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Small Business Assistance

Starting a business?  Check out these helpful tips from the Arizona Commerce Authority to get you started.

Small Business Checklist Program: The ACA Interactive Checklist Program is a free on-line tool designed to create a customized checklist of business licensing information and other key resources.

Phoenix Management Technical Assistance: For existing businesses, Phoenix Management Technical Assistance (MTA) connects businesses with experienced consultants for solutions and assistance in loan packaging, accounting and finance, human resources, technology, and most business operations. 

Phoenix Office of Customer Advocacy: Serves as a business’ “city hall insider.” The Phoenix Office of Customer Advocacy (OCA) assists businesses in understanding the range of permits needed. After applications are submitted, the OCA advocates on the business’ behalf to smooth the development process.

Manufacturing Extension Partnership: Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is a program designed to help Arizona manufacturers achieve their business goals.

Venture Ready: Business mentor that partners a company with an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) who will coach the company through five panels that focus on intake, marketing, finance, dry run and final graduation.

Small Business Development CentersThe Arizona Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network works to launch, grow and sustain small businesses in every stage of development.
Gateway Community College
108 N. 40th Street, South Building
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Nancy Sanders – Regional Center Director

  • One-on-one counseling
  • Resource assistance
  • Training to facilitate capital formation
  • Preserve and create small business jobs and revenue

Small Business Administration: The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides workshops, webinars, luncheons, and loan programs from SBA are dedicated to helping business form, grow and thrive.
2828 N. Central Avenue, Suite 800
Phoenix, AZ

SCORE: Local mentors, each with extensive business experience, stand ready to help you start a business, grow your business, or work through difficult business management issue.  Workshops and webinars are also available.
2828 N. Central Avenue, Suite 800
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Hive @Central: Small business, networking, start-up & entrepreneurial resource center.  Open to the public, Hive@Central offers research resources including a business development series.
Burton Barr Central Library
1221 N. Central Avenue, 2nd Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85004

SizeUp Arizona provides small-to-medium sized businesses and entrepreneurs around the state with the market research and data analytics necessary to better understand competition and fine-tune their business model for success. The site provides the ability to research costs, revenue, customers, location, and marketing strategy scenarios comparative to similar businesses around Arizona and the U.S.

For more detailed information on any of the resources listed above please contact Chief Innovation Officer, Jennifer Mellor at 602.495.6491 or email