Survey: Federal Government Receives Failing Grade on COVID-19 Response, Arizona Ranks Last


Thumbtack, the app that helps local professionals and customers find each other, today announced results from its 2020 Small Business Friendliness Survey. In its 9th year, this survey represents the largest continuous study in the U.S. of small business perceptions on government policy. Last month, more than 2,400 small business owners nationwide evaluated federal, state, … [More]

COVID-19 Stories: Starting a Business during COVID

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]

How Businesses Can Avoid Becoming Irrelevant in a Changing World

The business world has produced a veritable graveyard of once magnificently successful companies that came, conquered and thrived – but ultimately perished. In many cases, those businesses share a common reason for their demise: Times changed. They didn’t. “I’ve always been fond of the saying that if you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less,” says … [More]

COVID-19 Stories: 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 to … [More]

Cultivating Brand Activism? Pointers to Help Businesses Decide and Plan

by Andrea Fryrear

From the team formerly known as the Washington Redskins to #BlackLivesMatter to saying goodbye to Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima, social activism is the latest must-have for brands. But should you join in? And if so, how can you do so without seeming cynical, especially if this is your first time dipping your toes into the social justice water? Brand activism is a significant … [More]

4 Factors to Consider Before Buying an Essential Business in COVID Times

The shutdowns and rollbacks of businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to play havoc with the U.S. economy. But the least-affected businesses during the crisis, for the most part, have been those deemed “essential” by state and local governments, allowing those companies to remain fully operational or close to it. Meanwhile, with the idea that essential businesses … [More]

Small Business Employment Rebound Moderates in July

Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch

The latest Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch shows that employment growth moderated as new COVID-19 hot spots emerged in the South and West regions of the U.S. The national jobs index slipped 0.24 percent in July to 94.59. Hourly earnings growth also slowed slightly to 3.29 percent last month, but increasing hours worked, spurred by the shifting workforce … [More]

Restaurant Group Ensures Safety and Guidance with Triage Co. Services

Company Nurse LLC

Arizona-based restaurant group Pita Jungle utilizes local business Company Nurse LLC, the premier nurse triage and reporting service for workplace injuries, to further protect their employees, customers and vendors from COVID-19 exposures with Company Nurse's COVID-19 digital screening solution and triage guidance service. Company Nurse’s new service provides employees with … [More]

21% of Employees Are Tracked with Employee Monitoring Software; Executives Believe It’s Bad for Morale, HR Departments & Millennials Disagree


Only 21% of employees say their employer tracks them with employee monitoring software, according to new data from Clutch, the leading B2B ratings and reviews firm. Searches for employee monitoring software have skyrocketed as a result of COVID-19, leading businesses to weigh the pros and cons of using software to track their employees' productivity. Nearly half of employees … [More]

How an Integrated Life (Not a Balanced One) Is Key to Work Satisfaction

In a world where working from home, family, recreation, faith and other factors compete for our time, people speak about the need to seek a “balanced life.” But maybe “balance” is the wrong goal. “The concept of being in ‘balance’ has the potential to set us up for immediate failure,” says Michael Sipe, author of The AVADA Principle and founder of the consulting firm 10x … [More]