AOT Designates 2021 as Arizona’s ‘Year of the Road Trip’

Arizona Office of Tourism

Many Arizonans are planning their next trip right now. In honor of National Plan for Vacation Day today, Jan. 26, the Arizona Office of Tourism is designating 2021 as Arizona’s Year of the Road Trip. Planning a trip is actually good for you. Nearly every respondent (97%) to a survey from Destination Analysts said having a trip planned makes them happier overall. Plus, 71% of … [More]

Tempe-Based NortonLifeLock Makes Norton 360 for Gamers Available Globally  

NortonLifeLock Inc.

NortonLifeLock, a global leader in consumer Cyber Safety, today announced the global availability of Norton™ 360 for Gamers, security reimagined for gamers. “It’s never been more critical for gamers to have strong security in place and build good safety habits to protect themselves,” said Gagan Singh, chief product officer at NortonLifeLock. “As gaming has become such a big … [More]

Valley Metro and City of Phoenix Launch First-Ever Small Business Financial Assistance Program

Rick McCartney

Valley Metro and the city of Phoenix have launched the Small Business Financial Assistance Program (SBFAP), a one-year pilot to provide direct financial assistance to locally-owned, small businesses immediately adjacent to construction along the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub and Northwest Extension Phase II light rail construction corridors. “I'm excited for all the … [More]

Phoenix City Staff Fast-Tracks Fighting COVID-19

City of Phoenix

The state of Arizona continues to receive hundreds of thousands of COVID vaccines, and as more are on the way the need for the proper storage is essential. The city of Phoenix Planning and Development Department has been vital to getting the storage facilities up and running  with very specific requirements. The Pfizer vaccine requires cold storage at minus 94 degrees F, far … [More]

ADHS Begins Scheduling Second Dose Appointments during Initial Visits to State Sites

Arizona Department of Health Services

Arizonans receiving the COVID-19 vaccine can now schedule their second dose appointment on-site during their first dose appointment at Arizona’s state-run vaccine sites. This process improvement will further streamline the experience at the state’s 24/7 State Farm Stadium site ‒ and as of Feb. 1 at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. “After standing up this site in just a matter of … [More]

2020 U.S. Housing Market Gains Were Biggest in 15 Years


U.S. housing gained nearly $2.5 trillion in value in 2020 -- the most in a single year since 2005, according to a new Zillow® analysis. The full stock of U.S. housing is now worth $36.2 trillion. 2020 was a remarkable year for the housing market. Strong demand drove intense competition among buyers, causing homes to fly off the market at the fastest pace Zillow … [More]

51% of U.S. Small Businesses are Hiring in 2021 Despite Ongoing Effects of Pandemic

The Manifest

Small businesses have faced adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but may be poised for a year of growth. Half of small businesses in the U.S. (51%) are likely to hire new employees in 2021, according to a new survey from The Manifest, the leading resource for B2B buying decisions. Whether a small business is hiring, however, depends on their revenue projections for … [More]

U.S. Jobless Claims Decrease Slightly as Stimulus Debate Continues

U.S. Department of Labor

In the week ending January 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 847,000, a decrease of 67,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 14,000 from 900,000 to 914,000. The 4-week moving average was 868,000, an increase of 16,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was … [More]

How to Protect Your Small Business from COVID Stimulus Scams

BY Charles Jackson

The new stimulus package is providing additional relief to small businesses across the U.S. and the Better Business Bureau is warning that scammers are trying to take advantage of business owners by claiming they’re missing out on pandemic relief. How can business owners ensure they’re not being scammed in their time of need? Stay calm. Many scam artists want you to act … [More]

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