GoDaddy earns perfect score on Corporate Equality Index

GoDaddy Inc., the company that empowers everyday entrepreneurs, received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s premier benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. 

“GoDaddy takes great pride in offering an inclusive workplace that encourages employees to bring their authentic selves to work,” said Monica Bailey, Chief People Officer for GoDaddy. “We actively work to educate our employees and managers on recognizing unconscious bias, to attract a diverse pool of candidates, and to infuse opportunities for connection between our employees. Our CEI score is a testament to GoDaddy’s focus on developing a culture that embraces the differences among us and champions people for who they are.”

Local estate auction business dubbed No. 1 in Arizona

Blue Leaf Estate Auctions was ranked the No. 1 Most Viewed Company in Arizona and No. 3 in the nation of the Top 50 Most Viewed Estate Sale Companies of 2018 by The annual Excellence in Estate Sale Marketing Awards are given to the companies with the most-viewed online listings throughout the year.  

Blue Leaf Estate Auctions was started by Rowlan Hill more than 25 years ago. The locally-owned company aims to eliminate the stress of an estate sale and guarantees professional care and attention throughout the process. Hill and his team know that the need to downsize can be an uncertain one whether it is for personal reasons or the need to close out the estate of a loved one.

Plexus aims to better serve Hispanic community

Plexus Worldwide (Plexus), a worldwide, leading direct-selling health and wellness company focused on health and happiness, announced a formal initiative to better serve the diverse Hispanic community in the United States. Plexus is committed to communicating new opportunities in both English and Spanish including on company websites, social outreach, corporate announcements, training team personnel, business coaching materials and product information.

The announcement was welcome news to hundreds of Plexus Ambassadors (independent business owners) who attended the company’s recent annual Super Saturday event in Las Vegas. The training was presented entirely in Spanish and coincided with English language events in 20-cities nationwide.

“As our business expands globally, it becomes increasingly important to communicate with our customers and Ambassadors in the language they are most comfortable,” said Christopher Pair, President of Operations and International. “Expanding diverse outreach across multiple platforms is a natural progression that will continue to grow as we launch Plexus in new markets.”

Ginworld makes its debut in Phoenix this April

Ginworld, a company dedicated to introduce, educate and expand the breadth of exposure of gin, has chosen Phoenix as the home of its 5th Annual Gin Week with the launch of Gin Week Phoenix, taking place April 22 through April 28. Ginworld Phoenix’s Gin Week kicks off with the “Campari Loves Gin” Competition on Monday, April 22 and culminates with the Gin Festival at Unexpected Art Galley on Sunday, April 28. 

“Phoenix is the perfect location to bring our Gin Week festivities,” says Natasha Bahrami, founder of Ginworld and Gin Week events, which has roots in St. Louis, Missouri. “The people, the culture and let’s not forget the weather, are primed for exactly this type of event that celebrates the spirit and spectrum of gin while bringing people together in a fun and engaging environment.”

The “Campari Loves Gin” Competition will be held at Bitters Bar, located at 1455 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, on Monday, April 22 at 6:00 p.m. The contest is open to all Arizona residents ages 21 and over, and bartenders must be actively working in a bar/restaurant in the Phoenix metro area. Each competitor will submit four creative cocktails using Campari, and other sponsored sprits and modifiers. Recipe submissions are due Monday, April 15 for the first round of judging and the second round will be live at the cocktail presentation itself. Entries will be judged on aroma, appearance, balance of ingredients and overall presentation. (submissions online at

Canada-based Nerds On Site expands into Arizona

Arizonans must visit Gila River Arena to get their Tim Hortons fix, but another popular Canadian company now brings world-class service directly to them. Nerds On Site, which provides on-site IT services to small-to-medium businesses and entrepreneurs in 10 countries, recently opened its first six franchises in Arizona with plans to expand.

Known for their red Volkswagen Beetle NerdMobiles™ and outstanding service, Nerds On Site focuses primarily on helping small-to-medium businesses keep their technology running smoothly. Each franchisee functions as an independent contractor, but has access to the entire Nerds on Site pool of talent and expertise, including a University of NERDology™ with more than 300 curriculum modules and another 10,000 through a partnership with

“Breakdowns in technology and equipment can cripple any company, but are especially devastating to small firms who often don’t have someone on staff to quickly address them,” said Dave McLurg, Nerds On Site’s Arizona area developer and launch leader. “Ninety-nine percent of Arizona businesses are small businesses, and of those, firms employing fewer than 20 employees are growing the fastest. Nerds On Site is excited to help Arizona companies round the clock—even functioning as a compact CIO and IT department when needed—so they can stay focused on what they do best.”