Colorado Springs Summer 2021 Tourism Is Back!

Rick McCartney

This summer turned out to be a success for tourism in Colorado Springs, even meeting or exceeding several key 2019 figures. 2019 was a record year for the region, and 2020 was primed to be even better until the pandemic hit. While expectations were hopeful for what 2021 recovery would bring, the industry rose above. Notable successes included the traffic at the Colorado … [More]

Arizona Organization Seeking Grant Applications for State-Wide Programs Supporting Women

Arizona Foundation for Women

Arizona Foundation for Women (AFW), a state research, advocacy and philanthropy organization bringing women’s needs to the forefront, is now accepting applications for their annual grant cycle. AFW will accept proposals from organizations that are women-centered in their mission and whose programs predominantly or exclusively benefit women in one or more of the following … [More]

Partnership Expands People-Powered Business Services

Nexa Receptionists Holdings

Nexa Receptionists Holdings LLC, the leading provider of tech-enabled business services for companies of all sizes across the US, today announced it acquired Client Chat Live, a full-service live chat and text company based in Austin, TX. The acquisition expands Nexa’s tech-enabled and people-powered service offerings with Nexa Chat & Text, now bringing a full omnichannel … [More]

U.S. and In-State Visitors Were Crucial to Arizona Economy in 2020, Says Report

Arizona Office of Tourism

Arizonans know there are amazing places to explore, communities to visit and memories to be made right in their own backyard. And last year proved it. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Grand Canyon State still welcomed 32.1 million total overnight visitors who spent $15 billion here in 2020. Arizonans and people from other states made up the vast majority of those visitors … [More]

20 New Units of Affordable Workforce Housing Open in Central Phoenix by Nonprofit


Trellis, a non-profit organization that helps residents of the greater Phoenix area achieve stable living, marked the opening of a new, modern 20-unit townhome community in central Phoenix built to provide workforce housing.     The townhomes at 1617 W. Colter St., Phoenix, were made possible largely by a $350,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co. and construction financing … [More]

EN NEGOCIOS: Loncheras: 4 consejos para lanzar un negocio de comida móvil exitoso

por Edgar R. Olivo

Los vendedores ambulantes de comida aportan muchos sabores a eventos corporativos, celebraciones y áreas públicas para pasar el rato. Las loncheras son un servicio esencial para cualquier comunidad y, desde 2008, aumentaron su popularidad en todo el país con creaciones únicas. Es difícil escapar de un video en las redes sociales de personas que disfrutan de las creaciones … [More]

Food Trucks: 4 Tips to Launch a Successful Mobile Food Business

by Edgar R. Olivo

Mobile food vendors bring a lot of flavors to corporate events, celebrations and public hang-out areas. Food trucks are an essential service to any community and, since 2008, boomed onto the food and beverage scene across the country with unique creations. It’s hard to escape videos on social media of people enjoying food creations from diverse chefs and food … [More]

Tech Real Estate Brokerage Offers New Healthcare Benefits Program for Agents


Tech-forward brokerage company, HomeSmart, launched HomeSmart Health, a new benefits program available to its network of over 23,000 real estate agents. HomeSmart Health offers agents a high-quality, cost-effective benefits program that combines access, choice, and protection with engagement, wellness, and prevention. “Accessing affordable health care has always been a … [More]

Do Your Employees Respect You? Why It Matters What Type of Manager You Are

The workplace adage that employees leave managers, not companies, is supported by a survey, which reports that 84 percent of U.S. workers say poorly-trained managers create needless work and stress. And 57 percent of those workers queried by the Society for Human Resource Management think managers could use training on how to better manage people. This dominant opinion among … [More]

Study Showcases Impact of COVID-19 on Hotel Industry Employment, Arizona Down 18.3%

American Hotel & Lodging Association

Midway through 2021, a new report and state-by-state job loss breakdown released by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) find that while leisure travel is starting to return, the hotel industry’s road to recovery from the pandemic is long and uneven, with urban markets disproportionately impacted. Industry projections have improved since January with the … [More]

Arizona Founded Poké Concept Announces Nationwide Expansion

Koibito Poké

Koibito Poké, an award-winning Arizona-based concept for fresh build-your-own Hawaiian poké bowls, recently opened its newest location in Scottsdale debuting a brand-new design that will be the model for future franchise locations across the country. The healthy fast casual restaurant is actively seeking Franchisees for nationwide expansion after elevating its design and … [More]

How Can Marketing Engage Today’s Consumers? Lose The Funnel, Use a Loop

A company’s success often depends on how many customers it retains and, as a result of those relationships, new customers who are drawn by recommendations and favorable reviews. Marketing plays a creative role in attracting potential buyers, but the funnel concept many businesses have long relied upon doesn’t prioritize the customer experience, which is critical to retention … [More]

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