Governor Ducey Announces Resources to Support Small Businesses, Business Recruitment and Hospitality Industry

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Arizona’s small businesses and hospitality sector have been especially hard hit by the pandemic, with thousands of jobs lost since March. To provide a boost to these critical sectors and the Arizonans they employ, Governor Ducey today announced $7 million to support economic recovery efforts. Over the course of the pandemic, the Arizona Department of Health Services has … [More]

Drive-Thru Dinosaur Experience Comes to Arizona

Dinosaur Drive-Thru

For the first time, Dinosaur Drive-Thru, the ultimate traveling dinosaur experience, will be in Arizona, the month of November, at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. Dinosaur Drive-Thru is a fantastic option for a family friendly, COVID-safe activity consisting of over 60 life-sized, museum-quality and animatronic dinosaurs that will entertain, engage, educate and amaze kids … [More]

Arizona Visitor Spending Down $10 Billion through September

Arizona Office of Tourism

According to Arizona Office of Tourism, spending by Arizona visitors reached $9.3 billion for Jan. - Sept. 2020, which is down $10 billion (or 52%) so far through the same time period in 2019. Travel spending had started 2020 on another record pace in January and February, before plummeting in March and April due to the pandemic. It then increased slightly in May and June, but … [More]

Small Businesses Looking to Hire in October, Having Trouble Finding Qualified Labor

NFIB

According to NFIB’s October Jobs Report, small businesses are looking to hire employees as they reported a historically high level of job openings in October. Overall, 55% of owners reported hiring or trying to hire in October, down 1 point from September. Thirty-three percent (seasonally adjusted) of all owners reported job openings they could not fill in the current period, … [More]

Phoenix Launches New On-line Services for Short-Term Vacation Rental Property Registrations and Searches

City of Phoenix

Searching for or registering a short-term vacation rental property in Phoenix is a lot easier now, thanks to a new online self-registration portal. The city of Phoenix’s Planning and Development Department just launched the portal that will make the registration process more efficient for property owners. It will also make it easier to find rentals and the owner’s emergency … [More]

Weekly Jobless Rates Hold Steady at Record Numbers, Slowing of Economy Imminent

U.S. Department of Labor

In the week ending October 31, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 751,000, a decrease of 7,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 7,000 from 751,000 to 758,000. The 4-week moving average was 787,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up … [More]

Remote Work Causes Tax Issues for Both Workers and Employers  

Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy

As employers evaluate whether remote-work arrangements are a viable long term option, they should consider that these seemingly innocuous arrangements can trigger tax issues for both workers and their employers, according to an expert from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. “Although the pandemic and the resulting telecommuting arrangements will not have … [More]

VIRTUAL EVENT – Nov 10: ACG Arizona’s “A Celebration of Leadership”

Association for Corporate Growth-Arizona

Join ACG Arizona for our annual “A Celebration of Leadership” event! This year we’re celebrating ACG Arizona’s 15th Anniversary with a panel discussion highlighting some of the success stories we’ve seen in the M&A marketplace during the pandemic. The panelists for this event will include: Kristen Szymborski - VP Finance, Ewing Irrigation Jay Hiemenz - President … [More]

WEBINAR – Nov 10 and 12: Arizona Small Business Boot Camp & Collective

Rick McCartney

  UPCOMING SESSIONS Please join us for the upcoming Boot Camp sessions. If you missed any sessions this week, watch here.       SESSION 96: TUESDAY - November 10 | 9:00 AM Mastering Your Company Numbers Numbers are the backbone of any business, yet they can sometimes feel … [More]

WEBINAR – Nov 12: Recreational Marijuana’s Impact on the Workplace and Brief Overview of Election Results

Fennemore Craig

Program Overview Recreational Marijuana:  It’s High Time for Employers to Prepare for New Workplace Challenges Prop 207, which legalizes recreational marijuana in Arizona, will present new challenges for employers.  Please join us as we discuss: the potential impact of the new law on employers, the status of Arizona’s medical marijuana laws and safety sensitive … [More]