Nearly Half of Small Businesses Unable to Fill Job Openings


A record-high 48% of small business owners in May reported unfilled job openings (seasonally adjusted), according to NFIB’s monthly jobs report. May is the fourth consecutive month of record-high readings for unfilled job openings and is 26 points higher than the 48-year historical reading of 22%. “Small business owners are struggling at record levels trying to get … [More]

Healthcare Entrepreneur Joins Flinn Foundation Board

Flinn Foundation

Heidi Jannenga, one of Arizona’s most accomplished healthcare-technology entrepreneurs, has been elected to the Flinn Foundation board of directors. Jannenga, co-founder of Phoenix-based WebPT, the leading software provider for electronic medical records and practice management for rehabilitation therapists, brings to the board premier expertise in the clinical and … [More]

SBA Launches Competition, Debuts SBIR Catalyst to Award over $5 Million in Prizes

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced its 6th Annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition (GAFC) with the addition of a new component aimed at spurring investment in underrepresented communities within the innovation economy at scale. The 2021 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Catalyst programs will recognize the … [More]

Akos Medical Campus Opens in Avondale


Providing improved access to healthcare services for the growing population in Greater Phoenix, Akos MD today announced the opening of the Akos Medical Campus in partnership with Apricus Health. The cutting-edge, newly constructed healthcare facility is located at 10825 W. McDowell Road on an eight-acre site in the heart of Avondale’s Health-Tech Corridor. The first of two … [More]

PNC Completes Acquisition of BBVA

PNC Financial

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. announced the completion of its acquisition of BBVA USA Bancshares, Inc., including its U.S. banking subsidiary BBVA USA. Through this transaction, PNC is now the fifth largest U.S. commercial banking organization with over $560 billion in assets with a coast-to-coast national franchise that will provide a full range of products and … [More]

Canal Convergence Event at Scottsdale Waterfront to Coincide with CODAsummit

Scottsdale Arts

Scottsdale Public Art and CODAworx will converge in November as the annual CODAsummit: The Intersection of Art, Technology and Place comes to Scottsdale during Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light. CODAsummit is a three-day conference for all individuals and companies that are involved in creating large-scaled, commissioned art to consider how technology-infused art … [More]

U.S. Jobless Claims Continue to Fall, Lowest since Beginning of Pandemic

U.S. Department of Labor

In the week ending May 29, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claimswas 385,000, a decrease of 20,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020 when it was 256,000. The previous week's level was revised down by 1,000 from 406,000 to 405,000. The 4-week moving average was 428,000, a decrease of 30,500 … [More]

MedCraft Healthcare Real Estate Expands across Arizona, Serves Rapidly Growing Southwest Market

MedCraft Healthcare Real Estate

MedCraft Healthcare Real Estate, a national leader in the development, financing, and management of ambulatory care and medical office buildings, has established an active and growing presence in Arizona and the southwest U.S. region with several prominent health system partnerships. Tucson HealthCare (TMC), Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) and Northern Arizona Healthcare … [More]

5 Tips for Improving Business’s Internal Communication System

by Phil Cord

Establishing effective internal communication within the company is an essential part of running a successful business. It is especially important today when many business owners manage office-based and remote teams simultaneously. Fortunately, many software tools, such as Weave Communications, help make this process easier and enable gathering customers’ insights, analyzing … [More]

Partnership to Answer Vaccine Questions and Provide Access to Immunization Records through Intelligent Chat Technology, the leading HIPAA-compliant conversational marketing solution, announced today an expanded partnership with STChealth, the leading Immunization Intelligence Network provider, to use’s intelligent chat technology to help people get access to their immunization records and answer vaccine-related questions at scale. Expanding on an earlier program that answered … [More]

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