Brian Mueller, Grand Canyon University

from Brian Mueller

Corporate social responsibility is rooted in a basic biblical and societal principle — to love our neighbor as ourselves. But before there can be charity, there must be prosperity. Free-market principles have brought more people out of poverty than any other economic idea in history. It creates the opportunity to form companies that generate jobs… [More]

Louie Moses, Moses, Inc.

from Louie Moses

Behind every successful company is a solid connection to its consumer, and that takes effective marketing. It’s the last legal means to gain an unfair advantage over your competition. As a card-carrying creative person, I’ve spent my entire career coming up with ideas and connecting great companies with their consumers. There’s never been a time… [More]

Governor Doug Ducey, the State of Arizona

from Doug Ducey

The start of a new year is traditionally the time we step back — if only for a moment — from our daily routines to take stock of where we are heading and what opportunities the new year may hold in store. Arizonans have a lot to look forward to in 2017 — and the… [More]

Courtney Klein, SEED SPOT

from Courtney Klein

The entrepreneurial fever is alive and well in Arizona, and there is no dearth of people with ideas on how to build the proverbial “better mousetrap” — new products or services to meet emerging needs or fresh takes on those that already exist. And all of that energy is what powers a growing economy. But… [More]

James Lundy, Alliance Bank of Arizona

from James Lundy

Banking is the foundation on which business and commerce are built. Persistent low interest rates, tougher regulations, capital requirements nearly double their pre-financial crisis levels, and emerging competition from “Fintech” firms are today’s challenges, but banks continue to be the critical financial intermediary from global conglomerates to small, local enterprises. Given the central role banks… [More]

Paul Johnson, Redirect Health

from Paul Johnson

Healthcare is being disrupted. While innovators are advancing alternate coverage and delivery programs — such as benefit packages and telemedicine — insurers are changing the playing field for businesses by closing out individual policies as an option for their employees. This disruption is causing distress and even dread among small-business owners and their employees, both… [More]

Neil G. Giuliano, Greater Phoenix Leadership

from Neil G. Giuliano

Every four years, our nation is embroiled in a debate about — essentially — leadership: Who will lead? How? And to what end? This is leadership at its most visible, and it is generally agreed that leadership at such a level has deep and far-reaching impact. Yet, in its own context, your leadership has a… [More]

Sam Fox, Fox Restaurant Concepts

from Sam Fox

We locals know the Valley has been a dining destination for some time. Now, the rest of the country is taking note. We’re finally being recognized as a city that’s driving dining trends by way of some incredible culinary talent. Truth is, we’re tired of not being seen as the food-centric market we’ve become. Phoenix… [More]

Don Smith, CopperPoint Insurance Companies

from Don Smith

Small business is widely recognized nationally as the foundational building block of our economy. In Arizona, especially, this segment is healthy and thriving; our state has been named one of the best for entrepreneurialism. CopperPoint Insurance Companies, renamed and reorganized from the former SCF Arizona, was the state’s dedicated workers’ compensation insurance resource, and, as… [More]

Christine Mackay, City of Phoenix

from Christine Mackay

What does successful economic development look like for Arizona? The state’s early economy was built on the famous “5 C’s”: copper, cattle, cotton, citrus and climate. In the post-5 C’s era, other vital industries have come to the fore, such as biomedicine and technology. Much of this is concentrated in the Greater Phoenix area. The… [More]