News & Events: Events


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.



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!


USPTO WORKSHOP: IP Strategy as a Business Strategy

May 3, 2017
ASU SkySong 1475 North Scottsdale Road Suite 200 Scottsdale, AZ 85257

USPTO Regional Director John Cabeca gives an overview about Intellectual Property (IP) strategies and why startups should consider them.


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. 


North America Now: Now What

May 9, 2017
Sheraton Grand Phoenix

Join us for an interactive and candid discussion required to advance the critically important relationship among the U.S., Mexico and Canada.


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.


AZ Top Tech Exec Awards

May 11, 2017
Phoenix Art Museum

Join us for the Valley's premier technology celebration honoring the leaders in technology.


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.


Small Business Leadership Forum (1)

May 18, 2017
Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce 201 N. Central Ave., 27th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Join us at the Small Business Leadership Forum to hear from Josh Rawitch, senior vice president of communications for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks are a shining example of how focusing on company culture and relationship building can give a business a competitive edge and motivate a workforce. Rawitch will share how small businesses can adopt similar practices and positively impact their bottom line.


The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Arizona Small Business Association is proud to present the 24th Annual Enterprise Business Awards Luncheon (EBAL).  This event will bring together Arizona's most elite industry officials to honor the accomplishments of individuals and organizations that have made great strides in their industry community activism and setting lending standards.  Don't miss this opportunity to be involved in the conversation, to get informed, and honor our designated award winners.

Cost: $95 for ASBA members

 $125 for non-member




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.


3rd Annual Entrepreneur Fair

May 20, 2017
Fresh Start Women's Foundation 1130 E. McDowell Road Phoenix, AZ 85006

Join us for a day of education, networking, and opportunity to discover new services and products geared toward starting your own business.


n 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!
Mayor Stanton's focus is on growing Phoenix's economy, increasing exports and promoting innovation. During his 2017 State of the City address, Mayor Stanton will share the city's progress and how he will continue moving Phoenix forward. 


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, 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. 


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.

Business Roadmap Program (1)

June 13, 2017
Burton Barr Central Library hive@central
The Business Roadmap Program is a month-long series of 8 start-up workshops detailing the essentials for your business. Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday in hive @ central from 6-8 PM.  Please register for each class individually.

Brand Day: Small Business Marketing Summit 2017

June 15, 2017
BIG YAM, The Parsons Agency 15750 N Northsight Blvd Scottsdale 85260

Marketing trends that will make a difference to your 2017.

Designed to arm working professionals with the tools, tips and strategies necessary to put current marketing ideas into action.

The event will showcase the latest marketing, digital, PR, video and social techniques via a series of breakout sessions,

panels, and keynotes by influential marketers. Co-Sponsored by BIG YAM, The Parsons Agency.


Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference

June 20, 2017

The Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference is back—and it’s returning to the hub of entrepreneurship, innovation and tech, San Francisco! Join us for three incredible days of raw, gritty, authentic “TedX-style” presentations from some of the most revered women in tech, business and leadership. This will be the “largest intimate” tech conference you’ll ever attend, as you hear revolutionary speakers share tales of their journey to the top, career advice, how they made tough decisions—and, most important—what sage advice they want to pass on to the next-generation of the female tech workforce.


Nonprofit Business Summit

July 14, 2017
Sheraton Grand Downtown

A critical date for nonprofit executives: don't miss this opportunity to connect with Valley business leaders and participate in educational sessions that will enrich your organization's developmental and operational missions.


Arizona Governor’s Conference on Tourism

July 19, 2017
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

The Arizona Governor’s Conference on Tourism is the premier educational and networking event in the state for travel professionals and destination marketers.

Tourism is Arizona’s No. 1 export industry, and each year GCOT provides its attendees the opportunity to exchange ideas with peers, learn from expert panelists, draw inspiration from nationally renowned speakers, and discover cutting-edge products and services.


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.

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