VIRTUAL EVENT – Dec 8: ASBA’s Arizona Speaks – The State of Small Business

Arizona Small Business Association

Small businesses have been on the front lines when it comes to the negative economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we will get through this and, with the right public policies in place, we will have an opportunity as a group to again lead the state’s economic well-being through the rest of the decade and beyond. Thanks to Governor Doug Ducey’s office, ASBA … [More]

Christmas at Schnepf Farms Returns With Outdoor Holiday Entertainment for the Whole Family

Schnepf Farms

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek turns into a magical winter wonderland. The east valley mainstay has partnered for the second year with World of Illumination — known for producing the largest drive-through light shows in the world — to present Christmas at Schnepf Farms, opening to the public on Nov. 24, 2020.  More than 25 acres of the farm are … [More]

The Sistine Chapel Visits Phoenix         

by RaeAnne Marsh

           Get up close and personal with one of the world’s art wonders Get up close and personal with one of the world’s art wonders Michelangelo’s masterpiece — for which the word is not nearly adequate — draws audiences at the Vatican that span age, ethnicity and world view to experience and enjoy the surpassing brilliance of the art. But even those who have … [More]

Amazon Announces 2020’s Best Books of the Year

Amazon announced 2020’s Best Books of the Year, selecting Brittany K. Barnett’s “A Knock at Midnight” as the top pick. The inspiring true story is a brilliant memoir of Barnett’s own journey navigating the criminal justice system, which also chronicles the stories of three of her clients. Their lives—including their crimes, their families, and their jail time—are rendered … [More]

Signaling a Recovery: U.S. Single-Family Rent Growth Gained Strength in September, But Still Below Pre-Pandemic Rates


CoreLogic®, a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released its latest Single-Family Rent Index (SFRI), which analyzes single-family rent price changes nationally and across more than 20 metropolitan areas. Data collected for September 2020 shows a national rent increase of 2.5% year over year, down from a 3% year-over-year … [More]

Arizona Public Universities See Strong Enrollment Growth despite Pandemic

Arizona’s public universities continue to experience strong enrollment growth, bucking a national trend that has seen student numbers decline at other institutions. According to the Fiscal Year 2021 Fall Enrollment Report issued today by the Arizona Board of Regents, a combined 204,460 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled this fall with Arizona State University, … [More]

Home Values Rising Faster than at Any Time since 2005


A market defined by intense demand for relatively tight supply pushed month-over-month and quarterly home value growth to levels not seen since 2005, according to Zillow's® latest Real Estate Market Report[1]. Rent appreciation, meanwhile, is steaming ahead in many Midwest and Sun Belt cities while declining in major coastal metros. The high-demand market also meant more … [More]

AI Startups Raised $73.4B in Total Funding, Over $15B of Investments in 2020


As one of the hottest sectors, artificial intelligence continues revolutionizing and automating industries worldwide, transforming how companies operate, manage their finances, build customer relations, and gather and analyze data. The rise of artificial intelligence technology has been followed by the growing number of AI startups looking to expand their business by … [More]

Why Buying a Small Business Now Is a Bad Idea

By Terry Monroe

Normally, I am a proponent of buying small businesses. The data shows they make the world go ‘round. The U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, which defines a small business as a firm with fewer than 500 employees, states there are over 30 million such enterprises in the U.S. But a convergence of factors have made the economic environment less favorable … [More]

Cigna Medical Group Celebrates Grand Opening of New Location in Goodyear

Cigna Medical Group

Cigna Medical Group’s Palm Valley Health Center opened its new office doors Nov. 2 in Goodyear. The facility is located at 13481 West McDowell Road (South of McDowell Rd. between Litchfield Rd. and Dysart Rd.). Relocated less than two miles east from its previous location in Goodyear, the more than 8,000 square foot office provides primary care, adult medicine and laboratory … [More]