Business Writing

Jill Bryan: She’s serious about being funny

Jill Bryan is funny. And that's a good thing because she happens to be a stand-up comic. Bryan came late to the world of comedy—her first show was in 2006 at the age of 32. But show business—and comedy—is in her blood. The wife and mom, administrative assistant for a Phoenix PR firm, and stand up comedian also happens to be kid sister to TV funnyman Jimmy Kimmel.... Read More...

Trendsetters: Glenn Williamson

Serial entrepreneur. Philanthropist. Advocate. Family man. Global citizen. Glenn Williamson grew up in Montreal, Canada and spent his high school years at Rothsey Collegiate Military Academy on Canada's east coast in New Brunswick. In every way possible, Williamson is a self-made man and doesn't hesitate to say that he just did what needed to be done. Today, as CEO of Nest Ventures, LLC, he works to access Canadian capital markets for global investments; as founder and CEO of Canada Arizona Business Council, he works to increase bilateral trade and foreign direct investments between Arizona and Canada; and as the Honorary Consul of Canada for Arizona, Williamson frequently dons a referee badge where he gets to "help people understand each other." In April, Williams became the first recipient of the City of Phoenix Global Citizens Award.... Read More...

Blake Van Es: It’s all about the kids

Blake Van Es has, in a way, come full circle. She was born and raised in Phoenix, moved to San Diego for high school, and made her way back to Arizona for college, where she attended the University of Arizona. Little did she know, when she returned to San Diego after college to sell advertisements for a local radio station, that she would find the love of her life and eventually find her way home to Arizona.... Read More...
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New in town: HUB Clothing

HUB Clothing isn't new to the Valley. They've been in business for more than 22 years, with a location first in Tempe then at Scottsdale Fashion Square for the past few years. Now, the stylish fashion boutique has moved into a new home on North Central Avenue in Phoenix. the move was a logical choice for owner Jenifer Mumford. "Over the last 5 years, I have felt a real shift in the Valley towards independent, locally owned businesses," she explains. In keeping with the spirit of community, HUB Clothing now calls a restored 1940s storefront home. they will be in good company, with Windsor restaurant and Churn ice cream shop next door.... Read More...
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Honeygirl: Blending sweet guitar and sweet vocals

The Gin Blossoms might be close to local royalty in Phoenix, but when marketing professional/designer Kira Brown met their guitarist, Scotty Johnson, briefly for the first time a few years ago, she wasn't really sure who he was. The next time was completely different. Brown says it was magic from the start. "We met at The Vig," she explains. "I said hello, we locked eyes, and now we've been together for three-and-a-half years." But this isn't just about a love story—it's about making music as sweet as honey. Brown and Johnson have teamed up professionally with three other band members to create Honeygirl, a country rock band.... Read More...

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