Shaping Up for Business in 2018?

by RaeAnne Marsh

Among business’s top five concerns are labor, capital and customers. Top of the list is qualified workers — therefore, says nationally recognized W. P. Carey School of Business economics professor Lee McPheters, “the education system is important.” He believes cutbacks in education funding could impact the workforce. Arizona is rightly proud of its universities, but… [More]

Diversity and Inclusion: Learning What We Don’t Know

by RaeAnne Marsh

Diversity is a social force that continues to gain momentum in the workplace as well. Corporate programs are expanding and gaining a diversity of their own as we recognize identifiable subgroups in our country’s “melting pot.” What was once just race and gender now also includes military veterans, the LGBT community and other groups with… [More]

Banking: Addressing Challenges to Meet Business’s Needs

by RaeAnne Marsh

The banker in Frank Capra’s classic It’s a Wonderful Life may be idealized, but it is nonetheless true that banking is the core on which the business community rests. Bankers’ decisions impact business; what is impacting their business — and the decisions they are making for their own and everyone else’s business? Local bankers share… [More]

Innovation in Healthcare

by RaeAnne Marsh

To explore what’s happening in healthcare, In Business Magazine asked those in the industry to give us the news from the inside. Technology and customer service continue to drive changes in the consumer experience. But increasing emphasis — as many of our contributors explain — is being placed on the engagement of an educated user..… [More]

Achieving Greatness

by RaeAnne Marsh

Business and achievement seem to go hand in hand. The notion of achieving goals, success or even greatness is, at some point, inherent in building a business. Honoring achievement is our way of looking back at the incredible stories of those who have helped others build their business and grow to success. In this issue,… [More]

Where Is Our Educated Talent?

by RaeAnne Marsh

Are businesses in Arizona able to get the talent they need to operate? Do we even have a sizeable-enough employment pool? In some sectors, businesses have in the past had to resort to poaching skilled employees from one another, but such a practice is, obviously, not a route to growth for the overall economy. Businesses,… [More]

Keep Your Call Centers, We’ll Keep Our Tech

by Stephen Viramontes

With excessive sales jobs cluttering the job market in Phoenix, fresh tech talent is moving away from Phoenix in search for more promising positions. Over 2017, Phoenix can expect big companies to move into the region seeking its business-friendly, affordable environment. However, rather than bringing in favorable opportunities for fresh tech talent, more back-office jobs… [More]

Growing Business – Scaling to Greatness

by RaeAnne Marsh

A local startup that grew to international prominence and impacts industries across the business spectrum, GoDaddy is one of many Valley companies that have scaled up successfully. It was founded in 1997, and only five years ago began looking at international expansion as a core growth driver, according to Andrew Low Ah Kee, executive vice… [More]

Tourism: Dollars and Sense of Place

by RaeAnne Marsh

In 2015, the latest year for which industry figures are available, the greater Phoenix area welcomed an estimated 22 million visitors, who were responsible for $13.6 billion in estimated direct spending, according Megan Doyle, senior manager of corporate communications and community relations with Visit Phoenix, crediting a report by Longwoods International Dean Runyan Associates. “Without… [More]

Co-Working Spaces: Hot Trend in Commercial Real Estate

by RaeAnne Marsh

Co-working space has been around for a long time. Ryan Bartos, executive vice president of JLL, which specializes in commercial real estate services and investment management, notes that Regus, now the world’s largest provider of flexible work spaces, has been around since 1989. “The big change that we’re seeing from the late 1990s to now,”… [More]