Are You Game? How Gaming and Sporting Events Are a ‘Big Win’ for Our Economy

by RaeAnne Marsh

Gaming and sports have gone together for a long time; the new trend in sportsbooks brings it out of odds-makers’ back rooms and into prominent display. A Powerhouse Punch on the Economy “With nearly $2.8 billion wagered, the positive economic boosts from regulated sports wagering have been vast and should only trend upward as the market matures,” says Christopher Boan, … [More]

Looking Good 2022 – July Standouts

  Achievements Trevor Wilde Named a Top Wealth Advisor in Arizona Two AAED Members Named Top 50 Economic Developers in Nation Philanthropy Alkaline Water Company Donates Its Popular Water Phoenix Rescue Mission Cox Donation Provides for Solar Panel Installation at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley Larry H. Miller Dealerships’ Donations for … [More]

Robert Miguel, Arizona Indian Gaming Association

from Robert Miguel

Gaming and sporting events go together hand-in-glove, but each stands on its own and has a long history of success here in the Valley — as an entertainment draw and an economic driver. Indian Gaming, specifically, is essential to the economic well-being of not only Tribal Nations — providing employment, education, enhanced services and economic development opportunities — … [More]

Feedback: July 2022

by Greg Hague, Josh Jurhill, John Kobierowski, Eivan Shahara

Q: Looking at how this plays out in the workplace, how have you used sports and/or gaming for team or morale building? Greg Hague Founder and CEO 72SOLD Sector: Real Estate At 72SOLD, sports has played a huge role in our team morale building. Through our partnership with the Arizona Cardinals, we host fun pre-game events for our agents and employees on the Great Lawn at … [More]

Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers on Hot Streak

by S. Barrett Rinzler

The restaurant industry is about great food, appealing surroundings and happy customers. Recent supply chain issues have impacted the industry with availability — but mainly the actual cost — of food. We’ve been good customers for our suppliers for years; however, when our suppliers see food costs leap, it’s a challenge even for them to tell us that news. A key observation is … [More]

Checkers & Rally’s Plans for Explosive Growth Launches in Phoenix

by Kris McDonald

Checkers & Rally’s expansion plans have started to take shape with the planned openings of three new franchised restaurants in the summer of 2022 and 14 more restaurants to come by the end of 2026. Capitalizing on its small real estate footprint, double drive-thru format and ample white space to grow, Checkers & Rally’s goal is to bring its award-winning seasoned fries … [More]

Relocated Arizonans and Travelers Fuel Dispensary Growth

by Marie Saloum

As people continue to travel and relocate to Arizona, local marijuana dispensaries are seeing a proportional growth in sales. According to Marijuana Moment, Arizonans spent more than $1.4 billion on marijuana products in the first year it was legal. Between the legalization of marijuana last year and the rising popularity of cannabis during the pandemic, Arizona is a prime … [More]

Trevor Wilde Named a Top Wealth Advisor in Arizona

Trevor Wilde, CEO of award-winning Wilde Wealth Management Group, was named to Forbes’ 2022 Best-In-State Wealth Advisors list. He was named No. 2 overall among the 110 advisors from across Arizona named to the prestigious list. This is his second year in a row earning the No. 2 overall ranking, and it came on the heels of being named to Barron’s top 1,200 advisors … [More]

Two AAED Members Named Top 50 Economic Developers in Nation

Barbra Coffee, CEcD, EDFP, Economic Initiatives Director for the City of Tucson and Kelly Patton, Economic Development Manager for APS, both members of the Arizona Association for Economic Development, have been named to the 2022 North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers by Consultant Connect, a service for educational and networking events for economic developers and site … [More]

Alkaline Water Company Donates Its Popular Water Phoenix Rescue Mission

Alkaline Water Company, Scottsdale-headquartered producer of premium bottled alkaline water and CBD-infused products with a mission to produce sustainable options for water consumption, recently donated a pallet (1,440 bottles) of its popular Alkaline 88 water to the Phoenix Rescue Mission.   … [More]

Cox Donation Provides for Solar Panel Installation at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley

As part of Cox’s plan to help 34 million people live more prosperous lives by 2034, the company kicked off its “34 by 34” social impact initiative at South Mountain Park with a $250,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley. The grant will fund the installation of solar panels at the Rosenzweig Boys & Girls Club branch in Phoenix.  … [More]

Larry H. Miller Dealerships’ Donations for Arizona’s Foster Children

Larry H. Miller Dealerships’ second annual “Luggage of Love” campaign provided more than $100,000’s worth of donated “comfort” kits (suitcases that contain a blanket, pillow, pajamas and socks) for foster children who are often uprooted suddenly from their homes. The caravan of cars from all of the Phoenix and Tucson dealerships delivered the kits to the Arizona Department of … [More]

Work-from-Home: Deal Breaker?

by Zapier team

The pandemic changed the way we work, and, as the work-from-home lifestyle became the norm, employees began to re-evaluate their expectations for work-life balance. Many workers quit their jobs because their needs weren’t being met. It’s clear that employees don’t want to go back to the way things were pre-pandemic. So we asked the question: What’s the future of remote work? … [More]

AZ Liquids – Flowing Its Juices and Coffees B2C and B2B

by RaeAnne Marsh

AZ Liquids, established in early 2021, is a fresh-pressed juice and coffee company with products for health-minded individuals. Fares Tarabichi drew on his Parisian culinary experience in establishing this company to bring freshly pressed produce to consumers, and AZ Liquids juices are now distributed in gourmet restaurants and stores across the Valley as well as … [More]

Stenson Tamaddon: Technology-First Accounting 

by Elizabeth Parra

As part of the CARES Act introduced in 2020, Congress created a new tax credit known as Employee Retention Credit (ERC) to incentivize employers to keep workers on the payroll during the pandemic. Through this program, qualifying businesses can receive up to $26,000 per employee.  Stenson Tamaddon launched a few months into the pandemic to aid business owners who were … [More]

Sale-Leasebacks Allow Property Owners to Have Cake and Eat It, Too 

by Trisha Talbot

Economists continue to debate whether a recession is coming, but most agree some kind of market correction is on the horizon. As a result, some business owners — especially those who own their buildings — are considering getting out while the getting is good. Having an exit strategy in mind when investing in income-producing commercial real estate is imperative regardless of … [More]

Prop Tech Is Streamlining the Real Estate Investment Process 

by Or Agassi and Tom Sella

High population growth areas like Phoenix are struggling to keep up with the real estate market’s demands because of low inventory. To help close the housing gap in the U.S. and bring properties to the market faster, Stoa’s iBuyer platform, FlipOS, focuses on helping professional real estate investors acquire and flip residential properties at an accelerated rate. There are … [More]

Land Sale Adds to the Expansion and Development of Litchfield Park 

by Mike Hunter

The recent sale of 5.45 acres on the southwest corner of Citrus and Bethany Home roads, which traded for $2,200,000, served as a stepping stone for the area as it not only generated the highest price per square foot for land in the area but also sparked the residential development of 182 acres across the street.  The buyers plan to develop a state of the art self-storage … [More]

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