Home Economics: Does the Housing Market Impact Our Economic Growth?

by RaeAnne Marsh

“When the housing market is strong, typically economic growth is strong,” observes Randy Bury, who has more than 25 years’ experience in home building, land acquisition and development and is founder and owner of Moderne Communities®, an Arizona-based real estate investment and development company. “I believe approximately 65–70% of GDP is consumer spending, of which … [More]

Brad Schoenberg, Taylor Morrison, Inc. 

Bringing It Home

from Brad Schoenberg

As Arizona is experiencing a surge in population, we are seeing construction starts throughout the Valley to accommodate the increased housing need. The housing market continues to serve as a significant driver of economic growth. At Taylor Morrison, we’re seeing that the housing consumer is evolving along with it, and that stability is coming to the housing market. … [More]

Feedback: August 2023

by Scott Cooper, Dan Henderson, CEcD, Mayor Joe Pizzillo

Q: How is the availability or development of various housing product impacting economic development in your city?  Scott Cooper  Economic Development Director (interim) City of Scottsdale Sector: Government Our region’s steady economic growth and diverse employment opportunities are continuing to draw businesses and individuals to the area. As a result, Scottsdale, like … [More]

This Lawyer’s New Bestie Is ChatGPT 

by Marc Lamber

ChatGPT4 is making me smarter and more productive! It’s like having a super smart friend sitting right next to me who has an encyclopedic knowledge of relevant data; the ability to answer complex questions; and the training to compose complete, stylized legal documents. Yet, this friend is often tone deaf, lacks perspective and is wrong from time to time.  In our personal … [More]

The True Cost of Losing an RFP

by Lisa Rehurek

The most immediate effect of a lost RFP is the absence of new revenue.  Companies depend heavily on their proposal teams to secure opportunity wins on a consistent basis. New contracts equal new revenue, that’s obvious.  However, when a company loses an RFP opportunity, the ripple effect is felt throughout the company. The annual average win rate for government RFP … [More]

Interest in Employee Tracking Trending Up

by Mike Hunter

Recent studies have found that 7 in 10 large companies in the U.S. will be monitoring their employees in the next two years. Careers and resume advice site StandOut CV reviewed which states are most likely to monitor employees according to Google data and determined just exactly what an employer is able to collate and monitor when using these tools. According to Google … [More]

Looking Good 2023 – August Standouts

Local Standouts Recognized for Achievements and Philanthropy

Achievements Willmeng Named a Best Workplaces for 2023  Cintas Earns Highest Safety Award Koibito Poké Named a Top Emerging Franchise  Philanthropy Pita Jungle Helps Fight Food Insecurity Over Easy Helps Provide Hunger Relief … [More]

Over Easy Helps Provide Hunger Relief

by Mike Hunter

Local breakfast concept Over Easy recently raised $14,692 for the United Food Bank, partner of Feeding America, following its annual Dollars for a Dozen fundraiser. In addition, every dollar raised contributed to 34,000 eggs donated and delivered to the nonprofit by Shamrock Farms. The United Food Bank provides hunger relief to people in the East Valley and eastern Arizona. … [More]

Pita Jungle Helps Fight Food Insecurity

by Mike Hunter

Pita Jungle recently raised $1,873 for Arizona nonprofit Waste Not, whose mission is creating sustainable food systems that help people and the planet flourish. During the all-day event on National Pita Day, the local Mediterranean restaurant donated $1 for every pita sandwich sold at participating locations to the nonprofit. “The whole idea of tackling food insecurity by … [More]

Koibito Poké Named a Top Emerging Franchise 

by Mike Hunter

Local poke restaurant Koibito Poké has been recognized as one of the Top New and Emerging Franchises for 2023 by Entrepreneur magazine, at No. 131. Founded in 2018 by former MLB pitcher and three-time world champion Todd Stottlemyre, Koibito Poké is the leading Arizona poké restaurant influenced by traditional Hawaiian and Japanese flavors and ingredients.   … [More]

Cintas Earns Highest Safety Award

by Mike Hunter

Cintas Corporation recently earned another safety and health commendation when its Phoenix-area Fire Protection Location D52 was honored with the Arizona Industrial Commission’s VPP Exemplary Award, which recognizes exemplary performance in their workplace safety and health program. The Phoenix-area location has twice been recognized with a Star designation by the Voluntary … [More]

Willmeng Named a Best Workplaces for 2023 

by Mike Hunter

Willmeng Construction has been named to Inc. Magazine’s annual Best Workplaces list for 2023. The Arizona-based commercial general contractor specializes in ground-up and tenant improvement projects for the public and private market sectors in the Southwest. The list is the result of a comprehensive measurement of American companies that have excelled in creating exceptional … [More]

Quasar Quantum Healing Promotes a Full-Body Approach

by RaeAnne Marsh 

Monica Samuels created Quasar Quantum Healing as the next wave in modern wellness. Founded in February 2021, QQH combines cutting-edge, non-invasive technology with yoga, meditation and nutritional guidance designed to detox the body at a cellular level and help achieve whole-body wellness. QQH serves those dealing with everything from skin conditions, joint pain and sports … [More]

Biotech Consulting of AZ Helps Innovative Companies Market to Investors

by RaeAnne Marsh 

Biotech Consulting of Arizona, LLC provides consulting services to biotech and life sciences companies in the areas of consumer products, over-the-counter products, oral care products, applied genomics and molecular diagnostic products, operations laboratory support and technology evaluation as well as representing foreign companies in the USA.  The company was founded this … [More]

Membership Model for Senior-Living Developments

by Danette Opaczewski

The membership model is a business trend on the rise across many different industries, from subscription-based goods and services like Amazon Prime to members-only private athletic and social clubs like Soho House. From a business standpoint, having a membership model can help organizations grow by engaging with customers and retaining members long term. From a consumer … [More]

Infill Housing and Sustainable Construction: A Solution to Phoenix’s Water Woes

by Austin Trautman

The Valley continues to experience significant population growth and with that comes more urban sprawl and housing developments. Construction is booming, but at what cost to local municipalities and businesses. Previously, developers could find creative solutions to meet water needs for new communities in outlying areas, but water shortages and sourcing challenges threaten to … [More]

Christo Demetriades Manifests Power of Entrepreneurial Perseverance

South African immigrant tilled fertile soil in Scottsdale 

by Kathy Heasley

Some people are born entrepreneurs. And if there ever was one who fits that description, it is Christo Demetriades. He has spent most of his life and certainly his career in business for himself. It’s been a life of risks and rewards, highs and lows, challenge and achievement. As Demetriades says, that’s par for the course.  But Demetriades’s entrepreneurial life is anything … [More]

ASU, Advantest and NXP Join Forces

Pioneering a new test engineering curriculum showcasing the synergy of industry-academia partnership

by Stephanie Quinn

In an unprecedented partnership, Advantest Corporation, a leading semiconductor test equipment supplier, Arizona State University and global semiconductor company NXP® Semiconductors have come together to revolutionize the field of test engineering education. The collaboration aims to introduce a pioneering test engineering course at ASU, aptly named “EEE 522 Radio Frequency … [More]

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