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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.



How to Create a Better Corporate Future in a World of Uncertainty

July 7, 2015
DeskHub 4900 N. Scottsdale Road Suite 4500 Scottsdale, AZ 85251

At this Lunch and Learn attendees will learn a powerful decision making tool designed specifically to help firms not only overcome, but also to thrive in an uncertain environment. This technique called Scenario Planning, a derivative of story telling, helps the management team envision plausible alternatives for the future, and thus the organization’s strategic business objectives can be evaluated under different circumstances. Originally created in the early 1960’s, it was later used for public policy. We will learn a five-step process created by Wilkes University faculty designed to help business managers create their own scenarios and therefore ensure strategies will be effective.


Four day course – Tuesdays & Thursdays – July 7, 9, 14 & 16
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Fee: $195.00 (Materials included)

The program is designed to help owners and managers of small business better understand financial management and increase their chances of success in today’s difficult economic times.

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll cover:

  • Overcoming common business problems
  • Understanding your financial position
  • Making effective pricing decisions
  • Evaluating cost patterns
  • Making your business bankable
  • Avoiding cash crunches

Dealing with Scanned, Repaired, and Legacy Geometry for 3D Printing

July 8, 2015
Connect Coworking 33 S. 5th Avenue Tucson,AZ 85701

In this free seminar PADT’s experienced team will go over the ins-and-outs of getting, repairing, and modifying geometry for 3D Printing. We will demonstrate the scanners and software we use every day in our consulting and services business, sharing tips and lessons learned as we go.


Thinking about crowdfunding?

While crowdfunding can be a viable investment option for many startups, it's not as easy and straight-forward as you may think.

Before creating a crowdfunding campaign, join us for this free webinar with Mary Juetten from Traklight and Early Growth Financial Services.


Whether you are a project manager or are considering being a project manager then this webinar is for you. Being a project manager is a rewarding and a fulfilling career if you have the right skills and education to be effective. It is one of the few positions that can launch someone’s career quickly and provide them with responsibility that outweighs their peers. This webinar will answer many of the questions that would only otherwise be answered with years of experience. Learning from an expert like the speaker, your will learn from his experience of trial and error, project successes and failures.


SEED SPOT Open House

July 8, 2015
SEED SPOT 2828 N. Central Avenue 7th Fl. Phoenix,AZ 85004

Join us to learn more about SEED SPOT's Programs and see which one would be the best fit for you.


Phoenix Startup Week

July 8, 2015
1011 N. 3rd Street Phoenix, AZ 85004

Come join us and collaborate and bring together the ecosystem to build a greater Metro Community.



Tallwave Open House

July 9, 2015
Tallwave Office 6263 N. Scottsdale Rd, Suite 180 Scottsdale,AZ 85250

Please come out to join Tallwave Team to learn about Tallwave's Capital Fund and Venture Services.


Dreambuilder Academy

July 9, 2015
AWEEc- 640 N. First Avenue, Phoenix 85003

DreamBuilder consists of 13 courses that are bundled together to create a step-by-step framework for starting a business as well as marketing, pricing & management. Get the support through this program led by a certified business analyst. At the end of the program, students have a completed business plan.

Seats are limited- only 10 available. 

Week 1, July 9th 

Start, Explore and Plan 

Week 2, July 16th 

Make and Marketing  

Week 3, July 23rd 

Pricing and Selling 

Week 4, July 30th

Managing and Profiting 

Week 5, August 6th 

Keeping Track and Funding 

Week 6, August 13th 

Formalizing, Turning Your Dream Into Reality and Graduate





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.


It's 5 day bootcamp to help Entrepreneurs to launch their dreams. Entrepreneurs will be guided through  a business model generation curriculm, surrounded by experts and mentored by community leaders.

Please apply for by July 3,2015.


Startup Grind Phoenix Hosts EBQ Summer Party

July 14, 2015
Infusionsoft 1260 S. Spectrum Blvd. Chandler, AZ 85286

Summer is here and it’s time to get together for the 1st annual Entrepreneur BBQ: the EBQ Summer Party. We all know we have a fabulous community of entrepreneurs here in the greater Phoenix area (#yesphx!) so let’s all get together for a festive evening of good food and good people to celebrate.


You have a great idea. The idea might be how to fix a problem in your existing business or maybe a problem we all face every day. In any event, you see an opportunity in the marketplace.  

You’re determined to make this idea a reality, a commercial success, but you aren't sure where to start. You want move fast, stay lean, and gain traction quickly. You need to think like a tech startup.


The Right Way to Use LinkedIn to Promote Your Business

July 14, 2015
Greater Phoenix SCORE 2828 N. Central Avenue Ste. 800 Phoenix,AZ 85004

LinkedIn is the "Facebook for Professionals" and it's not just an online resume! It's your virtual Rolodex! Are you using it properly?


In this 60-minute training webinar you and your female colleagues will learn:

  • Key strategies women can use to effectively lead a team
  • Common challenges of women leaders - and how to mange them
  • Tips for building trust and strong communication in the team
  • 5 top obstacles to team success - and how to overcome them

With today's rapid transfer of information and knowledge, collaboration and teamwork are an absolute necessity. Effective teams have a high level of trust, open communication and a confident leader. This program will show women professionals what to takes to lead a successful team, keep them on track, and manage common challenges women face as the team leader. Join us to discover:

  • Key strategies women can use to effectively lead a team
  • Common challenges of women leaders - and how to mange them
  • Tips for building trust and strong communication in the team
  • 5 top obstacles to team success - and how to overcome them

"Exporting Basics" Workshop

July 15, 2015
Cochise College 901 N. Columbo Room 702 Sierra Vista,AZ 85635

Join us for a workshop to learn more about exporting your product or service. There is no cost to attend! Register today as the class size is limited.


Beyond the Hype: 7 Keys for Measurable Social Media Success

July 16, 2015
AppointmentPlus 15300 N. 90th St, Suite 100 Scottsdale,AZ 85260


Everybody talks about the importance of social media. But despite the hype, its practical value proves elusive for many organizations. Where to be? Who to target? How to manage?

Join us for a free, fun, and informative lunch on Thursday, July 16, from 11:30 am to 1 pm, when digital media specialist Mark Knoles will share his insider tips for getting the biggest bang for your organization's social media buck.



Playing for Keeps – Starting up and keeping up

July 16, 2015
NACET 2225 North Gemini Road Flagstaff,AZ 86001

This is a don't miss program from serial entrepreneur and business counselor, Jim Hunter.   Jim will share his step-by-step guidelines for startups; his suggestions for things you should consider before you start, and 17 common, quick and dirty components of any start-up.   In addition, Jim will share his 8 characteristics of successful business owners.  Whether you are starting a new business, thinking about starting a business, or looking for tips on how to be a more successful business owner, this is a program you should attend.


Nonprofit Business Summit

July 17, 2015
Sheraton Downtown Phoenix Hotel 340 North 3rd Street Phoenix AZ 85004

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


Cool Breezes – Hot Biotech: Inside the Mind of Angels

July 17, 2015
NACET Incubator 400 N Gemini Drive Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Join us to hear from a panel of Biotech Angel Investors and to get a sneak peek at the new

Innovation Mesa Accelerator Facility across the street from the NACET Incubator in Flagstaff, Arizona.


Startup STEM Camp Middle School

July 20, 2015
City High School 48 E Pennington, Tucson, AZ 85701

As new technologies transform the world around us faster than ever, entrepreneurship is becoming an essential skill for the 21st Century. Startup Tucson’s Startup STEM Camp will introduce attendees to cutting edge technology and teach entrepreneurial skills to solve problems, improve the world, and start businesses.


The Great Arizona Code Challenge

July 24, 2015
Infusionsoft 1260 South Spectrum Boulevard

The Great Arizona Code Challenge is an opportunity for programmers at any level to hone their skills and share in the enjoyment of competition and creation. This event is modeled on HackMIT, one of our nation’s noted best hackathons, but will be targeting high school and grade school students here in the Valley. For experienced middle/high school-aged programmers, this is a great opportunity to test themselves against the best of their peers in Phoenix.


Startup STEM Camp High School Session

July 27, 2015
City High School 48 E Pennington, Tucson, AZ 85701

As new technologies transform the world around us faster than ever, entrepreneurship is becoming an essential skill for the 21st Century. Startup Tucson’s Startup STEM Camp will introduce attendees to cutting edge technology and teach entrepreneurial skills to solve problems, improve the world, and start businesses.


July's Bootcamp

July 27, 2015
SEED SPOT 2828 N. Central Avenue 7th Floor, Phoenix,AZ 85004

This is a 5-Day Bootcamp to help entreprenesurs launch their dreams.  Entrepreneurs are guided through a business model generation curriculum, surrounded by experts, and mentored by community leaders for 5-days. Please apply by July 17, 2015.


Are you aware of how to leverage your brand to grow your business? Learn how to effectively create and communicate your personal brand to build your network. Utilize marketing materials that will help sell your brand, rather than stump your business growth.


Economic Impact of Arizona-Sonora Trade Luncheon (1)

July 28, 2015
Tucson Convention Center Ballroom

Join the Tucson Hispanic Chamber and the Arizona Daily Star in the "reveal" of the 2015 Arizona Sonora Business Resource Guide and presentation on the U.S Mexico Border economy.


Do’s and Don’ts of an Investor Pitch

July 29, 2015
108 N. 40th Street, South Phoenix,AZ 85034

An entrepreneur never knows when he or she may be called upon to pitch their company to a potential investor. It may be verbal, Internet based or printed media. It may come at a social gathering or meeting someone in the hallway at a conference who is just looking for a place to get some coffee. Or, it may come under very controlled conditions like pitching to a group of Angel or Venture Capital Investors at an Investor Event. However it may happen, you will only have one chance to make a good first impression.


Economic Impact of Arizona-Sonora Trade Luncheon

July 29, 2015
Sheraton Crescent Hotel 2620 W. Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85021

Join the Tucson Hispanic Chamber and the Arizona Daily Star for a luncheon focused on the importance of Trade between Arizona and Sonora. All attendees will receive the newly released 2015 Arizona Sonora Business Resource Guide.


2015 Marketing Technology Summit

August 20, 2015
ASU SkySong 1475 N. Scottsdale Rd.Building #3, Room 130 Scottsdale,AZ 85257

This year’s conference will focus on understanding your buyer at a time when everything about how buyers engage is changing. Featuring a keynote by Michael Brenner, Head of Strategy for NewsCred.


Make some noise Seattle because it’s time to compete in Tech.Co’s Startup of the Year Competition! Tech.Co has been traveling the globe, both virtually and physically, searching for the world’s best startup, and the Tech.Co’s Startup of the Year Competition & Tour’s next stop is in Seattle!  Winners will get the chance to compete in Tech.Co’s Startup of the Year Competition at Celebtrate 2015.

Also all applications are due Tuesday, August 4,2015 at 5PM EST. 





DevOps Conference

September 1, 2015
Infusionsoft 1260 South Spectrum Boulevard, Chandler, AZ 85286

Discover what industry leaders and practitioners do to deliver, deploy, and operate software applications

Share what works and what doesn’t.

Try new frameworks, ideas, and practices.


Synapse 2015

September 17, 2015

Participants in the full 3-day event have the opportunity to walk away with a:

  • Prototype of idea
  • Patent pending application
  • Vetted business model

There are many ways to be involved including applying to attend all 3 days, registering to participate in a portion of the event or by becoming a resource sponsor.


Save the Date! 25th Annual BioInterface 2015

September 21, 2015
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess 7575 East Princess Drive Scottsdale, AZ

During the conference you will be enriched by the science, and the high quality of interaction that is fostered by the unique blend of industry, academic, regulatory and clinical attendees. The size of the event allows you to connect, share and learn by relaxed contact with your fellow attendees.


White Hat Investors 2016

September 21, 2015
Sheraton Downtown Phoenix

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.


DATOS: The State of Arizona's Hispanic Market

September 23, 2015
Arizona Biltmore 2400 E. Missouri Avenue Phoenix,AZ 85016

Nearly 1,000 business and community leaders are expected to attend the early morning DATOS conference on September 16th. This year the Arizona Hispanic Chamber will release the 19th edition of DATOS: The State of Arizona’s Hispanic Market.


AZBIO Awards 2015

October 1, 2015
Phoenix Convention Center

The AZBio Awards Ceremony Celebrates Arizona’s leading Educators, Innovators and Companies.


Grand Opening for South Moutain College Community Entrepreneurship Center

November 12, 2015
South Mountain Community College 7050 S. 24th St Phoenix, AZ 85042

This will be a Grand Opening for Community Entrepreneurship Center at the college.


AZBio Trailblazers 2015

December 10, 2015
Phoenix Country Club 2901 N 7th Street Phoenix Arizona 85014

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.


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.