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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.



Reserve your spot today for the first ever SEED SPOT Entrepreneurial Innovation Leadership Workshop! You will discover what truly motivates you and how to turn that into a maintainable entrepreneurial drive.

Topics Covered:

+ In-depth individual personality profile review and exploration of skills using best-in-class tools

+ Learn how to leverage your team best and maximize their creativity with hands on learning about the design thinking process 

+ Effective techniques to manage work relationships

+ How to leverage non-verbal and verbal communication techniques

+ The art and science of continual learning





ICON The Ultimate Event for Small Business Success

March 31, 2015
Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

ICON is the place where a community of passionate entrepreneurs, small business owners and industry experts gather for three days of networking, education and inspiration. Get up-close and personal with some the brightest minds in sales, marketing and small business to learn about ideas, strategies and tools to achieve the next level of success.


Because patents and trade secrets provide two very different ways of protecting inventions and technology — both with benefits and drawbacks — a comprehensive understanding of the pros and cons of each mode of protection is paramount. That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics invited renowned patent attorney Peter J. Toren to lead this important webinar.

Join us for this 90-minute webinar as Mr. Toren presents options for the protection of university IP and opportunities for co-existence between patents and trade secrets.


Mayor's State of the City Dinner

March 31, 2015
Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 West Paradise Lane, Ste. 101, Peoria

The annual Mayor’s Dinner & State of the City Address is an opportunity for the Mayor to discuss the City of Peoria’s accomplishments and future goals. Topics typically include economic development, housing, business climate, building and quality of life.


SCORE 2015 Small Business Symposium

March 31, 2015
Grand Canyon University Arena, 3330 W Camelback Rd., Phoenix

Sam's Club and SCORE have partnered to bring to Phoenix entrepreneurs the event of the season--the 2015 Small Business Symposium. A day chock full of power-packed speakers & workshops designed to catapult your business to a new level of success! Come, Learn & Network at this FREE event. Lunch Included.


The Arizona SciTech Festival has quickly grown into Arizona’s largest celebration of science, technology and innovation in February and March with over 800 events in 45 cities and towns throughout Arizona. In addition to schools, community and government, Arizona leading science and technology businesses have taken a leading role at creating events and opportunities at the festival. In addition to helping to inform the public about future opportunities, they also serve a great way to promote local business and build partnerships. The first Lunch and Learn of April will be an interactive discussion for business leaders to explore more ways they can get their organizations involved in next year’s Festival.


Don't Go It Alone! PRO-preneur Peer Advisory Group

April 2, 2015
ASBA Conference Room, 4600 E Washington St, Ste. 340, Phoenix

Attend a free Pro-preneur meeting for microbusiness owners and solopreneurs. Get the insight, focus and support you need to enhance your business, while connecting with fellow business owners.

It’s free, but you must pre-register!


Dealmakers in Place: The Economic Effects of Local Social Networks

April 3, 2015
UA, McClelland Hall, Rm 208A, 1130 E Helen St., Tucson

Join us for lunch and a lecture with Maryann Feldman, the Heninger Distinguished Professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina. Her research and teaching interests focus on the areas of innovation, the commercialization of academic research and the factors that promote technological change and economic growth. Dr. Feldman was the winner of the 2013 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research, awarded by the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and the Research Institute of Industrial Economics, for her contributions to the study of the geography of innovation and the role of entrepreneurial activity in the formation of regional industry clusters.


Export Circles

April 7, 2015
SkySong, Rm 241, 1475 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

Learn more about Export Circles by the Global Chamber, 3-5pm on Tuesday, April 7th at Skysong.

Presenters include Lee Benson, Don Henninger and Doug Bruhnke.


Join us as we explore some of the nuances being created in the marketplace today caused by the increased use of social media, the pervasiveness of content rich marketing and the realization that our sales process just may not be the driving force to grow revenue anymore.

Topics To Be Covered

  • The difference between Demand Generation and Lead Generation
  • Marketing's Role
  • Current missteps in Integrating Sales and Marketing
  • Defining Roles for building the Revenue Funnel

Safford's USDA Grant Opportunities Worskshop

April 7, 2015
EAC Academic Programs Building, Rm. #272, 615 N Stadium Ave., Thatcher

Eastern Arizona College & Cochise College Small Business Development Centers, United States Department of Agriculture and Southeast Arizona Government Organization present....

 Safford's USDA Grant Opportunities Workshop

What you will learn: Rural Energy for America, Value Added Producer Grant, How to qualify, and How to apply.



High Tide + Luhrs City Center Kickoff Event (Save the Date)

April 7, 2015
Luhrs City Center, 11 W Jefferson St., #100, Phoenix

You've no doubt heard about our incredibly exciting High Tide program that's taking place at the iconic Luhrs City Center in downtown Phoenix! The companies have been chosen, and we'd like to invite you to our kick-off event to meet them and check out their work space at Luhrs!


5th Annual Navajo Nation Business Opportunity Day

April 9, 2015
Navajo Nation Museum, Highway 264 and Loop Rd, Window Rock, AZ

"We're In This Together". Especially designed to benefit: Current and Aspiring Native American Entrepreneurs, Elected Tribal Leaders and staff; College Administrators, Educators and Students; Economic Development and Tourism Professionals; Local, State and Federal Government Agencies, coorporations, enterprises and non-profits. Strengthening Tribal Economies & Native American small businesses. Networking and Learning Opportunities.


Learn JavaScript: Design Your App

April 9, 2015
Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship, 20800 John Wayne Parkway, Ste 108, Maricopa

Six Weeks, starting APRIL 9, 2015 - MAY 15, 2015
18 Hrs. of Hands-on training.

Hosted by: Brandee Ogunjobi, Ketalog
                 Sean Allen, Segitur Technology


April Improving Investability Workshop | Phoenix

April 9, 2015
CEI Gateway, 275 N. Gateway Drive, Phoenix AZ 85034

Arizona Technology Investors, CEI Gateway and Invest Southwest are hosting guest speaker Bill Payne of the Angel Resource Institute. Bill is a licensed instructor with the Angel Resource Institute and will lead half and full day workshops on Valuation of Startups, designed for entrepreneurs and investors, followed by Post Investment Management for investors. The curriculum comes from real best practices from a community of experienced investors. This is a can’t-miss event for anyone who has an interest in early-stage company formation and investing. Whether you are an investor, entrepreneur or leader within your startup community, you will gain insights and develop skills to participate in early-stage investing.


Build your Marketing Toolkit

April 9, 2015
Microsoft Store Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W Chandler Blvd., Chandler

Many small businesses and organizations find themselves seeking the right strategies to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But with so many different marketing activities that they could focus on, they often miss some of the important marketing concepts that will help them understand why those activities are so important.

This presentation is designed to uncover some of those core concepts and show that a little bit of marketing knowledge can go a long way.


April Improving Investability Workshop | Tucson

April 10, 2015
Northern Trust Bank, 3450 E. Sunrise, Tucson AZ 85718

Desert Angels and Invest Southwest are hosting guest speaker Bill Payne of the Angel Resource Institute. Bill is a licensed instructor with the Angel Resource Institute and will lead half and full day workshops on Valuation of Startups (a.m.) designed for entrepreneurs and investors, followed by Early Exits (p.m.) for investors. The curriculum comes from real best practices from a community of experienced investors. This is a can’t-miss event for anyone who has an interest in early-stage company formation and investing. Whether you are an investor, entrepreneur or leader within your startup community, you will gain insights and develop skills to participate in early-stage investing.


2015 Angel Capital Association Summit

April 14, 2015
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, 333 West Habor Drive, San Diego

Don't Miss - Ideas and Connections That Can Change Everything

Join North America’s top angels in the exciting city of San Diego -- named The Best Place for Startups in the US by Forbes in 2014.  Connect with a continent-wide network -- top angels, accredited platforms, and angel groups, along with experts from many parts of the startup ecosystem.  Celebrate ACA's tenth anniversary!


The Office Chairiot Mark II (OfficeChairiot.com) is a very comfortable 1½ horsepower office chair with a NASA-inspired control panel. No, seriously. This thing is real and it’s a shining example of what is happening in the Maker Movement: Innovation and creativity in many forms, from useful to unusual to potentially commercially viable. Or not

Hear the story of the Office Chairiot and its creator, Andy Frey (StuffAndyMakes.com), a valley maker and self-taught electronics geek, and see how fast the Office Chairiot went from a napkin drawing to a complex, multi-computer-controlled assistive device with a top speed of 20 MPH and a curb weight of about 200 lbs. This is a great story of maker collaboration between Andy, meltmedia (meltmedia.com) and Local Motors (LocalMotors.com).


Digital Marketing: Working With WordPress

April 16, 2015
Cooper Crossing Executive Suites, 1820 E Ray Rd., Chandler
Event Description:
Join us for this digital marketing workshop as we focus on working with WordPress and explore the reasons for which this platform is so popular. We will set you up for success as we share with you the tools you can utilize to make your website simple to use.

Breaking the Kill Chain: Understanding the Security Needs of Today

April 16, 2015
Trans-West Network Solutions, 5202 S 39th St., Phoenix

Get an overview of an advanced attack and learn how a Next Generation Firewall can break that kill chain.  Also a discussion of the importance of visibility of activity on the Network.

This Lunch and Learn is an educational overview of Next Generation Firewalls.  No business is exempt from hackers, learn how to protect yours!


Jim Corning, the founder and CEO of Novakinetics, has operated his business in Flagstaff for over 20 years.  Educated and trained as an engineer, Jim applied an engineer’s “way of thinking” to every part of his moderately successful business.  However, when Jim started exploring the options of changing his beliefs and shifting his perceptions, his business took off and is growing rapidly. We hope you will join us for this unique and engaging Lunch & Learn on April 16 from 11:30-1:00 at NACET.  It’s sure to get us all thinking a little or a lot differently about our businesses.


Mexico Aerospace Fair 2015

April 21, 2015
Military Airbase No. 1, Santa Lucia, State of Mexico

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), through its Trade and Investment Office in Mexico, will participate at the "Mexico Aerospace Fair 2015" organized by the Mexican Secretary of Defense in April 2015, and cordially invites Arizona Companies from the Aerospace and Defense industries to join us as exhibitors/attendees.


Startup Grind Phoenix: Hosts 2015 Top Entrepreneur, Venture Madness Winner

April 21, 2015
Arizona Historical Society: Museum at Papago Park, 1300 N College Ave., Tempe

Join us to hear the winning entrepreneur of Venture Madness 2015 tell the tales behind their startup journey. Featured guest will be announced after they win on March 6th!

Venture Madness, presented by Invest Southwest in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, pits 64 of the most promising startups across the southwest against one another in a bracket-style, head-to-head competition. The competition starts with a bracket of 64 startup companies. After two online elimination rounds in which the advancing companies are chosen by a panel of judges, the top 16 companies will advance to the live-demo portion of the contest held March 4-6, 2015, at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. It’s here where they will compete for their share of $50,000 in cash prizes by live-pitching their way through the remainder of the brackets before a panel of judges, who will determine which company will be crowned the 2015 Venture Madness Champion.


Tucson Tech Going Global

April 21, 2015
YWCA, 525 N Bonita Ave., Tucson

Tips from Tucson tech companies on growing globally. In collaboration with the Arizona Technology Council of Southern Arizona.


Leadership West hosts its' annual meeting, and this year the focus is on international business. The event runs 8am to 12:30pm.

The half day summit April 23rd is for regional leaders from across the Valley and Arizona to better understand and engage with international business opportunities. Collaborators include Leadership West, the Phoenix Business Journal, Cities in the West Valley and the Global Chamber Phoenix.

More details to follow. Contact Dave Moss or Doug Bruhnke in the meantime.

Section 1: Global Changes… The world is changing rapidly. What in the world is going on?

Intro/Facilitator: Patrick O’Grady, Phoenix Business Journal
  Section 1 Key Note Speaker
  Section 1 Panel Discussion
Section 2: Global Opportunities... What's available to us, and how should we handle these new realities?
Intro/Facilitator: Jim Rumpeltes, Economic Development Director, Litchfield Park
  Section 2 Key Note Speaker
  Section 2 Panel Discussion
Section 3: Capturing the Opportunities... What do we do now?

Intro/Facilitator: Doug Bruhnke, Global Chamber
  Section 3 Key Note Speakers
  Section 3 Panel Discussion


29th International Conference on Business Incubation

April 26, 2015
Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel

More than 600 incubation and entrepreneurial support professionals from all over the world will gather in Denver this spring for NBIA’s 29th International Conference on Business Incubation. As the premier event in the industry, this conference provides a space for people to connect with others in the field, learn new techniques and explore new trends. Join us at the Sheraton Denver Downtown hotel to take your professional skills to the next level and to establish valuable relationships you can count on for years to come.


Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference

April 26, 2015
Hotel Palomar Phoenix, CityScape 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix

Girls in Tech is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of influential women in technology and entrepreneurship. The organization offers initiatives and curriculums for women and girls including mentorship programs, business pitch competitions, online education and more. Founder and CEO Adriana Gascoigne met with Stanton, as well as downtown and economic development experts, in January to discuss the conference opportunity.

The Catalyst Conference will offer participants a chance to hear from more than 60 notable female speakers – including presidents, CEOs, entrepreneurs, bloggers, and leaders in the tech industry and STEM fields. Attendees will also have access to a broad selection of workshops, panels and hands-on resources to help advance women in technology careers.


Press Play Presented by TEDxPhoenix

April 26, 2015
Mesa Center for the Arts, 1 E Main St., Mesa

On Sunday, April 26, TEDxPhoenix returns to the Mesa Arts Center with “Press Play," a look at what it takes to drown out the noise, ignore the odds, and write your own adventure. Our meticulously curated lineup of speakers have forged new paths in the study of the world around us and inside us, and we invite you to experience and be a part of their journeys and stories.


AZBio Expo 2015

April 29, 2015
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, 340 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Learn the latest updates from Arizona Bioscience Companies with products in the clinical trials process and the Life Science Leaders who support them.


Port of Tucson 2015 IDEAS Expo

April 29, 2015
Port of Tucson, 6964 E Century Park Dr., Tucson

Port of Tucson’s 3rd Annual expo, IDEAS 2015, is right around the corner.

On Wednesday, April 29 2015 logistics companies and industry leaders will join to hear speakers and visit with vendors involved with global trade in the region. Along with  our co-sponsors, Tucson International Airport, we hope you can join us to learn more about international logistics in Southern Arizona and Sonora.


Mexico Now: Energy Opportunities with the Powerhouse Next Door

April 30, 2015
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 340 N 3rd St., Phoenix

As Mexico's trajectory points toward it becoming the world's fifth-largest economy by 2050, Arizona aims to be at the forefront of the emerging trade and investment opportunities that growth presents to our community. Industry experts will discuss the role energy reform plays in Mexico's emergence as an economic powerhouse, how Arizona businesses can best engage in trade and the implications on our local economy as we work more closely with our neighbors to the south.


McGuire New Venture Competition and Showcase

May 1, 2015
U of A McClelland Hall, 1130 E Helen St., Tucson

Come cheer on the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program 2015 student startup teams as they present their new ventures in a rapid-fire rocket pitch competition and an interactive trade show. Students are competing for $30,000 in cash and additional prizes.


57th Annual Black & White Ball and Business Awards

May 2, 2015
Arizona Biltmore Hotel, 2400 E Missouri Ave., Phoenix

Join us on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Arizona Biltmore for the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 57th Annual Black & White Ball and Business Awards. This formal gala is the longest running event of its kind in the valley and this year our theme is “Havana Nights”! We are expecting another “sold out” crowd so get your tickets early! The Gala always features lots of entertainment, a formal reception, elegant dinner, an after party to not miss, and includes the presentation of the prestigious Business Awards and Legacy Award. It’s not too early to nominate someone or a company for one of these awards! Deadline for award submission is February 28, 2015. For more information on sponsorship opportunities click here or call Natalia Ronceria Ceballos at [602] 294-6085 or at NataliaC@azhcc.com


Cinco de Global: Grow in Mexico

May 4, 2015
SkySong, 1475 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

Highlighting opportunities for Phoenix Metro businesses in Mexico, with speakers involved with investment and exporting. Watch for more via Doug Bruhnke.


Governor's Luncheon & 2015 Legislative Review

May 5, 2015
Tucson Convention Center, 260 S Church Ave., Tucson

Join the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for a special luncheon featuring Governor Doug Ducey as he shares an update of the 2015 legislative session.


Small Business Success Team

May 7, 2015
Rayhons Financial, 3303 E Baseline Rd., Ste 102, Gilbert

Are you a small business owner who is:

- Tired of struggling with your business?
- Ready to earn more, with less stress?
- Want to learn creative solutions to getting around your roadblocks?
- Ready to get back to the real reason you started your business in the first place: more freedom and flexibility?

Note: You are signing up for 8 sessions. The team meets once a week. All meetings are Thursday evening from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.


SBIR Training Program Workshop

May 12, 2015
Grand Canyon University

Are you a high-growth technology firm in need of training and technical assistance?  Apply today to participate in the Arizona Commerce Authority’s SBIR Training Program. 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. Click here to learn more about the program.



2015 Cybersecurity Summit

May 13, 2015
Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas, 6333 North Scottsdale RD Scottsdale, AZ 85250

The Arizona Technology Council (AZTC) and The Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance/Arizona Infragard (ACTRA) present the second annual Cybersecurity Summit on Wednesday, May 13th.  The Cybersecurity Summit is an opportunity for government and business executives to learn about the threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences related to data security and privacy matters.  Join us for this educational summit that provides actionable solutions, as numerous AZTC and ACTRA member organizations showcase their available resources, products and services geared toward helping protect your Intellectual Property and customer data. There will be a panel discussion, keynote speaker, sponsor expo and other exceptional presentations.


2015 Impact Awards Luncheon

May 13, 2015
The Arizona Biltmor A Waldorf Astoria Resort, 2400 E Missouri Ave., Phoenix

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce has honored the accomplishments of both small and large businesses and the impact they have made on the Greater Phoenix business community for 28 years through its annual IMPACT Awards.

Join us in celebration of our eight honorees. You'll hear their inspirational stories, see what makes them "the best of the best" in Valley business and find out which two companies are honored as the IMPACT Business of the Year. Don't miss this celebration of achievement, perseverance and community service.



May 19, 2015
Herberger Theater Center, 222 E Monroe St, Phoenix

Spring 2015 SEED SPOT DEMO DAY. Join the SEED SPOT community and hear our 5th class of Social Entrepreneurs pitch their solutions to important societal problems. Tuesday May 19th. Doors open at 5pm - Show starts at 6pm. Tickets on Sale April 2015


AZ Small Biz Con 2015

May 19, 2015
Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa, 9495 W Coyotes Blvd., Glendale

AZ Small Biz Con 2015 will be held on May 19 & 20, 2015 at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa. Join ASBA and Arizona's small business community for 2 days of relevant educational sessions, valuable mentoring and effective business networking.

ASBA's dedication to supporting small business growth allows business owners to be more productive, profitable and thrive in the communities they serve. We look forward to seeing you!


Digital Marketing: Building and Understanding Online Traffic

May 21, 2015
Cooper Crossing Executive Suites, 1820 E Ray Rd., Chandler

Join us for this digital marketing workshop as we focus on building and understanding online traffic patterns. Topics for discussion will include: 

  • Web content strategy review
  • Search engine optimization: myths vs. reality
  • SEM: paths to profitability
  • Marketing/advertising
  • Analytics and lead tracking