Silent Office Productivity Killer: Indoor Air Quality

by Oyvind Birkenes

Employee productivity can make or break a company. Outside distractions like social media and cell phone use instantly come to mind, but there’s an enormous threat inside the office that’s often misunderstood and overlooked: indoor air quality (IAQ). In fact, poor air quality is so detrimental to employee performance that a recent Harvard study found… [More]

Ancient Healing Form Now Health & Beauty Mega Brand

by Mike Hunter

Modern Acupuncture™, a Scottsdale-based franchise concept transforming the alternative medicine market and acupuncture industry, has opened eight locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, North Carolina and Texas since its official launch in August 2016. Seven more locations are currently under construction and scheduled to open in the first quarter of this year, with a total of… [More]

Hot Brick-and-Mortar Franchise: Tech Repair

by Mike Hunter

The uBreakiFix location recently opened in Mesa is the 13th in Arizona for the company and the first for franchisee Shane Sizemore, who plans to open eight additional uBreakiFix locations throughout the area. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and former engineer and corporate pilot, Sizemore opened the store with the help of friend… [More]

3-D Home Tours by Phone

by Mike Hunter

A free Zillow 3D Home app allows agents to use the camera on their iPhones to easily create a 3-D walk-through of a property listing. Consumers can then view a home’s layout as if they were physically there. After participating in the app’s closed beta test, HomeSmart is now extending the value of the cost-… [More]

More to Act! With

by Mike Hunter

The newest addition to the Act! CRM software portfolio from Scottsdale-based Swiftpage, is Act! Premium Plus, which will enable small and medium-sized business to further tailor their CRM to meet the unique needs of their business, market, and industry. This is achieved through the all-new Custom Tables Manager and Industry Templates features, which allow companies… [More]

AZBlue on the Go

by Mike Hunter

  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona members can take helpful plan information with them wherever they go with the AZBlue Mobile app, available for Apple devices and Android phones and tablets. The app allows users to send an instant message or call BCBSAZ at the touch of a button, and includes coverage summary of… [More]

Swim School Opens Its Franchise Model in Gilbert

by Dejan Simurdic

British Swim School, best known for its education of water safety as an essential survival skill amongst a fun and gentle environment, recently opened a location in the East Valley, at the LA Fitness on Gilbert Road in Gilbert. The brand operates with more than 37 years of experience. Everything is branded — including tables… [More]

Office Design Expresses Company Purpose

by RaeAnne Marsh

Moving into its new office and manufacturing headquarters whose 17,000 square feet more than doubled the size of its previous location, Western Window Systems hired Ware Malcomb to provide interior architecture and design services for the building. The new facility is part of Western Window Systems’ increased investment in engineering and manufacturing capabilities to accommodate… [More]

Local Homebuilder Takes the ‘LEED’ in Green Homebuilding

by Mike Hunter

Following its design and development last year of nearly 300 Phoenix-area homes that either are or will be registered with the U.S. Green Building Council with the goal of earning LEED® certification, Maracay Homes opened LEED® communities Vista at Granite Crossing in Mesa and Villages at Rio Paseo in Goodyear early this year, continuing the… [More]

What Nonprofits Need to Know When Choosing a Bank

by Kate Hickman

From managing cash flows to navigating tax-exempt regulations, banking plays an important role in the financial well-being of any nonprofit organization. So, when a nonprofit is looking to choose a bank, there are several factors to consider. Realize that cash is not always necessary to secure credit or a loan. A common misconception is that… [More]