Regulation: Is Government Building Business or Breaking It Down?

by Don Harris

Government regulations can be a double-edged sword — either they cut off business from a lucrative market or they slice through red tape, enhancing the bottom line. Either way, the purported goal is to protect the public from less-than-honest merchants, but overzealous regulators can take a well-intentioned rule and use it to cause private-sector headaches. As we explore in … [More]

Regulation: Q&A with Glenn Hamer and Farrell Quinlan

by Don Harris

Glenn Hamer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Farrell Quinlan, Arizona state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, were interviewed regarding the state of government regulations in general and specifically in Arizona. Here are their responses to a series of questions. How do government regulations help economic … [More]

Glenn Hamer, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry

from Glenn Hamer

Regulation is a framework for business. It can be a strong support by which businesses can grow and thrive, but conversely can be a tight mesh of barriers that obstruct efforts by businesses to develop. Arizona is widely viewed as a state whose regulatory environment is conducive to business. Former Gov. Jan Brewer made regulatory reform a hallmark of her administration. One … [More]

Company-wide “Bad Mood”? Boost the Entrepreneurial Spirit

by Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey 

When a company is in a bad mood, the signs aren’t always overt. People aren’t biting each other’s heads off or glaring sullenly across the conference table. Instead, it feels like everyone is just … coasting. Rather than digging for solutions, they make a cursory effort and then lay the problem at their manager’s feet. They’re not cage-rattlers and idea-sharers; they’re “yes … [More]

Who Are You – What’s Your Brand?

by Charles Shillingburg

As a professional recruiting and staffing executive, I am amazed at how few business owners and corporate executives have consciously built their personal brand. Perhaps they don’t think of themselves as a brand, but in the competitive business marketplace, they can ill afford not to do so. The American Marketing Association (AMA) defines a brand as a “name, term, sign, … [More]

Slander Lawsuits: Complicated and Costly

by Sue Kern-Fleischer

Someone is defaming you or your firm … what action should you take? Before even considering legal action, it’s important to understand what defamation is. “Defamation is making a false statement about someone that causes damage to his or her reputation,” says Daniel Barr, a partner in the Phoenix office of Perkins Coie, LLP. “Libel is written defamation and slander is spoken, … [More]

Evaluating the Nonprofit CEO’s Performance

by Julie Iacobelli

Nonprofit boards are notorious for dragging their feet when it comes to evaluating the leaders of the nonprofits they serve. For starters, the process is perceived as a time-consuming endeavor. But mostly, boards aren’t really sure how to conduct the evaluation. Nonprofits are, after all, measured beyond profit margins to their community outreach efforts as well as their social … [More]

Marie Sullivan: Leading AWEE by Positive Example

by Alison Stanton

When Marie Sullivan became president and CEO of Arizona Women’s Education & Employment (AWEE) in 1997, the nonprofit organization’s funding was holding steady in the $400,000 range. “Today it fluctuates between $2.9 million and $4.5 million,” Sullivan says. Referring to nonprofits as “curious beasts” that have to rely on a lot of sources for their funding and … [More]

The FBI’s 10 Internet Safety Tips

by RaeAnne Marsh

Use reliable anti-virus software, and set it to update. Ensure the system’s personal firewall is active. Update patches on operating systems. Use complex passwords, and make sure the system does not have default passwords. Think carefully about information shared on social networking sites. FBI Special Agent Paul Schaaf offers an example of a post not to make public: … [More]

Cyber Security or Digital Vulnerability?

by RaeAnne Marsh

The common advice — and practice — about passwords is wrong, says cyber security expert Hoyt Kesterson. The former chairman of the international committee involved in creating digital signature credential protocols, the current senior security architect for Scottsdale-based Terra Verde Services points out that oftentimes, being required to frequently change their password puts … [More]