New Polls: Minorities Struggle to Secure PPP Loans, the largest online referral network for small businesses, has just compiled the results of several recent polls on the Paycheck Protection Program that show it has fallen short for many small-business owners. Some of the hardest hit include companies owned by minorities and minority women, as well as small-business people just starting as … [More]

Avoid a Tsunami of Business Bankruptcies

by D. Lamar Hawkins and J. Phillip Glasscock

Recent bankruptcy announcements from Neiman Marcus, Garden Fresh Restaurants and J.C. Penney are the beginning of a cresting tidal wave. The retail and restaurant industries have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic and related quarantine orders, with many other businesses on the brink of bankruptcy. However, bankruptcy isn’t always necessary, even when a business is in … [More]

WEBINAR – May 28: Regional Report – Greater Phoenix Tech Challenge

Greater Phoenix Economic Council

On Thursday, May 28 at 10 a.m. MST, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) will host the latest installment of its virtual series, ‘Regional Report,’ which will be a digital pitch competition. Four Greater Phoenix-based businesses and/or nonprofits will pitch their technology and highlight how they have pivoted their operation to meet the current demands of the COVID-19 … [More]

Local Leaders Examine Economic Effects, Opportunities of Pandemic at Virtual Event

PHX East Valley Partnership

Although there are many unknowns about the novel coronavirus, something is clear: the global pandemic will have permanent implications on business. But that’s not bad, according to some of the Valley’s most prominent leaders. They believe Arizona companies can capitalize on opportunities and workers can hone new skills that will propel the region and state … [More]

Previously Unchanged Funeral Home Industry Changes Since COVID-19 Says Survey

The Foresight Companies

The pandemic has significantly altered consumer attitudes and behaviors in three key areas of the funeral and cemetery business – the buying and shopping process, the necessity of physical presence to support loved ones in their time of need, and the influence of technology on both. This according to The Foresight Companies 2020 Funeral and Cemetery Consumer Behavior … [More]

Nearly $600 Million in Local Coronavirus Relief Funds to be Disbursed

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Nearly $600 million in coronavirus relief and recovery dollars for local Arizona governments and nonprofits as part of a funding plan was announced today by Governor Doug Ducey. The plan includes $441 million in direct, flexible funding to local cities, towns and counties that did not receive direct funding earlier this year from the federal government. In addition, local … [More]

WEBINAR – Jun 1 to 5: Arizona Small Business Boot Camp & Collective

Arizona Commerce Authority

  UPCOMING SESSIONS Please join us for next week's Boot Camp sessions. If you missed any sessions this week, watch here.   SESSION 22: MONDAY - June 1 | 9:00 AM Target's SAFE Guide for Retailers Hear from Target's Director of Government Affairs, Kent Wilson, on how the retail giant is implementing safety … [More]

EN NEGOCIOS: Lo que necesita saber sobre la solicitud del perdón de préstamos del programa PPP

por Edgar R. Olivo

Prestatarios del Programa PPP ahora tienen guia sobre cómo solicitar la condonación de préstamos, gracias a las nuevas instrucciones publicadas el 15 de mayo de 2020 por la Administración de Pequeñas Empresas (SBA por sus siglas en inglés) y el Departamento del Tesoro. Si tomaste prestado de este programa, aquí hay algunos consejos que debes conocer para solicitar el perdón. … [More]

What You Need to Know About PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

by Edgar R. Olivo

Borrowers of the PPP Program now have guidance on how to apply for loan forgiveness, thanks to the new instructions released on May 15, 2020, by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of the Treasury. If you borrowed from this program, here are some tips you need to know in order to submit for forgiveness. The published PPP Loan Forgiveness application is … [More]

EN NEGOCIOS: Enfrentando el riesgo y el florecimiento en un mundo post covid19

por Rita Hudgens

"El mayor riesgo es no arriesgar nada en absoluto". Leo Buscaglia Riesgo: ¿amigo o enemigo? ¿Cuál es el primer pensamiento que te viene a la mente cuando piensas en la palabra riesgo? En una encuesta no oficial de mis amigos más cercanos, esto es lo que dijeron cuando les hice la misma pregunta. Riesgo es igual a: Una amenaza sobre la que necesito actuar … [More]

Risk: Friend or Foe?

by Rita Hudgens

“The Greatest Risk is to Risk Nothing at All.” —Leo Buscaglia What’s the first thought that pops into your mind when you think of the word “risk”? In an unofficial survey of my closest friends, here’s what they said when I posed the same question to them. Risk equals: A threat I need to act upon Thrill Aversion No-risk/no-reward Task/action/situation with … [More]

As the Pandemic Wears On, These 10 Habits Help Frontline Workers Cope

Rick McCartney

COVID-19 has been tough on everyone and, without a doubt, our industry's frontline workers have borne much of the brunt. Yet have you ever wondered why some healthcare professionals seem to be doing better than others? Gary R. Simonds, MD, MHCDS, and Wayne M. Sotile, PhD have some insights. They've spent years studying what makes some workers thrive under extreme stress while … [More]

Local Pharmacy Pivots Focus to Home Delivery

by Jenifer Montano

SpotRx Pharmacy is a local full-service pharmacy that leverages innovative technology to create greater access to medication through kiosk pick-up and free home delivery. Best known for its pharmacy kiosks, which allow patients to pick up their medication without leaving the doctor's office, SpotRx also offers additional ways for people to access their medication. Like many … [More]

Assessment Provider and Recruitment Co. Partner Creating a Bias-free Hiring Process


Bryq, a leading bias-free assessment provider, and SmartRecruiters, a global leader in enterprise recruitment software, announced today the availability of an integration between the two platforms. The partnership will enable recruiters and hiring managers to seamlessly assess hundreds of candidates and find the right candidate for the job, with a bias-free process. Bryq is … [More]

Five Restroom Upgrades to Improve Hand Washing and Minimize Germs


The rapid spread of COVID-19 has made an unprecedented and indelible mark on how our society responds to potential germ exposure, raising new questions around the hygienic and safe usage of public restrooms. In a matter of weeks, the pandemic caused a major uptick in hand washing, taught us the virtues of social distancing and elevated our awareness of hand-to-surface … [More]

REPORT: Assessment Shows COVID-19’s Cascading Financial Damage to Hospitals

Kaufman Hall

April was brutal for the nation’s hospitals as they felt the cascading effects of the first full month of COVID-19’s impacts. Steep volume and revenue declines drove record-poor margin performance for hospitals nationwide, with median Operating Margin and Operating EBITDA Margin, as represented by Kaufman Hall’s indices, falling to –29% and –19%, respectively for … [More]

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