Are We Winning?

by Pat Kossan

Arizona’s economic researchers say 2014 looks flat and steady. At least, say the optimists among them, we’re not going backward. The problem is jobs. One of every five Arizona workers has a job in two industry categories, either “retail” or “professional and business services.”  Arizona’s 2013 job growth in these critical categories lagged behind national growth. Arizona … [More]

Governor Janice Brewer, State of Arizona

from Janice K. Brewer

Since the statewide economic slide of the recent recession, Arizona economic development agencies and business leaders have focused on diversifying the state’s economy beyond the boom-and-bust industries of tourism and construction. Efforts have ranged from identifying sectors built around the “knowledge worker” whose employment helps drive an economy forward and upward to … [More]

How Does the Fitness Sector Shape Up?

by Don Rodriguez

When it comes to staying fit in Phoenix, it can be easy as climbing Camelback Mountain no matter what time of year it is. But many fitness operators have bet people want a little help even in what has been a challenged economy, and that bet is paying off. For Becky Renner, an Arizona regional developer for Orangetheory Fitness, the area’s outdoor recreational opportunities … [More]

Be a Bankable Leader

by Tasha Eurich, Ph.D.

Why won’t my employees just do what I tell them? Why am I struggling to motivate my team? Why aren’t they giving me the performance I need? These are common questions that plague many leaders. Often, companies promote to leadership employees who are competent technical professionals — who know how to build a bridge, negotiate a deal or justify a capital expenditure. But whether … [More]

Trade Across the Border

by RaeAnne Marsh

Going global is where growth opportunities lie for many businesses. Arizona companies may find Mexico and Canada inviting options to consider. MEXICO Those looking at Mexico may find themselves in good company, as 34 percent of Arizona’s exports currently go to our southern neighbor and 35 percent of what we import comes from there. “Mexico is Arizona’s largest trading … [More]

Rights and Wrongs in Intellectual Property

by RaeAnne Marsh

Business owners tend to underestimate their intellectual property, says Lee Fraley, a partner in the Phoenix office of law firm Snell & Wilmer who specializes in IP and works with many entrepreneurial businesses in acquisition transactions. “They think patents is all of IP, but it’s much more than that — it’s anything that gives a company a competitive advantage.” The … [More]

Rethinking Leadership Development

by Michael Vaughan

Why do most training programs fail to change behavior? One of the main reasons is most focus on the characteristics of leadership; they do not go below the surface, but, instead, focus on visible factors and address them by teaching concepts, tips, introspection and what great leaders do. But leadership, organizations and people are dynamic. Every factor needs to be understood … [More]

Carrie Martz: Learning from Challenges

by Alison Stanton

As Carrie Martz, chief executive officer of Martz Parsons, has learned first-hand over the years, there is not one main ingredient to becoming successful in a highly competitive field. Instead, she notes, building up her full-service and integrated marketing, advertising and public relations agency to where it is today has required a combination of approaches, combined with a … [More]

Social Media Lead Generation

by Mike Hunter

OptifiNow, an industry leader in SaaS-based solutions designed to optimize the effectiveness of the sales force, is establishing the industry benchmark by launching Social onDemand, the first social media application designed specifically for use by a sales team. Social onDemand empowers sales teams to acquire leads, nurture prospects and convert customers via social media … [More]

Click and Create a Website

by Mike Hunter

Strikingly, a mobile-optimized website builder for non-coders, has launched the world’s fastest website builder — a new feature that allows anyone to build a personal profile website with a single click, simply by using their Facebook profile. Strikingly creates this mobile-optimized site by intelligently combining the person’s profile picture, work experience, geographic … [More]