Micro-Businesses Resilient Through COVID-19, Helping Communities Weather Economic Impact of Pandemic


Everyday entrepreneurs and their millions of ventures in the U.S. were resilient in the face of the punishing economic climate of the first two months of COVID-19, according to new data from Venture Forward, GoDaddy's multi-year research project that demonstrates and quantifies the impact that ventures have on local communities and the U.S. economy. The new data … [More]

WEBINAR – Aug 6: REGIONAL REPORT – Education in 2020 and Beyond

Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Join the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) for the next installment of Regional Report: A GPEC Virtual Series, where we explore industries in Greater Phoenix impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Educating the next generation of leaders is of critical importance to the success of Greater Phoenix. Webinar panelists will discuss the upcoming school year and address how … [More]

How to Help Employees Thrive, Even When Their Career Goals Are Uncertain

Mike Hunter

These uncertain times filled with racial unrest, a global pandemic, massive unemployment and economic anxiety have caused some people to reevaluate their lives and their priorities. Within that introspection, there are a few potential outcomes, whether it’s reassessing career goals, losing sight of them, or coming to the realization that some workers are happy in their job and … [More]

Are Your Favorite Companies Eco-Friendly? Even They May Not Know

Mike Hunter

Corporations around the world love to promote their environmental bona fides, touting their at-times Herculean efforts to minimize their carbon footprint. But desiring to be environmentally friendly and truly accomplishing that goal are two different things, as illustrated recently by Amazon’s acknowledgement that its carbon footprint grew 15% last year despite efforts to … [More]

Woz Enterprise Launches Federally Recognized Technology Apprenticeship with University of Phoenix

Woz Enterprise

Woz Enterprise – a division of Woz U – and University of Phoenix are bringing the technology and education sectors together to launch a U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Program to address the widening technology skills gap and put Americans to work. This world-class, transformative technology apprenticeship program trains community-college graduates in STEM … [More]

Gross Domestic Product, 2nd Quarter 2020 Is Worst Ever

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

Real gross domestic product (GDP) decreased at an annual rate of 32.9 percent in the second quarter of 2020 (table 1), according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the first quarter, real GDP decreased 5.0 percent. The GDP estimate released today is based on source data that are incomplete or subject to further revision by the … [More]

MY TAKE: Good Things Happening Despite Pandemic

by Brian Elisco, CEO at Abrazo Health

The relentless pace of the coronavirus pandemic has challenged hospital and healthcare workers across the Valley and the country. Long days are spent caring for COVID and non-COVID patients. The stress of managing personal lives while balancing family needs and commitments adds yet another layer of challenge to manage. While we acknowledge the seriousness of the pandemic, I … [More]

Renowned Furniture Retailer to Bring First Valley Locations to Vestar Shopping Centers

Bob’s Discount Furniture

Connecticut-based Bob’s Discount Furniture will bring its long-awaited first Arizona locations to two Vestar shopping centers – Desert Ridge Marketplace and Crossroads Towne Center in August and September. The expansion into a new market and the selection of Vestar locations shows the strength and viability of the brand and the centers despite the recent challenges presented by … [More]

Insurance Co. to Open New Center in Tempe, Creating New Jobs

Bright Health Plan

Bright Health Plan (BHP), with the support of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), Arizona Commerce Authority and City of Tempe, announced its decision to open a new contact center in Tempe, Ariz., to support Bright Health Plan’s rapidly growing membership across the country. The contact center will bring 35 jobs to the Tempe area this year and an additional 40 jobs in … [More]

Why Businesses Should Expand their Storytelling Skills and Focus on Contextual Commerce

Source Digital

Storytelling is something that is part of human history. From cave drawings to oral traditions to the written word, it’s something that continues to evolve and today is ever-expanding in video. It’s also an increasingly important marketing tool for businesses that know how to harness the power of telling a story and making an emotional impact. Today’s ad-based storytellers, … [More]

Jobless Claims Hit 1.4 Million, Once Again Edging Up from Week Prior

U.S. Department of Labor

In the week ending July 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 1,434,000, an increase of 12,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 6,000 from 1,416,000 to 1,422,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,368,500, an increase of 6,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was … [More]

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