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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


The 24th Annual Women’s Leadership Academy

April 2, 2014
YWCA Tucson 525 Bonita Avenue Tucson, AZ 85745

The 24th Annual Women’s Leadership Academy will provide participants with solid, practical skills they can apply in their workplace or organization. It will help individuals build a foundation to become stronger leaders and improve the environment that surrounds them, thus increasing morale, staff engagement, productivity and creating a more positive atmosphere in the workplace. Academy participants will learn how to apply leadership metrics to organization initiatives and goals to insure a better chance of success on all levels. The focus of the 8 week program will be applied learning, effective peer and workplace interaction, accountability, reaching and evaluating goals, and leading with a clear vision and mission. This is weekly on Wednesday until April 30th, 2014.


Please join the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Daily Star in the "reveal" of the Arizona Sonora Business Resource Guide and an educational program including Pablo Gonzales, Senior Business Manager for Union Pacific.



Half Day Seminar on Investment Term Sheets

April 16, 2014
MAC6 1430 West Broadway Road Suite 201 Tempe, AZ 85282

This is a combined workshop for both Investors and Entrepreneurs who are interested in potential investments. The early stage Valuation Workshop led by Bill was very well received and we look forward to another great learning and networking opportunity.



SkySong Connect Conference

April 17, 2014
ASU SkySong 1475 North Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, AZ 85257

SkySong Connect will launch a multi-disciplinary network of researchers, technologists and entrepeneurs focused on growing a valley of innovation.


Leadership Conversation with Dr. Leland Hartwell

April 22, 2014
2901 N. 7th Street Phoenix, AZ 85014

Dr. Hartwell will be interviewed by AZBio CEO Joan Koerber-Walker on key topics that impact Arizona’s future including innovation, health, and the key roles that research and education play in Arizona’s future.


MIT Enterprise Forum Phoenix Presents 21st Century Agriculture

April 22, 2014
Scottsdale Resort Hilton 6333 North Scottsdale Road Scottsdale,AZ

Join us for a discussion about the advancements and innovations in agriculture and sustainability.  We will discuss the future outlook for providing adequate food, fiber, and feed as well as biofuels required to meet the needs of a rising global population. Arizona entrepreneurs will share experience of how start-ups and inventors advancing agriculture ideas into global solutions. Another valuable discussion for investors, entrepreneurs, startup enthusiasts and business leaders.



April 23, 2014
Phoenix Convention Center 100 N. 3rd St Phoenix, AZ 85004

Whether you’ve got a prospering small business, fledgling startup or simply an inkling of an idea, #ICON14 brings you 3 days of sessions packed with practical insights and ideas you can put into action.


Associated Minority Contractors of America 13th Annual Contractor’s Golf Classic

April 25, 2014
Palm Valley Golf Club 2211 North Litchfield Road Goodyear, AZ 85338

Mesa Chamber Annual Leadership Awards Event

April 25, 2014
Hilton Phoenix/Mesa 1011 W Holmes Ave Mesa, AZ 85210

The Mesa business community will gather to recognize business excellence and leadership.


Arizona Chapter Meeting: The Top Licensing Mistakes

April 28, 2014
TRAKLIGHT at the Gateway Community College 275 N. Gateway Drive, Suite 120 Phoenix,AZ

Join fellow intellectual property, licensing and business development professionals as we gather around the world during the month of April to celebrate World IP Day and the importance of IP to the global economy. All month long, participating LES (USA & Canada) local chapters and LESI societies will host events open to anyone, including non-members.


2nd Annual Greater Phoenix SCORE Golf Open!

April 28, 2014
Encanterra Country Club 36460 N. Encanterra Dr. San Valley, AZ 85141

At this exclusive event, players are invited for a rare opportunity to play on this course, enjoy a gourmet lunch while raising money for one of Phoenix’s most valuable “marketing arms” to small business.


Raising Capital and Crowdfunding - What You Must Know and Do

April 30, 2014
1650 E. River Rd. Suite 201 Tucson, AZ 85718

This AZTC Lunch and Learn will address crowdfunding limitations, benefits, success statistics, major internet platforms and types of funding, as well as non-crowdfunding capital raise alternatives.


This is the most comprehensive event on the subject. As business owners and managers,
it is important to get informed, forge partnerships and make Healthcare a true benefit to your employees and to your Bottom Line!


The Diagnostics Summit: Innovative Pathways to Better Health

May 4, 2014
Miraval Resort and Spa 5000 East Vía Estancia Miraval Tucson,AZ 85739

The Diagnostics Summit brings together leading innovators in the field of diagnostics and personalized healthcare in an effort to explore new technologies, the latest advances in science and new frontiers in personalized diagnostics.


Years ago, Microchip's now-Chairman and CEO, Steve Sanghi, was brought into a struggling Arizona Technology Company and not only turned it around, but led it to become a sector giant. Along the way, Steve has been recognized for his leadership, vision, and ability to create a culture of innovation and effective organizational performance. In this special TiE of Arizona event, Steve will share his thoughts and perspectives about entrepreneurship in a global economy.


Cybersecurity Summit

May 7, 2014
Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas

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.


Business owners will: 

  • Learn how to target, attract, manage and converts leads into satisfied customers and a source for referrals 
  • Understand the significance of growing sales by increasing the amount of business each customer does with them
  • Quantify the lifetime value of a customer, as well as the value of missed opportunities
  • Create a 30-day action plan for their Top 3 Opportunities
  • Leave with specific short-term action plans that will be game changers for the business. 




Learn how hundreds of American small businesses have used the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) finance and insurance products to gain access to emerging markets overseas. Discover how you can take advantage of all the assets OPIC has to offer to expand internationally while supporting growth at home.



The conference will consist of plenary and session presentations and discussions on regulatory, governance, legal, policy, social and ethical aspects of emerging technologies, including (but not limited to) nanotechnology, synthetic biology, biotechnology, genomics, personalized medicine, stem cell and regenerative medicine, human enhancement technologies, telecommunications, information technologies, surveillance technologies, geoengineering, neuroscience and robotics. The conference is premised on the belief that there is much to be learned and shared from and across the governance experience and proposals for these various emerging technologies.


The National SBIR Conference & The Third Annual National Innovation Summit & Show Case

June 15, 2014
Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in Washington, DC

National SBIR Conference

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer programs are highly competitive, encouraging small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) work with potential for commercialization.

National SBIR/STTR conferences are typically the largest and most important conferences specializing in helping small businesses learn about participating in SBIR/STTR programs. At this Conference, representatives from all 11 federal agencies with SBIR programs will attend, in addition to other SBIR/STTR experts and trainers. Conference highlights include:

  • Presentations from all SBIR Agency Program Managers
  • Learn how to successfully submit competitive research proposals
  • Hear from government, industry and academic experts on successful commercialization strategies
  • Interact with SBIR Agency Program Managers, technology entrepreneurs, large company representatives, and researchers in Roundtable discussions, sessions and 1-on-1 meetings
  • Learn about cutting-edge opportunities in defense, agriculture, energy, and health/medicine
  • Optional pre conference workshops on SBIR Phase I, Phase II and licensing and commercialization


National Innovation Summit

In support of the White House and Congressional call for innovation commercialization initiatives, the National Innovation Summit and Showcase delivers the world's largest showcase of industry-vetted emerging-technologies ready for commercialization. Don't miss as TechConnect presents the Nation's top innovations emerging from our federal technology funding programs. All showcasing innovations are vetted by our industry and investment review committees, and all will participate the TechConnect Corporate Acceleration and Matchmaking Programs with our participating Corporate and Investment Partners.


YES Week!

June 16, 2014

The Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce and Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurshi​p and Technology are proud to announce Young Entrepreneurial Scholars (YES) Week, a week long summer event for incoming high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in the Northern Arizona area. Watch the NACET site to register!


AZBio Expo 2014

June 19, 2014
Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center 7700 East McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

The AZBio Expo is the place where you can connect with Arizona’s growing bioscience community to engage, collaborate, and move your bioscience business…. Forward Faster.



June 28, 2014
University of Phoenix Stadium

Catch All Your Favorite Sports Teams Under One Roof. Shop for all the latest sports-related products and services.


2014 CEO Retreat

August 11, 2014
L’Auberge de Sedona

The Council's seventh annual CEO Retreat is being held Monday, August 11 and Tuesday, August 12 at the L'Auberge de Sedona Inn/Spa in 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.


The Farnborough International Airshow (July 14-20, 2014) is the world’s largest aerospace and defense gathering, Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) is the largest truly global event of its kind. A platform for some 1,400 exhibitors from the aerospace, defense, space and security sectors to display and demonstrate aircraft, equipment and technologies, the show is specifically designed to facilitate tailor-made and unrivalled opportunities to meet, negotiate and announce business transactions. Taking place every other year, Farnborough International Airshow 2012 saw 1056 exhibiting companies and 107,000 conducting US$72 billion of confirmed orders and commitments.

This year, in conjunction with our statewide partners, the Arizona Commerce Authority will be exposing Arizona’s aerospace and defense companies to potential partners and customers worldwide. The Arizona Pavilion provides strategic opportunities for companies, organizations and communities to make an impact at the Farnborough Airshow. Space is limited and participation opportunities on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

AZ STEP Grant: Arizona-based organizations will receive a 50% discount for one Avionics Level to exhibit at Farnborough if approved in accordance with US Small Business Administration and Arizona Commerce Authority guidelines per the FY2014 Federal STEP grant . 

****This State Trade and Promotion Grant Program is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Arrangements for people with disabilities will be made at all times in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and associated amendments. Arrangements for people with special needs will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

To reserve your space or for additional information please contact Fernando Jimenez at Fernando@azcommerce.com or 602-845-1257