If you are considering starting a business and have decided to pursue a certificate, check out The Paradise Valley Community College’s Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Small Business Start-Up. PVCC has also partnered with Fresh Start Womens Foundation to offer the colleges CCL at their Jewell McFarland Lewis Women’s Resource Center location downtown. Professionals in various disciplines are encouraged to volunteer to facilitate classes.
There is a wealth of information that is specific to Arizona entrepreneurs. One hard copy and online publication that is particularly useful is Greater Phoenix In Business. This resource provides in depth information on a variety of Arizona businesses; how they started and maintain their success, in addition to human resource issues and networking opportunities, with the option to peruse past issues for a multitude of topics.
The Arizona Commerce Authority’s website generates additional interest with the headline: Ranked first in the Nation for Entrepreneurial Activity! Check out the reasons that Business First provides. Visit the website to review the Arizona Entrepreneur’s Edge, and Arizona Start Up, which provides everything entrepreneurs should consider but may not have, including but not limited to a wide array of potential funding options. Make sure to view the article on the 18 Arizona companies selected for AZ Fast Grants.
Last but not least, watch an episode or two of Shark Tank. Although this show may have garnered criticism, it addresses critical elements involved in business, including the all-important legal and leadership implications, particularly when investors are involved. A good take away is that you should absolutely love what you are planning to do!