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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.


Game Changers - Habits & Thought Processes to Up Your Game

September 7, 2015
Social Box Neighborhood Eatery1371 N. Alma School Rd. Chandler, AZ 85224

Are you ready to change your mindset and your habits? What if it means it will change your entire "game"? What if those changes can increase your profits exponentially when applied? We are going to take some training tips from professional athletes and apply them to our businesses. The results can be amazing. On your mark...get set....off we go!!


25th Training Institute

September 8, 2015
Rosen Centre Hotel 9840 International Dr Orlando, FL 32819
NBIA leverages highly skilled practitioners to deploy professional development and education to help program managers learn best practices for advancing business incubation, innovation and entrepreneurship anywhere in the world.

Startup Grind Phoenix Hosts Derek Andersen

September 8, 2015
Coplex 688 W 1st Street, Ste #2 Tempe, AZ 85281

Derek Andersen is founder and CEO of Startup Grind, our 175+ cities community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. In 2015 Startup Grind will host 100,000 entrepreneurs at 1,200 events in 70 countries, including this one in Phoenix where we get to hear the story of just how this prolific worldwide community came to be.


SBIR Proposal Writing Workshop

September 9, 2015
Startup Tucson CoLabs

The SBIR Proposal Writing Workshop serves as a step-by-step plan for technology firms applying for the SBIR/STTR grants. Writing grant proposals is an arduous process, which is why this workshop provides the strategies and training businesses need to excel in all three phases of the SBIR/STTR award. By the end of the training program, companies will have a structured method that helps them to compete more effectively for the awards.


ATI Members listen to 3 pitches from selected companies. Candidate applications due August 11, 2015.



Seed Spot Kickoff Party!

September 9, 2015
Monorchid 214 E. Roosevelt Street Phoenix,AZ 85004

Join us as we announce our newest Venture Class of Social Entrepreneurs! 


empower: Women and Minorities -- "Seven Insights of Entrepreneurs"

September 9, 2015
MCE - Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship 20800 N John Wayne Pkwy , Suite 108 Maricopa,AZ 85139

Seven Insights of Entrepreneurs will be an interactive forum providing for participant input. It is meant to be informative, fun and insightful. This is not about the mathematics, construction or legalities of business.  It's about the heart and soul relationship of what ultimately makes your  business, job or career work for you. This workshop is appropriate for those in business, wanting to start a business, working for a business, or just wanting to work.


Startup Weekend Pre-event

September 10, 2015
CoLabs 17 E. Pennington St., Tucson, AZ 85701

Join Startup Tucson for the Co-Founder Speed Dating event and hook up with your startup soulmate.  Admission is free, but preference is given to registered attendees of Startup Weekend Tucson, so be sure to sign up for both right now.


Improving Investability Workshop: Improving Your Business Valuation in a Strategic Sale

September 10, 2015
Hool Coury Law 2398 East Camelback Road ## 1020 Phoenix, AZ 85016

When it comes time to sell a business, most owners know they must receive a certain price in order to achieve their exit goals and fund the next stage of their life or career. But when it's time to finally list their companies, many owners often discover that their businesses are worth less than they had hoped. If you're like most sellers, you need to work on increasing the value of your business--before you pull the trigger on listing your company.


Startup Weekend 2015

September 11, 2015
CoLab Workspace 17 E. Pennington St., Tucson, AZ 85701

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable.  On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.


Starting your Start-Up-5 week course.

September 12, 2015
Civic Center Library - Eureka! Space
Jump-start your start up this Fall by attending our 5 week course.


Week 1: Planning your business.

Week 2: Funding your Start Up on September 19,2015.

Week 3: Customer and Market Research on September 26,2015.

Week 4: Legal Aspects of Owning a Business on October 3,2015.

Week 5: Marketing Strategies that Work on October 10,2015.







Help to Start or Grow Your Business

September 15, 2015
West Mesa CDC 567 W. 10th St., Mesa, AZ

Special 5-week accelerator program to get you further along in a sustainable business. Entrepreneurs meet up to help each other and to learn from experts with hands-on help. Learn how to use the Business Model Canvas and Lean Startup methods to focus your business and keep costs down.


Profit Mastery

September 15, 2015
108 N. 40th Street, South Phoenix, AZ 85034


The program is designed to help owners and managers of small business better understand financial management and increase their chances of success in today’s difficult economic times.

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll cover:

  • Overcoming common business problems
  • Understanding your financial position
  • Making effective pricing decisions
  • Evaluating cost patterns
  • Making your business bankable
  • Avoiding cash crunches

Blogging & Twitter Strategies to Spread your Message

September 15, 2015
ASBA 4600 E. Washington St.Suite 340 Phoenix, AZ 85034

Most people are unaware that Twitter is considered micro-blogging, whereby you are spreading your message in 140 characters or less.  Similar to texting, you can share your message with the world, and build your business network online.  Come learn how!


CoFoundersLab Matchup Phoenix

September 16, 2015
SEED SPOT 2828 N Central Ave 7th Floor, Phoenix, AZ

CoFoundersLab Matchup Phoenix is aimed at helping entrepreneurs find co-founders, advisers & interns and to build strong, core startup teams.


7th Annual Arizona Technology Summit

September 16, 2015
Phoenix Convention Center 100 N. 3rd Street Phoenix, AZ

The theme for 2015 is Evolving Trends in Technology & Security. Each New Year brings a new set of challenges to our businesses. Topics that will be discussed include: Risk Based Security, Breach, Shadow IT, Bandwidth, Cloud, Collaboration, Analytics... the list goes on. At the Arizona Technology Summit we will provide an array of educational seminars and personal access to premium exhibitors.




The Unstoppable Confidence Networking Conference

September 17, 2015
Tempe Mission Palms 60 E. 5th Street Tempe, AZ

It is an event designed to catapult entrepreneurs’ and business leaders’ confidence, proficiency, and strategy for networking, empowering them to become successful, confident, profitable connectors.


Evolving Export Controls, Compliance and Enforcement (Phoenix Edition)

September 17, 2015
University of Phoenix 1625 West Fountainhead Parkway Phoenix Main Campus Tempe, AZ 85282

We invite you to participate in and contribute to these unique, hands-on, practical application-oriented sessions at the University of Phoenix on September 17th. This event will also take place in Tucson on September 15th and have free event on September 16th “Academia and Related Export Controls, The Impact & Implications of Compliance and Non-Compliance”


Rethinking Millennials

September 17, 2015
Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology 2225 North Gemini Road Flagstaff, AZ 86001

On September 17, our lunch and learn program of "Rethinking Millennials" will answer all those questions you were afraid to ask. With group participation led by a MIllenial, this program will explore the buying habits and trends of Millennials and explain why as a business, you CAN'T AFFORD to ignore them.


1. Who are they? Why is it important to know what appeals to them? 

2. Are Millennials spoiled or being responsible consumers? 

3. Millennial buying habits - why you can't afford to ignore them

4. Building an effective ad campaign


How to Create a Capabilities Statement

September 18, 2015
Pima-Santa Cruz SBDC335 N. Wilmot Road5th Floor Meeting Room Tucson, AZ 85711

Learn from Procurement Specialists from the Arizona Procurement Technical Assistance Center how to create an effective Capabilities Statement that separates you from the competition!

Time: 1 - 3 pm

There is no cost to attend, however registration is required.

Please call Cheli Martinez at 520-620-1241


Synapse 2015 Closing Social

September 19, 2015
CEI 275 N. GateWay Drive Phoenix, AZ 85034

This event will have the following listed below:

  • Network with investors, entrepreneurs, medical professionals and resource sponsors that are shaping the medical innovation space.
  • Explore the advanced technologies developed during Synapse 2015.
  • Help  nominate a Synapse participant to win a $3,000 cash prize provided by Hool Coury Law.

25th Annual BioInterface 2015

September 21, 2015
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess 7575 East Princess Drive Scottsdale, AZ

During the conference you will be enriched by the science, and the high quality of interaction that is fostered by the unique blend of industry, academic, regulatory and clinical attendees. The size of the event allows you to connect, share and learn by relaxed contact with your fellow attendees.


White Hat Investors 2016

September 21, 2015
Sheraton Downtown Phoenix

Join us to meet a new generation of biotech and healthcare pioneers at  White Hat Investors 2016, the first annual biotech and healthcare investor conference that showcases the best of the Rocky Mountain & Southwest Region at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix.


Career Connectors

September 22, 2015

Are you in career transition? Come and discover Career Connectors, a nonprofit organization connecting professionals to high quality resources and hiring companies. Events are held three times a month; all available at no cost.


DATOS: The State of Arizona's Hispanic Market

September 23, 2015
Arizona Biltmore 2400 E. Missouri Avenue Phoenix,AZ 85016

Nearly 1,000 business and community leaders are expected to attend the early morning DATOS conference on September 16th. This year the Arizona Hispanic Chamber will release the 19th edition of DATOS: The State of Arizona’s Hispanic Market.


Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor and Partnering Conference

September 24, 2015
The Vail Marriott Lionshead Village 715 West Lionshead Circle Vail, CO 81657

With the majestic Rockies always on the horizon, our region continues to lure, nurture and inspire incredible talent in all fields related to life science. The Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor & Partnering Conference is nothing less than a preview of our industry’s future. It’s something new, something unique, promising an excitement that you won’t find at other conferences.

Presenting companies will span a range of sectors within this industry including, biologics, medical devices, drug delivery and diagnostics.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see this region’s most innovative private and public life science companies.


Join us as we present four experts with regional and national experience and success in producing results. Learn the key elements to developing a strategy and building the framework for getting sales and marketing on the same page. As usual, you'll benefit from four crisp, professional, educational sessions. No sales talk, just useful content that is worthy of your time.


VIP Power Breakfast – Begin With the End in Mind

September 30, 2015
John Driscoll & Company Inc.5080 N 40th ST. Suite 400 Phoenix, AZ 85018

This discussion encourages all business owners and entrepreneurs to “Begin With the End in Mind”.  When you start a business, it might seem strange to focus on exiting or selling it.  However, 84% of business owners say their business is critical to their retirement plans.  We will focus the discussion on some strategies you can put in place in the beginning stages of your business that will help you maximize its value by the time you are ready to exit.


AZBIO Awards 2015

October 1, 2015
Phoenix Convention Center

The AZBio Awards Ceremony Celebrates Arizona’s leading Educators, Innovators and Companies.


Innovation Arizona Summit 2015

October 1, 2015
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 7380 E. Second St. Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Registration is now open for this year’s Innovation Arizona Summit where we will kick-off the 5th season of Arizona’s SciTech Festival! The Summit will be held at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts on October 1st from 7:45am to 4:00pm.  

What makes this summit so unique is the diversity of collaborators represented with business, industry, education, government, NGOs, community leaders and more! With 20 sessions, 50+ exhibitors, and countless networking opportunities there is something for everyone!


Celebrate 2015

October 4, 2015
Las Vegas

Celebrate 2015 is a 3-day startup journey and tech conference being held in downtown Las Vegas. The attendees will learn, discover and engage directly with advisors, coaches, influencers, investors, founders and more startup experts.


2015 ASBA Open House "Fall Festival"

October 6, 2015
Arizona Small Business Association 4600 E. Washington St. 4th Floor Phoenix, AZ 85034

ASBA will once again host their annual Open House “Fall Festival.” Join us as we celebrate our small business community and enjoy an evening of networking and fun. The event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you all there!


Save the Date!!! Intellectural Property Considerations and SBIR Data Rights

October 7, 2015
CEI 275 N. GateWay Drive Phoenix, AZ 85034

Don’t miss this FREE workshop!  The AZ Commerce Authority is proud to bring David Metzger, Partner in the Government Contracts Group at Arnold & Porter. As part of his intellectual property practice, Mr. Metzger advises both SBIR and non-SBIR firms on data rights and patent protection under the FAR, DFARS, and other FAR supplement clauses, and on trademark, patenting, licensing and other issues.  SBIR data rights are a key benefit of the program, but often misunderstood.


Business To Business Expo - Maricopa Chamber Of Commerce & MCE

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.


Southern Arizona Tech + Business Expo

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.


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.

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.


Public Science and Maker Summit

October 29, 2015
ASU Chandler Innovation Center 249 E. Chicago St.Chandler, AZ 85225

The summit, hosted by Arizona State University, features a combination of breakout sessions, skill-building workshops and networking events, as well as multiple keynote speakers.


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.


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.



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.


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.




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.



February 23, 2016
Silicon Valley

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.