Arizona Launches New Public Assistance Express Pay Program through Cloud-Based Grants System

GTY Technology Holdings Inc.

GTY Technology Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq:GTYH) (“GTY”), a leading provider of SaaS/Cloud solutions for the public sector, announced today that its Saas/cloud based grants management solution, eCivis has supported the launch of the State of Arizona’s new Public Assistance Express Pay Program. This program, managed by the state’s Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA), … [More]

Everspin Technologies Appoints Daniel Berenbaum as Chief Financial Officer

Everspin Technologies, Inc.

Everspin Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRAM), the world's leading developer and manufacturer of Magnetoresistive RAM (MRAM), announced that Daniel Berenbaum is joining the company as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Berenbaum will be relocating to Arizona from Singapore and will start at Everspin on July 15th. Dan joins Everspin from GLOBALFOUNDRIES, where he has held executive … [More]

Census Bureau to Resume 2020 Census Field Operations in Arizona

U.S. Census Bureau

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau reissued its June 5 statement to include additional updates related to field operations for the week of June 8. The Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, will begin a phased restart of some 2020 Census field operations in additional area census offices (ACOs) across the nation the week of June 8. With these … [More]

Local Credit Union Offers Employees Full College Tuition Coverage

Desert Financial

Consistently ranked a “Best Place to Work,” Desert Financial has launched InvestED, a program offering full college tuition and professional certification coverage for all eligible employees beginning July 2020. In partnership with InStride, employees of Desert Financial, the state’s largest not-for-profit credit union can enroll in online undergraduate and graduate degree … [More]

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act Guidelines Coming, Says SBA

Small Business Administration

Following the enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act, the Small Business Association, in consultation with U.S. Treasury, will promptly issue rules and guidance, a modified borrower application form, and a modified loan forgiveness application implementing these legislative amendments to the PPP.  These modifications will implement the following … [More]

More than $748M in Arizona Unemployment Assistance Issued Last Week, Highest Ever

Arizona Department of Economic Security

The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) announced the availability of Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which provides a 13-week extension of benefits to individuals who have exhausted their state unemployment insurance (UI) and remain unemployed. PEUC launched on June 7. “While Arizona is safely reopening, there is still a significant need for … [More]

In-Person Meetings Still Matter: Here’s How to Hold One in the Coronavirus Era

by Howard Tiersky

Remote meetings have kept business going during the pandemic. But frankly, Zoom has its limits. As companies open back up, leaders are realizing that face-to-face meetings could really be beneficial—as long as those faces are at least six feet apart! "Remote work may be the new normal, but there are also times when getting everyone together in the same room is extremely … [More]

Phat Scooters Names Les Garland (‘I Want My MTV’) to Advisory Board

Phat Scooters

Locally based Phat Scooters, a leader in recreational and commercial electric scooters, has added entertainment and media visionary Les Garland to its Advisory Board. Garland joins Phat Scooters after a storied and illustrious career that began in Music radio and other facets of the Entertainment industry. A co-creator of MTV: Music Television, he played a major role in … [More]

Insights Platform to Help Enterprise-Level Brands Win on Amazon

Jungle Scout

Jungle Scout, the leading all-in-one platform for selling on Amazon, released a pioneering solution for major brands and enterprises to leverage the power of Amazon — introducing Jungle Scout Cobalt. Cobalt is a market intelligence and product insights platform built to help enterprise brands win the Amazon channel. Processing more than one billion data points every day, … [More]

Global Hiring Intentions Low Despite Employers Cautiously Optimistic About Return


Employers globally report significant declines in hiring intentions for Q3, reflecting the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on health, the economy and employment across the world.  ManpowerGroup's Employment Outlook Survey (NYSE-MAN) asks 38,000 employers across 43 countries whether they intend to hire additional workers or reduce the size of their workforce in the coming quarter. … [More]

Federal Budget Deficit Doubles from May of Last Year, Increase due to COVID-19

Congressional Budget Office

The federal budget deficit in May was $424 billion, about double the amount in the same month last year, CBO estimates. That increase stems from the economic disruption caused by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic and from the federal government’s response to it, including actions by the Administration and enactment of four pieces of legislation: the Coronavirus Preparedness and … [More]

Survey: Majority Believe that the Corona Crisis has Triggered a Home Office Trend

OTRS Group

Many employees who normally work in an office have discovered the advantages of the home office for themselves during the crisis. A worldwide survey of 500 employees conducted by OTRS Group revealed that the vast majority of those surveyed (80 percent) enjoy working from home. This is despite the fact that 68 percent said that working from home was an unfamiliar situation for … [More]

WEBINAR – June 10: Four Strategies for Data Privacy Law Readiness


Meet legal requirements consistently. This is your last chance to see how to prepare your organization to meet the varying legal requirements surrounding CCPA, GDPR, GLBA and more on a consistent basis. Join us for “Four Strategies for Data Privacy Law Readiness,” a live webinar featuring solutions from the DocuSign Agreement Cloud. You’ll learn how they can help identify … [More]

Workforce Performance Co. to Match Up to $20,000 per Company to Boost Employee Incentive Programs


Arcade has committed to match up to $5 million toward employee incentives for eligible small businesses. The program is designed to put money in employee's pockets, boosting morale and productivity after the economic struggle of the market shut down. Eligible businesses will receive up to $500 per location or a max of $20,000 per company towards employee incentives. What is … [More]

Uncertainty Index Increases in May, Business Owners are Optimistic


The Small Business Optimism Index increased 3.5 points in May to 94.4, a strong improvement from April’s 90.9 reading. Eight of the 10 Index components improved in May and two declined. The NFIB Uncertainty Index increased seven points to 82. Reports of expected business conditions in the next six months increased 5 points to a net 34%, following a 24-point increase in April. … [More]

WEBINAR – June 12: Avoiding Litigation in the COVID-19 Era

Local First Arizona

Litigation against small businesses related to COVID-19 is gaining traction. It’s coming from all angles – employees, customers, vendors, and landlords. It's likely your business is considering whether to re-open and if you've already opened, you need to know best practices to implement to operate safely. This interactive session will answer all the questions your business … [More]

WEBINAR – June 10: 10 Ways to Over Deliver and Drive Revenue After COVID-19

Local First Arizona

COVID-19 has swiftly changed everything, including the way people communicate, shop and buy. That evolution is going to continue after the lockdowns are lifted. Those businesses that don’t have the right tools, strategies and processes in place may find themselves unprepared for a post-pandemic world. Will your business be ready? Don’t worry. We’ve got you … [More]

Group Urges Revisions to CDC’s COVID-19 Mask Recommendations

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

In a letter sent today to U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) calls for the agency to emphasize the need for clear face masks and the use of other communication aids to protect people with hearing and other communication disorders. The need for such resources is not covered … [More]

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