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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 Jan Brewer 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.


It’s my pleasure to welcome you to the Arizona Commerce Authority. The ACA is an aggressive, finely tuned economic development organization committed to attracting and retaining the best of the best in business and to creating quality jobs for Arizona and its citizens. And we’ve taken an innovative, public-private approach to ensure its success. Our leadership team is comprised of the most notable public and private-sector individuals who know Arizona, who know what it takes to succeed in this state and who know what you need to thrive and to grow with us. In early 2011, I proudly signed into law the highly progressive Arizona Competitiveness Package, making Arizona more competitive on the global business landscape. We look forward to working on your behalf to best leverage these incentives, ensuring the state of Arizona is the perfect place for your business needs.

- Governor Jan Brewer


Global Business Conference

October 23, 2014
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 340 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

The Phoenix MBDA Business, in partnership with Thunderbird School of Global Management is pleased to present the second Annual Global Business Conference on October 23rd & 34th, 2014. This year’s conference will be packed with actionable information presented by experts in the fields.

NEW! This year we will feature an expo that will run concurrently during the conference with an exciting mix of domestic and international companies. Don’t miss this opportunity to make vital contacts and connections.

In 2014 the Annual Global Business Conference will examine the opportunities that are within easy reach, as well as opportunities in regions that present the most demand for US products and services. Also, at this conference you will learn more about financing, protecting and enhancing your exports of products and services.



October Women in the Workforce: Community - An Integral Part of Your Business

October 24, 2014
20 Lounge 7001 North Scottsdale Road Scottsdale,AZ 85253

The lines between selling, product development and customer service are increasingly faint. In order to fully leverage a customer relationship it is critical to be where they are, be ahead of their needs, and respond to issues nearly in real time. Loyal customers buy a lot, forgive and generously share experiences and ideas. A vibrant online community creates a hub for knowledge sharing, fostering relationships and figuring out what's next for meeting customer needs.

    • Community customers - your members, your colleagues, your leadership.
    • Community elements- Platform, Engagement, Recruitment, Content
    • Community integrations - Shared Tech Skills, Marketing Channel, eCRM, Content Marketing

Discover the basic elements of community development and how to launch a minimally viable solution. Then spend time understanding community nurturing, business integration, and internal PR strategies to ensure long-term value and success.


10th Annual International State of the State: Arizona's Place in International Trade

October 27, 2014
Ritz Carlton Phoenix 2401 E Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ

Please join us for an insightful dialogue with Arizona business leaders at this year’s International State of the State Luncheon hosted by the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations.  We will bring public policy architecture and private sector vision to the stage as we forge a partnership that works for Arizona. 

We will continue to build on the themes of international economic business and political engagement between Arizona and the world. This year’s topic “Arizona’s Place in International Trade” will focus on:


1. Mega trade agreements like TPP and TTIP and the 

        impact they would have on our State,

2. International issues that play an increasingly important role in the economic well-being of our State,

3. Questions about comprehensive immigration and tax 



Conscious Capitalism Arizona

October 28, 2014
Mac6 1430 West Broadway Rd Suite 201 Tempe,AZ 85282

Come join us for an evening of food, drinks, networking, and great speakers as we usher in year two of the Conscious Capitalism Arizona Chapter.  On Oct 28th we will be hosting an annual event in Tempe to celebrate our first year in AZ and to share exciting news for year two.  We will cover: 

  • Highlights of this past year
  • Introduce new changes for the coming year
  • Present some great new ways to bring consciousness into your own life and into your company culture

This event is open to anyone interested in or already engaged in conscious capitalism.  Please mark your calendar for this FREE special event and take a moment to think about who you can help inspire as your guest.  


SEED SPOT Open House

October 28, 2014
2828 N. Central Avenue, Ste. 700, Phoenix, AZ 85024

Clear your calendar - It's going down! SEED SPOT Open House kicks off on October 23rd, and you're invited to take part in the festivities.  Are you a founder, co-founder or team member working on a social impact venture? Have you heard about SEED SPOT throught the grape vine and have been wanting to learn a little bit more? This is the event for you!


Interested in Using Census Data for Business Planning and Market Analysis?

October 29, 2014
1700 W. Washington, Room 300 Phoenix,AZ 85007

Learning to use the vast and dynamic American economy and population for government and business decision-making.



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October 29, 2014
State Library of Arizona 1700 W. Washington Suite 300 Phoenix,AZ 85007

An overview of the use of U.S. Census Bureau Economic and demographic data for market research and strategic decision-making • Use of American Community Survey (ACS) statistics and other online data tools as resources for demographic data on Arizona communities • The latest Economic programs including the new Census Small Business Tool (still in beta) • Learning to use the vast and dynamic American economy and population for government and business decision-making WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Small business owners, Consultants, Small Business Development Training Centers, Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Departments of local governments/Council of Governments and any agency who targets small businesses and economic development.


2014 Arizona Manufacturer's Month Event SIRI Can't Get You There: Navigating Strategic Growth

October 30, 2014
Eureka Loft Scottsdale Civic Center Library 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale,AZ

Fundamental to profitable growth is a clear, choiceful business strategy and roadmap. Join our strategy experts for a dynamic informational session to learn how to get into the “fast lane” toward growth with a one page strategic plan that will drive your business to new levels.


Expo Training Camp

October 30, 2014
ADOT Human Resource Development Center - 1130 N. 22nd Ave., Phoenix 85009

Business Engagement and Compliance Office (BECO) strives to facilitate access and equal opportunity for disadvantaged businesses to participate in federal aid transportation projects and promote a diverse contracting workforce while fulfilling federal compliance requirements.


CEO BootCamp

November 3, 2014
American Express18850 North 56th St. Phoenix,AZ 85054

OPEN Forum: CEO BootCamp is a free program designed to help women entrepreneurs grow their businesses and reach their full potential as CEOs.

Join us for a LiveStream Event on November 3rd to learn from industry visionaries, get exclusive access to business-building tools, and expand your network of fellow women business owners.


Cyber Security and Data Breach: Stay Safe, Stay Secure, Stay in Business

November 5, 2014
Southwest Gas Corporation 1600 E. Northern Ave. Phoenix,AZ 85020

Cyber Security and Data Breach: Stay Safe, Stay Secure, Stay in Business is a unique opportunity for business executives to learn about the cyber security and fraud threat landscape from nationally-recognized experts from Aon, CenturyLink, the FBI, KPMG and the University of Arizona. Learn how to protect your cyber assets including customer and employee information along with your intellectual property. Our panel of experts will educate business leaders on the current state of the cyber security and fraud landscape and how to protect your cyber assets and recover from a data breach event.


SAVE THE DATE! Our 2014 Business Growth Expo

November 6, 2014
University of Phoenix Stadium 1 Cardinals Drive Glendale, AZ 85305

Be a part of the Phoenix Business Journal’s Business Growth Expo & Job Fair! This is your opportunity to showcase your company, product or service. Reach hundreds of business owners, professionals and decision makers across a variety of industries.

What makes the Phoenix Business Journal's "Business Growth Expo" attendees different from other trade shows?

Small business owners and decision makers from across the Valley's business community choose the Phoenix Business Journal as their trusted source for local business news, potential client leads and top notch networking opportunities. These decision makers count on the Phoenix Business Journal to run their businesses smarter, to stay ahead of their competition and to choose their vendors or services. That’s why the Business Growth Conference and Expo is the place to display and promote your business.


As the World Trades II:Arizona's Place in the Global Economy Featuring Companies from Israel and Canada

November 6, 2014
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown 340 N. 3rd Street Phoenix, AZ 85004

This event will be an interactive forum on Trade, Transportation, and Competitiveness featuring the following speakers: Gene Seroka, Executive Director Port of Los Angeles. Glenn Williamson, CEO and Founder of Canada Arizona Business Council. Bruce Wright, Associate Vice President Tech Parks Arizona University of Arizona.


Calling All Arizona Entrepreneurs, Investors and Business Incubators

November 6, 2014
SkySong 1365 North Scottsdale Rd.Suite 130 Scottsdale, Arizona 85257

This is a half-day even will bring together local and national thought leaders on entrepreneurship, innovation, and angel investing. This innovation forum will provide a unique opportunity for exchange between business and government leaders along with national speakers on emerging trends and best practices from around the country.

Secession 2: Coaching Clinic

Are you looking for strategies to become an outstanding coach? Learn how to be a dynamic leader and an inspiration to all of your clients and employees - even the difficult ones - during ths interactive workshop. Find out how you can become the kind of coach who connects with individuals and then leads them through a process of discovery, goal setting and specific action steps to achieve extraordinary results. Coaching is a beneficial skill for incubation and other economic development professionals, entrepreneurs, managers and leaders. Facilitated by a professional coach, this workshp will focus on helping you understand and apply coaching skills to every business imperative.



Governor's Celebration of Innovation

November 13, 2014
Phoenix Convention Center

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. The event attracts more than 1,000 attendees each year for a night of networking, food and entertainment. 2014 marks the 11th year of this prestigious event. For 2014, the event will consist of a theatre style awards program followed by a strolling dinner complete with specialty desserts and live music. The event will also feature the Technology Showcase of over 50 Arizona companies exhibiting. These companies consist of award finalists, sponsors and AZTC partners.


Business Diversity Summit

November 14, 2014
2400 E. Missouri Avenue AB Ballroom Phoenix,AZ 85016

The event spotlights the growing contributions of minority-owned businesses in Arizona. Major components include the 3nd Annual inductions into the Arizona Million Dollar Circle of Excellence recognizing companies that do at least $1 million of business with minority-owned suppliers; and the presentation of the annual Phoenix Minority Business Enterprise Awards.


ARIZONA AIRCRAFT EXPO & Ownership Conference

November 14, 2014
Landmark Aviation /Pacific Air Center 14600 N Airport Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Arizona’s leading aircraft dealers are working together to create the 7th Annual Arizona Aircraft Expo where the latest models of general aviation aircraft will be on display at one venue. This event scheduled to take place at the Scottsdale Airport where prospective buyers can see the newest aircraft from Cessna, Cirrus, Beechcraft, CubCrafters, Diamond, Eclipse, Embraer, Epic, Piper, Pilatus and more. This free event will also provide the opportunity to speak with representatives from Wings Aviation Insurance, Airfleet Capital, Aviation Tax Consultants, and Airport Property Specialists on the details of aircraft ownership. 

There will also be ownership seminar on Friday, November 14th at 11:00am that will focus on the many questions that arise during the acquisition and ownership of an aircraft, as related to insurance, financing, and tax implications. 


Phoenix Global Startup Battle

November 14, 2014
The Croft 22 E. Buchanan St. Phoenix,AZ 85004

Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event that brings together local designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things.  This November, Phoenix will join over 200 cities from around the world to compete in the Global Startup Battle.  See what happened last year!

An initiative created by Startup Weekend, Global Startup Battle aims to generate a stronger global community of entrepreneurs through the largest startup competition in the world. During the weekend prior to and following Global Entrepreneurship Week, hundreds of Startup Weekend and other UP Global programs are hosted around the world and winning teams from each event move forward to compete with one another via a global video competition. Global Startup Battle enriches the global entrepreneurial community by creating a sense of inclusion between startup teams around the world.


Gain a deep understanding of the various types of crowd funding from rewards to equity. Learn innovation and intellectual property (IP) protection tips to allow your clients to safely pursue crowd funding. Step through common pitfalls and learn the fundamentals of a good crowd funding campaign.


CoFoundersLab Matchup Phoenix - Phoenix, AZ

November 18, 2014
ASU Tempe, Memorial Union, Room 242 (La Paz) (301 E. Orange Mall)

Did you know that founding teams with multiple co-founders have a greater chance of success? If you're looking for someone to join your venture, looking for a venture to join, or open to either, sign up and attend our local, in-person Meetups to discover the perfect co-founder to round out your team. You'll meet other entrepreneurs who are as energized as you are about launching a new business and who possess a wide range of unique experiences, ideas, and skills.


Aviation Week Aerospace & Defense Programs

November 19, 2014
Wigwam 300 East Wigwam Blvd Litchfield Park, Arizona 85340

Join aerospace and defense program leaders as they come together to evaluate program performance — learn best practices in tackling efficiency and cost, strategy, and supply chain. This two-day event will provide:

  • Current analysis of defense/space market environment
  • Guidance to companies as they prepare to execute/supply to meet future space/defense program requirements
  • Lessons learned and best practices to improve overall defense/space program performance

With the budgetary situation gaining definition, program leaders now face the task: adjust/adapt with speed and agility, refine program processes and methods, and address emerging requirements in innovative new ways that combine investment with new business models.


Spirit of Enterprise Awards

November 21, 2014
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

The Spirit of Enterprise Awards is Arizona's premier celebration of entrepreneurship. Each year, for the past 18 years, the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University has recognized businesses that positively impact our economy while exhibiting ethics, energy, and excellence in entrepreneurship. We are thrilled to honor another class of incredible businesses again this year, including our second Spirit Student Entrepreneur honoring a W. P. Carey student running a business while attending school.


Save the Date! PIII Playbook Workshop

December 3, 2014
AZ Center for Innovation Tech Parks Arizona 9040 S. Rita Road, Suite 1270 Tucson, AZ

The PIII Playbook 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 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Tech Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I and II awards and ultimately commercialize their innovations in Phase III.  Companies selected for the program will receive 23 hours of assistance including a two day workshop on proposal writing, government accounting and intellectual property protection.  Individualized coaching sessions from these topics are also included along with a follow up with a "Ready to Submit" review of your SBIR proposal.