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…

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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 …

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…

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…

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. 

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…

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…

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…

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…