Helping Employers Solve Their Healthcare Dilemma

from Scott M. Wood

As an employee benefits consulting firm, Benefit Commerce Group is involved in one of the country’s hottest topics — healthcare. Our core business is focused on one of the most significant challenges facing employers in the Valley and the nation: providing cost-effective health insurance for employees. When these benefits are normally the second- or third-highest expense on a … [More]

A Holistic View to Mission Accomplishment

from Kim Reedy

OneAZ Credit Union is committed to our mission of truly improving the lives of our members, our associates and the communities we serve. In 2019, OneAZ put a strong emphasis on making our members’ experience easy, enjoyable and effective, supporting Arizona businesses and making our associates’ jobs more efficient. In 2019, we focused on member satisfaction by taking a … [More]

Reshaping the Future of Healthcare

from Hugh Lytle

The fragmented healthcare industry still doesn’t have a solution that helps independent healthcare providers deliver higher-quality care at a lower cost while addressing the whole-health needs of individuals across entire populations. When you start looking at the whole person, you have to reimagine how and when care is delivered to address physical, behavioral and social … [More]

The Fiesta Bowl: More than Just a Game

by Tyler Butler

In only a few short weeks, the Fiesta Bowl will once again bring a national focus to our local community. Who will face off at that time is not yet known, but Arizona can count on the immense impact that this event will have on the community as a result. With partners like PlayStation, Cheez-It, Wells Fargo and more, the organization is powered by some household names while … [More]

Create Capacity through People

by Bruce Weber and Charlie Smith

Every month, organizations prepare financial statements reconciling their “numbers” for the accounting period. One of those line items — salaries — typically represents one of the largest expenditures for the business and is a significant investment for the firm. Behind those dollars are real people who are the lifeblood of the organization and one of the key drivers of … [More]

Shannon Quagliata: Op for App for Open Houses

by Elizabeth Parra

On a quiet summer afternoon in 2017, then-realtor Shannon Quagliata sat in an empty open house and couldn’t understand why there were no interested homebuyers insight. The open house signs and directions she had organized led directly to the house and still it was deserted. What she didn’t know was that, while her client’s property was very popular and had all the components to … [More]

Looking Good 2019 – December Standouts

by Mike Hunter

ACHIEVEMENTS Earns Stevie Award Mailing recently won a Stevie Award for customer service, rather a rarity among printing/direct mail companies. The company credits it passion for direct mail as its spark, and is finding a revival in interest by agencies to build business and expand services as part of a comprehensive marketing strategy. Queen Creek Olive Mill … [More]

Tool Tracks Company Alumni

by Mike Hunter

ENGAGE Talent, an AI software company that offers the Total Talent Intelligence™ solution to help companies improve talent acquisition, engagement and retention and predict company and market performance, has released a new alumni engagement product that aggregates and tracks alumni data, mapping talent and analyzing movements in the industry, to provide companies with … [More]

‘Local’ Drives Boutique Retail Concept

by Mike Hunter

Celebrating the essence of Scottsdale’s Old Town in the historic building that was home to Saba’s Western Store for more than 60 years, The Merchantile of Scottsdale is a new 5,400-square-foot boutique marketplace featuring a curated mix of more than 40 merchants — all of which are locally owned, Metro Phoenix-based, independent businesses — that include clothing, accessories, … [More]

Before Disaster Strikes

by Mike Hunter

Before Disaster Strikes Natural disasters can devastate communities and cause significant disruptions for local companies, particularly small and medium-sized businesses. As organizations look to minimize the business impacts of natural disasters, company leaders should consider preparing in advance to help their company weather the storm. Make a plan. Business leaders … [More]

Eco-Friendly Dry Cleaners

by Mike Hunter

During its 20-year history, Lapels Dry Cleaning has pioneered an eco-friendly dry cleaning experience. The partnership agreement with GreenEarth®, the dry cleaning industry’s only nontoxic cleaning alternative, is the latest evolution of that experience, and Jeff Kline recently converted his Gilbert and Chandler franchise locations to the GreenEarth process. For most Lapels … [More]

Feedback: December 2019

by Robyn Barrett, Heather Bednorz, Brady Breese

As a small-business owner, what was one of your top challenges over this past year and how did you address it? ROBYN BARRETT Managing Member and Founder FSW Funding Sector: Finance Finding the right people — this is a continuing, nagging problem and I am sure there is no simple solution. Your team can make or break you, so I take careful consideration when hiring. FSW … [More]

Leadership Disrupted

by Andy Maurer

At its core, leadership is about cultivating relationships, building trust and inspiring influence. Leadership guru Dale Carnegie was so convinced of this reality that he spent his lifetime teaching people how to “win friends and influence people.” Leadership development consultants Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman studied 300,000 business leaders and identified 10 key qualities … [More]

Got Liquid Nitrogen?

by Mike Hunter

That is the question prominently lettered on the side of the N7 Delivery truck that seeks to answer it. Inspired by the need for nitrogen delivery to service their Creamistry locations, business partners Andre Wadsworth and Ryan Zeleznak launched N7 Delivery this past summer to provide nitrogen delivery services to local retail businesses around the Valley in addition to their … [More]

Paranoia and the Big Attention Gap

by Mike Hunter

The problem with industrial espionage is not only that is growing in volume and complexity every day, but that its threat is being used by rivals and governments to discredit perfectly honest and legitimate businesses that do not deserve the slur. What is also curious is that the danger need not be only non-existent, but not even something an individual rival is greatly … [More]

Tech Innovation and Entrepreneurship under Avnet’s Wing

by RaeAnne Marsh

Avnet, a leading global technology solutions provider is committed to supporting innovation and entrepreneurship at every stage. The company continues to sponsor the ASU Innovation Open, and continues to make its Ask Avnet program available for engineers. This is part of Avnet’s long history of actively encouraging innovation in the technology sector. “As nextgeneration … [More]

Audi e-tron SUV Prestige

by Mike Hunter

This is the Audi e-tron®, the only electric SUV built with Audi DNA. With ample space for everyday life, long-range capability and exhilarating performance with quattro® all-wheel drive, this is way more than an electric car. This is electric done the Audi way. The e-tron has unparalleled driving dynamics due to its low-positioned battery and dual motors set on each axle. Each … [More]

Stay Fit while Traveling

by Cat Kom

Sticking to a normal workout routine while traveling can be challenging. Studio SWEAT OnDemand allows travelers to stream online workouts like yoga and Spinning classes from the comfort of their hotel. Other tips: Pack the right stuff. Planning workouts away begins at home. Packing the right stuff for a trip will make life much easier while traveling. Start with attire: … [More]

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