Prop 123, JTED funding collaboration top Chamber’s 2016 priorities

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By Todd Sanders
President & CEO
Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

The arrival of 2016 is accompanied by new priorities, refreshed goals and an optimistic outlook on all that can and will be accomplished in the upcoming year. As small business owners spend a little time this month changing the 5 in “2015” to a 6 on checks for employees and vendors, I look forward to the vital work we get to do this year on behalf of our Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce members and the business community. I want to share a few of our top priorities for the year. Continue reading

Mega-sports Event Spotlight Shines on Arizona

Glenn Hamer President & CEO Arizona Chamber of Commerce

By Glenn Hamer
President & CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce
When Clemson and Alabama met in the College Football Championship on Jan. 11, the two teams and their fans contributed to Arizona’s national reputation as America’s best sports tourism market.

We have teams from four big-time professional sports that call Arizona home, one of which is in the NFL playoffs and has the entire state buzzing. Continue reading

‘Solopreneurship’ on rise in Phoenix metro area

By Amy Edelen
Cronkite News

PHOENIX – From reasons ranging from schedule flexibility to personal fulfillment, more people are gravitating toward independent work – or “solopreneurship” – in which they operate all aspects of their business without employees.

Independent workers, which include contractors, consultants, taxi drivers, web designers, technology developers, artists and freelancers, contributed more than $1 trillion to the economy in 2014, according to a report by Virginia-based MBO Partners, a management services firm.

There are more than 17.8 million full-time independent workers in the U.S., and that number is expected to rise to 22.1 million by 2020, according to the report.

The Phoenix metro area also has experienced a rise in independent workers, with more than 291,000 one-person businesses registered in 2013 — a 19 percent increase since Continue reading