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ABOUT THE ARIZONA COMMERCE AUTHORITY

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.

 

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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.

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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.

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Startup Tucson's Thryve Program is designed to help high potential entrepreneurs grow their existing companies.  We are accepting applications and nominations for Thryve's Fall 2015 ScaleUp Cohort.  Through this 8-week intensive program, developed with the support of the U.S. Small Business Administration, entrepreneurs will gain the insights you need to accelerate your business growth!

Application Deadline August 3, 2015.

August
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Lunch & Learn - Build Your Company with a Sales Funnel

August 4, 2015
MCE - Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship 20800 N John Wayne Pkwy, Suite 108 Maricopa, AZ 85139

The guest Speaker Mr. Freddie Olivarez is a lifelong, hands-on sales leader.

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Lunch and Learn: Mobile Apps for Your Small Business

August 4, 2015
Deskhub 4900 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 4500 Scottsdale,AZ 85251

Every business has a website. But not every business has a native mobile app for iOS or Android. Back in the early 2000s and prior, there was a huge rush for businesses to create a web presence with a website. Domain names were being sold at outrageous prices and website developers were charging a premium for website development. Today websites that are responsive and written in HTML5 render well on mobile devices (and aren’t as costly as 15 years ago) but they are still no more than an online marketing brochure with limited reach to your customers unless they actually visit your site frequently.

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Are you in career transition? Come and discover Career Connectors, a nonprofit organization connecting professionals to high quality resources and hiring companies.

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Communication is everything and when done effectively can influence, build trust, empower and energize people and teams. However, many women hold off on voicing their opinion or avoid tough conversations because they're not sure of what to say. Learn powerful tools and techniques that improve your communication between co-workers and employees. You will gain skills to express yourself effectively and build credibility to move forward in your career.

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The Council’s eight annual CEO Retreat will be escaping 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.

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Business 101

August 11, 2015
Phoenix College Downtown Campus 640 North 1st Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85003

This is an interactive workshop that introduces the new entrepreneur to business fundamentals. If you want to start a business, where to start, learn how to grow a business, or explore a business idea, this is the right workshop for you

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Thryve Summer Demo Day

August 12, 2015
YWCA 525 Bonita Ave, Tucson, AZ 85745

You are invited to check out the 10 startups that have made it through the 2015 Thryve Summer Incubator. These startups have been learning new businesses models, making pivots, and working for success.

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Southern Arizona Entrepreneur Event

August 12, 2015
University of Phoenix-Southern Arizona Campus 300 S. Craycroft Road Tucson,AZ 85711

Start small. Think big. Take your business to the next level.

Now is your chance to help bring your business dreams to life. The University of Phoenix Entrepreneur Event will explore important business topics like choosing the right type of venture, how to raise funds and how to move your business forward.

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Are you in career transition? Come and discover Career Connectors, a nonprofit organization connecting professionals to high quality resources and hiring companies.

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MAC6 and Park Lane Open House

August 13, 2015
MAC6 Office- 1430 W Broadway Road Suite 201 Tempe, AZ 85282/Park Lane Manufacturing- 941 S Park Lane Tempe, AZ 85281

We are looking for a few more companies to join our community in both locations. If you are interested in learning more about opportunities to lease a desk, an office or space at Park Lane please join us!

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Phoenix Entrepreneur Event

August 13, 2015
University of Phoenix -Phoenix Main Campus 1625 W. Fountainhead Parkway Tempe,AZ 85282

Start small. Think big. Take your business to the next level.

Now is your chance to help bring your business dreams to life. The University of Phoenix Entrepreneur Event will explore important business topics like choosing the right type of venture, how to raise funds and how to move your business forward. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to build solid business strategies and hear from community leaders, create a solid plan and network with like-minded go-getters.

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AIC Information Session

August 14, 2015
NACET in Flagstaff

Arizona Innovation Challenge submission window is about to open!!!

Please come out to join us for this session to get your answers to any questions regarding our AIC process.

Time: 9:00AM -11:00AM

No need to RSVP, this event is Free.

 

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August 2015 Female Founders Forum

August 17, 2015
3730 E Indian School Rd Phoenix,AZ 85018

Join 49 other fabulous female founders at our second Female Founders Forum. The Female Founders Forum is a quarterly networking event that brings together women who have founded their own company/organization. Participants leverage the power of their connections and help each other solve burning issues to move their businesses forward. Participants are asked to identify their ONE issue or “ask” and leave with connections to a solution plus add new additions to their network.

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Introduction to SBIR/STTR Grant Program

August 18, 2015
Norhtern Arizona State University- Flagstaff,AZ

Don't miss this innovative workshop? This two-hour training is offered to encourage inventive and innovative entrepreneurial medical and life sciences professionals to consider SBIR/STTR Program Funding to mature and commercialize their ideas and concepts.

 

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AZTC Lunch and Learn: Policing your Brand on a Budget and Other Intellectual Property Basics

August 18, 2015
AppointmentPlus 15300 N. 90th Street, Suite 100 Scottsdale,AZ 85260

One of the most important assets of your company is your brand. Did you know that trademark law says there are different types of brands? After you have branded your company how to do keep others from using your brand? With the internet growing every day from websites to online marketplaces, online enforcement of a brand can become overwhelming. You will learn strategies for determining what brand infringements are top priority to protect your brand and strategies for keeping your brand strong. Additionally, you will learn how to choose the right type of brand for your company, and how to keep your rights strong with good enforcement, all on a budget.

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AIC Information Session- Phoenix

August 18, 2015
CEI 275 N. GateWay Drive Phoenix, AZ 85034

Arizona Innovation Challenge submission window is about to open!!!

Please come out to join us for this session to get your answers to any questions regarding AIC process.

Time: 2:00PM -4:00PM

No need to RSVP, this is a Free event.

 

 

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Financial Literacy

August 18, 2015
Phoenix College Downtown Campus 640 North 1st Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85003

We start with a simple tool in learning how to manage your personal finances and then segue into understanding your small business financials. Learn the importance of developing a cash flow projection for your business. Whether you are an existing business and need a loan or capital to expand, or whether you are a startup business, learning the importance and the details of a cash flow projection can be paramount to your business success.

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LinkedIn Strategies for Growing your Business

August 18, 2015
ASBA 4600 E. Washington St., Suite 340 Phoenix, AZ 85034

LinkedIn is more than your resume online.  It is a powerful tool that you can use to grow your business, build lists, hire great employees, find amazing vendors and learn from the experts!

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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.

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NetworkingPhoenix Signature Event

August 20, 2015
Chaparral Suites 5001 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, Arizona 85250

Join 1,500 of Phoenix's finest professionals, business owners and key individuals at our annual Signature Event and experience it for yourself!

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Arizona Innovation Challenge submission window is about to open!!!

Please come out to join us for this session to get your answers to any questions regarding AIC process.

No need to RSVP, this is a Free event.

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Building The Right Team From The Start

August 20, 2015
Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology 2225 North Gemini Road Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Join Julie Lancaster, owner of a leadership coaching and management consulting company, to:
·         Discover who and how you should be hiring to help your business thrive
·         Determine what your on-boarding process should look like
·         Create a "leadership philosophy" to better share your expectations
·         Learn how to give helpful corrective feedback during the training phase and beyond

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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. 

 

 

 

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2015 BBB Ethics Symposium Registration

August 21, 2015
ASU SkySong, Convergence Room, 1475 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale AZ 85257

Join us for winning strategies for ethical marketplace practices from some of the Valley’s most compelling companies. BBB Business Ethics Award Winners (now called the Torch Awards for Ethics) share the role of ethics in forming their strategies in marketing, technology, human resources, and finance. Learn how to stand out using ethics as a competitive advantage.

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Are you in career transition? Come and discover Career Connectors, a nonprofit organization connecting professionals to high quality resources and hiring companies.

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Back to Business: Grow Your List Seminar

August 27, 2015
ASU Sky Song 1365 N. Scottsdale Rd., Building 3-130 Scottsdale,AZ 85257

Let’s get Back to Business! (School is back in session and we are all returning from our vacations!) It’stime to grow your contact list!

Join us for “60 Ways to Grow Your List” workshop – you’ll leave with ideas and strategies to capture newcontacts, grow your list and take action to help move your business forward.

Having an interested and qualified list of contacts, that you can stay top of mind with, is vital to everybusiness. Continuing to grow that list is just as important. In this workshop we will show you 60 easy waysto grow your contact list today!

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ASBA Fall "Kick-Off" Mixer

August 27, 2015
Arizona Small Business Association 4600 E. Washington St. Ste. 340 Phoenix,AZ 85034

We invite you to attend the 2015 Fall "Kick-off" Mixer, part of the ASBA Collabormix Series.

September
1

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.

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25th Training Institute

September 8, 2015
Rosen Centre Hotel 9840 International Dr Orlando, FL 32819
NBIA leverages highly skilled practitioners to deploy professional development and education to help program managers learn best practices for advancing business incubation, innovation and entrepreneurship anywhere in the world.
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SBIR Proposal Writing Workshop

September 9, 2015
Startup Tucson CoLabs

The SBIR Proposal Writing Workshop serves as a step-by-step plan for technology firms applying for the SBIR/STTR grants. Writing grant proposals is an arduous process, which is why this workshop provides the strategies and training businesses need to excel in all three phases of the SBIR/STTR award. By the end of the training program, companies will have a structured method that helps them to compete more effectively for the awards.

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ATI Members listen to 3 pitches from selected companies. Candidate applications due August 11, 2015.

 

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Startup Weekend 2015

September 11, 2015
CoLab Workspace 17 E. Pennington St., Tucson, AZ 85701

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable.  On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

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Synapse 2015

September 17, 2015
CEI

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.

17-19

The Unstoppable Confidence Networking Conference

September 17, 2015
Tempe Mission Palms 60 E. 5th Street Tempe, AZ

It is an event designed to catapult entrepreneurs’ and business leaders’ confidence, proficiency, and strategy for networking, empowering them to become successful, confident, profitable connectors.

21-23

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.

21-22

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.

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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.

October
1

AZBIO Awards 2015

October 1, 2015
Phoenix Convention Center

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

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Don’t miss this FREE workshop!  The AZ Commerce Authority is proud to bring David Metzger, Partner in the Government Contracts Group at Arnold & Porter. As part of his intellectual property practice, Mr. Metzger advises both SBIR and non-SBIR firms on data rights and patent protection under the FAR, DFARS, and other FAR supplement clauses, and on trademark, patenting, licensing and other issues.  SBIR data rights are a key benefit of the program, but often misunderstood.

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Business To Business Expo - Maricopa Chamber Of Commerce & MCE

October 13, 2015
Central Arizona College - Maricopa Campus 17945 North Regent Drive Maricopa, AZ 85138

Show and Sell your business products and services to business and the public. Free
exhibitor space for MCE Clients and Maricopa Chamber Members.
 

November
12

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.

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Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards

November 12, 2015
Phoenix Convention Center West Building, 3rd Floor 100 North 3rd St Phoenix,AZ 85004

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.

December
10

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.

January
25-29

Women's Bootcamp

January 25, 2016
SEED SPOT 2828 N. Central Avenue 7th Floor, Phoenix,AZ 85004

This is 5-Day Bootcamp 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.

 

February
17-19

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.