21 Businesses You Must Know

By RaeAnne Marsh

Greater Phoenix has no shortage of great, successful companies. It also remains a hot spot for entrepreneurs, and many of their startups scale up to become more of our great, successful companies. In Business Magazine has chosen to showcase 21 businesses in our community, in different sectors and at different stages of growth. They offer candid answers to two questions that … [More]

Matthew Fehling, Better Business Bureau serving the Pacific Southwest

from Matthew Fehling

A business community that is excelling is a business community that is made up of successes throughout. With all that we do to attract business here in the Valley, it stands to reason there would be some businesses, small and large, that are doing so well that sharing their success and their unique proposition would empower us all in business. Businesses that build a strong … [More]

The Proactive Magic of Asking, ‘How Can I Help?’

by Doug Conant

On the Friday afternoon of 4th of July weekend, 2009, I was on the New Jersey Turnpike returning home from another bustling day of activities as CEO of Campbell Soup Company. My wife was away in Washington, D.C., helping our daughter move into her new apartment. In the backseat of the car, I was dozing off with my seatbelt on, at the end of a busy week. We were going fast, … [More]

Deepen Capacity through Great Governance

by Bruce Weber and Charlie Smith

Great governance doesn’t just happen; it is created intentionally! BoardSource, a recognized leader in board governance, defines solid governance: “Successful organizations have engaged boards with members who are passionate about the organization’s mission, who ask challenging questions and make informed decisions, who collaborate with each other, and who promote the … [More]

Create Everyday Courage by ‘Rumbling with Vulnerability’

by Eileen Rogers

We are in desperate need of braver and more daring leaders — those who have the courage to remove barriers and clear a path to good work, engaged teams and healthy workplaces. To do it well requires vulnerability, a word that makes people cringe. And with good reason: According to the dictionary, to be vulnerable means to open oneself to criticism or attack. Most of us work in … [More]

Boutique Concepts Strengthen Fitness Sector

by RaeAnne Marsh

“Boutique studio fitness is a growing segment of the fitness market,” say Julian and Karen Loveday, owners of the new CycleBar studio in Gilbert and licenses to build two more in the Gilbert and Tempe territory. Six CycleBar studios operate in Greater Phoenix, among the 230 franchises nationwide. Another national concept has now opened its first location in Arizona, with … [More]

Keys to Sales Success

by Kinja Dixon

The secret is listening. People tend to think that, as one of the most successful salespeople in the world, I must be a great talker and can influence people to do things they wouldn’t normally do. Nothing could be more incorrect. The real secret to sales and most anything else is listening to the customers. Too many people talk. More success will come from being a better … [More]

Canyon Ventures: Innovative Accelerator

by RaeAnne Marsh

GCU’s focus on benefitting its students and its community is evident in its recently launched business accelerator, Canyon Ventures. Member businesses must hire GCU students, a valuable pool of talent for the businesses that also benefits the students by giving them marketable experience as a foot in the door for future employment. Not only is space rent-free, but Canyon … [More]

From Research to Revenue

by Ben Smith

No research goes to market without time and money spent. Great ideas often die in a lab or workshop because the person behind them does not have the knowledge on how to bring the idea to market. While one may have the talent and skills to develop an idea, it’s crucial to have someone on the team who understands marketing, accounting, fundraising, et cetera, to bring the idea to … [More]

Suzette Smith: The Future Is Fermented

By Holly Bentley

Growing up on a farm in rural Georgia, Suzette Smith learned the great art of garden-to-table cooking at an early age. Her parents were modern-day pioneers who left the city and moved the family to the country. Smith harvested the garden, which was the foundation for her passion of whole food nutrition. From soil to seed, she has stuck to the basics when it comes to food and … [More]