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ABOUT THE ARIZONA COMMERCE AUTHORITY

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

    
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TiE Arizona Holiday Mixer

December 2, 2014
The Vig Uptown 6015 N 16th St, Phoenix AZ 85014

TiE Arizona was founded to inspire, foster and support entrepreneurship in Arizona. Anyone starting or running a business, and anyone working with an entrepreneur or in an entrepreneurial company find immense value in the educational, networking and partnership opportunities available through TiE - The International Entrepreneurs.

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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.

 

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“Show me the Green”- Preparing a Loan Application Package

December 4, 2014
Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI) at GateWay Community College – 275 N. GateWay Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85008

This workshop is aimed at companies that are interested in preparing to approach a bank for a loan.
Attendees will learn about credit worthiness, types of financial information required by lenders, types of loans, collateral, loan agreements and loan applications. Small Business Administration and Arizona Commerce Authority programs will also be described.

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Did you know that customers are 64% – 85% more likely to purchase after watching a video and that video now appears in 70% of the top 100 search result listings? In addition, a well-produced online video can result in a 100% more favorable view of a brand! With the recent advances in online and mobile technology, more business are using video to connect with their clients.

We will discuss how to convert YouTube into sales and how to integrate it into your clients' marketing campaign. We will discuss what is needed to create, produce and deliver a quality online video. We will also look at the various ways of how to market your online video to your target audience.

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Annual Member Meeting & Holiday Party

December 12, 2014
Talking Stick Resort 9800 E. Indian Bend Road degree 270 Phoenix, AZ 85256

You're invited to the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Holiday Reception and Annual Member Meeting on December 12, 2014. Join us as we bring 2014 to a successful close and present our new and exciting plan for 2014.

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StartupConnect AZ 2014

December 17, 2014
Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas 6333 North Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, AZ 85250

The Arizona Technology Council is excited to announce the 2014 StartupConnect AZ Conference, presented by the Arizona Commerce Authority and IDS Technology Marketing.

Following-up on the success of last year’s inaugural event, StartupConnect AZ will focus on bringing together, CONNECTING and showcasing our state’s growing startup ecosystem, including:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Investors and Capital Sources
  • Incubators and Accelerators
  • Educators
  • Public Policy Makers
  • Business leaders

This year’s event will also feature a series of pre-conference “Fire Starter” workshops, a startup pitch contest and a post-conference expo and happy hour where you can meet and network with industry peers.

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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.

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Phoenix Investor Roundtable

February 12, 2015
Microsoft Meeting Room 60 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Suite 1200, Tempe, AZ 85281

Interested in meeting early-stage accredited investors in Phoenix? Then register for the FundingPost Investor RoundTable to be held on Feb. 12, 2015. FundingPost has hosted 270+ sold-out venture events in 23 cities over the past 13 years.

At our next Phoenix event, the panels of local and out-of-town investors will focus on pitching to early-stage investors, and what it really takes to get them to write you a check!

We will be discussing the things that are most important to them when they are considering an Investment, the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention during a pitch, and, of course, the best ways to reach these and other Investors. There will be plenty of time for networking with the Investor panelists during the breaks and networking party!

The first 25 entrepreneur attendees to sign up will also get the option to pitch their business idea in 60 seconds or less in front of the investor panel and receive feedback as a group from the panel.

Along with the pitch competition, there is an educational and networking component to the event. All attendees will be gaining an understanding of what investors are looking for in the Austin market and what our entrepreneurs are building. All attendees will be able to market themselves (including their products and/or services) throughout the event through networking with one another.

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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.