Fitness Co. Believes Industry Is Being Overlooked, Files ‘Contempt’ Motion

Mountainside Fitness

Mountainside Fitness has filed a “Motion of Contempt” against Governor Doug Ducey in another attempt to get the governor and the state to follow Arizona Superior Court JudgeTimothy J. Thomason’s order and provide health clubs an avenue for re-opening. Mountainside Fitness’ court filing comes after Governor Ducey defied the Judge Thomason’s order and once again failed to give … [More]

Survey: Federal Government Receives Failing Grade on COVID-19 Response, Arizona Ranks Last


Thumbtack, the app that helps local professionals and customers find each other, today announced results from its 2020 Small Business Friendliness Survey. In its 9th year, this survey represents the largest continuous study in the U.S. of small business perceptions on government policy. Last month, more than 2,400 small business owners nationwide evaluated federal, state, … [More]

COVID-19 Stories: Starting a Business during COVID

by Stefanie Lerner

Encore Creative was my pride and joy. I joined what was then known as Encore Entertainment in 2002. It was already a successful Arizona entertainment event production company, but in 2014 I took the reins and began leading the company. Through the years, we built a great scenic shop to fabricate one-of-a-kind set pieces, a cast of stellar entertainers and artists, and grew from … [More]

Urgent Care Franchise Leader Partners with Solutions Technology amidst COVID-19

To better handle the influx of inquiries due to the COVID-19 pandemic, American Family Care (AFC) today announced a partnership with to integrate artificial intelligence (AI) into AFC’s chat channels. intelligent chat provides patients with immediate and relevant answers regarding COVID-19 testing and clinic wait times, in addition to resources for potential … [More]

First Commercial Buildings in Downtown Phoenix to Install Advanced Air Systems to Effectively Reduce Airborne Bacteria and Viruses

arallel Capital Partners, Inc.

With safety concerns amid the COVID-19 outbreak mounting, San Diego-based Parallel Capital Partners, Inc. has implemented stringent safety protocols at two Phoenix high rises, including the installation of state-of-the-art Plasma Air sterilization systems at both One Arizona Center and One North Central. According to Matt Root, CEO and managing partner of Parallel Capital … [More]

Arizona PPE Manufacturer to Start Production on 1 Billion Masks


US POWER AZ PPE, an Arizona manufacturer of high quality, reusable 3-Ply smart masks, announced today that its POWER3 Smart Mask and Filter inserts will commence production this week with an anticipated run rate of 1 billion per year. POWER3 3-Ply mask will utilize patented Smart Filter technology to protect users from airborne particulates.  It will also protect against the … [More]

Apparel Co. Sees 167% Direct-to-Consumer Growth amidst COVID-19 Pandemic


With more people working from home than ever before, Sportiqe, a global Modern American apparel company known for its elevated basics with superior fit, has seen a 167% direct-to-consumer growth over the last few months as the company shifted its focus from its bread-and-butter wholesale division to bolster e-commerce sales as demand for quality, comfortable clothing grew … [More]

Three Steps to Take if an Employee Tests Positive for Coronavirus

by Karen Stafford, MHRM, SPHR, SHRM – SCP

Your employee has symptoms and the doctor said it could be COVID-19. What do you do now? The steps you take next are critical. The goal is to both contain the virus as much as possible and follow workplace requirements. Following these three steps can help you accomplish that goal. Follow the Requirements While it is important to minimize risk to your other employees, … [More]

Statewide Campaign to Promote Mask Use Developed in Partnership with Arizona Advertising Agencies

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey announced a statewide campaign developed in partnership with Arizona advertising and public relations firms to promote the use of masks and other important precautions to contain the spread of COVID-19. This first-of-its-kind collaboration will feature creative concepts in English and Spanish developed by Arizona’s leaders in advertising supported by $3 … [More]

How Entrepreneurs Can Find Business Opportunities during a Pandemic and a Recession

by Edgar R. Olivo

Having worked with countless entrepreneurs in a wide range of industries and sizes, I’ve seen that resiliency and grit are the cornerstones to every successful venture, and when it comes to starting over, in my opinion, entrepreneurs may be the best at pivoting under challenging times. But with all the bad news flooding our screens about the state of our public health and … [More]