Funding the Effects of the Pandemic to Grow Business 

by Mike Hunter

Business is the lifeblood of any economy. Small businesses are said to be the fuel that any strong economy runs on. That thinking has, until earlier this year, been what we have proven — making Greater Phoenix one of the top places to be in business. We are fortunate to have some of the stories of those who have received funding to get them through the toughest of times in … [More]

Injecting Funds to Sustain Our Economy

by Mike Hunter

Many are stepping up, but these funding partners are doing the hard work to provide immediate help through relief grants and other programs. While some of these organizations regularly grant funds, there is no question that the volume — both in number of grants and amount of funds — is a lot to manage and disburse. Overwhelmed staff changed policies, and the urgency of doing it … [More]

Great Impact: Funding Businesses and Nonprofits to Sustain Our Economy

by Mike Hunter

Our community has stepped up to the plate to help businesses of all sizes — it always has. This economic downturn is among the worst we have seen. No one could have anticipated a time in modern America when business would be asked to simply shut down. Prior to the pandemic, our economy was stronger than most other states in the country. From population growth to property … [More]

Returning to Work after Beating COVID-19 

by Dana Lam 

Receiving a positive coronavirus diagnosis can be scary. After I was diagnosed, I knew that people’s perceptions would change, because this is such a misunderstood virus. I was confident in my health and the fact that I could take the precautions necessary, but I didn’t immediately think about how the diagnosis would impact me beyond the two weeks of illness. I spent … [More]

Our Journey to Safely Reopening 

by John Mahlmeister 

To keep employees and customers safe amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, many companies have had to alter the way they do business. As stay-at-home orders lift from state to state, these companies continue to look for ways to improve safety and sanitation in the workplace.  One such company is national ice machine provider Easy Ice. Before allowing its employees to return … [More]

Starting a Business during COVID-19

by Stefanie Lerner

Encore Creative was my pride and joy. I joined what was then known as Encore Entertainment in 2002. It was already a successful Arizona entertainment event production company, but in 2014 I took the reins and began leading the company. Through the years, we built a great scenic shop to fabricate one-of-a-kind set pieces, a cast of stellar entertainers and artists, and grew from … [More]

COVID-19 Stories: Experiences that Show Our Strength

Can a small-business owner operate her business while fighting the novel coronavirus herself? Is there another avenue to pursue when COVID-19 closes a business’s bread-and-butter revenue stream? Are there new best practices a business can discover — and share with others? Three businesses share their stories of what they learned and how they grew their business during the … [More]

Develop a Diversity & Inclusion Plan that Isn’t Fluff

by Eric M. Bailey

The country is talking about race and racism in a way that many have never before experienced in their careers. Organizations are beginning to develop, review or refresh their diversity plans in response, but don’t want to appear as if they are reacting to the broader national conversation. For many, this was something that was in process already; for others, it’s altogether … [More]

Ripclear’s Pivot for Positivity

by Tyler Butler

Ryan Doherty and Zach Hines launched their company, Ripclear, in 2014. Little did they know their innovation would serve as a salvation for humanity only six short years later. And, while the pair originally set out to find a solution that saved expensive goggles from scratches, their effort has taken on a much larger social mission.  From its onset, Ripclear was … [More]

To Build Trust, Try B.R.A.V.I.N.G.

by Eileen Rogers

Vulnerability is defined as a willingness to feel risk, uncertainty or emotional exposure, according to Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, in her book Dare to Lead. I know it as the uncomfortable feeling in the pit of my stomach when I am deeply aware that I cannot control the outcome of a situation.  In The Thin Book of Trust, author Charles Feltman defined trust this way: “Trust is … [More]

Create a Transitional Retirement Option for Your Employees

by Chip Munn

The relationship between companies and their employees has been forever changed by COVID-19. Since late January, Americans have been shifting from their traditional roles and workplaces toward their home offices. They’re using telecommuting technology and learning new capabilities daily. There’s a shift occurring, and the biggest question for companies will be whether this … [More]

Juan Salgado, Phoenix IDA and PCDIC

from Juan Salgado

There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic stifled growth and prosperity for businesses at the start of 2020.  As the crisis unfolded, leaders of the business community — like the Phoenix IDA and Phoenix Community Development and Investment Corporation — recognized that the pandemic would negatively impact small businesses that bolster local communities. Through various … [More]

Promoting Workforce Opportunity for the Deaf

by Mike Hunter

With a rise in unemployment rates due to COVID-19, the deaf and hard of hearing are particularly vulnerable in the workplace. In fact, a study published in The New York Times acknowledged that employers are 34 percent less likely to hire an experienced job candidate with a disability. For this, among other reasons, nearly half of deaf people (47 percent) are not in the labor, … [More]

New Executive Office: VP of People and Organizational Development

by RaeAnne Marsh

Creating a new position in its executive team, Delta Dental of Arizona has promoted Jolean Fleck to VP of people and organizational development. Fleck will help the dental insurer navigate ever-changing workplace and societal challenges, with a focus on leadership development, employer branding and enriching the employee experience. “Part of it is that I’ve done … [More]

Terracon Achievements: Top Rankings & Philanthropy

by Mike Hunter

The Southwest regional offices (Ariz., Nev., N.M.) of Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services, moved up nine spots from last year to No. 13 on Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) list of Top Southwest Design Firms, while the company overall continues to advance in other national rankings. The employee-owners at Terracon are … [More]

Looking Good 2020 – September Standouts

by Mike Hunter

Achievements Terracon Achievements: Top Rankings & Philanthropy Paul Johnson Drywall Holds AZ on Top-Ranking Contractor List Positions UnitedHealthcare Donates More than $100,000 to Nonprofits in Arizona … [More]

Small-Business Success for Arizona-based Supplement Brand

by Leah Johnston

For many people, this pandemic brought to light the importance of supporting their immune system and improving health. Zinc Up, from Phoenix-based NB Pure, was created as a convenient solution to aid immune health.  Wellness enthusiast Danna Pratte founded NB Pure as a manufacturing, distribution and sales company that provides nutrition and natural wellness solutions. … [More]

Work-from-Home Statistics during the Pandemic

by Matt Zajechowski

At this point, working from home is no longer the strange new phenomenon that stirred up national attention just a few short months ago. There are however many fascinating aspects of this pandemic-spurred era of remote work, according to a recently released report.  Employment screening services and background check company JDP recently surveyed more than 2,000 Americans who … [More]

ROOM8 Enables Co-Living Search while Social Distancing

by RaeAnne Marsh

Mere months after ROOM8 launched its app to optimize co-living through roommate matching and apartment search services, the emergence of COVID-19 gave it new purpose. Modifications added in April to the features of last October’s launch help users navigate the intimate process of vetting potential roommates and looking for apartments virtually from the comfort and safety of … [More]

Hook & Hunt Offers Top Brands at Lower Prices

by RaeAnne Marsh

Founding her company in February of this year, Mary Hampton was just in time for the COVID-19-induced general economic slowdown. She incorporated specific operations — some at the last minute — to fortify her online model. Hook & Hunt is a resale company of new, brand name products that are “the latest and greatest items people need, want and love at an unbelievably … [More]

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