Fulton Homes’ Annual School Supplies Drive Kicks Off in August with New Name, Promotion  

Fulton Homes

Back-to-school costs can be challenging for many families, but this school year in particular poses a whole new challenge as online learning costs can be crippling.  With the majority of students expected to return to the classroom virtually, Fulton Homes is proudly brining its annual “School Supplies for Small Fries” program across the Valley from August 3rd … [More]

$3 Million Grant for Simulation Training Program to Community Hospital

Valleywise Health

Valleywise Health has been awarded a $3 million grant from The Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority (MCIDA) to assist in developing a comprehensive medical simulation training program. With this grant, Valleywise Health will provide expanded hands-on learning experiences to hundreds of medical residents and students with the most up to date technology. “This … [More]

Public Health Recommendations Released for Safe Reopening in Arizona

Rick McCartney

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) today announced public health recommendations for the eventual safe reopening of paused businesses in the state of Arizona. On June 27, Governor Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-43 “Pausing of Arizona’s Reopening.” This paused the reopening of several specific industries with operations that are considered by public health to … [More]

Freeport-McMoRan Announces New President and COO for Americas, Conger Retires

Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. announced today the appointment of Joshua F. “Josh” Olmsted as President and Chief Operating Officer – Americas upon the retirement of Harry M. “Red” Conger, IV (age 64). Following a successful 33-year career with Freeport-McMoRan, Red Conger has elected to retire effective September 1, 2020. Josh Olmsted (age 49) currently serves as Senior … [More]

Western Alliance Bank Hires Diane Gallion to Lead New SBA Enterprise Lending Group

Western Alliance Bank

Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, today announced the hiring of Diane Gallion to lead its newly formed SBA Enterprise Lending Group. In her new role, Gallion will be responsible for leading and growing the bank’s SBA 7(a) loan program across its regional banking divisions, including building a cross-regional team of loan originators. In addition, she … [More]

Sundt Foundation Donates more than $75,000 to Valley Charities

The Sundt Foundation

During its third-quarter disbursement, the Sundt Foundation awarded over $75,000 in grants to 25 Phoenix-area nonprofits. “It’s an honor to be able to support 25 organizations throughout the Valley,” said Cathie Gabriel, the Sundt Foundation’s Tempe region board member. “Being able to give back to the communities where we live and work is extremely rewarding.” The Sundt … [More]

$1.2 Million in CARES Act Funding to Boost Economic Development Programs in Arizona

U.S. Economic Development Administration

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $1.2 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants to three EDA Economic Development District organizations across Arizona to update economic development plans and fortify programs to assist communities in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. “The … [More]

WEBINAR – Aug. 12: Preparing for PPP Loan Forgiveness and PPP Q&A


Presented by: Elizabeth Milito, Senior Executive Counsel, Legal Foundation, NFIB, Holly Wade Director, NFIB Research Center Preparing for PPP Loan Forgiveness and PPP Q&A For businesses that received a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the rules are everchanging with new SBA guidance just published on August 4. This week’s webinar will cover … [More]

Cultivating Brand Activism? Pointers to Help Businesses Decide and Plan

by Andrea Fryrear

From the team formerly known as the Washington Redskins to #BlackLivesMatter to saying goodbye to Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima, social activism is the latest must-have for brands. But should you join in? And if so, how can you do so without seeming cynical, especially if this is your first time dipping your toes into the social justice water? Brand activism is a significant … [More]

4 Factors to Consider Before Buying an Essential Business in COVID Times


The shutdowns and rollbacks of businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to play havoc with the U.S. economy. But the least-affected businesses during the crisis, for the most part, have been those deemed “essential” by state and local governments, allowing those companies to remain fully operational or close to it. Meanwhile, with the idea that essential businesses … [More]