How Healthcare Strategies Impact the Employer’s Bottom Line

by RaeAnne Marsh

While debate swirls on healthcare as a political issue, companies must deal with it as an element of being in business. Decision makers factor in the different options available and how different choices affect the company’s profitability — making cost the central focus. This leads to the most commonly heard question, “How do we control it?” But to David Berg, M.D. — whose … [More]

Linda Hunt, Dignity Health Arizona

from Linda Hunt

With all the debate over healthcare, an aspect that gets little attention is the role of the healthcare consumer. But the more engaged the individual, the better the health outcome should be — and when this is translated to the workplace, employers are finding that engaging employees in their healthcare impacts the company’s healthcare benefits cost. The question is, how do … [More]

Accountability: Make It Stick

by Julie Miller and Brian Bedford

As a leader at your organization, you like to think that you run a pretty tight ship. But if you’re being honest with yourself, you know that you let a few things slide. A missed deadline here and there. A few tiny white lies to clients. The fact that Mike in marketing often over-commits and under-delivers. Your own tendency to talk over others in meetings. In other words, … [More]

Comply or Deny? Businesses Deal with Healthcare Mandates

by Sue Kern-Fleischer

Four months since the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act took effect, many Arizona business owners and managers are still struggling to understand how to comply with the law and embrace it in a way that makes sense economically. It continues to be a confusing time for employers, particularly since the Federal government has changed the deadlines and rules several … [More]

The Power of Associations

by Jackie Wszalek

As a business owner, it is easy to view your business as the center of the universe. With responsibility for managing finances to increasing revenue and beyond, the small-business owner can easily become focused only on the business at hand. Association membership, whether it is industry specific or a special-interest organization (like NAWBO), can help expand your view. … [More]

Sales Leads – Lost by Mistake?

by Brandon Stuerke

U.S. businesses spend billions of dollars generating sales leads every year only to lose more than 70 percent of them simply because they don’t make contact quickly enough or follow up consistently, according to one study. But that’s not the only way they’re losing out on opportunities. A study of more than 600 companies by James Oldroyd, Ph.D., of MIT found the odds of a … [More]

Health Insurance: Balancing Benefits

by RaeAnne Marsh

Healthcare coverage requirements on small businesses is a hot topic, no less so with the recent extension on the start date for employers to provide health insurance to their employees. For some, health insurance is an unwelcome expense that cuts into company profits. For others, it’s an investment in company productivity. And in some cases, through changes that have … [More]

The Health of Care

from Peter S. Fine

Of course, it’s not easy to improve the overall health of an employee population — but it can be done. This issue of In Business Magazine provides a lot of good information to employers who are seeking to improve the wellness and lower the costs of healthcare expenditures for employees. I’d like you to also consider another action you can take that can improve care and lower … [More]

Business Healthcare Service Guide

Here is a listing of healthcare service by category compiled by In Business Magazine and published in the April 2014 issue. Associations & Government Arizona Dental Association 3193 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale (480) 344-5777 Arizona Foundation for Medical Care 326 E. Coronado Rd., Phoenix (602) 252-4042 Arizona Health Care … [More]

A Busy Spring!

by Rick Kidder

The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce has had a most busy spring and it’s not over yet! The job of supporting the business community never really ends, but the springtime is a peak period for us in addressing our mission to build a vibrant and prosperous business community. Whether addressing legislative issues at the State Capitol or promoting business-friendly approaches … [More]

Better Exposure through Involvement

by Suzanne Lanctot

There are many reasons to join a professional association related to your industry or field of expertise. Some join to build their resume and increase their marketability. Others join to take advantage of professional development and members-only benefits. And still others join to network and connect with other professionals. So after you’ve paid your membership dues, how do … [More]

Chamber Celebrates Two Great Women at Annual Women In Leadership Luncheon

by Rick Kidder

On February 12, the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a signature event, the second annual Women In Leadership luncheon at Silverleaf Club. The sell-out crowd was treated to the remarkable and inspiring story of two of Scottsdale’s brightest stars, Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, the founders of Childhelp USA, one of America’s premier nonprofits dedicated to the … [More]

Get Noticed and Make an Impact with Events

by Christie Cothrun

Do you need foot traffic in your business? Do you need more exposure? Do you want to become more active in your local community? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then hosting an event may be a wise investment for you. You might hold an event at your business in order to celebrate with your customers (such as for an anniversary or customer appreciation), as a … [More]

Scottsdale Forward Once Again Shows Business Leadership

by Rick Kidder

By the time of this magazine’s publication, the Chamber will have staged its signature event: Scottsdale Forward, sponsored by SRP. The annual economic development symposium attracts more than 200 Valley business leaders and tackles challenging and positive aspects of economic development in Scottsdale and the valley. Scottsdale Forward sprang from the landmark initiative, … [More]

Ori Eisen: Sharing the Cure for Online Fraud

by Joe Bardin

In ten years, Ori Eisen, founder of 41st Parameter, took his Internet-fraud-fighting company from zero revenue to $25 million with $80 million worth of backlog orders already in place and a sale to Experian, the global information services conglomerate, for $324 million. But the decision to go out on his own was not an easy one. As head of fraud detection at American … [More]

Corporate Partner Spotlight

by Sharon Bondurant

Member name: Sharon Bondurant Business name: Tech Finders What this business offers: We offer customized staffing solutions for small to large companies throughout Arizona. We find the staff talent that you can’t find on your own! Whether the need is to find a short-term contract person to assist with a project, or a long-term direct-hire employee, we can find the … [More]

City of Scottsdale Launches New Business Attraction Web Site

by Rick Kidder

The City of Scottsdale’s Economic Development department has developed and launched a new Web presence called, a comprehensive business attraction resource designed to help businesses and site selectors do the right thing — Choose Scottsdale! The new website provides a vast array of data, narrative and images to help position Scottsdale as the place for … [More]

How to Integrate Marketing and Public Relations

By Tara Michelle Hustedde

Most businesses want to find a way to leverage the power of publicity. But before you click the “send” button on that email with your press release, you need to quiz yourself on your marketing readiness. For example: Do my employees understand the company brand, mission and vision? Has sales training been conducted? Is our website user-friendly? Are our print … [More]

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