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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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Cybersecurity and Identity Theft Awareness and Prevention for Small Business

June 28, 2016
Burton Barr Central Library, Pulliam Auditorium

The easiest way for a criminal to get data is simply ask for it.  Phishing emails, texts, websites and phone calls seemingly come in an endless variety, posing as a friend or an organization you recognize, like the IRS. This is the way hackers can gain entry, infect your computers with malware and scrape away all the data you have on yourself and all your clients. Don't just sit back and wait to see if it's going to happen to you.

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work out of a coworking space?

Well, here's your chance! MAC6 will be opening our doors each Wednesday for people who would like to give it a try! Show up anytime between 9am and 5pm.

 

July
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Periscope Principles: A Cochise College SBDC Event

July 7, 2016
Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus

Everything you need to know to succeed with live streaming! Periscope is Twitter's new live streaming app that allows you to watch and broadcast live video from across the globe.

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Raising Capital Program

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.

The application window is still open for this program.

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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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2016 NAWBO Member Spirit Awards

July 12, 2016
Double Tree Reid

On Tuesday, July 12, we’ll celebrate and recognize those who are working to build community and advocate for women business owners!

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Willcox's Taking Your Business to the Next Level: A Cochise College SBDC Event

July 12, 2016
Cochise College Willcox Center, 470 N Bisbee Ave, Willcox, AZ 85643

Attention Willcox area business owners!  The Cochise College SBDC is partnering with the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to bring you this exciting FREE business planning seminar.
 
This workshop is for small and medium size business owners who are considering expanding their business and what one needs to consider in taking their business to the next level.

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Join us for an overview of the upcoming programs at SEED SPOT Phoenix and learn which one is right for you and your venture.

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Shark Tank Workshop Series: Classroom Pitch

July 14, 2016
Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus

Have a solid understanding of how to start and grow a business.

Training on developing your pitch or big idea will consist of 5 training sessions.  At the conclusion of the training, a select few will move on to Cochise College's 1st Shark Tank on July 30, 2016.

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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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Nonprofit Business Summit

July 15, 2016
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch

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.

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Now is your chance to be part of the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards and show how innovative your company has been in Arizona. The award nomination process is now open and will run through Friday, July 15. This is your chance to have your company live on stage at this great event. The AZTC and ACA will be handing out awards in the following categories:
 
Individual/Company Award Categories are:
Academia Award
Start-Up Company Award
Small Company Award
Large Company Award
William F McWhorter Award
Ed Denison Award
Pioneering Award
 
To nominate your company please go to website and click on the award to download the form.

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Are you ready to take your venture to the next level?

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The session is an introduction to government contracting and preparation for getting the Women Owned Small Business Certificate. Learn more about Industry Codes, your DUNS number and to register in SAM (System of Awards Management).

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Now Arizona has The University of Arizona’s School of Information that is part of the international iSchool movement. Arizona’s iSchool aims to foster multiple types of relationships with members of the Arizona Technology Council. Attendees will learn about the different information industry job roles that may fit into your organization with the associated skills that our students have. For example, this includes internet enabled collaboration, social media marketing, web design and analytics, big-data management, data visualization, machine learning, data mining and text mining to name a few. Adding or expanding these skills in your employees can greatly enhance the efficiency of your business.

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The Summer Social

July 21, 2016
Vintage 45

#yesphx, CitizenAZ, Startup Grind, Downtown Phoenix Inc., StartupAZ Foundation, The Croft, Vintage 45, and the MIT Enterprise Forum of Phoenix are thrilled to announce the entrepreneur and business Summer party: The Summer Social! This epic collaboration will bring all of our communities together in celebration of entrepreneurship, innovation and Arizona’s extreme generosity.

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If you have ever considered starting your own business, you have probably wondered if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. There is a big difference between wanting to do something and being able to make a living doing it. Come to this seminar and find out if you have the personality, character traits and mindset to be an entrepreneur.

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Come learn about the latest trends in print and why it should play a role in your marketing strategy.

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An interactive working session to develop a system to improve how women business organizations, entrepreneurial support organizations and other stakeholders that are part of Empowered PhXX can truly collaborate. Let's move past sharing event flyers to creating projects that we couldn't complete on our own, that moves women business owners and the Phoenix entrepreneurial community forward.

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Shark Tank Workshop Series: Live Tank

July 30, 2016
Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus, 901 Colombo Ave, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

This is a unique opportunity to learn, network, and pitch your business idea!

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Our conference offers something for every type of organization including corporate, government, small & diverse businesses, tribal and non-profit organizations. If you’re looking for capable, qualified suppliers, teaming partners or opportunities to expand your enterprise our conference is the place to be.
Registration Deadline is July 15,2016.

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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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There’s no denying that growth hacking is hot and it's here to stay. But despite the buzz, many businesses still don’t have the framework they need to build a successful growth marketing engine. Join a community of data-driven marketers and innovative entrepreneurs who will learn the fundamentals of rapid growth and digital marketingbest practices in just one day

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Business Bootcamp

August 4, 2016
Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
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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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Arizona Rural Policy Forum

August 10, 2016
Pinetop, Arizona St, Joseph Family Center

The Rural Policy Forum connects rural economic development professionals, nonprofits, community leaders, business owners, and other rural stakeholders who are interested in sustaining rural communities.

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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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Women Entrepreneurs of America Official 10th Annual National/International Women's Business, "Living Legacy Leadership" Conference 2016 is our annual event held to coincide with our 2016 Living Legacy Leadership Campaign and is designed to bring female entrepreneurial leaders from all of our Global Chapters together to discuss the past, present, and future of women’s leadership on a global level. The conference is built upon four pillars: networking, education, empowerment and diversity.

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Ownerista Business Boot Camp 101 (1)

August 20, 2016
DeSoto Central Market

To provide core business values and confidence to current and future female entrepreneurs.  Motivation, inspriration, and tools for income producing activities..

 

 

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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 

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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.

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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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Please see event link for additional information.

 

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SOCAP16

September 13, 2016
Fort Mason Center

SOCAP16 will gather impact investors, social entrepreneurs, foundations, corporations, global nonprofits, and other valuable strangers all contributing to a vibrant marketplace for socially, environmentally and economically sustainable solutions.

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ARIZONA: Boots2Business REBOOT PHOENIX

September 14, 2016
U.S. Small Business Administration Arizona District Office

Boots to Business: Reboot is an entrepreneurial education program offered to veterans by the U.S. Small Business Administration in partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF).

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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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Given the diversity of collaborators that comprise the Arizona SciTech Ecosystem, this year’s theme will focus on Arizona’s Future STEM Pathways. From space tourism, UAVs and personalized medicine to cyberdefense, coding and digital design, Arizonans are shaping the world as we know it. This conference will spark important conversations about innovation, talent and education essential in these future pathways by attracting cross sector representation from business and industry, primary, secondary, and postsecondary schools, community and government collaborators.
 

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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.

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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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Economic Outlook 2017

October 11, 2016
The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and Cox Communications are proud to present Economic Outlook 2017. Top economic experts Jim Huntzinger and Elliott Pollack will provide insights into the local, national and global economies you can't get anywhere else. Ensure that your company is in the know about what challenges and opportunities lie ahead and is prepared for success heading into the New Year.

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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.

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AerospaceDefenseChain Conference

October 27, 2016
Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia

The 2nd Annual AerospaceDefenseChain will focus on key components affecting our industry, and future programs as we seek to balance changing customer demands, global market demographics, economic challenges and consolidation. Emphasis will be on pursuing sustainable growth opportunities and new initiatives.

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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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Please click on link for further informaiton.

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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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The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is a $5 million competition, challenging teams globally, to develop and demonstrate how humans can collaborate with powerful AI technologies to tackle the world’s grand challenges. The prize aims to accelerate adoption of AI technologies, and spark creative, innovative and audacious demonstrations of the technology that are truly scalable and solve societal grand challenges. To encourage innovation in any form, the competition is an open challenge in AI. Rather than set a single, universal goal for all teams, this competition will invite teams to each declare their own goal and solution to a grand challenge. The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is a four-year competition with annual milestone competitions in 2017, 2018, and 2019. The top three finalists will compete for the Grand Prize at TED 2020.

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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.