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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.



Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon

May 6, 2015
Camelback Golf Club 7847 North Mockingbird Lane Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Please join us for the Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon, featuring speakers from the W. P. Carey School of Business. Dr. Dennis Hoffman, Dr. Lee McPheters and Mr. Michael Orr will discuss Arizona's economy, the national economy and its implications for the state, the current greater Phoenix housing market, and offer a first glance at the Arizona outlook for 2016.


Phoenix Startup Week

May 6, 2015
Dakota 7301 E. Indian Plaza Scottsdale,AZ

Many of you have talked about keeping in contact with your fellow entrepreneurs so here is your chance to do so. Without you there is no ecosystem--so make sure you are a part of it and join us. We expect to have between 100 to 150 attend so this is a great opportunity to start new conversations and continue developing those relationships that began at Startup Week.



Small Business Success Team

May 7, 2015
Rayhons Financial, 3303 E Baseline Rd., Ste 102, Gilbert

Are you a small business owner who is:

- Tired of struggling with your business?
- Ready to earn more, with less stress?
- Want to learn creative solutions to getting around your roadblocks?
- Ready to get back to the real reason you started your business in the first place: more freedom and flexibility?

Note: You are signing up for 8 sessions. The team meets once a week. All meetings are Thursday evening from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.


11th Annual Procurement Fair & Business Expo

May 7, 2015
Glendale Civic Center 5750 W. Glenn Drive Glendale,AZ 85301
This is the largest FREE-to-attend Procurement Fair in Arizona. This event is a great opportunity to meet buyers representing federal agencies, military bases, colleges and universities, school districts, city and county government, as well as corporate buyers.




Please join us as we share stories of successful women in our community who overcame adversity and became influential leaders. It will be an evening full of professional networking and an engaging discussion with women leaders.


What’s the Plan with the Business Plan?

May 7, 2015
640 North 1st Avenue Phoenix,AZ 85003

Starting and staying in business?  This free, business workshop will help you gain insights on: why a biz plan is important and the preparation needed to begin writing it, the components of a business plan, and how to put it all together with supporting documentation.


Arizona's Transaction Privilege Tax - What am I Suppose to DO?

May 8, 2015
Lovitt & Touche, Inc.1050 W. Washington St. (Training room Suite 203) Tempe, AZ 85281

Presentation on behalf of the Arizona State Contractor's Coalition


Matthew Meaker, Sacks Tierney, PA & Co-Chair of ASCC

Scott Morrison, Morrison, Clark & Conover, CPAs 

 Please register by May 4, 2015.


SBIR Training Program Workshop

May 12, 2015
Grand Canyon University

Are you a high-growth technology firm in need of training and technical assistance?  Apply today to participate in the Arizona Commerce Authority’s SBIR Training Program. 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. Click here to learn more about the program.



Startup Grind Phoenix Hosts Sharon Lechter (1)

May 12, 2015
Arizona Historical Society Museum 1300 N College Ave Tempe,AZ

When it comes to being a leader among women you'll be hard pressed to find a more involved and caring woman than Sharon Lechter. Her passion for helping educate people on financial matters led her from her days as CEO and co-author of Rich Dad Poor Dad all the way to her role as a Presidential Advisor, with lots of stories along the way.


Starting a Business 101: Everything You Need to Know

May 12, 2015
MCE 20800 N John Wayne Pkwy Suite 108 Maricopa, AZ 85139

MCE Director Dan Beach hosts a informative workshop on everything you need to know about starting a business. Dan will be covering the differences between sole proprietorships vs. LLC's vs. corporations. He will discuss Arizona LLC paperwork, how to file an EIN, and how to get a Sales Tax License and answer other start-up related questions. Come prepared with questions and enjoy lunch on us!


Intellectual Property is one of the most valuable assets a company has these days and it is in your best interest to learn how to best protect yours! 


After attending Business 101, attend this hands on training to start working on your business and get your burning questions answered.

*This is a PART 2 from the Business 101 Workshop. 


2015 Cybersecurity Summit

May 13, 2015
Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas, 6333 North Scottsdale RD Scottsdale, AZ 85250

The Arizona Technology Council (AZTC) and The Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance/Arizona Infragard (ACTRA) present the second annual Cybersecurity Summit on Wednesday, May 13th.  The Cybersecurity Summit is an opportunity for government and business executives to learn about the threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences related to data security and privacy matters.  Join us for this educational summit that provides actionable solutions, as numerous AZTC and ACTRA member organizations showcase their available resources, products and services geared toward helping protect your Intellectual Property and customer data. There will be a panel discussion, keynote speaker, sponsor expo and other exceptional presentations.


2015 Impact Awards Luncheon

May 13, 2015
The Arizona Biltmor A Waldorf Astoria Resort, 2400 E Missouri Ave., Phoenix

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce has honored the accomplishments of both small and large businesses and the impact they have made on the Greater Phoenix business community for 28 years through its annual IMPACT Awards.

Join us in celebration of our eight honorees. You'll hear their inspirational stories, see what makes them "the best of the best" in Valley business and find out which two companies are honored as the IMPACT Business of the Year. Don't miss this celebration of achievement, perseverance and community service.


Collectivo Event

May 13, 2015
The Office Pile 2501 N. 7th Street Phoenix,AZ 85006

Join us on May 13th as we welcome three local Arizona bloggers that will share from their wealth of knowledge on how influencers can take their content to the next level, regardless of their topic.


AZ Top Tech Exec Awards

May 14, 2015
Tempe Center for the Performing Arts

Join us for the Valley's premier technology celebration honoring the leaders in technology. Get to know the Who's Who of the Valley's tech industry and have fun celebrating their success!


This special workshop will help you expore your financing options.

Funding Strategies for Growing Your Business

Are you a business owner who is seeking opportunities to grow your business but are unsure of the ability to fund that growth? If so, plan to attend this workshop where a panel of financing experts will discuss the various approaches to funding growing businesses. The panel will include representatives from Private Equity firms, Mezzanine Capital firms, and traditional commercial banks.



City of Phoenix Hackathon

May 16, 2015
Phoenix Convention Center

Join us for two days filled with ideas and technology that will increase waste diversion in Phoenix.


SparXX Fly 2015

May 16, 2015
Arizona State University 411 N Central Ave Phoenix, AZ 85004

SparXX Fly will honor women who have contributed to the success of women’s entrepreneurship programs in the Phoenix Metro Area, as well as successful women entrepreneurs, themselves.


Tallwave is passionate about helping entrepreneurs achieve success and we want you to be a part of their growing network. Connect with High Tide + Luhrs City Center entrepreneurs at the Business Development Mixer.


Female Founders Forum

May 18, 2015
3730 E Indian School Rd Phoenix, AZ 857018

Join 49 other fabulous female founders at our inaugural Female Founders Forum. At this quarterly event, we come together to leverage the power of our connections and help each other solve burning issues to move our businesses forward. Come with your ONE issue or “ask” and leave with connections to a solution plus new additions to your network.



May 19, 2015
Herberger Theater Center, 222 E Monroe St, Phoenix

Spring 2015 SEED SPOT DEMO DAY. Join the SEED SPOT community and hear our 5th class of Social Entrepreneurs pitch their solutions to important societal problems. Tuesday May 19th. Doors open at 5pm - Show starts at 6pm. Tickets on Sale April 2015


AZ Small Biz Con 2015

May 19, 2015
Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa, 9495 W Coyotes Blvd., Glendale

AZ Small Biz Con 2015 will be held on May 19 & 20, 2015 at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa. Join ASBA and Arizona's small business community for 2 days of relevant educational sessions, valuable mentoring and effective business networking.

ASBA's dedication to supporting small business growth allows business owners to be more productive, profitable and thrive in the communities they serve. We look forward to seeing you!


AZ Small Biz Con 2015 will be held on May 19 & 20, 2015 at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa. Join ASBA and Arizona's small business community for 2 days of relevant educational sessions, valuable mentoring and effective business networking.

ASBA's dedication to supporting small business growth allows business owners to be more productive, profitable and thrive in the communities they serve. We look forward to seeing you!


Improving Investability Workshop: VC's Unplugged

May 20, 2015
mod, 2828 N. Central Ave Suite 100, Phoenix AZ 85004

Designed for entrepreneurs, service providers, angel investors and investors to have an opportunity to meet out-of-state venture capitalists and engage in informal conversations about funding opportunities within our region. The event, featuring nearly 150 guests, will include a panel of seasoned venture capitalists, great networking and a reception. Phoenix VC firm Grayhawk Capital is pleased to host fellow Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association members that are actively investing in the region. This is an opportunity to hear directly from these funds on their investment criteria -- including size, stage, industry, etc. Over $500 million in venture capital will be represented at the event. Participating VC Firms: Access Venture Partners, Epic Ventures, Galvanize, Grayhawk Capital, Iron Gate Capital, Mercato Partners, Pelion Ventures, Point B Capital, Sun Mountain Capital, and Techstars. Registration required. $30 per person.


Digital Marketing: Building and Understanding Online Traffic

May 21, 2015
Cooper Crossing Executive Suites, 1820 E Ray Rd., Chandler

Join us for this digital marketing workshop as we focus on building and understanding online traffic patterns. Topics for discussion will include: 

  • Web content strategy review
  • Search engine optimization: myths vs. reality
  • SEM: paths to profitability
  • Marketing/advertising
  • Analytics and lead tracking

Persuasive Presentations in Five Steps

May 21, 2015
NACET 2225 North Gemini Road Flagstaff,AZ 86001

Whether you are a startup, early stage, or established organization, there are always times when you want to bring others around to your way of thinking.  The Motivated Sequence is a time-tested public speaking method for developing and presenting persuasive material. The five-step process (attention, need, satisfaction, visualization, action) uses normal human motivations to structure informative and persuasive presentations.


Financial Literacy

May 21, 2015
640 N. 1st Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85003

This course will also lead you through the basics of understanding the different types of and how to get funding for your business, working with banks, investors, micro lenders, and how to prepare for the processes.


Now that you learned the importance of developing a cash flow projection for your business.  In this hands on workshop we will WORK on your business financials.

*This is a PART 2 from the Financial Literacy Workshop. 


An economic development and industry trade mission opportunity is being organized to build greater awareness and connections for local, county, and tribal organizations to binational economic development and industry opportunities in Hermosillo and Guaymas, Sonora.

The focus of this trade mission is to introduce local and regional economic development practitioners, chambers of commerce leaders and small and medium sized business leaders to key business and economic leaders in Sonora, tour the Port of Guaymas and participate in local industry tours, including visits to companies and industrial parks involved in the following sectors: 


Save The Date - 2015 ADOT Statewide DBE and Small Business Conference

June 3, 2015
Hilton El Conquistador, 10000 N Oracle Rd., Tucson

Ignite Your Business with Explosive New Strategies. Brought to you by Arizona Department of Transportation Business Engagement and Compliance Office in partnership with Associated Minority Contractors of America & Phoenix Minority Business Development Agency.


Inbound Marketing Phoenix

June 3, 2015
ASU SkySong Center

You have heard about the inbound marketing methodology - attract, convert, close and delight. You may even practice it for your own business. But do you really know how to dig in and maximize each step of the process?

Join us as we present four experts with regional and national experience and success in producing results with each step. Learn the specific metrics and indicators of a campaign that rocks, and how to use that information for your inbound initiatives. As usual, you'll benefit from four crisp, professional, educational sessions. No sales talk, just useful content that is worthy of your time.


3 P's of Powerful Presentations: Professional, Promotion & Profit

June 9, 2015
ASU SkySong 1365 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale,AZ 85257

Please join Joanne Flynn, founder of Phoenix Strategic Performance, as she discusses how to make your presentation more effective, powerful and engaging.


Grow Globally Fair Phoenix

June 16, 2015
SkySong, 1475 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

Annual fair that features all the global resources in Phoenix, all together, one time per year... watch for more via Doug Bruhnke. Metro Phoenix


Digital Marketing: Putting It All Together With Sales/Marketing Automation

June 18, 2015
Cooper Crossing Executive Suites, 1820 E Ray Rd., Chandler

Join us for this digital marketing workshop as we focus on pulling it all together with sales and marketing automation.  Topics for discussion will include:

  • Automation: what problems can it solve?
  • Core technologies for automation
  • Building blocks and mapping for a sales campaign
  • Crafting a great offer
  • The need for simplicity
  • Tools and techniques for sales and marketing automation

Grow Globally Fair Tucson

June 18, 2015
TBA, Tucson

Annual fair that features all the global resources in Tucson, all together, one time per year... watch for more via Doug Bruhnke.


2015 Arizona Governor's Conference on Tourism

June 22, 2015
JW Marriott Camelback Inn, 5402 E lincoln Dr., Scottsdale

The Arizona Governor's Conference on Tourism provides valuable networking opportunities, professional development sessions, nationally recognized speakers, a dedicated sponsor exhibit area and the Governor's Tourism Awards Gala. The conference, consistently attended by 500, is the opportunity for our visitor industry to gather information on the latest trends affecting tourism. We offer an environment that promotes networking and the exchange of ideas for the benefit of our commerce. The success and growth of our conference is reflective of a unified industry that wants to continually be successful at what we do.


At our next Phoenix event, FundingPost will continue our sold out series where we bring in panels of local and out-of-town investors will focus on pitching to early-stage investors. We will introduce them to AZ entrepreneurs and discuss 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. The winner of the pitch competition will take home an Entrepreneur Prize Package from Microsoft! 


Pacific Southwest Council Business Summit and Opportunity Fair

July 10, 2015
Scottsdale Plaza Resort 7200 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale,AZ 85253

Enjoy 3 events‐in‐one!
The Business Summit provides attendees with educational
sessions on current & relevant topics affecting Minority Businesses today.
The Matchmaking session affords opportunities to meet one‐on-one
with corporate representatives.
The Business Opportunity Fair is a Trade Fair providing a format
for corporations, government agencies, and MBEs to showcase and share their products & services.


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.