Nikola Badger to be Engineered and Manufactured by General Motors

Nikola Corporation

Nikola Corporation and General Motors Co. announced a strategic partnership that begins with the Nikola Badger and carries cost reductions through Nikola’s programs, including: Nikola Badger, Nikola Tre, Nikola One, Nikola Two and NZT. As part of the agreement, Nikola will utilize General Motors’ Ultium battery system and Hydrotec fuel cell technology, representing a key … [More]

BBB Pacific Southwest Continues to Award Vital Grants to Small Businesses 

BBB Serving the Pacific Southwest

As reopening orders slowly come into effect across state lines, businesses continue to face financial strains until some form of normalcy exists. Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest (BBB) has awarded an additional $21,500 through its Main St. Matters Grant Program to businesses experiencing hardship, bringing the total to over $100k granted since its … [More]

Governor Ducey Issues Enhanced Surveillance Advisory to Track the Impact of COVID-19 and Influenza

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

As Arizona prepares for influenza season amid COVID-19, Governor Doug Ducey today issued an Executive Order extending the Enhanced Surveillance Advisory for COVID-19 and adding new influenza reporting requirements for health care facilities. Arizona’s Enhanced Surveillance Advisory, established by Executive Order 2020-13 in March, required hospitals, testing laboratories and … [More]

Small Business Optimism Rebounds, Exceeding Historical Average


The NFIB Optimism Index increased 1.4 points in August to 100.2, a reading slightly above the historical 46-year average. Seven of the 10 Index components improved, two declined, and one was unchanged. The NFIB Uncertainty Index increased two points in August to 90, the second-highest reading since 2017. The record reading of 100 was reached in November 2016. “Small … [More]

President and CEO of ON Semiconductor Plans to Retire Effective May 2021

ON Semiconductor

ON Semiconductor Corporation announced that Keith D. Jackson, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, intends to retire from ON Semiconductor in May 2021. To ensure an orderly transition, Mr. Jackson will continue to remain in his current roles until his retirement and will assist the Board of Directors in its search for his successor. In addition, Mr. Jackson will … [More]

Podcasts Can Make or Break a Brand; Maximize Your Exposure and Become an Influencer

When you have an industry that generates ad spending in the billions of dollars and that reaches almost 106 million Americans every month, any businessperson would jump at the chance to have exposure there. That industry is podcasting and being a guest can boost one’s reputation and brand. However, doing it right isn’t always a foregone conclusion. Sky Cassidy, co-host of the … [More]

Low Air Freight Capacity Could Trigger Shipping Delays


Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, total worldwide air traffic in June was down 42% from June of 2019. Also because of the pandemic, total worldwide ecommerce volume for 2020 is expected to be 33% higher than the preceding year. These two trends, notes A.J. Hernandez, President and CEO of SkyPostal, Inc., are on a potential collision course. “The industry needs to address this … [More]

Study: CEOs with Uncommon Names Tend to Implement Unconventional Strategies

Rice University

If you’re looking for an unconventional approach to doing business, select a CEO with an uncommon name, according to new research co-authored by an expert at Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business. “Using 19 years of data on 1,172 public firms, we show that firms’ distinctive strategies are systematically linked to their CEOs’ uncommon names,” wrote co-authors … [More]

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