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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


Hacks 4 Humanity

September 20, 2014
Sun Devil Fitness Complex 400 E. Appache Blvd. Tempe, AZ 85287

Imagine – two days of techies, programmers, developers, humanists, artists, students, professors, and creative visionaries gathered in one place to hack for ‘Social Good’ and build technology solutions to address pressing issues facing humanity. The mission of Hacks 4 Humanity is to create technology solutions and initiatives, that will contribute to the social good and address the needs of humanity using the 7 principles of ASU Project Humanities “Humanity 101” movement.













Under The Stars MSBA Awards Celebration

September 23, 2014
Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa 245 E Ina Rd Tucson, AZ 85704

Join us on September 23rd for Under The Stars to celebrate the best of Tucson’s Small Businesses and excellent Tucson students.


STREAM ResearchTM, the True Voice of the Customer

September 24, 2014
CoLab Workspace 17 E. Pennington Tucson,AZ 85701

Data is the new king influencing product innovation through to retail and beyond! Stay ahead of this paradigm-shifting movement by learning a new methodology and technique, STREAM ResearchTM, which is being labeled as the next generation insight tool reshaping how companies globally are leveraging structured data to dramatically alter both their businesses and their bottom line.


What Is Crowd Funding?

September 25, 2014
EAC High Tech Center, Room #124 3732 W. Church St.Thatcher, AZ 85552

What you will learn:

  • Explore the wide variety of crowd funding platforms available.
  • Focus on the top few sites for small business purposes and how they work.
  • Learn how to create a successful crowd funding campaign.
  • Understand the history and legal challenges involved with crowd funding.

Making Human Capital Your Strategic Initiative - A Disciplined Approach to Strategic Human Capital Planning

September 25, 2014
ASU SkySong 1475 N Scottsdale Rd Room 301 Scottsdale,AZ 85257

Phoenix Strategic Performance is a business-focused, human capital advisory firm. We have developed a proprietary organizational assessment model and data platform that provides big data insights, including, assessing people on current and trending competency criteria and forecasting current and future people potential and capacity to keep pace with strategic business objectives.


Lunch and Learn: Crash Course in PR for Startups

September 25, 2014
Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation 275 N GateWay Drive Phoenix, AZ 85034

As a startup, you crave the big break that’ll share your story with the masses. But are you really ready? Let’s find out! In this crash course in public relations for early-stage startups, Ubiquity PR senior account executive Sarah Broome will provide:

• An overview of PR tactics, including media relations, analyst relations, speaking, and more
• Seven signs that’ll reveal whether or not you’re ready to engage in PR
• Concrete to-dos for startups that aren’t yet ready to hire a PR firm
• And much much more!


How To Form A Business and Motivate Employees

September 30, 2014
NMBA / SSC Boring Building 1951 West North Lane Phoenix, AZ 85021

There are few things as exciting or as challenging as starting your own business. Learn how to dramatically increase your chances of success by creating a strong business and legal foundation, avoiding the pitfalls that often result in the untimely death of the startup, and motivating your employees to help you realize potential of your company.


Global Connect:Expanding through Export - Free Workshop

September 30, 2014
Mesa Hilton | 1011 W. Holmes Avenue, Mesa, Arizona 85210

Attend this upcoming workshop for information on Exports.


2014 Governor's Economic Development Conference

September 30, 2014
Desert Willow Conference Center 4340 E Cotton Center Blvd., Suite 100 Phoenix,AZ 85040

The Arizona Commerce Authority and the Arizona Association for Economic Development are pleased to partner in the 2014 Governor's Economic Development Conference.  Our focus this year explores emerging strengths and strategic oportunities which place Arizona in the global spotlight while supporting our economic stability. 


Taking The Plunge Into Entrepreneurship : How To Dive In Intelligently

September 30, 2014
Webinar 11AM–12PM PST & Arizona | 12–1PM MST | 1–2PM CST | 2–3PM EST

Jennifer Hill of Sixty Vocab will share her tips for making the transition into entrepreneurship, actions you can take to prepare yourself and guidance on pursuing your entrepreneurial interests.


High Growth Companies: Be Conscious About Your Culture

September 30, 2014
Weebly 4301 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Every company has a culture. Those companies that are thoughtful about their vision, vocal about goals, and intentional about creating the environment that they are working in best set themselves up for succeeding in a competitive talent market. Kate Rogers, Head of People Ops at the new Weebly facility in Old Scottsdale, helps scale start ups through advising founders about a range of people issues critical to building an organization capable of successful growth.


East Valley Business Expo

October 1, 2014
Mesa Convention Center / 201 N. Center St. / Mesa, 85201

Companies looking for a proven, cost-effective and fun way to promote their products and services have the ideal opportunity at the Oct. 1, 2014 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.


Export Essentials Learn to grow your business on a global scale

October 2, 2014
Chandler City Hall 175 S. Arizona Avenue 2nd Floor, Training Room A Chandler, AZ 85225

If you have ever considered expanding your market internationally, plan on attending

this informative, no-cost event. Experts in exports will provide you with essential tools,

methods and strategies to successfully export your products abroad.


SRP 2015 Economic Forecast

October 2, 2014
JW Marriott Desert Ridge 5350 E Marriott Dr. Phoenix AZ 85054

The SRP 2015 Economic Forecast breakfast is scheduled for October 2, 2014 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge. Come hear from our national and local speakers on what’s in store for the economy as we look ahead into the new year.


Arizona Manufacturing Summit (1)

October 3, 2014
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel 340 N 3rd St. Phoenix, AZ

This extraordinary event brings together the thinkers and doers who are writing the next chapter in Arizona manufacturing’s story. Join us for a morning summit including exciting and informative discussions and a luncheon featuring remarks from Governor Janice K. Brewer & an Arizona Congressional Delegation Panel Discussion on manufacturing.


Inbound Marketing Phoenix

October 8, 2014
Gateway Community College 108 North 40th Street Phoenix,AZ 85034

Inbound Marketing Phoenix (InboundPHX) is the premier event for inbound marketing in the Phoenix Valley. We're dedicated to bringing you top quality speakers to share marketing-related best practices and methodologies. Meet and network with other marketing professionals from around the Valley. 

  • Learn actionable marketing and business-building information
  • Integrate traditional marketing, inbound marketing and sales
  • Network with peers who are facing similar business challenges
  • Attendance at InboundPHX is FREE!

Inbound Marketing Phoenix (1)

October 8, 2014
Gateway Community College 108 North 40th Street Phoenix, AZ 85034

Inbound Marketing Phoenix (InboundPHX) is the premier event for inbound marketing in the Phoenix Valley. We're dedicated to bringing you top quality speakers to share marketing-related best practices and methodologies. Meet and network with other marketing professionals from around the Valley. 

  • Learn actionable marketing and business-building information
  • Integrate traditional marketing, inbound marketing and sales
  • Network with peers who are facing similar business challenges
  • Attendance at InboundPHX is FREE!

“Show me the Green”- An Introduction to Arizona Angels

October 9, 2014
275 N. GateWay Drive Phoenix,AZ 85008

This workshop is aimed at companies that are interested in obtaining equity investment. Information on the following angel groups will be provided:
• Desert Angels
• Arizona Angels
• Invest Southwest

Attendees will learn how to make contact with these angel groups, how the process works and what the groups are looking for in small businesses.


Startup Grind Phoenix

October 14, 2014
AZ Historical Society: Museum at Papago Park 1300 N College Ave Tempe, AZ

Startup Grind, powered globally by Google for Entrepreneurs, is a series of monthly events designed to educate, inspire and connect entrepreneurs.


2014 AZTC Southern Arizona Tech + Business Expo: Where Technology and Manufacturing Connect

October 15, 2014
The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa 3800 East Sunrise Drive Tucson,AZ 85747

The Southern Arizona Tech & Business Expo is the region’s premier showcase event for Manufacturing Month which is celebrated nationally in October. The day will begin with an expo and include keynote address about the state of manufacturing in our region, and an award presentation for Tucson Technology Leader of the Year and Manufacturer of the Year. Working in collaboration with the Southern Arizona Manufacturing Partners (SAMP), the Arizona Manufacturing Council (AMC), the RevAZ Program of the Arizona Commerce Authority, and the University of Arizona’s Tech Launch Arizona, the Expo will host informative panel discussions on strategies to grow your business faster.




Noche de Exitos Gala & Bi-National Business Awards

October 18, 2014
Casino del Sol in Tucson

Our annual Gala celebrates the Hispanic Business Man of the Year, Hispanic Business Woman of the Year and Bi-National Awards of the Year.


27th Annual ATHENA Awards Luncheon

October 22, 2014
The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort 2400 E. Missouri Ave.Phoenix, AZ 85016

Celebrate with us as we honor outstanding Valley businesswomen at the 27th Annual ATHENA Awards. The women being honored make a difference in our community through their excellence in business and leadership, exemplary community service and their support and mentorship of other women.


Global Business Conference

October 23, 2014
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 340 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

The Phoenix MBDA Business, in partnership with Thunderbird School of Global Management is pleased to present the second Annual Global Business Conference on October 23rd & 34th, 2014. This year’s conference will be packed with actionable information presented by experts in the fields.

NEW! This year we will feature an expo that will run concurrently during the conference with an exciting mix of domestic and international companies. Don’t miss this opportunity to make vital contacts and connections.

In 2014 the Annual Global Business Conference will examine the opportunities that are within easy reach, as well as opportunities in regions that present the most demand for US products and services. Also, at this conference you will learn more about financing, protecting and enhancing your exports of products and services.



Interested in Using Census Data for Business Planning and Market Analysis?

October 29, 2014
1700 W. Washington, Room 300 Phoenix,AZ 85007

Learning to use the vast and dynamic American economy and population for government and business decision-making.



Save the Date! PIII Playbook Workshop

December 3, 2014
AZ Center for Innovation Tech Parks Arizona 9040 S. Rita Road, Suite 1270 Tucson, AZ

The PIII Playbook is an Arizona Commerce Authority-structured program of training and technical assistance enabling high-growth potential small technology firms to compete more effectively for federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Tech Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I and II awards and ultimately commercialize their innovations in Phase III.  Companies selected for the program will receive 23 hours of assistance including a two day workshop on proposal writing, government accounting and intellectual property protection.  Individualized coaching sessions from these topics are also included along with a follow up with a "Ready to Submit" review of your SBIR proposal.



SAVE THE DATE! Our 2014 Business Growth Expo

November 6, 2014
University of Phoenix Stadium 1 Cardinals Drive Glendale, AZ 85305

Be a part of the Phoenix Business Journal’s Business Growth Expo & Job Fair! This is your opportunity to showcase your company, product or service. Reach hundreds of business owners, professionals and decision makers across a variety of industries.

What makes the Phoenix Business Journal's "Business Growth Expo" attendees different from other trade shows?

Small business owners and decision makers from across the Valley's business community choose the Phoenix Business Journal as their trusted source for local business news, potential client leads and top notch networking opportunities. These decision makers count on the Phoenix Business Journal to run their businesses smarter, to stay ahead of their competition and to choose their vendors or services. That’s why the Business Growth Conference and Expo is the place to display and promote your business.


Governor's Celebration of Innovation

November 13, 2014
Phoenix Convention Center

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. The event attracts more than 1,000 attendees each year for a night of networking, food and entertainment. 2014 marks the 11th year of this prestigious event. For 2014, the event will consist of a theatre style awards program followed by a strolling dinner complete with specialty desserts and live music. The event will also feature the Technology Showcase of over 50 Arizona companies exhibiting. These companies consist of award finalists, sponsors and AZTC partners.


Aviation Week Aerospace & Defense Programs

November 19, 2014
Wigwam 300 East Wigwam Blvd Litchfield Park, Arizona 85340

Join aerospace and defense program leaders as they come together to evaluate program performance — learn best practices in tackling efficiency and cost, strategy, and supply chain. This two-day event will provide:

  • Current analysis of defense/space market environment
  • Guidance to companies as they prepare to execute/supply to meet future space/defense program requirements
  • Lessons learned and best practices to improve overall defense/space program performance

With the budgetary situation gaining definition, program leaders now face the task: adjust/adapt with speed and agility, refine program processes and methods, and address emerging requirements in innovative new ways that combine investment with new business models.