LifeGuides Models Well-Being Business on Gig Economy

by RaeAnne Marsh

LifeGuides was created to fill what founder Mark Donohue recognized as a massive hole in corporate well-being programs by proactively providing peer-to-peer support for employees going through daily stresses and big life challenges, aiming to prevent those stresses turning into mental health issues and illness causing loss of productivity, presenteeism and absenteeism. “It … [More]

US Dental Triage Eases Stress on Healthcare System

by RaeAnne Marsh

In March of 2020, Michael Bonanno — CEO of Performance Partners and Virtual Support Solutions — realized that his business could either pivot or perish as a result of COVID-19. He knew dental clinics were struggling to stay open across the country due to practices being limited to emergencies only, and that there was an influx of people visiting the hospital with a dental … [More]

SmartGurlz Sparks Passion in Computer Sci

by Mike Hunter

Appearing on ABC’s “Shark Tank” earlier this year, SmartGurlz founder Sharmi Albrechtsen beat out 40,000 other entrepreneurs and negotiated with guest “shark” Richard Branson before closing a deal with Daymond John on her line of groundbreaking toys that use an award-winning robotics platform to teach basic coding skills to girls as young as six years old.  “Many girls’ toys … [More]

Driving Arizona’s Startup Community from Behind the Generosity Flywheel

by Brandon Clarke

Five years ago, StartupAZ Foundation was nothing more than a shared vision among a group of entrepreneurs and community leaders who believed our ecosystem could be so much more. We wanted to create something that would empower local entrepreneurs to grow, give back and positively impact the state — and simultaneously begin to shift Arizona’s economy away from the volatile real … [More]

Bunker Labs: Entrepreneurial Boost for Veterans

by RaeAnne Marsh

Bunker Labs is a national network of veteran entrepreneurs dedicated to helping new veteran, military spouse, and active duty military entrepreneurs start their own business. The nonprofit is committed to seeing that every entrepreneur in the veteran community has the network, tools and resources they need to start their own business. “Bunker Labs was started in 2014 by … [More]

LIV AZ Realty: Boutique Brokerage Raises Bar on Training

by Lynn Janson and John Cabezas

We are a boutique real estate brokerage, founded last September. We serve our clients by providing assistance in purchasing and selling residential real estate. This is a second career for both of us — our first careers were in sales and sales management — and we realized early on that the real estate school does not give new licensees any training or education on how to market … [More]

Canyon Ventures: Innovative Accelerator

by RaeAnne Marsh

GCU’s focus on benefitting its students and its community is evident in its recently launched business accelerator, Canyon Ventures. Member businesses must hire GCU students, a valuable pool of talent for the businesses that also benefits the students by giving them marketable experience as a foot in the door for future employment. Not only is space rent-free, but Canyon … [More]

From Research to Revenue

by Ben Smith

No research goes to market without time and money spent. Great ideas often die in a lab or workshop because the person behind them does not have the knowledge on how to bring the idea to market. While one may have the talent and skills to develop an idea, it’s crucial to have someone on the team who understands marketing, accounting, fundraising, et cetera, to bring the idea to … [More]

Startups in 2020 – How to Get an Idea Funded

by Ben Smith

Many of us think we have a “great idea,” but getting that idea to a point someone will write a check for is far more complex than many may think. To get funded, it’s important to look for three key elements: Is the idea scalable? Is the team behind it solid and capable to get it there? And is the market actually ready for it? The goal is to convince the potential funders that … [More]

Finding a Home In-Between

by RaeAnne Marsh

An unfilled niche in the real estate industry?! Explains Nick Calvi, “My wife and I were in between homes and in need of a comfortable furnished home for three to four months. We found the process to be very frustrating, calling and emailing owners and property managers, not getting any response. This created extra stress in an already very stressful time. We thought it should … [More]