Managing Debt for Small Business Owners and Employees

by Tom De Poy, Money Management International 

Many small business owners are feeling the pinch as inflation strains budgets and interest rates continue to rise. Particularly for those who experienced setbacks during the pandemic, the question of how to manage debt looms large. At Money Management International, a nonprofit focused on financial wellness, we’ve helped thousands of Arizonans for more than six decades and it’s … [More]

Building Culture the Journeyage Way

by Lisa Glenn Nobles

The average American will spend 90,000 hours of their lives at work. That’s 3,750 days and more than 10 years if you’re only working 8 hour days and only working for 30 years — and who is actually doing that? Unfortunately, with numbers like those, nearly everyone has had a soul-sucking job where they have worked hard and felt underappreciated. At the end of the weekend, too … [More]

Arizona Small Business Association to Provide New Streamlined 401(k) Solution for Members

by Joseph Weber

The Arizona Small Business Association is launching a new partnership with Voya Financial and local retirement plan specialist Integrated Financial Solutions. This new relationship provides a packaged 401(k) solution to ASBA members, which provides a streamlined and cost-effective program, minimizing the administrative tasks associated with providing a retirement plan.  This … [More]

What Every Small Business in Arizona Must Do About Cyber Risk

Interview with Sai Huda

Sai Huda is a globally recognized cybersecurity expert and author of the best-selling book Next Level Cybersecurity: Detect the Signals, Stop the Hack.  Q. What is cyber risk? A. A small business faces several risks that it must manage in order to be successful. A critical risk is cyber. It is the risk of adverse impact to capital, earnings, operations or reputation from a … [More]

ASBA Equips Formerly Incarcerated Aspiring Entrepreneurs with Resources to Succeed upon Re-Entry into the Community

by Emma Lenihan

At the Arizona Small Business Association, we know that formerly incarcerated individuals — people who have spent time in jail or prison — face disproportionate employment challenges upon returning home. ASBA is working to empower these individuals to broaden their economic horizons through an innovative entrepreneurial mentorship program called Growing Opportunities … [More]

Nonprofits and Grantmakers Unite for Greater Good

by Kristen Merrifield

Three years ago, I delivered a keynote message to hundreds of nonprofit professionals at our annual ENGAGE Nonprofit Conference in Phoenix about the importance of nonprofits having a “seat at the table” on issues impacting Arizona. In fact, we decided together that it isn’t enough to have a seat at the table. We dreamed of building a new table where everyone has equal voice in … [More]

Combining Nonprofit Organizations Provides Additional Strength and Cohesion

by Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

The nonprofit sector is not immune to mergers and acquisitions. And, more often than not, the nonprofit sector is seeing this occur when organizations envision a stronger, cohesive voice and improved outcomes by bringing existing organizations together.  Arizona continues to see more organizations finding this to be true including the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and … [More]

Speaking with One Voice: Merger Brings Together Nonprofits and Grantmakers to Advocate for Policy Solutions

by Laurie Liles

The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum’s merger unlocks unlimited possibilities for nonprofit and philanthropic leaders to explore solutions to some of our state’s most pressing challenges.  That kind of problem solving calls for the creativity, scrappiness and innovation nonprofits and philanthropy are known for. And it often requires cross-sector … [More]

New Director of Rural Programs Focuses on Numerous Goals

by Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

Angelica Hernandez-Williams is our new director of Rural Programs. She has a background in nonprofit management and workforce training specializing in rural communities. She has a passion for elevating the heart of nonprofits in the many rural communities throughout Arizona. Here is a highlight of the areas she will working on in her role. Since 2010, the Alliance has held … [More]

Global Is Good

by Doug Bruhnke 

“Global” doesn’t get the love that “local” does, but it should. Only 1 in 100 U.S. companies exports to global markets, where 85% of new business opportunities are. That means 99 out of 100 U.S. companies compete for only 15% of available opportunities. That results in only 12% of U.S. Gross Domestic Product being exports, whereas countries that embrace global and compete … [More]

Global Chamber® Events

by Alicia Dominguez

At Global Chamber®, we have many signature events coming up this summer, fall and ongoing. Women in Global Leadership – These are signature events at Global Chamber, ongoing from our early days, spotlighting women leaders and their challenges and opportunities.  International State of the Metro – Discussing how well a region is becoming more global, including with … [More]

Doing Business in … Asia

by Alexandra Scott and Hailey Jiwon Baek 

Global Chamber® is growing in 525 metropolitan areas around the world, and this summer we took extra steps to grow in key Asian countries, including Japan, South Korea, India and China. In Japan, we identified 12 more chapters besides Tokyo, from Fukuoka in the south (Kyushu) to Sapporo in the north (Hokkaido). We’re meeting with leaders in all the cities to ramp up the … [More]

Doing Business in … Mexico and Latin America

by Cesar Trabanco 

We have regular events both in English and Spanish for our members located in Mexico and across Latin America. We’ve begun events around the world in other languages, too, although most of our activities, especially the virtual globinars, are in English.  Last month, among our launched chapters was San Salvador, El Salvador, and Carolina Moreira, executive director of Global … [More]

Adapting Research & Development to the New World

by Maimun Mustafa 

Research & Development approaches as we’ve known them can no longer provide the needed results in today’s dynamic, “VUCA” (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) global business ecosystem. Improving R&D approaches is an absolute necessity. Leaders must become more aware of faster changes, and subsequently to be nimble and stay one step ahead, using technologies that … [More]

Global Chamber at Thunderbird

by Yvonne Luker 

Global Chamber® has moved our global headquarters into the new headquarters of Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Over the past few months, we have held in-person and virtual events that continue our global business activities, and have introduced our global tribe to Thunderbird through CEO/Dean Sanjeev Khagram, who spoke to our members about the … [More]

Just Say NO to Networking

by Cesar Trabanco 

We don’t require members of Global Chamber to “network” in order to find new clients and resources. That can feel like a needle in a haystack adventure and isn’t productive unless it is designed properly. Networking can be useful for younger leaders as they build their networks, but should it be necessary for more experienced leaders? Not always.  The alternative? … [More]

Intel, Arizona and Asia in Semi-Conductor

by Doug Bruhnke 

We held a special event on “Semiconductor Security and Supply Chain: Global Investments and the View from Japan” with the support of Thunderbird and the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles. Thank you, Consul General Muto, for your leadership on many fronts. You may watch the program on the Global Chamber YouTube channel. The promise of rising investment from Japan, … [More]

Juneteenth and Global Opportunities 

by Dana Austin 

Juneteenth is a national holiday in the United States and one in which there is an opportunity to educate the world about the end of slavery in the U.S. Slavery officially ended in Galveston, Texas, two years after President Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves. So this year we held a first conversation at Global Chamber® about Juneteenth — a remembrance, a celebration and a … [More]

Summer 2022 President’s Message

by Steven G. Zylstra

We likely would agree that life overall in the United States has become better than it was 130 years ago. After all, there are more options to help build businesses and live more comfortable lives than would have been possible four generations earlier. The Arizona Technology Council’s efforts showcased in this and previous sections of this publication are very much about … [More]

World Comes Calling

by Don Rodriguez

There was a time that practically the only way the world discovered Arizona even had a technology community was if its representatives packed their bags, grabbed their passports and headed to the airport. Now, those meetings are happening here as companies and delegations are making the trip to see for themselves what the state’s tech ecosystem has to offer. At least, … [More]

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