Achieving Greatness: Meet the 2018 Women of Achievement

by Rick McCartney

Achieving goals is how businesses succeed, and our community has grown from layers of success built upon other layers of success. Powering this is the commitment of those who “can” to help others also succeed — proving the truth of the adage, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” This issue presents our 2018 Women of… [More]

The Job  Market

by RaeAnne Marsh

“The Greater Phoenix Chamber’s economic development team talked to over 900 businesses last year with our partners and by far the biggest issue was workforce,” said Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Todd Sanders earlier this year, when discussing the Chamber’s legislative priorities for 2018. Filling the Talent Pool “Workforce” is sometimes referred… [More]

Risky Business?

by RaeAnne Marsh

Risk. It’s inherent in business; an element faced in every decision. Owners of small and medium-sized businesses may feel this even more keenly, as challenges seem to come from every direction and there are few — if any — among us who are expert in everything. Minimizing that risk requires researching and gathering the best… [More]

Power CEOs

by RaeAnne Marsh

Some companies are woven through so much of the fabric of our business community that their impact extends far beyond their individual sector. A handful of such companies here have recently made changes in their top leadership with people newly calling Phoenix home. In Business Magazine, working with Greater Phoenix Leadership CEO Neil Giuliano, explored… [More]

Impacting Commercial Real Estate

by John Chang and Ryan Sarbinoff

Over the last year, elevated uncertainty generated by the range of potential government policy changes, including tax laws, caused many investors to move to the sidelines. A more cautious outlook pervaded the real estate industry as investors awaited clarity on taxes, fiscal policy and a change in Federal Reserve leadership. This perspective begins to ease… [More]

Cross-Border Real Estate Investing 

by Ruth Seigel

Canada is the largest foreign direct investment country into Arizona. And Arizona, alone, accounts for approximately $6 billion bilateral footprint of the $1.4 trillion between Canada and the U.S., according to the Canada Arizona Business Council. Our neighbors to the north have long been lured to the great state of Arizona and share similar reasons… [More]

Innovations in Healthcare

by RaeAnne Marsh

Remote patient monitoring allows patients to securely transmit health information electronically to healthcare providers, and wearable devices can collect and transmit useful information that includes heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and blood glucose levels. Following up on these general observations, Glenn Dean, president and CFO of MeMD, adds, “As technology is developed and these… [More]

Social Entrepreneurship: Shaping the (Right) Way to Do Business

by RaeAnne Marsh

“The driving force is simple. We believe you must give back to the communities where you make a living,” says Howard Fleischmann, co-owner of Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair. He and his wife and co-owner, Pat, believe this is everyone’s responsibility and are among many business leaders in our community who put that belief in… [More]

Selling You: Branding in the Age of Technology

by RaeAnne Marsh

The more things change, the more they stay the same.  That old truism is never more on-the-money than in reference to technology and branding. Leading practitioners in our community of the art and craft of public relations share insights into what makes branding work and how technology can provide tools in that effort. While they… [More]

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]