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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.



Small Business Success Team

May 7, 2015
Rayhons Financial, 3303 E Baseline Rd., Ste 102, Gilbert

Are you a small business owner who is:

- Tired of struggling with your business?
- Ready to earn more, with less stress?
- Want to learn creative solutions to getting around your roadblocks?
- Ready to get back to the real reason you started your business in the first place: more freedom and flexibility?

Note: You are signing up for 8 sessions. The team meets once a week. All meetings are Thursday evening from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.


Join Tallwave’s EVP of Marketing, Robert Wallace, for a free 60-minute webinar to discuss what is meant by "Purpose" and "Position," and why they are so important. He will also provide insights and tips on ways to distill your brand into a clear expression of both P's that are sure to benefit your business by:

  • Showing customers why they should pick you over a competitor.
  • Helping you raise capital because by explaining how you can win in the marketplace.

Connecting with your customers in a meaningful way that will drive loyalty and word of mouth.


Now that you learned the importance of developing a cash flow projection for your business.  In this hands on workshop we will WORK on your business financials.

*This is a PART 2 from the Financial Literacy Workshop. 


La Vida Robot: How STEM Education Rewired an Inner City School to Beat the Odds

May 28, 2015
The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort 2400 E. Missouri Ave. Phoenix,AZ 85016

They say that education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) produces the brightest minds. Four underdogs showed the world just how true that is.


May Mixer

May 28, 2015
Luhr's City Center 45 West Jefferson Street, 3rd Floor Phoenix, Arizona 85003

Clear your calendar - Our May Mixer kicks off on May 28th, and you're invited to take part in the festivities.  Join us for a night of fun and excitement.


An economic development and industry trade mission opportunity is being organized to build greater awareness and connections for local, county, and tribal organizations to binational economic development and industry opportunities in Hermosillo and Guaymas, Sonora.

The focus of this trade mission is to introduce local and regional economic development practitioners, chambers of commerce leaders and small and medium sized business leaders to key business and economic leaders in Sonora, tour the Port of Guaymas and participate in local industry tours, including visits to companies and industrial parks involved in the following sectors: 


Save The Date - 2015 ADOT Statewide DBE and Small Business Conference

June 3, 2015
Hilton El Conquistador, 10000 N Oracle Rd., Tucson

Ignite Your Business with Explosive New Strategies. Brought to you by Arizona Department of Transportation Business Engagement and Compliance Office in partnership with Associated Minority Contractors of America & Phoenix Minority Business Development Agency.


Inbound Marketing Phoenix

June 3, 2015
ASU SkySong Center

You have heard about the inbound marketing methodology - attract, convert, close and delight. You may even practice it for your own business. But do you really know how to dig in and maximize each step of the process?

Join us as we present four experts with regional and national experience and success in producing results with each step. Learn the specific metrics and indicators of a campaign that rocks, and how to use that information for your inbound initiatives. As usual, you'll benefit from four crisp, professional, educational sessions. No sales talk, just useful content that is worthy of your time.


28th Annual Chandler Chamber Community Awards

June 3, 2015
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd. Chandler, AZ 85226

Honoring business and individual excellence.


Business 101: How to Start A Small Business

June 4, 2015
SBDC @ Gateway Community College- 108 N. 40th Street, South Building, Phoenix, AZ 85034

Have you been considering starting your own small business but are unsure of where to begin? Don’t miss out on this This NO COST seminar that is designed to help entrepreneurs understand what it takes to start a business!


3 P's of Powerful Presentations: Professional, Promotion & Profit

June 9, 2015
ASU SkySong 1365 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale,AZ 85257

Please join Joanne Flynn, founder of Phoenix Strategic Performance, as she discusses how to make your presentation more effective, powerful and engaging.


Successful Crowdfunding Tips from Recent Campaigns

June 9, 2015
Joel D Valdez Main Library 101 N. Stone Ave. Tucson,AZ 85701

What's the latest with Kickstarter and Indiegogo? What new crowdfunding platforms are out there? Come hear the latest from local fundraisers who have recently waged successful crowdfunding campaigns.


Marketing Summit for Small Business

June 11, 2015
Embassy Suites Grand Ballroom 4400 S. Rural Rd. Tempe,AZ 85282

Join local marketing and startup experts, Park Howell, Zach Ferres and Jonathan Cottrell for an informative presentation about how your business can stand out and thrive in today’s competitive and ever-changing business environment. Discover the latest tools and digital marketing best practices firsthand through interactive breakout sessions


Grow Globally Fair Phoenix

June 16, 2015
SkySong, 1475 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

Annual fair that features all the global resources in Phoenix, all together, one time per year... watch for more via Doug Bruhnke. Metro Phoenix


Digital Marketing: Putting It All Together With Sales/Marketing Automation

June 18, 2015
Cooper Crossing Executive Suites, 1820 E Ray Rd., Chandler

Join us for this digital marketing workshop as we focus on pulling it all together with sales and marketing automation.  Topics for discussion will include:

  • Automation: what problems can it solve?
  • Core technologies for automation
  • Building blocks and mapping for a sales campaign
  • Crafting a great offer
  • The need for simplicity
  • Tools and techniques for sales and marketing automation

Grow Globally Fair Tucson

June 18, 2015
TBA, Tucson

Annual fair that features all the global resources in Tucson, all together, one time per year... watch for more via Doug Bruhnke.


Business 101: How to Start A Small Business (1)

June 18, 2015
SBDC @ Gateway Community College- 108 N. 40th Street, South Building, Phoenix, AZ 85034

Have you been considering starting your own small business but are unsure of where to begin? Don’t miss out on this This NO COST seminar that is designed to help entrepreneurs understand what it takes to start a business!


June Women in the Workforce: The Transformation from Corporate to Startup

June 19, 2015
20 Lounge 7001 N Scottsdale Rd. #116 Scottsdale, AZ 85253

The goal of June’s Women in the Workforce event is to leave attendees inspired and curious about the world of entrepreneurship.


INTERFACE Phoenix 2015

June 19, 2015
Westin Kierland Resort Kierland Grand Ballroom 6902 E. Greenway Parkway Scottsdale,AZ 85245

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.


2015 Arizona Governor's Conference on Tourism

June 22, 2015
JW Marriott Camelback Inn, 5402 E lincoln Dr., Scottsdale

The Arizona Governor's Conference on Tourism provides valuable networking opportunities, professional development sessions, nationally recognized speakers, a dedicated sponsor exhibit area and the Governor's Tourism Awards Gala. The conference, consistently attended by 500, is the opportunity for our visitor industry to gather information on the latest trends affecting tourism. We offer an environment that promotes networking and the exchange of ideas for the benefit of our commerce. The success and growth of our conference is reflective of a unified industry that wants to continually be successful at what we do.


High School Entrepreneurship Week

June 22, 2015
CEI 275 N. GateWay Drive Phoenix,AZ 85034

We have an exciting new format this year which will bring the real world of OWNING and OPERATING A BUSINESS to Valley high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Throw in field trips, 3D printing and exciting grand prizes for the best final presentation, and it is sure to be a great week!

To apply for this year's program, download THE APPLICATION and RECOMMENDATION FORM and return by email infocei@ceigateway.com or mail to office

The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation
275 N. GateWay Drive
Phoenix, Arizona 85034
c/o Ready Set Launch



Transaction Privilege (Sales) and Use Tax Seminar

June 23, 2015
Calvin C. Goode Building 251 W. Washington Street, 10th Floor Phoenix,AZ 85003

A Free Seminar to go over Transaction Privilege (Sales) and Use Tax for City of Phoenix.


At our next Phoenix event, FundingPost will continue our sold out series where we bring in panels of local and out-of-town investors will focus on pitching to early-stage investors. We will introduce them to AZ entrepreneurs and discuss what it really takes to get them to write you a check!

We will be discussing the things that are most important to them when they are considering an Investment, the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention during a pitch, and, of course, the best ways to reach these and other Investors. There will be plenty of time for networking with the Investor panelists during the breaks and networking party!

The first 25 entrepreneur attendees to sign up will also get the option to pitch their business idea in 60 seconds or less in front of the investor panel and receive feedback as a group from the panel. The winner of the pitch competition will take home an Entrepreneur Prize Package from Microsoft! 



Serves as a step-by-step plan for firms applying for SBIR/STTR grants. The workshop provides strategies and training for businesses to excel in all three phases of the SBIR/STTR grant process. By the end of the training program, companies will have a structured method that helps them to compete more effectively for the awards.


Dealing with Scanned, Repaired, and Legacy Geometry for 3D Printing

July 8, 2015
Connect Coworking 33 S. 5th Avenue Tucson,AZ 85701

In this free seminar PADT’s experienced team will go over the ins-and-outs of getting, repairing, and modifying geometry for 3D Printing. We will demonstrate the scanners and software we use every day in our consulting and services business, sharing tips and lessons learned as we go.


Pacific Southwest Council Business Summit and Opportunity Fair

July 10, 2015
Scottsdale Plaza Resort 7200 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale,AZ 85253

Enjoy 3 events‐in‐one!
The Business Summit provides attendees with educational
sessions on current & relevant topics affecting Minority Businesses today.
The Matchmaking session affords opportunities to meet one‐on-one
with corporate representatives.
The Business Opportunity Fair is a Trade Fair providing a format
for corporations, government agencies, and MBEs to showcase and share their products & services.


Save the Date! 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.


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.