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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.



Business Planning Workshop Series

March 31, 2016
EAC High Tech Center, Room #124

A business plan is ESSENTIAL to your business success! Create or update your business plan and strategy to help achieve your goals! During this 4-part series, you will actually begin to write your business plan. At the end of this series, you will leave with a full structure and information for your plan.

These four workshops take place every two weeks on a Thursday with all dates listed below:  3/31, 4/14, 4/28 and  5/12.


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.


Connect the Tech Speaker Series

April 18, 2016
Eureka Loft Scottsdale

This eight-week interactive series provides an opportunity for direct mentorship from local industry leaders and Q&A on area every business needs to know, like legal issues, human resources and hiring, effective new tools for marketing and how to increase sales. This is a special series for firms in Scottsdale that are eyeing expansion, presented by people who have been there. The series will take place on Mondays from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.




SACC Arizona invites you to a informal Happy Hour Speaker event in our 20-year Anniversary Series.

This time we are featuring insightful and down-to-earth Social Media Strategist Vincent Orleck. He's not a guru, maven, ninja or rock star of social media... He is simply a professional.


Money Week

May 2, 2016

Do you need money for your awesome business?

Most entrepreneurs are familiar with the idea of raising money from investors to build their business. There is no shortage of stories detailing the exchange of equity for cash and entrepreneurs can easily find education and counsel on the subject.

But did you know there are other funding options that allow you to retain complete ownership of your company? Welcome to Money Week! From May 2-5, we will introduce financing options that allow you to keep your equity and build a successful, viable business. Each morning’s session will include a lecture and moderated panel to help you get a grasp on these incredible non-dilutive opportunities.

This is an entirely different event for the Arizona entrepreneurial ecosystem! Don’t miss out on this valuable information!


SMCC Venture Pitch/ASU Poder Cisco Innovation Challenge

May 3, 2016
SMCC Library Community Room L-162-163

As you know South Mountain Community College (SMCC) is the first community college to pilot Arizona State University’s (ASU) Poder  program. Poder is a social entrepreneurship training program offered at no cost to SMCC students by ASU, with support of Cisco-sponsored Silicon Valley Community Foundation grants. 



Breakthrough Marketing: Strategies to Grow Your Business

May 3, 2016
Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation

The foundation of your marketing and sales execution is your “positioning.” Getting your product positioning right will make all your sales, marketing and customer acquisition tactics work better.


The Phoenix MBDA Business Center in collaboration with the Secretaría de Desarrollo Económico - Baja California (SEDECO) bring you an exciting opportunity to visit key companies in Mexicali, make new connections, identify new opportunities and potential partners at the targeted business to business forum.

Cost: $350 per person

For additional information regarding this event please contact Izzy at 602-294-6089 or by email izzy@phoenixmbdacenter.com






Lin Sue will discuss how her unexpected career path gives her insight into life’s chapters and the role we play in authoring our own book of journeys. Although we do not always have control of what’s to come or foresee every plot twist, we definitely have some control in writing our life stories and the ability to embark on adventures, share what experience teaches and serve others.


Please see event for further details on registration and hotel.



Business people are legendary at productivity. They work fast, build things, power the bottom line with and through people. Artists are known for creativity. They invent, they craft, they build new pathways.

In private business and public service within this global economy we can all become more innovative.  Given the issues we face, complex solutions are required. Our world is beginning to depend upon them. The very innovation needed by corporate and artistic people alike begins when creativity and productivity come together.


How to REALLY Understand Your Customers

May 4, 2016
MCE - Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship

A business’s most valuable asset is their customer. Unlike other key resources such as equipment, buildings, or land, a business’s customers are not readily purchased—at least not in the traditional sense. Before a business can market their product/service to customers, it must understand who it is targeting and the scale of the potential market.


Governor's Luncheon and Legislative Recap

May 4, 2016
Hilton El Conquistador Resort, 10000 N Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ

Join us for Governor Ducey's Luncheon and Legislative Recap on May 4th. The Governor will discuss the recent legislative session and important initiatives for our State.          


2016 Cybersecurity Summit

May 5, 2016
Scottsdale Hilton Resort Main Ballroom

The Cybersecurity Summit is an opportunity for government and business executives to learn about the threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences related to data security and privacy matters.  Join us 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 a panel discussion, keynote speaker, sponsor expo and other exceptional presentations.


BBB Torch Awards

May 5, 2016
Casino Del Sol Resort

This is the premier event for honoring ethical businesses in Southern Arizona and is expected to be bigger than previous years. Three categories are honored and awarded finalists for each, they include: Ethics, Customer Excellence, and Good Neighbor.


Arizona Small BIZ Con

May 5, 2016
Arizona Biltmore

Join fellow Arizona business owners and professionals from across the state this May for Small Business Month. Get ready for a power-packed day of timely discussions, relevant education, and meaningful interactions.


Please join us and soak up the knowledge and experience of fantastically successful local business experts who will share relevant, valuable tricks, tips and tools to help your business grow and make money.


The Black & White Ball honors the achievements of Arizona entrepreneurs, business leaders and individuals who have positively contributed to the state’s social progress and economic prosperity. The AZHCC also presents awards in four other categories: Man of the Year, Corporation of the Year, Woman of the Year, and Legacy Award.


After 5 Mixer: Los Tres Amigos

May 11, 2016
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

It's a multi-chamber festival! The Greater Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale Chambers of Commerce come together once a year for one fantastic networking event. This year’s event will be hosted at the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts where you’ll make connections with business professionals from all over the Valley, enjoy complimentary appetizers, a cash bar and live entertainment.


AZ Top Tech Exec Awards

May 12, 2016
Phoenix Art Museum

Join us for the Valley's premier technology celebration honoring the leaders in technology. Get to know the Who's Who of the Valley's tech industry and have fun celebrating their success!


2nd Annual hive Business Expo.

May 14, 2016
Burton Barr Central Library

Join business leaders, entrepreneurs and community organizations for a day of engaging activities and networking at the 2nd Annual hive Business Expo.



May 17, 2016
Titan Industries

SBIR/STTR is a highly competitive program overseen by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Each year through these grants, eleven federal agencies award over $2 billion in non-dilutive funding to small, high-tech, innovative businesses that have the potential for commercialization. These competitive awards ensure the United States remains the world's innovation leader.

The Arizona Commerce Authority helps educate Arizona Small Businesses and connect them with resources to better compete for funding through the SBIR/STTR program.


29th Annual IMPACT Awards Luncheon

May 18, 2016
The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend the 29th Annual IMPACT Awards Luncheon as we celebrate eight businesses and one nonprofit organization whose good work and successes have strengthened our community and our Chamber.


NACCE Incubator Bootcamp

May 18, 2016
CEI Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation

Community colleges are interested in expanding their entrepreneurial services. Incubators and co-working spaces attract different community members to campus. The goal of the workshop is for attendees to understand what is required to launch and grow a successful incubator for their community. Attendees will leave with a comprehensive plan of action and a complete tool kit for implementation back to their campus.


Evening Program

May 19, 2016

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.  


International Opportunties & Overcoming Global Sales Hurdles

May 19, 2016
TEP Building, Auditorium A, 2nd Floor

This Seminar will be focused on business opportunities and insight into the markets, investments and how to best position your company to take advantage of them.


Rebecca will take a detailed journey into a highly sophisticated nurture campaign generated for a Forbes Top 20 brand’s Internet of Things channel customers. Dubbed Smart Nurture, she’ll explore its objectives, strategy, pain points, discoveries and results while shedding light on the details of each step. This engaging presentation will share personal insights along with motivating and inspiring content to use similar strategies for your customers in both B2B and B2C scenarios.


Business Breakthrough Culture: Trust and Teamwork

May 20, 2016
Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River

Does your business nurture creativity, innovation and change? Or is it stuck in a “this is how we’ve always done it” mentality? Break through this stagnant mindset and create a sustainable, high-performing culture that embraces change and creates growth. Experience first-hand how trust, teamwork and taking action can break you through to success!


Startup Weekend | Yuma | Agriculture & Food

May 20, 2016
Yuma Historical Theatre and Arts Center

We bring together a diverse group of people passionate about innovating the agriculture industry to meet the demands of our growing global population. In 54 hours, participants share ideas, form teams, build products and launch agriculture or food ventures.


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.


Seed 2-Day Workshops

May 23, 2016

Multipe times a year, SEED SPOT runs 2-day Workshops helping future entrepreneurs understand how to launch a new business. Entrepreneurs are introduced to the building blocks of creating a successful business by industry experts.


AZ Small Biz CollaborMIX™ & Expo

May 24, 2016
Warehouse 215 @ Bentley Projects

In the spirit of Small Business Month, join ASBA for our AZ Small Biz CollaborMIX™ & Expo!  With 60 exhibitors and 300-400 attendees, you can count on the evening consisting of fun networking and building valuable connections for your business.  


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.


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.


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.


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.


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! 


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.


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.


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


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.


Raising Capital

July 11, 2016

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


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.


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.




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.


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.


SEED SPOT 5-Day Boot Camp

August 15, 2016

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.


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


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 


Full-Time Program

September 1, 2016

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.


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.


2016 AZBio Awards

September 21, 2016
Phoenix Convention Center

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


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!


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.


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.


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."


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, 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.


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].


Please click on link for further informaiton.


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.


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.


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.