Launched on April 27, 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 in Arizona. The first-of-its-kind program connects entrepreneurs and small business leaders with local experts who provide support, guidance and resources.
Spanning 97 weeks, 234 sessions and 180 speakers with over 11,000 attendees representing all 15 Arizona counties, the Small Business Boot Camp is an invaluable resource to support Arizona’s entrepreneurs. Nearly 800 attendees have participated in the Small Business Boot Camp in 2022 alone.
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“During the pandemic, small businesses got creative to keep their doors open to serve customers,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “The ACA is proud to support small businesses in their time of need with the Small Business Boot Camp. We are grateful for the continued support of many partners as presenters and everyone that’s made the Small Business Boot Camp possible. We look forward to continuing to support even more small businesses across Arizona in the future.”
The sessions, which are held every Tuesday and Thursday, cover topics including managing finances, operational practices, employee management, marketing, sales, and strategies to overcome challenges. Each session is presented by leading company partners, with past presenters including BeachFleischman, Snell & Wilmer, Maricopa Community Colleges, University of Arizona, Local First Arizona and Small Business Development Centers at community colleges. Presenters are experts in business, finance, technology, education, law and more.
To learn more about the Small Business Boot Camp and register for a session, click HERE.
To view past Small Business Boot Camp sessions, click HERE.
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.