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Help for Small Businesses

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For more help for small businesses, visit hive @ central: a discovery space for business entrepreneurs.

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With Business Directory - ReferenceUSA, you can research new business opportunities, hot areas of economic development and consumer buying habits.​

Arizona Republic 1999 - Present provides access to all the local news.




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Business Loan Funds: Directory of Small Business Loan Programs is a resource for entrepreneurs looking for alternative loan programs.  The directory lists loans by location, including Maricopa County.

City of Phoenix - EXPAND Program assists local businesses in obtaining loans from eligible local financial institutions by providing additional collateral, up to 25% of a loan amount.  The amount of collateral enhancement can range as high as $150,000 with no ceiling on the loan amount.  Loans can be for virtually any legitimate business purpose but jobs creation is an essential element of any request for EXPAND assistance.

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The City of Phoenix resource page for businesses provides information on doing business with the city, grants and funding opportunities, opportunities for small and disadvantaged enterprise businesses, and zoning and permits.  You can also find information on getting a business license and taxes.

Arizona Commerce Authority offers state economic news and data, community profiles, information about international trade and finance, and doing business in Arizona. 

Their Small Business Services free, online resource center provides information on business licensing and statewide resources:

  • The Arizona Entrepreneur's Edge is that state's official guide for starting, operating and growing a business.  It is searchable and printable, and includes a business checklist, business plan guidelines, comparison chart of business structures and listing of state, city and community agencies and organizations.
  • Their Checklist Program is designed to help you easily navigate licensing your business in Arizona.  The program enables you to build a custom checklist, linking to downloadable versions of most of the business forms you may need.  It includes telephone numbers and addresses of licensing agencies, as well as contact information for statewide resources and assistance to accelerate business growth.

SBA - U.S. Small Business Administration provides programs and support services to help you start your business and succeed.  Learn to create a business plan, register and license a business, select a location and equipment, hire and retain employees, and more.

Still Looking for More

Phoenix Public Library partners with SCORE and the Arizona Small Business Association to offer free workshops and other events to assist entrepreneurs. Search the online calendar for events.

Phoenix Public Library offers FREE online classes that are self-paced with real instructors to guide learning, video-based lessons, graded tests and certificates of achievement.  Choose from nearly 500 classes for you and your staff including: Business Analysis 101, Marketing for Small Business 101, and Leadership and Supervision 101.  Enroll in up to five courses at one time and have six months to finish each course. While courses are non-credit, some professional associations and organizations may accept them for Continuing Education Units. 

Goodwill Community Foundation International offers online learning opportunities for you to improve your technology, literacy and math skills.  Learn to use PowerPoint for business presentations or Publisher to create business flyers.  To get started, go to and click on "Computers." 

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