Message from Sandra Watson President & CEO 

from Sandra Watson

In 2011, Arizona faced a true “crossroads” moment.  Our economy slumped under the weight of the great recession. State revenue had plummeted. Families and businesses were suffering.  What came next was unprecedented in our state’s history. Hundreds of stakeholders from the private sector, academia, elected office and more came together to develop a new vision for … [More]

With Gratitude

by ACA

From its inception, the Arizona Commerce Authority has been guided by some of the best minds in private industry, the legislature and our state universities. This unique collaboration has been one of the chief strengths of the ACA, and the work of the last 10 years would not be possible without the time, leadership and dedication of all the individuals who have served on our … [More]

It Takes a Team

by ACA

Ribbon cutting for the opening of Benchmark Arizona is recognized for our streamlined approach to economic development, with state, regional and local partners all working closely together to ensure an excellent, seamless experience for companies doing business here. Each organization brings key resources to the table to highlight a region’s strengths and assets. The ACA is … [More]

Growth Reimagined

by ACA

Resilience in Arizona Arizonans are no strangers to hard times, and few times tested the state and its leaders like the Great Recession.  In the years leading up to the 2008 financial collapse, Arizona’s economy blossomed, at least on the surface. A flood of new home and construction projects boosted job and revenue numbers to new heights. But these peaks would prove … [More]

A Transformative Decade

by ACA

Period of Growth The passage of the Arizona Competitiveness Package in 2011 represented a groundbreaking shift in how Arizona pursues economic development and was the culmination of countless hours of collaboration among the legislature, Governor’s office and private sector.  Of course, it was also just the beginning. “The work of creating a new Arizona Commerce … [More]

Welcome to Arizona, Where the Future Is Now

by ACA

Ask any visitor to the state in 2011 what drives Arizona’s economy and you’d likely hear about retirees, real estate and red rocks. Today, Arizona is making a name for itself for entirely different reasons.  Recently, national publications have labeled the state “U.S. Semiconductor Central,” “a modern-day salon of (electric vehicle) innovators,” and “the place where … [More]

Employers, What’s Your Vaccination Strategy? 

by Rick Grimaldi

At long last, the COVID-19 vaccines are here. While employers everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief, they are also wondering how to best handle the sticky subject (pun intended) of getting their employees vaccinated and back to work ASAP. The good news is, many employees appear to want the vaccine. Recent poll numbers indicate that 71% of those surveyed are willing to … [More]

EEOC Provides COVID-19 Technical Assistance Publication

by Mike Hunter

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission addresses questions arising under the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws related to the COVID-19 pandemic in a technical assistance publication it published in December.  The publication, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws,” includes a new section providing … [More]

Arizona Businesses Are Key Partners in Arizona Gives Day 2021

Benjamin Little

The coronavirus pandemic has plunged many Arizona nonprofits onto a fiscal precipice. With help from local businesses this Arizona Gives Day, Arizona nonprofits can begin to recover.  “Simultaneously, stressful financial times and job losses have increased the demand for services from nonprofits,” says Kristen Merrifield, CEO of the statewide Alliance of Arizona … [More]

Now More Than Ever

by Kristen Merrifield

Nonprofits across Arizona are still reeling from the impact of the coronavirus, yet they consistently continue providing vital services, resources and even entertainment to communities across the state. Arizona Gives Day on April 6 offers an opportunity to reflect and to act in support of nonprofit agencies and the people who embrace and bring their missions to … [More]

Read Better Be Better

Founded as a response to Arizona’s literacy crisis, Read Better Be Better (RBBB) is an after-school reading comprehension and leadership program designed to help students become better readers, leaders and learners. Arizona is ranked 45th in the nation for childhood literacy and 48th for Pre-K–12th education. RBBB’s mission is to connect young readers and youth leaders to … [More]

Phoenix Children’s Hospital

No parent is prepared for their child to have a serious injury, spend years in chemotherapy or be born with half a heart. The fear and uncertainty of the journey is great. That’s why Phoenix Children’s Hospital is committed to delivering world-class care for families in Arizona and beyond. Your gift allows Phoenix Children’s to invest in state-of-the-art technology, innovative … [More]


one·n·ten was founded in 1993 and provided a unique opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth to connect, socialize and receive support for navigating community resources. Our services have diversified since then, but our goal is the same. We enhance the lives of LGBTQ+ youth through programs that promote self-expression, self-acceptance … [More]

New Pathways for Youth

When youth are provided a safe, nurturing environment and are tended to with care, their capacity for growth is powerful. But in the communities we serve, youth experience poverty and four times the adversity of their peers. At New Pathways for Youth, we guide youth as they discover renewed outlooks on life and realize unwritten possibilities for their futures, through a … [More]

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona

For more than 65 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, professionally supported matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in Maricopa County and Pinal County. We develop … [More]

10 Ways the Pandemic Has Changed the Way We Do Business

by Edgar Rafael Olivo

  As states across the country start talking about “reopening America,” small-business owners find themselves pivoting their business models almost overnight. With the reality of a new normal setting in in a post-COVID world, small businesses now have to adapt to the changes this pandemic has created for consumer behaviors and supply chains around the world. Here are a few … [More]

Get Back In Business: A Guide to Valley Business Organizations

In Business Magazine

Our business community has always proven to remain strong during the toughest times. The Great Recession hurt, but we bounced back and were seen as one of the “hot-spots” worldwide before the coronavirus pandemic struck. Introducing ‘Get Back In Business’ » Letter from Steve Seleznow of ACF » In an effort to promote and strengthen businesses throughout Greater Phoenix, In … [More]

Introducing ‘Get Back In Business’

by Mike Hunter

Our business community has always proven to remain strong during the toughest times. The Great Recession hurt, but we bounced back and were seen as one of the “hot-spots” worldwide before the coronavirus pandemic struck. See Our 'Get Back In Business' Guide >> In an effort to promote and strengthen businesses throughout Greater Phoenix, In Business Magazine is … [More]

Supporting Our Business Community

by Steve Seleznow

We are living in uncertain times. The future is hard to predict. All businesses are suffering — national, local, nonprofit and for-profit. The Arizona Community Foundation, along with all our donors and partners, has been busier than at any time in our history since we opened our doors 41 years ago. We responded to COVID-19 with the speed you would expect from us. We … [More]

Legal Guide

by Mike Hunter

A comprehensive guide to local firms & their areas of specialty for business Counsel for Business Specialized legal expertise serves our business community by RaeAnne Marsh Doing things right at the outset can save time and money down the road. This truism is especially relevant in business. Working with an attorney to ensure a business is on the right track, in … [More]

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