Free Professional Development for Teachers Will Pay Dividends during and after the Pandemic

ASU Prep Digital

As the nation approaches the one-year mark of COVID it’s important to reflect back on all that’s been achieved despite enduring a year defined by seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Few groups were more affected by the pandemic than public school teachers. Last Spring, when classes suddenly went remote and playgrounds across the nation went quiet, ASU Prep Digital gathered a … [More]

Ducey Issues Executive Order Requiring Schools to Offer In-Person Learning

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Following discussions with public school leaders, and in accordance with new guidance from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Governor Doug Ducey today issued a new Executive Order returning schools to in-person, teacher-led instruction. According to metrics developed by the CDC, 12 of Arizona’s 15 counties are in phases where all schools are safe to open, … [More]

New Program Offers No-Interest Loans to Small Businesses

BBB Serving the Pacific Southwest

Help has arrived for entrepreneurs in Phoenix to boost their businesses with access to affordable capital. Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest (BBB) has partnered with GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY) and the City of Phoenix to launch the Phoenix Kiva Hub, which provides zero percent interest loans to small businesses unable to access traditional capital. The Kiva … [More]

Lisa Urias Named Chief Program and Community Engagement Officer at the Arizona Community Foundation

Arizona Community Foundation

The Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) is pleased to announce that Lisa Urias will become Chief Program and Community Engagement Officer beginning April 1. She succeeds Elisa de la Vara who plans to retire from the foundation on March 31. Urias has led two highly successful companies and has a long history of both corporate and community leadership. She comes to ACF from Urias … [More]

If You Own a Business, You’ve Only Got Days Left to Apply for a Paycheck Protection Loan

by Jennifer Roberts and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs

In just four months last year, more than 5 million U.S. businesses received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan. That helped them pay their workers, their mortgage or rent, and their utility bills. Unfortunately, many small businesses owned by minorities, women and veterans didn’t get PPP loans last year. We want to make sure you know how to apply for the funding your … [More]

Scottsdale-Based Water Co. Enters into the Mexican Bottled Water Market

The Alkaline Water Company

The Alkaline Water Company Inc. is a producer of premium bottled alkaline water, flavor-infused waters, and CBD infused products sold under the brand names Alkaline88®, A88 Infused™, and A88CBD™, respectively. Today, the Company announces that it has partnered with Tiendas Sindicales, a superstore grocery chain and food service and vending service provider in the Mexican free … [More]

Habits Highly Successful Business Managers Have (and How to Get Them)

PEO Leadership

According to Gallup, bad managers cost businesses billions each year, and account for at least 70% of variances in employee engagement scores. Having a highly successful business manager is crucial to the overall success of a company. The problem, however, is that not everyone knows what type of habits effective managers have. By being able to identify what those habits are, … [More]

Their Take: Hope Delivered Every 10 Seconds

by Pam Kehaly, President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

By all accounts, Arizona has had a rough time through the COVID-19 pandemic. A staggering loss of more than 15,000 Arizonans, punctuated by devastating economic and mental health impacts, left our state reeling. Vaccinations mean that hope is here, and Arizona’s recovery has been jumpstarted with one of the highest-volume, 24/7 vaccination sites in the country at State Farm … [More]

CVS Health to Invest $12.4 Million in Affordable Housing in Phoenix

CVS Health

CVS Health announced it will invest $12.4 million to build 60 new units of affordable housing in south Phoenix and expand the company’s no-cost preventive health screening program, Project Health, in the greater Phoenix area as part of CVS Health’s commitment to provide $600 million over five years to address racial inequity and social determinants of health in Black … [More]

The Catchiest Advertising Jingles of All Time

Quality Logo Products

Love them or hate them, there’s no denying that advertising jingles have been part of American culture for a very long time — nearly 100 years. By most reports, the first jingle broadcast on the radio debuted on Christmas Day 1926 to praise the virtues of Wheaties cereal. Intervening decades brought a rise and fall in the production and popularity of jingles. At their peak, … [More]

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