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]

Granted, So Awarding 

by Mike Hunter

Award Alley is a Web-based software created by Arizona-based media88, Inc. to help organizations improve the grant or award applications process, save time and cost, and enhance brand image for professionals or organizations. It provides an integrated suite of user-friendly widgets for award or grant providers to easily manage their award or grant application process in four … [More]

Savings for Small Business

by Mike Hunter

SRP is the oldest multipurpose federal reclamation project in the United States. It has been serving central Arizona since 1903, nearly 10 years before Arizona became the 48th state. As part of its commitment to our community, SRP has a website dedicated to helping businesses save on energy costs. It offers information on rebates and energy savings, and provides energy tools … [More]

A New Dimension

by Mike Hunter

Attracting customers’ attention is a tall order these days with so many formats in which to attempt to engage them. Video marketing can be captivating, and Dimension 5, a video production and marketing company, uses its expertise in attracting customers and retaining their interest to bring its client’s business to the forefront. With “explainer” videos and custom animation, … [More]

Ak-Chin Casino Expands 

by Mike Hunter

The Ak-Chin Indian Community has broken ground on a multi-million-dollar expansion of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino that will include a spa, a conference center with multi-use ballroom space, a parking garage, additional restaurants and more than 200 additional rooms. According to Robert Livingston, general manager of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, this expansion will not only increase … [More]

Luxury Multifamily in Glendale

by Mike Hunter

P.B. Bell has opened Velaire at Aspera, a nearly 13-acre luxury apartment community within the long-awaited Aspera mixed-use development in Glendale. Velaire at Aspera, the third new community P.B. Bell has opened since late September, offers one-, two- and three-bedroom luxury apartment homes in a resort-like setting, with amenities that include a theater, dog agility park and … [More]

2016 CT6 Cadillac Sedan

by Mike Hunter

Introducing a new standard for excellence, the reinvented sedan by Cadillac is the 2016 CT6. With advanced technology and the latest in engine technologies, this performance luxury sedan is turning heads. With a twin turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine, acceleration is impressive. The 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque make for an exceptional response off the line. With … [More]

Out in the Open

by Mike Hunter

Going to the Phoenix Open? Have a golf date this Friday? Embarking on a long, cathartic walk with your number two? A necessity in this circumstance, given the number of days of sunshine, is a great pair of sunglasses that say, “I am in charge.” Here are our picks: Metal/Wood/Acetate Sunglasses by Ermeneglido ZegnaThe interplay of dark metal and wood with finely crafted … [More]

Tommy V’s Urban Kitchen & Bar

by Mike Hunter

Urban Italian in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale makes for great lunchtime fare. This simple, modern establishment off Indian School Road is all about the best ingredients and fresh and innovative urban Italian dishes in an atmosphere that is open and vibrant. Known for its live music and great nighttime menu, Tommy V’s translates beautifully in the daylight as an equally … [More]

Urban Dining

by Mike Hunter

Hit the streets for lunch and find many options in the “downtowns” of the Valley. From the office, spill out onto the street and voila! There are multiple options of all kinds for that midday meal. Here are our picks, by downtown: Downtown Phoenix — Hanny’s Built in the old Hanny’s Department Store location and making full use of that fact is this ultra-urban hot spot for … [More]

Feedback: August 2016

by Sarah Groen, Frank Lara, David Long

Question: “To go” has been a growing part of the restaurant industry. The delivery side of that has largely been focused on pizza, but there seems to be increasing interest in expanding this aspect of the food service industry. What is your take on this trend, and how are you responding to it? Sarah Groen General Manager Uber Sector: Transportation With the advent of … [More]

Summer 2016 Message from the NAWBO President

by Phaedra Earhart

When I first visited NAWBO Phoenix back in 2004, I knew I had found my tribe. It was my district manager who had handed me a newspaper clipping a few weeks earlier and thought I might be interested in the group. I didn’t hesitate to become involved and started volunteering on a committee, and, finally, the board! I am so grateful to have the women of NAWBO in my life — they are … [More]

Announcing the New NAWBO 2016/2017 Board of Directors 


The Phoenix Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) recently installed its new board of directors for 2016-17. This board will be responsible for fulfilling the mission of the 5,000-strong women in NAWBO to: strengthen the wealth-creating capacity of its members and promote economic development; create innovative and effective changes in the … [More]

What to Do when Disaster Strikes

by Tracy Michelle Klein

Have you ever heard the phrase “better safe than sorry”? Having a disaster plan is one step in making you safe. As a business owner, the last thing you want to think about is a disaster striking. Today’s disasters are not the same as those of previous generations. We not only have natural disasters which everyone seems to think about, but, with our world being run and … [More]

What Fortune 100 Firms Know about Teambuilding that Women Business Owners Need to Know!

by Laurie D Battaglia

  Remember when you started your business a few years ago? You may have had visions of scaling up, living large, having a large team of people, or a company with more than a thousand employees. Or you may have decided to pursue your passion and see where it leads you. You could be a team of one or two. Either way, sooner or later, you can’t do it all alone. … [More]

The Technology Paradox: Are You Hooked into Technology or Is Technology Hooked into You? 

by Sara Regester

I was recently traveling in the Colorado Rockies “off the grid” with no cellular service and no Internet access — unless I took a hike up the hill to the pasture and stood under the big pine tree, where I was able to access three bars on my smartphone. I wonder if this is how the indigenous felt when they sent out their smoke signals. … It’s amazing how much technology rules … [More]

Rights of Publicity: A Potentially Catastrophic Pitfall for the Unwary Marketer 

by Cindy Villanueva

Business owners and marketing departments need to have at least a basic understanding, if not a proficient grasp, of the legal vetting necessary before using an image in an ad or marketing piece. A marketer needs to know not to use trademarks owned by other companies, when to obtain a copyright license before using a photo, and how to avoid using trademarks in her own company’s … [More]

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