The city offers the following educational services and networking opportunities to help SBE firms connect to new business opportunities.
Certification and Business Opportunity Workshops
The Equal Opportunity Department conducts monthly Certification and Business Opportunity workshops for prospective firms interested in becoming certified with the city. The workshops are held at various locations throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area and provide in-depth information regarding the certification process.
The next workshop is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at Phoenix City Hall, Assembly Room B.
Certification ensures that small business owners have an equal economic opportunity to participate in city business projects. The department hosts the instructional sessions to provide information about the requirements, process and benefits of becoming certified.
To reserve a space, call the Equal Opportunity Department at 602-262-6790/voice or 602-534-1557/TTY or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spanish Language Workshops
Two workshops are held in Spanish during the year for those who prefer to attend a Spanish language workshop. These are held in the spring and in the fall.
The next Spanish language workshop will be held in October 2013 at a date to be announced.
To register or for more information, call the Equal Opportunity Department at 602-262-6790.
Small Business Assistance
Management and Technical Assistance program
The Management and Technical Assistance (MTA) Program sponsored by the Community & Economic Development Department offers the owners of Phoenix-bases small businesses an opportunity to work with experienced private sector consultants and community organizations at no cost. Expertise is available in nine specific technical areas:
- General Business Planning
- Financing and Loan Packaging
- Organizational Development
- Human Resource Planning
- Information Systems
- Quality Control
- Public and Private Procurement
MTA consultants can guide you through the process of developing a marketing plan, setting up an accounting system, planning employee benefits, developing a strategic business plan or preparing a bid proposal. Wherever you may need assistance, find out if the MTA Program can help your business.
Expansion Assistance and Development (EXPAND) Program
The department's Expansion Assistance and Development (EXPAND) program supplies additional collateral on business expansion loans to support companies in obtaining loans from area lending institutions. The program works with conventional commercial loans or SBA (U. S. Small Business Administration) loans.
Collateral dollars are available up to 25 percent of approved loan amount (50 percent in Phoenix Enterprise Community) to a maximum of $150,000.
For more information, call the Community & Economic Development Department at 602-495-0375 or the Small Business Resource Line at 602-534-CITY (2489) or 602-534-3476/TTY.
Open Vendor Hours for Goods & Non-Professional Services
The Finance Department provides open vendor hours every Wednesday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at its Purchasing division located at the Calvin C. Goode Building, 251 W. Washington St., 8th floor. This is an opportunity for business owners to meet with city purchasing staff regarding vendors' services and products. No reservation is required.
For more information, call the Finance Department at 602-262-7181.
Construction Subcontracting Networking Events
The Streets Transportation Department conducts networking events for certified subcontractors to network with prime contractors and learn about city programs, upcoming opportunities and program updates. Events are hosted every six months.
For more information, call the Streets Transportation Department at 602-495-2917.