Looking Good 2022 – March Standouts

  Achievements National Safety Council Award to Rosendin CEO Local Private Wealth Advisor Named a ‘Top 40 Under 40’ NAIOP Arizona Honored at Chapter Merit Awards Philanthropy Wilde Wealth Management Brings Cheer to Children  … [More]

Workplace Progress: Who is stepping up diversity? 

by RaeAnne Marsh

Interest in diversity, equity and inclusion is arguably a universal in business these days. But there is no universal one-size-fits-all DEI program.Businesses may be tempted to apply to their own operations programs they’ve seen be effective in other organizations. But, as Joel (JP) Martin, Ph.D., emphasizes, “Each program is organic.” Speaking from her two decades’ experience … [More]

Don’t Let Metrics Myopia Drive Away Your Talent

by Rick Grimaldi

“Employee engagement” has been a boardroom buzzword for quite some time. We’ve long known engagement matters. Still, the unspoken “but” has always been that metrics — especially those of the performance and financial ilk — matter more. Now, with the talent shortage at a 10-year high, according to a 2010 survey by ManpowerGroup, the time is right for a major shift in this … [More]

Seven Ways Social Media Can Revitalize Small Business Competition

by Candie Guay

Economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic could very well continue to play out over decades. Change is a forerunner to growth, and businesses across the nation were forced to pivot over the past two years. Perseverance was tested, resilience was built and the presence of small businesses on social media, or lack thereof, was noticed. Small businesses, which account for 99% … [More]

TruWest Credit Union’s TruDifference

by Tyler Butler

Steeped in Arizona history, TruWest Credit Union was originally established in 1952 as Motorola Credit Union. With more than 93,000 members and eight Phoenix locations, the TruWest of today is focused on building upon the rich legacy on which they were established and on building a stronger community. Operating under the philosophy “people helping people,” the organization … [More]

The Business Case for Volunteering 

by Don Henninger

Arizona enters the new year on a roll. The state’s economy posted one of the most robust recoveries in the nation in 2021, with record job growth and business investment and healthy funding conditions for startups. All of that has received ample news coverage and is a worthy feather in the state’s cap as it looks to build on that success in 2022. But there’s another key … [More]

Dr. Joel (JP) Martin, Positively Powerful™ Triad West, Inc. 

from Dr. Joel (JP) Martin

DEI. And an additional initial: B. Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are in the forefront of business operations these days — whether it’s because consumers are evidencing concern for supporting it through their spending habits, or because younger generations are making it a point of their choice of where to work, or because business leadership has decided it’s the … [More]

Feedback: February 2022

by Scott Gruwell, Percy Kirk, Lauri Leadley

Question: “Over this past year, what has been the most significant or successful action your company has taken in regard to DEI?”  Scott Gruwell  President and CEO Courtesy Automotive Group Sector: Retail Since 1955, Courtesy Automotive Group has grown as a family-owned business, digging deep into the communities we serve, hiring and promoting employees from nearby … [More]

Collaboration between Trade Partners Is Revolutionizing Construction Industry

by Rich Gallagher

Scottsdale-based Synergos Companies, a construction solutions organization for single-family and multifamily residential builders, recently announced the acquisition of Brewer Companies to complement its existing portfolio of construction firms (which include Erickson Framing, Austin Concrete, Austin Electric, Austin HVAC and Door Sales & Installations). Through this … [More]

It’s a Wrap for Safer Policing

by Mike Hunter 

“Safer policing outcomes through innovative technology,” says the website of locally based WRAP®, a global public safety technology and services company organized in March 2016. The company recently released its BolaWrap 150, the latest development in the BolaWrap family of products. The BolaWrap is a hand-held remote restraint device that deploys Kevlar tether to safely wrap a … [More]

Identifying an Ideal Employee Pool 

by Ed Evans

At Consumer Cellular, we are fortunate to be growing and expanding our footprint across the country. During the last month of 2021, we announced the opening of two new customer service centers — one in Oklahoma City, which became up and running in January, and one in Kentucky, which we hope to have open very soon. What that means is: jobs. Hundreds of jobs, in fact. In addition … [More]

Looking Good 2022 – February Standouts

  Achievements Plexus Worldwide Celebrated for Ethics iCIMS Award for Talent Acquisition Innovation Philanthropy Fresh Cravings’ ‘Salsabrate’ Gives Back Barro’s Holds St. Mary’s Food Bank’s Biggest Fundraiser of the Year  … [More]

Plexus Worldwide Celebrated for Ethics

by Mike Hunter

Plexus Worldwide, a leading health and wellness company based in Scottsdale, was named a finalist in the Better Business Bureau’s 2021 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics in the Big Business category for its demonstrated commitment to ethics and trust in four categories: character, culture, customers, and community. … [More]

iCIMS Award for Talent Acquisition Innovation

by Mike Hunter

Risas Dental and Braces staff member Regina Limon has been recognized with an iCIMS 2021 Innovator Award, celebrating talent leaders’ dedication to improving the candidate experience, for the practice’s recruiting and talent processes through new programs and processes. Risas is committed to changing the way dentistry is offered in the United States, making it accessible for … [More]

Fresh Cravings’ ‘Salsabrate’ Gives Back

by Mike Hunter

Fresh Cravings, a Phoenix-based, family-owned brand known for produce-aisle chilled salsas and hummus dips, recently honored Tierra Madre, an Arizona-based sanctuary for both horses and humans with a $5k donation as a part of its Salsabrate™ The Good giveback campaign. This is a great example of local organizations looking out for each other, which is in-line with the goal of … [More]

Barro’s Holds St. Mary’s Food Bank’s Biggest Fundraiser of the Year 

by Mike Hunter

In its continuing efforts to help fight hunger in Arizona, Barro’s Pizza hosted its Tenth Annual Doran Barro Holiday Hunger Fight, a one-day fundraiser that raised more than $330,000 for St. Mary’s Food Bank. With the recent contribution, Barro’s Pizza has raised more than $2.1 million, which equals almost 15,000,000 meals for Arizona’s hungry, and every dollar raised equates … [More]

The Flower Shop Promotes Integrity in the Cannabis Industry

by Greta Brandt

As a female attorney and executive of a multi-state license holder, I’ve overcome numerous hurdles and obstacles on my journey. When I first joined The Flower Shop, I was the only female in the C-suite and that, in conjunction with my age, required me to conquer a host of baseless stereotypes. Nonetheless, I worked hard to not only excel in a male-dominated industry but to … [More]

A Safe and Healthy Workplace Return

by Michael Zalle

As more and more people return to the workplace in the New Year after working from home for months, a lot of adjusting is going to take place: back to wearing business casual waist down, no more checking to see if mute is on or off during meetings, and not having the household’s fuzzy companion at arm’s length during the day. There are a lot of aspects of running a safe and … [More]

Emerald Expands Its Healthcare Textiles Service

by Mike Hunter

Emerald Textiles has become the largest commercial healthcare linen and laundry service provider in the Western United States thanks to its recent acquisition of the West Coast assets of Angelica Corporation, a national healthcare linen service provider. The transaction includes nine facilities and allows Emerald to expand into the Phoenix and Las Vegas markets and strengthen … [More]

Climate Fintech for the Agricultural Economy 

by Chris Peacock

In the face of a constantly changing climate, creating long-term business resilience has evolved from nice-to-have to a necessity. From uncertainty and increasing competitive pressures to the need to mitigate today’s climate and regulatory risks, a myriad of challenges have created an opportunity to digitize the agriculture finance sector. Agricultural data and risk … [More]

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