#yesphx Summer Social for Good Raises more than $24,000 for Arizona Small Businesses


The month-long #yesphx Summer Social for Good fundraiser, hosted by Local First Arizona, StartupAZ Foundation, ThrivePHX, and #yesphx, raised a total of $24,690 for struggling small businesses in Arizona. The local entrepreneurial community usually comes together every July for the Summer Social, but due to Covid-19 and the financial hardships many businesses are facing, … [More]

What’s Old is New Again: Reviving a Historic Home with Five Expert Design Tips  

James Judge

Historic homes that are full of character deserve to be preserved, says one Arizona designer, who’s showing fellow DIYers how to strike the perfect balance between restoration and renovation by offering design ideas that blend classic materials with contemporary elements, without diluting the original style. Quickly becoming the go-to source for photo-worthy transformations … [More]

Black Theatre Troupe: Celebrates 50 Years with 2020-20201 Season Announced

Black Theatre Troupe

The Black Theatre Troupe’s 2020-2021 season Telling Our Stories will mark the 50th year the company has celebrated the Black experience. Since their 1970 debut production of Lonnie Elder’s nationally acclaimed drama of social and political consciousness, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, Black Theatre Troupe has gone on to produce powerful works with an emphasis on African … [More]

Scottsdale Collaboration Makes Mass COVID-19 Testing More Accessible

Matrix Medical Network

Matrix Medical Network has partnered with Berkeley Data Ventures to improve the availability and ease of COVID-19 testing by combining the power of machine learning and pooled testing. The new solution, driven by machine learning algorithms, will enable more individuals to be tested, more often, through strategic pooled testing. “Frequent testing, for example at a school or … [More]

Small Business Employment Rebound Moderates in July

Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch

The latest Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch shows that employment growth moderated as new COVID-19 hot spots emerged in the South and West regions of the U.S. The national jobs index slipped 0.24 percent in July to 94.59. Hourly earnings growth also slowed slightly to 3.29 percent last month, but increasing hours worked, spurred by the shifting workforce … [More]

Majority of Small Businesses Are Attempting to Hire, Labor Market Remains Weak


According to NFIB’s monthly jobs report, over half (51%) of small business owners reported hiring or trying to hire in July. Forty-four percent (86 percent of those hiring or trying to hire) reported few or no qualified applicants for the positions they were trying to fill, up 1 point. Fifty-two percent of construction firms reported few or no qualified applicants and 37% cited … [More]

Back-to-School Without a Glitch: Virtual Academy Opens Its Online Doors for the New School Year

Arizona Virtual Academy

Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA), a tuition-free full-time online public school, serving students in grades K-12 throughout the state, is ready to get back to work providing Arizona students with the safe and comprehensive education they need during these historic times. Students and teachers will open their laptops to log on and start the 2020-2021 school year Monday, August … [More]

June International Trade in Goods and Services, Down $1.4B from May

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis announced today that the goods and services deficit was $50.7 billion in June, down $4.1 billion from $54.8 billion in May, revised. U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services Deficit Deficit: $50.7 Billion -7.5%° Exports: $158.3 Billion +9.4%° Imports: $208.9 … [More]

Misguided TikTok and WeChat Bans Risk Fragmenting the Internet Economy, Says ITIF

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

In response to executive orders signed by Trump that would require TikTok and WeChat to either shut down or find new owners within 45 days, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) issued the following statement from ITIF Vice President Daniel Castro: The United States is creating a double standard. There is no security justification for banning an app … [More]

Economy Gained 1.8M Jobs in July, Slow Recovery Expected

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 1.8 million in July, and the unemployment rate fell to 10.2 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. These improvements in the labor market reflected the continued resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to contain it. In July, notable job … [More]