Our Food Scene: Making ‘Authentic’ the New Norm

by RaeAnne Marsh

Our pocket of paradise has more than a fair share of celebrity and award-winning chefs spicing up the culinary scene, but what of the restaurateurs whose vison drives the development of our restaurant industry? The Valley is blessed with a plethora of innovators intent on creating unique dining experiences for residents and visitors alike. In these pages, In Business Magazine … [More]

Sam Fox, Fox Restaurant Concepts

from Sam Fox

We locals know the Valley has been a dining destination for some time. Now, the rest of the country is taking note. We’re finally being recognized as a city that’s driving dining trends by way of some incredible culinary talent. Truth is, we’re tired of not being seen as the food-centric market we’ve become. Phoenix has earned its seat at the table and I’m more excited than … [More]

No Joke: Humor Is Vital to Workplace Culture

by Nathan Gilroy

Comic actor Charlie Chaplin famously said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” This philosophy can be applied directly to the workplace. A Gallup study found that people laugh significantly less on weekdays than on weekends. And a study by Happify found that millennials — who represent the largest generation in the U.S. workforce — are obsessed with their jobs, … [More]

Employee Disengagement Underlies Saga of Sabotage

by Luke Treglown

The recent arrest of a Mossack Fonesca employee in Geneva has called into question the motivations behind insider threats. Over the past four months, MF, a Panama-based law firm, has experienced two major breaches in data security. The first of these, dubbed the “Panama Papers scandal,” has broken records as the largest leak in history. In April of this year, 2.6 terabytes … [More]

File this Under: The Complexity of Managing Personnel Documents 

by Mike Saucier

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, today’s employers and human resources managers have to track immigration forms, Equal … [More]

It’s Not Just Checkbook Giving Anymore

by Richard Tollefson 

In the past, the most common way for individual donors to support their favorite nonprofit was to open their checkbooks once per year in response to the annual fundraising campaign. They wrote checks from discretionary income, and, on occasion, donated stock or other appreciated assets. They still do, but today they have a wider array of giving vehicles at their fingertips, … [More]

PCHF Engages Business against Childhood Cancer

by RaeAnne Marsh

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation is gearing up for a September fundraising program it designed with the business community in mind. First and foremost, of course, is the goal of $1 million to support the hospital’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders — a critical pediatric focus, considering that every three-and-a-half minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer yet only 4 … [More]

Healthcare Partnership Takes Aim at Cost

by Mike Hunter

Hospice of the West, a leading community-based hospice and palliative care organization in Maricopa County, has partnered with Turn-Key Health, the market leader in advanced illness population health management, in a collaboration that aligns community-based palliative care providers with Medicare ACO and Medicare Advantage plans and beneficiaries through technology and process … [More]

Valley Hospitals in the Forefront of Breakthrough Treatments

by Mike Hunter

A procedure recently performed at HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center used a revolutionary heart stent that dissolves completely over time. Manufactured by Abbott Vascular, the stent is a small polymer tube that opens clogged arteries and helps restore blood flow to the heart. The stent dissolves completely in the body two to three years after implantation. “With the … [More]

STEM Under the Hood

by RaeAnne Marsh

Cars today have upward of 200 computer modules, and, adding to the complexity of repairing these vehicles, the technology used varies with the different manufacturers. The hybrid technology of Tesla and Nissan, for instance, uses different operating systems, different processes and different energy management systems. Noting the need for trained individuals who understand how … [More]

Phoenix Sited as Second Global Headquarters

by Mike Hunter

Kudelski Group, a global leader in digital content distribution and security and in access control security solutions, has selected Phoenix for its second global headquarters. The Group will retain its corporate headquarters in Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, which will also continue to serve as the company’s center of excellence for security technology research, … [More]

A Shorter ‘Last Mile’ in Distribution

by Mike Hunter

Progistics Distribution, a leading “last mile” distribution and logistics company, has launched eDEMAND, a Web app that enables Progistics Distribution to tap into its network of over 700 professional drivers, connecting them via their mobile devices to enable communication between businesses, drivers and brokers. eDEMAND, powered by Progistics, provides an interface that … [More]

5% More

by Mike Hunter

5% More presents a painless route to change, with results that can last a lifetime. Whether the goal is to boost health, wealth or wisdom, this book reveals a key technique that makes it stick. Breaking big goals into small chunks makes them easier to achieve, but the trick is in making those chunks large enough to be productive yet small enough to be sustainable. This book … [More]

Scrappy

by Mike Hunter

Paying one’s dues and plugging away may gain a person enough experience through “the school of hard knocks” to be successful. But for those who want to reach their goals faster, earn more, beat the odds — and do it with class and style — it’s time to get scrappy. Scrappy people see big problems and come up with big solutions. Or they see ordinary challenges and find a new path … [More]

Navigating the Talent Shift 

by Mike Hunter

By 2020, 40 percent of the workforce won’t want to be someone’s employee. That means managers and executives have to forget the old recruit-and-search-for-months methods to acquire talent and revise their perception that “talent” is only full-time employees. The good news is that this talent allows businesses to achieve the biggest impact on projects in the fastest time … [More]

Growing from the Middle

by Mike Hunter

Despite comprising only 1 percent of the total number of commercially active firms in the country, middle market companies have led national job growth over the past five years, employing nearly 53 million workers — more than double the number employed by this segment in 2011. Middle market firms are also contributing $9.3 trillion to the U.S. economy, according to the “Middle … [More]

GCU Launches Business Resource for Students and Community

by RaeAnne Marsh

Grand Canyon University will open its Small Business Consulting Center this fall as a free resource for students, alumni and community businesses. It differentiates itself from other business consulting centers — incubators and accelerators — by using the resources of GCU’s faculty and students as well as drawing on the expertise of Phoenix’s entrepreneurial ecosystem with … [More]

Kickstarter for Expansion

by RaeAnne Marsh

Solar Pool Technologies turned to Kickstarter not to launch a new business but, based on interest expressed by existing customers, to launch a new version of its solar-powered, robotic swimming pool cleaner and chemical dispenser Solar-Breeze. “It’s really hard for early-stage companies to secure capital to grow their business,” observes CEO Paul Sim. So last July, with a new … [More]

Making Referrals Matter

by RaeAnne Marsh

The name proved to be key to Bill and Eric Skoog expanding their roofing business. The company they’d built on new construction and custom homes suffered in the housing market downturn in 2007, and they felt residential and commercial reroofing would be a more stable market, Eric Skoog explains. Sunvek had the name, and the Skoogs bought it out of bankruptcy in 2008. Their … [More]

Bolster Business with Bolste

by Mike Hunter

Bolste™ recently launched a new business operating system (BOS) that brings numerous tools together into one system. It was designed to simplify communication, collaboration and productivity in contrast to apps that are complicated, fragmented and too difficult to learn for business to gain dramatic efficiency benefits. It is available in a free version, or users can upgrade to … [More]