53% of Small Business Employees Still Off Payroll


Alignable’s State Of Small Business Report for June has just been released, offering an inside look at what’s really happening among small businesses as they reopen across the U.S. and Canada. Based on Alignable Pulse Polls of 88,000+ small business owners, their greatest recovery concerns are having sufficient financial resources, and helping customers overcome … [More]

WEBINAR Jun 8 – 12: Arizona Small Business Boot Camp & Collective

Rick McCartney

  UPCOMING SESSIONS Please join us for next week's Boot Camp sessions. If you missed any sessions this week, watch here.   SESSION 27: MONDAY - June 8 | 9:00 AM Building a Business Plan to Return Stronger Join us for a session that will help you analyze the trajectory of the economy, identify opportunities and … [More]

Arizona Association for Economic Development Announces New Officers

Arizona Association for Economic Development

The Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) has announced its new officers for 2020-2021. Mignonne Hollis, AZED Pro, executive director of the Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation in Sierra Vista, is AAED’s new president. Lori Collins, deputy economic development director for the city of Mesa is the organization’s president-elect.  Wendy Bridges, AZED … [More]

Multi-family Expert Matt Rogers Joins MEB Management Services as VP of Operations

MEB Management Services

MEB Management Services is pleased to announce that multi-family industry expert Matt Rogers has joined the firm’s main office as Vice President of Operations. Rogers possesses more than 15 years of multi-family real estate and client management experience within the commercial real estate industry. Rogers has a strong grasp on both the Phoenix and Tucson markets, learning … [More]

Land Advisors Organization Hires Rebecca Wiley as Marketing Manager

Land Advisors Organization

Land Advisors Organization is pleased to announce that Rebecca Wiley has been hired as marketing manager for the firm’s 23 offices located across the country. Wiley possesses 20 years of experience in commercial real estate marketing and will be leading the firm’s marketing team strategy development and implementation from the Land Advisors Organization’s Metropolitan … [More]

5 Tips for a Successful Virtual Agency Internship Program

by Bo Goliber with input from Craig Mattes

While a number of companies scrapped their summer internship programs because of COVID-19, we at Fingerpaint decided to turn ours into a remote program. We wanted to keep our commitment to the 23 students who had already accepted our internship offer, while also providing them with real-world experience to use and develop the skills that a post-COVID workforce is going to … [More]

Local Corp. Donates Free Meals from Local Food Trucks to Hospital Employees and First Responders

Abrazo Health

Employees and first responders at Abrazo Health locations across the Valley will be treated to free meals from local food trucks during the second week of June courtesy of Ball Corporation. The meals donated by Ball Corporation are in recognition of Abrazo’s health care heroes serving greater Phoenix during the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. Abrazo hospitals, like … [More]

Software Co. Closes Seed Round, Creates Conversational Marketing at Scale for Enterprises


Botco.ai, Inc., a software technology company offering an automated conversational marketing platform that intelligently nurtures real-time chats with customers, today announced it has secured funding from several prominent angels and  investor groups. Botco.ai recently closed funds from AZ Tech Investors, Desert Angels, InvestU and PHX Ventures, setting the stage for … [More]

Opinion: Small Businesses Need PPP Flexibility Act to Become Law

Main Street Alliance

On the passage of the PPP Flexibility Act in the Senate last night, Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance Amanda Ballantyne has this to say: “The Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act is a first step in addressing the design flaws of the PPP and must immediately go to the President’s desk to become law, however, additional support is necessary to address the ongoing … [More]

1.9M Jobless Claims Last Week As Economy Begins to Reopen

U.S. Department of Labor

In the week ending May 30, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 1,877,000, a decrease of 249,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 3,000 from 2,123,000 to 2,126,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,284,000, a decrease of 324,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was … [More]

May Commercial Ch. 11s Increase 48 Percent over Last Year, Total Filings Down 42 Percent

American Bankruptcy Institute

Total commercial chapter 11 filings in May 2020 increased 48 percent from the previous year, according to data provided by Epiq Systems, Inc. Commercial chapter 11 filings totaled 722 in May 2020, elevated from the May 2019 total of 487. Conversely, total commercial filings decreased 28 percent in May 2020, as the 2,578 filings were down from the 3,558 commercial filings … [More]

Institute Research Shows Impact of COVID-19 on Local Commerce, Spending Declines

JPMorgan Chase Institute

The JPMorgan Chase Institute released new research that examines the COVID-19 pandemic’s localized impact through the lens of consumers and merchants across 16 U.S. cities:  Phoenix, Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle. This new research is the third in a series … [More]

Restaurant Accounting Platform Launches ‘Recovery Toolkit’


Restaurant365®, the leading all-in-one restaurant management platform, today announced an additional set of tools designed to stimulate restaurant recovery. Restaurant365’s new features address the key areas currently facing restaurants: re-hiring, staffing, customer safety, delivery and profitability. “As we listen to customers, their stories of perseverance continue to … [More]

U.S. Chamber Launches National Initiative, State Chamber Leader Joins

Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Glenn Hamer, the president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry, will serve on a steering committee for a U.S. Chamber of Commerce initiative to address inequality of opportunity through education, employment, entrepreneurship, and criminal justice reform. “I am honored to participate in this critically important initiative,” Hamer said. “The … [More]

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