How The Small Business Boot Camp Bolsters Arizona’s Small Business Community

Nearly 15,000 entrepreneurs statewide have attended the Small Business Boot Camp since 2020


PHOENIX, AZ (April 27, 2023) – The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today celebrated the third anniversary of the Small Business Boot Camp, an award-winning program that connects entrepreneurs and small business leaders with local experts who provide support, guidance and resources through free weekly, educational webinars.

Launched on April 27, 2020 as a planned six-week pandemic-related resource, the Small Business Boot Camp has become a sustaining resource for small businesses across Arizona. The success of the Boot Camp has led to the launch of Spanish-language Boot Camps in January 2023 to support Arizona’s Spanish-speaking business community. In addition, all previous Small Business Boot Camp sessions to date are available to view in the program’s Content Library on the ACA’s website.

The Small Business Boot Camp has hosted 276 sessions that included presentations from over 220 experts and was attended by more than 14,800 entrepreneurs from all 15 Arizona counties.

“The Small Business Boot Camp has become an invaluable resource to help Arizona small businesses reach their goals,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “The ACA is proud to see how this unique program has grown since 2020 - supporting thousands of entrepreneurs, especially those in rural communities. We are grateful to our partners and presenters for their support. We look forward to seeing the Boot Camp reach even more businesses and fuel entrepreneurial success in our state.”

Over the past three years, the Small Business Boot Camp has become a key resource for Arizona’s small business community. The sessions, which are held every Tuesday, cover topics relevant to business owners including managing finances, operational practices, employee management, marketing, sales, and strategies to overcome challenges.

Each session is presented by leading companies, universities, community college programs, nonprofits, and small business owners who are experts in their fields. Over 130 different companies have been represented as presenters on the bootcamp.

The ACA supports small businesses through its suite of programs including the Small Business Boot Camp, Small Business Digital Academy and Arizona Business One Stop.

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

Media Contact
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 @azcommerce.