The Female Opportunity Index 2020/21

by Adrienne Gormley

The historic 2020 U.S. election held a tremendous amount of promise in regards to women’s rights, equality and representation in government and ultimately has resulted in the first-ever female Vice President, Kamala Harris, and a record number of women elected to congress. What could be more inspirational for young, ambitious women in America than seeing increasing female … [More]

HealthyVerify Certification: Getting America Open Again

by RaeAnne Marsh

HealthyVerify Certification helps businesses reduce the risk of workplace disease transmission and show the public they are going above and beyond what is expected by providing an independent third-party review and inspection process. The Scottsdale-based company was founded by Jordan Rose and Court Rich in March 2020, as businesses began facing COVID-19 lockdowns. “The … [More]

My Little Mascara Club: Making Mascara the Big Event

by RaeAnne Marsh

Christie Kerner believes there is one item that most women won’t go a day without: mascara. She founded My Little Mascara Club in 2019 with a mission is to help women feel better about themselves and life. “We do that by creating awesome mascara and happy moments,” Kerner says. “As a blonde, I have had a lifelong love of mascara. I found it hard to believe that we should … [More]

Phoenix Ranks among Markets with Fastest Flex Expansion

by Mike Hunter

The pandemic-induced downturn that some feared would severely impact the flexible office space sector has instead landed flex space a prime role in future office strategies, according to a recent report from CBRE. And in Phoenix, flex space has grown rapidly as of late, expanding by 13.7% in 2020 — making it No. 10 among the leading flex office markets in the United … [More]

Gilbert Mixed-Use Development Designed for Walkable Lifestyle

by Mike Hunter

Epicenter, the high-end, vertically integrated mixed-use community and retail destination in the heart of Agritopia®, is progressing on schedule with construction since its groundbreaking in January. The development is slated to welcome residents in the fall of 2021. The multi-family units feature state-of-the-art amenities along with design details that will capture the … [More]

Development on Prime Parcel in Glendale

by Mike Hunter

En Fuego, which broke ground last March, is well under way, according to Walt Brown, founder and CEO of Scottsdale-based real estate brokerage and development company Diversified Partners, who recently announced Starbucks, Raising Cane’s, Barro’s Pizza, Burros & Fries, Twisted Sugar, Jack in the Box, Then Burger and Honey Go Nails are already committed. Across the street … [More]

‘Stay & Play’ Offer to Prospective Homebuyers

by Mike Hunter

Camelot Homes offers a unique new Stay & Play experience at The Villas at Seven Desert Mountain™ in North Scottsdale: Potential homebuyers have the opportunity to stay in one of the award-winning community’s homes, play golf at the championship Seven Desert Mountain golf course and partake in the community’s world-class amenities. “Buying a new home and choosing a new … [More]

New Build Accommodates COVID Sensibilities

by Mike Hunter

Construction is complete on Chandler Corporate Center Phase II, from developer VanTrust Real Estate. The two-story, 117,394-square-foot Class A office building is part of the three-phase One Chandler Corporate Center, located on 26 acres one mile from freeway loops 101 and 202 at 4100 W. Chandler Blvd., that has been designed to attract Fortune-ranked corporate … [More]

West Valley Is High Profile for Industrial 

by Mike Hunter

In a strategic joint-venture partnership with Phoenix-based Bird Dog Industrial CRG, the real estate development and investment arm of Chicago-based Clayco, will be developing 335-acre industrial park The Cubes at Glendale. Construction will begin on March 1 of a 1.2-million-square-foot speculative warehouse, part of a project that will ultimately bring to market 5.5 million … [More]

Chris Johnson: from Carpenter to CEO

by Taylor Tiner

Not many people can say they’ve been working in their respective industries since the age of six. However, Chris Johnson, CEO and chairman of Tempe-based Johnson Carlier Construction, is one of the few who can. The Johnson family legacy dates back to 1892, when Chris’s grandfather, C.O. (Carl) Johnson was born in Sweden. In the following century, Carl emigrated to America and … [More]

The Impact of COVID-19 on Employer Medical Plans

by Brian Gratigny

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant influence on businesses across the nation. One of the biggest areas of change is medical spend and the overall cost of medical plans for employers. Although many might assume medical spend has increased due to persons requiring care as a result of the pandemic, the opposite is true.  According to the MJ Insurance COVID-19 … [More]

BioLab Sciences Advances Accessibility of Transformative Wound Care Technology

by Mike Hunter

Scottsdale-based BioLab Sciences, an emerging regenerative biotechnology company, recently acquired the patents and intellectual property for MyOwn Skin™, a revolutionary regenerative therapy that is transforming the wound care industry, from Bogota, Colombia-based Keraderm. The acquisition enables BioLab Sciences to license MyOwn Skin™ internationally and bring advanced wound … [More]

Workforce Management Helps Navigate Today’s World of Work 

by Mike Morini

Workforce management software does much more than automate paper time sheets and manual schedules. The world of work has evolved with complex labor laws, union rules and employee expectations that make the process of managing hourly workers surprisingly challenging. The pandemic has created additional requirements, including new safety regulations to address health concerns and … [More]

Surge in ‘Snitch Software’ Highlights Need to Keep IT Licenses Current

by Mike Hunter

The year 2020 saw the emergence of “snitch software” sneaking into auditing practices, and the International Association of IT Asset Managers, the leading authority on IT asset management, expects its use to proliferate. How does this manifest? One example is a recent court case between a vendor and a consumer. The vendor had placed into its product a Piracy Detection and … [More]

Making Great Strategy

by Mike Hunter

Making strategy requires undertaking major — often irreversible — decisions aimed at long-term success in an uncertain future. All leaders must formulate a clear course of action, yet many lack confidence in their ability to think systematically about their strategy. They struggle to apply to their unique contexts the abstract lessons offered by conventional approaches to … [More]

Digital Makeover 

by Mike Hunter

Digital Makeover (How L’Oréal Put People First to Build a Beauty Tech Powerhouse) examines L’Oreal’s successful people-driven digital transformation. Professors and authors Beatrice Collin and Marie Taillard set out exactly how L’Oréal turned itself into a digital and tech powerhouse by building on its legacy to reimagine relationships inside the company, and with its customers … [More]

Integrated Tactical Planning

by Mike Hunter

Integrated tactical planning is an essential process for regularly re-aligning product, demand and supply plans in the short term, thereby giving the executive team the confidence that operational activities are being well managed unless they formally hear otherwise. This cross-functional re-planning process is vital to responding to change, increasing competitiveness and … [More]

Facing the Biggest Issues of Business Capital Funding Right Now

by Nina Sharpe

COVID-19 has exacerbated the funding problems businesses face, highlighting the need for change.  The disruptions that 2020 brought left most small businesses reeling. Owners and would-be entrepreneurs found themselves faced with various issues regarding business capital funding, and although it’s tempting to lay the blame solely at lenders’ feet, that would be unfair. Small … [More]

Business Noncompetes

by Nancy R. Giles

The year 2020 has changed the way we do business forever. From working at home to layoffs to total closures, 2020 has shaped the way businesses will operate moving forward. As a result, laid-off workers and struggling entrepreneurs have found creative ways to maintain their income and forge new paths. In 2014, freelancers made up 17% of the workforce. As of 2020, that number … [More]

2021 Marketing Trends Foster Meaningful Connections in a Digital World

by Andrea Aker 

There’s little argument that adaptability is critical for a business’s survival today. Even with hope on the horizon, 2020 taught us to expect the unexpected. Businesses must continue to ride waves of uncertainty and evolving consumer sentiment throughout this year to deliver value, support their people and churn a profit. And while accustomed to life during a pandemic, many … [More]

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