ADHS Releases New Vaccination PSA Featuring Several Community Leaders

Arizona Department of Health Services

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) launched a new public service announcement as part of the “Roll Up Your Sleeve to Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19” campaign. The new PSA features community leaders, local celebrities, and influencers from several industries including professional sports teams, the faith community, non-profits, and the business community. “We … [More]

Li-Cycle to Build New Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Facility in Gilbert


Li-Cycle Corp., an industry leader in lithium-ion battery resource recovery and the largest lithium-ion battery recycler in North America, today announced that the Company will build its third commercial lithium-ion battery recycling facility, to be located in Gilbert, Arizona, within the Phoenix metropolitan area. When complete, Li-Cycle’s “Spoke 3” facility will be capable … [More]

ADHS Recommends Pause in Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Arizona Department of Health Services

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) today announced it is recommending a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The CDC and FDA are recommending a pause in the use of the vaccine based on six reported U.S. cases, out … [More]

U.S. Mortgage Delinquency Rates Fall for Fifth Consecutive Month; Lowest Levels Seen Since Start of Pandemic


CoreLogic, a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released its monthly Loan Performance Insights Report for January 2021. For the month of January, 5.6% of all mortgages in the U.S. were in some stage of delinquency (30 days or more past due, including those in foreclosure), representing a 2.1-percentage point increase in … [More]

Small Business Owners Struggle to Find Qualified Workers


The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index rose 2.4 points in March to 98.2. March’s reading is the first return to the average historical reading since last November. The NFIB Uncertainty Index increased six points to 81, which was primarily driven by owners being more uncertain about whether it is a good time to expand their business and make capital expenditures in the coming … [More]

How Minority-Owned Small Businesses Can Gain a Competitive Edge with a Diversity Certification

by Edgar R. Olivo

If you own a small business and are part of a certain demographic group, your business could qualify for a diversity certification, which will grant you access to special grants, supplier programs and large contracts. This is a great way to grow your business when you plan to sell to other businesses or the government. As diversity becomes an ever-increasingly important topic … [More]

EN NEGOCIOS: Cómo las pequeñas empresas propiedad de minorías pueden obtener una ventaja competitiva con una certificación de diversidad

por Edgar R. Olivo

Si posee una pequeña empresa y es parte de un determinado grupo demográfico, su empresa podría calificar para una certificación de diversidad que le otorgará acceso a subvenciones especiales, programas de proveedores y grandes contratos. Esta es una excelente manera de hacer crecer su negocio cuando planea vender a otras empresas o al gobierno. A medida que la diversidad se … [More]

CPI Rises 0.6% in March as Gasoline Index Continues to Rise

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.6 percent in March on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.4 percent in February, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The March 1-month increase was the largest rise since a 0.6-percent increase in August 2012. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.6 percent before … [More]

Arizona Administers 4 Millionth Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

Arizona Department of Health Services

Arizona has administered its 4 millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine and is equipped to get even more vaccine into the community as supplies from the federal government ramp up. “Our state continues to be a model for administering these safe and highly effective vaccines widely, rapidly and equitably,” Governor Doug Ducey said. “I’m grateful to everyone who has received their … [More]

State Vaccination Site Opens at ASU Desert Financial Arena

Arizona State University

Arizona State University announced today that it will host and coordinate a new indoor public COVID-19 vaccination site on its Tempe campus at Desert Financial Arena, opening Monday, April 12. The new point of distribution is a transfer of the state’s previous site, operated by ASU, at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, also an ASU property. People who have already been scheduled … [More]

Honeywell to Go Carbon Neutral by 2035


Honeywell committed today to become carbon neutral in its operations and facilities by 2035 through a combination of further investment in energy savings projects, conversion to renewable energy sources, completion of capital improvement projects at its sites and in its fleet of company vehicles, and utilization of credible carbon credits. These initiatives represent a … [More]

U.S. Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise to 744,000, More Layoffs Likely

U.S. Department of Labor

In the week ending April 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 744,000, an increase of 16,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 9,000 from 719,000 to 728,000. The 4-week moving average was 723,750, an increase of 2,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up … [More]

SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Applications Now Open

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration will officially open the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal tomorrow, April 8, 2021 at 12 p.m. EDT for operators of live venues, live performing arts organizations, museums and movie theatres, as well as live venue promoters, theatrical producers and talent representatives to apply for critical economic relief, as … [More]

Phoenix Municipal Stadium Vaccination Site Moving Indoors At ASU’s Desert Financial Arena

Arizona Department of Health Services

The state-run vaccination site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, which has administered nearly 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, will relocate Monday, April 12 to Desert Financial Arena on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. “Arizonans have come together to protect our communities and expand vaccinations quickly,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “I’m grateful to all the … [More]

Local First Arizona Launches the Arizona Economic Recovery Center

After the economic downturn of 2008, Arizona was the 50th state to reach pre-recession levels of economic activity. Local First Arizona is launching the Arizona Economic Recovery Center, with support from Senator Mark Kelly and Governor Doug Ducey, to ensure every corner of the state has the opportunity to build back stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic. A well-rounded recovery … [More]

The Green Economy: How Small Businesses Can Benefit from Sustainability by Planning Now

by Edgar R. Olivo

The climate crisis has not gone away, nor has the ever-increasing income gap between the rich and poor. The pandemic has magnified these challenges as governments struggle to also contain the spread of the virus while managing the economic fallout, supporting workers and ensuring continuity of schooling of children. Despite the gloom, there is good news. With the right choices, … [More]

EN NEGOCIOS: La economía verde: Cómo las pequeñas empresas pueden beneficiarse de la sostenibilidad planificando ahora

por Edgar R. Olivo

El crisis climática no ha desaparecido, ni tampoco la brecha de ingresos cada vez mayor entre ricos y pobres. La pandemia ha magnificado estos desafíos a medida que los gobiernos luchan por contener también la propagación del virus mientras gestionan las consecuencias económicas, apoyan a los trabajadores y garantizan la continuidad de la escolarización de los niños. A pesar de … [More]

Phoenix Reaffirms Mask Mandate

City of Phoenix

After consideration and review with legal counsel, the City of Phoenix has determined the June 19, 2020 Declaration of the Phoenix City Council requiring face coverings in public for most people within city limits remains in effect. The mandate follows Arizona Department of Public Health Face Covering Guidance and is in accordance with current Centers for Disease Control … [More]

Arizona Partners with Ability360, The Arc, Special Olympics and DES to Expand Vaccinations

Arizona Department of Health Services

Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) today announced a new targeted effort to ensure individuals with disabilities have quick, easy access to COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Arizona is partnering with Ability360 and The Arc, organizations that empower individuals with disabilities and support their full inclusion in the community, and the Special Olympics to hold … [More]

Supply Constraints and Buyer Demand Pushes US Home Price Annual Appreciation to 15-Year High in February, Says Report


CoreLogic, a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released the CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI™) and HPI Forecast™ for February 2021. Home prices continued to increase in February, reaching the highest annual gain since April 2006, as demand continues to clash with historically low supply. These factors have created … [More]

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