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Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2008 11:00 pm

Foreclosed home transactions, traditional sales almost equal last monthRealty Studies at the Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness at Arizona State University's Polytechnic campus said the number of foreclosed and traditional sales were nearly split for June.Of the 7,845 resale homes recorded sold in Maricopa County, the sales activity includes 3,275 recorded foreclosed home transactions and 4,565 traditional market transactions. The month before, the split was 2,895 foreclosed homes to 4,315 traditional transactions, while June 2007 recorded 575 home foreclosures and 4,570 traditional sales.Year to date, there have been 21,060 traditional sales and 14,590 foreclosures. For more information, visit http://www.poly.asu.edu/realty">www.poly.asu.edu/realty. Navigating the recent workforceThe Arizona Association for Economic Development will host its monthly luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 5 titled "Navigating the Recessionary Workforce."The event, located at Phoenix Airport Marriott, 1101 N. 44th St., will feature speaker Carolann Cervetti Bullock of Ryley Carlock & Applewhite. Cost is $40 for members, $50 for non-members and late registrants. Registration deadline is noon on Aug. 1. For more information or to register, call (602) 240-2233 or visit http://www.aaed.com/">www.aaed.com. Wild Horse Pass appoints directorThe Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa announced the appointment of Bill Hunter as director of group sales.Most recently serving as associate director of sales at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, Hunter has spent the past 14 years honing his skills in various positions within the luxury hospitality industry.Prior to his time at the Arizona Biltmore, Hunter worked as a conference services manager as well as a national sales manager at the Arizona Grande Resort. His duties as director of group sales include overseeing the resort's sales team, researching potential conventions and meeting clients, and leading the sales initiative to generate revenue for the resort and Phoenix's tourism industry. He replaced Paul Pelican, who was promoted to director of sales at the Sheraton Denver.The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa is located on the Gila River Indian Community. For more information, visit http://www.wildhorsepassresort.com/">www.wildhorsepassresort.com. Business Academy launched Salt River Project and Arizona State University's W. P. Carey School of Business Center for Executive and Professional Development will join this fall to launch the Small Business Leadership Academy.Each course will take place over a two-week period, with classes held one evening each week. Participants will graduate Nov. 20, earning a Certificate of Participation from SRP and the W. P. Carey School of Business, and four Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from ASU. For more information on scholarships and admission requirements, contact Art Oros at (602) 236-8773 or Art.Oros@srpnet.comResort offers new casual cuisineArizona Grand Resort announced plans to add two new restaurants along with a bar and a new barista-style coffee bar.The resort will introduce The Lobby Grill, a new American grill concept designed to become the heartbeat of the resort, and will re-concept the existing Phantom Horse Grill into an Italian restaurant. The resort will also add a lounge-like atmosphere with the introduction of the new The Lobby Bar, as well as add a barista-style coffee bar offering fresh pastries, take-and-go deli sandwiches and gelato.Additionally, Latitude 30 Pacific Rim Cuisine officially closed for the summer in May and will re-open under a new name in the fall as a private dining facility available for catered events and group functions.Aunt Chilada's and Rustler's Rooste will remain on property.For more information, visit http://www.arizonagrandresort.com/">www.ArizonaGrandResort.com.  Small business ‘Webinars' start Aug. 7Infusionsoft, a marketing automation software company for small businesses, has begun to offer a monthly Webinar series focused on helping businesses market and grow sales more effectively.Upcoming marketing Webinars include:Aug. 7: Supercharge your Web site Sept. 15: Convert and Flip Your FunnelOct. 13: Sell Stuff Online Nov. 10: Collect the Cash To register, visit http://infusionsoft.com/about-us/events">http://infusionsoft.com/about-us/events.  Simplot named presidentTom Simplot has been named president of the Arizona Multihousing Association.Simplot is responsible for operations and general management of all association activities.  Web site to help students with loansFormer Ahwatukee Foothills resident Daniel Berke has launched a nonprofit Web site asking for donations to help students pay off their student loans.The Web site, http://www.donate5bucks.org/">www.donate5bucks.org, asks that people put $5 toward helping students with outstanding student loans, rather than spending the money on their morning latte. Berke came up with the idea for the Web site when he realized presidential candidates can raise $5 million a month in donations. His goal is to raise $50,000 within two months.Requirements are that individuals must have at least a bachelor's degree with a 2.75 GPA or higher, and they must be working in the field that their degree is in.For more information or to make a donation, visit http://www.donate5bucks.org/">www.donate5bucks.org. The Buttes offers summer packageThe Buttes is offering summer room rates valued at $89 per night.With rooms starting at $139 per night, The Buttes also offers a $50 voucher per night good for food and beverage or spa treatments. The credit can be used at any of the resort's restaurants, lounges or room service. Restaurants include the Market Cafe, Thirsty Cactus and Top of the Rock.The Buttes is located at 2000 Westcourt Way in Tempe. The summer package is available through Aug. 31. For more information, call (888) 867-7492. Goodwill offers free pick-up servicesGoodwill is offering Valley residents free pick-up services to donate their gently-used household and clothing items.A uniformed team will come to residents' homes, pick up their items and leave them with a Goodwill tax receipt.For more information or to schedule a donation pick-up, call (480) 663-0000 or visit http://www.emoneybay.com/">www.emoneybay.com. Local man opens copy, imaging businessAhwatukee Foothills resident Michael Corey announced the opening of Imaging Technology Solutions in Tempe.Imaging Technology Solutions offers a variety of copiers, printers and business equipment, and also services and repairs products of major brand names. The company's goal is to respond quickly and keep offices running smoothly, and most service calls are completed in the same day. Online tool for home improvement projectsArizona homeowners experience up to $25 million in annual losses in the remodeling industry due to contractor fraud, so Buildproof allows for every project, regardless of size, to be paid for, managed and tracked online. Project funds are held by an independent third-party financial institution to ensure safe handling and timely payment processing. There is no cost for homeowners to use the system and contractors are only required to pay a small percentage of the total project cost.For more information, visit http://www.buildproof.com/">www.buildproof.com. Dance studio makes changes Desert Dance Club, located in the Fry's/Melting Pot shopping center, has been purchased by Michael and Sheila Jewell and named ExquisiDance Ballroom Studio.Instructors Tony and Margaret Long are five-time British and International Ballroom champions, eight-time Open French champions and Open British Latin champions.For details, call (480) 706-0171 or e-mail ExquisiDance@cox.net.Send submissions to: (480) 898-7911 or ebehrendt@ahwatukee.com.

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