Arizona Commerce Authority Hosts Milestone 200th Small Business Boot Camp


PHOENIX, AZ (October 26, 2021) — The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) will host the 200th Small Business Boot Camp on November 4.


Launched in April 2020 as a six-week program to help small businesses respond to the immediate impacts of the pandemic, the Small Business Boot Camp has developed into a comprehensive resource for small businesses. The first-of-its-kind program connects entrepreneurs and small business leaders with local experts who provide support, guidance and resources.


The 200th session, which marks the 78th Week of the Boot Camp, will be held during National Veterans Small Business Week, providing resources for veteran-owned small businesses in Arizona. The November 4 session will feature a special message from Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority, Jim Pipper from the Small Business Administration, and Robert Garcia of the Office of Economic Opportunity, along with success stories from some veteran owned small businesses.


Throughout the past year and a half, over 10,000 attendees have participated in Small Business Boot Camp sessions. A session about an Update on the Paycheck Protection Program in January 2021 is the most attended session to date with over 450 registered attendees.


“Last year under the direction of Governor Ducey, the ACA and our partner organizations jumped into action to support the many small businesses around our state,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “Since then, this program has evolved into an invaluable resource, connecting our business community with the resources and support to help them thrive. We are proud to partner with leaders around the state to make this program possible and look forward to continuing to be a resource for Arizona small businesses.”


The sessions, which are held every Tuesday and Thursday, cover topics including funding, best operational practices, employee management, marketing, sales, and strategies to overcome challenges to be successful. Each session is presented by leading company partners, with past presenters including BeachFleischman, Snell & Wilmer, Trainual, Arizona Society for Human Resource Management, University of Arizona, Local First Arizona and Small Business Development Centers at community colleges. Presenters are experts in business, finance, technology, restaurants, education, law, and non-profit organizations.


The 200th Arizona Small Business Boot Camp will be held on Thursday, November 4 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.


To learn more about the 200th Arizona Small Business Boot Camp session and register, click HERE.


To view past Small Business Boot Camp sessions, click HERE.



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Alyssa Tufts, Arizona Commerce Authority, [email protected]

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: attract, expand, create - attract out-of-state companies to establish operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to expand their business in Arizona and beyond; and help entrepreneurs create new Arizona businesses in targeted industries. For more information, please visit and follow the ACA on Twitter at @azcommerce.