Leading Brands Are Learning from Big Digital Marketplaces 

by Mike Hunter

Large, global eCommerce communities like eBay, Amazon and Alibaba are disrupting the retail marketplace by bringing together vast numbers of buyers and sellers in frictionless transactional environments. Inspired by their success, brand marketers are rethinking go-to-market strategies to better integrate digital advertising with personalized shopper engagement and more effective conversion programs. “Ingenuity in the Global… [More]

Women in Business Can Thank H.R. 5050

by Joy Lutes 

Thirty years ago, some U.S. states had laws that precluded women from obtaining a business loan without a male relative to cosign for them — even if that male were an underage son.  The National Women’s Business Council, which does research into the women’s business ecosystem, and the Women’s Business Centers, managed by the U.S.… [More]

Small-Business Sale Prices Reach Record Highs to Start 2018

by Bob House

The first quarter 2018 Insight Report from BizBuySell.com, the Internet’s largest business-for-sale marketplace, shows a record-breaking quarter for the business-for-sale market for sales prices and completed transactions, highlighting a positive start to the new year. Small businesses sold for a median sale price of $245,000 in the first quarter of 2018, the highest sale price since BizBuySell… [More]

Middle Market: Economic Clout

By Geri Stengel

There is a reciprocal relationship between middle market firms (businesses generating between $10 million and $1 billion in revenues) and the metropolitan areas in which they operate, as uncovered by the Middle Market Power Index: Best U.S. Metropolitan Areas for Middle Market Firms from American Express and Dun & Bradstreet. Metro areas provide infrastructure and talent that… [More]

Woman-Owned Firms: A Force in the Economy

by Geri Stengel

The seventh annual “State of Women-Owned Businesses Report,” commissioned by American Express OPEN, analyzes growth trends over the past 20 years among the nation’s 11.6 million women-owned enterprises, which employ nearly 9 million people and generate more than $1.7 trillion in revenues. As of 2017, there are 138,300 woman-owned business in Phoenix. These firms employ… [More]

ROI on Expense Spend

by Tim Wheatcroft

Sales team travel and entertainment (T&E) is a major expense. But do companies know how this spend actually contributes to revenues, and which expenses don’t? While sales teams generate huge amounts of data based on their activities, and wins and losses are highlighted in their respective CRM systems, finance teams can often only view granular… [More]

The Changing Office Investment Landscape

by Adel Dobriban 

As we approach the 10-year mark since the recession, COMMERCIALCafé has tracked the office investment and lending landscape during a period of 20 years to highlight how the markets and investor interests have shifted and adapted to the new outlook. While some things have changed spectacularly, some have stayed the same. Here are key findings,… [More]

Global Talent Mobility Is Strategic Priority

by BGRS

The 22nd Talent Mobility Trends Survey, which explores how employee mobility is transforming to better support overall corporate growth strategies, found senior human resources leaders are approaching talent mobility with a new sense of purpose and support from the top. Sixty-three percent of respondents to this survey by BGRS, a leading provider of talent mobility… [More]

Hispanic Small-Business Growing 

by Lee Patterson

Hispanic small-business owners are among the fastest-growing market of entrepreneurs in the United States. In fact, the 4th Annual Report 2016 by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce cited that the number of Hispanic-owned businesses was on track to grow to more than 4.23 million last year. Northwestern Mutual conducted a 2017 survey to identify… [More]

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]