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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​

Rapid Public Relations & Marketing Program (RPM)
Saturday, August 9
The Rapid Public Relations and Marketing (RPM) Program is developed for small business owners. With the support of marketing experts, owners will learn how to create a customized marketing communications strategy for their company. The 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 two-hour, hands-on and interactive workshop. Registration Required.
Nonprofit Navigation
Wednesday, August 20
Accountants, Carolyn Sechler and Dawn Brown, will focus on service to nonprofit organizations, and will regale you with the tricks and tips for extracting the most benefit from "Guidestar!" This database allows you to research nonprofits in the United States; searching for tax returns, board lists, etc. Learn what Guidestar has to offer, utilizing the site's data effectively to enhance your nonprofit business strategy. Registration Required.

ASU Rapid Startup School

I Have a Startup Idea, What's Next?
Friday, August 15
This class is for beginners to entrepreneurship. It will cover the next steps after you have an idea. Registration Required.
ASU Entrepreneur Office Hours
Friday, August 15
1-2 p.m.
Ask Questions, Receive Feedback, Progress your venture
For more information:

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

Visit their website for this month's speaker 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:​
July 21 and 28
August 4, 11, 18 and 25
September 8, 15, 22 and 29
October 6, 13, 20 and 27
November 3, 10, 17 and  24
December 1, 8, and 15​

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*:
August 2
September 6
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 Mentoring with Kathy Rodriguez

5 - 6 p.m.
Get advice on developing your business or service idea from Kathy Rodriguez, small business mentor and former business owner. To make an appointment for a FREE session;please email Kathy at kathyr(at)

One-on-One Advice for Business Development

Fridays​, August​ 8, 22, September 5, 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