Inspire, Educate & Collaborate during PHX East Valley Innovates’ Entrepreneur Week

Jan. 10, 2020

PHX East Valley Innovates’ Entrepreneur Week beginning Feb. 10, offers free networking & workshop series

Six East Valley cities are coming together to support entrepreneurs. Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek and Tempe are hosting the PHX East Valley Innovates’ Entrepreneur Week. The week of inspiration, education and collaboration will kick off with a networking reception on Monday, Feb. 10 hosted by East Valley Partnership, APS, SRP, and PHX Startup Week. Mingle with local businesses and entrepreneurs while enjoying complimentary appetizers from 5–7 p.m. at QuartHaus in Chandler. The first 50 reception registrants will receive an all-inclusive ticket to attend PHX Startup Week (Feb. 17–22) and the first 100 reception registrants will receive one free drink ticket (must be present to collect tickets). Register at PHXEastValleyInnovates.com.

The week will continue with the following engaging workshops held throughout the East Valley centered around innovation, sustainability and entrepreneurship:

Building Intentional Culture – Connecting Culture to Financial Results

Tuesday, Feb. 11 | Workshop 8:30–11:30 a.m.
Networking luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
ASU Chandler Innovation Center (ACIC), 249 E. Chicago St., Chandler

Defining your company culture early on is critical to future success, whether you are just starting a business or already leading a company with a handful of employees. Join us in Chandler for an interactive workshop provided by Lee Benson, founder and CEO of Execute to Win, where you will learn how to build a company culture that drives positive financial results. Following the workshop, enjoy a catered networking lunch with fellow entrepreneurs and business executives.

Funding Your Start-Up: Micro to Marco Lending Sources

Tuesday, Feb. 11 | 5–7 p.m.
Art Intersection, 207 N. Gilbert Road, #201, Gilbert

Ready to take your brilliant business idea to the next level? Join fellow entrepreneurs and business finance professionals for an interactive discussion about how to fund your business! Hear from the founders of Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company on how they gained access to capital and launched a wildly successful brewery in Gilbert. Participate in a Q & A session with representatives from Prestamos CDFI, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chicanos Por la Causa, and Delia Gomez from the Small Business Administration, who will provide insight into securing micro to macro loans. This event will include light appetizers for attendees to enjoy while mixing and mingling with industry experts and other local entrepreneurs.

Grow Your Handmade Brand

Wednesday, Feb. 12 | 9 a.m.
Central Arizona College – Superstition Mountain Campus, 805 S. Idaho Road, Apache Junction

Join us for a panel of local experts in the maker and co-working space field to learn about resources available in the east valley to grow your business. The panel will be followed by a specialized marketing class specifically designed for micro and small business owners looking for tools to grow their sales and their brand.

E-Commerce for Entrepreneurs: Profits and Pitfalls of Selling Online

Wednesday, Feb. 12 | 5–7 p.m.
Mesa Arts Center, Dobson Lecture Hall, 1 E. Main St., Mesa

E-Commerce for Entrepreneurs: Profits and Pitfalls of Selling Online: Hear from a panel of business owners discuss their E-Commerce journey. Learn their process for pricing, shipping, fulfillment, and marketing needed to run a successful online based company. Join us for networking and meeting other local entrepreneurs.

Taking the Leap: Launching & Expanding Your Business

Thursday, Feb. 13 | Workshop 2–4 p.m.
Networking 4–6 p.m.
Queen Creek Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road & Old Ellsworth Brewing, 22005 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek

Join local entrepreneurs and leaders in the industry for fast-paced presentations to inspire you to “take the leap.” Whether you’re looking to transform your business idea into a reality, or take your business to the next level, our dynamic speakers have information for you! Featured speakers include Brian McKean, owner of Old Ellsworth Brewery; Mike Simmons, founder of Catalyst Sale; Jake Trayer, community manager and Seth Wells, founder of Palette Collective; Justin Rohner, executive director and founder of Queen Creek Botanical Gardens; Logan Brooks, owner of Queen Creek Running Company; Matt Aronson, owner of Schmear Bagelry and; Erica Ballesteros, founder and chief energy officer of The Change Project.  

Fast and Furious DIY Marketing 

Thursday, Feb. 13 | Workshop 2 – 4:30 p.m.
Networking 4:30–6 p.m.
Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe

Learn how to use free and low cost tools to tell your company’s story and reach potential customers on your schedule. Featured speakers include Nico De Bruyn, Co-Founder of Boundless Media; Mike Jones, CEO & Managing Partner at Resound; Dr. Adrian McIntyre, Business Radio X Podcast Host; and City of Tempe Economic Development staff. 

Register for one or all of these exciting workshops and networking opportunities today! For more information and to register, visit PHXEastValleyInnovates.com.


Chandler Media Contact:
Stephanie Romero
Public Information Officer
480-782-2231

Gilbert Media Contact:
Kiley Phillips
Marketing & Communications Administrator
480-243-0335 

Apache Junction Media Contact:
Al Bravo
Public Information Officer
480-474-5080

Mesa Media Contact:
Kim Lofgreen
Office of Economic Development, Marketing & Business Development Manager
480-644-3962 

Queen Creek Media Contact:
Constance Halonen-Wilson
Public Information Officer
480-258-0339

Tempe Media Contact:
Kris Baxter-Ging
Public Information Officer 
480-250-5198