Debit Card Program Supports Community Giving

by Jason Paprocki

Arizona Federal Credit Union believes that charitable giving to nonprofits is one of those things that a lot of people and companies intend to do but, unfortunately, get busy or distracted and never get around to doing it.  When the credit union launched its 100 Club of Arizona debit card program in late 2017, it saw that its member-owners were excited to select and use a … [More]

Entrepreneur’s Pivot Produces Portable Sanitizing System

by Mike Hunter 

Coronavirus cases are on the rise once again. It is important to implement effective and easy solutions to maintain health safety within public spaces as we continue to move forward in the COVID-19 era. The Portable Sanitizing System powered by ExtremeMist®, is a solution dispersal mechanism that may well be the most convenient, efficient and effective solution to address … [More]

Local Face Mask Manufacturer Uses Navy Seal Technology

by Kevin Thorpe

To protect oneself and minimize the spread of contagious respiratory illnesses, doctors suggest a multilayered mask with an insert filter is a better choice that single-layered surgical masks without a filter. Mesa-based US POWER AZ PPE manufactures POWER3, a high-quality, reusable 3-Ply smart mask.  Both the coronavirus and the flu can be spread to others up to six feet … [More]

Digitizing the Private Investment Marketplace

by Mike Hunter

WealthVP is fully launching this month following three months in beta testing. The brainchild of entrepreneur Leif Hartwig, WealthVP acts as a catalyst for investment opportunities, virtually matching qualified private companies seeking capital with purpose-driven Family Office investors in one simple, easy-to-use SaaS platform. Using information entered in investor and … [More]

AI Platform Combats Financial Crime

by Mike Hunter

Consilient, a newly formed company dedicated to establishing a next-generation system for anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism, recently launched a new secure, federated learning platform powered by Intel® Software Guard Extensions. The artificial intelligence platform aims to prevent financial crime and enable secure collaboration among financial … [More]

Looking Good 2021 – January Standouts

  Achievements Local Entrepreneur Awarded for Diversity Leadership Sundt Exec Honored with Design-Build Industry’s Highest Distinction Philanthropy Impact Diversity Solutions Donates Surgical Masks to Senior Home Care Orgs Customized Chevys Donated to Phoenix Police Reserve Foundation … [More]

Customized Chevys Donated to Phoenix Police Reserve Foundation 

The Phoenix Police Reserve Foundation was recently presented with three new, customized police Chevy Tahoes and one uniquely wrapped Chevy Camaro partially donated to the Foundation by Courtesy Chevrolet. Courtesy is a third-generation family-owned business owned by Scott Gruwell and is one of the largest Chevrolet dealerships for all of General Motors. Coming from many … [More]

Impact Diversity Solutions Donates Surgical Masks to Senior Home Care Orgs 

Following its motto to 'Do well by doing good,’ Impact Diversity Solutions Corporation recently donated 30,000 surgical masks to Valleywise Health partners Home Assist Health and Bandera Healthcare to ensure their skilled, home care nurses have the PPE they need to keep themselves and their patients as safe as possible. Impact Diversity Solutions is a service-disabled, … [More]

Sundt Exec Honored with Design-Build Industry’s Highest Distinction

The Design-Build Institute of America has named Sundt Construction vice president Marty Hedlund one of the four industry leaders chosen for the 2020 Class of DBIA Fellows, which is the highest DBIA certification level. Design-build is a project delivery approach that includes planning, design and construction under one contract, resulting in greater value for the owner and … [More]

Local Entrepreneur Awarded for Diversity Leadership 

Eric M. Bailey was presented the 2020 Diversity Leader of the Year award by the Diversity Leadership Alliance and Arizona SHRM. This award recognizes community leaders who have demonstrated excellence in promoting diversity and inclusion, as well as creating ways to hold uncomfortable conversations in the workplace to better unite people. Bailey is the president and … [More]

Escape: Immersive Entertainment Heeds COVID-19 Safety 

by Dustin Smith

Good entertainment can lift us above the struggles of life and transport us to a different place and time, while we laugh and make memories with family and friends. I’m not sure there’s ever been a time during my life when people needed that kind of escape and connectedness more than they do today!  We’ve launched with staggered openings. Soda Jerk Co., opened in October, is … [More]

‘Contactless’ Real Estate Transactions

by Mike Hunter

A new technology adopted by Premier Title Agency provides an alternative to the commonly used Automated Clearing House for financial transactions. Emerging technology leader Bank Shot recently entered into a partnership with the title agency with its mobile app, for which it recently received a patent, that enables completing real estate transactions via smart phone, including … [More]

Full-Service Marketing Agencies Are Poised for Growth

by Andy Parnell

Marketing is one of many industries sorely impacted by the pandemic. But the president and chief executive of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, Marlo Kaplowitz, told The Drum in an interview this past summer, “The in-housing trend that was so prevalent pre-pandemic is slowly shifting the other way … It opened people’s eyes. They said, 'Wow, we really do need … [More]

Looking Good 2020 – December Standouts

Achievements Fulton Homes’ Achievements in Indoor Air Quality Pedal Haus Brewery Beer Takes Gold  Philanthropy Homie Donates $100,000 to COVID Relief WaFd Bank Arizona Donates $20,000 to Food Bank  … [More]

Fulton Homes’ Achievements in Indoor Air Quality

by Mike Hunter

Fulton Homes, Arizona’s largest family-owned and -operated homebuilder, was recently recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the recipient of three top homebuilder awards: the 2020 Indoor airPLUS Leader of the Year – Builder; the 2020 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award; and the 2020 WaterSense Builder Partner of the Year — the first … [More]

Pedal Haus Brewery Beer Takes Gold 

by Mike Hunter

Pedal Haus Brewery received gold standing in the Dark Lager category at this year’s San Diego International Beer Festival for its German Dark Lager. The festival is one of the largest and most competitive brewing contests held in California each year, hosting nearly 200 breweries from around the world and averaging more than 1,500 entries. The popular brewery has won more than … [More]

Homie Donates $100,000 to COVID Relief

by Mike Hunter

Real estate tech company Homie recently made good on its commitment to donate $100,000 to the Valley of the Sun United Way COVID-19 Response Fund through the Homie Helps initiative it launched last April. For every home bought or sold by Arizonans through Homie, $500 was contributed to this relief fund. Homie contributions went to help Arizonans stay in their homes through rent … [More]

WaFd Bank Arizona Donates $20,000 to Food Bank 

by Mike Hunter

Last month, WaFd Bank Arizona donated $20,000 to Extended Hands Food Bank through its WaFd Foundation granting arm. The WaFd Foundation’s purpose is to facilitate direct giving to community-based nonprofits serving low- and moderate-income individuals’ needs. Over the past 12 months alone, the local team has been able to give more than $160,000 in local grants through the … [More]

Global Pandemic Impact on Food & Beverage Industry

by Katie Scardello

With its rich agricultural history, and as home to some of the most skilled farmers in the country, Maricopa County is one of the nation’s top food producers. While Maricopa’s agriculture industry is valued at $1.95 billion per year according to the City of Phoenix, the coronavirus has caused rapid surges and declines in demand, impacting various sectors of the food and … [More]

Subchapter V 11 Bankruptcy Saves Companies Significant Time and Money 

by D. Lamar Hawkins

COVID-19 shutdowns crippled many Arizona companies, with some going out of business permanently. Others are considering bankruptcy, but question whether they can afford the $40,000 to $75,000 that a Classic Chapter 11 often costs. Fortunately, they now have a better option that saves as much as 50% in legal fees. In August, Arizona confirmed its first Subchapter V Chapter … [More]