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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 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.

 

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28

2015 Businessman & Businesswoman of the Year Luncheon

January 28, 2015
Doubletree by Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert SanTan Elegante Conference & Reception Center1800 S. SanTan Village Parkway Gilbert,AZ
The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce will celebrate business leaders and their contribution to the local business community over the last year when it hosts its annual Businessman & Businesswoman of the Year awards luncheon in January.

We are excited to welcome Pearl Chang Esau as our guest of honor at this special luncheon. Pearl currently serves as the President/CEO of Expect More Arizona. 
February
10-11

SBIR Proposal Writing Workshop

February 10, 2015
ASU SkySong 1475 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 200 Scottsdale,AZ 85257

Are you a high-growth technology firm in need of training and technical assistance?  Apply today to participate in the Arizona Commerce Authority’s  PIII Playbook.

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 SBIR/STTR Phase I and II awards and ultimately commercialize their innovations in Phase III.

SBIR is a highly competitive program equipping small businesses with the funds needed to begin technology commercialization:

  • Phase I ($150,000) awards establish the technical merit, feasibility and commercial potential of the proposed R&D project.
  • Phase II (up to $1,000,000) awards continue the R&D efforts initiated in Phase I.
  • Phase III awards fund the commercialization of technology.

The PIII Playbook prepares business owners, especially woman-owned, socially and economically disadvantaged and veteran-owned to compete more effectively for Phase I and Phase II awards:

  • Research and write compelling proposals
  • Maintain the correct cost accounting systems required by the federal agencies
  • Protect intellectual property
11

The MIT Enterprise Forum of Phoenix a tech star-studded

February 11, 2015
Scottsdale Resort Hilton 6333 North Scottsdale Road Scottsdale,AZ

“An evening with MIT Institute Professor Joel Moses moderated by Jason Pontin, Editor in Editor in Chief and Publisher, MIT Technology Review:”

For details, please contact: Kenneth Motolenich-Salas, Programming Chair, at ken.motolenich@gknet.com or Alicia Holmes, Marketing Coordinator, at alicia04@me.com .  We are in the middle of a website revamp and registration will be active soon on the MIT EF Phoenix site (http://www.mitefphoenix.org/ ).

12-13

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.

17

TiE Arizona will have its Annual Venture Capital Event

February 17, 2015
Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe AZ 85281

The panel of venture investors will engage in dialogue and answer questions about the state of institutional venture funding in 2014 and their forecast for startup funding in the year to come. Join us and save your seat as our investors and fellow entrepreneurs share their knowledge in a thought provoking and interactive format. 

 Questions? Contact: andreatieaz@gmail.com

 

18-20

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.

23-27

The Leveraging Genius® Conference

February 23, 2015
Arizona Biltmore

Over the course of a week, executives from around the world immerse themselves in a unique and powerful program. They discover, share, and maximize Genius as the hidden competitive advantage in any business.

23-27

Phoenix Startup Week

February 23, 2015
Phoenix

We're thrilled that you're interested in Startup Week. Startup Week is a free, five-day celebration of our community that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship. We're led by local entrepreneurs and hosted in amazing spaces all over town. And we want you involved! Take a second to sign up for our list to keep up with all the updates we'll have for you over the next few months.

19

Phoenix Investor Roundtable

March 19, 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. 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! 

March
4-6

Venture Madness

March 4, 2015
Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale

The competition starts with a bracket of 64 startup companies. After two online elimination rounds in which the advancing companies are chosen by a panel of judges, the top 16 companies will advance to the live-demo portion of the contest held March 4-6, 2015, at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. It’s here where they will compete for their share of $50,000 in cash prizes by live-pitching their way through the remainder of the brackets before a panel of judges, who will determine which company will be crowned the 2015 Venture Madness Champion.

5

Fourth Annual Aerospace, Aviation, Defense and Manufacturing Conference

March 5, 2015
Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas 6333 North Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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 March. The Arizona Technology Council and Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) are hosting the fourth annual Conference for Arizona’s Aerospace, Aviation & Defense and Manufacturing Community on Thursday, March 5th at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas.

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 present and talk directly with A&D decision-makers to learn how to best meet their requirements.

May
12-13

SBIR Proposal Writing 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  PIII Playbook.

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 SBIR/STTR Phase I and II awards and ultimately commercialize their innovations in Phase III.

SBIR is a highly competitive program equipping small businesses with the funds needed to begin technology commercialization:

  • Phase I ($150,000) awards establish the technical merit, feasibility and commercial potential of the proposed R&D project.
  • Phase II (up to $1,000,000) awards continue the R&D efforts initiated in Phase I.
  • Phase III awards fund the commercialization of technology.

 

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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.