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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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This workshop is for new business owners, providing a walkthrough in the preparation to approach investors, auditors and to even prepare for selling one’s own company. You will learn skills to that help you determine the valuation of your company, and review the completeness of your company’s legal documents.

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ReferenceUSA is a leading provider in business and consumer research. This workshop will provide you time with an expert's guide in helping your future projects. Tutorials will include expert fact-finding assistance for business support in creating marketing plans, raising funds to finding businesses.

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7-17

Arizona Transformational Leadership Program

April 7, 2016
Arizona Technology Council

The Arizona Technology Council has partnered with ImpaQ Solutions to offer a Transformational Leadership Program designed for the experienced executives who will take their company or organization into the future. The Transformational Leadership Program will focus on leading self, leading others and leading the organization. Participants will gain greater insight into themselves as an individual and how well their leadership style works within your groups and company.

May
19-9

Evening Program

May 19, 2016
SEED SPOT

Twice annually, SEED SPOT's 12-week Eveing Program works with Entrepreneurs that have great ideas and want to bring them to life. Entrepreneurs are surrounded by the support they need to launch their dreams.

This evening programis is for 12 weeks and meeting every Monday.  

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TechConnect World Innovation Conference

May 22, 2016
Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center


Join us in Washington D.C. as the TechConnect World Innovation Conference co-locates with the largest global innovation program in physical and life sciences. The joint programs include the Nanotech 2016 Conference, the National Innovation Summit and the National SBIR/STTR Conference.

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Now more than ever organizations are being challenged to operate successfully in a global environment.  Organizations need leaders and teams that can navigate the complexities of global business.  It’s time to prepare intelligently to meet new challenges and be prepared for more opportunity.

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Your Local Crowdfunding Experts Share it All

May 26, 2016
Arizona State University's SkySong Innovation Center

Are you an entrepreneur? Small business owner? Maker? Visionary? Tycoon? Shark Tank addict? Person with an idea? Do you aspire to change your community, state, country or world? Do you have a product, idea, business, or technology innovation you want to grow? Are you looking to connect with others, gain valuable resources, and learn new skills in an affordable and low pressure setting? If you answered yes to any of these questions, SparXX Community Workshops may be for you!

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Join Allbound for this 30-minute, fast-paced, highly tactical webinar to learn how to bring collaboration back into your channel sales ecosystem and start better engaging with and empowering your channel partners.

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22-6

S.T.E.A.M. Summer Camps 2016

March 22, 2016
ASU Chandler Innovation Center

Registration is now open!

Is your young tinkerer interested in how things work? These hands-on, project-based day camps are geared to intrigue and fire up the curiosity of kids ages 8-17.

Information listed below for Camps:

Design & Build Camp
Introduces participants to the engineering design process using laser cutters, 3D printers, and heat press and vinyl cutting. Participants identify design problems, brainstorm creative solutions, and prototype human-centered inventions using CAD (computer aided design) skills in 2D Design. (Ages 8 to 17)

Basic Electronics Camp
Covers basic concepts related to electricity, circuits, electronic measurement and soldering. Projects include using solder, a soldering iron, and the laser cutter for fabricating parts. (Ages 8 to 17)

Arduino Robotics Camp
Participants learn how to design, build and program their own microcontrollers! (Ages 12 to 17)

Summer of Creation – Extended Maker Sessions
This add-on gives young makers the opportunity to hang out and continue working on their projects at TechShop before and after camp each day. Be sure to purchase the Summer of Creation: Maker Session that begins on the same day as your youth's camp session.

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Thryve Startup Info Session

June 1, 2016
CoLab Workspace

Join us after the 1 Million Cups presentation for an informational session on the Thryve Startup Program. The application deadline is June 5th.

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An event of the SRP Good Government Series, this lunch will bring together Chamber members with Congressman Salmon to discuss key business issues and learn the latest from our nation’s Capital.

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AZVGS Panel: Get Into Games

June 2, 2016
Phoenix Convention Center

Do you love playing video games? How about making them? In this Game CoLab-led panel you'll meet local developers and learn how to make that engaging experience you've been dreaming of. With so many free and accessible options getting into games doesn't have to be hard. Hear from a local video game student, modder, jammer, indie and pro.

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Apply for this 10-week program focusing on helping small companies grow and pre-revenue companies launch. 
Startup Tucson has brought together the very best curriculum and mentors from our Thryve ScaleUp program to help 20 teams launch world-changing businesses this summer. 
This year we've adapted our program to blend technology startups with social entrepreneurs in a mixed cohort for the Thryve Startup Incubator.

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Multiple times a year, SEED SPOT runs 5-day Boot Camps to help entrepreneurs launch their dreams. Entrepreneurs are guided through a business model generation curriculm, surrounded by experts, and mentored by community leaders for 5 days.

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The BIO International Convention returns to the birthplace of biotech, San Francisco, California for 2016! The Bay Area region continues to grow and advance biomedical innovation while continuing to offer programs and services to support new medical advances.

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Renovate Your Networking Training Workshop

June 7, 2016
Elevate Coworking & Business Network

This workshop will give you a new method for networking.  You will learn the real purpose of networking and how every person you meet has value.  You will learn how to classify each contact into one of four key relationship categories, and also how to assess the value of each individual within their respective category.  

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Global Links Business Outlook Luncheon

June 9, 2016
Phoenix Convention Center

Phoenix Sister Cities invites you to attend the 17th annual Global Links Business Outlook Luncheon featuring the topic: “The “411” on Cybersecurity”.

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2016 Annual Luncheon

June 10, 2016
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

Join Phoenix leaders for an inspiring afternoon focused on leading, elevating Phoenix businesses, and networking! 

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Smart Cities Innovation Summit

June 13, 2016
Austin Convention Center

The 2016 Smart Cities Innovation Summit brings together over 200 Cities and their respective leadership to prospect and partner with innovative technology and service providers; linking progressive cities with state-of-the-art solutions and best practices.

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STARTUP Camp 2016

June 13, 2016
CoLab Workspace

This week-long camp will feature technology demonstrations and guest speakers from Tucson Entrepreneurs and the University of Arizona. Attendees will learn the same tools entrepreneurs use including how to identify problems, validate solutions, evaluate financial feasibility, and pitch ideas.

We are accepting applications now for high schoolers who are ready to learn the innovation skills critical to a successful career in our new global economy.

Early Bird Registration is before April 30,2016.

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Designing a Business Model Canvas for Your Business

June 14, 2016
Phoenix College Downtown Campus

The Business Model Canvas is a strategic management and lean startup template for developing new or documenting existing business models. It is a visual chart with elements describing a firm’s or product’s value proposition, infrastructure, customers, and finances.

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Phoenix is a city of innovation and preferred destination for individuals enjoying the second season of life. We are in the perfect place for new ventures that are innovating in aging. Join us for the Aging2.0 Local Phoenix Global Startup Search pitch event and either apply to pitch your own company or come learn about the top local innovators in the space. The winner of our local event will be invited to pitch at the global Aging2.0 OPTIMIZE conference in October in San Francisco.

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Annual Business Awards Luncheon

June 15, 2016
Doubletree by Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert

Join us for this annual celebration as we delivery the Chamber's Year In Review, honor the volunteers who serve the Chamber, and announce the recipients of this year's Annual Business Awards.

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Entrepreneur Series

June 15, 2016
Academy Mortgage

Pam Cohen of Academy Mortgage and Alex Roberts of Security Title Agency present the Entrepreneur Series. This 5-part series is taught by successful entrepreneur and business owner, Robert Reed of Ideate Vision.

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INTERFACE Phoenix 2016

June 17, 2016
Westin Kierland Resort, Grand Ballroom 2-4

Staying up to date with the technology that runs your organization and ensures a secure environment for your data and infrastructure are critical to your business. INTERFACE helps you meet these needs by providing quality, vendor-neutral educational seminars, drawn from case studies and best practice examples from leaders in the field.

At INTERFACE we know how important timely and accurate information is to those who work in the technology field, so our team works with the best technical minds in each market to develop sessions that are informative, offer solutions, and meet the needs of the local IT community

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Multiple times a year, SEED SPOT runs 5-day Boot Camps to help entrepreneurs launch their dreams. Entrepreneurs are guided through a business model generation curriculm, surrounded by experts, and mentored by community leaders for 5 days.

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One surefire way to disrupt an industry is to take an area steep in tradition and sleepy status quo and infuse it with excitement and cutting-edge quality. That is exactly what Tom Graunke did. Come hear how he makes corporate eLearning courses feel like Hollywood movie experiences - and why that has translated into a very successful business.

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Cold Calling: Learn What to Say and How to Say it.

June 21, 2016
Phoenix College Downtown Campus

Even in today's virtual world, the obituary for cold calling is premature. Ideally your phone would be ringing off the hook all day with clients offering you business but the reality is that if you want business, you need to go after it, and as part of your outbound marketing strategy cold calling can be a very effective sales tactic if it's done properly.

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Technological innovation drives economic growth and job creation.  The research & development tax credits encourage companies to produce more ideas, innovations and technologies by lowering the cost of these activities.  If you think this only applies to Fortune 500 companies, think again.  Please join the Arizona Technology Council and High Peak Advisors for a quick presentation addressing congressional intent and qualification requirements.

July
11-12

Raising Capital

July 11, 2016
SEED SPOT

This 5 week evening program is designed for companies and entrepreneurs that have first customers and are looking to raise capital.

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Your company business strategy helps define the value you bring to the market. In order to reach your chosen market, that strategy is typically distilled down to the company “Value Proposition”: a short to the point statement that attempts to define “why” a prospect/customer should buy from you.

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While the IT industry continues to expand at an incredible rate, it’s important for businesses to keep a sharp edge. Included at Trapp Technology’s 2nd Annual Tech Summit are a number of breakout sessions designed to educate Valley-wide businesses on the latest emerging technologies and services, how to adjust to these new atmospheres, and how these tools can be leveraged to achieve maximum business gain.

 

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Join us in surrounding yourself with some of the top companies in the valley that are going above and beyond within their organization and dedicating their time to bettering the communities that surround them.

You will get the opportunity to connect with the Valleys business leaders and participate in an executive level, educational sessions that will enrich your organization's developmental and operational missions.

August
3-6

INSIDE EDGE

August 3, 2016
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

INSIDEEDGE is an annual conference designed for small business owners whose customers are mid-size and large corporations. For three days, you'll be front and center as leading sales, marketing and mindset experts and FORTUNE 500 decision makers share the latest strategies for growing your business. INSIDE EDGE is the only event of its kind designed for small business owners by a fellow small business owner. Now entering its fourth year, the conference has become one of the most influential events in the micro-preneur marketplace.

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The Council’s ninth annual CEO Retreat is being held Monday, August 8 and Tuesday, August 9 in beautiful Sedona Arizona.

Escape the heat and head up to Red Rock Country for this two day event that gathers business owners, presidents and CEOs for speakers, workshops, keynote presentations, golf, and networking.

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SEED SPOT 5-Day Boot Camp

August 15, 2016
SEED SPOT

Multiple times a year, SEED SPOT runs 5-day Boot Camps to help entrepreneurs launch their dreams. Entrepreneurs are guided through a business model generation curriculm, surrounded by experts, and mentored by community leaders for 5 days.

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Showcase your Technology in the Nation's largest Defense Innovation Prospecting Program.
Submit your technology for consideration today. Selected innovations will have the opportunity to showcase their technology to U.S. Military, Corporate & Investment leadership. 

 Submissions due Aug 18
View links below for detailed topics, focus area and submissions:
• Energy & Resilience Challenge
• Cyber & Software Challenge
• Medical & Biotech Challenge
• Advanced Materials Challenge
• Defense Systems Challenge

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Savvy Business Owner Conference

August 28, 2016
Saguaro Scottsdale hotel

The Savvy Business Owners Conference is a conference for female business owners who have been in business for at least one year and are ready to meet like-minded gals who want to:


UPLEVEL- stop playing small and uplevel your business

GROW - determine how to grow your business without adding a lot of to dos to your list

SHIFT - shift your mindset from business owner to CEO

FOCUS - focus on what really matters to you and your business

FIND CLARITY - find clarity about what your next steps should be

TAKE ACTION - take action on the big ideas that you have 

September
1-1

Full-Time Program

September 1, 2016
SEED SPOT

Every Fall, SEED SPOT works with a set of highly motivated social entrepreneurs for the 14 week Full-Time Program. During the program, entrepreneurs are surrounded by experts, mentors, office space, and access to financing opportunities, to take their businesses to the next level. The Full-Time Program culminates with each Full Time Venture presenting at Demo Day, the largest entrepreneurial event in Arizona.

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SRP 2017 Economic Forecast

September 15, 2016
JW Marriott Desert Ridge

Please join the Phoenix Business Journal and SRP for the 2017 Economic Forecast breakfast. National and local speakers unveil what's in store for the year ahead!

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White Hat Investors 2016

September 21, 2016
Phoenix Convention Center

Join us to meet a new generation of biotech and healthcare pioneers at  White Hat Investors 2016, the first annual biotech and healthcare investor conference that showcases the best of the Rocky Mountain & Southwest Region at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix.

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2016 AZBio Awards

September 21, 2016
Phoenix Convention Center

Join us for an inspirational celebration of the best of Arizona’s Bioscience Industry.

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The Arizona Technology Council and the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) teamed up on the September Council Connect signature luncheon to bring entrepreneurs, marketers and innovative professionals an in-depth session on integrating video marketing into your marketing strategy.

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2016 Arizona Nonprofit EXPO

September 24, 2016
Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park

Join us Saturday, September 24th for the 2016 AZ NonProfit Expo!  Meet some of the valley's charitable organizations, find volunteer opportunities, learn from today's industry leaders, network, and build alliances within the social services sector in the state of Arizona!

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DATOS: Focus on the Hispanic Market

September 27, 2016
Arizona Biltmore

This year we will release the 20th version of DATOS: The State of Arizona's Hispanic Market, our annual report on the latest economic trends shaping the Hispanic market in Arizona and nationwide.

The trends highlighted in DATOS speak to a new and vibrant socio-economic paradigm with far-reaching implications for the multicultural consumer, entrepreneurial marketplace, and corporations across the state and country. Local business leaders and public policy makers directing economic development can utilize the information produced in DATOS to help shape future business plans.

October
10-11

World Digital Pathology Congress

October 10, 2016
Manchester UK

The World Digital Pathology Congress, which is going to be held during October 10-11, 2016 at Manchester,UK, organized by Conferenceseries LLC Conferences will bring together world class pathologist, researchers, professors and scientists to discuss strategies and advancements in Digital Pathology. Conferenceseries LLC Organizes 300+ conferences, 500+workshops and 200+symposiums on Clinical, Medicine, Pharma and Science & Technology every year across USA, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Australia and UK with support from 1000 more scientific societies and Publishes 500 open access journals which contains over 30000 eminent personalities, reputed scientists as editorial board members.

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Integrity Summit 6

October 13, 2016
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa - Wildflower Ballroom

Join us for powerful presentations by: Governor Doug Ducey, Jerry Colangelo, Sharon Harper, Avnet, KPMG, Banner Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of AZ, BBB, Colliers International, Grand Canyon University, Centurylin, Republic Media, Xerox, TriWest Healthcare, Sanctuary Resort, Arizona Commerce Authority, Alliance Bank of Arizona and many more.

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Join the Arizona Technology Council on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Tucson Convention Center for the 4th annual Southern Arizona Tech + Business Expo.

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Small Business Expo 2016 - Phoenix

October 20, 2016
Phoenix Convention Center

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

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Algae Biomass Summit

October 23, 2016
Renaissance Glendale Phoenix Hotel & Spa

The Algae Biomass Summit is the largest algae conference in the world. This is where leading producers of algae products go to network with industry suppliers and technology providers, where project developers converse with utility executives, and where researchers and technology developers rub elbows with venture capitalists.

November
2-3

CO:LLABORATE Conference

November 2, 2016
Phoenix Convention Center

This conference is focused solely on digital innovation and disruption in channel sales and marketing. The two-day, one-of-a-kind event will feature the leading innovators in digital marketing, sales, SaaS, cloud computing, customer success, business intelligence, and other business-to-business industries.

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Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards

November 10, 2016
Phoenix Convention Center’s West Building

The Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) is the Arizona Technology Council’s (AZTC) annual awards gala in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) that honors technology leaders and innovators from across the state. The event attracts more than 850 attendees each year for a night of networking, food and entertainment. 2016 marks the 13th year of this prestigious event.

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5th annual Business Diversity Summit

November 15, 2016
Arizona Biltmore

This event spotlights the growing contributions of minority-owned businesses in Arizona and highlights the importance of having comprehensive diversity programs in place for company sustainability and growth. Major components include the presentation of the annual Phoenix Minority Business Enterprise Awards and the induction of local companies into the Arizona Million Dollar  Circle of Excellence [AZ MDCE].

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SBIR/STTR programs are the nation's largest source of early stage / high risk R&D funding for small business.
 
Learn how to participate and compete for funding, engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) and to commercialize your technological innovations.

December
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Solutions Challenge

December 1, 2016
Phoenix Theatre

The Solutions Challenge is an annual competition designed to better align market need, with innovation and early investment to stimulate company formation in novel medical technology.

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AZBio Trailblazers 2016

December 15, 2016
Phoenix Country Club

Join AZBio, Members of the Arizona Business and Bioscience Community and Guests for a special luncheon to honor members of the Arizona Legislature and State and Local Elected Officials who have made it possible for the Arizona Bioscience Industry to gain national recognition, build capital infrastructure, and take its place as a leader in both scientific discovery and job growth.