WEBINAR – May 26: Getting Back to Work: What Employers Need to Know

Arizona Technology Council

Join the Arizona Technology Council for its Virtual Breakfast Speaker Series that brings together tech titans, outstanding CTOs, advocates, innovators and industry champions of existing and emerging sectors who are reshaping Arizona’s tech ecosystem. This Virtual Speaker Series is geared to professionals working from home or office during these different times. Managing in … [More]

WEBINAR – May 21: MarTech Series: How Marketing Technology and Internal Communications Help Companies Thrive

Arizona Technology Council

Join KEO Marketing and Slake Consulting on Thursday, May 21, to learn valuable employee communications strategies from Poppulo, the global leader in employee communication software, partnering with many of the world’s biggest and most successful organizations. When companies such as Unilever, Experian, Nestlé, Johnson Controls, Rolls-Royce and nine of the world’s 20 biggest … [More]

Phoenix College Student Wins Big in Pitch Competition, Earns Grant

Maricopa Community Colleges

Milene Kibler has trucks ready to roll across the Mexican border as soon as retail stores open again. Trucks filled with chairs --- lots of them. They are pre-orders for a business Kibler has been dreaming about for decades. Recently, that goal just got much easier to obtain with an influx of 20K in cash and servicing, along with a great deal of mentoring. Kibler is the 2020 … [More]

A Unifying Vision Helps Entrepreneurs Act with Less Fear and Hesitation

by Joe Curcillo

Millions of people have made the decision to be entrepreneurs, and millions more will follow. One thing that many of them have in common is preparing for the unknown. What nobody tells those who decide to become self-employed is, there are numerous things that will get in the way of their plan and there will be some people who second-guess what they are doing or simply walk … [More]

HVAC Systems Can Help Protect You, Your Employees and Your Customers

by Allison Sakara

The World Health Organization has determined that environmental factors such as poor indoor air quality, poor water quality and noise pollution are detrimental to the overall health of the world’s population. The CDC Interim Guidance to Businesses and Employers recommends all businesses “increase the amount of air exchanges in the common work areas and other rooms employees … [More]

COVID-19 STORIES: Local Fashion Designers Design Solution for PPE Shortage

by Angela Johnson

In mid-March of 2020, as businesses began to shut down and the PPE shortage became the nation’s biggest concern, FABRIC began its transformation from fashion incubator to PPE manufacturer. Two months in, and FABRIC has made more than 20,000 reusable isolation gowns for Arizona’s large and small healthcare facilities and is only just beginning. FABRIC, which stands for the … [More]

Political Affiliation Seen as Divide on COVID-19 in Battleground States, including Arizona

CNBC

CNBC and Change Research today announced the results of their latest joint “States of Play” poll, conducted May 15th – May 17th. The poll reveals a marked divide in beliefs surrounding how the government has and should handle the coronavirus pandemic in six major battleground states (Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin), largely based on … [More]

WEBINAR – May 21: SBA and iHeartRadio Small Business Relief

Small Business Administration

Learn about COVID-19 small business relief and funding options from the SBA during this special webinar hosted by iHeartRadio. Tailored for small businesses based across the western U.S., SBA leaders will provide key information and answer questions on ways businesses can overcome the challenges created by this health crisis. Senior officials from the SBA will provide an … [More]

Consumer Study on Tech Services during COVID-19 Pandemic

TechSee

TechSee, a global leader in Computer Vision AI-enabled visual assistance, has published the results of a U.S. study on consumer expectations of technical support and technician visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. The results indicate that while most still expect their providers to resolve service and equipment issues as quickly and effectively as before the pandemic (57 … [More]

WEBINARS – May 26 to 29: Arizona Small Business Boot Camp & Collective

Rick McCartney

UPCOMING SESSIONS Please join us for next week's Boot Camp sessions. In observance of Memorial Day, we will not have a session on Monday, May 25. If you missed any sessions this week, watch here. SESSION 18: TUESDAY - May 26 | 9:00 AM Navigating the New Guidance on PPP Forgiveness This session will cover the SBA's new guidance on … [More]

Survey Says Employers Are Ready to Re-Open Offices, but Recognize Challenges Lay Ahead

OperationsInc

States across the nation are lifting stay at home orders and allowing offices to reopen their doors. But are employers ready to bring their employees back to an office environment? OperationsInc, one of the largest human resources consulting firms in the nation, recently conducted an independent survey which found that two-thirds of employers plan to reopen their offices on … [More]

$500,000 to Further Expand Child Care through Arizona Relief Fund

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

$500,000 from the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund has been allocated to organizations that provide out-of-school child care in the state. The funding will support extended hours and enrichment programs to meet the increased demand of child care for families while students distance learn and parents or guardians work. The organizations will continue to support students in their … [More]

Communication Platform Launches Free Package to Help Empower Frontline Workers

Beekeeper

Beekeeper, a mobile communication platform that helps frontline workers improve safety, agility, and productivity, is releasing a new offering to help companies recover and adapt to the “next normal” of the post-COVID era. The package, dubbed the Next Normal Package, is a product suite that was launched in response to emerging data that suggests that empowered frontline workers … [More]

Small Business Owners are a Target for Predatory Lending Practices during the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Edgar R. Olivo

Now that the pandemic changed how small-business owners borrow money, they continue to be a major target for predatory lending practices. Small-business owners who are borrowing for the first time need to be equipped with all the right information and access to all the support they can get, to know they got the best deal. As the economic crisis continues to reveal more needs … [More]

EN NEGOCIOS: Los prestamistas abusivos se aprovechan de los pequeños negocios durante COVID-19

por Edgar R. Olivo

Ahora que la pandemia cambió la forma en que los propietarios de pequeñas empresas piden dinero prestado, continúan siendo un victimas de las prácticas de prestamistas abusivos. Para los propietarios de pequeñas empresas que solicitan préstamos por primera vez, deben estar equipados con toda la información correcta y acceder a todo el soporte que puedan obtener para saber que … [More]

Updated Economic Projections See Resumption Downturn

Congressional Budget Office

The Congressional Budget Office has updated its economic projections through 2021 to account for the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. CBO’s latest estimates, which are based on information about the economy that was available through May 12, update the preliminary projections that the agency made in April. In developing those projections, CBO reviewed many private-sector forecasts. … [More]

Online Toolkit Helps Ensure Businesses Are Hygiene Ready upon Re-Opening

Georgia-Pacific

GP PRO, a division of Georgia-Pacific and a leading provider of advanced dispensing solutions for commercial facilities, has launched Hygiene Ready, a robust online resource designed to help restaurants, retailers, arenas, commercial and industrial facilities, and other businesses safely re-open amidst COVID-19 and restore employee and consumer confidence shaken by the … [More]

NortonLifeLock Appoints Gagan Singh Chief Product Officer

NortonLifeLock Inc.

NortonLifeLock (NASDAQ: NLOK), a global leader in consumer Cyber Safety, today announced the appointment of Gagan Singh to chief product officer. In this newly created role, Singh will drive NortonLifeLock’s Cyber Safety product strategy and oversee the company’s overall customer experience, product management and product design. Singh will report to NortonLifeLock President … [More]

Phoenix Co. Demonstrates Procedures for Anti-COVID-19 Workplace Services

Martha Llamas

As many cities have now begun to reopen some semblance of normal business operations, owners of commercial cleaning companies are being tasked with providing the proper training, equipment, and disinfectants to their professional cleaning crews. There is an ongoing effort to help ensure workplaces are indeed safe for office employees during this battle against the Coronavirus, … [More]

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