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]

Dawn Grove, Karsten Manufacturing Corporation

from Dawn Grove

Like a magnet to steel, Arizona is pulling in modern manufacturers and other high-paying job creators that anchor our economy, and Arizona’s talented workers are being drawn to these jobs. Manufacturers and businesses cite being allured not only by Arizona’s pro-business tax and regulatory environment, but also by its attractive workforce population. Arizona swept the… [More]

Make Internal Comms Fun

by Susan Bowden 

Most employees dread the “Company Update.” Newsletters and messages often gather dust in staff members’ inbox — unopened and unloved. When this happens, chances are the business has a case of boring comms.  Gone are the days when internal communications were an afterthought, comprising a quick email sent to all staff — job done. Nowadays,… [More]

Tariffs: Up and Down the Arizona Craft Brewing Supply Chain

by RaeAnne Marsh

It may be stating the obvious to say that a tariff on any commodity will have a repercussion all along the supply chain it touches. Yes, that includes our favorite locally brewed beers. In Business Magazine spoke with Rob Fuller, executive director of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, to learn how President Trump’s recent tariffs impact… [More]

Tackle the Pain of Business Change

by Andi Simon, Ph.D.

Forget what they say about love. It’s change that hurts. Corporate leaders say it is the biggest challenge they’re facing today. Constant change makes it difficult to remain relevant and to create value for customers. What is worse is that most people don’t know how to manage the changes they believe are essential for their… [More]

Ethical Data Mining

by David Thomas

A recent data breach involving Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm, affected at least 87 million Facebook users. People’s data was unknowingly used for politically manipulative ads. While an extreme example of unethical data mining, the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal challenges businesses and marketers to think about the ways they collect, use and share data.… [More]

Jason R. Kaplan: Steering The Driver Provider’s Growth

by Liz Renninger

Sometimes a business takes shape over time and the end result is very different from the initial model. In 1994, Jason Kaplan had just graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in marketing. Having worked as a nightclub bouncer through college, Kaplan recognized a need to improve the late-night taxi experience: After taking a… [More]

Serving Food Service

by RaeAnne Marsh

Opening a food station in Tempe’s Marina Heights complex, Foodworks brings to the metro Phoenix area its restaurant incubator concept. A newly formed division of Compass Group/Eurest Division, Foodworks establishes food stations in prime locations in office buildings and other Eurest-operated dining venues. It then partners with woman- and minority-owned businesses and neighborhood restaurants, offering… [More]

Hospitality Newcomer Aims for Disruption

by Mike Hunter

Armed with three decades in real estate, his most recent role sourcing hotels for investment coupled with extensive worldwide travel, Peter Anadranistakis recognized a huge opportunity within the hospitality industry to be disruptive. Founding Oxygen Hospitality, he and co-founder Merv Chia immediately brought in Yaron Ashkenazi, an award-winning international hotelier, as chief executive officer, and… [More]

Can Teletherapy Help Your People and Your Bottom Line? 

by Glenn Dean

Mental health has been propelled into the national spotlight. As we overcome national tragedies and household names share their mental and emotional struggles, the sobering truth is that people from all walks of life and backgrounds are affected — and that access to the right care is critical. Employers are in a unique position to… [More]