eatery in… Read More →

Aaron Kilby & Amanda Toney: The Taka Group

Taka Group 2008;Flickr, Michael Ruiz

By Noelle Coyle A good partnership is born out of a recipe of success, and Amanda Toney and Aaron Kilby have clearly found the right ingredients to make it work. “He’s a good 8-to-5 husband,” Toney says with a laugh. By Noelle Coyle Kilby adds, “We trust each other,” as he ticks off the components… Read More →

IT Offshore Outsourcing Is Getting Competitive

Shore Leave 2008

These days, one is more likely to hear a politician or corporate executive use the term “offshore” than a sailor. That’s because offshore outsourcing and the more general offshoring have become common and controversial business practices — especially when it comes to information technology. First, the controversial part: When you hear politicians griping about companies… Read More →

A Custom Fit EDU

Custome Fit EDU 2008

By Don Harris From two hours to two years, customized education programs are being offered to boost the performance and expertise of executive-level employees — and as a result improve a company’s bottom line. Often, businesses struggle with putting the right person in the right leadership position. Even then, there might be gaps between what… Read More →