Strength in Numbers: How Healthcare is Evolving for Business

by RaeAnne Marsh

Healthcare coverage — that’s a big issue for employers these days. And, with the open enrollment period upon us, now is the time many employers are trying to look into the near future to make the best choices for their company and their employees. The challenge is the change that the healthcare landscape is still undergoing. “The biggest impact we think employers will see is … [More]

Paul Johnson, Redirect Health

from Paul Johnson

Healthcare is being disrupted. While innovators are advancing alternate coverage and delivery programs — such as benefit packages and telemedicine — insurers are changing the playing field for businesses by closing out individual policies as an option for their employees. This disruption is causing distress and even dread among small-business owners and their employees, both … [More]

Succession Planning Takes Work

by Michael Timms

Recruiting is broken! It is costly, outdated and misused. Succession planning, important to any business’s long-term success, is the underused, less expensive and more effective alternative to recruiting for difficult-to-find management positions. Realizing this dream, however, requires putting in place a solid road map so companies can identify their high-potential players and … [More]

Dad-Time as Employee Benefit

by Mike Hunter

While much has been written and studied about women striving to balance career and parenthood, a new survey shows this isn’t just an issue for women — dads are facing challenges, too. According to the new Dads@Work Survey, more than half of working dads (57 percent) feel they don’t spend enough time with their children during the week, and 87 percent want to be more involved … [More]

Politics in the Workplace: A Primer for Arizona Businesses

by Shayna Balch

‘Tis the season for contentious conversations, as the 24-hour news cycle is in overdrive with Clinton, Trump, immigration policy, Black Lives Matter, LGBT rights and healthcare concerns, to name just a few. The proper handling of hot-topic politics in the workplace should be paramount for all employers during this fiery political season, as these emotionally charged political … [More]

Discovering Great Donors

by Richard Tollefson 

Narrow and arbitrary. These terms are best reserved for the Southwest’s meandering streams and deep-cut canyons — not a nonprofit’s donor prospect strategy. And yet many organizations think in narrow and arbitrary terms when it comes to prospect research, screening and qualification. Some nonprofits incorrectly assume wealthy donors are the only donors. They also limit their … [More]

Jeff Herzog Goes ZOG Digital

by Brittany Maroney

In 1998, Google forever changed the way organizations did business. By launching its revolutionary search algorithm, it made content available to anyone’s fingertips. Google quickly dominated the Internet, guiding users through a virtual ocean of information they sought with astonishing speed and precision. While Google is the undisputed king of search, one man stands apart … [More]

New Leadership Takes Helm at Arizona Care Network

by Mike Hunter

David Hanekom, M.D., a seasoned physician executive with expertise in both managed care and medical and population health management, has joined the physician-led and -governed, clinically integrated Arizona Care Network with ambitious plans to help physicians meet the physical and behavioral health needs of patients. “Providing accessible, local and personal care is our … [More]

‘Made in USA’ Is Good for Business

by RaeAnne Marsh

Launched this past summer, Glendale-based OUR Skin Cares has a two-pronged mission to “do something for humanity,” says CEO Tony Mangat. The head of a successful trucking company explains the new enterprise’s product is an anti-aging serum made from all-natural ingredients, such as lentil seed extract and macadamia seed oil, and is free of parabens, harmful preservatives, dyes … [More]

Mighty Digital Healthcare Platform

by Mike Hunter

Health site The Mighty has built a real community around personal stories and shared experiences rather than medical information. Its content, which gets 100 million monthly views across all platforms, gets more social engagement than the top 10 health sites combined. Founder and CEO Mike Porath, through his experience parenting a daughter with a rare disease, saw an … [More]

Global Physician Collaboration to Advance Healthcare Innovation

by Mike Hunter

The Innovation Institute has signed an exclusive global agreement with the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (SoPE), a biomedical and healthcare innovation network of more than 25,000 international members, to collaborate on concepts, ideas and solutions that will improve healthcare delivery. SoPE has 17 chapters globally. “This partnership gives SoPE the opportunity to … [More]

The Costly Truth about Cloud Divorce

by Michael Cocanower

When it comes to storing data in “The Cloud,” most business executives sign with a provider, never thinking about divorce. But what happens when you want to leave or move to another provider? What are the risks associated with that split, and how costly can it be? While cloud divorce may seem fairly new, it’s been happening for several years — sometimes because a provider … [More]

UAT Reinstates a Virtual Reality Degree

by Mike Hunter

The world of Virtual Reality has been around for decades, and the University of Advancing Technology was the first university in the nation to offer a fully accredited degree for it. While the initial VR degree offering, created in 1991, may have been a bit before its time, the Virtual Reality bachelor’s degree is back at UAT and available to students this 2016 fall … [More]

Camelback Corridor Attracts San Francisco Tech Company

by Mike Hunter

Technology company Zenreach has opened its first major office outside of its San Francisco headquarters at Biltmore Center on the northwest corner of 24th Street and Camelback Road. “This makes a major win for Phoenix and the Biltmore Center property,” says Ryan Timpani, Vice President with Colliers International in Greater Phoenix, which represented property owner ViaWest … [More]

The World’s Most Valuable Brand Portfolios 

by Mike Hunter

Every year, leading branded business valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance puts thousands of the world’s top brands to the test. They are evaluated to determine which are the most powerful and valuable by country, by industry and against all other brands worldwide. The companies with the highest total value of brands under management can be found in the Brand Finance … [More]

Vote Like Your Healthcare Depends on It

by Greg Vigdor

Welcome to the Silly Season. It’s easy to get caught up in the hysterics of the campaign and forget there are real things at stake this election. Healthcare is one of the biggest. Arizonans in recent months have seen first-hand the massive changes occurring throughout our industry. The trend of hospital consolidation continues apace, and not always to the benefit of patients … [More]

Collaboration the Allbound Way

by RaeAnne Marsh

Allbound enters the technology field as an industry disruptor in indirect sales for the technology industry. The biggest thing happening in the tech industry now is customer success, according to Scott Salkin, Allbound founder and CEO, who points out that we are moving to a subscription economy. “We are consuming things in pieces, even things that are not technology,” he says. … [More]

Stay for Business

by RaeAnne Marsh

Tempe Town Lake has grown up as one of Greater Phoenix’s strong business centers, anchored in large part by the much-talked-about State Farm corporate center. Marriott recently opened its AC Hotel a little way down the shoreline with an eye to the needs of the business traveler (and conveniently also serving visitors to the neighboring ASU campus). The sleek and modern … [More]

Hot Market for Craft Brews

by RaeAnne Marsh

“Arizona is becoming a hot bed around the country for the craft beer industry,” observes Chad Eby, who, with his wife, Amy, this past summer opened The Casual Pint in Chandler. They are the first to bring the fast-growing franchise west of the Mississippi. The Casual Pint is both market and pub, with more than 300 types of beer on the retail side and an ever-changing selection … [More]

Hiring via Crowdsourcing

by Mike Hunter

Crowdsourcing to find top-quality candidates to fill open positions? Why not. This is what Reflik does, tapping into its extensive network of recruiters and industry professionals with innovative technology to quickly crowdsource top talent. And the cash reward to individuals who make a successful referral averages $10,000. … [More]