Winter 2017 President’s Message

by Steven G. Zylstra

With the role as the principal advocate for science- and technology-based companies in the state, you can imagine there really is little down time for the Arizona Technology Council. That’s especially true when it comes to public policy. While you are gearing up for the holidays, we already are looking ahead to January when we,… [More]

Need for NAFTA

by Don Rodriguez

To the rest of the country if not the world, the U.S. border lately has meant only one thing: the Wall. But to those in the know, the borders — yes, it seems observers have forgotten there are two — have meant something else: opportunity. A lot of this has been due to North American… [More]

Four new members named to Council’s board

by Don Rodriguez

The Arizona Technology Council Board of Directors recently elected four new members to serve three-year terms. The new members are Chad Fogg of Uber, Greg Kertman of Alliance Bank of Arizona, Bob Rasmussen of Honeywell Aerospace and Chuck Vermillion of AccountabilIT to its board of directors. “Chuck, Greg, Bob and Chad are fantastic additions to… [More]

Winning Ways

by Don Rodriguez

Whether working in solitude or as a team, being an innovator likely means working long days in relative anonymity while perfecting what may be — or not — the next big thing. But for at least one night of the year, the Arizona Technology Council casts the spotlight on the segment of the science and… [More]

On Guard

by Don Rodriguez

In a world besieged by what seem to be new wide-ranging cyber threats arising daily, building a combat-ready force is not a bad idea. To help, two member organizations of the Arizona Technology Council have teamed to open a second location of a facility dedicated to supporting revolutionary advancements in cybersecurity. The Metro Phoenix location… [More]

Taking the Lead

by Don Rodriguez

Becoming a leader. Many people spend an entire career looking for ways to accomplish this. Middle and high school students are getting the chance now, thanks to a program based in Arizona. When the Chief Science Officers (CSO) program was launched by Arizona SciTech a few years ago, it was viewed as a way to… [More]

November 2017 Message from Julie S. Cook

by Julie S. Cook

Serving as the president and the chief cheerleader of NAWBO Phoenix for the 2017/18 year is a privilege of a lifetime. I’m meeting and connecting with so many amazing women who have had and are making a huge influence in my life. Because of how my life has been affected in such a positive way,… [More]

Is your Company at Risk?

by Cindy Gordon

A small business owner I know recently discovered that one of his employees embezzled about $300,000 from his company over approximately eight years. The employee was responsible for some accounting functions that included payroll. Every payroll, he would create the information needed to be sent to their PEO, get it approved by the owner, and… [More]

Local Group Launches App for Finding Woman-Owned Businesses

by Jackie Wszalek, Wendy McClellan and Mike Bull

Looking for a plumber, printer or other products or services? Why not use a WOWOB (woman-owned, woman-operated business)? They’re different. WOWOBs have a big social impact as well as an economic impact. The local founders of the WOWOB movement recently launched a free app to make it easy for anyone to locate a WOWOB to… [More]

NAWBO Phoenix Presents Annual Desert Diamonds Awards

by Laurie Anderson

More than 100 members of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Phoenix Chapter, and their guests recently celebrated the success of the past year and recognized the contributions of its members and corporate partners. “All of our members deserve thanks and recognition for all they do throughout the year to support our chapter… [More]