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]

Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick, Maricopa Community Colleges

from Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick

Many of the attributes Arizona touts as being attractors for business — quality of life, affordability, climate — are also factors that attract workforce. At the Maricopa Community Colleges, we are proud of the work we are doing with regional and state economic development organizations such as the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and the Arizona… [More]

Leadership: Take the Positive Advantage

by Jon Gordon

Any business leader will submit that running a world-class organization is no easy feat. It’s challenging to work toward a vision and create a positive future for oneself and one’s team, especially given the challenges, adversity, negativity and tests of all kinds guaranteed to arise along the way. But in the face of these obstacles,… [More]

Capitalizing on a Dashboard World

by Steve Wexler, Jeffrey Shaffer and Andy Cotgreave 

As the business world becomes ever more complex (and less and less forgiving), the ability to show data in a meaningful way — without overwhelming people or leading them to the wrong conclusions — has become a foundational skill for all leaders. The good news is there are a lot of tips and tricks you… [More]

Healthcare Fallout on Small Business

by Andrew Cavenagh and Farrell Quinlan

Employers Need a Stable Individual Insurance Market by Andrew Cavenagh The Affordable Care Act’s (Obamacare) health insurance exchanges are poised to collapse. By 2018, nearly 40 percent of all counties nationwide are expected to have only one insurer participating in the exchanges. More insurers are expected to leave the exchanges in the coming weeks. Tens… [More]

Minimum Wage Touched by Tip Pooling 

by Jodi R. Bohr

The recent uptick in collective action filings against Arizona restaurants compels a Human Resources focus on the requirements of tip pooling and an employer’s decision to take the tip credit. With minimum wage reaching $15 per hour in some cities and states, restaurateurs have been forced to address the disparity in pay rates between servers… [More]

Jan Wichayanuparp: Making Ice Cream Social

by Sophie Lapkin

Jan Wichayanuparp started her career in a very different place from where she is today as co-founder and “chief ice cream hustler” for her artisan ice cream shop, Sweet Republic. Before opening the first location in 2008, Wichayanuparp served as vice president of Asia Pacific Equity Capital Markets at Citigroup, where she oversaw equity and… [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]

Multifamily Reflects Booming Phoenix Economy

by Marcus & Millichap

Positive forces converge and are maintaining momentum in the multifamily sector, according to Marcus & Millichap’s Multifamily Research Market Report for second quarter 2017. Vacancy is expected to fall for the eighth consecutive year as economic growth supports continued success in the Phoenix apartment market. Corporate expansions and relocations from large, international companies such as… [More]