Social Entrepreneurship: Empowering Business  

by RaeAnne Marsh

“The driving force is simple. We believe you must give back to the communities where you make a living,” says Howard Fleischmann, who, with his wife, Pat, owns Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair. They believe this is everyone’s responsibility and are among many business leaders in our community who put that belief into action. “Our actions help support our company beliefs … [More]

Patrick J. Armstrong, Canal Partners

from Patrick J. Armstrong

I have been fortunate to serve as the board chair for Social Venture Partners of Arizona for the past two years, and have been a partner with the organization for 10 years. My wife, Amy Armstrong, and I have witnessed firsthand how business leaders (and future leaders) are able to lend their time and talent to nonprofit organizations through serving on a board of directors, … [More]

Differentiating the Gen Y/Z Market

by David Ralls

With each new generation, a different set of rules presents itself for marketers. And, with five generations of consumers currently represented in the United States, it can be somewhat complex to differentiate between newer generations that, at first glance, appear to be very similar. But to say that generations Y and Z are the same, or could be marketed to using the same … [More]

Fear and Consequences

by Kyle M.K.

The all-hands meeting was called abruptly on a Friday afternoon and the entire staff shuffled into the largest conference room. Ten chairs for 30 employees. No one knew what was happening but all had a concerned look on their face. For the nine months prior, everyone in the company had worked harder than they ever had before in their career. They believed in the company’s … [More]

Age and Workforce: Valuing Experienced Workers

by Chris Farrell

The demographics of an aging population are well-known, although you might not remember the numbers. The Census Bureau forecasts that individuals 65 years and older will account for more than 21 percent of the U.S. population in 2030, up from 15 percent in 2016. Census also expects that the number of people over 65 years of age will outnumber children under age 18 for the first … [More]

Business Buyers & Sellers Beware in 2019

by Joseph Cotterman

A word of caution as you scan the business horizon for 2019. Depending on which side of a judgment you land on, it’s either a significant asset or obligation. Like a statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit, judgments in Arizona have a lifespan during which they can be enforced. When the enforcement period runs out, a judgment expires and is forevermore unenforceable — … [More]

Measuring Success

by Dr. Wayne Parker

Tracking success is at the core of creating a culture of evaluation within a nonprofit organization, where program decisions are made based on facts rather than impressions, hopes and wishes.  When a philanthropic foundation reviews the performance of its investment portfolio, it looks at its financial return on investment, the calculation of which is dollar-based and clear … [More]

Ryan Hibbert: Causing a Riot in Hospitality

by Robyn Moore

Ryan Hibbert knows what it takes to be successful in the hospitality industry. It was in 2010 when the Arizona native co-founded Riot Hospitality Group, a Scottsdale-based hospitality management company dedicated to evolving the typical restaurant landscape into one that provides unique and meaningful experiences. Nearly a decade and 12 venues later, Hibbert and his team … [More]

Voice Assistants Are Redefining the Way Americans Shop

by Mike Hunter

Voice assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri have ushered in a new era of customer interactions with technology. Individuals can use voice assistants on a range of smart devices (e.g., smart speakers, smart phones, etc.) to carry out a multitude of tasks. From asking for directions to shopping, voice assistants have enabled consumers to acquire information and make … [More]

All-Natural CBD Products for Pets

by RaeAnne Marsh

A little more than a year ago, CompanionCBD launched with its line of easy-to-administer and cost-effective soft chew cannabidiol (CBD) products for pets. “CBD is a plant-derived compound which comes from the hemp plant and mimics the action of chemicals that are essential for normal functioning of the brain and body,” says CEO Brad Malin. A 2018 study from Surgical Neurology … [More]