Wells Fargo Survey: Small Business Optimism Declines Amid Decreased Revenues

Wells Fargo | February 19, 2019

Small business owners indicated declining optimism in the latest quarterly Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, with an overall Index score of 106. That marks the seventh consecutive quarter in which the score has topped 100, although it is 23 points lower than last quarter’s all-time high of 129. The first quarter 2019 survey was conducted… [More]

NFIB Issues Annual Warning Ahead of 2019 Valentine’s Day

National Federation of Independent Business | February 5, 2019

There’s never a rest for the small-business-owning weary. Congratulations to the small businesses that made it through the holiday party season without incident. Now, another happy occasion approaches, one also potentially fraught with legal trouble—Valentine’s Day. “Employers should always be on high alert, and at the first hint of something bad, nip it in the… [More]

Park Central Launches as Hub for the Arts in Central Phoenix

Plaza Companies | February 4, 2019

The revitalized Park Central project in Phoenix will be not only a bustling mixed-use development, but a hub for arts and culture as well, with the first cultural events coming to the property this upcoming weekend. Artlink Inc. will be hosting its 19th Annual Juried Exhibition at a temporary gallery space in Park Central’s Straus… [More]

2019 Arizona SciTech Festival Kicks Off with Record Number of Events

Arizona Commerce Authority | January 31, 2019

Thousands turned out over the weekend for the kick-off of the Arizona SciTech Festival, the state’s annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Connect2STEM event at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus drew hundreds who participated in more than 150 hands-on STEM activities. The Connect2STEM event, presented by the University of Arizona, in partnership… [More]

Infusionsoft Changes Name to Keap

Keap | January 31, 2019

We’re excited to announce that we’ve changed our name! Infusionsoft is now Keap, and the same powerful CRM, sales, and marketing automation tool you’ve been using is now called Infusionsoft by Keap. Why the change? The name change is part of a multi-year company transformation to better serve small businesses like yours. With the new… [More]

Caesars Entertainment Announces Plans for First Non-Gaming Hotel in the U.S., Introduces Caesars Republic Brand

Caesars Entertainment Corporation | January 28, 2019

Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR), the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment company today announced plans to open Caesars Republic Scottsdale, its first non-gaming hotel in the United States, as part of its plan to expand its brands and loyalty network through its licensing strategy. Caesars Republic Scottsdale will be located adjacent to the region’s premier luxury… [More]

West Valley Business Leaders Gather to Celebrate Avalon Apartment Homes

Avalon Apartment Homes | January 25, 2019

On Jan. 24, Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise was joined by WESTMARC president Sintra Hoffman, Congressman Lorenzo Sierra, Heers Management president Brett Heers and other Arizona civic and business leaders at a VIP reception to celebrate the opening of Avalon Apartment Homes. The property, which is located at 2005 N. 103rd Ave., in Avondale, has been… [More]

Tempe Automation Company Announces A New Joint Venture to Increase Capacity and Offer More Options to US Manufacturers

Delta Technology | January 24, 2019

Delta Technology, an integrator and automation expert for complex manufacturing since 1997, announced today a joint venture with Semi of Sonora, Mexico. The new joint venture is named Delta-Semi, and will combine resources and leverage the strengths of both companies to provide additional options and flexibility in providing automation and robotics to their customers. “The… [More]

Washington Federal Announces a Quick 90 Day Interest-Free Loan to Help Americans During the Federal Government Shutdown

Washington Federal | January 18, 2019

This week, Washington Federal, Inc. – which has 31 branches across Arizona – announced it is offering a 90-day interest-free loan designed to help workers through the shutdown period for an amount equal to the net take home pay for up to six missed paychecks. This three-month interest-free offer is available to any eligible federal government employee,… [More]

Small Business and the Government Shutdown

BBVA Compass Bank | January 16, 2019

In general, banks are able to continue with business as usual during a government shutdown. Accounts can be opened, transactions can be processed, loans can be funded. However, there are some areas that rely heavily on federal employees in specific situations. Loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) is one area that may see some… [More]