Phoenix Tech Hiring Is on the Rise

by RaeAnne Marsh

Phoenix-area technology hiring is on the rise for the second half of 2017, according to the IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report from Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of technology professionals for initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network security and technical support. Twenty-two percent of CIOs say they plan… [More]

Woman-Owned Businesses: Achievement in a Growth Demographic

by Kristin Slice

Women represent the largest growing demographic of business owners in the country. This is among several interesting trends revealed in final data from the most recent census. The number of women starting businesses was almost three times that of men — more than expected. As of 2012, women business owners (WBOs) represented 36.2 percent of… [More]

Deal-Steady Second Half?

by Bob Saada

A deals market that started 2017 with energy — anticipating action by a seemingly business-friendly government — has calmed somewhat at the midway point. But with deals volume up over 2016, PwC’s Deals Mid-Year Review and Outlook finds the outlook for the rest of the year remains largely positive. Wading through the Uncertainty in Washington… [More]

Big Issues Face Employers in Arizona, Nationwide

by Neil M. Alexander

Employers are facing a great deal of uncertainty — from the new administration in Washington, to a growing patchwork of state and local laws, to continued advances in technology and shifts in how work is performed. That was the major takeaway from The Littler® Annual Employer Survey, released this past May at Littler Mendelson’s annual… [More]

Business-for-Sale Market Hot and Balanced

by Bob House

A record number of businesses were bought and sold across the nation in the early months of 2017, according to 2017 Q1 Insight Report from BizBuySell, an online business-for-sale marketplace. A total of 2,368 closed transactions were reported in the first quarter of 2017, a 29-percent increase from this time last year. Though the spike… [More]

Occupancy Efficiency

by CBRE

While talent continues to reign supreme on the list of top concerns for companies today, a new survey of corporate executives underscores the challenges they are facing in today’s economic environment. Of the 176 Americas executives surveyed by CBRE Group, Inc., 52 percent named economic uncertainty as a top-three concern, up from 36 percent in… [More]

Can Today’s Business Leaders Choreograph M&A Success?

by Gregg Nahass

With increasingly diverse and multigenerational workforces, and most industries undergoing some form of digital disruption, today’s business leaders find it more prudent to buy than to build talent and capabilities they need to join the ranks of the disruptors. By definition, that means many of today’s deals require integrating a completely different type of organization… [More]

How Much of Arizona’s Economy Goes South?

by RaeAnne Marsh

Trade with Mexico has been a hot topic for the past few years. That currently still holds true, but the tenor of that discussion has changed. Given the differing attitudes emanating from the various national and state policy makers, In Business Magazine is taking a look at cross-border trade’s place in Arizona’s economy. WalletHub recently… [More]

The Rise of Flexible Working

by Sara Sutton Fell

It’s undeniable — flexible work options are now offered by employers, sought after by job seekers and utilized by employees. When it comes to flexible work — telecommuting, flexible schedules, professional part-time work or freelancing — there are several things businesses should know about the rise of flexible work, and predictions for 2017 and beyond.… [More]

Omni-Channel Engagement Trending for 2017

by Mike Hunter

Online-offline connected experiences will be the focus in 2017 as chief marketers, largely not satisfied with the current state of omni-channel engagement, work toward bridging that disconnect. According to a recently released study from the Chief Marketing Officer Council, one of the biggest challenges for marketers in 2017 will be understanding the connected customer journey… [More]