Connect-UV Sanitizes with the Power of Natural Light

by RaeAnne Marsh

Nic Brown founded Connect-UV in March 2020 in direct response to the COVID pandemic and the need to keep people safe from dangerous germs. Connect-UV provides UV-C sanitation products for consumers and businesses. UV-C is naturally occurring light that is filtered by our ozone layer. The wavelength of the light destroys the DNA of microorganisms including viruses, bacteria, and … [More]

Puzzle Rides’ Unique Adventures also Support Other Old-Town Small Businesses 

by Holly Morgan

Katie and Gregg Dufort created Puzzle Rides, a mobile escape room-style scavenger hunt, in the middle of the pandemic. When their Old Town golf cart taxi service got shut down in 2020 because of coronavirus, the couple pivoted to bring one-of-a-kind experiences to the city. Puzzle Rides is an adventure game where players are taken on a scavenger hunt via golf cart and must use … [More]

Caribou: Childcare & Community

by RaeAnne Marsh 

Taking to heart the advice, “Create a product that people need,” Dinali de Silva and Jordan Kong founded Caribou last year to provide “reliable childcare.” Says de Silva, “Childcare in America is a fragmented and broken system. The current options are either too expensive for the average family or don't offer the one-to-one attention that young kids need. At Caribou, we believe … [More]

Family Tradition Inspires Leila’s Empanadas 

by RaeAnne Marsh

Owner and chef Leila Beltrame of Leila’s Empanadas, started putting her artisan empanadas and Brazilian cheese rolls on the market last November, launching with an event to benefit a local nonprofit. “They are healthy food options because they do not contain any type of preservative,” she says, noting they use the best ingredients available, including organic. “We sell them … [More]

Wild Rye Baking Co. Brings Home the Magic of Baking 

by RaeAnne Marsh 

Wild Rye is a new kind of baking company — designed for today’s varied styles and occasions of social interaction. It offers cake, frosting and pancake mixes for the gluten-free, plant-based and gluten lovers alike. “We are all about quality, ease, connection and good times,” says founder and chief baking officer Sarah Chisholm.  A professional pastry chef, she says, “I … [More]

Propelling Women’s Business Dreams with the RECREATE Action Tank 

by Molly Cerreta Smith

In 2020, business partners Kimberly Mylls and Melissa Lamson co-founded RECREATE Now, LLC, an action tank designed to be a one-of-a-kind, one-stop-shop, mastermind business incubator for women 40 and over. Each session provides members with the laser focus, tools and connections necessary to take their business or nonprofit from idea to launch by the end of the six-month … [More]

KeepWOL – Growth through Play and Reflection

by RaeAnne Marsh 

KeepWOL — which stands for Keep Wondering Out Loud — creates learning and development technology that maximizes cultural intelligence in the workplace. Its SaaS talent development platform uses a digital library of multiplayer games to facilitate recurring guided immersive team experiences that cultivate engagement and learning. These psychology-based games emphasize … [More]

Form Paper Co. Goes Big and Bold with Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper

by RaeAnne Marsh

Form Paper Co. is an online company offering commercial-grade, peel-and-stick wallpaper designed “for those who aren’t afraid to go big or bold,” says founder Dala Al-Fuwaires. “All our patterns are vetted and approved by an interior designer, making high-design accessible and affordable. Our peel-and-stick wallpaper breaks the mold with curvy contours and statement-making … [More]

Challenges for Future-Proofing a Startup Business 

by Ran Craycraft

Starting a business today feels very different from how it felt 10 years ago and is unrecognizable from 20 years ago. The main challenge for startups today is the choice of how day-to-day business gets done in either a physical or a virtual space. This was a much easier decision just a few years ago, as most startups felt the only logical choice would be to find a convenient … [More]

State Forty Eight Builds Community around T-Shirts

by RaeAnne Marsh

State Forty Eight is an Arizona apparel and lifestyle brand that is rooted in community. CEO Mike Spangenberg, who co-founded it with Nicholas Polando, describes it as more than just T-shirt company, committed to collaborating with local organizations in the form of unique T-shirt designs that help with raising awareness and even serve as a fundraising tool for charity … [More]

Supurb Technology Innovates Cannabis Delivery

by Jonathan Ghiz

Supurb is a technology company connecting people with nearby dispensaries to help them get their cannabis delivered in a quick, efficient and cost-effective manner. We conceptualized the idea for Supurb knowing that technology in cannabis was limited for both consumers and retailers. We understood that applying technology in the form of delivery would create significant … [More]

Restless Clothing Aims to Make People Smile

by RaeAnne Marsh

Restless Clothing owner and founder Jeffrey Smallwood describes his line as “lifestyle apparel meant to inspire the inner entrepreneurs of every individual.” His inspiration, he says, “comes from my daughter Nala and girlfriend Cheryl to help support our family and finish paying off school loans.” Noting that every entrepreneur has “Restless” late nights when they are up 3 … [More]

Macy Lane Designs for At-Home Spaces

by RaeAnne Marsh

Macy Lane Designs is an interior design firm that creates spaces that make people feel happy, comfortable and at home. “Our design philosophy is based on real-life living, and we work with homeowners to develop an aesthetic that is not only beautiful but also very functional for how they live,” says Jackie Wright, owner and lead designer. “I have always been passionate about … [More]

ROXX Vodka – Refresh from Poland to Phoenix

by RaeAnne Marsh

“The recipe for the vodka was unique and just amazing!” says Angela Nielsen, explaining what attracted her to founding ROXX Vodka. “I had built two other successful businesses, so my entrepreneurial spirit was definitely the motivating factor. ROXX Vodka is an award-winning premium craft vodka imported from Poland, distilled six times using premium high-quality grains. ROXX … [More]

Dovly Aims to Give Credit Repair a Good Name

by RaeAnne Marsh

Dovly is an automated credit repair engine that tracks, manages, and fixes consumer credit. “Our proprietary algorithm identifies the issues and automates the credit report dispute process, utilizing an approach that is proprietary customized at the individual level for optimal impact,” says Nirit Rubenstein, CEO and co-founder, explaining, “My co-founder and I both immigrated … [More]

Spatial’s Virtual Soundscapes Redefine the Human Experience

by RaeAnne Marsh

Intending to break down traditional audio barriers, Scottsdale- headquartered Spatial Inc. is redefining the human experience by creating virtual soundscapes in all spaces where people spend time. “Michael Plitkins and I co-founded Spatial with the goal of bringing a modern approach to real-time, interactive, deeply immersive experiences to the world,” says CEO Calin Pacurariu. … [More]

Vetster: On-Demand Virtual Veterinary Appointments

by RaeAnne Marsh

Vetster connects pet owners to thousands of licensed veterinary professionals ready to provide online pet care through video, chat and voice-enabled appointments 24/7. Founded in September last year and officially launched in November, Vetster is the largest veterinary telemedical marketplace in North America. “With veterinarians in all states and provinces across North … [More]

Once-and-Done Listing for e-Commerce Sellers

by Mike Hunter

Seeking a solution to the frustrating and laborious process of listing merchandise on multiple channels, Amanda Morse and Clara Albornoz founded List Perfectly in 2019. Created by sellers for sellers, the versatile e-commerce solution enables sellers to efficiently list and cross-post products on multiple major marketplaces and channels – at no additional charge, and cutting … [More]

YellowBird Bridges the Gap in the Health & Safety Community

by Brandon Clarke

A chance encounter at an accelerator event brought the co-founders of YellowBird together and it was only a matter of months before their idea for a two-way marketplace between environmental health and safety (EHS) professionals and the companies that need their services started to take off.  “YellowBird was inspired by a culmination of my experience and a very opportunistic … [More]

MadeMay: Matchmaking Artist and Client

by RaeAnne Marsh

MadeMay is a startup bringing back the human touch to art, giving thoughtful people around the world an opportunity to get custom, hand-made art. Customers can upload a photo, describe what they want painted and choose from more than 400 professional artists to turn their photo or idea into a real, amazing painting. “Whether you want a portrait of someone, a pet portrait, … [More]

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