Arizona’s state capital and its largest city, Phoenix, is the most populous state capital in the United States and the fifth largest city in the nation. Located in the northeastern area of the Sonoran Desert, the Phoenix metro area has grown steadily at a rate of nearly 4 percent per year for the past 40 years. With the median sales price of homes at $209,900 and plentiful affordable office space in Phoenix, the capital was recently named one of Biz2Credit’s Top Cities for Small Business. Other accolades Phoenix has earned include being named:
- one of the fastest-growing cities by CNN Money
- one of Inc. magazine’s Most Innovative Cities
- one of Forbes magazine’s Best Cities for Businesses and Careers
Despite Arizona’s politically conservative reputation, last year Phoenix was the only city in Arizona to score 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign's annual Municipal Equality Index, which rates U.S. municipalities on how well they treat lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. This year, Tempe, Tucson and Phoenix all received perfect scores. If you're a military veteran looking to start a business in the Phoenix metro area, you’ll be happy to know that WalletHub named the suburb of Gilbert the second best U.S. city overall for military veterans. Here are four small business resources that can help make your entrepreneurial dreams come true in Phoenix:
Access SCORE Mentors, Small Business Development Centers and Women’s Business Centers here.
This organization offers marketing resources for business owners, as well as professional development seminars for women in business and young professionals. A series called “Chamber Institute” focuses on the fundamentals of running a business, from finance to marketing.
This association provides entrepreneurs with group discounts, advertising, insurance and more. You can also register for its Ready-Set-Grow! Small Business Workshop Series, and apply to get your business listed in the ThinkSmallBiz Directory.
The SBE Program provides certification as a small business enterprise and procurement opportunities. SBE-certified small business owners may participate in the City's SBE Reserve Contract program, where selected goods and general services contracts are reserved for competition only among SBE firms. The SBE also offers advice on small business management, technical assistance, educational services and networking opportunities.
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