Your Business & the Law

by RaeAnne Marsh

The upheaval of the past couple of years has required businesses to adapt and adopt a lot of change to survive. Some of this comes from social pressures as attitudes and habits change, and some comes from new regulatory guidelines and requirements. Attorneys bring businesses expertise to help them navigate the changing landscape and, where needed, can be the anchor that keeps … [More]

Tasks, Tasks – and Non-Promotable Tasks

by Linda Babcock, Brenda Peyser, Lise Vesterlund and Laurie Weingart

Anyone reading this article has done work that wasn’t promotable. Maybe it was handling a low-revenue client or spending another day dealing with that one customer who can’t be satisfied. Or staying late one night to reformat the very unprofessional-looking budget spreadsheet created by a co-worker. Or perhaps it was being “voluntold” to organize a fund-raising event. We … [More]

BCBSAZ’s Foundation for Hope and Health

by Tyler Butler

Our healthcare system has been through the most strenuous of times. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed communities to the brink, with many healthcare professionals receiving the worst of it. Despite this, one healthcare company has somehow completed a strategic transformation while handling the worst public health crisis in modern history. Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona … [More]

The Unknown and Underutilized COVID Business Stimulus 

by Randy Bianchi

The Employee Retention Tax Credits, or ERC, was first enacted by the multitrillion-dollar CARES Act in March 2020 to address the economic impact of COVID on many businesses. When first enacted, the ERC gave employers the opportunity to qualify for up to 50% of $10,000 in eligible wages, or up to $5,000 worth of credits, per employee for 2020. Since then, several pieces of … [More]

Phoenix and Arizona Are Ripe for Franchise Growth

by Kent Craven

Each spring, the International Franchise Association and FRANdata, a leading market research firm, produce an annual Franchising Economic Outlook. Among the findings in 2022, Arizona ranks third in predicted franchising growth, with the number of establishments expected to reach nearly 20,000, a 3% jump over 2021. But that’s not all. The report also predicts the number of … [More]

The Rise of Recruitment Marketing

by Louis Naviasky

Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic upended the culture in the United States, flipping the labor market on its head. The Great Resignation, as many call it, has shifted attitudes of workers — and the impact is not only immediate but, seemingly, long-lasting. Isolation, burnout and lack of employer empathy have resulted in a mass exodus of qualified and skilled … [More]

Andy Abraham, Burch & Cracchiolo

from Andy Abraham

The term “the new normal” has become ubiquitous in our lives, referring to how we perceive the world and how we act in it. As businesses struggle to navigate the new normal – whether social or regulatory – attorneys can serve as their anchor and guide. The pandemic raised numerous challenges for attorneys, especially to look for creative ways to allow our clients to serve … [More]

Feedback: June 2022

by Martijn Pierik, Skyler Reeves, Hilary Samples 

Q: What has been your biggest workforce issue or challenge over the past year or so, and how have you addressed it? Martijn Pierik CEO and Managing Partner Kiterocket Sector: Marketing We faced a number of workforce challenges over the past 12-18 months, but the biggest one we faced is working remotely and how to maintain a strong company culture.  When our leadership … [More]

Is a Business Equipment Subscription the Way to Go? 

by Marna Davis

One of the barriers to starting a business is enormous, front-loaded capital outlays for equipment. Business owners can expect to face this capital expenditure (CapEx) again when equipment needs to be replaced. Equipment also incurs additional costs over time for parts, repairs and maintenance, as well as the inevitable cost of age-related underperformance. Equipment … [More]

Driving Electric Vehicle Advancement

by Marna Davis

A 100% electric transportation future is critical to reducing carbon emissions in the Valley, yet existing technologies don’t meet the power and cost requirements that will drive widespread electric vehicle adoption. If EVs don’t have enough power or they cost too much, people and organizations will continue using their gas-powered vehicles.  Exro Technologies is an energy … [More]

Pickleball Kingdom Builds Its Base with Free Classes – in Indoor Comfort

by Mike Hunter

Arizona’s first dedicated indoor pickleball facility opened one month ago. One of the largest such facility in the country, Pickleball Kingdom sports the outdoor surfaces that pickleball players know and love with all the benefits of playing indoors. In fact, the idea for Pickleball Kingdom was birthed on January 9, 2021, as soon-to-be founder and CEO Mike Rodrigues and his … [More]

Looking Good 2022 – June Standouts

  Achievements Lifted Trucks Recognized for Revenue Growth LPC’s Krumwiede Honored with NAIOP Arizona’s Award of Excellence Philanthropy Plexus Worldwide Meets 30-Million Meal Milestone Sundt Foundation Grants Awarded to 16 Phoenix Charities  … [More]

Lifted Trucks Recognized for Revenue Growth 

by Mike Hunter

With a two-year revenue growth of 67%, Lifted Trucks ranks No. 138 on Inc. Magazine’s third annual list of the southwest region’s fastest-growing private companies. Born of the annual Inc. 5000 franchise, this regional list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the southwest region economy’s most dynamic segment–its independent small businesses. … [More]

LPC’s Krumwiede Honored with NAIOP Arizona’s Award of Excellence

by Mike Hunter

David Krumwiede, a 36-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry and senior executive vice president for Lincoln Property Company, has been named NAIOP Arizona’s 2021 Award of Excellence recipient. The award recognizes an individual who has made a significant and positive impact on the commercial real estate industry in Arizona over a period of at least 15 years, along … [More]

Plexus Worldwide Meets 30-Million Meal Milestone

by Mike Hunter

Plexus Worldwide, one of the largest direct selling health and wellness companies in the world, recently hit a major milestone by donating 30 million meals through their Nourish One® initiative to people facing food insecurity through with every bag of Plexus Lean sold contributes a donation equivalent to 14 meals to Feeding America®, providing at least 1.5 million meals … [More]

Sundt Foundation Grants Awarded to 16 Phoenix Charities 

by Mike Hunter

The Sundt Foundation awarded $86,000 to 16 nonprofits in the Phoenix area during its current giving round. Established in 1999 as a way for employee-owners to give back to the communities in which they live and work, the Sundt Foundation awards quarterly grants to local Phoenix-area charities that support disadvantaged children and families. The organization is funded primarily … [More]

Population Growth and Office Construction Are Thriving Together

by Ioana Ginsac

The last 10 years have brought about many challenges, beginning in the depths of the financial crisis and culminating with the beginning of one of the worst global health crises in a century that has affected every single part of everyday life — especially how and where we work. Yet, data shows that cities are still growing. They’re the place to be for work, play and growing … [More]

BitFire Studios: Cutting-Edge Tech Serves Video Content Creators

by Mike Hunter

BitFire Studios opened its doors in Phoenix in Oct. 2021. At that time, BitFire Studios joined BitFire Networks, which came to be in July of 2020. BitFire Networks & Studios is the only combined company of its kind anywhere in the country — combining a state-of-the-art LED studio with a proprietary IP transmission network designed to take a client’s broadcast quality video … [More]

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