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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


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.


The Business Academy at LAUNCHPOINT

November 5, 2014
6113 South Kent Street, Mesa, Arizona 85212

You’re an innovator and a dreamer, but having the right guidance, insight and support at the crucial stages of building your business may very well decide your success or failure.

LaunchPoint, the Mesa Technology Accelerator was created in collaboration with Arizona State University (ASU) to drive the growth of innovative technology companies.  We’re interested in cultivating the latest innovations and technologies.  From consumer web and mobile applications to bio tech and green energy—and everything in between—your idea will grow at the Mesa Technology Accelerator.

LaunchPoint will provide new and emerging technology and other compatible businesses with an environment that focuses on their rapid growth. Current programming at LaunchPoint provides facility space, flexible leases, direct business assistance and guidance, educational opportunities, mentoring, and other technical and operational resources.


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.



LinkedIn has grown to be so much more than a job search site. It is now an integral part of your business development programs - or it should be. 

So the questions is...are you getting the most out of your LinkedIn account? Are you sure? At our next TiE Institute, our presenters will discuss tools, processes, and hacks to use LinkedIn to help drive and cultivate business.


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.



Together: Successful Leadership; a CEO & Board Chair Symposium

February 12, 2015
The Ritz-Carlton 2401 East Camelback Road Phoenix,AZ

Join us on February 12th and 13th, 2015 for a motivational and interactive symposium featuring Charley Freericks, president of DMB Associates Inc., internationally renowned governance author, Robert Andringa, consultant to boards/CEOs and managing partner at The Andringa Group and members of the Advisory Group.


VerdeXchange Arizona 2015 Conference (8)

February 18, 2015
Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes 2000 W Westcourt Way Tempe, AZ 85282

VerdeXchange Arizona is an annual Leaders Conference On Sustainable Economic Growth—connecting and networking state, regional and global decision makers. We connect people, ideas, money, business, jobs, projects, and ventures from all of our core disciplines: energy, development, water, transportation, finance, education , health, and foreign direct investment—all in one place at one time. What has already emerged from our efforts is leveraged, sustainable growth in all sectors.