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AZ Hoteliers earn national awards

Arizona took center stage and took home two national awards at the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s (AH&LA) annual Stars of the Industry awards ceremony held this week in Washington, DC.

The “Outstanding Manager of the Year, Large Property” was awarded to Thomas Williams, Director of Guest Services at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Williams has been providing a welcoming experience for guests entering his property for the past 21 years. As the Director of Guest Services, he has put in place many new procedures to improve and enhance the arrival and departure experience, transportation, guest safety and much more. But he also cares about the internal guest and is truly devoted to the resort’s employees. He and his family cater an annual holiday feast and invite employees and even hotel guests who have no family in town.

Winning the Special Events, One-time Only, Medium Property, was the W Scottsdale for their CHILL event. CHILL at the W Scottsdale transforms the WET pool deck from November to January with Scottsdale’s first and only hybrid and eco-friendly outdoor ice skating rink. This event also includes live music performances, DJs, drink specials and special resort packages.

“I’m so proud to represent an industry in our state with so much talent and passion for excellence,” said AzLTA President & CEO, Debbie Johnson. “It’s wonderful that the hard work and dedication of these lodging professionals and properties is being recognized on a national level and I truly commend them for their accomplishments.”

Winners from the Arizona Stars of the Industry Awards luncheon hosted in December by the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association were then submitted to the AH&LA for national judging.

The Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association (AzLTA) is the leading public policy advocate for Arizona’s Lodging and Tourism Industries. Representing almost 40,000 rooms statewide and nearly 500 members, including hotels, resorts, attractions, destination marketing organizations, B&B’s and related Industry partners, AzLTA’s mission is to unify, protect, educate and promote the interests of the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Industries.

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TGen expert honored for cancer research

Dr. Daniel D. Von Hoff, who has been instrumental in developing numerous new cancer treatments, is among this year’s recipients of the Award of Excellence from the Hope Funds for Cancer Research.

Dr. Von Hoff, M.D., FACP, who is Physician-In-Chief and Distinguished Professor at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), and Chief Scientific Officer for Scottsdale Healthcare’s Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials, will receive the 2014 Hope Funds Award of Excellence in Medicine.

The Hope Funds for Cancer Research is dedicated to advancing innovative research for the most difficult-to-treat cancers.

Dr. Von Hoff is being recognized for his work over the past decade in the clinical development of many new cancer treatments. He was nominated by past recipients, and selected by the Hope Funds Board of Trustees.

His accomplishments will be celebrated April 24 at the 2014 Award of Excellence Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The gala provides support for programmatic activities and raises funds for postdoctoral fellowships in cancer research.

Dr. Von Hoff is a medical oncologist and oncology drug developer whose major interest is in the development of new anticancer agents. His clinical research is conducted at Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials at Scottsdale Healthcare, a partnership between Scottsdale Healthcare and TGen in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Among the other five recipients of the 2014 Hope Funds Award is Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. James D. Watson, best known as the co-discoverer in 1953 of the double-helix structure of DNA, a scientific turning point in the understanding of life. Dr. Watson is receiving a special Award of Excellence for Extraordinary Achievement. Other recipients of this year’s Award of Excellence are: Dr. Tyler Jacks for Basic Science; Dr. Charles L. Sawyers for Clinical Development; and Dr. Jan Vilcek for Advocacy.

“With the occasion to celebrate the greatest living scientist of the 20th Century (Watson) along with this year’s Honorees, plus our past Honorees, this will be a gathering of many of the greatest minds in the field of cancer research,” Dr. Malcolm A.S. Moore, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Hope Funds for Cancer Research, said in a press release.

At the gala, Hope Funds will present its Awards of Excellence in recognition of outstanding achievements in the fields of basic research, drug development, medicine, patient support and philanthropy.

“This event, a white tie dinner set in the shadow of an ancient Egyptian temple, will highlight a remarkable group of scientists who are making a radical difference in cancer research. It is truly an extraordinary experience,” Bill Rueckert, Honorary co-chair of the 2014 Gala said in a press release.

Dr. Von Hoff and his colleagues have conducted early clinical investigations of many new cancer agents, including: gemcitabine, docetaxel, paclitaxel, topotecan, irinotecan, fludarabine, mitoxantrone, dexrazoxane, nab-paclitaxel, vismodegib, and others. These treatments are helping many patients with breast, ovarian, prostate, colon, leukemia, advanced basil cell and pancreatic cancers.

“I am truly honored to be included in the company of such distinguished physicians and scientists whose work has been furthered by the Hope Funds for Cancer Research,” said Dr. Von Hoff. “This recognition not only celebrates past accomplishments, but also is a reflection of the advances we are making right now for the benefit of our patients.”

He and his colleagues are concentrating on the development of molecularly targeted therapies for individual patients with cancer. His other major accomplishment is the development of two specific treatments, which have improved the survival for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Von Hoff also is Professor of Medicine at both Mayo Clinic Scottsdale and the University of Arizona College of Medicine; and Chief Scientific Officer at US Oncology.

Dr. Von Hoff graduated cum laude from Carroll University, and received his M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, then completed a medical oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Von Hoff served a six-year term on President Bush’s National Cancer Advisory Board (2004-10).

He is a Fellow and past President of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the world’s largest cancer research organization; a Fellow of the American College of Physicians; and a member and past board member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Dr. Von Hoff is a founder of ILEX™ Oncology, Inc. (acquired by Genzyme after Ilex had 2 agents, alemtuzumab and clofarabine approved by the FDA for patients with leukemia). He received ASCO’s 2010 David A. Karnofsky Memorial Award for his outstanding contributions to cancer research leading to significant improvement in patient care.

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Stat Doctors gets $3.5M investment

QuadMed, a nationally recognized provider of onsite, near site and shared site employer-sponsored health and wellness solutions, has entered into a strategic partnership with Stat Health Services, provider of Scottsdale-based Stat Doctors™ eHealth solution, to provide 24/7 telemedicine access for patients with minor acute healthcare needs. Under the agreement, QuadMed purchased a minority ownership interest in the company.

QuadMed’s partnership with Stat Health Services, a pioneer in virtual house call services, provides employers with an additional healthcare solution proven to dramatically reduce the cost of claims and create positive health outcomes. Through Stat Doctors, minor acute care needs are handled online by on-call emergency medicine providers. Patients receive personal treatment from the convenience of their computer or mobile device without needing to travel to a hospital emergency room or an urgent care center, avoiding waiting times and substantial expenses.

“QuadMed continues to lead the evolution of healthcare at this transformative time in the healthcare industry,” said Joel Quadracci, Chairman, President & CEO of Quad/Graphics, QuadMed’s parent company. “Stat Doctors is an innovative approach to acute healthcare delivery that complements QuadMed’s continuum of healthcare solutions focused on improving the quality of patient care and outcomes while reducing overall costs. This investment expands healthcare management solutions for employers who, like us, want to keep employees and their dependents healthy and productive.”

The QuadMed/Stat Health Services partnership signifies a pivotal shift in healthcare delivery, according to Dr. Alan Roga, M.D., Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Stat Health Services. “Stat Doctors is helping QuadMed replicate the traditional doctor-patient experience anytime, anywhere,” he said. “We are very excited to collaborate with QuadMed, which shares our vision for improving access to quality care in a convenient and cost-effective manner.”

Stat Doctors offers patients a network of the nation’s top emergency medicine specialists through its partnership with Emergency Medicine Physicians (EMP), a network of highly qualified emergency medical providers dedicated to delivering exceptional care. “We are excited to partner with QuadMed through Stat Doctors in the transformation of healthcare by providing highest quality care in a convenient, low-cost alternative to the current options,” said Dominic Bagnoli, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of EMP.

“As a pioneer in the use of telemedicine through our Corporate Health Suites solution, we have discovered that it’s not just the technology that’s important, but also the physician network,” said Tim Dickman, President of QuadMed. “The doctor-patient relationship is key to providing effective care and positive outcomes. Stat Doctors facilitates this important relationship using state-of-the-art telemedicine.”

For more information about how QuadMed and Stat Doctors are innovating healthcare delivery, visit www.quadmedical.com and www.statdoctors.com.

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UA’s Eller College Moving to Phoenix

The University of Arizona Eller College of Management announced today that it will be moving from its satellite location in north Scottsdale to downtown Phoenix.

The Eller College will occupy classroom and office space on the campus of the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix, located at 550 E. Van Buren St. The location will be home to two of Eller’s part-time MBA programs for working professionals: the Evening MBA and the Executive MBA, which are designed for managers with 3-plus years of experience and seasoned executives, respectively.

Between the two programs, the campus will serve about 170 MBA students annually.

“We are thrilled that Eller will be a part of the exciting things happening in downtown Phoenix,” said Len Jessup, dean of the Eller College. “The College of Medicine has established beautiful facilities that will give our professional MBAs access to high-tech working classroom space and a true campus experience.”

City of Phoenix’s Mayor Greg Stanton also supports the move.

“It’s incredibly exciting that Eller is opening its doors in downtown Phoenix, where we continue to offer the highest-rated education opportunities in the state within just a few blocks of each other,” Stanton said. “Eller graduates are top-notch, and exactly the kind of professionals we want as a part of our community.”

Access to graduate management education is one of many factors that contribute to greater Phoenix’s long-term competitiveness, added Don Budinger, chairman and founding director of The Rodel Foundations and board member of Greater Phoenix Economic Council and Greater Phoenix Leadership.

“The University of Arizona’s downtown programs offer excellent options for working professionals who are considering an MBA.”

Last week, in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of graduate programs, the Eller Evening MBA rose 21 slots, from No. 46 to No. 25 nationwide. The college is recognized for its leadership in entrepreneurship and management information systems, which consistently rank in the top 10 among undergraduate and graduate programs nationally.

Applications are being accepted now for the Executive MBA program that will begin in August at the downtown campus. A new class of Evening MBA students will begin at the location in January.

“Downtown offers a central location, with easy access for those already working in the area, as well as public transportation options. Our students frequently come together for team meetings, and the medical campus offers great collaboration space,” said Hope Schau, associate dean of MBA programs.

The Eller College began offering its MBA programs in the Phoenix area in 2006, with the launch of the Executive MBA program in Scottsdale. Since 2007, the college has held classes at a satellite campus just east of the Loop 101 in the McDowell Mountain Business Park, at 16425 N. Pima Road.

The college will open its downtown Phoenix location in late August or September. The Executive and Evening MBA students scheduled to complete their programs this year will remain at the Scottsdale campus. The Evening MBA class of 2015 will relocate to the downtown campus on Sept. 1.

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Hill Group named Coldwell’s top team

The Hill Group of Scottsdale, sales associates / representatives with Coldwell Banker North Scottsdale office, has been named the top producing team in home sales for 2013 in Arizona with a total sales volume of $36,115,530 for the year. The Hill Group was also named Top Overall Producers in 2013 in Arizona and received Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage “Hall of Fame” status, which is awarded to agents who sell an equivalent of $17.5 million in homes annually.

The Hill Group is comprised of seven agents, Doug and Kirsten Hill, Associate Brokers; Joshua Hill, Realtor and Listing Agent; Andrew Hill, Realtor and Buyer’s Agent; Steven James, Realtor and Buyer’s Agent; Steve Valkenaar, Realtor and Buyer’s Agent and Beth Eastman, Realtor and Transaction Manager.

The Hill Group provides over 40 years combined experience and expertise for their clients in the East Valley and Scottsdale area. Past awards and accolades include ranking among top 1% of all real estate agents in Maricopa County in 2013, top 250 agents by Wall Street Journal in 2010, 2011, #4 among all NRT sales agents nationwide in 2011, and ranked among Top 20 Residential Real Estate Teams by Phoenix Business Journal in 2010.

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WestWorld hosts Scottsdale home and garden show

The Scottsdale Home and Garden Show, taking place March 29-30, offers hundreds of home products and services for homeowners of all varieties; from the do-it-yourself remodeler, to homeowners working on a new build. Attendees will be able to take advantage of special discounts and deals from professional vendors.

WHAT: 22nd Annual Scottsdale Home and Garden Show. The longest-running expo of its kind, this expo will feature an abundance of home-related items and vendors for any home or remodeling project.

WHEN: Saturday, March 29 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, March 30 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: WestWorld of Scottsdale (16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85260)

TICKETS: Free tickets at http://exposaz.com/tickets

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Plans secure Greasewood Flat’s future in Scottsdale

In 1981 an acclaimed band named “The Clash” rocketed up the music charts with a hit called “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?”  It’s the kind of song that’s likely played a lot at Scottsdale venerable watering hole Greasewood Flat over the years.  And it’s the kind of question that has plagued the family that’s owned it in recent years due to acute federal tax issues following the passing of family patriarch “Doc” Cavalliere several years ago.

Thanks to a conscientious Scottsdale-based company and the Cavalliere family the answer to The Clash’s question, and the future of Greasewood Flat is . . . both, bringing good news to concerned heirs and customers.

“It’s been a long journey but what a terrific result,” said George Cavalliere and son of Doc who owns the current 42-acre property with siblings.  “This vision is what our family wanted and we found a partner to help get us there,” he said.

The joint agreement between the family and Taylor Morrison Homes calls for the existing experience to remain in its current location for at least one year and likely longer until Greasewood is relocated to a more authentic, rural location to the north in Scottsdale.  That 120-acre property is also owned by the Cavalliere family and abuts the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  Members of the family will also build homes on the new site, as they have at the existing one.

“When we started Greasewood Flat we were out here by ourselves.  But development has encroached on our experience causing us to lose some of the truly Western experience.  That can’t happen at our other property that abuts land that will be preserved forever thanks to the generosity of Scottsdale taxpayers,” Cavalliere said.  He said kitchen equipment has already been purchased for the new location.

As planned there will be no gap between when the existing Greasewood Flat relocates and when the new one also owned by the family will be up and running.  City approvals for both parcels will be pursued later this year with the current 42-acre site renamed after the Cavalliere family for the redevelopment.

“This is truly the best of all worlds. We are thrilled for our customers and long-time employees. We weren’t forced to lose our property due to the inheritance tax issues that would have meant closure for Greasewood and we worked with a great Scottsdale-based company to smartly redevelop our existing site as well as work with us to plan and relocate to our new site that will generate revenue allowing us to build a great new Greasewood at a great new site,” Cavalliere said.

To celebrate the happy news a celebration is being planned for the spring.

“With so much uncertainty in recent years about one of our tourists favorite stops the certainty of Greasewood Flat surviving and thriving within Scottsdale for years to come is terrific news for our tourism efforts,” said Rachel Sacco, the long-time CEO of the Scottsdale Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.

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RED AWARDS 2014: Merit for Economic Development

On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 9th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2013 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and more than 100 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. Click here to view all 2014 RED Awards Winners.‎


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Equestrian Center
Developer: City of Scottsdale
Contractor: Howard S. Wright, A Balfour Beatty Company
Architect: Populous Architects
Size: 310,000 SF
Location: 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
Completed: Dec. 23, 2013

WestWorld_HSWBBC (4)Arizona tends to deal with hot weather at least eight months out of the year, during which many of us prefer to stay inside if we can help it. (That’s roughly 240 days, by the way.) The winner of this year’s RED Award for Economic Development hosts at least 247 days of horse shows, not to mention car shows. To meet a growing demand for climate-controlled exhibition space that could be used even in the hottest months, WestWorld developed this $42.8M project, which also used the largest crane in Arizona to erect multiple 190,000-pound steel trusses.


Honorable Mention:
APS Hyder II Solar Plant
Developer: APS
General Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies
Engineer: Taylor RyMar

APS Hyder II, WEBBuilt on abandoned farm land, this solar power plant provides 15 megawatts of renewable power that could service approximately 3,700 homes. The plant’s 71,000 modules have an automated single-axis tracking system that allows these modules to follow the sun. It has also added value for adjacent landowners and brought jobs to the community.

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RED AWARDS 2014: Best Retail Project

On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 9th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2013 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and more than 100 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. Click here to view all 2014 RED Awards Winners.‎


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Entertainment District
Developer: Triyar Companies
Contractor: LGE Design Build
Architect: AV3 design studio (Design Architect); Cawley Architects
Size: 26,200 SF
Location: 7301 E. Indian Plaza, 7333 E. Indian Plaza, 4420 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale
Completed: May 2013

scottsdale_entertainment_districtNow the heart of Old Town, the Scottsdale Entertainment District started out as several older structures spread out over 57,000 SF of land. In 2012, Triyar Companies and LGE Design Build united with the goal of redeveloping the block into a multi-user bar and restaurant district that would service residents and tourists. The space now consists of five noteworthy tenants, including The Derby, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, Hi-Fi Kitchen & Cocktails and Maya Day and Nightclub. Energy efficient components include 1-inch dual plane insulated glass, LED lighting and R-8 value roofing. Not only did the redevelopment finish on time and 100 percent leased by completition, it completely changed its surrounding area and dramatically increased the rent price of surrounding office space.

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Shapiro Plastic Surgery and Skin Klinic Expands

Scottsdale-based plastic surgery practice Shapiro Plastic Surgery and Skin Klinic is expanding with the addition of top dermatologist and board-certified anti-aging physician Helen Ross, M.D., FAAD. The latest addition to the award-winning plastic surgery facility and skin care clinic will debut a new concierge dermatology program offering unique and state-of-the-art treatment modalities for both skin care and anti-aging.

“Dr. Helen Ross is a highly skilled medical professional who will accentuate our practice with an emphasis on medical dermatology and anti-aging,” said Dr. Daniel Shapiro. “With a growing patient base we continue to add new technology and new treatments, and by offering a new concierge level of dermatology we are able to provide the most advanced skin care and anti-aging treatments all within one practice,” he said.

With a reputation for providing excellent care to patients, Dr. Ross offers a unique approach to her practice by drawing from an holistic paradigm with an emphasis on medical dermatology, nutrition and science-based medicine; with service on the Melanoma Committee within the American Academy of Dermatology from 2004-2008. She is certain to make a strong impact on any patient, following up on her dermatological care with lifestyle modifications, supplements and counseling. Her personal philosophy is a commitment to your holistic and preventive skincare needs, helping you to bring out the best in yourself.

After her 12 year military service in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Helen Ross received her training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital while at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and is also board-certified in anti-aging medicine by the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine. She has a track record of being highly committed to the treatment of her patients, having served as an itinerant dermatologist throughout the five New York City boroughs working with adults and kids with disabilities as well as private practice clientele. Dr. Ross has worked in several different community health settings and is very well qualified to engage with a variety of clientele and fulfil their specific treatment needs. She can offer many services and treatments to bring your inner and outer beauty into harmony.

Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, headed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Shapiro, FACS, is an organization renowned in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley for providing excellence in cosmetic surgery and aesthetics for 22 years. The addition of Dr. Helen Ross provides our clients the opportunity to receive the best care in medical dermatology, supplemented by our signature Skin KlinicTM. The Skin KlinicTM is staffed by the finest aestheticians the Valley has to offer providing the most relevant aesthetic surgical techniques and non -invasive aesthetic expertise. Dr. Ross is currently available for appointments and ready to meet and exceed all of your skincare and anti-aging needs.

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Google Fiber could be coming to Valley

The cities of Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe joined Google Wednesday in announcing the first potential expansion of Google Fiber to the Valley.

Google Fiber is an Internet and TV service that provides Internet connectivity that is up to 100 times faster than the basic broadband, along with hundreds of high-definition TV channels.

“Scottsdale and Google Fiber are a perfect match,” said Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane. “We are a connected city, filled with innovative and creative people and businesses – which is why Google named Scottsdale the 2013 E-City of Arizona. I look forward to working with Google Fiber to explore bringing Scottsdale residents ultra-high speed Internet access to make us more future-ready than ever.”

What’s next?

Starting this week, Google will work closely with city leaders on a joint planning process to explore what it would take to build a brand new fiber-optic network capable of delivering these gigabit speeds throughout Scottsdale.

Google will begin compiling a detailed study of local factors that might affect construction plans. Simultaneously, Scottsdale will begin meetings with Google to discuss what it would take to plan and prepare the city for a fiber project of this scale.

Read more about the process on the Google Fiber blog here.

Google will announce by year’s end which cities will get Google Fiber. The service is currently available in Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri and Provo Utah, and will be available in Austin, Texas later this year.

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Scottsdale Promotes Spring Training in Denver, S.F.

Spring training is a short countdown away, and the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is reminding Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants fans that Scottsdale is the place to be for baseball and sunshine.

The bureau unveiled exterior and interior ad placements on the Denver Light Rail on Dec. 30 to promote Scottsdale’s spring training season. An estimated 12.5 million riders will see the baseball-focused advertisements while commuting in Denver through the end of March.

New to the campaign this year is a wrap placement on the San Francisco-area Cal-Train featuring #BaseballWeather, which will run from Feb. 3 to March 2. During its February run, the ad is estimated to be seen by 1.5 million riders.

In addition to the train wraps, the bureau also will promote spring training through billboard advertising in Denver, a wallscape in San Francisco, WeatherChannel.com, email marketing, pay-per-click, social media efforts and a social media contest where fans will be encouraged to tag a photo of themselves experiencing spring training in Scottsdale using #Scottsdale and #BaseballFever for a chance to win two VIP Charros Lodge tickets to one of four games at Scottsdale Stadium.

Pages on the bureau’s site as well as the 2014 Spring Training Guide (available for download) will help spring training fans plan their trip with information on nearby resorts and hotels, parking details and maps, and dining options. In addition, spring training packages and coupons also are available.

Cactus League plays host to 15 teams in nine cities and 10 stadiums throughout Arizona. In 2013, the three teams that played in the Scottsdale area, the Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants, and Colorado Rockies, placed first, second and fifth for league attendance, respectively.

For information on Colorado Rockies’ spring training at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, visit SpringTraininginScottsdale.com. For information on San Francisco Giants’ spring training at Scottsdale Stadium, visit PlayBallinScottsdale.com.

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W hosts annual Spring Training Charity Poker Classic

The fourth annual Spring Training Poker Classic benefiting the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund returns to W Scottsdale on Saturday, March 1. The grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 seat to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Registration is at 6:30 p.m. with tournament starting at 8 p.m. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.

Celebrity athletes and guests join in a friendly game of poker in support of the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund. Current and former professional sports athletes from the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals, and Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers and more will be attending the event. *Subject to change

The Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund was formed in memory of Mike Coolbaugh who passed away in July 2007 after being struck in the head by a line drive while coaching his team, the Tulsa Drillers. Friends and family of Mike will honor his passion for life and commitment to living each day for others and living life to the fullest.

Guests that would like to participate in the poker tournament can register for a pre-event buy-in starting at $200. Walk-up buy-ins will be available for purchase the day of the event starting at $250.

To purchase your ticket to the fourth annual Spring Training Charity Poker Classic, please visit www.wscottsdaletickets.com.

For VIP table reservations, call 602.405.0099 or contact vip@triyar.com.

Szkatulski Joins Sherman & Howard’s Scottsdale Office

Sherman & Howard L.L.C. announced the addition of Jennifer Szkatulski to its Scottsdale office.  Jennifer, who has practiced at the firm as a consultant since 2012, will join the firm’s estate planning group as an associate.

Sherman & Howard’s estate and tax planning attorneys work with high net worth individuals, families, business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals on all aspects of estate gift and multi-generational tax planning including wills, trusts, power of attorney, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax planning, lifetime wealth transfer through qualified personal residence trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, family limited partnerships, planned giving, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, private foundations, and spousal trusts.

Szkatulski earned her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in 2010.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Accounting with a minor in Political Science and a certificate in International Studies from Arizona State University where she graduated with honors.  She has practiced law in the Valley since 2011.  She is an active member of the Junior League of Phoenix.

6 Maricopa Community Colleges among nation's best

Six Maricopa Community Colleges have been recognized by the Aspen Institute as being among the nation’s 150 top community colleges. Phoenix College and Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, and South Mountain Community Colleges can compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million dollars in prize funds.

The award, given every two years, recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students. A full list of the
150 community colleges selected from more than 1,000 nationwide is available at www.aspenprize.org; winners will be announced in early 2015.

“We are honored to have been recognized by the Aspen Institute,” said Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Rufus Glasper. “As a system, we are among the largest in the nation. As such, we are a major supplier of students transferring to the state’s public universities, and the largest workforce trainer in the state of Arizona. We are working hard to continue improving our outcomes and this honor is indicative of our students’ and faculty’s success.”

“Community colleges have tremendous power to change lives, and their success will increasingly define our nation’s economic strength and the potential for social mobility for every American,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. “This competition is designed to spotlight the excellent work being done in the most effective community colleges, those that best help students obtain meaningful, high-quality education and training for competitive-wage jobs after college. We hope it will raise the bar and provide a roadmap for community colleges nationwide.”

Medical Technology - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

SCL Health System, Univita Acquire Home Health Company

SCL Health System, along with its joint venture partner, Scottsdale-based Univita Health, announced today the acquisition of Denver-based All Care Home Health LLC. Terms were not disclosed.

The acquisition of All Care, a home healthcare company that provides skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy and social work services in metro Denver, is a major milestone in the joint venture’s strategy to expand its healthcare services to consumers with customized care in the home.

SCL Health, in partnership with Univita, is introducing the new integrated acute and post-acute care delivery model at three SCL Health hospitals in metro Denver – Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center, Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital and Exempla Lutheran Medical Center as well as the Exempla Physician Network. The addition of All Care’s home health expertise will ensure patients receive high-quality, comprehensive and well-coordinated care from the time of admission and through the home-recovery process. The acquisition does not impact All Care’s ongoing operations and the company will continue to serve its current patients, physicians and hospitals.

“All Care’s mission is well-aligned with the joint venture’s plan to establish an integrated care delivery model,” said Dr. Rick Lopes, senior vice president of health networks at SCL Health System. “Our goal is to establish a more cost-effective care model that expands the continuum of care from hospital to home, reducing the length of hospitalizations, decreasing unnecessary readmissions and improving the overall patient experience.”

The new integrated care delivery program is designed to better coordinate care for patients as they transition from hospital to home. All Care’s specially trained clinicians and caregivers will help to manage care and consult with the patients and their families.

Specifically, when patients are recovering at home, an All Care specialist will visit, perform a comprehensive assessment and oversee all components of care, such as medication compliance, diet, physical therapy and emotional well-being. This extension of care following initial hospital stays has been proven to reduce the number of readmissions attributed to complications and be more cost-effective.

“As a result of this acquisition, All Care is well-positioned to grow as a leading provider of home care in the Denver area,” said Vinod Bhasin, former president of All Care Home Health. “We’re excited to expand our relationship with the patients, physicians and hospitals we’ve been serving for over 20 years and to offer our expertise in creating an innovative care delivery model.”

The acquisition of All Care will enable even more collaboration between SCL Health hospitals, health plans and other provider organizations within the Denver metropolitan area. The programs and resources being made available through the joint venture have been refined through years of experience with managed care organizations and risk-bearing physician groups. More recently, the core elements of these programs have demonstrated value in Univita’s relationship with the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic.

McDowell-Sonoran Preserve, Courtesy City of Scottsdale

Scottsdale Named Sixth Best-Run City in America

With the fourth lowest crime rate in the nation, 10th lowest unemployment rate and residents who make it one of the wealthiest and beautiful cities in the country, 24/7 Wall Street has named Scottsdale the sixth best-run city in America.

See how Scottsdale stacked up against the other cities here.

In celebration of this great, earned achievement, here are Editor-in-Chief Michael Gossie’s favorite things about Scottsdale:

Best place to bust your gut: Stand Up Scottsdale
When I lived in New York, I loved going off the beaten path of tourist trap comedy clubs to find comedy with a subversive edge. That’s what I get from Stand Up Scottsdale — comedy stripped down and in the raw. This is the club that makes comedy matter.
standupscottsdale.com  |  480.882.0730

Best place to bust your butt: Club SAR
You won’t have to battle self-absorbed douche nozzles staring at themselves in the mirror at Club SAR. The only people who come here are serious about fitness. Boxing rings. Heavy bags. MMA training. This is the best place to get your sweat on and it’s only $99 a year for Scottsdale residents.
scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/SAR  |  480.312.2669

Best place to take your mutt: Stax Burger Bistro
This is the perfect meet market. As long as your dog doesn’t go all Cujo on customers, he is welcome in this hotspot near the heart of Old Town. Translation: Your cute dog can be the icebreaker that melts the hearts of members of the opposite sex. Beyond the bow-wows, the sliders are out of this world.
staxburgerbistro.com  |  480.946.4222
Best place to hear what’s what: Center Stage Bar at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort And Spa At Gainey Ranch
Soulful singer-songwriter, Obadiah Parker, who has more than 10 million hits on YouTube for his cover of Outkast’s “Hey Ya,” teams up with Valley saxophone virtuoso Ted Belledin to create a one-of-a-kind sound that cannot be found anywhere else in the Valley.
scottsdale.hyatt.com or tedbelledin.com | 480.444.1234

Best place to get a cut: Mane Attraction Salon
The stylists here are artists with shears as their brushes. They are chemists and the salon is their laboratory. They study each client’s bone structure and hair texture, and ask lifestyle questions so they can create hairstyles that require little maintenance. As an endurance athlete, that means Mane Attraction keeps me stylin’ even when I’m sweatin.’ For that, I thank you.
maneattractionsalon.com  |  602.956.2996

Makucell Skincare

Spectrum Dermatology opens 2nd location in Arcadia

North Scottsdale’s skin experts will now be offering their state-of-the-art dermatology services to the Arcadia and Biltmore area with the opening of their second office. Located on the highly visible corner of Camelback and 44th street, Spectrum Dermatology’s new facility will continue the exemplary services and treatments offered at its flagship location in North Scottsdale. The expansive medical facility will also offer an onside pathology lab and surgical center.

“Due to the rapid growth of our practice we are pleased to expand into a second location in the Biltmore area,” said Dr. Nancy Kim, Board-Certified Dermatologist and founder of Spectrum Dermatology. “It is our goal to bring a comprehensive cache of dermatology services to the area, all in one place,” she said.

This state-of-the-art facility boasts 4,000 sq. ft. of contemporary and modern comfort. The office offers all services of medical, cosmetic, and laser dermatology. A V beam laser is available to treat Rosacea and skin redness and aging skin can be energized with Cutera IPL. Patients can also undergo complete skin resurfacing with the Lumenis Ultrapulse Co2 laser or the Erbium Yag laser for more aggressive ablative resurfacing.

Led by Dr. Nancy Kim, Spectrum Dermatology is Arizona’s leading medical dermatology practice specializing in Mohs surgery. Spectrum’s team of doctors and aestheticians specializing in skin health offer a ‘full spectrum’ of dermatology expertise including cosmetic dermatology, surgical dermatology and laser dermatology.  Spectrum Dermatology currently serves nearly 10,000 patients at its North Scottsdale facility.

The new office of Spectrum Dermatology also offers KTP diolite for redness. Mohs surgery, an advanced technique for treating skin cancer, will also be performed in an onsite surgical facility. This location will also have an in house dermatopathology laboratory rounding out the facility as the new skin expert of Arcadia.

For more information about Spectrum Dermatology or Dr. Nancy Kim, visit www.spectrumdermatology.com.

AZ Science Center

More opt to holiday shop at the doctor's office

Santa is leaving attractive gifts in some Arizona stockings this season: rhinoplasties, breast implants, tummy tucks and facelifts, just to name a few. Plastic surgery procedures and cosmetic treatments are topping holiday lists, making this a busy time not just for Old Saint Nick but for local plastic surgeons. This year, both men and women are splurging on plastic surgery procedures for themselves as part of their holiday shopping.

“Many people use the holiday season as a time to treat themselves to a procedure for several reasons,” said Dr. Daniel Shapiro, a Scottsdale-based Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with Shapiro Plastic Surgery and Skin Klinic. “End-of-year bonuses, paid time off, unused vacation time, and a desire to do something for themselves all motivate people to have plastic surgery around the holidays,” he said. Dr. Shapiro says the trend towards splurging on surgery isn’t just for women, more men are asking Santa for nips and tucks and purchasing surgery and skin care vouchers as gifts.

Shelsi Guthrie is a patient of Shapiro Plastic Surgery and Skin Klinic who treated herself to a rhinoplasty this Christmas season. She opted for the procedure early in December so that she could debut her new look at family gatherings and on New Years. “Having my nose done is something I dreamed about doing for myself for years,” Guthrie said. “This year, I made giving myself this gift a priority and had the procedure done,” she said.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 14.6 million plastic surgery procedures were performed in the United States 2012 with the most popular procedures being Breast Augmentation, Nose Reshaping, Eyelid Surgery, Liposuction and Facelifts. More than 30% of the plastic surgery procedures preformed in the United States last year were performed in the Western Region of the country, an area that includes Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, California and Hawaii. According to the Society’s annual report, Americans spent about $11 billion on plastic surgery procedures last year.

More people will find gift certificates for plastic surgery, Botox and skincare under the tree this year, too. “People are asking their significant others, friends and even parents for cosmetically-oriented gifts,” Dr. Shapiro said. “Who wants another pair of socks when you can ask for Botox injections and look your best?” he said.

One thing is to be certain before purchasing a plastic surgery gift certificate for a gift, Dr. Shapiro says. “Only purchase a plastic surgery or Botox gift certificate for someone else if they ask for it,” he says. “What might be intended as a kind and geneous gift could be misconstrued by someone who doesn’t feel they need the procedure,” he says.

“If someone close to you wants a plastic surgery procedure or Botox, they’ll tell you,” he said.

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More opt to holiday shop at the doctor's office

Santa is leaving attractive gifts in some Arizona stockings this season: rhinoplasties, breast implants, tummy tucks and facelifts, just to name a few. Plastic surgery procedures and cosmetic treatments are topping holiday lists, making this a busy time not just for Old Saint Nick but for local plastic surgeons. This year, both men and women are splurging on plastic surgery procedures for themselves as part of their holiday shopping.

“Many people use the holiday season as a time to treat themselves to a procedure for several reasons,” said Dr. Daniel Shapiro, a Scottsdale-based Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with Shapiro Plastic Surgery and Skin Klinic. “End-of-year bonuses, paid time off, unused vacation time, and a desire to do something for themselves all motivate people to have plastic surgery around the holidays,” he said. Dr. Shapiro says the trend towards splurging on surgery isn’t just for women, more men are asking Santa for nips and tucks and purchasing surgery and skin care vouchers as gifts.

Shelsi Guthrie is a patient of Shapiro Plastic Surgery and Skin Klinic who treated herself to a rhinoplasty this Christmas season. She opted for the procedure early in December so that she could debut her new look at family gatherings and on New Years. “Having my nose done is something I dreamed about doing for myself for years,” Guthrie said. “This year, I made giving myself this gift a priority and had the procedure done,” she said.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 14.6 million plastic surgery procedures were performed in the United States 2012 with the most popular procedures being Breast Augmentation, Nose Reshaping, Eyelid Surgery, Liposuction and Facelifts. More than 30% of the plastic surgery procedures preformed in the United States last year were performed in the Western Region of the country, an area that includes Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, California and Hawaii. According to the Society’s annual report, Americans spent about $11 billion on plastic surgery procedures last year.

More people will find gift certificates for plastic surgery, Botox and skincare under the tree this year, too. “People are asking their significant others, friends and even parents for cosmetically-oriented gifts,” Dr. Shapiro said. “Who wants another pair of socks when you can ask for Botox injections and look your best?” he said.

One thing is to be certain before purchasing a plastic surgery gift certificate for a gift, Dr. Shapiro says. “Only purchase a plastic surgery or Botox gift certificate for someone else if they ask for it,” he says. “What might be intended as a kind and geneous gift could be misconstrued by someone who doesn’t feel they need the procedure,” he says.

“If someone close to you wants a plastic surgery procedure or Botox, they’ll tell you,” he said.

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Fox Enters Juice Market with Launch of Juby True

Fox Restaurant Concepts has expanded its presence in the thriving health-conscious restaurant market with the opening of Juby True, which stands for “Juice by True,” a juice bar poised to become a multi-unit concept by the end of 2014.

FRC, which has 40 restaurants under 13 brands in six states, opened Juby True in October as an extension to the restaurant group’s Scottsdale, Ariz. location of True Food Kitchen. The globally influenced restaurant debuted in Phoenix in 2008 and was developed in partnership with world-renowned leader in integrative medicine and best-selling author, Dr. Andrew Weil. It has since expanded into California, Colorado and Texas and has plans to open locations in Georgia, Virginia and Massachusetts.  New units of Juby True will be both stand alone locations and extensions of True Food Kitchen locations.

The launch of the walk-up juice bar is in response to the increasing demand for more healthful food options, said Sam Fox, CEO and founder of Fox Restaurant Concepts, based in Phoenix.

“When we first opened True Food Kitchen, we recognized the need for restaurants that offer nutritious food that also tastes good,” Fox said. “We instilled the same philosophy in Juby True, but this time in a portable, convenient cup.”

National Restaurant Association studies confirm the increasing interest in health and nutrition among today’s restaurant guests. In fact, 71 percent of adults said they are trying to eat healthier at restaurants than they did two years ago.

Juby True serves cold-pressed juices for $9, made in house and bottled for on-the-go convenience. The menu also features protein blends and smoothies for $8, water-based “hydrators” for $7, “juice boosts” for $4, coffees and teas ranging from $2-$6, and a variety of gluten-free, vegan and paleo-friendly snacks priced between $3 and $4. Additionally Juby True offers one- and two-day cleanse packages for $50 and $99, respectively.

Fruits and vegetables are sourced from local and regional organic farms in relation to “The Dirty Dozen” list. The foundation of Juby True was built with strong influences from True Food Kitchen’s anti-inflammatory philosophy.

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Getting an angel to open the checkbook

Governor Jan Brewer touts her policies and business regulatory climate as the reason Arizona is growing new businesses. That may be a factor, but it’s not the major reason Arizona topped the Kaufman Foundation Index of Entrepreneurial Activity in 2012. If it were the case, Arizona would have been on top again in 2013—instead of plummeting to 20th nationally.

“Just because there are a lot of startups,” observes Barry Broome, CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, “doesn’t provide a measure of the economic growth in the Valley.” A startup can be someone opening a consultancy, a contractor or the next Apple. Self-employment is a form of startup. The challenge is nurturing a startup so it grows with high value jobs.

Local governments and the Arizona Commerce Authority see major value with growing Arizona startups into enterprises. Chris Mackay, economic development director in Chandler says, “There’s staying power when a business is local. It’s connected to the local community and if the economy falters, the owners are more willing to keep going locally as opposed to closing up shop.” That local staying power is one reason Mackay says Chandler makes big investments in growing future enterprises.

Planting the seeds

Arizona’s new economy needs startups to scale up into enterprises. Those growing small businesses become hiring employers offering high value jobs paying home-buying income. Government policy supporting businesses that can scale up is based on simple economics.

Businesses with more than 20 employees, says the Small Business Administration, generate two of three Arizona paychecks. Those same businesses cut checks for more than 70 percent of Arizona’s private payrolls. The value in 2012 was over $100 billion.

All new businesses are “startups,” but not all startup businesses will be entrepreneurial enterprises. “There is no relation between starting a business and starting a company,” says Dr. Daniel Isenberg, Professor of Entrepreneurship Practice and founding executive director of the Babson College Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project in Boston. “Ninety percent of companies formed don’t grow high value jobs.”

Isenberg says that the difference between a start-up and enterprise is a matter of scale. He is an international advocate for scaling a business to grow as opposed to opening a business. An entrepreneur, he points out, is a business founder with a large company that just happens to be small right now.

Arizona State University, as the new American university, is at the cutting edge of helping turn ideas into enterprise. Recently, the college joined the elite ranks of schools offering a stand-alone degree in entrepreneurship. It’s on that list with Harvard Business School, Babson, and University of Texas. Its goal is getting new businesses that can grow into the market.

Locally grown

ASU says more than 70 percent of its W.P. Carey School of Business MBA graduates remain in Arizona. Keeping these graduates in state provides the human resources necessary to building new enterprises fueling the future economy.

“Starting a company — as opposed to just starting a business — is hard work,” says Isenberg. “An entrepreneur looks at the business and sees it growing. It’s a time of sleep deprivation, hard work, and endless pitches.” Few startups achieve quality growth—less than ten percent, he believes. “The golden triangle of a growing enterprise,” he continues, “is cash, customers and people.”

“An entrepreneurial endeavor isn’t limited to startups,” Isenberg emphasizes. “University research, family businesses, mature companies, all can be turned into a growing enterprise. Most startups tend to stay small.” The key to the economic contribution of startups in Arizona is scalability. He is adamant about it, “Ambition is not a dirty word. A business founder without ambition does not significantly contribute to overall economic growth.”

“There are a number of entrepreneurial success stories arising from a new direction for an existing, mature business,” Isenberg reports. Sometimes it takes a new owner with a vision; sometimes the existing management team finds a new direction. It can be a license from a university, a new product, or an innovative use of an existing product. Entrepreneurship can occur anywhere in a business’ lifecycle.”

Bringing ideas to market

Arizona colleges are on that licensing bandwagon. Entrepreneurs complain that it takes years to license patents or transfer technology from most universities. In ASU’s Office of Knowledge and Enterprise Development, the Arizona Furnace Technology Transfer Accelerator — first project of its type in the world — slashes technology transfer time from years to months. The AZ Furnace is a joint venture of ASU, University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University and Dignity Health. Funding partners include the Arizona Commerce Authority, BioAccel, and additional support from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

“There are hundreds of patents sitting on shelves at universities that could be in the market earning money for creators, colleges and businesses,” enthuses Gordon McConnell, assistant vice president, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group in OKED. “We started a program to get patents into the market quickly.” The startups selected for incubation in AZ Furnace are either entrepreneurs in search of an idea to market or idea-creators ready to market through a business entity. The fledgling enterprises are capital-ready in 12 months or less.

Enterprise starts with a leader and a vision. The scale of the vision is what makes the difference, says Isenberg. The vast majority of business owners are thinking of a model that gets them to the point that they’re putting money in the bank. He says, “Entrepreneurs are thinking of a model that finds smart people, willing customers and puts the cash to back into the enterprise.”

“Angels invest in businesses they understand or CEOs they respect,” says Broome. “There’s a need for more of that in the Valley. We’re just not seeing the next Apple or Google evolving here.”

Gaining visibility

“The biggest challenge about getting angel and venture money is visibility,” says Brandon Clark, region coordinator for Startup Arizona.  “If you’re a promising digital startup locally, it’s a little harder to get noticed nationally being from a region not known for its digital startups.  That’s starting to slowly shift.” National publications, FastCompany and Entrepreneur Magazine, have eyed Arizona as an emerging technology region.

The development opportunity for the small business is capital. Combine the “Broome Factor”—known businesses; known leaders—with the large number of startups, and there are too many funding requests heading towards too few checkbooks.

What makes early investors open pocketbooks to startup businesses is scalability. Businesses with potential to grow create the greatest return on investment for the angels. “It’s also makes a difference to the local economy,” says Isenberg. “Local policymakers need to change their focus from ‘startup’ to a ‘high value growth business’.”

Cities like helping scalable startups — and provide resources that build success. There’s a loyalty factor when the business grows; it typically remains in the hometown that helped it succeed. This is important to Chandler, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Surprise. These five cities have specifically invested in incubators and accelerators to nurture and graduate businesses achieving market traction. Chandler, Phoenix and Tucson have involvement with collaborative workspaces — Gangplank and Co+Hoots — as well.

While an employee or two in a collaborative workspace works well for a while, the time comes when a move up is needed. Clairvoyant, an enterprise and analytics startup now in Chandler Innovations started with Gangplank. “We grew from four employees in March to 12 in April,” smiles Amber Anderson, a firm partner and its business developer. “We needed a place to meet with clients and work with a growing team.” Still self-funded, the growing entity plans to hit 20 employees by January.

Mackay explains, “We help a company like this grow and hope that as it expands it continues to locate in Chandler.” To that end, the city is working with landlords in its Price Corridor to offer “teenage” space that lets a business move from the heavily subsidized rents and back office support of the incubator into its own place—without too much sticker shock.

Support from cities

The difference by which startup is accepted into a city’s incubator is the ability to scale up from the garage to commercial space; from one employee to more than 20. Chandler and Mesa are looking for businesses with this capacity. Innovations gives lab and office space to businesses that have formed entities — LLCs, corporations, partnerships — and a business plan. Mesa’s new Technology Accelerator is planned with a similar focus, but is looking for businesses at an earlier stage. Surprise’s Arizona TechCelerator wants to shepherd a business to the angel investor stage.

In Surprise, scalability is one of the criteria to be accepted into Arizona’s oldest incubator. The TechCelerator is looking for businesses offering something outside the box or creating a new niche. “The company has to be started before we’ll consider them,” says Julie Neal, the economic development coordinator for the city’s enterprise. “They need a mentor, a plan and have to know where they are going.”

“Scaling up is difficult,” says Isenberg, “but doing it right defines the difference between the successful entrepreneur with a growth business and a startup that just stays small. Marketplaces are competitive. The startup has to acquire customers. That means overcoming inertia or changing buyer behavior. While established companies are cruising on their business platforms, the startup has to hire people, start a company, raise money, and all the while, it’s competing in the marketplace. That’s tough work.”

After incubation, the business must gain market traction. At this phase, the fledgling enterprise has product going out and customers paying for it. The kinks are being smoothed, and it’s time to move up to the next stage and grow. Isenberg says that the high growth criterion is simply 20 percent annual increases in sales or staff for five years.

Getting capital

To make this leap requires high levels of capital — the checks venture capitalists cut. The biggest challenge in Phoenix is that there are few sources for local venture capital. The venturists hang out in places like Silicon Valley, Boston, San Diego and Seattle. “There are even a couple of funds with deep ties to the Valley,” worries Clark, “but they have very little involvement in local startups.”

Clate Mask, CEO of Infusionsoft, had to travel out of town for his venture capital. “At one time, I was told that a fund wouldn’t cut a check for a firm in Phoenix because we didn’t have the workforce for success,” he says. “That’s no longer true; venture funds are seeing that there is a real climate for success in the Valley.”

Another resource for a growing business is the Arizona Commerce Authority’s “Growing Your Arizona Business” services. The quasi-public agency provides mentorship, regulatory assistance, access to incentive programs and site selection. It also works as a liaison connecting the growing business with other business resources. The agency mentors businesses in accessing federal procurement and grant opportunities as well as serving as an entrée to international trade.

Overall, the major resource in Arizona for start-up businesses is the universities. Anemic legislative funding for the schools causes their efforts to help to face the same struggles growing businesses face. Their efforts to improve Arizona’s long-term economy are stymied by a declining source of capital.

“ASU is underfunded,” complains Barry Broome. “The school has done an amazing job despite being financially crippled by budget cuts. It’s suffering from a lack of resources to take its programs to scale.” “Scalability” is applicable to the business-development programs at the universities and other public agencies just as it is for growing enterprises.

“Getting money for those programs is the top job for the next governor,” predicts Broome.
Opportunity in Arizona will come from the core of businesses growing today. They will create the jobs for the new economy and drive economic success for the next generation.

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New Luxury Homes Break Ground at Sterling at Silverleaf

Cypress Development broke ground on the second phase of Sterling at Silverleaf, bringing 12 luxury estate villas priced from $2.2 million to the private golf community of Silverleaf.

The new $27.6 million second phase will be built to the same gold-level LEED certified standards as the sold-out first phase of 16 villas. Sterling at Silverleaf made national headlines in 2012 when it was named Arizona’s first and only single-family new construction project to be awarded gold-level certification by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), making the villas the greenest homes in Arizona. Just this month, the U.S. Green Building Council also awarded the project gold-level LEED certification

“We are changing the way our industry builds luxury homes and proving there is a way to create the ultimate in green, luxury living,” said Nathan Day, president of Cypress Development Group. “Demand has been high since we announced the second phase at Sterling because our product is so unique to the marketplace. This is about building smart, innovative homes that provide a real value for our buyers.”

Sterling’s estate villas offer three different floor plans of two-story homes ranging from 3,980 to 4,800 square feet with an attached cabana or casita with a private entrance. The three and four-bedroom villas come standard with top-of-the-line custom estate features such as Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, exotic stone countertops, natural stone and marble floors, custom cabinetry, custom hand-forged iron stair railing, 9’ ceilings in second story,  a full masonry fireplace, a private two or three-car garage, a game room with a mini bar, professionally designed walk-in closets, his and hers bathroom vanities, a Jacuzzi bathtub in the master bathroom and a climate controlled wine room.

All 12 estate villas are being built at once with completion expected in late 2014.

Four iPads are installed throughout each villa that control the home automation and security systems providing the ability to remotely control every element within the home such as audio, video, lighting, window coverings, security and wine room temperature. Sterling at Silverleaf also developed a proprietary Eco-Mode App with Crestron, which dims the lighting in the home to 80 percent of full power levels, automatically saving 20 percent on the energy bill.

Phase two at Sterling at Silverleaf is now for sale and The Silverleaf Group of DMB Realty Network manages sales for the community and can be reached at (480) 502-6902. For more information, visit www.sterlingatsilverleaf.com.

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$27.6M of Real Estate Breaks Ground in Scottsdale

Cypress Development broke ground today on the second phase of Sterling at Silverleaf, bringing 12 luxury estate villas priced from $2.2 million to the private golf community of Silverleaf.

The new $27.6 million second phase will be built to the same gold-level LEED certified standards as the sold-out first phase of 16 villas. Sterling at Silverleaf made national headlines in 2012 when it was named Arizona’s first and only single-family new construction project to be awarded gold-level certification by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), making the villas the greenest homes in Arizona. Just this month, the U.S. Green Building Council also awarded the project gold-level LEED certification

“We are changing the way our industry builds luxury homes and proving there is a way to create the ultimate in green, luxury living,” said Nathan Day, president of Cypress Development Group. “Demand has been high since we announced the second phase at Sterling because our product is so unique to the marketplace. This is about building smart, innovative homes that provide a real value for our buyers.”

Sterling’s estate villas offer three different floor plans of two-story homes ranging from 3,980 to 4,800 square feet with an attached cabana or casita with a private entrance. The three and four-bedroom villas come standard with top-of-the-line custom estate features such as Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, exotic stone countertops, natural stone and marble floors, custom cabinetry, custom hand-forged iron stair railing, 9’ ceilings in second story,  a full masonry fireplace, a private two or three-car garage, a game room with a mini bar, professionally designed walk-in closets, his and hers bathroom vanities, a Jacuzzi bathtub in the master bathroom and a climate controlled wine room.

All 12 estate villas are being built at once with completion expected in late 2014.

Four iPads are installed throughout each villa that control the home automation and security systems providing the ability to remotely control every element within the home such as audio, video, lighting, window coverings, security and wine room temperature. Sterling at Silverleaf also developed a proprietary Eco-Mode App with Crestron, which dims the lighting in the home to 80 percent of full power levels, automatically saving 20 percent on the energy bill.

Phase two at Sterling at Silverleaf is now for sale and The Silverleaf Group of DMB Realty Network manages sales for the community and can be reached at (480) 502-6902. For more information, visit www.sterlingatsilverleaf.com.