1. The past few years saw a flurry of articles breathlessly warning of the death of retail, crediting online shopping for its demise. But this narrative isn’t entirely accurate. Retail actually grew in 2017, with the industry seeing a net increase of 4,000 store openings and a 4.2% increase in sales. Curiously, it seems that the […]
  2. Cutthroat employees make for cutthroat business. While it is sometimes good to be intense about work, being too intense can sometimes prove to be more trouble than it’s worth and affect both the quality of the work being done as well as the working environment itself. People with soft skills, on the other hand, are […]
    Sep 17, 2018
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  3. On May 22, 2018, the House of Representatives passed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act in a strong bipartisan vote. For banks and credit unions with less than $10 billion in assets, this is a blessing that will benefit the people and businesses here in Southern Arizona. Tailoring regulatory requirements to suit […]
    Aug 17, 2018
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  4. Do you remember Harry Markopolos? As a financial analyst for a Boston investment firm, Markopolos was asked to reverse engineer Bernie Madoff’s trading strategy and revenue streams. The unregistered hedge fund was producing stratospheric returns and the investment firm wanted to duplicate Madoff’s success. According to an interview with 60 Minutes, Markopolos said it took […]
    Jul 11, 2018
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  5. Thrive Tucson is a 5 to 10 minute conversation series that spotlights unique and innovative locally-owned businesses in Southern Arizona. The series has a wide reach through Vantage West’s social media and website. We want to reward local businesses with guest spots on the show. If you’re a business owner, sign up below for a […]
    Mar 11, 2018
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