Over Half of Small Businesses Looking to Hire, Having Difficulty Finding Workers


Small businesses reported a historically high level of job openings in November, according to NFIB’s monthly jobs report. Overall, 53% reported hiring or trying to hire in November, down 2 points from the previous month. A seasonally adjusted net 21% of owners are planning to create new jobs in the next 3 months, up 3 points from October. “Small businesses are doing their … [More]

Holiday Hunger Fight Raises More Than $335,000 for St. Mary’s Food Bank

Barro's Pizza

Barro’s Pizza did their part once again to help fight hunger in Arizona. On Tues., Dec. 1, 2020, Barro’s Pizza hosted the Ninth Annual Doran Barro Holiday Hunger Fight which raised more than $335,593 for St. Mary’s Food Bank. “We couldn’t be happier with the outcome this year,” said Gina Barro co-owner of Barro’s Pizza. “Each year we look forward to honoring our mother, Doran … [More]

WEBINAR – Dec 8 – 10: Arizona Small Business Boot Camp & Collective

Arizona Commerce Authority

UPCOMING SESSIONS Please join us for next week's Boot Camp sessions. If you missed any sessions this week, watch here.   SESSION 103: TUESDAY - December 8 | 9:00 AM Update on Paycheck Protection Program Join us for an update on the Paycheck Protection Program, featuring the experts at BeachFleischman. Learn about the recent IRS … [More]

Valley Leadership Receives $100,000 to ‘Move the Needle’ on Racial Inequities

U.S. Bank

U.S. Bank announced $100,000 in donations to Valley Leadership as part of its $15 million U.S. Bank Foundation Rebuild and Transform Fund, addressing systemic racial inequities in small business, housing and workforce advancement. This commitment follows $150,000 U.S. Bank provided in Phoenix to Trellis and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in September to address social … [More]

Phoenix Earns Perfect Score on LGBTQ Inclusion for Eighth Year in a Row

City of Phoenix

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced this morning that the city of Phoenix earned a perfect score of 100 for its ongoing efforts to ensure equal treatment of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. The HRC uses the Municipal Equality Index (MEI) score to examine how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ … [More]

Major Hotels Group Debuts New Office for the Day Package, Offering Remote Workers a Change of Scenery

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Driven by its commitment to continuously listen to guests, customers and members, Hyatt announces an extension of its popular Work from Hyatt extended-stay package to include a new Office for the Day option now available daily through May 31, 2021, at more than 400 Hyatt hotels in the Americas. Offering a much-deserved change of scenery to people still working remotely and the … [More]

Weekly Jobless Claims Decrease Slightly, Economic Slowdown Looms

U.S. Department of Labor

In the week ending November 28, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 712,000, a decrease of 75,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 9,000 from 778,000 to 787,000. The 4-week moving average was 739,500, a decrease of 11,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised … [More]

How Businesses Can Navigate New COVID Restrictions

Dorsey & Whitney

With lockdowns going into effect all over the country again due to the surge in COVID cases, employers all over the country are trying to figure out what to do to prepare for "The December to Remember." Can you force employees to stay put? Can you penalize them for traveling over Thanksgiving or prevent them for traveling during Christmas? And how about work from anywhere … [More]

Arizona Residents Find Healthcare is Priority at Scottsdale Wellness Center

Functional Wellness Center

Functional Wellness Center is located in Scottsdale near the heart of old town. They are the only facility to perform spinal rehabilitation and postural correction in all of Scottsdale. They are a specialty office that is operated by two doctors certified in Chiropractic Biophysics. Chiropractic Biophysics is an advanced technique that focuses on correcting postural deformities … [More]

Ducey Announces Latest Actions to Fight COVID-19, Increase Hospital Staffing

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey announced a series of meaningful actions to fight the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona, support our hospitals and frontline health care workers, and provide the state’s hard-hit restaurants with the resources needed to keep patrons and staff healthy. Speaking at the State Public Health Laboratory, Governor Ducey outlined measures to ensure Arizonans have … [More]

Phoenix Rolls Out COVID-19 Shopping Support for Local Business

by Eric Jay Toll

Phoenix businesses looking for traction in the pandemic economy are one click away from a new resource from the city. A two-part campaign to promote shopping at local businesses rolled out on Dec. 1. Phoenix is placing a priority on helping local businesses navigate the new normal world of pandemic-impacted commerce. Companies with fewer than 25 employees represent more than … [More]