Supporting Our Business Community
We are living in uncertain times. The future is hard to predict. All businesses are suffering — national, local, nonprofit and for-profit. The Arizona Community Foundation, along with all our donors and partners, has been busier than at any time in our history since we opened our doors 41 years ago. We responded to COVID-19 with the speed you would expect from us. We distributed more than 800 immediate relief grants to nonprofits across the state in just over 10 weeks. Together with our donors, we distributed more than $12.6 million to nonprofits. Nonprofits that worked tirelessly to support the needs of the community by providing food, personal protective equipment, daycare services, eldercare support and many other necessary services during this time of need.
Now, ACF is pivoting to support the local business community in a new way. By working with cities and municipalities, we are distributing financial support through small-business relief grant programs. The City of Phoenix, the Phoenix IDA, Maricopa County, the City of Yuma and others are all working expeditiously to provide support to hundreds of small businesses as they experience loss of revenue following months of closure and other unforeseen factors. These programs are essential to provide short-term financial support during this uncertain recovery.
Now, more than ever, we all need to support local businesses. Their success relies upon our active help during these unprecedented times. We can help keep people employed, help rebuild our economy, help provide the services our community needs, and help each other as we weather this storm together. We are stronger because of our collaboration.
To all of the businesses struggling right now, we honor your commitment and we are devoted to supporting your comeback.
With that in mind, we are pleased to sponsor this “Get Back In Business” guide to the many organizations dedicated to furthering the success of businesses throughout our community.
President and CEO
Arizona Community Foundation
Our business community has always proven to remain strong during the toughest times. The Great Recession hurt, but we bounced back and were seen as one of the “hot-spots” worldwide before the coronavirus pandemic struck.
In an effort to promote and strengthen businesses throughout Greater Phoenix, In Business Magazine is showcasing the top business organizations whose mission is to serve the businesspeople of the Valley to empower resources, opportunity, expertise and more. We present this “Get Back In Business: A Guide to Valley Business Organizations” as a tool to inform our readers about the many diverse and worthy groups offering more during this time.
We asked each of them to provide information to our prompt: “Due to COVID-19, we want our business community to know …” so that our readers would get a sense of where these groups are pivoting and how they can help during this great time of uncertainty. We asked them to provide information on membership rates and the top five services they provide. We hope this information will be helpful to you, and please pass this along. This section, along with all of our COVID-19 content, is free to access.
We look forward to remaining your strongest partner in business. One of the ways we can do that starts with you letting us know what you think, what stories you want to see, and staying in close communications with us so that we can truly be relevant to building a better business for you and a stronger overall business community in the Valley and beyond.
Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits
The Alliance is the unifying voice of the nonprofit sector in Arizona and the only statewide association dedicated to serving its needs. We do this through advocacy, education, information, connection and resources tailored specifically for nonprofits and their staff, board and volunteers.
Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the leading statewide business advocate at the Arizona Capitol and with the Arizona congressional delegation. Our Chamber has a diverse membership that employs 250,000 Arizonans in all business sectors from manufacturing to services and includes small, medium, and large employers.
Arizona Commerce Authority
The Arizona Commerce Authority 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 azcommerce.com and follow the ACA on Twitter @azcommerce.
Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association
The Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association is the leading statewide public policy organization advocating for Arizona’s hospitality, sports, lodging and tourism industry. AzLTA is focused on advocacy, collaboration and education to increase awareness of the industry’s impact in Arizona.
Arizona Small Business Association
To foster and empower a thriving Arizona small-business community by offering relevant, dynamic and innovative resources and the highest level of advocacy as THE VOICE of small business in Arizona.
Arizona Technology Council
The Arizona Technology Council fosters a climate of innovation to enhance technology in Arizona. A trusted resource in strengthening Arizona’s technology industry, the Council proactively eliminates impediments that companies face, accelerates the entrepreneurial mindset in the state’s expanding innovation ecosystem, and works to create a destination for companies to be, thrive and stay.
Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest
BBB Serving the Pacific Southwest covers Greater Arizona and Southern California with key campuses in Phoenix, Lake Havasu City, Prescott, Yuma, San Diego and Newport Beach. BBB provides objective expertise and educational programs on topics affecting marketplace trust.
We train your team to develop leadership skills to create better work cultures, accomplish goals to keep your company on track, and create strategies to work more productively and beyond. We grow your business by growing your people.
The only place “Where Entrepreneurs Align,”™ Eliances is a unique opportunity to meet and build deep relationships with high-performing entrepreneurs, inventors, investors, CEOs, athletes, founders, celebrities, politicians, billionaires, millionaires and startups. We are a community unlike any other.
Enterprise Bank & Trust’s Enterprise University
Enterprise University courses are taught by experts and practicing professionals in their respective fields. Instructors will challenge and energize you with information and skills you can put to work immediately. These workshops cover best practices and trending topics in finance, management and leadership, sales and marketing, human resources and information technologies.
Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
Since 1978, the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce has proactively served as the business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. The Chamber serves as a catalyst for growth within the local business community.
Glendale Chamber of Commerce
The Glendale Chamber is a private, nonprofit, membership-driven organization of nearly 1,400 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals. Our mission is to provide leadership, create a prosperous regional economy and advocate for our members and the business community.
We’re a growing virtual community of CEOs, executives and leaders in metro Phoenix and 525 regions around the world — everywhere! We provide new clients, partners, projects and resources through a database of 40 million trusted connections via warm introductions, AI match-making, training and events.
Greater Phoenix Chamber
The Greater Phoenix Chamber is Arizona’s largest chamber and leading business organization. Through service to a broad, diverse membership base, the Chamber steadfastly serves as the voice of business and a champion of growth.
Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC)
Our mission is to attract and grow quality businesses, and advocate for Greater Phoenix’s competitiveness. As the regional economic development organization, GPEC works with 22 member communities, Maricopa County and more than 160 private investors to accomplish its mission and serve as a strategic partner to companies across the world as they expand or relocate.
Greater Phoenix Equality Chamber of Commerce
Progressive small-business owners seeking opportunities to expand their circles of influence, develop referrals and increase revenue find the GPECC to be a catalyst for success. Our education and events provide an inclusive platform with an atmosphere of acceptance and equality.
Greater Phoenix Leadership
Greater Phoenix Leadership is the leading alliance of Arizona CEOs working together to improve the region’s overall quality of life at the intersection of the business, government, philanthropic and education sectors.
Local First Arizona
Local First Arizona is a coalition of more than 3,000 locally owned businesses working to build a more diverse and resilient Arizona economy.
Mesa Chamber of Commerce
The Mesa Chamber of Commerce is the recognized resource and celebrated leader for the Mesa business community. The Mesa Chamber of Commerce exists to improve, promote and advocate for businesses in Mesa.
National Association of Women Business Owners — Phoenix
NAWBO propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide. Come grow with NAWBO.
National Federation of Independent Business
NFIB is the voice of small business, advocating on behalf of small and independent business owners. The NFIB membership is a reflection of American small business and spans the spectrum of business operations, ranging from sole proprietor enterprises to firms with hundreds of employees.
Phoenix Metro Chamber of Commerce
PMCC helps its members make the citywide connections that simultaneously grow their business and our community through business education, business networking and community support.
Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce
The Scottsdale Chamber is the leading organization dedicated to serving Scottsdale, regional businesses and community prosperity through advocacy and education.
Tempe Chamber of Commerce
The Tempe Chamber of Commerce represents nearly 600 businesses with more than 70,000 employees. For more than a century, the Tempe Chamber has been dedicated to sustaining Tempe’s quality of life and keeping our community and economy vibrant.
West Valley Women Networking Association
We are in our 15th year of fostering business connections, networking opportunities and friendships for women in the community. Visit our Facebook page for updates, Facebook.com/WestValleyWomen.
WESTMARC — the Western Maricopa Coalition — is a public-private partnership of the 15 communities, the business community and the educational sector in the West Valley of the Greater Phoenix region. Through WESTMARC members’ connections, collaboration and action, this region is now home to 1.7 million residents, a thriving business community, abundance of education options, and world-class sports and entertainment amenities.