Office, Retail, Industrial & Multifamily: A Look at Commercial Real Estate as an Economic Measure

by RaeAnne Marsh

As an economic indicator, commercial real estate touches those big indicators — money and employment. As the industry continues its comeback from the down days of the Great Recession, commercial real estate developers point to many positive factors supporting the current healthy slate of new projects. Metro Phoenix is seeing some product types coming back more than others, … [More]

Bryon Carney, DTZ

from Bryon Carney

Commercial real estate affords insight into what is driving the economy, through industry accounting of the strength of its various sectors — office, industrial, retail and multifamily. All sectors of the Valley’s commercial real estate market are seeing significant new development, with more than 7.5 million square feet of office, industrial and retail space and more than … [More]

Are We Busy or Are We Productive? 

by Kory Kogon

The “new normal” seems to be that we are overwhelmed and don’t know where our time has gone at the end of the day. We are connected and “on” almost twenty-four hours a day. We are very busy, so much so that “busy” has become a badge of honor in this century. We often feel that if we are not busy, we may be seen as not working hard enough. But the real question is, are we … [More]

UPDATE on CRE

by Mike Hunter

Commercial real estate is a strong indicator as to the overall strength of the local economy, and key indicators address where we are as a market and how that compares to other markets. The Greater Phoenix area is still the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the country, by population, and has proven to live up to its ranking with new construction and improved properties … [More]

Do You Have a Noble Purpose? Or Do You Just Sell Stuff?

by Lisa Earle McLeod

If someone asked your employees, “What’s the purpose of your business?” how would they answer? If the majority of your people believe that the primary purpose of your business is to make money, you’re on the road to mediocrity. It sounds harsh, but it’s true. Consider Monster.com. Monster was originally founded on the belief that helping people find jobs was a noble … [More]

Balancing on the Internship Tightrope 

by RaeAnne Marsh

Summer is traditionally a hot time for internships. For companies looking to bring on interns, the most important consideration is whether to make it an unpaid internship or a paid one. From the legal standpoint, “It’s a relatively new area of law that is just catching fire across the country,” says Lindsay Leavitt, an attorney in the Phoenix office of Jennings, Strouss & … [More]

Harnessing the Power of Volunteers

by Laurel Kimball

Volunteers are everywhere — sorting donations at food banks, tutoring children at local schools and greeting visitors at the zoo. They play an integral role in nonprofits across America, guiding tours at museums, visiting the sick at hospitals and wielding hammers for Habitat for Humanity. They also are active behind the scenes, serving on boards and committees, and even … [More]

Erik Olsson’s Growth Strategy: Character

by Alison Stanton

To Erik Olsson, when he came on board with Mobile Mini, Inc. two years ago as president and CEO, the company seemed somewhat complacent in its success. “It was a little bit of a sleeping giant, although it was a great business in itself and had done well for many years. But even though it had been public for 20 years, the company had always been run by the family of the … [More]

CEI’s Maker Lab Advances Manufacturing Opportunity

by RaeAnne Marsh

The new maker lab at the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation is making 3-D printing available, enabling rapid — and affordable — prototyping to local entrepreneurs and startup companies. PADT StartUpLabs opened last month with five portable and six larger 3-D printers and SolidWorks computer-aided design (CAD) software, along with hand tools and light power tools to support … [More]

Orion Health: Big Data for Big Health Impact

by RaeAnne Marsh

The Center of Excellence that Orion Health opened recently in Scottsdale to be its North American research and solution center aims to enable clinicians to provide more proactive healthcare on a population basis — “trying to understand chronic patients, pre-chronic patients, well and long-term care from a population perspective,” says David Bennett, the company’s executive vice … [More]

Streamlining Mobile Communication

by RaeAnne Marsh

Extended email and message “conversations” among multiple parties can get chaotic and confusing. Offering a “chatlet” technology designed to clear the clutter, Beerud Sheth has launched the messaging app Teamchat. The platform allows users to create their own app to be able to summarize and organize messages, including collating responses to different questions, customizing … [More]

Cost Control by Audit

by RaeAnne Marsh

One way employers can keep healthcare costs down is to simply not overpay for the care given their employees. This requires that businesses know exactly what they are paying for, which often depends on specialized knowledge. This is the service niche Mike Dendy created Phoenix-based Advanced Medical Pricing Solutions, in 2004, to provide. Now also operating in the population … [More]

‘The Food Truck of Medicine’

by RaeAnne Marsh

Local naturopath Suneil Jain, N.M.D., founder and owner of Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics, is hitting the streets to bring his services to the people. In an effort to promote corporate wellness, as well as for those feeling dehydrated, Dr. Jain has equipped his high-tech Mercedes Sprinter Van with Direct TV and Apple TV, and six leather reclining seats, all with their own … [More]

Address Impending Physician Shortage

by RaeAnne Marsh

Health eCareers’ new 2015 Healthcare Recruiting Trends Survey found the demand for healthcare services is predicted to swell over the next 10 years, while the supply of healthcare providers is unlikely to keep up with this increased demand. Tips from Bryan Bassett, managing director of Health eCareers, and Barkley Davis, senior director of physician recruitment at LifePoint … [More]

Local Real Estate Development from the JOBS Act

by RaeAnne Marsh

Caliber Companies is using the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, passed in 2012, to enable significant local real estate development. “Being able to publicly solicit a private security is the first thing that came through the JOBS Act,“ says Chris Loeffler, Caliber’s CEO and co-founder. Title II of the JOBS Act, passed in 2013, shifted Regulation A, with a project … [More]

Maximize Creativity

by Mike Hunter

SparcIt recently launched a new creativity assessment trainer platform — a service geared primarily toward consultants, experts and workshop facilitators looking to improve the performance of their employees. The first platform that measures and improves creativity, the service was previously in beta testing with more than 25,000 use-cases through IO psychologists, consultants … [More]

Gilded Age

by Mike Hunter

Newly released, the Gild Platform is a first-of-its-kind technology that brings together all the elements companies need for hiring, and applies data science, consumer-friendly technologies and predictive analytics to every phase of the talent acquisition process. The Gild Platform automates this routine process and helps recruiters make better and smarter hiring decisions, … [More]

Translation in Real Time

by Mike Hunter

Translate Your World, Inc. is the first software to enable cross-language communication at full speed in up to 78 languages, and to provide each user with control over the quality and results. Users instantly text and speak in other languages without years of study, because TYWI translates what is spoken in a room or shared on Web conferencing platforms. Additionally, TYWI … [More]

Economic Development Goes Visual

by Mike Hunter

Many cities in Arizona are looking to promote themselves through videos on the subject of economic development and opportunities to attract businesses to their communities. From Gilbert to Surprise and just about each town in between, they have presented a video or two on the economic value of doing business in their particular neck of the woods. Go to YouTube.com and search … [More]

Knowing Our Market

by Mike Hunter

From entrepreneurs to housewives, everybody benefits from having a bit more information about how their hometown stacks up. WallletHub has conducted two studies that compare our community to others nationally in the areas of diversity and culture — giving consumers and businesspeople a glimpse into how we perform on many key data points. Running a good business or starting … [More]