Briefcase Briefs

 Jonathan J. Higuera

Federal contracts made more accessible to WOSBs

BRIEFCASE BRIEFS Phoenix a top choice for relocation “AZ Earn to Learn” at state universities Women-owned small businesses will have greater access to federal contracting opportunities after changes to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA) that affect the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program. The NDAA removes the thresholds […]




 Jonathan J. Higuera

“AZ Earn to Learn” at state universities

BRIEFCASE BRIEFS Phoenix a top choice for relocation Federal contracts made more accessible to WOSBs Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona in partnership with the Arizona-based, non-profit organization, Live the Solution, have launched “AZ Earn to Learn,” an innovative, need-based financial aid program that pairs $3.1 million in scholarships with […]




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Free educational audiobooks

EDUCATION BRIEFS Cox7 debuts STEM Journals Boost your brain power Audio learning on-the-go via LearnOutLoud.com is an on-line resource that offers educational audiobooks that can be downloaded in digital formats such as MP3. One of the most popular sections of the site is the Free Audio and Video Directory, which features over 5,000 free audiobooks, […]




 Jonathan J. Higuera

Employer Facebook access hits snag

EDUCATION BRIEFS Latinos and the job market CO+HOOTS = co-work space The increasingly common employer practice of asking job applicants for their log-in and password to their Facebook and other social media accounts has hit a snag in California and Illinois. Last month, those states joined four others in barring employers from demanding that employees […]




 Jonathan J. Higuera

Latinos and the job market

EDUCATION BRIEFS Employer Facebook access hits snag CO+HOOTS = co-work space Most economists characterized the December jobs report as a positive sign for the country’s rebounding economy. About 155,000 jobs were added in the final month of 2012, as the national unemployment rate held steady at 7.8 percent. But, beyond that positive headline, some troubling […]




 Jonathan J. Higuera

CO+HOOTS = co-work space

EDUCATION BRIEFS Employer Facebook access hits snag Latinos and the job market While our state is often bashed by national media for its backward policies and conservative ethos, the coverage can sometimes mask some very innovative efforts to move Phoenix forward. One such effort is the development of the downtown business incubator, CO+HOOTS, founded by […]




 latinopm

Experience Matters connects boomers and non-profits

BRIEFCASE BRIEFS 21st Annual Bud Shootout Golf Tournament reaches milestone Experience Matters (expriencemattersaz.org), a local organization that connects baby boomers with non-profit and social service organizations to improve the quality of life in Maricopa County, announced the graduation of the inaugural Encore Fellowship class.   The class, comprised of 13 individuals, completed a yearlong fellowship […]




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21st Annual Bud Shootout Golf Tournament reaches milestone

BRIEFCASE BRIEFS Experience Matters connects boomers and non-profits The 21st Version of the golf tourney, held in November of last year, raised $45,000 to support Latino students in pursuit of a higher education.  For over two decades, several scholarship organizations such as the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, ASU Hispanic Business Alumni and, most recently, the Victoria […]




 Jonathan J. Higuera

Gnombre picks up steam

The Hispanic gnome and his girlfriend are on a roll




 Jonathan J. Higuera

Mexico and U.S. stars align – finally

Every 12 years, Mexico and the U.S. share a presidential election. This year, 2012, happens to be one of those years