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The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: recruit, grow, create – recruit out-of-state companies to expand their operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to grow their business in Arizona and beyond; and partner with entrepreneurs and companies large and small to create new jobs and businesses in targeted industries.

The ACA is overseen by a public-private sector board comprised of Arizona leaders in business and policy. The board is overseen by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and co-chaired by Jerry Colangelo, partner of JDM Partners and chairman of USA Basketball. Joining them on the board is a group of prestigious private-sector business leaders, elected officials and university presidents.

The ACA’s executive management team drives the organization’s day-to-day operations, ensuring it maintains focus on the recruitment of quality companies and jobs to the state of Arizona. This team brings together the best and brightest in economic development, management and communications.



Business Roadmap Program

September 1, 2015
Burton Barr Central Library - hive@central

A series of eight start-up workshops for business owners and entrepreneurs.

Coverings topics such as:

  • Whats the Plan with the Business Plan?

  • Record Keeping for Small Business

  • Four-Part Financial Series for Small Business

  • Building the Marketing Plan

  • Building Your Brand & Online Marketing

Workshops are held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.


Business To Business Expo

October 13, 2015
Central Arizona College - Maricopa Campus 17945 North Regent Drive Maricopa, AZ 85138

Show and Sell your business products and services to business and the public. Free
exhibitor space for MCE Clients and Maricopa Chamber Members.


Not only is Mario Martinez a very active investor, advisor, and board member for early stage ventures, but he is also a true leader and example in the Phoenix startup community.  It was thanks to Mario and a handful of others that the #yesphx movement was born in April of 2014.  Mario is also the generous seed funder and key driver behind the new Startup AZ Foundation which aims to create a stronger AZ ecosystem for young companies to grow.  He also serves as the Chairman of Invest Southwest, including leadership of the upcoming Venture Madness competition and Conference.


Southern Arizona Tech + Business ExpoSouthern Arizona Tech + Business Expo: Where Technology + Manufacturing Connect

October 14, 2015
Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Resort 10000 N Oracle Rd Tucson, AZ 85704

This year we are pleased to present three conference tracks designed to help you leverage technology and innovation to grow your business.

Track One: Reduce Prototype-Cycle Time, Costs and Errors Using Additive and Model-Based Manufacturing
Track Two: Accessing Funding and Innovation to Grow Your Business
Track Three: Reach More Prospective Customers with Big Data and Digital Marketing


2015 ADOT Northern Arizona Networking Event

October 14, 2015
High Country Conference Center 201 W. Butler Ave. Flagstaff,AZ

This free event will encompass a combined agenda that includes agency and local subrecipient representations, project updates and training workshops with exhibitors and general networking.

ADOT and local subrecipients will provide project details and opportunities.

•Prime contractors and consultants will be available to discuss teaming and subcontracting opportunities.

•DBEs, SBCs and small businesses are invited to market their business and network.



Manufacturing Month Open House

October 15, 2015
PADT Tempe 7755 S. Research Dr.Suite 110 Tempe, AZ 85284

Join PADT as we celebrate the Revolution of Additive Manufacturing. Check out our 3D Printers and 3D Scanners. Visit with our engineers to learn about our manufacturing services, 3D printing capabilities, product development and computer-aided simulation.


Would you work a job for a year without knowing how much you are getting paid? Would you pay money to work your job?
No. Absolutely not.
But most business owners do just that. The typical business owner works all year without knowing whether he will make a profit and may not know until March or April of the following year when they file their taxes.
That’s crazy. But it’s too often true.
What if any business owner could know how much profit they would make? What if they could know before the year starts. It’s possible. It’s what profitable companies know and do. Your business can too.
Dan Beach, Executive Director of Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship and long-time business consultant shows small businesses how to predict their future income and profit by using their current financial information.
Don’t just hope for a profit. Make it happen by empowering your financials.


PADT's Manufacturing Month Open House

October 15, 2015
PADT Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies

Join PADT as we celebrate the Revolution of Additive Manufacturing as part of Arizona Manufacturer's Month. Check out our 3D Printers and 3D Scanners. Visit with our engineers to learn about our manufacturing services, 3D printing capabilities, product development and computer-aided simulation.



October 18, 2015

10West is a dynamic, informative festival bringing together a wide range of people and interests to share perspectives and create innovative solutions.  Don't miss out on a conference series, informative demos, an art walk, professional development mixers, concerts, and more.


Education Impact Forum

October 19, 2015
Chandler Center for the Arts

Join us to learn about the momentum behind Arizona's advancement of our education system!


The 14th Annual BIO Investor Forum

October 20, 2015
Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco – Union Square 55 Cyril Magnin Street San Francisco,CA 94102

The BIO Investor Forum delivers a rich program that features corporate presentations and panel debates on the sweet spots and growth challenges facing the industry.  The BIO Investor Forum features:

  • Public and venture-stage company presentations.
  • Expert-led workshops on the latest market and investment opportunities with emphasis on drug and technology development.
  • One-on-one investor meetings.
  • Premier opportunity to network with industry executives and investors focused exclusively on life sciences.


October 22, 2015
Startup Tucson

IdeaFunding brings together the Tucson entrepreneurial community – from young startups to experienced serial entrepreneurs and investors – to nurture and support innovation, creativity and those visionary companies, who are vital to our region.


During this Lunch & Learn, we will explore how to use the Phoenix Strategic Performance (PSP) Assessment Approach and Data Platform to align people with business strategy. During this free session, we will discuss how to assess people based on:
• Growth acceleration
• Value creation
• Peak performance against the role benchmark.   


Tech Parks Arizona Homecoming Presentation - Global Advantage

October 23, 2015
Student Union Memorial Center, Sabino Room Tucson,AZ

Join us for a presentation during the 2015 College and Campus Homecoming Central.

Bruce A. Wright, associate vice president of Tech Parks Arizona, will present Global Advantage in the Sabino Room at the UA Student Union. Tech Parks Arizona is attracting international technology companies into the region to partner with the UA through a strategic business development plan known as Global Advantage.

The program targets companies in Israel, Mexico, Korea and beyond, helping them to expand into North America to further their market research through Southern Arizona.


2015 Business & Education Summit

October 29, 2015
Saint Xavier University

Join us for a morning of strategic collaboration as we bring together the business and education communities for a conversation and interactive exercise on a strong and prepared workforce.


InnovateHER 2016

November 5, 2015
ASU Downtown Campus

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in partnership with Microsoft, is launching the nationwide InnovateHER competition again.

Businesses must have a product, service or technology that has a measurable impact on the lives of women and families, and has the potential for commercialization.


ATI Members listen to 3 pitches from selected companies. Please note candidate applications are due October 10, 2015.


Grand Opening for South Moutain College Community Entrepreneurship Center

November 12, 2015
South Mountain Community College 7050 S. 24th St Phoenix, AZ 85042

This will be a Grand Opening for Community Entrepreneurship Center at the college.


Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards

November 12, 2015
Phoenix Convention Center West Building, 3rd Floor 100 North 3rd St Phoenix,AZ 85004

The Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) is the Arizona Technology Council’s (AZTC) annual awards gala in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) that honors technology leaders and innovators from across the state.


Phoenix Investor Roundtable

November 12, 2015
GoDaddy, 14455 N Hayden Rd. Building C Conference Center Scottsdale, AZ 85260

At our next Phoenix event, FundingPost will continue our sold out series where we bring in panels of local and out-of-town investors will focus on pitching to early-stage investors. We have investors from Silicon Valley, Southern CA and Seattle along with local investors where we will introduce them to AZ entrepreneurs and discuss what it really takes to get them to write you a check!

We will be discussing the things that are most important to them when they are considering an Investment, the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention during a pitch, and, of course, the best ways to reach these and other Investors.


Monarq #SheHacksAZ

November 13, 2015
1255 W Rio Salado Pkwy #209 Tempe,AZ

To bring women with startup ideas together with lady hackers and creatives over a weekend to build companies that make women's lives more awesome.



This fall, CCAZ brings together members of Arizona’s business and education communities to explore and understand the true meaning and purpose of capitalism.


SBIR Proposal Writing Workshop

November 18, 2015
CEI 275 N. GateWay Drive Phoenix, AZ 85034

The SBIR Training Program is an Arizona Commerce Authority-structured program of training and technical assistance enabling high-growth potential small technology firms to compete more effectively for federal SBIR/STTR Phase I and II awards and ultimately commercialize their innovations in Phase III.


Tech House Meet-Up

November 18, 2015
University Services Annex, Courtyard, 220 W. Sixth St., Tucson, AZ 85721.

 Join us for Networking and discover Technology opportunities with Tech Launch Arizona.


Startup Weekend Chandler

November 20, 2015

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team.


Defense Innovation Challenges

December 1, 2015
Austin, Texas

Join global innovation, business and defense leadership as they accelerate state-of-art technology solutions in support of national security and the warfighter.




The New England Venture Summit

December 9, 2015
Hilton, Boston Dedham 25 Allied Drive Dedham, Massachusetts 02026-6147

The 10th annual New England Venture Summit, presented by youngStartup Ventures, is the premier industry gathering connecting venture capitalists, corporate VCs, angel investors, technology transfer professionals, senior executives of early stage and emerging growth companies, university researchers, incubators and premier service providers.
Whether you are an investor seeking access to new early stage deals, or a CEO or Founder of a new venture looking for funding, visibility and growth, New England Venture Summit is one event you won’t want to miss.


AZBio Trailblazers 2015

December 10, 2015
Phoenix Country Club 2901 N 7th Street Phoenix Arizona 85014

Join AZBio, Members of the Arizona Business and Bioscience Community and Guests for a special luncheon to honor members of the Arizona Legislature and State and Local Elected Officials who have made it possible for the Arizona Bioscience Industry to gain national recognition, build capital infrastructure, and take its place as a leader in both scientific discovery and job growth.


Demo Day

December 10, 2015
Orpheum Theater 203 W. Adams Phoenix,AZ 85003

Demo Day is the largest Entreprenurial event in Arizona!


Women's Bootcamp

January 25, 2016
SEED SPOT 2828 N. Central Avenue 7th Floor, Phoenix,AZ 85004

This is 5-Day Bootcamp to help entrepreneurs launch their dreams. Entrepreneurs are guided through a business model generation curriculm, surrounded by experts, and mentored by community leaders for 5-days.



ASU Spark Tank

February 4, 2016

The Sun Devil Igniter Challenge is open to all ASU students who see the reward in risk and possess the drive to create change through a disruptive, innovative idea. Hosted by the W. P. Carey School of Business, this annual event is unlike any other university entrepreneurship competition.


VerdeXchange Arizona 2016

February 17, 2016
Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes, 2000 W Westcourt Way, Tempe

The VERDEXCHANGE Arizona conference is structured to enhance and encourage the atmosphere of business – delivers the connections and the time to develop them – arranges personal meetings to take place and can customize introductions when requested.


Startup Grind brings together 3,000 Founders, Investors, and Startup Enthusiasts from around the globe for the most valuable tech event of 2016. Come and learn from over 100 of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, build your skills at a dozen world-class workshops, meet your next investor from the 150+ in attendance from top SV firms, and make more friends than you ever have in 2 days, Feb. 23-24, 2016, in Silicon Valley.


Sports Tank

April 1, 2016
Charlotte, NC

We invite all sports minded entrepreneurs to apply to Sports Tank. If accepted, they will pitch their idea to our investors, as well as the most prominent executives in the sports industry.  

In addition to our group of investors we will have a collection of sports industry executives on hand to form our Sports Advisory Panel. This panel will be available to provide feedback from the sports industry perspective.