Achieving Greatness: Meet the 2018 Women of Achievement

by Rick McCartney

Achieving goals is how businesses succeed, and our community has grown from layers of success built upon other layers of success. Powering this is the commitment of those who “can” to help others also succeed — proving the truth of the adage, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” This issue presents our 2018 Women of Achievement. Each of these 14 women has proven her involvement … [More]

Sharon Lechter, Pay Your Family First

from Sharon Lechter

Last year, In Business Magazine introduced its Women of Achievement honorees in a very well-attended luncheon. Shining a light on, and supporting, women who are making a difference in our business community has long been a focus for me — and I am very pleased to be the Guest Editor of this September issue that recognizes this year’s Women of Achievement honorees. As a … [More]

Use Document Management to Conquer HR Challenges

by Jesse Wood 

Human resources managers are playing a growing role within business expansion; more than ever, they are expected to weigh in on company decisions with executive teams, engage in strategic planning, and foster employee wellness in a world of workers overwrought by personal problems. An HR document management tool can simplify these challenges. As if these responsibilities … [More]

ROI: Return on Involvement

by Michael R. Solomon, Ph.D.

Imagine this conversation between two shoppers at a car dealership: Consumer #1: “I want the one I read about in the latest issue of Car and Driver magazine: It has a six-cylinder turbo engine, a double-clutch transmission, a 90 strokebore, and 10:1 compression ratio.” Consumer #2: “I want a red one.” Obviously, these two people differ quite a bit in terms of their … [More]

Employers: Reject Sexual Harassment (Part I)

by Ben Hase 

Recent events have brought sexual harassment into the spotlight, but it is no stranger to this kind of recurrence. Employees, employers, courts, attorneys, business owners, human resources professionals and many more have struggled with the topic for decades. It was not until the second half of the 20th century that legislation reflected the desire to eliminate sexual … [More]

Communicate the Transformative Impact with Social Return on Investment

by Richard Tollefson and Michal Tyra

For nonprofits, communicating impact and value is crucial. While most businesses answer to a select group of owners, investors and shareholders, nonprofits must justify their existence and performance to a wide range of stakeholders. Donors, program partners, volunteers, board members, legislators, clients and local leaders all want constant assurances that their time, money … [More]

Lennard van der Feltz: Merging Technology with the Art of Financial Planning

by Mary Little

Ask anyone to describe financial planning and you will likely get myriad responses ranging from investing in insurance policies or mutual funds to managing 401(k)s. But the common denominator is typically a pencil-pushing financial professional buried in spreadsheets with the latest trends, best buys and value-added opportunities, many of which are outdated before the ink is … [More]

Shoes Power Up Body and Spirit

by RaeAnne Marsh

Athalonz, a 2014 startup based in Mesa, offers first-of-their-kind shoes as a wearable tech product in a field that includes the Apple Watch, Antelope Sportswear and Motus Baseball Sleeve — notable gadgets that have been made to monitor and boost an athlete’s health and performance. Athalonz shoes use physics and kinematics to maximize athletic performance, reducing stress on … [More]

Courses for Entrepreneurs – Online and Free

by BusinessStudent.com

There is a wealth of sources available to help entrepreneurs. Business incubators and accelerators — and free online courses from prestigious institutions such as MIT and other respected colleges and professors, for experience that ranges from first-time startups to seasoned entrepreneurs. The following are five of the “30 Free Online Courses for Entrepreneurs” compiled by … [More]

Consumer Cellular’s Big Box Move Illustrates Trend

by RaeAnne Marsh

The Great Recession of 2008 left a massive overhang of big-box retail buildings exceeding 6 million square feet Valley-wide, reports Ray Cashen of Cashen Realty Advisors. Health clubs, schools, mini storage, offices and healthcare uses have filled many of the big-box vacancies, and, he observes, as the retail market recovers against competition from online retailers like … [More]

Industrial Spec

by Mike Hunter

Industrial demand remains high following a record 2017, with the Sky Harbor and Southeast Valley submarkets experiencing most of the activity since the last downturn, but demand is outpacing the current supply, spurring the adaptive reuse and modernization of existing buildings to keep up with growing demands and evolving tenant needs and to optimize the industrial landscape … [More]

Is an Association Plan the Answer?

by Jeff Kirke

Competition and choice were two promises of the Affordable Care Act that have largely been unfulfilled. Will Association Health Plans be the flavor of the month and quickly vanish like the healthcare co-ops, or will they create a viable pathway to lower cost, more administratively efficient health insurance?  Health Plan Associations have the opportunity to be nimbler than a … [More]

Glucose-Monitoring Leader Expands in Mesa

by RaeAnne Marsh

With demand for Dexcom’s newest product soaring and the company’s stock price at an all-time high, the leader in continuous glucose monitoring for people with diabetes has begun hiring to fill more than 100 competitive-wage jobs at its manufacturing facility in Mesa, which currently employs over 400 people, and will continue to hire throughout 2018 with the likelihood of more … [More]

Valley Acupuncture Franchise Expands

by Mike Hunter

Scottsdale-based Modern Acupuncture™, a franchise concept transforming the alternative medicine market and acupuncture industry, has opened a clinic in Mesa — the fourth location to open in the Valley and the 19th to open across the nation; at least 15 locations are slated for the Phoenix metro area. Modern Acupuncture Dana Park’s 1,200-square-foot clinic features 11 … [More]

Strengthening Lung Health Institute’s Advisory Board 

by Mike Hunter

Andrew Huberman, Ph.D., neuroscientist and tenured associate professor of neurobiology and ophthalmology at Stanford University School of Medicine, is the newest member of the Lung Health Institute’s advisory board. Responsible for shedding light on scientific findings in academic literature and how those findings could potentially evolve research and clinical practices at … [More]

Enterprises Challenged in Addressing Employee Engagement

by Geraldine Osman

New survey data shows that a majority of enterprises polled are committed to prioritizing employee engagement. The 2018 Employee Engagement Survey from StaffConnect asked C-level executives, HR, communications and other business professionals in North America and Europe about their methodologies, technologies, challenges and goals concerning employee communications and … [More]

Re-energizing Arizona’s Film Industry

by RaeAnne Marsh

Featuring locations throughout Arizona, including Apache Junction, Queen Creek and Scottsdale, principal photography recently wrapped on an independent feature film, The Unhealer, and one of its producers, Cristi Harris — Phoenix-based and a co-founder of Shared Card Films, also in Phoenix — sees the project as “laying the groundwork for re-energizing the state’s film … [More]

Changing the Way Businesses Do TV

by Dara Shlifka

Seventeen Phoenix/Scottsdale local businesses as well as many national chain brands are using a new social TV platform called UPshow as an affordable way to engage and entertain customers. UPshow’s Social TV Platform allows businesses to engage their audience and drive revenue. This new technology turns ordinary TVs into powerful digital displays that offer value-added … [More]

Digital Matchmaker

by Mike Hunter

vCandidates.com, the first subscription-based digital platform that connects recruiters with qualified and pre-screened candidates, aims to eliminate the need for recruiters to post jobs on boards or candidates to use them when searching for new opportunities. Says LT Ladino Bryson, founder of the Chandler-based company, “I created vCandidates after working as a recruiter for … [More]

2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited

by Mike Hunter

The 2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited 4WD adds an even higher level of detailed elegance to the Infiniti QX80 4WD’s undeniable presence, featuring the exclusive Infiniti logo welcome lighting; satin chrome exterior trim; and machine-finished, 22-inch, forged aluminum wheels. The engine is both powerful and efficient. The 5.6-liter V8 generates 400 horsepower, 413 pound-feet of … [More]