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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.



April 25, 2017
Phoenix Convention Center 100 N 3rd St. Phoenix, Arizona

ICON17 is a 3-day conference for small business owners. It's packed with inspiring keynote speakers, educational breakout sessions on modern business strategies, sales & marketing best practices, Infusionsoft product training, networking.


Lunch and Learn: The Small Business Life Cycle

April 27, 2017
Arizona Small Business Association

Is your business giving you the results you had expected? Most small business owners need help identifying what stage their business is in & how to advance to the next level. Learn the 7 stages of business and why some businesses grow and others do not.


IDEAS 2016 positions Arizona and Sonora as an efficient mega region for trade and transportation with an educational conference, networking, tours and expo. Each year IDEAS focuses on an industry that drives economic growth in the Arizona-Sonora region. The theme this year is mining innovation.

With today’s low commodity prices, innovation has never been more important for mining companies to uncover new ways to reduce costs, improve safety and manage environmental impact – and our region is a global leader in innovation and technologies that can address these challenges.



Arizona: Selling to the Federal Government

May 3, 2017
U.S. Small Business Administration Arizona District Office

Learn how to sell your goods/services to the Federal Government. This seminar teaches small businesses about federal government contracting programs for small business. Seminar will include discussion about government contracting, 8(a) certification, Hubzone program information and more!


2017 Cybersecurity Summit

May 4, 2017
Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas

he Cybersecurity Summit is an opportunity for government and business leaders to learn about the threats, vulnerabilities and consequences related to data security and privacy matters. Join the Council 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 panel discussions, keynote speakers, sponsor expo and other exceptional presentations. 


North America Now: Now What

May 9, 2017
Sheraton Grand Phoenix

Join us for an interactive and candid discussion required to advance the critically important relationship among the U.S., Mexico and Canada.


IMPACT Awards Luncheon

May 10, 2017
Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort McArthur Ballroom

Join the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the IMPACT Awards as we honor eight businesses and one nonprofit organization whose good work and successes have strengthened our community and our Chamber. You'll hear their inspirational stories, see what makes them the best of the best in Valley business and discover which two companies will earn Business of the Year. Don't miss this celebration of achievement, perseverance and community service.


AZ Top Tech Exec Awards

May 11, 2017
Phoenix Art Museum

Join us for the Valley's premier technology celebration honoring the leaders in technology.


TECHSPO Toronto is a 2-day technology expo taking place May 18 – 19, 2017 at the luxurious Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel, Toronto, Ontario. TECHSPO Toronto brings together developers, brands, marketers, technology providers, designers, innovators and evangelists looking to set the pace in our advanced world of technology.


Sun Corridor Edge 2017

May 19, 2017
Wild Horse Pass

Please take a moment to reserve your calendar for May 19, 2017, for the next meeting of the Joint Planning Advisory Council. The meeting will include experts in international trade and recognize some of Arizona's best success stories in the area of exporting. These businesses will be recognized through a new Sun Corridor Export Recognition Program.

Please help us celebrate and support these successful businesses and learn how to grow our role in the global economy.


Women's Leadership: Small Tweaks, Big Changes

August 31, 2017
BRIC at Tempe Public Library 3500 South Rural Road Tempe, AZ 85282

Are you a small business owner? Nonprofit leader? Visionary? Entrepreneur? Maker? Problem solver? Person with an idea? Do you aspire to change your local community, or even the 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 accessible and low-pressure setting? If you answered yes to any of these questions, ASU Entrepreneurship + Innovation (E+I) Community Workshops may be for you!



June 1, 2017
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

2017 AMC Summit is the AMC’s binational premier annual event. Top level business leaders and policy makers from Arizona and Mexico will gather under the leadership of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich to promote a strong, cooperative binational relationship.

With this year's theme of "At the Crossroads of Opportunity: The Integration of a North American Corridor," the summit will consist of distinguished speaker panels, networking opportunities, and binational committee meetings. 


2017 JUNE Veterans Resource Seminar

June 6, 2017
U.S. Small Business Administration Arizona District Office 2828 N. Central Ave. Suite 800 Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Learn about Special Veteran Services and Programs availablefrom the U. S. Small Business Administration:

  • Starting your business – Business Development Plan
  • Financing Your Business
  • SBA Loan Clinics – Special two hour training classes held the first Wednesday of every month to explain the SBA loanprocess, eligibility and which lenders are making loans
  • Growing Your Business – Funding for expansion
  • Contracting Opportunities – Service Disabled & VeteranOwned BusinessesCounseling – Veteran Business Development Officer, SCORE, SBDC and Women’s Business Centers.

Business Roadmap Program (1)

June 13, 2017
Burton Barr Central Library hive@central
The Business Roadmap Program is a month-long series of 8 start-up workshops detailing the essentials for your business. Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday in hive @ central from 6-8 PM.  Please register for each class individually.

Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference

June 20, 2017

The Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference is back—and it’s returning to the hub of entrepreneurship, innovation and tech, San Francisco! Join us for three incredible days of raw, gritty, authentic “TedX-style” presentations from some of the most revered women in tech, business and leadership. This will be the “largest intimate” tech conference you’ll ever attend, as you hear revolutionary speakers share tales of their journey to the top, career advice, how they made tough decisions—and, most important—what sage advice they want to pass on to the next-generation of the female tech workforce.


Nonprofit Business Summit

July 14, 2017
Sheraton Grand Downtown

A critical date for nonprofit executives: don't miss this opportunity to connect with Valley business leaders and participate in educational sessions that will enrich your organization's developmental and operational missions.


Arizona Governor’s Conference on Tourism

July 19, 2017
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

The Arizona Governor’s Conference on Tourism is the premier educational and networking event in the state for travel professionals and destination marketers.

Tourism is Arizona’s No. 1 export industry, and each year GCOT provides its attendees the opportunity to exchange ideas with peers, learn from expert panelists, draw inspiration from nationally renowned speakers, and discover cutting-edge products and services.


Phoenix , Arizona International Trade & Exporting Seminar

September 20, 2017
U.S. Small Business Administration Arizona District Office 2828 N. Central Ave. Suite 800 Phoenix, Arizona 85004

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.