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Article: Angel tax credit finally getting wings

Angel investors in Arizona can now receive a partial tax credit for investing in high-tech early stage companies.

Coworking: AZ TechCelerator (West Valley)

"AZ TechCelerator, a four-building campus, in Surprise, Arizona, totaling nearly 60,000 square feet is designed to accommodate your needs and provide you with the affordable space, tools and resources to grow your business."

Coworking: CO+HOOTS

CO+HOOTS is a co-working space for creative types in central Phoenix.

Coworking: Gangplank (Chandler)

"Gangplank offers co-working space free of charge to encourage people to value working collaboratively with others of various disciplines. One of the goals of the collaborative is help people increase their circe of influence and knowledge. While working collaboratively we hope to stimulate the chance for serendipidity to fall favorably on those participating. In addition to co-working space Gangplank offers a weekly hacknight that acts as an ability to connect, share ideas and launch new ventures in the community."

Events: ASU Innovation Challenge

The innovation challenge offers students and young entrepreneurs a chance to fund their idea. See other opportunities that ASU offers.

Events: Venture Madness by Invest Southwest Capital

"For over 15 years, Invest Southwest (including its predecessors, AVCC then AAIC) has been the best way for investors to connect with the Southwest's most promising ventures. The forum takes place on February 22, 2007 at the Four Seasons Resort, Scottsdale at Troon, where ten up-and-coming companies present their plans and financing opportunities to angels and venture capitalists. Attendance is limited to accredited investors, sponsors and presenting companies"

Incubators: Arizona Center for Innovation

The Arizona Center for Innovation is a new high tech incubator promoting the development of high technology companies in Southern Arizona through a disciplined program of business development.

Incubators: Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation

CEI is a community-based facility at GateWay Community College. CEI provides business incubation programs and services to both resident clients and non-resident "affiliate" clients and makes available many of its business development and entrepreneurship programs to the community.

Incubators: Interactive Map of Phoenix Area Entrepreneurial & Innovation Resources

Discovery Triangle has created a great map of co-working spaces, incubators, and accelerators in the area.

Incubators: Moonshot

"Moonshot at NACET solicits pitches from those ambitious, disruptive innovators whose plans hold commercial possibilities. If accepted, these entrepreneurs and their ideas are put through a rigorous, four-track process that will develop a minimum viable product or an investment-ready business by the program’s end. Additionally, Moonshot offers seminars to teach innovators how to sell their ideas to investors; a basic business course for would-be entrepreneurs; and panel discussions to inspire future Moonshots and share best practices among the ones already established in the firmament."

Incubators: Seed Spot

"SEED SPOT is an incubator focused on supporting Arizona's most innovative social entrepreneurs; those creating high impact ventures that improve the lives of people and communities on a local, national, or global scale. Each year, SEED SPOT runs two 4-month programs - one in the Fall and one in the Spring. Our two programs include a Full-Time Program and an Evening Program. Eligibility requirements mandate that all ventures demonstrate social impact, prove customer validation, showcase a strong revenue model, and are generating less than $250,000 in annual revenue. Additionally, all entrepreneurs must reside in the state of Arizona."

Investors: Arizona Venture Capital & Angel Fund Directory

Cayenne Consulting's directory of venture capital, angel, and private equity investors in Arizona.

Investors: Desert Angels

Tucson based group of angel investors seeking to invest in companies in the Southwest.

Organizations: Arizona Bioindustry Association

A statewide organization which promotes the growth of bioindustry in the areas of public policy, member services, education, business networking, and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Organizations: Arizona Small Business Association

Networking, seminars, healthcare, and other benefits for small businesses.

Organizations: Arizona Technology Council

Dedicated to advancing the technology industry in Arizona.

Organizations: Inventor's Association of Arizona

The Inventors Association of Arizona (IAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individual inventors get their product to market.

Organizations: Local First Arizona

Founded in 2009, Local First Arizona is a nonprofit organization committed to community and economic development throughout Arizona.

Organizations: SCORE of Greater Phoenix

The SCORE Association is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration. SCORE Phoenix is dedicated to aiding in the formation, growth, and success of small business in Arizona and nationwide. SCORE's main function is to provide confidential, one-on-one business counseling to meet the needs of business startup, expansion or problem solving assistance. There is generally no cost to the entrepreneur for these services.

Organizations: SkySong - The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center

"SkySong is an innovation center designed to help companies grow by providing business services and programs offered or facilitated by Arizona State University. These services include access to new technologies, capital networks, business education and a skilled workforce that are delivered through the Venture Catalyst at ASU, which is headquartered at SkySong.

Resources: Arizona Corporation Commission

Resources for getting your business established in Arizona.

Resources: Arizona Corporation Commission's eCorp System

Look up corporate information about Arizona companies.

Resources: Arizona State Department of Commerce

This Arizona's "online resource center - a website where you can find information on business licensing, statewide resources, certification, procurement opportunities, and much more... for every stage of your business development."

Resources: Arizona State Department of Commerce - Small Business Services

Small Business Services (SBS) offers support, opportunities, and advocacy through several key functions: - Guides you through what you need to know to start, expand, or relocate a business in Arizona including licensing information and statewide resources. - Collaborates with state agencies and numerous business organizations to promote entrepreneurship among minority-, woman-owned, small and disadvantaged business enterprises. - Advocates on small business issues that are important throughout Arizona.

Resources: Arizona state incentives, programs, and grants

Directory of state, federal, and local programs available to entrepreneurs and investors in Arizona.

Resources: AZ Innovation Challenge

The AZ Innovation Challenge is a bi-annual business plan competition that awards qualified, innovative startups and early stage companies up to $250,000 in grant funding to grow their business, ultimately advancing innovation and technology commercialization opportunities in Arizona. It is administered by the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), the state's economic development agency tasked with improving Arizona's overall economy through the creation of quality jobs. The ACA focuses on the attraction of valuable business to Arizona, the expansion of existing business, and the creation of new business. Target industries include aerospace and defense, semiconductors, bioscience, optics, and renewable energy.

Resources: City of Chandler Resources

Resource guide for the City of Chandler. Whether you are starting a business or building a home, this will guide you through it.

Resources: City of Flagstaff Business Resources

The Chamber of Commerce for Flagstaff will help you get started in Flagstaff if you are starting a business

Resources: City of Gilbert Resources

If you need information for the city of Gilbert, this resource may have what you are looking for.

Resources: City of Phoenix Small Business Development Program

The City of Phoenix has assembled a variety of resources to help local entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.

Resources: City of Scottsdale Business Resources

This will help you get started in the City Of Scottsdale if you are starting a business.

Resources: City of Tucson Business Resources

Find out everything you need to know about starting a business in Tucson on this page.

Resources: Doing Business in Arizona, A Legal Guide

Publications available from the law firm of Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P.

Resources: Gregslist of Arizona Software Companies

Directory of software companies in Arizona.

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