What the Sales Leader of the Year Wants You to Know About Sales

by Chris Samuels

For nearly 40 years, Karla Boyles has been involved in selling one thing or another. She started her career in the fitness industry, then in 2004 moved to hotels, eventually settling into her role as director of sales for the Hampton Inn & Suites Tempe and the adjacent Red Lion Inn. Except she never settled.… [More]

Flame Broiler Aims to Bring Healthy, Affordable Food to Tempe

by Chris Samuels

Southern California is known for a few distinctive things: sunny, temperate skies; health-conscious food; and miles of easygoing beaches. Unfortunately, beaches aren’t coming to Arizona. Or reasonable temperatures in the summer. What is coming, however, is a couple from California looking to bring something new to Tempe and the Valley of the Sun: healthy food… [More]

Tempe Chamber’s Military Committee Honors Airman

by Chris Samuels

In a ceremony honoring the bravery and service of a former airman of the 944th Fighter Wing, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce bestowed the honor to another of the base’s best. Staff Sgt. Allen J. Long, a low observable aircraft structural technician tasked with testing the Air Force’s newest hardware, the F-35 Lightning II, was… [More]

Small Business Continues to Lead Arizona – Arizona Small Business Association is the Leader 

by Jack Lunsford

Who creates the jobs in Arizona? Simple answer: Small businesses represent more than 99 percent of Arizona’s entire private-sector economy, with minority-owned businesses accounting for 25 percent of those businesses. And 88 percent of the state’s exporters are small businesses. Small business employs almost 1,000,000 growth of 2015. These figures come from the 2017 Arizona… [More]

Arizona’s New Paid Sick Leave Policies: It’s Time to Get Ready! 

by Otto S. Shill, III

Summer is upon us and so are Arizona’s new sick time pay rules. On July 1, 2017, virtually all Arizona employers must begin providing either 25 or 40 hours per year of paid sick leave to their employees. The new sick leave requirement, which was part of a 2016 voter initiative that also increased Arizona’s… [More]

Have We Reached ‘Peak’ Professional Conferencing?

by Ryan Smeets

I would argue that we have, and yet fads continue to surprise me. Remember when the iPhone came out in 2009 and Apple’s first campaign was titled “There’s an app for that”? Today, we could substitute the word “app” for conference, summit or expo. There is little shortage of local, national or regional conferences to… [More]

Why Offer Group Insurance? 

by Kristine Kassel

Even with all the talk of changing the Health Care Reform System, the laws have not yet changed. As an individual and a business, you still have the same responsibilities that you had last year. So, you are required to have health insurance as an individual. And the reporting and compliance requirements as a business… [More]

SRP Delivers the Tools to Help Your Business Thrive

by Salt River Project

The early leaders of SRP understood the importance of growth in the Valley, which is why they worked to bring a reliable source of water and power to the area. Today, SRP continues to support the Valley by providing these essential services and offering tools to help you grow your business. Workshops to help your… [More]

5 Reasons Why a Strong Brand Is Important for Your Small Business

by Angelia Hill

  Small-business owners are at the leading edge of the business world. As forward- thinkers, they love the rush of turning a new idea into reality. As idea people, they sometimes lack the logistics, like marketing and branding, to get ahead of the competition. Building a solid foundation, developing key potential partnerships, and understanding how… [More]

The Solution for Sustainable Success: Trust Your Instincts

by Eric Herrera

I work with entrepreneurs every day. The successful ones have tapped into a sort of formula that allows them to obtain success they can sustain. They’ll start by evaluating their natural strengths — their instincts — and how that impacts the way they lead a team. Here are the components: Find out how you do… [More]