Elizabeth Mann’s Phoenix Mart to Add 7900 Jobs to Arizona Economy

Posted by Doug on February 04, 2015
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The Arizona economy is soon to get a healthy boost in job creation.  Phoenix Mart, developed by Elizabeth Mann, is currently under construction in Casa Grande, AZ.  Located halfway between Phoenix and Tucson, this global commerce center is expected to bring 7,900 – 10,000 new jobs to the area.

PhoenixMart-entry-sign-logoThe idea of a commerce center has been utilized successfully in China, France, and Dubai.  Phoenix Mart will be a 1.7- million-square-foot “permanent trade show.”  It will house over 2,000 businesses under one roof. Each company, whether wholesaler, distributor, retail, or service, will have their own showroom designed to attract domestic and international buyers.… Read the rest

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Your Business and Social Media

Posted by Doug on May 08, 2013
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Facebook is by far one of the fastest growing sites on the web today.  And sites like Twitter and LinkedIn are not far behind.  But social media is not just for individuals looking to reconnect with old friends and make new ones, it is a great opportunity for businesses to advertise and increase their exposure.

socialAn important part of maintaining a successful business in today’s modern society is building a strong online presence.  With millions of people globally that utilize social media on a daily basis, it is a great place to start and an important part of your overall online reputation management plan.… Read the rest

Receivership and Commercial Properties

Posted by Doug on April 16, 2013
Business, Financial, Legal / 6 Comments

A receivership is type of bankruptcy and is often initiated by the party that is owed rather than the debtor.  In a receivership, a person is appointed to manage the business to avoid bankruptcy.  This is often called restructuring and the person who is managing the company is usually appointed by the court if the government gains control of the company.  If the receivership is initiated by a creditor, they will appoint the person to be in control.  The creditor is the one with the authority to make all of the decisions and the manager will act as a representative to handle the daily business or to prepare the company for liquidation.… Read the rest

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The Importance of Software For Realtors

Posted by Doug on April 07, 2013
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managersMost businesses these days have to deal with customer complaints.  This is true for realtors too!  These complaints come in many forms and from many different types of customers. How your business handles these customer complaints can seriously impact your success.  Should you rely on your lead management software?

Many companies now actively seek proactive customer complaints usually by automating with complaint handling software.  They do not wait for the customer to complain, but actively ask for customer feedback.  Companies that are pro active using complaints management software usually try to identify the type of customer that is complaining.  This helps them to respond in an appropriate way to each category of customer.… Read the rest

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Real Estate Leads

Posted by Doug on December 04, 2012
Business / 6 Comments

The real estate market is finally bouncing back from some low points in the last few years, and with it, buyers and sellers alike are making the market grow once again, with prices rising and home values going up and up. That’s good news, but for a real estate agent, it can mean big time business and big time stress with prospects and leads when done properly and carefully, too.

Real estate agents need to actively follow up on every lead, whether properties for sale or potential buyers, and work to leave no stone unturned so that their business grows and their reputation builds.… Read the rest

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Investment Income for a California Lifestyle

Posted by Doug on September 13, 2011
Business, Financial / 1 Comment

Many people have enjoyed the fantasy of moving to the west coast as either part of their retirement plans or to begin a new life and career change. And while the state of California tends to figure prominently into the majority of these plans, the specific area and features involved can vary drastically. Of course, the ocean and a beautiful view will almost always figure into the fantasy somewhere. And regardless of whether you’re attracted to the Napa Valley or the charm and low-key atmosphere of San Diego, California definitely has something to offer everyone. And it takes a bit of money to ensure that you are going to enjoy it to its fullest.… Read the rest

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Fionn Downhill, A Featured Expert on Online Marketing Summit 23-City Tour, Speaking about Search Engine Optimization.

Posted by Doug on June 01, 2010
Business, Education, News, Uncategorized / No Comments

Fionn Downhill is an experienced speaker and the CEO of SEO and online reputation management company Elixir Interactive. Fionn’s impressive presenter bio includes over 23 renowned search marketing events including Search Engine Strategies as well as the Online Marketing Summit (OMS) — which kicked-off its 23-City tour May 20th in Phoenix, Arizona.

OMS isn’t the typical summit. With its focus on education,speakers must adhere to strict guidelines aimed at closely limiting the self-promotion and advertising typically seen at many search marketing events.

Fionn Downhill’s presentation at OMS Phoenix this May offered interesting insight into digital asset optimization for search in 2010.… Read the rest

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Understanding Search Engines & SEO

Posted by Doug on May 28, 2010
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Most of us use search engines on a daily basis. We search for the latest news and information, research locations for an affordable summer vacation, and dig up the latest gossip on celebrities. Search engines play an important role in our Internet immersed lives. Without them we would surely be lost. However, as much as we use them, most of us don’t really understand how they work or how they sort all of the information and websites available in cyberspace.

To begin search engines use automated programs with ‘spiders’ that ‘crawl’ over all of the websites, pages, and documents that exist on the Web.… Read the rest


Content vs. Location

Posted by Doug on March 25, 2010
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It’s interesting how everyone buzzes about Facebook and Twitter these days. The services are touted as the only way to reach consumers under the age of 30. If a company doesn’t have a Fan Page and at least one centralized Twitter account like, they are being left behind.

The reality is a bit more complicated than that. It’s not so much about where you go as what you have to offer. If your tweets are simply stock quotes and links to your official press releases, no one is going to care. If your Fan Page only has official company announcements and more press release language, you’re not going to get many fans.… Read the rest

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James Giffen and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Posted by Doug on July 24, 2009
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In the 1990s, according to the Justice Department, American businessman James Giffen had the title of counselor to the president of Kazakhstan. His job was to help with “priority investment projects relating to the exploration, development, production, transportation, and processing of oil and gas.” That made him hugely important in Kazakhstan and far beyond.  The last of the republics declaring their independence of the Soviet Union was Kazakhstan, this occurred in 1991.

The gas and oil reserves were abundant and, due to Kazakhstan’s independence,  these resources were now on the market for energy companies in the United States.  Four American companies acquired deals with the government between the years of 1996 and 1998, Texaco, Amaco, Phillips Petroleum and Mobil Oil.… Read the rest

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