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20-6

Raising Capital Program

March 20, 2017
Seed Spot

This program will take place every Monday and Thursday from 5pm to 7pm. You can learn more about this program's offering on Program page. 

29-30

Boots to Business REBOOT- 2 day event

March 29, 2017
GateWay Community College

THIS IS A 2-DAY, Full Day Event in PHOENIX, AZ

Boots to Business: Reboot is an entrepreneurial education program offered to veterans by the U.S. Small Business Administration in partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF).

The program provides assistance to veterans exploring self-employment opportunities by leading them through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and the foundational knowledge required for developing a business plan. Nationwide registration: http://boots2business.org/reboot/

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Bank Lending

March 29, 2017
Tempe Public Library (BRiC)

This workshop will provide information for small business owners with annual revenues below $2 million, looking for traditional bank financing between $10,000 and $500,000. It will cover the current banking industry requirements on topics like underwriting, credit, and profitability. Handouts will be provided.

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Every entrepreneur has a dream, a vision of service, of filling a need, making your world—our world—a better place. This program will offer 3 Necessary Ingredients needing your attention sooner than later to be sure this doesn’t happen to you: Know what you are really selling: what problem do you solve for your customer? Know your customer…Think Like Your Customer Know who YOU are (brand) and what makes you different in the marketplace

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Southern Arizona Legislative Update Luncheon 2017

March 31, 2017
Doubletree by Hilton Tucson

New leadership means new policies. ASBA's 9th Annual Legislative Update Luncheon will provide a lively discussion on key issues from current political leaders bringing a mix of viewpoints. This interactive moderated panel will feature current priorities, thoughts on how the legislative session may conclude and afford you an opportunity to be heard. Join us at this must attend event! 

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Devils Invent: Compassion through Collaboration

March 31, 2017
6075 Innovation Way West Mesa, AZ 85212

This weekend-long event will focus on human-centered design around humanitarian issues. There will be workshops and guest speakers discussing the design process, humanitarian engineering, and the entrepreneurial mindset. Mentors with technical and business backgrounds will be available throughout the weekend. Teams have a chance to win incredible prizes, including an automatic entry into the Fall 2017 eSeed Challenge and $1,000 to continue development of their solution. You don't want to miss it!

April
2

The ASU Innovation Open – Final Four Demo Day

April 2, 2017
ASU’s Beus Center for Law and Society - The Great Hall

A Keynote address will be provided by Adam Goulburn, Partner of Lux Capital. Four Finalist student venture founders will pitch their startups and be evaluated by Title- and Co-Sponsor judges (see www.asu.edu/io). These judges will then select one $100K Grand Prize winner and several other ancillary prize winners. An award ceremony will conclude the event.

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Outstanding Women in Business

April 3, 2017
Montelucia Resort & Spa

Join us as we recognize remarkable women who are trailblazing the Valley's business community, as mentors and visionaries.

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For members of the aerospace, defense, aviation and manufacturing community, the Arizona Technology Council (AZTC) is offering a major opportunity for you to connect with potential new partners in March.

For defense contractors, the event will be your chance to take the spotlight as you explain your needs with subcontractors. For smaller manufacturers and service providers, you will be able to talk directly with A&D decision-makers to learn how to best meet their requirements.

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Arizona: Selling to the Federal Government

April 5, 2017
U.S. Small Business Administration Arizona District Office 2828 N. Central Ave. Suite 800 Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Presented 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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U.S. export sales recently grew 48% over a five-year period and now exceeds $2.35 trillion. That’s a lot of zeros – are you getting your piece of the global pie? If you are already exporting or thinking about it for 2017, this workshop series is for you. The Maricopa SBDC is pleased to present its inaugural Global Dreams Export Development Workshop Series. This five-part series will cover:

April 5, 2017 - Session One – Are You Ready to Export?
April 19, 2017 - Session Two – Product/Market Identification
May 3, 2017 - Session Three – Export Financing and Risk Management
May 17, 2017 - Session Four – Export Logistics
May 31, 2017 - Session Five – Graduation: Share your plans and network with Arizona’s leading export experts

Stay tuned for more information on workshop session details and guest speakers/panelists.

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Laying the Goundwork Government Contracting

April 11, 2017
Gateway Community College

Learn the basics of how government contracting work.

Very basic introduction to government contracting and the services PTAC offers. We follow a Who, What, Why, When and How format followed by a group discussion. This course is for small business owners who know very little or nothing about government procurement. 

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Will Arizona be the next technology metropolis? What could it mean for your business? How can we collaborate for greater success?

Be a part of this trailblazing event

Arizona is already the second-leading state for technology and information job growth. Together, Arizona tech businesses have an opportunity to create the ideal environment for unparalleled success. As an innovative and influential business leader, you are invited to take part in this important initiative.

The DesTech 2017 event will bring together c-level executives to collaborate on ways to fuel our success by educating, retaining and attracting elite talent into our organizations. The night promises to inspire a vision for our future and ignite innovation among like-minded professionals.

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Business and Digital Trends How to Get the Most Out of Your Business

April 18, 2017
Glendale Civic Center 5750 West Glenn Drive Glendale, AZ 85301

Planned topics:

  • Where is digital marketing heading
  • Staying ahead of the competition
  • Marketing gone mobile
  • Sales/Marketing: getting customers in the door
  • Management: increasing your bottom line
  • Operations: delivering value to your customers
  • How to deal with changes that are coming—inflation, minimum wage, interest rates, deregulation
  • Cyber security—keep your business safe
  • More profit through cost control
  • Ecommerce
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Veteran Resource Seminar

April 18, 2017
Tempe Library Bric Center

Learn about Special Veteran Services and Programs available from the US Small Business Administration:

  • Starting your business – Business Development Plan
  • Financing Your Business
  • SBA Loan Clinics – Special two hour training classes held the first Wednesday of every month to explain the SBA loan process, eligibility and which lenders are making loans
  • Growing Your Business – Funding for expansion
  • Contracting Opportunities – Service Disabled & Veteran Owned BusinessesCounseling – Veteran Business Development Officer, SCORE, SBDC and Women’s Business Centers.
25-27

ICON

April 25, 2017
Phoenix Convention Center 100 N 3rd St. Phoenix, Arizona

ICON17 is a 3-day conference for small business owners. It's packed with inspiring keynote speakers, educational breakout sessions on modern business strategies, sales & marketing best practices, Infusionsoft product training, networking.

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Mayor Greg Stanton State of the City Address and Luncheon

April 25, 2017
Sheraton Grand Phoenix Phoenix Ballroom
Join hundreds of Valley business and government leaders, Phoenix City Council members and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce to hear Mayor Greg Stanton's priorities for 2017 and beyond! 
May
3-5

IDEAS 2016 positions Arizona and Sonora as an efficient mega region for trade and transportation with an educational conference, networking, tours and expo. Each year IDEAS focuses on an industry that drives economic growth in the Arizona-Sonora region. The theme this year is mining innovation.

With today’s low commodity prices, innovation has never been more important for mining companies to uncover new ways to reduce costs, improve safety and manage environmental impact – and our region is a global leader in innovation and technologies that can address these challenges.

 

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Arizona: Selling to the Federal Government

May 3, 2017
U.S. Small Business Administration Arizona District Office

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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2017 Cybersecurity Summit

May 4, 2017
Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas

he Cybersecurity Summit is an opportunity for government and business leaders to learn about the threats, vulnerabilities and consequences related to data security and privacy matters. Join the Council for this educational summit that provides actionable solutions, as numerous AZTC and ACTRA member organizations showcase their available resources, products and services geared toward helping protect your intellectual property and customer data. There will be panel discussions, keynote speakers, sponsor expo and other exceptional presentations. 

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IMPACT Awards Luncheon

May 10, 2017
Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort McArthur Ballroom

Join the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the IMPACT Awards as we honor eight businesses and one nonprofit organization whose good work and successes have strengthened our community and our Chamber. You'll hear their inspirational stories, see what makes them the best of the best in Valley business and discover which two companies will earn Business of the Year. Don't miss this celebration of achievement, perseverance and community service.

18-19

TECHSPO Toronto is a 2-day technology expo taking place May 18 – 19, 2017 at the luxurious Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel, Toronto, Ontario. TECHSPO Toronto brings together developers, brands, marketers, technology providers, designers, innovators and evangelists looking to set the pace in our advanced world of technology.

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Sun Corridor Edge 2017

May 19, 2017
Wild Horse Pass

Please take a moment to reserve your calendar for May 19, 2017, for the next meeting of the Joint Planning Advisory Council. The meeting will include experts in international trade and recognize some of Arizona's best success stories in the area of exporting. These businesses will be recognized through a new Sun Corridor Export Recognition Program.

Please help us celebrate and support these successful businesses and learn how to grow our role in the global economy.

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Women's Leadership: Small Tweaks, Big Changes

August 31, 2017
BRIC at Tempe Public Library 3500 South Rural Road Tempe, AZ 85282

Are you a small business owner? Nonprofit leader? Visionary? Entrepreneur? Maker? Problem solver? Person with an idea? Do you aspire to change your local community, or even the world? Do you have a product, idea, business, or technology innovation you want to grow? Are you looking to connect with others, gain valuable resources, and learn new skills in an accessible and low-pressure setting? If you answered yes to any of these questions, ASU Entrepreneurship + Innovation (E+I) Community Workshops may be for you!

June
1-2

ARIZONA-MEXICO COMMISSION SUMMIT

June 1, 2017
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

2017 AMC Summit is the AMC’s binational premier annual event. Top level business leaders and policy makers from Arizona and Mexico will gather under the leadership of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich to promote a strong, cooperative binational relationship.

With this year's theme of "At the Crossroads of Opportunity: The Integration of a North American Corridor," the summit will consist of distinguished speaker panels, networking opportunities, and binational committee meetings. 

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2017 JUNE Veterans Resource Seminar

June 6, 2017
U.S. Small Business Administration Arizona District Office 2828 N. Central Ave. Suite 800 Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Learn about Special Veteran Services and Programs availablefrom the U. S. Small Business Administration:

  • Starting your business – Business Development Plan
  • Financing Your Business
  • SBA Loan Clinics – Special two hour training classes held the first Wednesday of every month to explain the SBA loanprocess, eligibility and which lenders are making loans
  • Growing Your Business – Funding for expansion
  • Contracting Opportunities – Service Disabled & VeteranOwned BusinessesCounseling – Veteran Business Development Officer, SCORE, SBDC and Women’s Business Centers.
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Phoenix , Arizona International Trade & Exporting Seminar

September 20, 2017
U.S. Small Business Administration Arizona District Office 2828 N. Central Ave. Suite 800 Phoenix, Arizona 85004

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.

Arizona Success Stories

Company Profile: Pivot Manufacturing

Company Profile: Nichols Precision