September 2008 Archives

Credit Unions Face The Future & Ride Out The Current Economic Storm

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Beginning in November, credit unions across the nation will launch a celebration marking 100 years of their not-for-profit, cooperatively owned financial institutions operating in the United States. What may be surprising for some about that 100-year mark is a realization that credit unions have just lately — maybe within the past 20 years or so… Read More →

New Owners Of Commercial Buildings Can Enforce Warranties Against Original Contractors

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Does the new owner of a commercial property have the same rights as the former owner when pursuing a claim against the original general contractor for construction defects? The Arizona Court of Appeals phrased the question this way: “We are asked to decide whether a subsequent purchaser of commercial property can sue for breach of… Read More →

New Health Care Insurance Options Provide More Flexibility For Employers

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The battle to recruit and retain talent, coupled with a focus on heightened productivity, is causing many business owners to shift their views of providing employee health insurance benefits from a cost to an investment. Today, employers recognize that offering health benefits can make the difference between retaining or losing an employment candidate and that… Read More →

Higher Energy Costs Are Forcing Valley Companies To Look For Alternatives

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy | Green | Tech

From the neighborhood car wash to a corporate behemoth such as US Airways, rising energy costs are forcing Valley businesses to search for alternatives to relieve the pressure on their bottom lines. On a warm weekend morning in the Phoenix area, a bored but concerned car wash attendant asks the only motorist who pulls up… Read More →

Speculative Builder Tax: A Hidden Tax On Property Improvements

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Most Arizona cities and towns impose a tax on the privilege of doing business within city or town limits. Indeed, business privilege taxes are a primary source of revenue for most cities and towns. Unfortunately, many developers do not realize that real estate development is subject to the municipal transaction privilege tax if a developer… Read More →

Tips On Avoiding Legal Hurdles When Starting A Business

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When an entrepreneur launches a new venture, the legal issues related to forming and operating the business are often put on the back burner. The natural focus is on hiring employees, securing customers, and generating revenue. Unfortunately, failing to do some basic legal planning can result in costly mistakes, impaired growth, and even the untimely… Read More →

Shepherding Success: Chamber Works To Help Hispanic Businesses Grow

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Finance | Workforce

By Don Harris For 60 years, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has been at the forefront of promoting the growth and welfare of Hispanic-owned businesses throughout the state. The vast majority are small operations with one to five employees, but that doesn’t begin to tell the impact the Hispanic community has on Arizona’s economy.… Read More →

Real Estate Relationships: Importance Of Representation In Tough Marketplace

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By Tom Ellis Businesses thinking of leasing space in Phoenix should have no problem finding a real estate broker to help them select the best site, and negotiate with the landlord on their behalf. But there is one thing the tenant must bring to the table — patience. Brokers who specialize in commercial tenant representation… Read More →

Work Flow Software Can Maximize Your Company’s Efficiency

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About a year ago, Kevin Hinderleider, IT director for the city of Avondale, needed to solve a particular problem. He had more than 20 projects going on at any one time and was looking for a portfolio-management solution to ensure none fell through the cracks. His research led him to Daptiv, a Seattle-based company that… Read More →

Fueling Change: Higher Energy Costs Are Forcing Valley Companies To Look For Alternatives

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy

Fueling Change Higher energy costs are forcing Valley companies to look for alternatives By Don Harris From the neighborhood car wash to a corporate behemoth such as US Airways, rising energy costs are forcing Valley businesses to search for alternatives to relieve the pressure on their bottom lines. On a warm weekend morning in the… Read More →

Eco-Workers: Sustainability Starts At The Office

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Sustainability starts at the office Many firms are changing their operations to have considerably less impact on the environment. But most changes don’t have to begin at the top. They typically occur because concerned individuals got together, came up with an action plan and sold it to top management. As Alexis de Tocqueville observed in… Read More →

Local Arizona Firms Benefit From Federally Funded Chamber Program

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By Don Harris Thanks in no small part to the efforts of the Arizona Minority Business Enterprise Center, three Arizona firms are among the many that have benefited from a federally funded program. Operated by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the center is opening doors to market opportunities and much-needed capital. A nonprofit organization,… Read More →