TURO Rent-A-Car

by Mike Hunter

One’s personal picks come to life with Turo — an innovative way for a person to rent exactly what he wants in the exact area he needs the car. The customer simply signs up, finds the car he wants, checks availability … and is on his way. For business or pleasure, this new app and online service can provide an economical and impressive ride for the user. Cars are individually … [More]

Flower Child – A Natural Choice 

by Mike Hunter

Expanded from its debut location at the corner of 44th Street and Camelback Road, Flower Child validates the theory that happy food and healthy food can come together in harmony — which they do at this peaceful, casual kitchen. Serving locally sourced foods, all natural and mostly gluten free, this hot spot is a lunch destination to reckon with. On the menu is The Rebel, a … [More]

Mangia Mia

by Mike Hunter

“Mangia” is Italian for “eat.” Here is a list of some of the Valley’s best Italian restaurants for lunch, where it is not all about pasta and heavy meals. Brio Tuscan Grille — Scottsdale and Gilbert Hard to go wrong here. Brio is a traditional modern Italian hot spot in the heart of urban Scottsdale, at Scottsdale Quarter, and in Gilbert, at SanTan Village. The lunch menu … [More]

2017 Ford Raptor Is Tough

Benjamin Little

The all-new Ford Raptor is a thing to behold. The bold and rugged look has always been an attention getter, but this rendition is truly rough around the edges. With its twin-turbo, intercooled DOHC 24-valve, high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® with direct fuel injection, this beast will deliver more power than the previous 6.2-liter V8 at a whopping 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. … [More]

Dare-It-Yourself Tax Prep

by Mike Hunter

Through technology, there are some great programs that small-business owners can purchase to do-it-yourself if you dare. Here are our pics for the top trusted software programs. H&R Block Premium & Business Aimed at small businesses, there is support for major forms and schedules, including unlimited business state programs and guidance for preparation and filing … [More]

Time, Talent, Energy

by Mike Hunter

Business leaders know that the key to competitive success is smart management of scarce resources. That’s why companies allocate their financial capital so carefully. But capital today is cheap and abundant, no longer a source of advantage. The truly scarce resources now are the time, the talent and the energy of the people in one’s organization — resources that are too often … [More]

The Compassionate Achiever

by Mike Hunter

A powerful, practical guide for cultivating compassion — the scientifically proven foundation for personal achievement and success at work, at home and in the community. For decades, we’ve been told the key to prosperity is to look out for number one. But recent science shows that, to achieve durable success, we need to be more than just achievers; we need to be compassionate … [More]

The Entrepreneur’s Playbook

by Mike Hunter

Big new ideas rarely make great businesses … Laboring on a business plan can be a waste of time … You are going to need dramatically more start-up money than you think you do. Counterintuitive concepts like these have helped the world’s best entrepreneurs succeed. Yet most of us only learn them the hard way. Len Green, an experienced investor, entrepreneur and business … [More]

Feedback: February 2017

by Robert L. “Bob” Meyer | Erik Olsson | Stefanie Teller

Regarding your company’s marketing strategies, what is a dramatic tactic you tried in these past two years, and what outcome did you derive from it? Robert L. “Bob” Meyer President and CEO Phoenix Children’s Hospital Sector: Healthcare What some may define as a “dramatic” marketing tactic has quickly become common sense for Phoenix Children’s: We are creating instant … [More]

New Faces at Tempe Chamber of Commerce

by Sean Donovan

Joanne Stockdale Named Business Development Director of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce The Tempe Chamber of Commerce hired Joanne Stockdale as its new Business Development Director in December. She will be responsible for the organization’s membership sector, overseeing its business support services and developing corporate partnerships. Stockdale is an experienced business … [More]

Proposition 206 – What Employers Need to Know

by Sean Donovan

On November 8, Arizona voters adopted Proposition 206, which increases the state minimum wage and requires employers to provide paid medical leave to workers. Details of the Prop. 206 provisions are as follows: Arizona Minimum Wage Increase Prop. 206 increases the existing state minimum wage of $8.05 per hour to $10.00 in 2017, $10.50 in 2018, $11.00 in 2019 and $12.00 in … [More]

Proposition 206 Has Unintended Consequences for East Valley Care Providers

by Shana Ellis

Caring for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities requires education, ongoing training and passion; like any skilled profession, it’s not for everyone. As a result, service providers, like The Centers for Habilitation (TCH), and our families value the care provided by direct-care professionals entrusted to work with our members on a daily basis. Since … [More]

Tempe Chamber Members Support Sustainable Business 

by Sean Donovan

The Pledge was developed to help businesses learn how to reduce waste, energy and water usage and to develop sustainable purchasing programs. With the launch of this program, the goal of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce is to help make businesses and the communities in which they operate more resilient and sustainable. This comprehensive online resource and planning tool helps … [More]

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