What’s Working Locally – Small Business Resources

If starting and running a small business is your vision of “The American Dream,” then Arizona, and the Valley in particular, is a good place to be.

In honor of National Small Business Week, May 4-8, we’ve put together some local resources to assist with the start up and running of a small business.

Both the City of Phoenix and the City of Scottsdale offer resources for those wishing to start or who need help with a small business. Resources are available online at www.phoenix.gov/econdev/entrepreneur, www.phoenix.gov/econdev/small-business and www.scottsdaleaz.gov/business/startups. Beyond a wealth of books and digital information, Scottsdale Public Library offers classes and workspace (www.scottsdalelibrary.org), as does Hive at Burton Barr Central Library (www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/hive). Hive @ Central was developed in partnership with ASU Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group, City of Phoenix Community & Economic Development Department and Phoenix Public Library.
The space is part of the Alexandria Network, bringing together inventors, problem-solvers, entrepreneurs and small businesses in collaboration spaces in community libraries across Arizona.

Additional assistance can be found through organizations such as the Arizona Small Business Development Centers (www.azsbdc.net), a partnership that includes eight of the state’s community college districts, and the U. S. Small Business Administration www.sba.gov; and SCORE (Service Corps for Retired Executives), which offers free advice and mentorship from business professionals for individuals at every stage of business – www.score.org.

Upcoming Events

The Arizona Small Business Association will host AZ Small BizCon 15 May 19-20 at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa. Join ASBA and Arizona’s small business community for two days of relevant educational sessions, valuable mentoring and effective business networking.. For details, visit www.asba.com.

The 13th annual BALLE (Business Alliance of Local Living Economies) Conference will be held in Phoenix June 10-12. The BALLE Conference is a three-day event that explores how locally rooted economic systems solve environmental, financial, and social problems. Hundreds of local business leaders, social entrepreneurs, community funders, policymakers and local economy leaders of all kinds from across North America and beyond are expected to attend this year’s BALLE Conference. For information, visit http://bealocalist.org/conference.

Find additional information at www.azcommerce.com/start-up.

Read our May cover story “What’s Working Locally – Innovative, independent entrepreneurship in the Valley” online now.

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