Banking Industry Positioned to Help Businesses Evolve to ‘New Normal’

by Don Garner

"The [banking] industry’s goal is to help clients emerge stronger as they evolve their businesses from technology and workforces to product and service development." In the year 2020, the banking industry has had to be more nimble, forward-looking and customer-service-oriented than ever before.  At Alliance Bank of Arizona, the cornerstone of our business has always been … [More]

Phoenix CRE Positioned to Come Back Strong

by Mike Ebert 

"Arizona continues to be one of the top commercial real estate markets in the country, and, as a business community, we need to celebrate this success …" At the start of this year, the commercial real estate market was in a really strong position. Although we initially experienced a small decrease in retail and office-space leases in the first quarter, we have since returned … [More]

Arizona Is Building on Its Growth Momentum

by Sandra Watson

"Not only does our momentum remain strong, the projects we’re currently working represent more jobs than roughly the same number did a year ago — an indicator of the quality and size of companies looking to Arizona as a location for growth." Throughout the pandemic, the Arizona Commerce Authority has substantially increased our services and programs for small businesses, which … [More]

Asset-Based Lending a Lifeline for Small Business

by Robyn Barrett

"[As an asset-based lender … ] We will continue to prioritize our efforts to reach out to small and mid-sized businesses that are in need of capital and can’t wait months for credit approval." FSW Funding is an asset-based lender, and we base our credit lending decisions on the credit worthiness of our client’s customers. Since banks base their credit decisions on the … [More]

Expanding Value-based Care Is Transforming Industry 

by Lisa Stevens Anderson

"As Albert Einstein once said, “In the midst of every crisis lies great opportunity” — which has proven true for the healthcare industry throughout the pandemic." It’s no secret that healthcare has been at the center of COVID-19 disruptions. The pandemic has pushed the limits of the healthcare system in ways we could have never imagined. Provider revenue streams and staffing … [More]

Enabling Flexibility Is Part of Pandemic Response

by Marc E. Schmittlein

In addition to these operational changes [for our customers], we shifted financial resources to support our community giving efforts, focusing on areas with the greatest need: foodbanks, seniors and frontline healthcare workers. CopperPoint operates within the Property and Casualty insurance market, offering workers’ compensation and small commercial insurance products. Our … [More]

Legal Needs Evolve in Economic Downturn

by Gary Jaburg

"As with any economic downturn, what clients need legal help with evolves. There is already an uptick in bankruptcy, workouts and divorces." Like many businesses, law has been affected by COVID. We were fortunate not to need to furlough or lay off employees, as many law firms did. There are some employees in the office, but most are working remotely. We learned that we could … [More]

PPE and Beyond: The Time Is Now to Reshore the Fashion Apparel Industry

by Angela Johnson and Sherri Barry

"Many new and established brands that survived pivoted to PPE, and mask manufacturing became “the new black” in fashion." As environmental concerns demand disruption through transparency and accountability, the fashion industry, like many others, has recently had to adapt and adopt new sustainable models. Instead of over-producing overseas, many domestic, direct-to-consumer … [More]

Hospitality Seizes the Moment to ‘Change and Adapt’

by Sam Fox

"My team and I see new opportunities to bring people, passion and big ideas together. Whether it’s over food or a new restaurant experience, nothing means more to me than real connections." The entire restaurant industry had to adjust the business model almost overnight. “Change and adapt” became the north star and, during this public health crisis, we have redefined … [More]

Past the Chaos and Uncertainty Is an Ocean of Opportunity 

by Ruzika Markovic

"Our ability to celebrate the fact that we are thriving in the face of COVID-19 by paying it forward is the best part of our industry, community and, indeed, our country." As a group of digital natives, our sector has only become more creative since the onset of the pandemic. From using Zoom to communicate with film producers on lock down in L.A. and using drones to get closer … [More]