Small Business Optimism Increased Slightly in August


The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index increased in August to 100.1, up 0.4 points from July. Five of the 10 Index components improved, four declined, and one was unchanged. The NFIB Uncertainty Index decreased seven points to 69, the lowest level since January 2016. “As the economy moves into the fourth quarter, small business owners are losing confidence in the … [More]

Amazon to Hire More Than 7,500 Employees across Arizona


Amazon continues to provide opportunities for full-time and part-time jobs in logistics as it expands its footprint to better serve in communities where they live. Today the company announced that it is providing an additional 7,500 local employment opportunities throughout Arizona on top of the 40,000 corporate and technology jobs recently announced. The roles in fulfillment … [More]

City of Scottsdale Collaborates with Cigna to Prioritize Firefighter Health and Wellness

City of Scottsdale

The City of Scottsdale has launched a program to protect the health and well-being of its firefighters in collaboration with Cigna, the City’s health benefits partner. The new “Your Call” program provides preventive care and specialized screening tests to promote good health and to help identify potential health issues early. Firefighters face significant on-the-job … [More]

EN NEGOCIOS: 5 pasos para dejar su trabajo de la manera correcta para comenzar su negocio

por Edgar R. Olivo

¿Has oído hablar de La gran resignación? Este concepto comenzó alrededor de marzo de 2021 cuando Microsoft publicó su informe Work Trend Index y un profesor asociado de la Universidad Texas A&M acuñó la frase en una entrevista viral de Bloomberg. El informe indicó que es probable que el 41 por ciento de la fuerza laboral mundial considere dejar su lugar de trabajo actual … [More]

5 Steps to Quit Your Job the Right Way to Start Your Business

by Edgar R. Olivo

Have you heard of The Great Resignation? This concept began around March 2021 when Microsoft released its Work Trend Index report and an associate professor at Texas A&M University coined the phrase in a viral Bloomberg interview. The report stated that 41% of the global workforce is likely to consider leaving their current place of employment within the next year. Later, … [More]

Minority-Owned Businesses Are Rising Out of the Pandemic

by Ed Aaronson

According to the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, minority-owned businesses are unique in that 56 percent are family-owned seeing an average revenue of $110,000 compared to non-minority-owned businesses that generate $500,000 on average per year.  The stakes are higher for minority-owned businesses in Arizona because the success of the family is directly tied to the … [More]

Winners and Finalists for the 2021 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards Announced

Arizona Technology Council

Celebrating the visionaries, innovators and future leaders making critical contributions to technology, bioscience and education across Arizona, the Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority have announced winners of the Future Innovators of the Year and Teacher of the Year awards, as well as individual and company award finalists for the 2021 Governor’s … [More]

Up to 47,000 Arizona Jobs at Risk Due to Proposed International Tax Hikes

An international tax increase on U.S. multinational companies operating in Arizona could create substantial economic uncertainty — and place up to 47,000 Arizona jobs at risk over the next five years. This is the conclusion of a recent report, co-authored by Arizona State University’s Seidman Research Institute and Ernst & Young’s Quantitative Economics and Statistics Team … [More]

Beyond Mentoring: The 3 C’s – Coaches, Champions & Cardinals

by Jill J. Johnson, MBA

People who achieve career success often talk about having had a mentor who guided their career. Whether the mentoring relationship evolves naturally or is a planned relationship, it provides a sustained link between the two individuals. Everyone needs help learning new skills and imagining things they could have never conceived of on their own. Yet there are three other types … [More]

CPI for All Items Rises 0.3% in August: Gasoline, Food, Shelter among Indexes Rising

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3 percent in August on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.5 percent in July, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 5.3 percent before seasonal adjustment. The indexes for gasoline, household furnishings and operations, food, and … [More]

The Wild Start-Up Ride: How Entrepreneurs Can Stay Up through the Downs

The COVID-19 pandemic shut down brick-and-mortar businesses all across America through parts of 2020, but surprisingly, it blew the doors wide open for start-ups. Americans filed paperwork to start 4.3 million businesses last year, the most since the United States Census Bureau began tracking new business creation in 2004, and the momentum continued through the first half of … [More]

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