Aligning Skills and Expectations

by Rebecca Kalogeris

Professionals across all industries are expected to do more with less. As such, strategy and high-level thinking often take a back seat to the tactical. It’s easy for days to turn into reactionary spirals rather than proactive, purposeful ones. A recent Pragmatic Marketing survey of product managers and marketers shed light on this very trend… [More]

Are We Really Hard at Work?

by Mike Hunter

Americans outwork many of their foreign peers by hundreds of extra hours per year, a fact that sometimes intrudes into discussion of healthcare coverage as a workplace issue. Personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s Hardest Working Cities in America to identify where Americans work the hardest, comparing the 116 largest cities across… [More]

Email and Worker Turnover

by RaeAnne Marsh

The percentage of people nationwide who don’t intend to change jobs this year is only 42. The “2016 Industry & Productivity Perspectives Report” from business operating system Bolste, which commissioned accredited research firm YouGov to poll the views of a representative sample of 2,766 American adults, shows employers are at risk with 49 percent of… [More]

Women-Owned Businesses: A Growth Demographic

by Kristin Slice

Women represent the largest growing demographic of business owners in the country. This is among several interesting trends revealed in final data from the 2012 census that was just recently released. The number of women starting businesses was almost three times that of men — more than expected. As of 2012, women business owners (WBOs)… [More]

Smart Automation and Artificial Intelligence a Boon to IT Workers

by Mike Hunter

Smart automation tools and artificial intelligence (AI) that automate daily tasks in an enterprise go hand-in-hand with job satisfaction, according to sentiment expressed by IT workers. The surprising results of a recent survey reported by arago GmbH reveal that IT workers not only welcome smart automation but a clear majority also identify concrete benefits these… [More]

Business-Friendly Environment?

by Mike Hunter

Small-business owners gave Metro Phoenix a B– for its business friendliness, ranking it in the top 50 percent of cities nationwide, according to the recently released 2015 Small Business Friendliness Survey conducted by Thumbtack, a technology-based marketplace designed to connect consumers with small-business professionals within local communities. Among the key findings for Metro Phoenix was… [More]

Multicultural Marketing and a Changing Mainstream

by Mike Hunter

Without doubt, the multicultural market in the United States is an increasingly powerful consumer. Research by Geoscape, the leader in business intelligence across the multicultural market, shows Hispanics currently represent 18 percent of American households but were responsible for nearly half of the growth in consumer spending from 2013 to 2014. Between Asian-American and Hispanic… [More]

Manufacturing and Logistics – Arizona vs. the Nation

by Mike Hunter

Arizona has received a C grade for its manufacturing industry and D in logistics, says a new report from Ball State University. The “2015 Manufacturing and Logistics Report,” prepared by Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) for Conexus Indiana, the state’s advanced manufacturing initiative, shows how each state ranks among its peers… [More]

Restaurant Growth: Credit to Check Increase and Traffic 

by Richard Tollefson

For the fifth consecutive year, the restaurant industry has grown since the end of the Great Recession. Growth was measured by analyzing the average per check, traffic and net new restaurants on the market. Overall, there was a 3.3-percent rise in the industry for 2014, according to the GE Capital Franchise Finance 2015 Chain Restaurant… [More]

Middle Market Firms Are Becoming Economy’s Workhorses

by Mike Saucier

They may lack the romantic narrative of small businesses, which are seen as the fruits of the American Dream. And they may lack the instant name recognition that comes with being a huge corporation. But middle market firms, defined as businesses generating between $10 million and $1 billion in revenues, are economic engines to be… [More]