Tortilla Flat: Local History, Local Vendors

by Jamie Killin

Tortilla Flat, a Western town approximately an hour outside of Phoenix in the Tonto National Forest, has served as a family-friendly destination for generations, providing Arizonans a look at the state’s timeless history. The town itself dates back more than 100 years, established as a stop along the Apache Trail and as a settlement for workers who hand-built the Roosevelt Dam. … [More]

Walmart Hosts Virtual Open Call for U.S.-Manufactured Products

by Mike Hunter

Walmart’s seventh annual Open Call event, ahead of us on as we go to press, will see approximately 850 small and medium-sized businesses pitch Walmart merchants on October 1. Fourteen of these are Arizona-based businesses, and three of them share their stories in the online version of this article on This year, more than 4,800 businesses representing … [More]

Gainey Business Bank to Open with Strong Local Market Experience

by RaeAnne Marsh

We have a shortage of community banks in Arizona — in 2008, there were 32; today, there are four. Into the virtual void, Gainey Business Bank will be opening in early Q1 2021 to serve a target market of Maricopa County, specifically Paradise Valley, mid to north Scottsdale and parts of northeast Phoenix. While local banks tend to be smaller than national ones, with assets … [More]

New Program Assists Arizona’s Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

by Sandra Watson

The ACA’s Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Arizona MEP) team has launched a new program to assist small and medium-sized manufacturers in our state that have had their operations impacted by the pandemic. The Arizona MEP has been working diligently to help Arizona manufacturers navigate the challenges and overcome the impacts of COVID-19. These efforts are now … [More]

Meeting the Surging Need for Professional Imagery 

by RaeAnne Marsh

In a world where our social networks have become central to everyday life in business, first impressions now rely more heavily on digital imagery than ever before. Unfortunately, low-quality imagery has the power to deteriorate a professional’s credibility before that professional even has a chance to meet potential clients, so having a strong professional profile image is … [More]

Looking Good 2020 – October Standouts

Achievements Local Companies Are Repeat Performers on Inc. 5000 List Philanthropy Valley Toyota Dealers Help Provide Lifesaving Firefighter Gear Burch & Cracchiolo Awards a Monthly Star Teacher … [More]

Beekeeper Streamlines Frontline Communications

by Cristian Grossmann

Beekeeper’s mobile platform is the single point of contact for your frontline workforce. With all communications and tools in one place, teams can improve business agility, productivity, and safety. Teams can resolve issues faster and manage non-routine work more efficiently, thanks to an intuitive employee experience and seamless integrations. Cristian Grossmann is CEO and … [More]

Improving Recruitment for Employers and Employees

by Mike Hunter

HireUp is a simple, powerful platform for internal mobility, employee referrals and alumni networks that empowers the modern workforce. The suite of HireUp solutions work together to help companies achieve future hiring success, whether they are looking to promote internal talent or hire new talent through networking. The company, a leading talent technology solution provider, … [More]

Solutions Help HR Create Caring Culture 

by Mike Hunter

Torchlight recently launched Torchlight Manager, a solution that supports Human Resources departments in guiding managers to create a caring culture at work during and beyond the coronavirus pandemic. Designed for HR leaders, the new offering provides managers with key resources so they can support employees who are struggling to balance the intensity of work and life demands … [More]

Promoting Workforce Opportunity for the Deaf

by Mike Hunter

With a rise in unemployment rates due to COVID-19, the deaf and hard of hearing are particularly vulnerable in the workplace. In fact, a study published in The New York Times acknowledged that employers are 34 percent less likely to hire an experienced job candidate with a disability. For this, among other reasons, nearly half of deaf people (47 percent) are not in the labor, … [More]