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Small High Tech Business funding options – SBIR & STTR programs

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and its related Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are well established government programs designed to allow the opportunity for small high-tech businesses to obtain government agency funding to pursue research and development projects. Many of the AZSDBC Service Centers offer workshops that overview these two valuable programs. Attendees of these workshops learn how the programs work, the differences between the two programs, the latest news and changes and how the specific government agencies differ. In addition, information will be provided as to the benefits to the small business, how the three phase programs work and instructions on how to find specific topics of interest. Additionally, some tips are provided as to what the small business should do to prepare to participate in the SBIR/STTR programs.

For more information about SBIR/STTR programs contact your local SBDC office.

Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC in collaboration with the CEI Present SBIR Information

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Lunch & Learn Free Lecture/Workshop
CEI/Phoenix – 275 N. GateWay Drive
April 10, 2014 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Presenter: Tom Swann, SBDC

Lunch & Learn events are free presentations to assist small businesses. This workshop is aimed at companies that are interested in submitting proposals for the upcoming Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 2014.2, Phase I funding opportunity. Attendees will learn how the SBIR program works, the application requirements, finding an appropriate topic, the latest news and changes and some tips for winning. Most importantly, at this stage, is what attendees could do now to prepare for this opportunity when it is announced. The Lunch & Learn free event series is presented by the Maricopa Community Colleges Small Business Development Center in partnership with the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation.

Event To Showcase 7 Awesome Marketing Tools

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

You can learn about 7 Awesome Marketing Tools for Small Business Owners at the AZSBDC Network’s next Coffee & Connections networking event. The program will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 18 at the Innovations Science & Technology Incubator, 145 S. 79th Street in Chandler.  The event is free, but registration is required due to limited seating.

The program will be presented by Dow Media Group. Owner Leigh Dow will discuss several emerging tools in the online marketing space that are available to help entrepreneurs market their small business.

To register for this event go to:

Free Investor Pitch Event

Friday, January 25th, 2013

The AZSBDC Network is excited to announc Investor Pitch! at the Chandler Science and Innovations Incubator. You can participate as an attendee at either (or both) of these two events, or apply to go through the investor pitch experience and receive valuable feedback on your business from a panel of experts.

Registration is free but due to limited seating, you MUST register for either (or both) of these two events at the following link. If you want to learn about the investment process and what it takes to put together an Investor pitch, you are encouraged to attend both of these events.

1. Investor Pitch workshop: Do’s and Don’ts (Tuesday 2/26; 7:30-9 AM)

2. Investor Pitch Clinic: Panel feedback (Thursday 4/4; 1-5 PM)

For those of you who would like to get feedback from a panel of experts on their investor pitch, you will need to apply for this event by attending the 1st event on 2/26.

Investor Pitch workshop: Do’s and Don’ts
Place: Innovations, City of Chandler Science and Technology incubator
Tuesday 2/26
7:30 AM -9 AM

“You Only Get One Chance to Make a Good First Impression”
presented by Tom Swann, SBDC Business Analyst

An entrepreneur never knows when he or she may be called upon to pitch their company to a potential investor. It may be verbal, Internet based or printed media. It may come at a social gathering or meeting someone in the hallway at a conference who is just looking for a place to get some coffee. Or, it may come under very controlled conditions like pitching to a group of Angel or Venture Capital Investors at an Investor Event. However it may happen, you will only have one chance to make a good first impression. Tom will explain what you need to have to always be ready!

“Preparing Client Companies for Investment Funding”
presented by Sanjay Dhole SBDC Technology Coordinator and Business Analyst

An entrepreneur needs to understand the overall business process, be able to recognize when the company is ready for outside investment, the critical communication tools and how to outline a standard 10-minute pitch. Sanjay will also identify the top 10 investor pitch mistakes.

Maricopa SBDC Business Analyst Tom Swann and Maricopa SBDC Technology Coordinator and Business Analyst Sanjay Dhole

Special Instructions
Seating is limited. For more information contact Sanjay Dhole at or phone him at 480-784-0591

To register for this event:
Place: Innovations, City of Chandler Science and Technology incubator
Thursday, April 4, 2013 1 pm – 5 pm

Companies (up to 8) interested in making their investor pitch to an experienced panel who will critique your presentation at this event will need to attend the first event on 2/26/2013 and submit their name for consideration. Under the guidance of an SBDC Counselor, create an investor pitch presentation consisting of an executive summary, using the template provided, and a slide presentation per the guidelines. This exercise will prepare entrepreneur on how to prepare investor pitch. even if you are not interested in putting together the pitch you can still attend this event and learn from other’s experience.

All other attendees for this event are welcome to attend to learn and participate in the event.
To register for this event:




Register Now for Statewide Technology Conference

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

The AZSBDC Network is a co-sponsor of the TechEDge 2012 statewide technology conference, which will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 7 at Chandler City Hall. 

TechEDge2012 is designed to equip technology entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies with the practical tools and innovative resources that they need to succeed. Tech entrepreneurs from across the state will learn from subject matter experts and industry peers who will share real-life stories and practical tips that facilitate launch and growth.

Featured topics include:

  • Fostering Innovation
  • Incubator Advantages
  • How to Win SBIR Awards and Commercialization through Strategic Partnerships
  • Crowdfunding and the JOBS Act
  • IP/Patents
  • Resource Pitches
  • Interactive Lightning Round


The conference will also showcase resources that are available to help new and aspiring entrepreneurs, including the AZSBDC Network, the Chandler Science & Innovations Incubator and other business and technology incubators, partner groups and organizations such as the AZ Technology Council and ASU Venture Catalyst.

TechEDge2012 is supported by Fennemore Craig, and event sponsor, ASU. It is hosted by the City of Chandler’s Innovations Incubator in partnership with the Arizona Business Incubation Association (AZBIA).

Cost for the full-day event is $50, with fees waived for students and incubator clients. For detailed information and to register visit

Lunch & Learn Event To Focus on Intellectual Property for Startups

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

The AZSBDC Network’s November 14 Lunch & Learn event will begin at noon and will feature a presentation on ‘The Entrepreneur and the Attorney’. Entrepreneur (and Maricopa SBDC Business Analyst) Tom Swann and Attorney A. J. Moss of Squire Sanders LLP will help technology entrepreneurs gain a better understanding of the role that intellectual property plays in their businesses. The event will also provide a preview of the Patent Clinic that will be held on February 13.

Lunch and Learn is held at the Chandler Science & Innovations Incubator in Chandler. The event is free, but seating is limited and advance registration is required. To register, email Tom Swann or call (480) 784-0586.

Chandler AZ Ranks High on Startup List

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Chandler, Arizona ranks #4 on a new list of Best Startup Cities, according to American Express OPEN.  Interestingly, all 10 of the cities on the list are located WEST of the Mississippi River, in America’s west and southwest.

According to the list’s creator, SizeUP, Chandler produces 5.1 startups for every 100,000 residents. SizeUP is a San Francisco–based provider of free business intelligence for small and mid-sized businesses. The company identified companies less than five years old in the fields of computers, software, medical devices and electronics that were located in the top 100 cities by population. The result is a snapshot of independent, youthful enterprises engaged in a wide range of technological pursuits.

According to SizeUP, the city of Chandler (population 240,000) created its own entrepreneurial advantage by energetically embracing business incubation. The city-sponsored Innovations technology incubator is home to 20 early-stage companies in biotech, software, hardware, sustainability, mobile devices and other fields. Entrepreneurs can tap legal, accounting, marketing and fundraising help as well as sub-market rent.

The AZSBDC Network provides support services to Innovations, and is a partner in many events there, including the populat Coffee and Connections networking events and our Lunch & Learn events.

The City of Chandler provides a funding source for a downtown workspace called Gangplank to give entrepreneurs free space to get their visions underway. “At any given time 100 or more people can be found working in this space,” says Christine Mackay, Chandler’s economic development director. Startups thus blessed get hooked up to conferences, pitch nights and crowdfunding opportunities.

You can read the full release on American Express OpenForum HERE.

Learn About ACA Accelerator Fund at Oct. 18 Event

Friday, September 28th, 2012

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) will present details on the Accelerator Innovation Accelerator Fund at the next Coffee & Connections networking event on October 18. 

The ACA has access to $18.2 million for loans and wants to help small businesses in Arizona qualify. Thurston Jennings, ACA Vice President, Capital Strategies, will explain the requirements and the process of the Arizona Innovation Acceleration fund at the next Coffee & Connections, which will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Thursday, October 18 at the Innovations Incubator, 145 S. 79th Street, Chandler, AZ.

This 5-year program targets industries including renewable energy and sustainability, bio and life sciences, electronics, information technology, aerospace and defense, and advanced manufacturing. The goal is to provide financing to small businesses and manufacturers, in collaboration with private finance partners, to foster business expansion and job creation in Arizona.

Coffee & Connections is free and open to the public, but registration is required due to limited seating. To register, visit

Coffee & Connections is a quarterly series presented by the SBDC in partnership with the Innovations Science & Technology Incubator in Chandler. More information is available by contacting Maricopa SBDC Clean Technology Coordinator Sanjay Dhole at .

Mark your calendars for the 2013 series:

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Thursday, October 17, 2013 

Innovations To Host Crowdfunding Presentation

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Details: Wednesday October 10, 2012 – Noon – Chandler Innovations Incubator. 145 S 79th Street, Chandler.

Chandler, Arizona, September 20, 2012 (news release)…The new JOBS Act is designed to make it significantly easier for small and emerging growth companies to raise capital by, among other things, removing certain historic securities law restrictions and legalizing “crowdfunding.”

The law firm of Snell & Wilmer and Impact Business Accelerators are partnering with other business development groups to present capital raising strategies for small business in 2013 and beyond, at Innovations Incubator in Chandler. They will provide insight regarding opportunity identification, small business acceleration strategies, and the future of crowdfunding.

Innovations Incubator in Chandler was selected for this presentation because of its early success and growth, recently expanding by another 24,000 square feet. “Innovations is considered a highly successful business incubator that hopes to graduate its first company in the next six months, remarkable given it is only in its 2nd year of operations,” explained Impact Executive Director Donavon Ostrom. 

“Innovations is known as a hub for access to industry leaders and information on helping small businesses succeed, and we’re proud to partner in this event,” said City of Chandler Economic Development Director Christine Mackay. “Learning about how to raise capital, especially as new legislation makes it more accessible is critical to any emerging company.” 

Small companies from Chandler and all around the east valley are invited to attend the event.  Brian Burt, presenting Partner from Snell & Wilmer noted, “Crowdfunding will provide startups and growth companies here in Arizona with an exciting new way to raise capital, and will hopefully help address, at least in part, the capital formation challenges that have confronted local companies for decades.”

The AZSBDC Network provides one-on-one counseling support and training programs to entrepreneurs and aspiring small business owners at Innovations, and at 26 other locations statewide. Learn more about AZSBDC services at

About Chandler Innovations:  The Innovations Incubator was developed by the City of Chandler in order to bring additional high-wage technology jobs to the community by providing start-up companies space to work and grow. Innovations gives Chandler the opportunity to grow its own businesses in the cutting edge fields of biotechnology, bioinformatics, software design, nanotechnology, medical devices, renewable energy and others.  For more information, visit   

Tech Council Learns About Clean Tech

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Maricopa SBDC Technology Coordinator Sanjay Dhole and Business Analyst Brenda McCaffrey presented information on the AZSBDC’s Clean Tech Initiative, the TechEDge program and our Network’s research on the Clean Tech sector to nearly 60 people at ASU SkySong this week. The event was co-sponsored with Arizona State University and the Arizona Technology Council.  More information on the Clean Tech program, Coffee & Connections networking events and the Lunch and Learn series is available HERE or by emailing Sanjay at this address.