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Program Schedule

​Program Schedule

All programs are free and open to the public.  Unless otherwise indicated, they are in hive @ central, located on the second floor of Burton Barr Central Library.

Business Programs​

Financial Education for Small Businesses - Credit Reporting & Risk Management
Friday, September 19
An in-depth look at two critical areas for business success; Credit Reporting and Risk Management. Demystify credit reporting and develop strategies for building and improving your credit.  Learn the various risk factors and common warning signs for small business owners.  A seminar presentation, workbook materials and one-on-one coaching will be provided. Presented by Business and Financial experts from BBVA Compass.​ Registration Required​.

CEO Spotlight

***Programs supported by the Arizona State Library with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.***
September CEO Spotlight | Carlos Velasco - The Road to Success
Wednesday, September 17
Carlos Velasco, Director of "Fuerza Local​" (Local First Arizona) will give you insight on how to propel your business idea to the next level and the motivation to succeed. Mr. Velasco will also share his accomplishments regarding his local business accelerator program which strengthens local economies in Arizona. Limited space; registration required.

Featured Speaker / Conferencista Destacado​​​

Social Media for Small Business
Monday, September 08
Class rescheduled due to storm, now being held on Monday September 15
A one-hour interactive introduction to social media and social networking for small business. Topics include: Setting goals and researching your audience, Choosing the right networks, Best-practice strategies and tactics, gaining insight and intelligence through measurement. Featured Speaker: Phil McKeown, Digital Marketing Strategist of McKeown Marketing. Registration Required.
Licensias Para su Negocio (en español)
***En la biblioteca de Palo Verde 4402 N. 51st Ave., 85031
lunes, 22 de septiembre
La experta en negocios Blanca Erives de AB Continental Service, LLC, discutirá conceptos básicos de finanzas para negocios pequeños. La discusión será referente a las necesidades financieras de su negocio, iniciar un plan de negicos y aprender el siguiente paso en el proceso para llegar a ser exitoso. Es necesario registrarse.
Enhancing Your Business Leadership Skills
***At Mesquite Library 4525 E. Paradise Village Parkway N., 85032
Tuesday, September 16
Dr. Barbra Baderman, business consultant and trainer, will assist you in identifying your personal leadership skills and provide you with an enhanced understanding of the leadership traits that are appreciated by both employees and customers of your business. Registration required.
Rapid Public Relations & Marketing
***At Desert Sage Library 7602 W. Encanto Blvd., 85035
Saturday, September 20
Regi Adams, Director of Operations at "The e-Lightened Mind" will show you how to market your small business. This program is specifically designed to make it easy for entrepreneurs, solo-preneurs, or two-person enterprises to produce a marketing effort structured to increase the reach of their brands. The RPM program is a hands-on and interactive workshop.Registration required.

Phoenix Small Business Tips and Tricks

These workshops are perfect for the small business owner who wants to learn innovative ways to attract new clients or customers. 
We feature a different topic and speaker each month, followed by group discussion where we share Tips and Tricks.

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.,  every second Thursday of the month​, additional Saturday Meetups​ scheduled as well! 

Visit their website for this month's speak​er and topic and to register.


Monday ​Business Energizer Group/Lunes de negocios

Are you ready to fire up your business and lead as a 21st century business owner?  Engage with fellow entrepreneurs​​, social-preneurs and self-starters in your business community.  Receive motivational support, professional feedback and network with fellow business leaders.
¿Está listo para iniciar su semana laboral y crecer su negocio como líder del siglo 21? Participa con otros emprendedores, empresarios-sociales, y personas con iniciativa. Recibe apoyo profesional y encuentra contactos con compañeros.
Presented and facilitated by Edgar R. Olivo, Business Training Consultant.
Click to view video: Compass Career and Business Solutions
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the following Mondays/lunes:​
September 15, 22 and 29
October 6, 13, 20 and 27
November 3, 10, 17 and  24
December 1, 8, and 15​

ASU Rapid Startup School

Level 1 - Lean Startup Methodology and Business Model Canvases
Tuesday, September 16
A facilitated discussion that will introduce entrepreneurs to tools and resources that have been curated for startups that are refining their initial problem/solution fit and learning how to efficiently navigate potentially viable markets. This session will enable participating entrepreneurs to achieve Investment Readiness Level (IRL) One, with a focus on lean startup methodology and business model canvases. Registration Required.
ASU Entrepreneur Office Hours​
Tuesday, September 16
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Ask Questions, Receive Feedback, Progress your venture.
ASU's Rapid Startup School will be holding office hours following each of their events at the Hive. Each of the sessions​ are 30 minutes long and on a first-come-first-serve drop-in basis.
For more information:

Business Roadmap Program  

Business Roadmap Program

The Business Roadmap Program is a series of 8 start-up workshops detailing the essentials for your business. Please register for each class individually.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-6pm
  1. Planning for Business: Creating Your Business Plan
  2. File and Register Your Business: LLC’s, EIN, Trademark and Licenses
  3. Financing for Your Business: Raising Capital, Crowd funding and Loans
  4. Setting the Right Price: Setting Fees, Price Structures and Revenue Projections
  5. Getting the Word Out: Branding, Marketing Strategy and Public Relations
  6. Treat Your Customers Right: Customer Service and Business Ethics
  7. Managing Your Team: Hiring, Team Development and Leadership Skills
  8. Getting and Setting the Deal: Contracts, Proposals and Agreements
This program is supported by the Arizona State Library with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Camino hacia su negocio

El Camino para su Negocio (en español)

El programa Camino para su Negocio es una serie de 8 talleres para destacar los elementos necesarios en su negocio. Inscríbase para cada clase individualmente por favor. es necesario registrarse.
Martes y Jueves 6:30-8:30pm
  1. La planificación de su empresea: Creación de un plan de negocios
  2. Cómo registrar su negocio: LLC, EIN, y registro de marcas
  3. Cómo finaciar su empresa: Capital inicial, crowdfunding y préstamos
  4. Cómo establecer el precio justo: Tarifas, Estructura de precios y proyecciones de ingresos
  5. Su campaña de mercadeo: Crear un marca, estrategias de mercadeo y relaciones públicas
  6. Cómo tartar a sus clients: Servicio al cliente, éticas para empresarios
  7. Cómo administrar un equipo: Contratación, desarrollo de equipo y liderazgo
  8. Conseguir el trato y mantenerlo: Contratos, propuestas y acuerdos
Este programa recibe el apoyo de la Biblioteca del Estado de Arizona, con fondos del Instituto de Museos y Bibliotecas.

SCORE: ABCs of Starting a New Business 

Are you starting a new business?  Thinking about it?  This session is an essential first step in developing a business plan that will increase your chances of success.  

Should you start your business now? Where?  How? What about needed money?  Experienced business owners and managers will address these questions and help you start ​on the best path for your business. Presenters include SCORE mentors Dave Miller, Bill Robinson, ​Roger Robinson and Doug Whitney. Visit​ the SCORE website for listing of other business programs. Click here to register.  

Upcoming sessions:
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - the first Saturday of each month except October*:
October 11*
November 1
December 6​

SCORE One-on-One Mentoring

Greater Phoenix SCORE mentors provide free and confidential business advice to meet the needs of your small business. 
Whether you are a start-up or an existing business, SCORE mentors will help you reach customers and achieve your goals. 

For more information or to make an appointment, call 602-745-7250 or visit the SCORE website. Learn more about SCORE​.​​

One-on-One Advice for Business Development

Friday​, September 19
2-4 p.m.
Obtain direction on what step to take next in your business development process from a member of the City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department. Advice provided about your business plan or other questions pertaining to City licensing, procurement or policies. Click here to register.