Southwest Gas Contributes $65,000 to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey announced that Southwest Gas has contributed $65,000 to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund. The fund, established by Governor Ducey, will provide financial support to organizations working to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, including funding of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline medical personnel; supporting non-profit organizations that help … [More]

Force Majeure May Be Answer to Contract Performance

by Marc Lamber and Louis Lopez

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has and will be devastating to many Greater Phoenix businesses. Leases, product purchases, vendor contracts for service and employment agreements are just some of the potential casualties of a company’s inability to perform under a contract due to the pandemic. This new reality may cause businesses and individuals to have considerable … [More]

Largest Dental Insurer Providing Rate Stability in Uncertain Times

Delta Dental of Arizona

In response to the unprecedented challenges Arizona businesses are facing due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the state’s largest dental insurer is giving its clients one less thing to worry about by freezing rates for summer renewals. “This is a time of great uncertainty. Business owners and leaders are working hard to balance the needs of their business while … [More]

Greater Phoenix Chamber Launches Webinar Series

Greater Phoenix Chamber

The Greater Phoenix Chamber launched a new webinar series focused on providing businesses with access to expert and Arizona leaders amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Business in Focus webinar series will feature accessible, interactive webinars where business owners and professionals can learn information vital to the success of their business and gain insights on key issues … [More]

Deadline Reminders for Arizona 2019 Tax Year Filing Season

Arizona Department of Revenue

The Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) is reminding Arizona taxpayers that due to COVID-19, the April 15 deadline for filing and paying individual, corporate and fiduciary 2019 calendar year tax returns was moved to July 15. Individual Income Tax Filing and Paying Deadline Extended to July 15 The new deadline means taxpayers filing state tax returns or submitting … [More]

Surprise-Based Household Products Co. Retools to Produce Consumer Face Masks


IRIS USA, the U.S. division of Japanese-based household products manufacturer IRIS Ohyama Inc., based in Surprise, AZ, announced plans to add face mask production to its 570,000-square-foot, 250-employee manufacturing plant in Pleasant Prairie, WI. The new capability will support federal mask-wearing recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control on April 3 to help … [More]

Environmental Firm to Roll Out Infectious Disease Prevention Inspections

Earthworks Environmental

Earthworks Environmental, a Mesa-based environmental consulting firm, is planning to roll out a new service for its clients – infectious disease prevention inspections (IDPA). Earthworks’ services include storm water pollution prevention, dust control and construction safety compliances. The firm primarily serves land developers, vertical developers, commercial construction, … [More]

Learn How to Use Blockchain While in COVID-19 Lockdown


Four weeks into the mandatory COVID-19 lockdown and two things are remarkably clear. The novelty of working in one’s pajamas, Zoom meetings, and kids constantly underfoot has lost its glow and neither binging Netflix nor comfort foods are sustainable activities. Blockchain innovator SIMBA Chain has the solution for coronavirus-induced turpitude: a new training website for … [More]

Revenue-Challenged? Try Locally Developed eGift Card App for Free

by Amanda Ventura

As businesses across many industries temporarily reduce or cease operations to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, owners are left wondering how they’ll weather several weeks or months of supporting a staff without any source of revenue. Gift cards have been suggested as one solution, generating cash flow even without customers in the shop. One of those solutions is … [More]

New Report Calls for National Industrial Strategy to Strengthen U.S. Industries That Are ‘Too Critical to Fail’

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

As the coronavirus pandemic disrupts global supply chains and further underscores the stakes involved in the fierce techno-economic challenge that America faces from China, a new report released today by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the leading think tank for science and technology policy, urges the U.S. government to develop a national … [More]

SAFETY: Close-Up on Disinfecting

by RaeAnne Marsh

Disinfecting office, home, stores and schools is top of mind during this COVID-19 pandemic. Cory Chalmers, CEO of Steri-Clean, Inc. and featured expert cleaner and host on A&E’s “Hoarders,” shares his expertise with In Business Magazine. What are the most common misperceptions about how to disinfect for COVID-19? The most common misconception, and made worse by … [More]