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  • Lisa Lovallo, Cox Communications. Amber Mathewson, Pima County Public Library.
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Today, a somber scene is unfolding in low-income homes in vulnerable communities across the United States. Picture it, if you will.

  • Mike Varney, Inside Tucson Business
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Some time ago I overheard a conversation between a father and his son, who I estimated to be somewhere in the age of a high-school student. The conversation was about the value of a work ethic. In the conversation the father made it clear that as an adult the young man would be the captain o…

  • Linda Drake, Inside Tucson Business
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Whether you are a business large or small, old or new, the dangers of a cyber breach are lurking. The truth is that all businesses today are digital in one form or another. It is the age of the Internet of Everything! Cloud computing is the basis of almost all transactions and with every tou…

  • Magdalena Osborn, Vice President – Lovitt & Touché
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Social engineering fraud is one of the greatest threats to organizations today. As quickly as businesses implement electronic security and employee protocols to safeguard their deliverables and resources, scammers abuse technology to steal and hide. Tricksters’ scams to access corporate mone…

  • Chuck Huckelberry, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Pima County is thrilled about the decision by Caterpillar Inc. to relocate its Surface Mining and Technology Division to Tucson and bring 650 new jobs to our region. 

  • Rene Almazan, Vantage West Credit Union
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Most people understand the ramifications of a data breach. Not only are data breaches unsettling, but they are also incredibly costly. From an income perspective, data breaches have the ability to tarnish a company’s reputation with its customer base and impact future revenue. However, befor…

  • Mike Varney, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Odds are good you drive by Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (DM) at least a few times every week.  It’s a big and impressive place that usually earns a casual glance in its direction.  If you’re lucky you get to see some takeoffs or landings.  As civilians we tend to focus on DM as a major local…

  • Lisa Lovallo, Special to Inside Tucson Business
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Technology is evolving and we have to evolve with it. We know that a community that has access to the latest technology is poised for economic strength and growth. As Mayor Rothschild mentioned in his recent State of the City address, Money magazine ranked Tucson as one of the five best citi…

  • Martha McSally Inside Tucson Business
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With education and opportunity, women can transform a society. This is true around the world, but especially in America, where women still have vast untapped potential. 

  • Lea Marquez Peterson, Special to Inside Tucson Business
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Last week, our chamber led a delegation on a trade mission trip to Hermosillo. We host trade missions quarterly to create business connections among key industries via our fellow chambers of commerce in Mexico. During the recent trip, we co-hosted a session on “Doing Business in Arizona” wit…

  • Jennifer Chenault Sales Executive – Lovitt & Touché
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Women are a major force today – in our homes, workplaces, communities and greater economy. They balance an extraordinary amount of responsibilities, and while continually looking out for others, they’re prone to put their own needs at the bottom of seemingly endless to-do lists. 

  • Mike Varney, Special to Inside Tucson Buiness
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Government bugs me — most of it, anyway. And I think I know the reason why.  It’s because I am like a plurality of Americans who, when asked to complete this sentence, “The federal government is _______”, said, “too big.”

  • Ryan Foster, Special to Inside Tucson Business
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One hundred three years ago, Better Business Bureau was formed as an advertising regulatory group whose goal was to help prevent companies from making empty or false claims about their products and services. Gone were the days of declaring your product as the best product in the world becaus…

  • Lisa Graham Keegan and Lea Marquez Paterson, Special to Inside Tucson Business
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Summer is in the rearview mirror and Arizona students are back to school across the state. Unfortunately, back to school does not hold the promise of a quality education for all Arizona students. In fact, about 70,000 students have gone back to a ‘D’ or ‘F’-rated school, and the majority of …

  • Ryan Foster, Inside Tucson Business
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In an article written by the Arizona Daily Star, they reported on a small business in Sierra Vista that was taken advantage of by a credit card processing company called Payment Systems Corp. This company approached the owners over two years ago and promised them large savings on their credi…

  • John McCain, Special to Inside Tucson Business
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The Democratic minority in the U.S. Senate is blocking an up-or-down vote on President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. The American people deserve to know where their representatives in Congress stand on this agreement, which has profound consequences for our nation’s security. I hope that D…

  • Ryan Foster, Special to Tucson Local Media
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If you’re on the Internet, you probably use social media. Social media has taken off in the last 10 years and has become a big part of everyone’s life. Its how we communicate, share stories, photos, videos and sometimes it’s used to scam. 

  • Sheila Storm, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Managing your personal or company’s reputation in today’s digital environment may lead to more questions than answers. One simple question, though, may be all you need to address: “What do you stand for?”

  • Mike Varney, Special to Inside Tucson Business
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One can learn a lot by traveling. Business travel in particular gives us a chance to get out of our familiar surroundings and observe how other cities and regions “do it.” Paying attention to a city’s character and function is always interesting. Does the city or region have a sense of renew…

  • Lea Marquez-Peterson, Special to Inside Tucson Business
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If there is one word to describe our recent trade mission trip to Puerto Peñasco, it’s “opportunity.” They are on the precipice of many changes over the next several years. The city is known by many as a sleepy beach town, and it was obvious that it had been hard hit during the 2008 economic…

  • Ryan Foster, Special to Inside Tucson Business
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Better Business Bureau serving Southern Arizona has been fortunate to have excellent talent work for us to improve and advance our organization. That reigns true with the recent addition of our new President/CEO Pam A. Crim. 

  • Mike Varney, Special to Inside Tucson Business
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The announcement came out of the White House on Monday night. It really wasn’t in the news until Tuesday morning. The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor decided businesses across the country should give some of their exempt salaried employees a raise. Not a merit raise. N…

  • Lea MÁrquez Peterson, Special to Inside Tucson Business
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Governor Ducey launched our recent trade mission trip to Mexico City at a reception where he acknowledged Mexico as our friend and neighbor. I was honored to participate in the delegation representing our Tucson Hispanic Chamber and affiliated chambers in Sierra Vista, Douglas and Nogales. R…

  • Dr. Charles Steele, Jr., Special to Inside Tucson Business
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As the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, I frequently travel throughout the U.S. And in my journeys, I’m quite often struck by the fact that so many families are struggling to find financial security. I find it troubling that hardworking Americans are often eking out…

  • Ryan Foster, Special to Inside Tucson Business
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In the United States, there are 40 million Americans with student loan debt, totaling about $1.2 trillion dollars. That means that the average loan holder has about $25,000 in loans. If you are among the 40 million, you understand the impact it can have on your bank account each month and th…

  • Mike Varney, Special to Inside Tucson Business
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As business people, we set appointments to meet with other people all the time. An appointment is an agreement that both parties will devote their precious time to a certain mutual purpose. Setting an appointment also sets the expectation that both parties will be ready to meet at the design…

  • Lea Marquez-Peterson, Special to Inside Tucson Business
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A few of you may have heard of PAG … if not, it is Pima Association of Governments, our region’s metropolitan planning organization. It’s an entity you should learn more about. Millions of state and federal dollars flow through PAG and fund short- and long-range transportation projects throu…

  • Michael V. Varney, President & CEO of Tucson Metro Chamber
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The decision by the Charter Change Committee not to recommend ward-only City Council elections to Mayor Rothschild and the Tucson City Council at the committee's meeting on March 24 is a missed opportunity for Tucson citizens. The vote was 7-7.

  • Donald A. Mounce Special to Inside Tucson Business
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In the movie “Head Office,” one of the great business spoofs of all time, a character played by comedian Rick Moranis sits slumped down behind his desk, pumping the bulb of a blood pressure sleeve, and screaming at his superior on the phone line. “I did not make that decision! I cannot be re…

  • Paul O’Rourke, Special to Inside Tucson Business
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If St. Patrick’s Day found you clutching a pint of green beer in one hand whilst chasing minuscule mischievous shoemakers hoping to find a pot of gold, rest assured there is an easier and more strategic avenue by which you can build your business’ revenue: On-site web analytics.  Before your…

  • Thema Grimes Inside Tucson Business
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Inside Tucson Business, in partnership with Quarles & Brady, LLP and Cox Business hosted the 12th annual Women of Influence awards. In an expanded form of the annual awards, 40 women from Southern Arizona were honored in categories ranging from healthcare and education to community and p…

  • Lea Marquez-Peterson Special to Inside Tucson Business
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Recently, our Tucson Hispanic Chamber launched affiliate chambers in Sierra Vista and Nogales. In the near future, we will be launching our Douglas Hispanic Chamber also. Our regional expansion is a great benefit to the more than 1,100 members of our chamber as it allows them to build connec…

  • Mike Varney, Special to Inside Tucson Business
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At a Pima County Board meeting last June, there was spirited discussion about the County's proposed budget and spending priorities. This was at a time when the County was considering the speculative purchase of land for the expansion of a soccer facility. Citizen after citizen implored the C…

  • Ryan Foster Special to Inside Tucson Business
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The Women of Influence event honors women business leaders in our community who are positive role models, exemplify the characteristics of leadership, innovation, and an overall image of success. Here at the Better Business Bureau serving Southern Arizona we have the privilege of working wit…

  • Mike Varney Special to Inside Tucson Business
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Meet Bernadine Ali.  She lives alone in an aging one-room wooden structure on the French side of the island of St. Martin in the French West Indies.  Bernadine has a little stand where she sells locally-made rums and spices, mostly to tourists whose island tour busses make short stops near h…

  • Paul O’Rourke Special to Inside Tucson Business
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The period of time that falls between the chill of winter and our annual summer schvitz-fest, sometimes punctuated by wildflower blooms clustering along our roadsides, is called springtime in Tucson.  It’s during this very brief respite that many feel the need to cleanse their physical surro…

  • Mike Varney Special to Inside Tucson Business
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I was in a little gift store in a small city in Wisconsin last week.  I wandered in not knowing what I might find or if I might make a purchase.  A smiling woman greeted us as we entered and noticed that we were admiring decorative bottles of real maple syrup she had on display.  She told us…

  • John Schuster Special to Tucson Local Media
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There’s been a bit of movement and some additions to Tucson’s over-the-air alternative television programming lineup. KOLD, which has had surprising success through MeTV, which broadcasts for antenna viewers on channel 13.2, has added GRIT TV to 13.3. 

  • John Schuster Special to Tucson Local Media
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Cathy Green is a believer in the five-year plan, and while it wasn’t always precisely implemented during her four-decade electronic media sales run in Tucson, it certainly set the stage for a multitude of employers along the way.