Power CEOs

by RaeAnne Marsh

Some companies are woven through so much of the fabric of our business community that their impact extends far beyond their individual sector. A handful of such companies here have recently made changes in their top leadership with people newly calling Phoenix home. In Business Magazine, working with Greater Phoenix Leadership CEO Neil Giuliano, explored these new relationships … [More]

Tom Forese, Arizona Corporation Commission

from Tom Forese

Fresh eyes bring new perspective. That’s always a good thing, especially when those fresh eyes come out of the C suite of some of our community’s best businesses. Whether the result is affirmation of the direction business is already following or charting new paths, The Valley, and Arizona overall, enjoys the expertise of the leadership of major businesses who continue to be … [More]

Mobile Billing: Growing Opportunity

by Mia Papanicolaou

There was a time, not so long ago, when the best and most effective way of sending a bill to a customer was to deliver it to them by mail. In a world where mobile devices are almost ubiquitous and in constant use, that should no longer the be case.  Done effectively, mobile billing — whether app-based or email — is cheaper and more convenient than traditional billing … [More]

Snaring the Right Web Designer

by Drew Barton

The Web designer you ultimately choose will play a critical role in the digital success of your business, which is why you need to be able to ask the right questions and identify obvious red flags during the interview process. Recognizing and avoiding red flags can be the key to protecting yourself against a bad business deal. When it comes to hiring a Web designer or … [More]

The Opportunity Zone Program (Part 1)

by Marc L. Schultz

Buried in the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was the creation of the Opportunity Zone Program. This new federal income tax incentive program is designed to encourage private capital investment in Opportunity Zones — designated distressed communities throughout the United States (including possessions of the United States). Specifically, the Opportunity Zone Program … [More]

The New Tax Law 

by Richard Tollefson and Michal Tyra

The recent overhaul to our nation’s tax code has many of our clients expressing confusion and concern about how these changes will affect their fundraising efforts. Using the analysis provided in a recent whitepaper by Robert Sharpe of The Sharpe Group, and The Phoenix Philanthropy Group’s own perspective, we hope to combat misinformation and provide some clarity for what … [More]

Miracle Mile Deli: All in the Family

by Kassidy McDonald 

It’s rare to find a family-owned and -operated restaurant that has been around as long as Miracle Mile Deli. For 69 years, the Garcias have navigated the unique challenges that come with running a family-owned business, such as staying relevant and active within each new generation.  Josh Garcia, vice-president of Miracle Mile Deli, works to maintain the balance as he … [More]

Allergic to Work?

by Graham Chapman

Americans miss 24.5 million workdays each year due to “occupational asthma” and lose energy and focus due to sneezing, coughing and watery eyes. And these numbers are getting worse as the number of people with allergies is increasing and global warming, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, is fueling longer allergy seasons. With the EPA saying the lingering cold … [More]

MedAvail Technologies Inc.™ Partners with Banner Health 

by Ed Kilroy

MedAvail Technologies, a healthcare technology company that has developed and commercialized an innovative self-service pharmacy kiosk solution, has partnered with Banner Health to deploy three MedAvail MedCenters™ in its clinics and hospitals in the Greater Phoenix area. The MedAvail MedCenter™ provides an innovative solution that supports the dispensing of first fill and … [More]

Farm Express Mobile Produce Program Expands

by Mike Hunter

Many Arizonans do not have access to healthy food options, which can lead to chronic health issues such as diabetes or obesity. To make a change and provide resources so residents have access to basic nutritious foods, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is expanding its partnership with the Discovery Triangle Development Corporation to launch a new Farm Express mobile … [More]

Cryptocurrency Transactions in Real Time

by RaeAnne Marsh

In a new study published in March 2018, Transparency Market Research predicts a compound annual growth rate of 31 percent for cryptocurrency hardware and software from 2017 through 2025. The report estimates that the hardware and software business in this industry will soar from $574 million in 2017 to $6.7 billion in 2025. In introducing the Global Cryptocurrency … [More]

Add Tap, Swipe, Pinch and Zoom Functions to Devices

by Mike Hunter

“Capacitive touch has become mainstream, and we’re continuing to see growth in the number of applications that require low-power, gesture-enabled touch surfaces,” says Fanie Duvenhage, vice president of Microchip Technology’s touch and gesture business unit. “The 2D Touch Surface library makes the realization of small touch pads and screens easier and more … [More]

Phoenix Retail Starts the Year Strong

by Mike Hunter

Based on newly released Q1 data, Colliers International Group predicts the Greater Phoenix retail market is expected to thrive during 2018. Retail expansion is forecast to continue as population grows and the local housing market improves. Permitting activity for new homes has increased, which will support retailers. As shopping centers experience higher demand, rents will grow … [More]

Phoenix Industrial Market 

by Mike Hunter

Lee & Associates Arizona reports the Phoenix industrial market continues its positive momentum after a record year in 2017, with 1,359,837 square feet of positive absorption in Q1 2018.  Vacancy dropped to 7.5 percent from 7.8.  A total of 13 buildings were delivered in Q1 2018, totaling 917,028 square feet.  Who is buying industrial in the Valley:  … [More]

Scottsdale Galleria Targeted for Major Back-Office

by Mike Hunter

Expertise in high-performing back-office product has earned the Phoenix office of JLL the exclusive listing assignment for the Concourse Level of the Scottsdale Galleria – a 140,000-square-foot space offering triple redundancy and the Class A amenities to attract major, power-dependent back-office tenants to the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. The JLL assignment from Stockade … [More]

Own Homes for Adults with Special Needs 

by Mike Hunter

Millions of families across America have a loved one with special needs and have struggled with finding appropriate permanent housing. Luna Azul, a new development of 30 homes in North Phoenix, addresses that problem. Developed by Mark Roth and located at 16th St. and Loop 101, the development is the nation’s first for-sale residential community for adults with special needs. … [More]

Three-Car Garages an Option 

by Mike Hunter

Camelot Homes, a third-generation homebuilder in Scottsdale, launched a three-car garage option for attached single-family luxury homes at Adero Villas in Fountain Hills. Noting the option is rare for attached homes in the Valley, Cammie Hancock Beckert, managing director of Camelot Homes, says, “Buyers in the area are looking for convenience and extra space in luxury living.” … [More]

Women in Business Can Thank H.R. 5050

by Joy Lutes 

Thirty years ago, some U.S. states had laws that precluded women from obtaining a business loan without a male relative to cosign for them — even if that male were an underage son.  The National Women’s Business Council, which does research into the women’s business ecosystem, and the Women’s Business Centers, managed by the U.S. Small Business Administration, did not … [More]

Security in Place Advances

by David Corbin

Every day, employees and customers walk through the doors of a business. But has the business owner thought about what’s on those doors that’s safeguarding the business’s people, patrons, products and property? From the point someone enters the parking lot to the core of the company where sensitive information is stored, access control components provide layers of physical … [More]

Cyber-Secure Travel?

by Adam Levin

It has been recently reported that digital hotel door locks can be compromised by simple tweaks to their in-built security software, according to research from a cybersecurity firm. The hardware kit used to clone keys involves scanning the RFID tag or mag stripe included in a card key, which is then copied by a small device which is then able to generate a huge number of extra … [More]