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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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PHX Startup Week, started by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, is a week-long, Valley-wide showcase and celebration of Arizona’s entrepreneur community. Started in 2015, our shared mission is to serve current and future Arizona entrepreneurs with quality content and meaningful connections.

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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!

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StreetPitch @ PHX StartupWeek

February 22, 2017
On Central Ave. 1 E Washington St Phoenix, AZ 85004

This is a FREE event to the public. You've heard about about the booming startup tech scene in downtown PHX, now come see it for yourself!

We're shutting down an entire street in DTPHX so that 10 startups can compete for the chance to win a $50,000 investment in their business. StreetPitch, hits Central Ave. from Washington to Jefferson in the middle of PHX Startup Week. Hundreds of startups from all over the state are submitting their ideas, and the top ten will be selected to get in front of a panel of judges with a rapid-fire 5 minute pitch presentation.

It was hard to pick just 10 amongst the nearly 100 amazing applicants that submitted for this brand new startup competition. The finalists below are startup rockstars,

  • Bravo Tip or Pay
  • Enfuego Technologies
  • GraphLock, Inc.
  • Hybridchart
  • InfluenceLogic
  • MePlusMore
  • OYE! Business Intelligence
  • Pursuit Health Technologies, LLC
  • Schola
  • Stellar Research
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Learn to use ReferenceUSA!

February 22, 2017
State Library of Arizona - Con Cronin Commons (3rd Floor)

Get fast and easy access to details on more than 42 million U.S. businesses and more than 260 million U.S. residents. Information includes; company name, address, phone, executive contact names, employee size, SIC and NAICS codes, credit ratings, etc…..

Use ReferenceUSA to:

Conduct market research
Build a business plan
Locate Sales leads and download lists
Locate companies for employment opportunities
And much more…..

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2017 Medtech Conference

February 23, 2017
Speer Education

Join the Arizona Technology Council for its inaugural MedTech Conference bringing together healthcare innovators, influential policy-makers, and other healthcare service professionals committed to promoting and supporting the industry in a uniquely multifaceted environment designed to showcase Arizona’s innovative medical technology.  The MedTech Conference seeks to advance industry discussion from key perspectives through expert panel sessions, keynote speakers, and product exhibits to provide opportunities in education, business development, capital formation, and networking. 

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West Valley Economic Development Forum

February 23, 2017
Grand Canyon University Phoenix AZ, 85017
Find out who is behind the economic development successes throughout the West Valley.
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Put Your Business Idea in Motion

February 23, 2017
108 N. 40th Street South Building (SO) Phoenix, AZ 85034

Are you an entrepreneur in the early stage of exploring and planning a new business venture? Are you confused by how to get started and what steps to take? Think you have a great idea, but maybe you are not sure if it is a viable business idea, an idea that customers want or need? If you answered yes to any of these questions, our Put Your Business Idea in Motion program is for you. 

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Middle and High School students who have a problem they need solved, want to learn more about start-up culture, love coding or design or just bringing an awesome team together - this is YOUR EVENT. 

Building on the nationally recognized StartUp Weekend model and pivoting it for students, the CO+HOOTS Foundation has brought together entrepreneurs and experts, volunteers and community leaders to offer students a glimpse into what it takes to build a company and a product from scratch. 

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Night of the Open Door

February 25, 2017
The Biodesign Institute 727 E. Tyler St., ASU’s Tempe Campus

Expect the unexpected as you step inside the Biodesign Institute. Glimpse how innovations may change the future.

March
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Arizona: Selling to the Federal Government

March 1, 2017
U.S. Small Business Administration Arizona District Office 2828 N. Central Ave. Suite 800 Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration 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!

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2017 State Legislative Day

March 2, 2017
State Capital/AZTC Offices

The Arizona Technology Council (AZTC) and Intel will be holding the 2017 State Legislative Day on Thursday, March 2nd.  This event gives members and non-members a chance to learn what is currently going on at the legislature and with public policy related to the technology industry in the state. You will also have a chance to personally meet with key legislators.  This will also be an opportunity for members to advocate for and show the importance of the Technology Council’s legislative priorities, especially the recapitalization of the Angel Investment Tax Credit. 

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Venture Madness, presented by Invest Southwest in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, pits 64 of the most promising startups against one another in a bracket-style, head-to-head competition. Think you’ve got what it takes? 

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RCS AVN16-110 T3 Concessions - Small Business Retail Opportunities and Outreach Requirements Workshop

March 9, 2017
Aviation Corporate Office Building 2485 East Sky Harbor Boulevard - PAAB Phoenix, AZ 85034

ttendees will receive an overview of AC/DBE program at PHX and gain valuable information on ACDBE Entrepreneurship: What is an ACDBE Certification (versus S/DBE) and its benefits?; Are You Eligible to Apply?; and How to Get CERTIFIED!

This workshop is free and open to the public and offered to any firm interested in pursuing retail operator and retail goods and services opportunities on the PHX Terminal 3 Concessions Program. Note: T3 Food and Beverage concession opportunities will be presented in a separate workshop.

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Making It Happen: Let's Talk STARTUPS! Lunch & Discussion

March 9, 2017
Medical Research Building, Room 102 1656 E. Mabel St. Tucson, Az

How do you create a startup based on a UA technology? When do you know that the moment is right? Join us as three experts help us understand the process and answer your questions.

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General Boot Camp

March 13, 2017
Seed Spot

This Boot Camp is designed to be an introduction to entrepreneurship for anyone working on an idea.

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Please view event link for further details.

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Innovations in Marketing for Startups

March 15, 2017
Fair Trade Cafe (Roosevelt)

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!

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Phoenix Arizona: Surety Bond Information Seminar

March 15, 2017
U.S. Small Business Administration Arizona District Office 2828 N. Central Ave. Suite 800 Phoenix, Arizona 8500

Looking to bid on a construction project?

Does your federal contracting proposal require a performance bond?

Need a bond to furnish labor, equipment, or supplies used in the performance of the contract?

The SBA Surety Bond Program was developed to assist small businesses seeking contracting opportunities that require bonding:

  • Types of Bonds Available – Performance, Bid, and Payment 
  • Eligibility – Find out if you qualify or eligible for a surety bond
  • Agents and Sureties - Get AZ contact information for those that offer this program
  • Counseling –Surety Bond Specialist, SCORE, SBDC’s, and Women Business Centers

 

 

 

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6th Annual Power of the Purse

March 16, 2017
Arizona Science Center 600 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

#Power of the Purse is hosted by the AZHCC Latina Business Enterprises Group as this event is about celebrating women in business and unites 500+ guests to learn about the economic impact of women-owned enterprises.

This year the theme isDeveloping STEM Businesses and Workforce" and guests will get a chance to hear from a dynamic keynote, expert panel on the theme, peruse the mini-expo before the event, and have a chance to win in our raffle. We look forward to having you be one of the 500+ attendees this year at the Arizona Science Center!

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Small Business Leadership Forum

March 16, 2017
Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce 201 N. Central Ave., 27th Floor Phoenix, AZ 85004

Small to mid-sized businesses drive Arizona’s economy and the Small Business Leadership Forum drives our business owners. This bi-monthly forum serves as a platform for small business leaders to connect with peers, build their networks and deepen their understanding of issues facing Arizona companies.

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2017 Head over Heels: Women's Business Conference (1)

March 17, 2017
Desert Diamond Casino Hotel 7350 S. Nogales Hwy Tucson, AZ

Please view event link for further details.

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Raising Capital Program

March 20, 2017
Seed Spot

This program will take place every Monday and Thursday from 5pm to 7pm. You can learn more about this program's offering on Program page. 

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Innovation Power Breakfas

March 21, 2017
Interdisciplinary Science and Technology

Discover how Arizona State University’s Fulton Schools of Engineering pursues cutting-edge research to solve problems and achieve real-world impact—for Arizona and beyond. Hear from ASU faculty, executives, engineers and inventors about ground-breaking new projects and Fulton’s focus on strategic partnerships. This fast-paced event will be interactive, visual and informative.

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ASU Core Facility Showcase

March 23, 2017
SkySong Synergy Rooms I & II (suite 130 & 135)

Arizona State University is providing a free forum where industry and small business stakeholders can join ASU researchers to share insights on analytical techniques developed in the areas of advanced materials, device fabrication, life sciences, energy, and the environment. This symposium is a great opportunity for you to learn from colleagues and peers and discover the latest technological advances and analytical techniques used in ASU’s cutting-edge research. In addition, there will be a focus on the resources available at ASU to help you develop and commercialize new technologies.

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Is your tech company a candidate for federal R&D funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) SBIR/STTR programs? The two programs award over $2.6 billion in high risk R&D funding annually to qualified small businesses. The process is complex but the impact of receiving millions in non-dilutive funding is worth the effort! SBIR and STTR soften the access to capital barriers, and through connecting small firms with key institutions and organizations within state and regional Innovation Ecosystems, technologist can more quickly and efficiently diffuse their innovations.

Get the help you need to plan your strategies, build your teams and have success. Attend this two-day event to learn from those who have been through the process and hear directly from representatives of these agencies: DARPA, Air Force and NASA.

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Business Bootcamp "ProcurePHX"

March 23, 2017
University of Phoenix

Join the AZHCC for an introduction to doing business with the City of Phoenix. You will learn what the city buys, how to register as a vendor, current & expiring contracts, how to respond to a solicitation, and how local spending impacts the community.

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Boots to Business REBOOT- 2 day event

March 29, 2017
GateWay Community College

THIS IS A 2-DAY, Full Day Event in PHOENIX, AZ

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).

The program provides assistance to veterans exploring self-employment opportunities by leading them through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and the foundational knowledge required for developing a business plan. Nationwide registration: http://boots2business.org/reboot/

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Every entrepreneur has a dream, a vision of service, of filling a need, making your world—our world—a better place. This program will offer 3 Necessary Ingredients needing your attention sooner than later to be sure this doesn’t happen to you: Know what you are really selling: what problem do you solve for your customer? Know your customer…Think Like Your Customer Know who YOU are (brand) and what makes you different in the marketplace

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Southern Arizona Legislative Update Luncheon 2017

March 31, 2017
Doubletree by Hilton Tucson

New leadership means new policies. ASBA's 9th Annual Legislative Update Luncheon will provide a lively discussion on key issues from current political leaders bringing a mix of viewpoints. This interactive moderated panel will feature current priorities, thoughts on how the legislative session may conclude and afford you an opportunity to be heard. Join us at this must attend event! 

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Outstanding Women in Business

April 3, 2017
Montelucia Resort & Spa

Join us as we recognize remarkable women who are trailblazing the Valley's business community, as mentors and visionaries.

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For members of the aerospace, defense, aviation and manufacturing community, the Arizona Technology Council (AZTC) is offering a major opportunity for you to connect with potential new partners in March.

For defense contractors, the event will be your chance to take the spotlight as you explain your needs with subcontractors. For smaller manufacturers and service providers, you will be able to talk directly with A&D decision-makers to learn how to best meet their requirements.

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Arizona: Selling to the Federal Government

April 5, 2017
U.S. Small Business Administration Arizona District Office 2828 N. Central Ave. Suite 800 Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration 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!

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Business and Digital Trends How to Get the Most Out of Your Business

April 18, 2017
Glendale Civic Center 5750 West Glenn Drive Glendale, AZ 85301

Planned topics:

  • Where is digital marketing heading
  • Staying ahead of the competition
  • Marketing gone mobile
  • Sales/Marketing: getting customers in the door
  • Management: increasing your bottom line
  • Operations: delivering value to your customers
  • How to deal with changes that are coming—inflation, minimum wage, interest rates, deregulation
  • Cyber security—keep your business safe
  • More profit through cost control
  • Ecommerce
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Veteran Resource Seminar

April 18, 2017
Tempe Library Bric Center

Learn about Special Veteran Services and Programs available from the US 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 loan process, eligibility and which lenders are making loans
  • Growing Your Business – Funding for expansion
  • Contracting Opportunities – Service Disabled & Veteran Owned BusinessesCounseling – Veteran Business Development Officer, SCORE, SBDC and Women’s Business Centers.
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ICON

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.

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Mayor Greg Stanton State of the City Address and Luncheon

April 25, 2017
Sheraton Grand Phoenix Phoenix Ballroom
Join hundreds of Valley business and government leaders, Phoenix City Council members and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce to hear Mayor Greg Stanton's priorities for 2017 and beyond! 
May
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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.

 

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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!

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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ARIZONA-MEXICO COMMISSION SUMMIT

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. 

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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.
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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.