Dynamic Purchasing Solutions Clears School Vendor Hurdles

by RaeAnne Marsh

Dynamic Purchasing Solutions provides purchasing services to K-12 teachers and school clubs. DPS helps facilitate transactions through public schools and outside vendors. Through DPS, teachers purchase the items they choose without being limited by the school’s pre-approved vendor list, wait times and lengthy purchasing process.  Cooper Weissman founded DPS last year and is … [More]

OHM Fitness Takes Off at an Electrifying Pace

by RaeAnne Marsh

OHM Fitness is the first franchise to deliver small group workouts using the highly effective electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) using wearable technology through its EMPower Suit. Explains founder Doug Payne, “This high-tech fitness experience packs the benefits of an intense two-hour workout into a low-impact, 25-minute session with a low rate of wear and tear on the joints, … [More]

Terkel – Where the Question Is the Marketing Solution

by RaeAnne Marsh

Terkel is a question-and-answer site that turns any professional question into an article featuring expert insights. More than 7,500 leaders and professionals from organizations like Google, Harvard, VISA, Southwest Airlines, Airbnb, the NFL and more answer questions on Terkel to build their brand and share their expertise. Meanwhile, more than 300 brands, among them Calendly, … [More]

Brightside Studios – More than a Co-Working Space for Creatives

by RaeAnne Marsh

Brightside Studios opened its doors to “the creatives of Arizona” on February 22, 2022, offering a large creative space for traditional artists of all types along with live music, an art store and delicious coffee for the public.  “At Brightside, artists of all types and skill levels can enjoy our open-concept studio, catered to most artistic needs. It’s a bustling … [More]

You Owe You

by Mike Hunter

For anyone who feels like success is for others, that only certain people get to have their dreams fulfilled, Eric Thomas’s You Owe You is their wake-up call. His urgent message to stop waiting for inspiration to strike and take control of one’s life is a message he wishes someone had given him when he was a teenager — lost, homeless, failing in school, and dealing with the … [More]

Setting Baby Boomers Up for Success in the Sale of Legacy Businesses

by David McCarville

Representing a population of approximately 72 million people, Baby Boomers are expected to bequeath $10 trillion in assets over the next twenty years. Today, they are retiring at record rates with about 10,000 Baby Boomers calling it quits each day. These individuals, born between 1946 and 1964 own about 40% of all small businesses or franchises.  In Arizona, there are 50,400 … [More]

Why Do Many Startups/Businesses Fail Quickly?

by Jack Diehl

Across the country, many people are leaving their jobs and starting their own businesses. People may want to start their own business to follow their passion, have control over their lifestyle and schedule and pursue financial independence. However, according to Entrepreneur.com (“The True Failure Rate of Small Businesses”; January 3, 2021), the failure rate of small businesses … [More]

Unlock Your Potential

by Mike Hunter

In Unlock Your Potential, author and entrepreneur Jeff Lerner shows readers how the failings of our education, employment and retirement systems have opened doors most people didn’t even know exist. And, most important, he shares how to step through those doors — where they exist, how they work, what it takes to go through them, and what’s on the other side. Unlock Your … [More]

New Fitness Franchise Plans for 35 Arizona Locations over Three Years


Ohm Fitness, the nation’s first fitness franchise to use EMS (electro muscle stimulation) technology wirelessly and in a small group setting, announced today that two seasoned entrepreneurs and marketing executives have purchased the area developer rights to Arizona and are actively selling franchise licenses to open up to 35 locations across the state over the next three … [More]

AZ Liquids – Flowing Its Juices and Coffees B2C and B2B

by RaeAnne Marsh

AZ Liquids, established in early 2021, is a fresh-pressed juice and coffee company with products for health-minded individuals. Fares Tarabichi drew on his Parisian culinary experience in establishing this company to bring freshly pressed produce to consumers, and AZ Liquids juices are now distributed in gourmet restaurants and stores across the Valley as well as … [More]

Stenson Tamaddon: Technology-First Accounting 

by Elizabeth Parra

As part of the CARES Act introduced in 2020, Congress created a new tax credit known as Employee Retention Credit (ERC) to incentivize employers to keep workers on the payroll during the pandemic. Through this program, qualifying businesses can receive up to $26,000 per employee.  Stenson Tamaddon launched a few months into the pandemic to aid business owners who were … [More]

The Underdog Effect: 5 Ways to Overcome and Win

by Darren LaCroix

What’s your favorite underdog story? Why did you root for them? Whether it is a small company up against a big company or dynasty sports team against the Bad News Bears, you know the stories. You’ve probably seen countless times in every sports history, from the Pirates defeating the Yankees in 1960 to the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey team. Hollywood even makes movies about the … [More]

Entrepreneurial Funding Is Available in Arizona, Founders Need to be Ready


Chandler Innovations, the city's business incubation, and entrepreneurial development program, is offering its Pitch Power program to teach startups how to attract investment dollars by elevating their presentation Jasmine Holmes, Chandler Innovations Executive Director, says, "I am thrilled to be offering this program again. There are many educational … [More]

BitFire Studios: Cutting-Edge Tech Serves Video Content Creators

by Mike Hunter

BitFire Studios opened its doors in Phoenix in Oct. 2021. At that time, BitFire Studios joined BitFire Networks, which came to be in July of 2020. BitFire Networks & Studios is the only combined company of its kind anywhere in the country — combining a state-of-the-art LED studio with a proprietary IP transmission network designed to take a client’s broadcast quality video … [More]

GVC Creates Non-Insurance Healthcare Membership

by Mike Hunter

GVC (Give Virtual Care) Health Tech is a non-insurance, best-in-class, virtual healthcare solution offering a comprehensive healthcare membership of unlimited virtual access for general health, mental health, crisis care, expert second medical opinions and discounted prescriptions.  With labor shortages plaguing the country, the GVC private-labeled Give Virtual Care App … [More]

Phoenix Children’s Launches Corporate Venture Studio in Partnership with Coplex


Phoenix Children’s, one of the nation’s largest pediatric health systems, recently announced a partnership with Coplex, a leading venture studio and corporate innovation firm, to launch six new health care technology startups over the next three years. “We’re honored to partner with Phoenix Children’s because its mission is something we care deeply about and the pediatric … [More]

Joining the Wave of New Entrepreneurs? 5 Mistakes That Can Sink You


More than 5 million people became entrepreneurs in 2021 – a total that smashed the single-year record for new business applications by about 1 million. But hovering over that tide of entrepreneurial optimism is some historically discouraging data: about 20% of small businesses fail within the first year and 50% fail within five. If you’re among the many who recently started … [More]

Connect-UV Sanitizes with the Power of Natural Light

by RaeAnne Marsh

Nic Brown founded Connect-UV in March 2020 in direct response to the COVID pandemic and the need to keep people safe from dangerous germs. Connect-UV provides UV-C sanitation products for consumers and businesses. UV-C is naturally occurring light that is filtered by our ozone layer. The wavelength of the light destroys the DNA of microorganisms including viruses, bacteria, and … [More]

Puzzle Rides’ Unique Adventures also Support Other Old-Town Small Businesses 

by Holly Morgan

Katie and Gregg Dufort created Puzzle Rides, a mobile escape room-style scavenger hunt, in the middle of the pandemic. When their Old Town golf cart taxi service got shut down in 2020 because of coronavirus, the couple pivoted to bring one-of-a-kind experiences to the city. Puzzle Rides is an adventure game where players are taken on a scavenger hunt via golf cart and must use … [More]

DAY 5: PHX Startup Week 2022


It's the final day of PHX Startup Week 2022. We hope you've enjoyed the sessions, networking and amazing speakers we've hosted over this week - but we're not done yet! Day 5 session topics include legal insights all business owners should know, effective scaling tactics, brand building and how to raise capital. We've said this before but you REALLY won't want to miss these … [More]

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