Feedback: March 2017

by Melanie Isaacs | Jason Moore | Nicola M. Winkel, MPA

What difference has mentoring made for you in building your business? Melanie Isaacs Founder and Chief Inclusion Officer PAL Experiences Sector: Social Enterprise Nonprofit I left a job of relative stability for the life of an entrepreneur — and have never looked back. Not that it is easy. It’s not. In fact, it is an… [More]

Feedback: February 2017

by Robert L. “Bob” Meyer | Erik Olsson | Stefanie Teller

Regarding your company’s marketing strategies, what is a dramatic tactic you tried in these past two years, and what outcome did you derive from it? Robert L. “Bob” Meyer President and CEO Phoenix Children’s Hospital Sector: Healthcare What some may define as a “dramatic” marketing tactic has quickly become common sense for Phoenix Children’s: We… [More]

Feedback: January 2017

by Tom Beyer | Jack Eberenz

Question: What is a lesson learned from 2016 that you anticipate using to your business’s benefit in 2017? Tom Beyer President and CEO Beyer Management Consulting, Inc. Sector: Management Consulting Strategically, the “total product solution” must be a primary part of the planning process. Total solution is more than the features and benefits of a… [More]

Feedback: December 2016

by Bill Jabjiniak, Janine Jerkovic, Christine Mackay

Question: Describe one or two of your most effective policies or strategies to help startups grow in your city. Bill Jabjiniak Economic Development Director City of Mesa Sector: Government LAUNCHPOINT, Mesa Technology Accelerator is a City of Mesa program created to accelerate the growth of young technology companies, thereby creating quality jobs and economic growth in… [More]

Feedback: November 2016

by David E. Doss | Susan Frank

Question: What distinguishes your credit union from other types of lending institutions? David E. Doss President and Chief Executive Officer OneAZ Credit Union Sector: Financial Services As a local financial cooperative, OneAZ Credit Union exists to serve members who live and work in Arizona. We are owned and controlled by our members, meaning the money they put… [More]

Feedback: October 2016

by Debora Gallo-Capaldi, Michael Cocanower, Michael Cocanower

Question: Stress has a tremendous impact on a person’s well-being. How do you address workplace stress among your employees?   Debora Gallo-Capaldi Owner Pucci Salon Sector: Beauty Salon During particularly stressful times — such as when a stylist is running behind schedule or two clients are waiting — that’s when I’m hands-on. I’m at our salon… [More]

Feedback: September 2016

by Debbie Esparza, Christy McClendon, Terri Wogan-Calderón

Question: As a leader of a nonprofit working with many local business leaders as members of its board of directors, what leadership skills and values do you find most valuable? Debbie Esparza Senior Associate Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus-Pine Council Sector: Nonprofit Valley Leadership Institute class 35 There are several leadership skills and values that… [More]

Feedback: August 2016

by Sarah Groen, Frank Lara, David Long

Question: “To go” has been a growing part of the restaurant industry. The delivery side of that has largely been focused on pizza, but there seems to be increasing interest in expanding this aspect of the food service industry. What is your take on this trend, and how are you responding to it? Sarah Groen… [More]

Feedback: July 2016

by Mayors W.J. “Jim” Lane, Jay Tibshraeny, Jerry Weiers

Question: Describe one or two of your most effective policies or strategies to help small business grow in your city. W.J. “Jim” Lane Mayor City of Scottsdale Sector: Government The City of Scottsdale was named one of the Top 10 locations to launch a startup for a reason, and closely helps local businesses and entrepreneurs grow… [More]

Feedback: June 2016

by Julie Brassell | Brian Cassidy | James Lundy

Question: Economic development is a community-wide enterprise. This issue’s cover story deals with the importance of factors beyond just attracting new business. How does your organization contribute to the bigger picture of economic development for our region? Julie Brassell Executive Director Business United for Scottsdale Schools Sector: Nonprofit We can help our local business community… [More]