Business & Our Legislature: Is this Relationship Working?

by Don Harris

Receptive Republican majorities and an aggressive, persuasive private sector are making sure that business needs are being heard loud and clear at the state capitol — perhaps louder and clearer than at any other time in recent years. Evidence of a successful relationship, lobbyists and business-related organizations say, is legislation that fosters economic development, … [More]

Rick McCartney, InMedia Company

from Rick McCartney

A healthy state economy is the common goal of our state’s leaders in politics and business — so Arizona will continue to be an attractive home for individuals and companies. Both forces earnestly and energetically pursue courses of action they believe will achieve the best results. That they don’t always see eye to eye on specifics is no surprise to anyone who reads the … [More]

Humility Is the New Key to Success

by Edward D. Hess

Not so long ago, our culture really (really) admired people with big egos. We called them rugged individualists, fearless leaders, MVPs, visionaries and go-getters. We respected these confident and successful folks for (seemingly) having all the answers. They were all too happy to stand their ground and argue their point, and we saw this as a sign of strength and … [More]

Conversation: Still a Powerful Tool in Our High-Tech World

by Brady G. Wilson

You may not realize it, but your organization is home to an incredibly powerful operating system (O/S). Think outside the realm of technology. What has the potential to engage and energize your employees, bring teams closer together, and create a high-performing workforce? It’s conversation. Conversation is the common denominator behind “apps” like customer service, … [More]

Considerations with Funding a Company

by R. Steven Reed

Determining the best capital structure for a business is one of the many difficult decisions owners and founders must make. Capital structures vary widely, and what may work best for one company may be completely wrong for another — depending on the industry area, resources available and management team. Different capital structures include bootstrapping (completely financed by … [More]

The Value of Values-Based Hiring

by Brian Mohr and Richard Tollefson 

It happens all the time: A candidate with impeccable credentials steps up to a nonprofit leadership position only to step down within a year or so. But why? And why so often? A number of reasons could be at play — expectations aren’t being met (by employee or employer), co-workers’ work styles clash, the workload is not as expected — but mostly it boils down to not the right … [More]

Rob Donat: Enhancing Fleet ROI

by RaeAnne Marsh

“Any vehicle that has a phone number on it is potentially valuable to a company like ours,” says Rob Donat, founder and CEO of fleet tracking company GPS Insight, which provides sophisticated tracking solutions that help companies with fleets add value to their operation — more efficient dispatch and routing being one of many advantages. When he moved to Scottsdale from … [More]

PCH’s Trauma Care Expands

by Mike Hunter

Phoenix Children’s Hospital broke ground last month on a new Emergency Department and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center that will dramatically increase the hospital’s emergency and trauma care capacity to meet the needs of Arizona’s burgeoning pediatric population. Traumatic injuries are the leading cause of death in Arizona of children between the ages of 1 and 16. Phoenix … [More]

Healing Buildings

by RaeAnne Marsh

Healthcare is going through drastic change around the country, shares Angela Watson, a principal and design leader at Shepley Bulfinch, an architecture, planning and interior design firm for which healthcare has been a big part for nearly 100 of its 140-plus years, and she sees Phoenix as an area particularly strong in opportunity. “Healthcare providers in the Phoenix area look … [More]

Cancer Screening Advances

by Mike Hunter

Scottsdale-based Beacon Biomedical, Inc., a privately held company focused on developing patient-friendly cancer screening, received an investment from Phoenix-based Hyalescent Ventures, which focuses its investments on healthcare and medical technology.  Beacon has secured the exclusive worldwide rights from the NIH for the detection and quantification of a signaling protein … [More]