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Small Business Resources

​Small business is big business in Phoenix. More than 95 percent of city businesses have 50 or fewer employees. Phoenix is dedicated to helping small business succeed. A wide variety of services are offered business in any stage of growth. Phoenix Community and Economic Development has business retention and expansion services and workforce development expertise available to help businesses.

Call the Business Resource Line, 602-534-2489 or click on any of the links below. For more information on programs available to local businesses, contact Michelle Pierson, 602-256-5656.

Consultants for New and Existing Businesses
Financing Information
Small Business Toolkit
Doing Business with Phoenix

Consultants for New and Existing Businesses

Unless otherwise noted, all services are provided by the City of Phoenix. Most services are provided at no cost to the business.

SCORE Greater Phoenix Greater Phoenix SCORE offers mentor services with experienced business mentors guiding small businesses at any business stage. Greater Phoenix SCORE

Maricopa Community Colleges Small Business Development Center Workshops, mentoring, one-on-one business problem-solving. SBDC services vary to meet client needs. There are programs specifically designed for growing businesses, as well as new business. Maricopa SBDC

Phoenix Management Technical Assistance For existing businesses, MTA connects businesses with experienced consultants for solutions and assistance in loan packaging, accounting and finance, human resources, technology, and most business operations.
Management Technical Assistance Program

Phoenix Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization
Grant funds are available to eligible business owners for exterior improvements or improving neighborhood stability. Neighbo​rhood Commercial Revitalization

Phoenix Office of Customer Advocacy The Office of Customer Advocacy serves as a business’ “city hall insider.” The OCA assists businesses in understanding the range of permits needed. After applications are submitted, OCA advocates on the business’ behalf to smooth the development process. Office of Consumer Advocacy

U.S. Small Business Administration Workshops, webinars, luncheons, and loan programs from SBA are dedicated to helping businesses form, grow and thrive. SBA Small Business Resources or call 602-745-7200.


Financing Information

Phoenix Community Development Investment Corp. PCDIC assists small businesses and nonprofits in low income census tracts within Maricopa County through commercial loan participation. Qualifying use of funds include working capital, acquisition or refinancing of commercial real estate, and purchase of equipment or other assets.

Small Business Administration (SBA) - Loan Clinic The SBA Loan Clinic provides skills to approach lenders, find interested bankers and improve capital acquisition success. The clinics are held on the first Wednesday of every month from 9am – 11am at the SBA’s District Office. SBA Loan Clinic

Small Business Toolkit

Arizona Commerce Authority Small Business Checklist The Arizona Commerce Authority Interactive Checklist Program is an on-line tool to create a customized checklist of business licensing information and other key resources, such as websites, applications and contact information. Small Business Checklist

Arizona Commerce Authority – Arizona Entrepreneur’s Edge The Arizona Commerce Authority has a suite of programs, including the Arizona Entrepreneur’s Edge, designed to help small businesses grow and thrive. Arizona Entrepreneur’s Edge

Phoenix Arizona@Work: Workforce talent recruitment, training and retention. The City of Phoenix is the only community in the Valley with its own talent assistance program helping businesses recruit, hire, train and retain staff. ARIZONA@WORK/Phoenix

Phoenix Public Library: The hive @ central: From “I have an idea for a business” to “open for business” Phoenix Public Library’s hive @ central is a unique small business, networking, start-up and entrepreneurial resource center. Open to the public, hive @ central offers research resources including a business development series, (both English and Spanish) “Business Roadmap Program” and “Mapa Para su Negocio.” The Hive @ Central.

Doing Business with Phoenix

Phoenix procurePHX Vendor Registration Phoenix has self-registration to be included in an automated system advising of City solicitations. Links to City departments, and other resources, are found at procurePHX home. procurePHX

Phoenix: Business Diversity Programs and Services Phoenix strives to advance the economic growth of small businesses through its Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) programs. More information about business certification and upcoming networking events and informational workshops. Equal Opportunity Department or call 602-262-6790 or 602-534-1557

Phoenix Aviation Department Small Business Outreach The City of Phoenix Aviation offers small businesses programs and services to increase contracting, professional services and procurement opportunities. The Small Business Development team ensures that local small businesses have every opportunity to do business with the airports for all divisions within the Aviation Department. Phoenix Aviation Small Business Outreach. Contact , Valerie Churchwell, Special Services Manager/Small Business Engagement.​​



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