Are We Becoming an Automation Nation?

by RaeAnne Marsh

Of increasing interest to commerce today is automation of the workforce — either heralded or bemoaned. What Henry Ford’s assembly line started in reducing individuals to replaceable cogs in a replicable process, robots seem poised to finish in replacing humans completely. At least in some jobs. As Kempler Industries reports, “From automotive manufacturing to cashiers, … [More]

The Best States to Launch a Startup

by Elik Dermer

Uber, Snapchat and even Facebook — these each started as a small startup, some with hardly any financing behind them. A simple business idea can often blossom into something much greater and successful; however, sometimes it can seem that the odds are against it. After all, 20 percent of businesses fail in their first year, 30 percent in the second and 50 percent within … [More]

The Ascension of Arizona’s 21st Century Healthcare Economy

by Anthony Tanner, CFA

An advanced, diverse, and thriving healthcare industry is critical to Arizona, serving both as a magnet for attracting new residents, and providing world-class medical care to a state population that surpassed 7 million last year. The expansion of the Arizona healthcare sector is necessary to serve a population that continues to expand faster than the national average while … [More]

Small-Business Lending: Arizona Entrepreneurs on a Fast Track for Growth

by Brock Blake

In spite of growing concerns, the economy remains strong. As a result, entrepreneurs continue to seek fresh capital to help grow their businesses. According to a recent SMB economic insights report from Lendio, the demand for small-business loans is on the rise nationwide. In Q2 2019, the number of small-business loan inquiries increased 27 percent over the previous … [More]

Email Efficacy in the Workplace

by Matt Baglia

A It’s commonly assumed email is the best way to reach people in the workplace, but the numbers are starting to tell a different story. In a recent survey SlickText conducted on workplace communication preferences, 60.8 percent of respondents said they ignore emails at work — whether from HR or another sender — and almost one out of two respondents said receiving fewer emails … [More]