Business Tools and Resources

Home-Based Business Information 

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Business Development Tools and Training
Dozens of local, state and national organizations operate in the Tempe area to help businesses connect with each other and operate smoothly.

The Tempe Public Library, several area Chambers of Commerce and many training programs can offer assistance in a myriad of ways. The Maricopa County Small Business Development Center also can assist.

ASU Venture Catalyst has programs for entrepreneurs to receive mentoring and business assistance.

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council is a one-stop resource for economic development contacts and demographic, economic, and related information about Maricopa County and the 14 communities that comprise the metropolitan area. Company executives searching for a place to expand or relocate business, or real estate consultants researching potential properties for a client will receive help to find information. GPEC’s research associates are also available to provide free, customized data and answer questions. For details, call 800 421-GPEC.

The Arizona Bioindustry Association guides biotechnology companies from bench to boardroom with networking opportunities, educational events, job banks and lobbying efforts. Call 480 752-2016.

The Arizona Technology Council is committed to driving the success of member companies across technology fields and building recognition of the state as a global leader in a knowledge-based economy. Representing over 30,000 employees across its more than 400 member companies, the Council champions technology and a common agenda for supporting the State's economic growth through a stronger technology industry. Along with member programs and events, the Council provides leadership on the issues vitally important to the technology community. Call 602 343-TECH.

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is the largest advocacy organization representing small and independent businesses. NFIB was ranked the most influential business organization (and 3rd overall), in "Washington's Power 25" survey conducted by Fortune magazine. NFIB's purpose is to influence public policy at the state and federal level and be the resource for small and independent business in America. NFIB also provides timely information designed to help small businesses succeed. Call 602 263-7690. 

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. It is a group of both working and retired executives and business owners who donate their time and expertise as business counselors. SCORE was formed in 1964 and there are now about 12,400 volunteers in 389 chapters throughout the country. SCORE operates under the sponsorship of the U.S. Small Business Administration and in cooperation with a variety of local institutions. Call 480 833-9020.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) promotes a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing the most timely, relevant, and accurate economic data in an objective and cost-effective manner. BEA produces economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the Nation's economy. To do this, BEA collects source data, conducts research and analysis, develops and implements estimation methodologies, and disseminates statistics to the public. For details, call 202 606-5556.

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce offers business support, lobbying, education and networking. Committees include: Business Development Council, Tempe Manufacturers Council, Government Relations, Small Business Council, Women In Business Council, Transportation, Business/Education, and the Tempe Tech Task Force, among others. Call 480 967-7891.