Jobless Claims Hit 1.4 Million, Once Again Edging Up from Week Prior

U.S. Department of Labor

In the week ending July 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 1,434,000, an increase of 12,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 6,000 from 1,416,000 to 1,422,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,368,500, an increase of 6,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was … [More]

National Hotel Group Declares ‘Save Hotel Jobs’ Day

American Hotel & Lodging Association

As Congress debates a new round of COVID-19 recovery legislation, a new survey of American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) members shows that the pandemic continues to have a devastating effect on the hotel industry and its employees. Results show nearly nine in ten hotels have been forced to lay off or furlough employees due to COVID-19 and the resulting drop in travel. … [More]

Apparel Co. Sees 167% Direct-to-Consumer Growth amidst COVID-19 Pandemic


With more people working from home than ever before, Sportiqe, a global Modern American apparel company known for its elevated basics with superior fit, has seen a 167% direct-to-consumer growth over the last few months as the company shifted its focus from its bread-and-butter wholesale division to bolster e-commerce sales as demand for quality, comfortable clothing grew … [More]

Pivots Drive Next Wave of Growth and Innovation for Rehab Therapy Tech Co.


The second quarter brought about seismic shifts to the rehab therapy industry, and WebPT, the leading rehab therapy platform for enhancing patient care and fueling business growth, quickly responded by launching a telehealth solution in just seven days, rolling out digital intake, developing timely educational content for clinic owners, and expanding its team to meet customer … [More]

WEBINAR – Aug 3: SBA Presents COVID-19 Road to Recovery for AAPI Entrepreneurs

Small Business Administration

On Monday, August 3, 2020 at 2:30 pm PT, please join an Access Live event for AAPI entrepreneurs. Small businesses, non-profit organizations and faith-based organizations in need of financial assistance may join this call and learn what opportunities exist to recover from the COVID-19 global pandemic. Join the SBA and many other experts to learn how we can overcome these … [More]

Talent Acquisition in Pandemic: Employers Can Make Better Hiring Decisions


With the pandemic causing seismic shifts in the economy, millions of Americans are searching for jobs, which creates opportunities for companies to upgrade their talent to face the challenges ahead. Inundated with applicants, hiring managers and HR need a way to remotely pre-screen applicants to make the best hiring choices. “In the coming year, hiring companies will be … [More]

WEBINARS – Aug 5, 12, 19, 26: FORESIGHT 20/20 – Eyes on Social Justice

Black Philanthropy Initiative

We cannot understand our present moment without recognizing the lasting damage caused by a history of policies that have placed Black and White people into two separate worlds. During Black Philanthropy Month, the Black Philanthropy Initiative invites you to join a series of conversations every Wednesday in August called FORESIGHT 20/20 - Eyes on Social Justice.   Each … [More]

Are You Considering Opening a New Business in 2020? Take These Tips into Consideration

by Edgar R. Olivo

Is being a business owner something you want to do this year? Did you have to close a business during the pandemic and now you are thinking of starting over? Are you thinking about leaving the corporate world to start your entrepreneurial journey? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please read the following considerations before making this big … [More]

World`s Five Largest Airlines Lost Over $40 Billion in Market Cap Since January


Not many industries have experienced such a severe impact of the coronavirus pandemic like the airline industry. While the global travel restrictions and the lockdown rules are expected to cause airline passenger revenues to drop by $300 billion in 2020, the world's largest airline companies are witnessing staggering losses in their market capitalization. According to data … [More]

Construction Begins on Biosafety Lab in Tempe, Mission to Advance Botanical Medicine

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

Construction has begun on Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine’s (SCNM) Ric Scalzo Institute for Botanical Research, a 4,285 square-foot Biosafety Level 2 Lab (BSL-2), a compound isolation laboratory, and a compound identification and quantification facility at 2140 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe. Recently hired Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development, … [More]

Glendale Businesses Get Boost with Social Media Campaign

Glendale Chamber of Commerce

In an effort to help promote and support Glendale based businesses the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Glendale’s Office of Economic Development will launch the social media campaign #ShopGlendaleAZ. The campaign encourages Glendale residents and visitors to share their experience patronizing a local business for a chance to win a $100 gift card. The goal … [More]

CDC Updates Isolation Guidelines; COVID-positive Employees May Return to Work Sooner

by Otto W. Immel and Brenna M. Wildt, Quarles & Brady LLP

Last week, in a little-noticed health advisory, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance regarding the discontinuation of home isolation for persons with COVID-19. These subtly-revised guidelines are notable for employers, as the CDC’s return-to-work guidance incorporates its recommendations on the discontinuation of home isolation. As a result, … [More]

National Mortgage Lender Hiring 500 in Phoenix, Cites Record Growth

AmeriSave Mortgage Corporation

AmeriSave Mortgage Corporation, one of the fastest-growing privately-held mortgage lenders in the nation, announced its plans to recruit and hire more than 2,000 new employees across the U.S., including 500 in the Phoenix metro area. Critical positions to immediately fill include loan officers, mortgage underwriters, loan processors, mortgage specialists, technology roles, and … [More]

Workplace Survey Reveals Employees Have Only Modest Faith in their Bosses to Lead

Mike Hunter

Only slightly more than one-half of businesspeople surveyed believe their company’s leaders have the right mindsets to successfully guide them forward in tackling today’s demands of the digital economy. This was the conclusion of the study conducted in the fall of 2019, by MIT Sloan Management Review and the Cognizant U.S. Foundation which further concluded that “A generation … [More]

SAFETY: Four Ways to Combat Pathogens in Your Company’s HVAC System

by Jonathan Carson

“Jake” owns and runs a small commercial shop. He has been coughing a lot and is growing concerned as his employees have been calling in sick with sinus problems and “bronchitis.” He calls his friend “Rick,” who operates a different business but in the same block. To Jake’s surprise, Rick and his workers have not missed any time from work. While Rick’s employees have been … [More]

Almost Half of Small Business Owners Surveyed Anticipate Needing Additional Financial Support Over the Next Six Months


The NFIB Research Center released a survey today on the state of small business and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP loan application is set to close on Aug. 8 after Congress extended the deadline to allow more small business owners to participate. Most small business owners (71%) have used their entire PPP loan. However, 46% of borrowers say they anticipate … [More]

Scottsdale City Council Approves Arts and Culture Coronavirus Grant Program

Scottsdale Arts

The Scottsdale City Council has approved $1.5 million from the city’s Federal CARES Act funding to help nonprofit arts and culture organizations affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Grant funding will support programming and safe, alternative facilities reopening. “Scottsdale has always appreciated and supported arts and culture activities – they’re a vital part of our … [More]

China and United States to Generate 65% of All Digital Payments in 2020

As the largest revenue source of the global Fintech market, digital payments are set to reach $4.4 trillion transaction value this year, a 5% drop compared to pre-COVID-19 figures. According to data gathered by, China, and the United States, as the world's two largest digital payments industries, are expected to generate 65% of that value. Transaction Value … [More]

CenturyLink Expands AZNet Contract, Provides Advanced Technology to State Agencies


CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) recently won a contract with the State of Arizona to provide network connectivity and managed IT services that will support all state government agencies and transform how the state delivers services to residents. The company will be providing local and wide area network management, WiFi, security, unified voice communications, contact center … [More]

Executives See Value of Employee Engagement, but Lack Strategic Commitment and Integrated Systems

Quantum Workplace

Quantum Workplace, a leading provider of comprehensive employee engagement and performance software, announced today the release of a pulse survey report, A Winning Approach to Employee Success, produced by Harvard Business Review (HBR) Analytic Services, an independent commercial research unit within the Harvard Business Review Group and sponsored by Quantum Workplace. A … [More]

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