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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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The Spark

January 20, 2017
Sky Song

We are creating a process for aspiring intrapreneurs to hone their skills through intensive practice, so that when opportunities arise they know they are sharp enough to slice through whatever comes at’em. we call it Sharpn.

We have developed an event called the SPARK which gives aspiring intrapreneurs the tools and skills needed to validate ideas. We then provide them with an introduction to systems thinking. We also help them build communication skills and realize the importance of leadership. The most important part of the day is showing them how to overcome the fear of failure while forging a strong positive mindset.

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Have you ever wondered why some people camp out for days just to get their hands on the latest Apple product or why some will pay over 3x more for jewelry because it comes in a blue box? The answer is branding. In this talk we'll take a closer look at some of the world's most popular brands, why people are so love drunk on them, and how to create a brand with it's own cult-like following.

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Connect2STEM 2017

January 28, 2017
University of Arizona College of Medicine
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The Art of Vending

January 29, 2017
Burton Barr Central Library3

This free event is designed to help small businesses and vendors learn how to maximize the opportunity to increase sells, market their brand and gain customers when "vending."

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Are you starting a new venture, but aren’t sure how to stand out? Are you a seasoned Entrepreneur, but your marketing efforts aren't giving you the ROI you expect? Is it time to create a brand and a digital footprint that tell your company's message and connect with customers? The Social Colony Success Academy Branding Workshop is just the thing for entrepreneurs, bloggers, and creatives.
Over the three-day workshop, we’ll provide you with the up-to-date training you need to create your digital footprint in this digital age.  
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IRC 2-Day Boot Camp

February 4, 2017
Seed Spot

This 2 Day Boot Camp is in partnership with the International Rescue committee and provides entrepreneurial training fro Refugee Entrepreneurs. To learn more about how to get involved with this program, reach out to Lauren@seedspotphoenix.org.

 

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Leaders of the Phoenix Entrepreneurial Ecosystem come together in an interactive round table format to discuss working with the local media to get additional exposure for women owned businesses and change the Phoenix culture around female entrepreneurship.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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/