Physical Intelligence – Key to Workplace Performance

by Claire Dale and Patricia Peyton

We’re all familiar with cognitive intelligence (IQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ); what about physical intelligence? Right now, hundreds of chemicals racing through each of our bodies (in our bloodstream and nervous system) largely dictate how we think, feel, speak and behave. Most of us operate at the mercy of those chemicals — experiencing thoughts, reactions and emotions — … [More]

Virtual Events: Embrace the Opportunities

by Jeri Kendle

A recent study conducted by Charity Navigator and Reuters News gauging the impact of COVID-19 on the nonprofit sector showed 83% of respondents are suffering financially. The pandemic has also restricted their ability to raise critical funds; 74.6% of nonprofits reported cancelling in-person fundraising events. Nonprofits struggle to envision an online event that has the same … [More]

Are Overtime Rules Enforceable?

by Robert S. Reder

Seven months into 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic has changed nearly every aspect of life. Even mundane matters like working out has changed (you now need a gym reservation). Working at home, remote learning, social distancing and mask mandates are only the surface of what challenges face our personal and professional lives this year and beyond. This article offers some basic, … [More]

Education-Related Businesses Are Addressing the Pandemic

by Paul Fleming

COVID-19 will change how we live -- some of it forever — and education may be one of the more affected areas of life. Out of necessity, K-12 schools, colleges and universities have transitioned to remote “virtual learning.” Teachers and instructors are now communicating with students via personal computers, and lesson plans have been altered to online formats. Despite these … [More]

Alta Southwest: Nurturing Valued Resources and New Talent 

by Kassidy McDonald 

Before Dan Vermeer and Dan Speck founded their consulting engineering firm, Alta Southwest, they were happily retired. The last thing on their minds was starting a business, until they both realized that their invaluable contacts in the industry and business management expertise could be the start of something great. Creating a name and reputation for Alta Southwest didn’t come … [More]

Vacations: Take a Break, Please! 

by Joe Mizzi

There is a growing trend to remind employees to “use your vacation days,” despite work demands and travel limitations. In a recent survey of more than 1,000 workers conducted by global staffing firm Robert Half, nearly 4 in 10 workers surveyed (38%) said their employer has encouraged them to take time off.  While 55% report having received no communication about using … [More]

Mythion Games: Monthly Adventures in Interactive and Nostalgic Fiction 

by RaeAnne Marsh

Mythion Games was founded last year as an independent game development company focused on the continued development and growth of the mobile, multi-player, interactive fiction game Mythion Adventures. “Our goal is to bring the genre of interactive fiction to the next generation of players, while stoking the nostalgia of those who have been fans since the beginning,” says Kyle … [More]

Marketing Agency Founded on Motherhood’s Rich Range of Skill Sets

by RaeAnne Marsh

E Squared Marketing is a boutique digital marketing agency founded and operated by a team of powerhouse women who bring a personal touch to everything they do. The “all women” approach was and remains a central principle for founder and owner Ashley Richards, who sees motherhood as providing the requisite job experience for employment and championed work-from-home long before … [More]

Helping Employees Get the Most Value out of Their Dental Benefits

by Heather Mollon

In today’s employment scene, it is not uncommon for employers to provide access to medical and dental benefits to their employees. This is particularly meaningful, as insured employees are more likely to receive preventive care by virtue of this mutually beneficial arrangement. However, it is up to employers to help them get the most value out of their benefits.  The … [More]

Testing, Testing, One, Two, Three

by Mike Hunter

Scottsdale-based COVID Testing To You offers mobile, FDA-certified COVID-19 antibody and virus testing to Arizona employers with at least 10 employees, providing an affordable and scalable way for employers to manage through the reopening phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. The startup’s medical director, Reyes Topete, M.D., has worked in the medical field in Arizona for more than … [More]

It’s the Employees’ World, and HR Is Just Living in It

by Lina Tonk

At the start of COVID-19, workforce and human resources managers were given the obligatory duty of furloughing or laying off many employees due to the economic crunch the world was experiencing. As the pandemic continues and businesses and people alike are forced to adapt to their new normal, those same managers have been given the unprecedented job of rehiring and onboarding … [More]

Cloud-based Solutions for Salesforce

by Mike Hunter

Many licensing organizations in the public sector are still operating from on-premises infrastructure, meaning data is not easily accessible outside of the four walls of the office. It often requires in-person visits and for business to be transacted in a brick-and-mortar setting. To solve this challenge, Chandler-based MST Solutions developed the Licensing Solution for … [More]

COVID Inspired Change in Home Design

by Todd Sumney

Companies, real estate agents and entire industries are adapting quickly to match homebuyers’ needs and desires that are radically different from what they were just a year ago . . . Consumers and businesses alike have been forced to adapt and change how they live and work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some would say that most of this evolution and change has taken place in … [More]

Adaptive Reuse of Historic Potato Barn in Gilbert

by Mike Hunter

Construction on the renovation and expansion of the iconic Old Potato Barn in Gilbert is set to begin the second week of this month, as a fourth-generation, Mesa-based family business moves forward with its plans to breathe new life into the 54-year-old barn that once housed the area’s potato supply. Completion is expected in summer 2021. The City of Gilbert approved plans … [More]

$1.5B Global Logistics Park in Glendale

by Mike Hunter

Camelback 303 is a $1.5 billion global logistics park being developed in Glendale, Arizona, in a joint venture by Merit Partners, First Industrial Realty Trust Inc. and Diamond Realty Investments. At completion, the park will accommodate approximately 9–10 million square feet of Class A industrial distribution and manufacturing space, making it the largest freeway-fronting … [More]

Boutique Vision for Copper Square Hi-Rise

by Mike Hunter

Leading real estate investor ScanlanKemperBard and capital partner Black Salmon have kicked off the final phase of renovations at 101 North, the second-tallest high-rise in downtown Phoenix. The upgrades, which encompass all of the building’s ground-floor indoor and outdoor spaces, complete a multi-year transformation of the trophy asset into a boutique environment unique to … [More]

Office Condos Serve Pent-Up Demand for Medical

by Mike Hunter

Auviana Medical Complex, a six-building state-of-the-art modern medical and professional office condominium development, was recently completed at 14725-14765 W. Mountain View Blvd. in Surprise. “Auviana is a perfect case study that demonstrates the pent-up demand for medical office space in the West Valley,” says Philip Wurth, CCIM, with Colliers International in Arizona. “We … [More]

Sundt Completes Two Health Clinics 

by Mike Hunter

Sundt Construction, Inc. recently completed work on the Valleywise Health North and South Metro Ambulatory clinics in Phoenix, located at 19th and Northern avenues and 35th and Southern avenues, respectively. Each is a single-story, 26,000-square-foot building on a three-acre site. The design is highlighted by multiple structural elements, allowing natural light to penetrate … [More]

Subchapter V 11 Bankruptcy Saves Companies Significant Time and Money 

by D. Lamar Hawkins

COVID-19 shutdowns crippled many Arizona companies, with some going out of business permanently. Others are considering bankruptcy, but question whether they can afford the $40,000 to $75,000 that a Classic Chapter 11 often costs. Fortunately, they now have a better option that saves as much as 50% in legal fees. In August, Arizona confirmed its first Subchapter V Chapter … [More]

Ensure Recorded Zoom Interviews Look as Professional as Possible

by Keith Yaskin

In today’s environment, some organizations are turning to video platforms such as Zoom when face-to-face video production poses challenges. It’s worth the effort to ensure a recorded Zoom interview looks as professional as possible. Here are some tips to make sure participants are doing it right. Pick a video conferencing platform allowing participants to easily record … [More]

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