Cara M. Christ, M.D., M.S., Arizona Department of Health Services

from Cara M. Christ, M.D., M.S.

Healthcare is an essential part of the conversation when it comes to business and making Arizona a great place to live, work and raise our families. Across all industries, businesses have been critical partners in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Meanwhile, those in the healthcare sector have worked tirelessly to care for patients and look out for the health … [More]

Sharon Harper, Plaza Companies

from Sharon Harper

Leadership and diversity are in the news, but they have likely been important aspects of success in achievements of any kind — certainly in business. With this fifth annual Women of Achievement celebration, In Business Magazine is helping to shine a light on the tremendous contributions of women who exemplify leadership within our business community. Arizona has always been … [More]

Juan Salgado, Phoenix IDA and PCDIC

from Juan Salgado

There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic stifled growth and prosperity for businesses at the start of 2020.  As the crisis unfolded, leaders of the business community — like the Phoenix IDA and Phoenix Community Development and Investment Corporation — recognized that the pandemic would negatively impact small businesses that bolster local communities. Through various … [More]

Robert Blaney, U.S. Small Business Administration, Arizona District

from Robert Blaney

Much has changed since March of this year. What to wear to work today is probably not the first thought of the morning. Telework has become the norm for many and questions and probable answers about reopening abound. Small-business owners are always well-advised to back up records, store data off-site and develop a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) to get their business … [More]

Guest Editor Adrienne Bryant, Bryant Commercial Real Estate

from Adrienne Bryant

Real estate is a common thread in the story of business during, through and after the COVID-19 pandemic’s disruption. How are the various segments of our economy faring? A look at the real estate markets throughout Greater Phoenix gives a general snapshot to answer that. As a small, family-owned commercial real estate business, we understand the challenges that business … [More]

And We Pivot

from Rick McCartney and RaeAnne Marsh

Healthcare was the topic we’d planned for this edition long before COVID-19 took over the headlines and disrupted our lives and our businesses. These will prove to be some of the most interesting times of our generation. At In Business Magazine, we decided to pivot quickly to remain the respected resource for our business community with this Special Issue: COVID-19 edition. … [More]

Matthew Fehling, Better Business Bureau serving the Pacific Southwest

from Matthew Fehling

A business community that is excelling is a business community that is made up of successes throughout. With all that we do to attract business here in the Valley, it stands to reason there would be some businesses, small and large, that are doing so well that sharing their success and their unique proposition would empower us all in business. Businesses that build a strong … [More]

Brian Cassidy, CCGB Architects

from Brian Cassidy

Greater Phoenix is the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the nation, so it’s no surprise that there is nothing static about our business community. With a strong core of major corporations and a thriving startup community, business here is continually pushing new boundaries. One way I believe we can help our own businesses to grow is to support other businesses in our … [More]

Mayor Kate Gallego, City of Phoenix

from Mayor Kate Gallego

Technology and the proliferation of data are leading to an increasingly connected world. The “smart city” movement has gained advocates across the country and, here in Phoenix, we have taken it one step further by pursuing a “Smart Region” approach. Whether it’s aviation, semiconductors or startups, our region has long been a global leader in innovation. We want to continue … [More]

Tammy McLeod, Ph.D., Flinn Foundation

from Tammy McLeod, Ph.D.

The continuing strength of our economy and growth of business goes hand in hand with agile and innovative leadership in Arizona’s business community. Increasingly, in fact, business sectors overlap and intertwine, requiring an ever-broader perspective from those at the helm of their company. Since arriving at the Flinn Foundation two years ago, I have confirmed what two … [More]