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]

For-Sale-By-Owner Is Online-Enabled

by Mike Hunter

Valley couple Colleen and Allan Crommett founded fsboTECH a year ago, bringing a new option to the real estate market. Their intent was to help the home sellers in the For Sale By Owner (FSBO) marketplace by enabling them to use tools such as Multiple Listing Service without having to pay the typical 6-percent commissions to the listing agent and the buyer’s agent — all through … [More]

Simplifying AP Automation 

by Mike Hunter

PaperVision Capture R87 from Digitech Systems simplifies the process of converting to automated Accounts Payable (AP) processes. The new software uses artificial intelligence to automatically recognize invoices, classify them by vendor, and extract all the data the business needs to upload to its accounting application, thus simplifying new form setup; electronically compares … [More]

Flexible Communication App

by Mike Hunter

Designed for the needs of virtual teams, Fleep is a flexible communication app that streamlines any team’s project management and communication. Created by two of Skype’s founding engineers, Fleep marries the instant messaging of Skype and the internal teamwork of Slack with task management tools that allow users to consolidate everything in one place. It integrates seamlessly … [More]

Credit App Challenges Credit Cards

by Mike Hunter

Summed is a new consumer-focused alternative to traditional credit cards. Built for use on smartphones, the Summed app enables consumers to split large purchases into smaller payments through simple financing that connects to their debit cards. Unlike credit cards, Summed provides low interest rates, no fees, cash-back rewards and, most importantly, fixed repayment amounts. … [More]

BMW’s All-New X2

by Mike Hunter

This newest line by BMW was born out of the success other manufacturers are having with this small crossover class. The BMW X2 fills a void for BMW in that it is an economical and sporty option targeting those who are more active.  The 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder, 16-valve, 228-hp engine is tucked away to provide power and fuel economy. In a small-sized … [More]

For a Breath of Fresher Air

by Mike Hunter

Plants are more than an esthetic reprieve for our eyes. Since NASA began researching ways to improve air quality for astronauts in closed environments in space, we’ve learned that they can counter some of the toxins our made environment surrounds us with — in addition, of course, to recycling our carbon-dioxide exhalations into the oxygen we need to breathe. Areca Palm Like … [More]

Farm & Craft: Community Eatery

by RaeAnne Marsh

Farm & Craft has a split personality — from the breakfast and lunch menu, it’s counter-order and table-delivery; off the dinner menu from 3 p.m. to closing, it’s table seating and waiter-order. What’s most important, however, shines through at all times — healthy food, locally sourced. “Local” is, in fact, so much a focus that the recently opened Phoenix location differs … [More]

Resort to Lunch

by RaeAnne Marsh

Summer is a good time for locals to take advantage of the multitude of exceptional resorts and hotels that, in the other seasons, draw crowds of out-of-towners. Here are In Business Magazine picks for some of the best on-property restaurants for getting-away for lunch. Hearth ´61  In the modern contemporary architecture of Mountain Shadows Resort for seasonal American fare, … [More]

Cracked it!

by Mike Hunter

Solving complex problems and selling their solutions is critical for personal and organizational success. However, it doesn’t come naturally and most of us haven’t been taught how to do it well. Research shows a host of pitfalls trips us up when we try: We’re quick to believe we understand a situation and jump to a flawed solution. We seek to confirm our hypotheses and ignore … [More]

Custodians of the Internet

by Mike Hunter

In this revealing and nuanced exploration, award-winning sociologist and cultural observer Tarleton Gillespie provides an overview of current social media practices and explains the underlying rationales for how, when and why these policies are enforced. In doing so, Gillespie highlights that content moderation receives too little public scrutiny even as it shapes social norms … [More]


by Mike Hunter

Don’t settle . . . SUCCEED in the right career! This book is aimed at those stuck in an unsatisfying job, the wrong profession or an industry that just isn’t a fit. Switchers offers suggestions on how to get unstuck and land a new career that one is genuinely passionate about. Written by celebrated career coach and psychologist Dr. Dawn Graham, the book provides proven … [More]

Feedback: June 2018

by Tony Chan, Ken Pollack, Josh Thorsvik

How do you stay grounded as a locally owned and operated business while growing it and expanding from your initial location? Tony Chan Founder and Owner Snoh Ice Shavery Sector: Restaurants It is important to stay connected to the Phoenix local community and show support to locals as well. We like to cater to our customers’ demands. But we also feel it’s very important … [More]

2018 Business Woman of the Year

by Sukki Jahnke

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce recognized three finalists and announced the winner of the 23rd annual Business Woman of the Year award at the recent 2018 Leadership Conference & Expo.  The award recognizes an individual’s excellence in their chosen field and demonstrated leadership within the community. The award honors those who serve as a positive role model to others and … [More]

New Faces at Tempe Chamber of Commerce

by Sukki Jahnke

Ariyanna Norman Hired as Marketing and Event Coordinator The Tempe Chamber of Commerce has hired Ariyanna Norman, an Arizona State graduate and event enthusiast, to serve as the Marketing and Event Coordinator. Norman will use online platforms and graphic design to promote the organization’s initiatives and assist with the creation and execution of events. Norman graduated … [More]

2018 Business Excellence Award Finalists Announced 

by Sukki Jahnke

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce is excited to reveal the finalists for the 2018 Business Excellence Awards! The awards honor one small business and one large business that serves as a positive role model to others and is active in the Tempe community. Each finalist has a strong business mission and an impressive history of giving back.  The winner in each category will be … [More]

Tempe Chamber Members Support Sustainable Business 

by Sukki Jahnke

The Pledge was developed to help businesses learn how to reduce waste, energy and water usage and to develop sustainable purchasing programs. With the launch of this program over a year ago, the goal of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce is to help make businesses and the communities in which they operate more resilient and sustainable.  This comprehensive online resource and … [More]

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