Let’s Build a New Table Together

by Kristen Merrifield

Ah, let’s take a moment to envision the mythical “table” we all refer to and the elusive “seat” that we are never invited to fill. Have you ever caught yourself saying, “Well, if we just had a seat at the table we could …”? Admittedly, I’ve said it often when thinking about the work we… [More]

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 Impact on Charitable Giving 

by Robin Hanson

Arizona’s charitable community may lose approximately $170 million in giving due to the federal tax law changes. As business owners and professionals who engage with the nonprofit sector as board members, sponsors and donors, it is important to consider the impact this will have on nonprofits you support. It is also critical that we continue… [More]

Arizona Gives Day 2018 Results Are In!

by Jennifer Purcell

Arizona Gives Day is a grassroots, statewide day of giving that invited Arizonans to donate to their favorite causes during a 24-hour period on April 3, 2018. This year’s Gives Day raised more than $2.5 million for nonprofits across our state. This amount is likely to grow, as the total is still being tallied at… [More]

On The Board and In The Spotlight: Rhett Baughman

by Robin Hanson

Q: How long have you served on this board? A: One and half years What drew you to this organization? A: I was drawn to YNPN Phoenix because of their impact on young professionals’ lives and their desire to affect change in the social sector. Q: What would you say is one of the biggest… [More]

Workforce Development through National Service Programs

by Robin Hanson

An educated and skilled workforce is one of the top factors in determining business attraction and expansion decisions. We can think of the usual places to look for these candidates: college recruiting, job boards, career fairs. However, have you considered a VISTA alumnus to fill that next job? Let’s take a step back. First, what… [More]

Building Better Boards – Leadership that Matters 

by Bruce Weber

The role of the nonprofit governing board is vital to the long-term success of any nonprofit organization. The board is the critical lynchpin in creating a successful partnership with the CEO/ED that works toward long-term organizational sustainability. According to BoardSource, an innovator in governance thought leadership, exceptional boards add significant value to their organizations, making… [More]

Tips to Grow across Metros and Borders

by Cesar Trabanco

Global Chamber® makes it easier for our members to connect to opportunities across metro areas and borders. In today’s busy world where everyone is running a mile a minute, you need something to stand out from the crowd to get noticed: an amazing technology, a world-class product and/or a little warmth. With one, two or… [More]

Global Trade Is Changing Phoenix Metro

by Doug Bruhnke

With 85 percent of business growth happening outside of the U.S., and more than 99.7 percent of new business being created outside of Arizona, more and more companies and communities are accessing new global opportunities. That’s why we’re here — helping members of Global Chamber® access new opportunities. Last month, Jeanine Jerkovic, director of Economic… [More]

It’s Time to Get Involved with Global Business

by Doug Bruhnke

Most business opportunities are somewhere else, not in your town, state or even country! Metro Phoenix, for instance, represents less than 0.3 percent of global business activity. More than 85 percent of new business opportunities are outside the U.S. And yet fewer than 1 percent of companies are going after that 85 percent, because fewer… [More]

Selecting a Distributor in a Foreign Country

by Doug Taekens

Going with the big, established distributor isn’t always the best strategy. Relationships matter, but not always like you think. Jokari, a U.S. manufacturer of kitchen and household gadgets along with storage and organization products, utilized a large, established distributor in Japan and enjoyed some success. When three key executives of the distributor decided to leave… [More]