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ABOUT THE ARIZONA COMMERCE AUTHORITY

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state's 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 composed of Arizona leaders in business and policy. The board is overseen by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and co-chaired by Brian Mueller, President and CEO of Grand Canyon University. 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.

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23rd Annual Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast

May 31, 2017
Sheraton Grand Phoenix Phoenix Ballroom

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce invites you to join business leaders and elected officials at the 23rd Annual Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast to celebrate the first Regular Session of the 53rd Legislature.
 
Hear a moderated panel discussion featuring elected leaders who will review key successes from this legislative session. We will also announce our Issue Champion Award recipient.Join us for a fun and informative morning!

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Did you know the global marketplace offers tremendous opportunity for growth? According to the AZHCC Global Trade Best Practice research publication released last year, 95% of the world population outside of the US controls more than 70% of world buying power. Learn from industry experts about identifying markets, logistics, resources and more.

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ARIZONA-MEXICO COMMISSION SUMMIT

June 1, 2017
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

2017 AMC Summit is the AMC’s binational premier annual event. Top level business leaders and policy makers from Arizona and Mexico will gather under the leadership of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich to promote a strong, cooperative binational relationship.

With this year's theme of "At the Crossroads of Opportunity: The Integration of a North American Corridor," the summit will consist of distinguished speaker panels, networking opportunities, and binational committee meetings. 

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Star Business Center

June 1, 2017
7363 E. Adobe Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Grand Opening - Check out our new location for Virtual Office / Co-working space / Business Event Venue

Meet and Greet our Staff "Food & Drinks" 

Meet other Entrepreneures like yourself to share recources and encourage each other by sharing your stories & ideas.

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2017 JUNE Veterans Resource Seminar

June 6, 2017
U.S. Small Business Administration Arizona District Office 2828 N. Central Ave. Suite 800 Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Learn about Special Veteran Services and Programs availablefrom the U. S. Small Business Administration:

  • Starting your business – Business Development Plan
  • Financing Your Business
  • SBA Loan Clinics – Special two hour training classes held the first Wednesday of every month to explain the SBA loanprocess, eligibility and which lenders are making loans
  • Growing Your Business – Funding for expansion
  • Contracting Opportunities – Service Disabled & VeteranOwned BusinessesCounseling – Veteran Business Development Officer, SCORE, SBDC and Women’s Business Centers.
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2017 Annual Luncheon

June 7, 2017
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort 7677 N. 16th St, Phoenix, Arizona 85020

Join Phoenix leaders for an inspiring afternoon of leadership, elevating Phoenix businesses and networking!

In business and in travel, attitude can affect the heights you reach! The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to host Southwest Airlines Senior Vice President Air Operations/Director of Operations, Craig Drew, who will share his perspective on using a dynamic company culture to propel a business into the sky!

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Business Roadmap Program (1)

June 13, 2017
Burton Barr Central Library hive@central
The Business Roadmap Program is a month-long series of 8 start-up workshops detailing the essentials for your business. Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday in hive @ central from 6-8 PM.  Please register for each class individually.
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Professional Women's Alliance Presents ATHENAs on Living, Learning and Leading

June 13, 2017
Phoenix Country Club 2901 N. 7th St. Phoenix 85014

oin us to hear from the Chamber's 2016 ATHENA Award recipients. The accomplished trio of top Valley businesswomen will share experiences and knowledge on the three pillars of being an ATHENA – leadership, mentorship and community service. Don't miss an opportunity to hear their stories, learn from their experiences and walk away inspired! 

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Every company has company culture. Could be bad, could be great. Come learn how to make your company culture great. Leverage it, and grow your business. Decision makers today are influenced about the reviews they find online about a business. You’ll learn strategies to enhance your employee reviews to shift the way customers, vendors and thought leaders view your company.

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Brand Day: Small Business Marketing Summit 2017

June 15, 2017
BIG YAM, The Parsons Agency 15750 N Northsight Blvd Scottsdale 85260

Marketing trends that will make a difference to your 2017.

Designed to arm working professionals with the tools, tips and strategies necessary to put current marketing ideas into action.

The event will showcase the latest marketing, digital, PR, video and social techniques via a series of breakout sessions,

panels, and keynotes by influential marketers. Co-Sponsored by BIG YAM, The Parsons Agency.

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2017 BIO International Convention

June 19, 2017
San Diego Convention Center

BIO will bring together the most innovative thinkers in biotechnology in June at BIO 2017 in San Diego.

The Arizona Pavilion at BIO2017 will feature SIX Arizona Companies with opportunities to showcase the life-saving and life-changing innovations that Arizonans Discover, Develop,and Deliver.
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Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference

June 20, 2017
http://catalystsf.girlsintech.org/tickets/

The Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference is back—and it’s returning to the hub of entrepreneurship, innovation and tech, San Francisco! Join us for three incredible days of raw, gritty, authentic “TedX-style” presentations from some of the most revered women in tech, business and leadership. This will be the “largest intimate” tech conference you’ll ever attend, as you hear revolutionary speakers share tales of their journey to the top, career advice, how they made tough decisions—and, most important—what sage advice they want to pass on to the next-generation of the female tech workforce.

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Franchising

June 21, 2017
Tempe Public Library (BRiC)

By the time a franchise concept is a household name, it's too late to get in on the ground floor. Ever wondered how you can find the hot new franchise concepts and get in before others have even heard of it? There are specific macroeconomic and industry structures that create environments ripe for franchise concepts to explore. Learn them here!

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For members of the aerospace, defense, aviation and manufacturing community, the Arizona Technology Council (AZTC) is offering a major opportunity for you to connect with potential new partners in April. The Arizona Technology Council, Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) and RevAZ are hosting the sixth annual Conference for Arizona’s Aerospace, Aviation, Defense and Manufacturing Community on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at ASU SkySong. 

For defense contractors, the event will be your chance to take the spotlight as you explain your needs with subcontractors. For smaller manufacturers and service providers, you will be able to talk directly with A&D decision-makers to learn how to best meet their requirements.

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Nonprofit Business Summit

July 14, 2017
Sheraton Grand Downtown

A critical date for nonprofit executives: don't miss this opportunity to connect with Valley business leaders and participate in educational sessions that will enrich your organization's developmental and operational missions.

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Arizona Governor’s Conference on Tourism

July 19, 2017
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

The Arizona Governor’s Conference on Tourism is the premier educational and networking event in the state for travel professionals and destination marketers.

Tourism is Arizona’s No. 1 export industry, and each year GCOT provides its attendees the opportunity to exchange ideas with peers, learn from expert panelists, draw inspiration from nationally renowned speakers, and discover cutting-edge products and services.

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ASU E+I Community Workshops: Crowdfunding: From Start to Launch

July 20, 2017
TechShop, 249 E Chicago St, Chandler, AZ 85225

Instead of giving equity of your company or offering collateral many are looking towards crowdfunding as a way to boost their business. Crowdfunding is an alternative method for raising capital by gathering mid to small contributions from supporters. Anyone can run a crowdfunding campaign for anything from equipment and manufacturing to design and development. The challenge is how much can you raise and how to convince others to support your goal. This workshop will guide you through how to setup your campaign to have the greatest chance of success.

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Tech Me Out to the Ballgame

August 11, 2017
Chase Field - Legends Suites

Trapp Technology presents it's third annual business technology summit with a focus on effectively scaling your company. Attend two of eight breakout sessions hosted by Phoenix business and thought leaders that have been designed to educate attendees on specific techniques and methods for successful business growth.

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Phoenix , Arizona International Trade & Exporting Seminar

September 20, 2017
U.S. Small Business Administration Arizona District Office 2828 N. Central Ave. Suite 800 Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Learn about SBA’s International Trade Loan Program

Export/Import Counseling and Training from U.S. Commercial Service Trade Specialists

Why you should attend: Part of our joint-mission to help Arizona small businesses is to enhance their ability to compete in the global marketplace. This includes facilitating access to capital to support international trade, ensuring the interests of small business are considered and reflected in trade negotiations, provide technical assistance & trade counseling, and support and contribute to the U.S. Government's international trade agenda.

  • Receive a free electronic copy of “Breaking into the Trade Game - A Small Business Guide to Exporting: 3rd Edition”
  • Financing – SBA’s various loan programs for exporters including Export Working Capital Loan Program
  • Counseling – Export trade counseling from government trade specialists from the U.S. Commercial Service

These seminars will feature presentations from the SBA and the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service trade experts.

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The MedTech Conference

September 25, 2017
San Jose McEnery Convention Center

The MedTech Conference is your opportunity to connect with thousands of medical technology professionals. Join us in San Jose, CA for business development, innovative technology, and networking with policymakers, business executives and industry leaders.