Inaugural Gateway Celebrity Fight Night Raised More Than $5 Million after Two Years Away

Gateway for Cancer Research, an internationally recognized philanthropic organization that has generated more than $90 million in charitable funding throughout its 27-year history, raised more than $5 million at its inaugural Gateway Celebrity Fight Night, the result of a merger between Gateway and Celebrity Fight Night in 2021. This year's event featured a "Stardust Dreams" … [More]

Valley Metro Names New CEO

The Valley Metro Board of Directors announced Jessica Mefford-Miller as the agency’s new Chief Executive Officer. Mefford-Miller joins Valley Metro with 15 years of experience connecting people and places through transit in the St. Louis, MO region. She joins the agency after coming out on top of an extensive, nationwide search following CEO Scott Smith’s retirement … [More]

WEBINAR – Mar 29: Leveraging Influencer Marketing to Drive Business Results

Arizona Commerce Authority

UPCOMING SESSIONS Please join us for the upcoming Small Business Boot Camp virtual webinars and workshop. If you missed any sessions this week, watch here. Leveraging Influencer Marketing to Drive Business Results 03/29/2022 | 9:00 AM Influencer marketing is a great medium for promoting your business across various social media platforms. In this … [More]

EXPO Brings New Business and Job Opportunities to Phoenix, Mar. 18 & 19

Thousands of Arizona entrepreneurs, business owners and brand representatives will gather at the Phoenix Convention Center this Friday and Saturday, March 18-19, for Franchise Expo West. The event – sponsored by the International Franchise Association – is a chance for Phoenix residents to learn about the fast-growing franchising industry, which continues to lead Arizona’s … [More]

Phoenix Named a Top Growth Market for Big-Box Industrial Sector

Phoenix was named the No. 2 top growth market in North America for large-warehouse leasing activity, following Houston, with 10.5 percent of its inventory absorbed in 2021, according to a new report from CBRE. Transactions nationwide for big-box warehouses – those of 200,000 sq. ft. or larger – hit new highs in 2021, as retailers added safety stock to limit supply chain … [More]

Two Years In: Housing Market Transformed by Prices, Lack of Inventory


Two years into the pandemic, the U.S. housing market is virtually unrecognizable from its previous state, with nearly half the number of homes for sale, prices higher by one-third and rising, and rents hundreds of dollars more a month, Zillow®'s latest monthly market report1 shows.  None of that has curtailed demand, with listed properties flying off the market and sales … [More]

U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Fall amid Strong Demand for Workers

U.S. Department of Labor

In the week ending March 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 214,000, a decrease of 15,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 227,000 to 229,000. The 4-week moving average was 223,000, a decrease of 8,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up … [More]

Arizona-Based Cannabis Dispensary Expands in Denver through Acquisition

Item 9 Labs Corp. — a vertically integrated cannabis dispensary franchisor and operator that produces premium, award-winning products — announced today that it has signed an Asset Purchase Agreement (the "APA") with The Herbal Cure, a medicinal and recreational dispensary and cultivator operating in Denver, Colorado. The Herbal Cure was founded in 2010 and generated revenues … [More]

Chandler-Based Financial Co. Announces New Arizona Mortgage Branch

Geneva Financial (Geneva), a direct mortgage lender operating in 46 states, has announced the opening of a new branch location in Phoenix, AZ led by Branch Manager Brian Mulvihill. The opening of this new branch provides opportunities for local borrowers and buyers looking to navigate the current housing market in Geneva's home state and beyond. "Geneva has … [More]

Solar Co-Op Launches for Maricopa County Businesses and Homeowners to Go Solar

Nonprofit group Solar United Neighbors (SUN) recently announced the launch of the Maricopa County Solar Co-op to help residents go solar. “The co-op will enable Maricopa homeowners and business owners to join the growing community of people saving money by harnessing solar power,” said Bret Fanshaw, Arizona program director for Solar United Neighbors. “Together, we’re … [More]

Moov Announces New Tempe HQ, Plans to Triple Headcount in 2022

Moov, a data-fueled marketplace for used semiconductor manufacturing equipment, today announced the location of its new headquarters in the 100 Mill building in Tempe, Arizona. Moov will command the 16th floor, spanning about 32,000 square feet, at 100 Mill. That 18-story tower is among the premier commercial real estate locations in Greater Phoenix. Amazon and Deloitte also … [More]

The Time Is Now to Get Your Tax Strategy Right for Retirement

by John L. Savarino

Financial planning for retirement should always be a thorough and careful process. Fundamental to it is being cognizant of the many variables that can affect our income, investments, taxes and savings. Well, some of the key variables are volatile right now. Inflation has hit a 40-year high. The Federal Reserve likely will raise interest rates in 2022 from current historical … [More]

Keywords for Communication Strategy during Invasion of Ukraine: Accuracy and Empathy

As Russia’s aggressive attack on Ukraine persists, the past week has made it more apparent than ever what profound impact informational warfare has in shaping public opinion on the invasion and pressuring entrepreneurs and companies to act. Many businesses have made their position clear and temporarily ceased operations in Russia to demonstrate their disapproval of the … [More]

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