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Cultivating Young Entrepreneurs

High school students as entrepreneurs; is that possible? Maybe a lot of people don’t think so, but when you talk with anyone who is involved in the YES (Young Entrepreneurial Scholars) program sponsored by NACET and the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, you get a whole different picture. This innovative program for high school sophomores, juniors, […]

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Employees Rewarded for Healthy Choice

Rather than focusing on treating illnesses, the healthcare industry is shifting more toward prevention and wellness and rewarding employees who participate in such programs. Starting next year, the healthcare reform law allows employers to reward employees who participate in workplace wellness programs with subsidies equal to 30 percent of the cost of insurance premiums, or […]

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Amy Kerr Leading Nestle Purina

After 36 years with Nestle Purina Pet Care Co., the last 17 with the Purina plant in Flagstaff, Bill Calloway has retired, leaving some big shoes to fill both in the plant and in the Flagstaff community. This might be a bit intimidating for some, but not so for the new plant manager, Amy Kerr. […]

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Building Solid Leaders with Soft Skills

To lead, you must have followers.   To have followers, you must persuade. To persuade, you must understand. To understand, you must listen. This is the foundation of the Business Leadership Program (BLP) at W.A. Franke College of Business at Northern Arizona University. This innovative program is near the completion of its pilot year. As a result of […]

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Merger Bringing Change in the Wind

UPDATE: American Airlines has won bankruptcy court approval to combine with US Airways; this merger will create the world’s biggest airline.   American filed for Chapter 11 in 2011.  For the merger to move forward, The U.S. Department of Justice antitrust regulators and shareholders with US Airways need to approve the agreement.   The following […]

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Spring Fever Hitting Flagstaff

Spring has officially started with the Spring Equinox. However, planning for Spring and all that it entails has been underway for some time at the nurseries in Flagstaff. Warner’s Nursery and Landscape Company is, according to Misti Warner-Andersen, “constantly getting ready for the growing season.” Warner-Andersen, the store manager, says that throughout the Fall she […]

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Flying into the Future

Ideas that grow into something real and wonderful often come from the most unexpected places. Ask Eric Savage how he got the idea for his company, First Flight Education, and he will tell you that it happened on a Saturday when he was doing research at a university with pilots in a flight simulator. His wife, […]

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Business Predictions for the New Year

A New Year brings a sense of renewed energy and hope for things to come. It also brings predictions for what to expect from the New Year. You can find predictions about who will win the Super Bowl, the rise of Apple TV, the growing power of Social Media, and the economy.  Kiplinger has provided […]

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