WEBINARS – Sep 7 and 9: Arizona Small Business Boot Camp & Collective

Arizona Commerce Authority

UPCOMING SESSIONS Please join us for the upcoming Boot Camp sessions. If you missed any sessions this week, watch here. SESSION 183: Tuesday - September 7 | 9:00 AM Your Brand Your Way: Mind Your Messaging Whether you are crafting your brand message for a marketing channel, your website, a video, or a meeting, you need to be sure the people … [More]

SBA Announces Moratorium on Bona Fide Place of Business Requirements for the 8(a) Business Development Program  

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced a moratorium on the requirement that participants in SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program must establish a bona fide place of business in a specific geographic area in order to be awarded any construction contract through the 8(a) Program due to the ongoing challenges of COVID-19.  The moratorium is effective August 25, … [More]

AC Hotel Downtown Phoenix Acquired by Chicago Group


Chicago-based hotel investment and management company, Arbor Lodging Partners, is proud to announce today its latest acquisition and first expansion into the Phoenix market, with AC Hotel Phoenix Downtown. Located in the lively, bustling downtown that has been experiencing rapid growth and development in recent years, the AC Hotel Phoenix Downtown boasts 199 luxurious rooms and … [More]

Ducey Names Don Herrington as Interim ADHS Director, Taps Richard Carmona as Senior Public Health Advisor

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey today named Don Herrington, a 21-year veteran of the Arizona Department of Health Services, to succeed Dr. Cara Christ and oversee the frontline health care workers who have spearheaded the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor and Herrington together named Dr. Richard Carmona, the 17th Surgeon General of the United States, to serve as … [More]

U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Rise but Stay Near Last Week’s Pandemic Low

U.S. Department of Labor

In the week ending August 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 353,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 348,000 to 349,000. The 4-week moving average was 366,500, a decrease of 11,500 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average … [More]

Quarterly Trends Update on the Construction, Manufacturing, Retail, and Services Industries


The NFIB Research Center released a quarterly Small Business Economic Trends industry report highlighting the construction, manufacturing, retail, and services industries. NFIB’s July Small Business Economic Trends report showed the overall Optimism Index at 99.7. “Small businesses are working hard to recover from the pandemic while still facing strong headwinds,” … [More]

4 Key Aspects of Restaurant and Bar Insurance Coverage

by David DeLorenzo

One of the most important things a bar or restaurant owner will have to manage in their business is their insurance. Intended to help protect owners against a host of issues, proper insurance coverage can truly “make or break” a business. It’s essential to work with a professional, experienced agent who knows the ins and outs of the hospitality industry, as this type of … [More]

Today Is National Women’s Equality Day – A Day to Recognize Equity in the Workplace

University of Phoenix

When University of Phoenix set out to create a suite of professional development courses, designed to provide an efficient and cost-effective path to short-burst higher learning, they chose a collaborator, Freedom Learning Group (FLG), who has made it their mission to help military spouses stay relevant in the workforce while achieving work/life balance. FLG's efforts have … [More]

What’s Influencing Your IT Budget? 6 Post-Covid Corporate IT Trends

by Tony Zorc

Before planning for new technology upgrades or further cloud migrations, it’s critical to understand the IT market. There are 6 corporate IT trends that are actively influencing every organization’s IT budget today. 1. IT structure: On-Prem Networks to Software As a Service (SAAS) - Instead of having IT managed at the office site, businesses purchase software that is … [More]

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