Community-Minded Car Wash

by Mike Hunter

Quick Quack Car Wash’s North Phoenix opening in June is the fourth of at least two dozen the company has planned in the Greater Phoenix area in the next few years. Its concept was built on a monthly membership model that offers customers unlimited car washes at any of four levels, with pricing ranging from… [More]

Commercial Clients Served by Bank Opening

by Mike Hunter

Sunwest Bank, which is no stranger to the Phoenix-Metro market, is opening a new location to service the commercial market as well as those seeking traditional banking needs. The Raintree Drive and Loop 101 location is the first retail banking center for the company in the Scottsdale area. “This new retail branch has been in… [More]

Harassed? There’s an App for That

by Mike Hunter

Now available in the Apple App Store and Google Play, the mobile app HarassmentLaw provides the answer to the question from the aggrieved employee or the accused/inquisitive business owner, “What can I do in a potential harassment/discrimination situation, or what steps can I take to prevent it?” The mobile app, developed by attorney Marc Garbar,… [More]

Tradeable Private Investments

by Mike Hunter

Funderbeam is an award-winning Fintech startup whose platform allows everybody to invest in private startups and their business plans. Its CEO Kaidi Ruusalepp is also taking her vision to teach foundership to young people so they grow up developing a founder’s mindset, to develop a “Founder’s Playbook” for children. 

Tick, Tock … Trade

by Mike Hunter

Ticker Tocker is an integrated trading productivity platform to support both institutional and novice traders to quickly find, test, learn, share and/or execute trades. Developed by Stephen Kalayjian, a renowned trading industry veteran, this platform is the first-of-its-kind, all-in-one offering that will be available to non-institutional investors, beginning this September.  

Top Influencers for Online Sales Are … (Surprise!)

by George Vlahakis

Top-ranked reviewers on online retail sites such as may influence purchases, but a research study from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business finds that those who post reviews less often and more informally can be seen as more trustworthy and have more of an impact on sales. Shyam Gopinath, assistant professor of marketing at… [More]

Barbershop Evolves to Luxury Salon for Men 

by Mike Hunter

Phoenix is part of an ambitious 62-store expansion by Texas-based Boardroom Salon for Men, with multiple openings planned for early next year. “Boardroom prioritized the Phoenix market, with the opportunity to open eight to twelve salons, due to Phoenix being a large, vibrant, growing city with a strong business climate,” says Bruce Schultz, Boardroom co-founder… [More]

Credit Union Industry’s Race to Excellence

by Ray Lancaster

At the recent CO-OP Financial Services THINK conference in Chandler, “Race to Excellence,” about 750 credit union leaders gathered to learn strategies to achieve excellence through the digital transformation of operations and member (customer) services. Technology is changing faster than ever, presenting new challenges and opportunities for credit unions — but, through strategic partnerships and… [More]

For On-Demand Pros

by Mike Hunter is teaming up with gig economy pioneer Marion McGovern and other trailblazing companies to transform the way freelancers find work, make money and stay secure. “Essentially, we’re creating a way for gig workers to control their records without depending on a separate firm to secure the job. This means those platforms will cost less,… [More]

New Communications Platform 

by Mike Hunter

Tipi app is one of the newest platforms meant to address various issues resulting from stalling operational communication. It is an internal communications app that can increase operational control, team accountability, team alignment and efficiency by organizing company information and documenting internal business processes Tipi’s platform helps to structure and share information by organizing notes… [More]