Arizona Commerce Authority Hosts Milestone 200th Small Business Boot Camp

Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) will host the 200th Small Business Boot Camp on November 4. Launched in April 2020 as a six-week program to help small businesses respond to the immediate impacts of the pandemic, the Small Business Boot Camp has developed into a comprehensive resource for small businesses. The first-of-its-kind program connects entrepreneurs and small … [More]

Agent-Allied Homeward Expands Footprint into Phoenix Metro Market


Homeward, a modern home finance company that enables real estate agents to give every client the negotiating power of cash, has expanded its markets to include Phoenix. Phoenix was an obvious choice for Homeward, which already operates in Texas, Georgia, and Colorado, for several reasons. As of July 2021, cash transactions as a percent of home sales were 23% compared to 15% … [More]

U.S. News 2022 Best Global Universities Rankings Includes UArizona (#99) and ASU (#165)

U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings, today published the 2022 edition of the Best Global Universities rankings. The new edition evaluates more than 1,700 schools in the overall ranking – up from nearly 1,500 last year – on academic research and reputation. The U.S. leads the overall ranking, with schools in the top four spots. … [More]

Pet Ownership Soars among Home Buyers, Influencing Purchase Decisions


New Zillow datai finds pandemic pet ownership is soaring among home buyers, impacting the types of homes they are likely to buy. Zillow's 2021 Consumer Housing Trends Report finds nearly three-quarters of home buyers report having at least one pet at home (73%), a big jump from the 64% of buyers who reported having a pet in 2020. Pet owners are more likely to … [More]

Rising Rates Expected to Dull House-Buying Power, According to House Price Index

First American Financial Corporation

First American Financial Corporation, a leading global provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions, today released the August 2021 First American Real House Price Index (RHPI). The RHPI measures the price changes of single-family properties throughout the U.S. adjusted for the impact of income and interest rate changes on … [More]

Become a Top-Tier Manager and Lead Your Team to Greatness

It’s the moment you’ve been working toward for years — you’ve finally been promoted to manager! But your initial wave of excitement quickly ebbs once the reality of your situation sinks in: Your success now hinges entirely on the performance of others, and you’ve been offered no managerial training to help you navigate this new frontier. “Few organizations provide new … [More]

Estate Planning Tips for Business Owners

By Lou Silverman, Certified Specialist in Estate and Trust Law

We usually think of estate planning in terms of wills and trusts, how we pass assets onto our children and who will take care of us when we are unable to take care of ourselves. All of that is true, but if you have a business, there are many additional considerations. You first must consider your business structure. Do you have a corporation, a limited liability company, or … [More]

Phoenix Tops Western Markets for Industrial Real Estate Transactions

by Jeff Hamann

Investment in industrial assets has taken flight this year: More than $36.6 billion in transactions closed year-to-date through August, data from CommercialEdge shows, a 40.7 percent increase from the $26 billion during the same time last year. Pricing has grown nearly as fast, averaging $106.09 per square foot, an increase of 20.6 percent compared to 2020.The Western region, … [More]

Why Are Good Employees Leaving Your Company? 5 Tips to Keep Them

The job quitting isn’t stopping: a record 4.3 million workers left their jobs in August – a milestone that followed the April landmark of 4 million Americans exiting their companies. Some people are leaving their jobs because the COVID-19 pandemic caused them to reconsider how much their companies value them. In that context, whether it’s a matter of pay, work demands, … [More]

Governor Ducey Announces $3.5 Million to Assist Arizonans, Small Businesses

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey today announced $3,575,000 to support programs that help Arizonans and small businesses recover financially from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. “This past year has brought extraordinary challenges on Arizonans and businesses across the state, and we are committed to helping them get back on their feet,” said Governor Ducey. “We’re making … [More]

New Luxury Rental-Home Firm Launches Valleywide

TerraLane Communities

TerraLane Communities, a premier developer of luxury single-family rental homes, announces its official company launch. TerraLane is bringing high-tech, spacious and maintenance-free living to select Western U.S. markets, beginning with Greater Phoenix. The firm has offices in Scottsdale, Ariz. and Newport Beach, Calif., and is headed by Chief Executive Officer, Steven La … [More]

Great Wolf Lodge Ranked as No. 47 Among 100 U.S. Companies Recognized for Employee Sentiment and Satisfaction

Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge was featured today in Newsweek’s Most Loved Workplaces list for 2021, ranking at # 47 among the top 100 companies recognized for employee happiness and satisfaction at work. Produced in collaboration with the Best Practice Institute (BPI), a leadership development and benchmark research company, the Newsweek list results were determined after surveying more … [More]

WESTMARC Best of the West 2021 Winners Announced


The 29th Annual Best of the West Awards Dinner took place on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at State Farm Stadium honoring the West Valley’s best leaders, investments, and programs.  WESTMARC recognized finalists in the categories of Economic Engine, Excellence in Innovation, Quality of Life Enhancement in the Community and Quality of Life Enhancement in Education. Today, we’re … [More]

Colorado Co. Acquires Phoenix-Based Electrical Contractor

Loenbro LLC, a leading provider of mechanical, electrical, midstream, and inspection services, announces its acquisition of Switch Electric Inc. Based in Phoenix, AZ, Switch is a premier electrical contractor serving mission-critical data center construction and maintenance customers throughout the Arizona market. “We’re proud to join Loenbro,” said John Fleury, Switch … [More]

Auto Dealership Names First Female Dealer Principal 

Yates Buick GMC

Whitney Yates-Woods was recently awarded the Dealer Principal position at Yates Buick GMC, a milestone first for the company and a move that breaks barriers in the automotive industry. The 35-year-old, mother of two strives to employ people of all walks of life, but now aims to hire more women in the male-dominated automotive field. In fact, a recent auto workforce study found … [More]

Paycheck or Purpose? How Businesses Retain Workers by Giving Them Both

At a time when global talent shortages are reported at a 15-year high, one key to keeping the best employees happy and on board may lie in how well companies not only state their purpose and their values, but also prioritize carrying them out. “When purpose and values are backed by meaningful action, you have the extraordinary opportunity to sharpen your company’s legacy – … [More]

As Global Internet Demands Skyrocket, Expert Shares Advice on How to Optimize IT Infrastructure

                      The total amount of data created and consumed globally is increasing rapidly. Industry reports forecast that global annual data volume will grow from the 64.2 zettabytes recorded in 2020 to an astonishing 180 zettabytes by 2025. In a bid to ensure the stability and … [More]

New Online Public Art Map Is Now Available

City of Phoenix

​The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s new online Public Art Map​ is up and ready for self-guided tours. It features more than 200 major public art projects created throughout Phoenix by the city’s award-winning Public Art Program. Each point on the map contains a description highlighting key information about the artist and project. The works range from … [More]

Music, Laughter and the Unexpected at the Arizona Theater Company

Herberger Theater

What happens when a 20-something Broadway baby meets a Shakespeare- and Schubert-loving octogenarian? Much to their surprise, a friendship blossoms. A delightful award-winning musical about the magic that happens when we throw aside our fears and cross generational barriers. Based on the true story of Broadway performer Charissa Bertels, and winner of the Kleban award for … [More]

Boosters Authorized for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccines

Arizona Department of Health Services

The Arizona Department of Health Services is welcoming a federal government decision authorizing booster shots from any of the three COVID-19 vaccines now available. “Booster doses are safe, free, highly effective, and widely available around Arizona,” said Don Herrington, the department’s interim director. “If you are eligible for a booster, we recommend you take advantage … [More]

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