WEBINAR – May 18 to 22: Arizona Small Business Boot Camp & Collective

Arizona Commerce Authority

Arizona Small Business Boot Camp & Collective UPCOMING SESSIONS SESSION 12: MONDAY - May 18 | 9:00 AM Managing Your Workforce During A Reopen This session will cover best practices on how to manage your employees as you start to reopen, featuring expert advice from local law firm Fennemore Craig. Learn how to rehire your workforce ensuring a safe working … [More]

Arizona’s Largest Olive Mill Reopens with Safety and Social Distancing in Place

Queen Creek Olive Mill

Live music, favorite menu items and enhanced safety and sanitation measures await patrons as Queen Creek Olive Mill reopens this weekend. The Rea family is taking precautions and following guidelines from the White House, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and Arizona Department of Health Services to ensure the safety of staff and customers. In an effort to promote … [More]

Are You Eligible for COVID-19 Paid Leave?

by Cheryl Stanton

Many Americans affected by the coronavirus outbreak will benefit from new workplace protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. If you work for a private employer with fewer than 500 employees and are in one of the situations described below, you may be eligible for paid sick leave and/or paid family leave: Paid sick leave up to two … [More]

Phoenix College Pres. Joins New Community Bank Advisory Board to Help Give Back

Enterprise Financial Services Corp

Enterprise Bank & Trust has established a Community Connection Advisory Board to oversee its Community Reinvestment Act Program (CRA) and philanthropy efforts throughout Missouri, Kansas, New Mexico and Arizona. The Community Connection Advisory Board is comprised of at least one member from the community in each of Enterprise’s markets and is chaired by Michael … [More]

Food Chain Donates PPE, Helps Aid Healthcare Workers on the Front Lines

Panda Cares

Panda Cares, the philanthropic arm of Panda Express, has donated $77,760 worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, including 9,600 KN95 Particulate Respirators and 80,000 single-use surgical masks. The equipment was donated on Monday, May 11 at the hospital. The incredibly generous donation will help keep doctors, nurses and essential … [More]

$300,000 to Support Seniors, Individuals with Medical Needs

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

$300,000 in funding from the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund has been allocated to organizations across the state that support senior citizens, the homebound and those who are medically fragile. The funding will support organizations that have provided much needed aid to vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19, by assisting with grocery shopping, meal deliveries, transportation … [More]

Moving Forward Out of this Pandemic

by Glenn Hamer

The policies adopted by Gov. Doug Ducey and his administration during the outbreak of Covid-19 have prevented Arizona’s health care system from being overwhelmed and have kept most of the state’s economy open. Although we’ve still lost north of 500,000 jobs, thanks to the public’s cooperation and collaboration we’re now in Phase 1 of the economic recovery and, step by step, … [More]

Financial Stability is Questionable, Federal Reserve Gives Overview

Federal Reserve Board

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused tremendous human and economic hard-ship across the United States and around the world. The pandemic and the measures taken to contain it have effectively closed some sectors of the economy since mid-March. Economic activity in the United States has contracted at an unprecedented pace, and the unemployment rate surged to 14 .7 … [More]

Local Provider Teams to Offer Free Access to Anxiety Program due to Pandemic

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ), the state's largest locally based health insurer, and Sharecare, the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place, today announced a collaboration to help all Arizonans better manage stress, anxiety, and burnout. With an estimated 230% increase in worry among Americans due to the pandemic, BCBSAZ is … [More]

Joe Stewart, Local Banker, Named to Lead Gainey Business Bank Startup

Gainey Business Bank

Gainey Business Bank has selected Joe Stewart as President and CEO.  Stewart has over 35 years banking experience, primarily in the local market, including 8 years at the helm of JP Morgan Chase, Arizona. “I’m very excited to lead the Gainey Business Bank,” said Stewart.  “I’ve always been a builder in the organizations which I have worked and building a successful business … [More]

Virtual Workshops Designed for Jazz Musicians of All Ages and Skill Levels

The Nash

The Nash announces its 2020 Summer Workshops, geared to develop jazz musicians of all backgrounds and skill sets. The roster is comprised of all virtual workshops led by professional jazz musicians through online Zoom sessions. Instructors for The Nash Summer Workshops include Lewis Nash, Dmitri Matheny, Dennis Rowland, Ben Hedquist, Pam Morita, Mike Kocour, Russell Schmidt, … [More]

Epic Summer Camps with Children’s Museum Virtual ‘Camp in a Box!’

Children's Museum of Phoenix

You can still go on an epic adventure this summer with our NEW virtual camp experience, CAMP IN A BOX! This first-of-its-kind program is designed to bring the creative, imaginative camp that you know and love right to your home! The contents of each Box will include an instruction guide, a schedule, project supplies, art materials, and access to virtual content that fits in … [More]

Movie Night Continues in Scottsdale and Glendale Entertainment Districts

Rick McCartney

Moonlight Movie Night will bring a new round of motion pictures to its Sonora Village and Westgate Entertainment District locations. For tickets and showtimes please visit AZPopUpMovies.com. Sonora Village May 14 - 17, 2020 Ford v. Ferrari Spies in Disguise Night at the Museum Westgate Entertainment District May 13 - 17, 2020 Bohemian Rhapsody … [More]

WEBINAR – May 19: Guiding the Reopening of American Business: An Expert Roundtable

New York Academy of Sciences

The webinar is free, but advance registration is necessary.  TOPICS: Pressure is rising for businesses to unlock their doors, but much is still unknown about the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and there is no definitive or comprehensive guidance currently available. Experts in science, technology, insurance and risk assessment, as well as large and small business … [More]

WEBINAR – May 18: Keeping our Food Safe During the Pandemic

New York Academy of Sciences

The webinar is free, but advance registration is necessary. TOPICS: This webinar will explore food safety during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Experts will address consumer concerns and food production. Changes to food production during the COVID-19 pandemic; preparation, handling, and oversight. How the food industry has responded to protect consumers from … [More]

Retail Sales Plunge 16.4%, Lowest on Record

U.S. Census Bureau

Advance Estimates of U.S. Retail and Food Services Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for April 2020, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $403.9 billion, a decrease of 16.4 percent (±0.5 percent) from the previous month, and 21.6 percent (±0.7 percent) below April 2019. Total sales for … [More]

Business Solutions Surfacing from the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Jeff Friesen

As COVID-19 continues its worldwide spread, there is no crystal ball to predict how or when this will end. While public health and safety remains front and center, and rightfully so, the disruption the virus has waged on businesses is hard to ignore. While industries such as sanitation services and technology providers are faced with overwhelming demand and potential … [More]

Vehicle Reimbursement Programs Can Offer More Options Than You Might Think


At first blush, FAVR programs can appear to be simple. "F" is for fixed costs for business use of employee-owned vehicles, for example insurance and licensing. "V" is for variable expenses such as the relative cost of living in a given geographical region and fluctuating gas prices, which have been remarkable in the past few months. But you can't judge a book by its cover, … [More]

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