The Czech Republic: Adventure in the Heart of Europe

by RaeAnne Marsh

Castles, cathedrals and — perhaps surprisingly — wine cellars are among the attractions that make a visit to the Czech Republic special. History is part and parcel of the culture, from monuments maintained as treasures of the Middle Ages or functioning sites for today’s commerce to less-mellowed vestiges of the past 100 years’ political turmoil. In the country’s main cities of … [More]

Securing Our Energy Resources

by Joe Bardin

It’s easy to take energy for granted. You hit the switch or plug into the outlet, and the power is there for you to run your business and live your life. We in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area experience only minimal disruptions to power and those come mainly from stormy monsoon weather rather than overloads on the grid. This is a testament to the power of planning by our energy … [More]

Mark B. Bonsall, Salt River Project

from Mark B. Bonsall

Providing the energy that enables businesses to succeed and commerce to thrive is vital. Utilities such as Salt River Project (whose history is rooted in the provision of water and hydroelectricity) have the power — literally — to help deliver economic growth to the Valley, and it’s a responsibility we take very seriously. Looking ahead, the emphasis in the utility industry … [More]

Tap into Big Data for Profit

by Don Harris

Big data is capable of making a big impact on the bottom line of businesses. The term describes the exponential growth and availability of data, which businesses are eager to exploit. But this overwhelming abundance of data is important to businesses only if they are able to accurately analyze it in a timely manner, which can lead to more confident decision making. The term … [More]

Cyber Security: Liability and Evolving Standards for Business

by RaeAnne Marsh

Data breaches at major corporations like Target and Michael’s become high-profile news, but it’s a risk that every company with an Internet-connected computer should be worried about, according to Jason Weinstein, a partner in the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson LLP whose practice specialties include cyber crime. “Cyber criminals are interested in getting into the systems of … [More]

Summer Adventure Near and Far

by RaeAnne Marsh

The popular You Are Here guide to attractions for locals and visitors blew out the boundaries last year when it expanded its view to national and international destinations as part of In Business Magazine. We offer this insertion twice yearly to inform our In Business Magazine readers (one of the best local demographics of travelers) of many of the great getaways and travel … [More]

Mindfulness and Values-Clarification in the Workplace

by Paul E. Flaxman, Ph.D.

Over the past decade, there has been an explosion of interest in mindfulness-based training programs. The impact of the mindful movement can be seen across the fields of psychotherapy, stress management, coaching and sports performance.  In the workplace, mindfulness is being hailed for its potential to help employees and leaders stay in contact with present moment … [More]

Walt Danley: Gaining an Edge by Taking to the Streets

by Alison Stanton

Walt Danley, who first started working in real estate in July of 1977 at Coldwell Banker and is now president of Walt Danley Realty, says being a good listener has been the key to much of his success. From clients to co-workers and other Realtors, Danley has made it a point to really focus and listen carefully to what other people are telling him. “I have found that people … [More]

Auto Technician Course Fills Growing Employment Need

by RaeAnne Marsh

“There is a huge appetite for having certified technicians in the marketplace,” says Michael Romano, campus president for Avondale for Universal Technical Institute. The Scottsdale-headquartered, nationwide institute is launching a General Motors Technician Career Training, which it developed with General Motors and Raytheon Professional Services. The demand for automotive … [More]

Info Must Be Right to Get Found Online

by RaeAnne Marsh

Small businesses lose $10 billion annually due to missing or outdated information online, a problem GoDaddy’s Get Found program is designed to solve. Businesses can use a scan, which Get Found offers for free, to see how they appear across different sites, search engines and devices. Then, as a content management system that is partnered with Google, Yahoo, Bing, Yelp and more, … [More]

Growing Healthcare Industry Attracts Higher Education Alternatives

by RaeAnne Marsh

The College of St. Scholastica, which continues to be a national leader in health information management after developing the first health management degree program in 1934, has opened its first venue in Arizona as part of the Communiversity educational cluster in Surprise. Healthcare has continued to grow nationally, and recent changes will require better access to providers, … [More]

Financial Skill Sets a Hot Niche Market for Staffing Firm

by RaeAnne Marsh

Staffing firm Stephen James Associates is opening an office in the Phoenix market to focus on the accounting and financial employment sector. “Research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that, in the next six to seven years, jobs in this arena will grow more than other sectors,” says Derik Fales, director of business operations, citing the new financial rules in the … [More]

Videos from W. P. Carey Offer Options

by Mike Hunter

See latest videos to explore exciting and growing industries: The Bachelor of Arts degree in Business with a concentration in Sports and Media Studies delivers operational understanding of the sports and media industries while helping develop business acumen and knowledge. Finance and Banking and other opportunities for executives or grads can be seen on the W. P. Carey School … [More]

How to Succeed

by Mike Hunter

CrowdCrux and CrowdfundingForum launch e-book How to Succeed at Kickstarter. From game developers to musicians, Kickstarter has become a platform where creative types can attract a crowd and launch their dream projects without having to go through a major publishing outlet or a traditional label. This e-book by founders Salvador Briggman and Brian Krassenstein is a compilation … [More]

A Less-Taxing Solution

by Mike Hunter

Taxjar, an automated sales tax solution, helps businesses by tracking their sales tax and can even report back on the their previous year’s sales with what they should have collected and the amount they should be reporting. For businesses as well as accountants working with many clients. … [More]

Free Filing Services

by Mike Hunter

The Free File Alliance, a coalition of industry-leading tax software companies partnered with the Internal Revenue Service, launched the 2014 Free File program. Every taxpayer with a 2013 Adjusted Gross Income of $58,000 or less may visit this site to prepare, complete and e-file their federal tax returns at no cost. Also available free is a comprehensive suite of online tax … [More]

‘Spring Training’ Is a Year-Round Business

by RaeAnne Marsh

Spring Training calls forth talk of batting averages and RBIs. But there are other figures equally compelling. The revenue impact of Spring Training and Cactus League Baseball Association extends beyond the ballpark box office to — of course — hotels and restaurants, but also to grocery stores, other retail and municipal governments throughout the Valley. Nor is it just a … [More]

The Clever Koi: Urban Asian

by Mike Hunter

Opening in December of last year, The Clever Koi is quickly becoming the single most-talked-about restaurant in the Valley. Its unique style and unmatched concept only add to the incredible flavor and creative dishes. The brainchild of chef/owners Jared Porter and Joe Absolor and owners Joshua James and Nick Campisano, this modern take on Asian food is tempting palates with … [More]

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