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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 Jan Brewer 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.


It’s my pleasure to welcome you to the Arizona Commerce Authority. The ACA is an aggressive, finely tuned economic development organization committed to attracting and retaining the best of the best in business and to creating quality jobs for Arizona and its citizens. And we’ve taken an innovative, public-private approach to ensure its success. Our leadership team is comprised of the most notable public and private-sector individuals who know Arizona, who know what it takes to succeed in this state and who know what you need to thrive and to grow with us. In early 2011, I proudly signed into law the highly progressive Arizona Competitiveness Package, making Arizona more competitive on the global business landscape. We look forward to working on your behalf to best leverage these incentives, ensuring the state of Arizona is the perfect place for your business needs.

- Governor Jan Brewer


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West Valley Biz 2 Biz Expo

August 28, 2014
Wigwam Resort, Litchfield Park

Join us for an afternoon of Business Contacts,Networking, and Prizes with your fellow Chamber members in the West Valley!


2014 Ethics Symposium

August 28, 2014
1475 N. Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, AZ 85257

BBB Business Ethics Awards Winners’ will share the role of ethics in forming their strategies in the areas of marketing, technology, human resources, and finance.


Patent Dos and Don'ts for Startups

August 28, 2014
CEI Gateway, 275 N. Gateway Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85034

We're excited to have speakers Shane Olafson and Kyle Siegal of Lewis Roca Rothgerber discuss patent tips for startups, including:

  • Carefully allocating precious startup funding
  • Properly limiting disclosure of new products and concepts
  • Understanding patent application timelines
  • Knowing when a provisional application may be appropriate

Phoenix Investor Roundtable

September 4, 2014
ASU SkySong

Interested in meeting early-stage accredited investors in Phoenix? At our next Phoenix Roundtable, the panel 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! We will be discussing the things that are most important to them when they are considering an Investment, the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention during a pitch, and, of course, the best ways to reach these and other Investors. There will be plenty of time for networking with the Investor panelists in a relaxed Silicon Valley-like environment!


Lean Startup Workshop for Startup Weekend Tucson

September 8, 2014
CoLab Workspace 17 E. Pennington St. Tucson,AZ 85701

The Lean Startup methodology is a tool that forms the foundation of the Startup Weekend experience.  The Lean Startup Workshop is an important pre-event for a successful Startup Weekend experience. If you only attend one pre-event before Startup Weekend, this is it!

This event is designed to provide the tools needed tor attendees of Startup Weekend Tucson 2014. Registered Startup Weekend attendees are admitted first and the registration fee is waived. So sign up for Startup Weekend now!

If you are intersted in attending the Workshop but don’t plan to attend Startup Weekend this year, there is a small fee.


Save the Date! PIII Playbook Workshops

September 10, 2014
ACA 333 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004

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 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Tech Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I and II awards and ultimately commercialize their innovations in Phase III.  Companies selected for the program will receive 23 hours of assistance including a two day workshop on proposal writing, government accounting and intellectual property protection.  Individualized coaching sessions from these topics are also included along with a follow up with a "Ready to Submit" review of your SBIR proposal.





The second Tucson Lunch and Learn of September will explore customary provisions of a technology license that affect the economics of the deal and the value derived from the licensing transaction. The presentation will address field and territory provisions, various earned royalty structures and underlying computations used to arrive at earned royalty payments, milestone fees and diligence considerations. The considerations offered will be broadly applicable to technology licenses of all stripes, whether patent, software or other, and will offer perspectives from both the licensor and licensee.


High Tide Final Pitch Event

September 11, 2014
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication 555 N Central Ave Phoenix, AZ 85004

Join Tallwave in celebrating nine startups that will complete the High Tide 3 program on September 11, with their final pitch to the entrepreneurial community.


Startup Grind Phoenix

September 11, 2014
Arizona Historical Society Museum 1300 N College Ave Tempe,AZ 85281

Startup Grind is a global startup community educating, inspiring, and connecting entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 100 cities and 42 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead.


Startup Weekend Tucson 2014

September 12, 2014
CoLab Workspace 17 E. Pennington St.Tucson,AZ 85701

It’s back!  Startup Weekend is back and better than ever!

Registration is now open and for those ready, you can jump to the bottom to get your ticket now while you can.  Seating is limited so RSVP now.

If you aren’t sure what this is all about, here are several ways you can get up to speed.

Startup Weekend is an an intense 54-hour long , hands-on experience where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable.  The event focuses on building out the framework of an innovative business in the over the course of a weekend and creating a business model or product prototype.


Startup Shark Tank at The Rialto Theater (Startup Weekend Finals)

September 14, 2014
Rialto Theater 318 E Congress St. Tucson,AZ

On Sunday night Startup Weekend is taking over The Rialto Theater for Startup Shark Tank in partnership with Connect Coworking!

We are moving all of the people, ideas, energy and fun a few blocks over near “5C” as we host the final Demos and Judging for Startup Weekend 2014 at The Rialto Theater.


2014 DATOS - Focus on Arizona's Hispanic Market

September 16, 2014
Arizona Biltmore 2400 E. Missouri Avenue McArthur Ballroom Phoenix, AZ 85016

The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce  will release the 18th Annual DATOS Report during a breakfast on September 16th at the Arizona Biltmore. The study offers a detailed review and analysis of the latest research available on the economic trends shaping the Hispanic market in Arizona and nationally.


Arizona Technology Summit 2014

September 17, 2014
Phoenix Convention Center

The 6th Annual Arizona Technology Summit is coming back to the Phoenix Convention Center (South Ballroom) on September 17th 2014 from 8am-5pm.

The 2013 conference theme was learning about The IT Forecast including the tools you will need to weather the storms and how to ensure the sunny skies are here to stay.

Come join us in 2014 as we continue to expand your knowledge and leverage opportunities in technology.

Stay tuned for more information coming soon.


AZBio Awards 2014

September 17, 2014
Phoenix Convention Center 100 N 3rd Street Phoenix,AZ

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


DATOS Tucson 2014

September 18, 2014
JW Marriott Tucson Star Pass 3800 W. Star Pass Blvd Tucson, AZ 85745

Join us for a compelling luncheon presentation hosted by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. ASU Professor Emeritus Dr. Loui Olivas will discuss the highly regarded annual report, DATOS: Focus on the Hispanic Market, with a special emphasis on the role of Latinos in the Tucson and Southern Arizona economy.


Is Exporting Key To Your Company's Future Growth?

September 19, 2014
ASU SkySong Scottsdale 1375 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale,AZ

A program like no other, ExporTech is a three-session workshop put on by industry experts to help companies enter or expand into global markets. By limiting the number of attendees, ExporTech is able to provide an international growth plan customized specifically for your business.

Offered by RevAZ, a program of the Arizona Commerce Authority – in conjunction with the U.S. Commercial Service – ExporTech’s team of export experts help navigate the sales process to move your company quickly beyond planning, into actual, profitable export sales.

You must attend all three workshop dates listed below:

September 19, 2014

October 17, 2014

November 14, 2014

For further information please email exportech@azcommerce.com





Hacks 4 Humanity

September 20, 2014
Sun Devil Fitness Complex 400 E. Appache Blvd. Tempe, AZ 85287

Imagine – two days of techies, programmers, developers, humanists, artists, students, professors, and creative visionaries gathered in one place to hack for ‘Social Good’ and build technology solutions to address pressing issues facing humanity. The mission of Hacks 4 Humanity is to create technology solutions and initiatives, that will contribute to the social good and address the needs of humanity using the 7 principles of ASU Project Humanities “Humanity 101” movement.













What Is Crowd Funding?

September 25, 2014
EAC High Tech Center, Room #124 3732 W. Church St.Thatcher, AZ 85552

What you will learn:

  • Explore the wide variety of crowd funding platforms available.
  • Focus on the top few sites for small business purposes and how they work.
  • Learn how to create a successful crowd funding campaign.
  • Understand the history and legal challenges involved with crowd funding.

Save the Date! PIII Playbook Workshop

December 3, 2014
AZ Center for Innovation Tech Parks Arizona 9040 S. Rita Road, Suite 1270 Tucson, AZ

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 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Tech Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I and II awards and ultimately commercialize their innovations in Phase III.  Companies selected for the program will receive 23 hours of assistance including a two day workshop on proposal writing, government accounting and intellectual property protection.  Individualized coaching sessions from these topics are also included along with a follow up with a "Ready to Submit" review of your SBIR proposal.



SAVE THE DATE! Our 2014 Business Growth Expo

November 6, 2014
University of Phoenix Stadium 1 Cardinals Drive Glendale, AZ 85305

Be a part of the Phoenix Business Journal’s Business Growth Expo & Job Fair! This is your opportunity to showcase your company, product or service. Reach hundreds of business owners, professionals and decision makers across a variety of industries.

What makes the Phoenix Business Journal's "Business Growth Expo" attendees different from other trade shows?

Small business owners and decision makers from across the Valley's business community choose the Phoenix Business Journal as their trusted source for local business news, potential client leads and top notch networking opportunities. These decision makers count on the Phoenix Business Journal to run their businesses smarter, to stay ahead of their competition and to choose their vendors or services. That’s why the Business Growth Conference and Expo is the place to display and promote your business.


Governor's Celebration of Innovation

November 13, 2014
Phoenix Convention Center

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 1,000 attendees each year for a night of networking, food and entertainment. 2014 marks the 11th year of this prestigious event. For 2014, the event will consist of a theatre style awards program followed by a strolling dinner complete with specialty desserts and live music. The event will also feature the Technology Showcase of over 50 Arizona companies exhibiting. These companies consist of award finalists, sponsors and AZTC partners.


Aviation Week Aerospace & Defense Programs

November 19, 2014
Wigwam 300 East Wigwam Blvd Litchfield Park, Arizona 85340

Join aerospace and defense program leaders as they come together to evaluate program performance — learn best practices in tackling efficiency and cost, strategy, and supply chain. This two-day event will provide:

  • Current analysis of defense/space market environment
  • Guidance to companies as they prepare to execute/supply to meet future space/defense program requirements
  • Lessons learned and best practices to improve overall defense/space program performance

With the budgetary situation gaining definition, program leaders now face the task: adjust/adapt with speed and agility, refine program processes and methods, and address emerging requirements in innovative new ways that combine investment with new business models.