Five Entrepreneurial Organizations Selected to Engineering School Tech Cohort


In partnership with the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU), leading global technology solutions provider Avnet continues its commitment to guiding innovation and entrepreneurship with introduction of the fourth Avnet Innovation Lab cohort. From healthcare and agriculture to transportation and beyond, these entrepreneurial organizations create … [More]

One-in-Four Small Business Owners Will Close Doors if Economic Conditions Don’t Improve, Says Survey


The NFIB Research Center released its latest survey focusing on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic and imposed shutdowns have had on small businesses. This is the 14th survey since early March. One-in-four small business owners reported that they will have to close their doors in the next six months if the current economic conditions don’t improve, up 5% from last month. Another … [More]

Startup Capital Co. Announces Market Launch of Cannabis Retail Franchise

Zoned Properties

Zoned Properties®, Inc., a strategic real estate development firm whose primary mission is to provide real estate and sustainability services for the regulated cannabis industry, positioning the company for property acquisitions and revenue growth, today announced the market launch of its partnership with dispensary retail franchisor, The Open Dør. Earlier this year, … [More]

Valley Company Spreads Holiday Joy by Writing and Sending 100,000 Holiday Cards

Simply Noted

If you think Santa’s workshop is busy this time of year, you should take a look at the Simply Noted headquarters in Tempe, Arizona. For the 2020 holiday season, the company is on track to send 100,000 custom handwritten holiday cards to recipients all over the country, with 65,000 of those being sent in December alone. Simply Noted, an automated handwritten letters and cards … [More]

U.S. Single-Family Rent Growth Reached Pre-Pandemic Levels in October, Says Report

Rick McCartney

CoreLogic, a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released its latest Single-Family Rent Index (SFRI), which analyzes single-family rent price changes nationally and across more than 20 metropolitan areas. Data collected for October 2020 shows a national rent increase of 3.1% year over year, up from a 2.9% year-over-year … [More]

Opportunity Zone Project Breaks Ground on Single-Family Rental Units in Glendale

Virtua Partners

Virtua Partners, the Scottsdale-based private-equity firm specializing in real estate investment, has broken ground on a new Opportunity Zone development, in Glendale, Arizona. The property, named “V Townhomes at Manistee Ranch,” is a 5.78-acre infill lot situated at North 53rd Avenue within the Manistee Ranch Community. Virtua plans to transform the lot into 71 single-family … [More]

New Study Reveals that Virtual Reality Skills Training Is Poised for Explosive Growth By 2022


Mursion, the industry leader in immersive virtual reality training for emotional intelligence in the workplace, and Future Workplace, an advisory and membership organization that prepares HR leaders for the future of work, today announced their partner study: VR Changes the Game for Soft Skills Training. The report examines the rapidly growing trend of VR simulation training … [More]

Who’s the New Boss? How to Avoid Succession Planning Mistakes

Many corporations have endured a rough 2020 that included the resignations of top executives at some major brands. Will their replacements be ready? It’s a fair question, especially if the new company leader is promoted from within. Studies show many senior leaders don’t think their companies properly educate and prepare future leaders for succession. If an organization has … [More]

COVID-19 Stories: Print Franchisee Proves Value as Essential Business

The arrival of COVID-19 to Peoria, Ariz., put Tim Earick and Jim McPhetres’ digital print design and marketing center to the test. Their International Minute Press franchise in Peoria – part of the Minuteman Press International family – has been able to remain open as an essential business and best serve their community.  Earick, a lifelong print professional, and McPhetres, a … [More]

Could COVID Kill Entrepreneurship? How to Make Sure It Doesn’t

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has left many existing small businesses struggling, and the continued economic uncertainty threatens to kill the ambitions of entrepreneurs who planned to launch new businesses but now must put their dreams on hold. “This crisis will end up being much worse for small businesses than the 2008-11 sub-prime mortgage crisis,”  says Andi … [More]