Big Strides to Fix PPP, More Support Needed for Long Term

by Amanda Ballantyne.

On the release of the Congressional House Democrat's Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Stimulus Act (HEROES Act) today, small business will feel some level of relief. We applaud Congressional House Democrats for their leadership as the COVID-19 crisis continues to wreak havoc on our public health and economy. The HEROES Act takes strides to fix problems in … [More]

Arizonans Deliver Virtual Graduation Speeches to Celebrate Class of 2020

by Mike Hunter

The pomp got lost due to the circumstance – aka Covid-19. This reality means thousands of Arizona graduates are missing their walk across the stage, the diploma hand off, the launch of their mortarboard, and the friends and family celebrations that follow the ceremonies. Life milestones, important memories, the inevitable selfie – all lost to the pandemic. Yet to make sure … [More]

Unexpected Benefits of Shifting to a Remote Workforce

by Moe Vela

The pandemic has caused billions of people and millions of companies to shift to remote work overnight, with most of them doing this out of necessity and survival.  For companies that have made the shift to working from home, there have been some surprising benefits. Though no one would choose the current situation, being forced to rely on collaborative technology has helped … [More]

Homebuilder’s ‘Focus on the Future’ Honors 2020 College Graduates with Gifts

Fulton Homes

Graduation day is a milestone most high school and college seniors look forward to all year. But the time-honored tradition of walking across the stage to accept the diploma in front of friends and family was stripped away this year due to the pandemic. To lift the spirits of Valley graduates, Fulton Homes has teamed up with local Hubbard radio stations for the ‘Focus on the … [More]

Stay at Home Order Ends May 15, Replaced with New Priorities

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

The Stay at Home order in Arizona will be ending on May 15 and replaced by new guidance for the next stage of economic recovery. The new guidance aligns with gating criteria issued by the White House and Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and aims to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 resurgence, protect vulnerable populations, and guide the reopening of businesses … [More]

Arizona Homebuilder’s New Concept Opens Doors to New Homes Faster 

Fulton Homes

Homebuyers with a tight timeline don’t have to give up the dream of owning a brand new home. Fulton Homes has two innovative ways to skip the line, forego the time and get keys in hands without delay. Through the Fulton Fast program, Move-In Ready and Quick Move-In home options can satisfy desire for a newly built home and relieve buyers of the stress related to construction … [More]

AZ Local Impact Fund Raises $60,000, Grants Awarded to Four Local Businesses 

AZ Local Impact Fund

The AZ Local Impact Fund today announced it has raised a total of $60,000, and the funds will be divided equally among four Arizona businesses in order to provide financial support during COVID-19 pandemic. The recipients are Integrative Touch for Kids (ITK), Blue Willo Catering, Armored Outdoor Gear and a trucking repair company that wishes to stay anonymous. The fund was led … [More]

Tempe Co. Partners to Create New Possibilities for US Manufacturers

Delta Technology

Tempe-based Delta Technology, an integrator and automation expert for complex manufacturing and Telsonic one of the leading industrial ultrasonics suppliers worldwide, announced today a partnership to offer ultrasonic products to US manufacturers. The industrial use of ultrasonics is continually opening up interesting new application possibilities. Today, they are found … [More]

Beloved Mexican Restaurant Reopening, Donating 500 Meals to Food Banks & Essential Workers


While Gov. Doug Ducey gave Arizona eateries the all-clear to reopen this week, the team at Macayo’s is taking a few extra days to make final preparations. Macayo’s Mexican restaurants will resume in-person operations statewide starting Monday, May 18. While guests should expect to see social distancing measures in place, they can rest assured that the menu and service … [More]

Goodwill is First in U.S. to Become Certified by New Standards Program for Business

Goodwill of Central & Northern Arizona

Goodwill of Central & Northern Arizona has become the first company in the USA to become HealthyVerify Certified. HealthyVerify helps businesses and workplaces develop best practices for health safety and addressing employee and customer concerns about the Coronavirus. Experts from HealthyVerify will visit and tour businesses, help them train employees and then certify … [More]

WEBINAR – May 14: Are you Betwixt and Between virtual workers and those returning to the office?

Brandau Power Institute

Join the complimentary 30-Minute Lunch and Learn Webinar You'll learn how to align all workers for a productivity reboot. REGISTER HERE The last few weeks has been disruptive to teams seeking to reach quarterly goals. Are your teams experiencing uncertainty, confusion and lack of focus? Moving between virtual and office work is predicted to be the new normal. In … [More]

Healthcare Provider Contributes $25,000 to Local Small Business Relief Fund

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) recently contributed $25,000 to Local First Arizona to assist with grant funding for its Small Business Relief Fund (SBRF). This program provides immediate assistance to small businesses across Arizona that have been significantly impacted by the economic conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Local First Arizona is the … [More]

WEBINAR – May 12: GPEC Explores Impact of COVID-19

Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Join us for the next installment of Regional Report: A GPEC Virtual Series, where the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) explore industries impacted by COVID-19. This webinar will focus primarily on a potential resurgence of U.S. manufacturing - REGISTER HERE. WHO: Greater Phoenix Economic Council SPEAKERS: Chris Camacho, President & CEO, Greater … [More]

Consumer Price Index Plunges 0.8 Percent, Core Falls 0.4 Percent

The Center for Economic and Policy Research

The overall Consumer Price Index (CPI) fell 0.8 percent in April, driven again by large price declines in sectors that were hit hard by pandemic-related shutdowns. Gas prices fell 20.6 percent, following a drop of 10.5 percent in March. They are now 32.0 percent below their year-ago level. Apparel prices had an extraordinary 4.7 percent decline, following a drop of 2.0 percent … [More]

Election Services Co. Challenges Businesses Across the Country to Support Local Food Banks

Runbeck Election Services

A challenge has been launched to meet the extreme need that food banks are experiencing across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. Phoenix=based Runbeck Election Services (Runbeck) has launched the Feed ‘em Food Fight Challenge for businesses across the country. Any size business may participate in the Challenge. Registrants will receive a free Starter Kit from Runbeck … [More]

More Than $8 Million Donated for Arizona Coronavirus Relief Efforts

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

More than $8.2 million has been donated to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund to support COVID-19 relief efforts. The fund was established as part of the Arizona Together Initiative, supporting Arizonans during the COVID-19 outbreak and connecting individuals and businesses to needed resources. More than $175,000 of the total donation amount is from private citizens. … [More]

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