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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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Call for Innovators

June 12, 2017
Application Window open

 The RISN Incubator is issuing a Call for Innovators to identify startups and early stage business ventures developing solutions for waste diversion, minimization and reuse/recycling innovation.

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APS Diverse Supplier Training Program (1)

June 21, 2017
Application Window open

The APS Supplier Diversity Training Program (DSTP) is a unique opportunity for diverse businesses to learn about the electric utilities marketplace with the goal of developing a mutually beneficial relationship with a utility. 

The APS Diverse Supplier Training Program (DSTP) is now soliciting applications for Class 20.  DSTP is a no-cost business development program that was established in 1997; since its inception, the program has graduated 19 Classes.  The objective is to develop diverse businesses that possess the insight, knowledge and skills to enable them to succeed in the utility industry.  Please view our DSTP informational video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHo5Qc5jinY

Please contact us if you have any questions about the application process or program content.

Dale Halm, 602-250-2029 Dale.Halm@aps.com

Jesús Borboa, 602-250-2340 Jesus.Borboa@aps.com

Christine Edsitty, 602-371-6351 Christine.Edsitty@aps.com

July
27

Business Bootcamp "Financial Fitness"

July 27, 2017
Northwestern Mutual

Join the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce team for a FREE business workshop with our host Northwestern Mutual to discuss strategic financial planning for business owners and their company.   

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Franchising has proven to be one of the safest, most successful business models out there, yet there are a lot of franchising misperceptions about this economic cog that are hindering positive economic impact in your community.
 
Hear John Blair, from industry-leader FranNet, talk about some of the biggest misperceptions and help you gain a true understanding of the franchise business model. 
August
1

Decisions are hard.

Rarely is there is a clear path to the outcome we desire. As leaders, we are forced to make decisions at a rapid pace with less than ideal information or even worse, too much information the “right” decision is impossible to navigate.

During this session join startup founder, Russ Perry, as he teaches how one simple tool can help you and your team make smarter and faster decision in every area of your life.

 

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Boots to Business Reboot

August 1, 2017
Business Resource & Innovation Center

Boots to Business Reboot is a training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge on the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private sector resources. Boots to Business Reboot entrepreneurial seminar is offered to veterans by the U.S. Small Business Administration through the Arizona Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC). The Introduction to Entrepreneurship course is open to Veterans of all eras, service members (including members of the National Guard and Reserve) and their spouses.

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How To Market Your Business One Word At A Time (1)

August 2, 2017
Tempe Public Library (BRiC)

This worksho will teach you how to get more traffic, conversions, and sales by simply altering the words you use. Learn the importance of developing a compelling message that lead prospects to the conclusion that “I’d have to be crazy not to do business with this company.” You’ll experience real world examples, and 6 major take-aways, PLUS four free bonus items.

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Budgets are vital to the success of small businesses and yet vastly under-utilized. "Budgeting 101: Planning for Profit & Success" is an introductory look at budgeting through the lens of small business.

During this free, one-hour webinar, you'll learn:

  •  Why having a budget is critical for long-term survival and essential to reaching your goals
  •  How to ensure your plan supports your high-level business strategies
  •  That creating a budget requires no accounting knowledge
  •  Why outsourcing processes such as payroll can actually save you money
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Selling to the Federal Government

August 2, 2017
US Small Business Administration, Arizona District Office

resented 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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Arizona Monthly Loan Clinic

August 2, 2017
USSBA Arizona District Office

Learn about SBA’s lending role and how to prepare a request for capital. Come to this FREE monthly clinic to understand credit requirements, interest rates, collateral terms, and amounts available. Learn how to approach a lender, find bankers interested in your needs and improve your chances of success. 

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ABCs of Starting a New Business

August 4, 2017
Burton Barr Central Library

Are you starting a new business or thinking about it? This session is an essential step in developing a business plan that will increase your chances of being successful. Should you start now? Where? How? What about money? Experienced business professionals will address each of these and help you get started on the best path for your business.

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2017 Environmental and Sustainability Summit

August 9, 2017
Prescott Resort & Conference Center

Please see website for futher details on upcoming event. 

 

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1776 Challenge Cup PHX

August 10, 2017
https://entrepreneurship.asu.edu/events/2017-7?page=1
Applications are now being accepting for the Challenge Cup through 1776’s UNION network, a digital platform that offers your startup access to pitch-coaching, industry advice, and key connections with the right people to help you scale in your industry. Each applicant will receive access to UNION for the duration of their time in the competition.
Challenge Cup PHX will have two pitch formats:
Finalist: Top 8 finalist will have 3-min to pitch followed by 7-min judge/audience QnA.  Judges will select the top startup to compete in New York
Rapid Pitch: ALL startups that apply will get 30 seconds for a rapid pitch and a shot at an audience choice award of $500 and 3-month membership to Galvanize
One winner will be selected from each Challenge Cup Local to compete in the Global Finals at Challenge Festival in New York City. These startups will have the opportunity to share their ideas on a global stage and compete for grand prizes. At Challenge Festival, competing startups will have the opportunity to participate in mentor hours, curriculum and pitch coaching as well as make direct connections to potential funders, clients, experts, and 75 of the top startup peer-founders from around the world.
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Tech Me Out to the Ballgame

August 11, 2017
Chase Field - Legends Suites

Trapp Technology presents it's third annual business technology summit with a focus on effectively scaling your company. Attend two of eight breakout sessions hosted by Phoenix business and thought leaders that have been designed to educate attendees on specific techniques and methods for successful business growth.

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The world of PR & media relations is constantly changing and businesses of any size often have a hard time keeping up with what works and what doesnt. This workshop will review the best PR, Media and Influencer Relations practices for any sized business.

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The ABCs of Starting a New Business (1)

August 17, 2017
Surprise AZ TechCelerator

Are you starting a new business or thinking about it? This session is an essential step in developing a business plan that will increase your chances of being successful. Should you start now? Where? How? What about money? Experienced business professionals will address each of these and help you get started on the best path for your business.

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You can no longer think about your website as a nice-looking brochure. Your website is the hub of your entire online presence, and it must function as a marketing asset.

In this webinar, Duct Tape Marketing founder John Jantsch will cover the key features every small business website must have in the world of marketing-activated websites.

Participants will learn:

  • How to draw visitors in with a compelling promise
  • The key trust-building elements prospects look for
  • How to create a "Call to Action" that gets clicks
  • How to use content to attract search engines
  • How to build a homepage journey for your ideal clie
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Building trust is the #1 driver of successful business relationships, remembering names and details is key to building trust. Many of us fall short with this vital skill because our brains are untrained - turn your memory into a deal closing machine!

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Maricopa Entrepreneur Pitch Competition

August 24, 2017
Elements Event Center

Pitch your business idea to a panel of business experts and an audience of other entrepreneurs, small business owners, potential investors, and business and community leaders.

Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy an evening of food and networking! This will be MCE's first Pitch Competition and judges will be business mentors, local community leaders, and YOU!

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Are you a business leader or sales professional who wants more? More prospects? More sales? More time? In this workshop you will learn: why traditional sales approaches turn you into an unpaid consultant. Why most prospecting methods are ineffective. How Sandler’s seven step sales process can break the rules and help you Sell More Easily.

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Record Keeping and Tax Issues for Small Businesses

August 30, 2017
Tempe Public Library (BRiC)

We focus on record keeping and current tax issues that will affect your business in 2017. It provides an overview of the different types of legal structures to use for businesses, how the tax information is reported to businesses or the IRS, and what types of records you should maintain to properly support deductions on business tax returns.

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Small Business Expo 2017

August 31, 2017
Phoenix Convention Center

WHAT IS SMALL BUSINESS EXPO?

Small Business Expo is America’s BIGGEST & most anticipated business-to-business networking event, trade show & conference for business owners, entrepreneurs, start-ups & decision-makers.  If you are serious about your business, this Expo is a "MUST ATTEND EVENT.

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What makes this conference so unique is the diversity of collaborators represented with business, industry, education, government, NGOs, community leaders and more! With 40 sessions, 60+ exhibitors, and countless networking opportunities there is something for everyone! Last year’s summit drew just over 1,200 attendees. Don’t miss out!
“This year’s conversation will center around Building Arizona’s STEM Ecosystem with the diverse stakeholders, communities and resources it takes to position Arizona as a world leader in science, technology and innovation. A primary objective will be to solidify Arizona’s STEM Ecosystem by helping to establish unique collaborations through interactive panels, workshops, tables and more.”
September
20

Phoenix , Arizona International Trade & Exporting Seminar

September 20, 2017
U.S. Small Business Administration Arizona District Office

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.

25-27

The MedTech Conference

September 25, 2017
San Jose McEnery Convention Center

The MedTech Conference is your opportunity to connect with thousands of medical technology professionals. Join us in San Jose, CA for business development, innovative technology, and networking with policymakers, business executives and industry leaders.

Oct
2-3

The Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor & Partnering Conference (RMLIPC) will bring together leading investors and strategic partners from across the U.S. and the region's top life science companies to cultivate partnerships and source investment opportunities in the areas of medical device, diagnostic, biotech, pharma and digital health. 

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BioInterface Workshop and Symposium

October 2, 2017
Catamaran Resort

The Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation presents BioInterface 2017, bringing together industry, academia, and other leaders in the biomaterials and medical device fields.

This year’s conference will feature oral and poster presentations on topics related to cardiac & cardiovascular, anti-infective technologies & wound healing, metallurgy, and MORE; presented through a 1-day Workshop and a 2-day Symposium.

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Integrity Summit 7

October 4, 2017
Chateau Luxe

Join nationally recognized leaders of business, government and non-profits sharing their Integrity Strategies.

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East Valley Business Expo

October 4, 2017
Mesa Convention Center

Companies looking for a proven, cost-effective and fun way to promote their products and services have the ideal opportunity at the Oct. 4th, 2017 East Valley Business Expo. As the largest annual event of its kind in the East Valley, the expo provides a dynamic setting for both business-to-business and business-to-consumer outreach and sales.

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AZ Bio Awards 2017 (1)

October 11, 2017
Phoenix Convention Center
The AZBio Awards Ceremony Celebrates Arizona’s leading Educators, Innovators and Companies.
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