The Cure for the Healthcare Headache

by RaeAnne Marsh

Coverage  As the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act continues to roll out, employers this year face a new accounting requirement in preparation for reports documenting their compliance that they will need to file starting in 2016. Everyone must have healthcare coverage, and responsibility for compliance rests on both the individual and the employer. Key terms are … [More]

Peter S. Fine, Banner Health

from Peter S. Fine

Over the past couple of years, business owners have been working to determine how best to comply with federal healthcare coverage requirements and provide competitive healthcare benefits to attract and retain the work force their business needs. In the ongoing and congruent effort to also control healthcare costs and improve the bottom line, businesses continue to seek … [More]

Mixing the Perfect Sales Cocktail

by Anthony Caliendo

Sales can be complicated! Even career sales professionals find being a good salesperson can be frustrating and complex. Different factors contribute to sales complexity: being able to find the right lucrative opportunity, having access to the right resources, selling the right product or service that appeals to businesses and consumers, developing effective lead generating … [More]

Reality vs. Perceptual Reality

by Scott Deming

One of the “realities” I’ve discovered through the years of business ownership, consulting and speaking, is that the customer or client rarely sees you as YOU see you. This is known as Perceptual Reality. In his book Magical Worlds of the Wizard of Ads, Roy H. Williams defines Perceptual Reality as our imagination. We spend a great deal of time there, and while there we create … [More]

File this Under: The Complexity of Managing Personnel Documents

By Mike Saucier

This article has been updated. Please click here to read the updated article. The basic management of personnel files used to be pretty simple: Collect some basic information and stick the files on a shelf somewhere. Today, the matter of collecting and storing private employee information is not as simple, even with the available option of going digital. For example, … [More]

The Real Impact of Impact Investing

by Richard Tollefson

The Desert Botanical Garden of Phoenix relies heavily on one critical natural resource: water. For years its plants were nurtured with the same high-demand, potable drinking water running from residents’ taps. The environmental and cost-saving solution: non-potable water from the adjacent Salt River Project canal, offered to the “turf” industry at a 60-percent discount by the … [More]

Technology Levels the Playing Field 

by RaeAnne Marsh

EZBZ uses technology and the Internet to create a marketplace for businesses that does not hinge on first-page Google placement or the most beautiful website. Consumers go to EZBZ’s site and simply post a query for a product or service, EZBZ identifies and notifies local vendors that offer the product or service via an email or text, and the vendors then have the opportunity to … [More]

The ‘Secret Formula’ of App Success

by RaeAnne Marsh

Applications for mobile devices are proliferating at an almost-exponential rate. Many existing businesses have more than one, and some businesses are created specifically around an app. A study recently released from ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business applies analytic research to replace the crystal ball, crossed fingers and specific-market research business owners and app … [More]

Low-Tech Meets the Cloud

by RaeAnne Marsh

Rocketbook is a simple paper notebook that, with the help of an iOS app, quickly and accurately captures images of pages and files them in cloud storage. The microwave-safe pages are also compatible with the off-the-shelf Pilot FriXion heat-sensitive pens. This allows users to reuse a Rockebook by erasing it in a microwave oven. Joe Lemay started Rocket Innovations with the … [More]

Real-Time Fraud Protection

by RaeAnne Marsh

Emailage is a fraud prevention company that leverages the only truly global identity — email address — to determine the risk of a transaction. Using its proprietary machine learning algorithms, Emailage delivers an intelligent risk score that does not require the use of sensitive customer data. Since its founding in 2012, the Chandler-based company has tripled revenue year over … [More]

Medical Taxi Service

by Alexandra Lyon

PostOp Concierge, a Phoenix-based business partnership between Karl Frindrich, M.D., and the driver service RubyRide, is the Valley’s first medical outpatient car concierge service for pre-op and post-op needs. Patients will be able to arrive to their procedure on time and have their driver available within 30 minutes of notification when they are ready for discharge. “I first … [More]

Dental Care Is Business, Too

by RaeAnne Marsh

Often overshadowed by discussion of cost of healthcare insurance and access to care is a view of doctors as businesspeople trying to grow a successful business. This is where Tralongo, which specializes in dental practice acquisitions, puts its focus. Phoenix dentist Isaac LaVant, D.D.S., brings Tralongo’s model to Arizona with his recent development agreement with the … [More]

℞: Digital Connection

by RaeAnne Marsh

Phoenix Children’s Hospital has unveiled its pioneering Connected Patient Project, which will provide a customized digital experience through not only a tablet in every patient room for patients and families to use during their hospital stay but also a mobile app for the Journey Board, an educational resource PCH provides families regarding post-procedure care once their child … [More]

Glasses Combat Migraines

by RaeAnne Marsh

Lighting, wellness and an employer’s bottom line — what’s the connection? Research has shown certain types of lighting, such as fluorescents and computer screens, can negatively impact health by causing migraines, headaches, eye strain and exhaustion. In fact, migraines alone are the culprit for American employers losing 113 million days of work each year, resulting in an … [More]

Living High-Tech

by RaeAnne Marsh

A condominium project in DC Ranch’s Silverleaf neighborhoods is bringing many sophisticated features to the Arizona market. “Our whole vision was how to use technology to make things more comfortable, more efficient,” says Tanner Luster, president of Scottsdale-based Cypress Development Group, which is developing the $350-million Sterling at Silverleaf community. A first of … [More]

Nekter Markets Healthier Lifestyle

by RaeAnne Marsh

Educating their target market is part of Alexis and Steve Schulze’s strategy for marketing their Nekter Juice Bar stores, which recently opened its sixth in the Phoenix area. “Our most effective method is engaging in the communities,” Steve Schulze says, citing elementary schools and such health-related businesses as yoga and pilate studios as prime opportunities and explaining … [More]

Business Means to Stop the Bullets

by RaeAnne Marsh

In a situation where a gunman bursts into a public space and begins random firing, people’s instinct is to duck for cover behind furniture. Jeffrey Isquith, president and CEO of Ballistic Furniture Systems, wants to be sure the furniture can actually stop the bullets. He recalls being in Tucson the day after the Gabby Giffords shooting and realizing that shootings seem to … [More]

Zen with Info

by Mike Hunter

UpdateZen, a mobile-first status reporting solution, provides CEOs, executives and business owners the easiest way to stay updated on the key things their people are working on. The application relieves information overload by significantly reducing the amount of non-critical information executives and team leaders routinely receive, and presents them only what they need to … [More]

Sales Recruiting

by Mike Hunter

Time to Hire uses proprietary keyword algorithms to comb through the 130 million resumes on CareerBuilder, Monster and other job search sites to find and match qualified commission-based sales reps to major companies, including Time Warner, Home Depot, Comcast, Verizon, Sears and many more. This reliable resource has proven to be a useful tool for HR and other corporate hiring … [More]

Travel Assist

by Mike Hunter

The “Human App” from Protravel International — the travel industry’s premier luxury travel agency — takes the headache and frustration out of travel when storms or other disasters hit and customers are most in need of assistance. It’s a high-touch, live network of more than 1,000 travel agents working diligently around the clock to get their clients where they need to be. … [More]