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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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The world of PR & media relations is constantly changing and businesses of any size often have a hard time keeping up with what works and what doesnt. This workshop will review the best PR, Media and Influencer Relations practices for any sized business.

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The ABCs of Starting a New Business (1)

August 17, 2017
Surprise AZ TechCelerator

Are you starting a new business or thinking about it? This session is an essential step in developing a business plan that will increase your chances of being successful. Should you start now? Where? How? What about money? Experienced business professionals will address each of these and help you get started on the best path for your business.

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You can no longer think about your website as a nice-looking brochure. Your website is the hub of your entire online presence, and it must function as a marketing asset.

In this webinar, Duct Tape Marketing founder John Jantsch will cover the key features every small business website must have in the world of marketing-activated websites.

Participants will learn:

  • How to draw visitors in with a compelling promise
  • The key trust-building elements prospects look for
  • How to create a "Call to Action" that gets clicks
  • How to use content to attract search engines
  • How to build a homepage journey for your ideal clie
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Maricopa Entrepreneur Pitch Competition

August 19, 2017
Elements Event Center

Pitch your business idea to a panel of business experts and an audience of other entrepreneurs, small business owners, potential investors, and business and community leaders.

Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy an evening of food and networking! This will be MCE's first Pitch Competition and judges will be business mentors, local community leaders, and YOU!

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Building trust is the #1 driver of successful business relationships, remembering names and details is key to building trust. Many of us fall short with this vital skill because our brains are untrained - turn your memory into a deal closing machine!

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Lunch and Learn: Access to Capital

August 23, 2017
ADOT BECO Offices

ADOT BECO is the place for DBEs and SBCs to gain important business and technical assistance to help you  compete effectively for work on federal-aid contracts and other opportunities. These easy to attend luncheon meetings give you a quick way to improve your knowledge and skills to help your business succeed.

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Are you a business leader or sales professional who wants more? More prospects? More sales? More time? In this workshop you will learn: why traditional sales approaches turn you into an unpaid consultant. Why most prospecting methods are ineffective. How Sandler’s seven step sales process can break the rules and help you Sell More Easily.

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BBB Torch Awards for Ethics Symposium

August 24, 2017
1010 E. Missouri Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85014

Learn what it takes to be a BBB Torch Awards for Ethics winner. Past winners & judges share their personal experience with the application and judging process.

  • BBB Torch Awards for Ethics Overview
  • Application Breakdown
  • Developing a Winning Application
  • In-Person Interview Tips
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Record Keeping and Tax Issues for Small Businesses

August 30, 2017
Tempe Public Library (BRiC)

We focus on record keeping and current tax issues that will affect your business in 2017. It provides an overview of the different types of legal structures to use for businesses, how the tax information is reported to businesses or the IRS, and what types of records you should maintain to properly support deductions on business tax returns.

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Small Business Expo 2017

August 31, 2017
Phoenix Convention Center

WHAT IS SMALL BUSINESS EXPO?

Small Business Expo is America’s BIGGEST & most anticipated business-to-business networking event, trade show & conference for business owners, entrepreneurs, start-ups & decision-makers.  If you are serious about your business, this Expo is a "MUST ATTEND EVENT.

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What makes this conference so unique is the diversity of collaborators represented with business, industry, education, government, NGOs, community leaders and more! With 40 sessions, 60+ exhibitors, and countless networking opportunities there is something for everyone! Last year’s summit drew just over 1,200 attendees. Don’t miss out!
“This year’s conversation will center around Building Arizona’s STEM Ecosystem with the diverse stakeholders, communities and resources it takes to position Arizona as a world leader in science, technology and innovation. A primary objective will be to solidify Arizona’s STEM Ecosystem by helping to establish unique collaborations through interactive panels, workshops, tables and more.”
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SRP 2018 Economic Forecast (1)

September 14, 2017
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch

Come hear from our national and local speakers on whats in store for the economy as we look ahead into the new year.

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Phoenix , Arizona International Trade & Exporting Seminar

September 20, 2017
U.S. Small Business Administration Arizona District Office

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.

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2-3

The Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor & Partnering Conference (RMLIPC) will bring together leading investors and strategic partners from across the U.S. and the region's top life science companies to cultivate partnerships and source investment opportunities in the areas of medical device, diagnostic, biotech, pharma and digital health. 

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BioInterface Workshop and Symposium

October 2, 2017
Catamaran Resort

The Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation presents BioInterface 2017, bringing together industry, academia, and other leaders in the biomaterials and medical device fields.

This year’s conference will feature oral and poster presentations on topics related to cardiac & cardiovascular, anti-infective technologies & wound healing, metallurgy, and MORE; presented through a 1-day Workshop and a 2-day Symposium.

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Integrity Summit 7

October 4, 2017
Chateau Luxe

Join nationally recognized leaders of business, government and non-profits sharing their Integrity Strategies.

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East Valley Business Expo

October 4, 2017
Mesa Convention Center

Companies looking for a proven, cost-effective and fun way to promote their products and services have the ideal opportunity at the Oct. 4th, 2017 East Valley Business Expo. As the largest annual event of its kind in the East Valley, the expo provides a dynamic setting for both business-to-business and business-to-consumer outreach and sales.

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AZ Bio Awards 2017 (1)

October 11, 2017
Phoenix Convention Center
The AZBio Awards Ceremony Celebrates Arizona’s leading Educators, Innovators and Companies.
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Borderlands Trade and Transportation Technologies Conference

October 19, 2017
JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd., Tucson,AZ

This one-day event is brought to you by Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and the City of Tucson, Pima Association of Governments, the Arizona Council for Transportation Innovation and Visit Tucson to bring leaders and technical experts in industry, government and academia together to understand the implications of emerging transportation technologies and how they can be applied to revolutionize the safe movement of people and goods and to enhance cross-border trade.

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21st Annual Spirit of Enterprise Awards Luncheon

November 16, 2017
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

The Spirit of Enterprise Awards is Arizona's premier celebration of entrepreneurship. Each year, for the past 21 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.