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Business Academy

Join other leaders in the community for the 2024 Business Academy co-sponsored by Rio Salado College and presented by Wells Fargo. Gain valuable knowledge to help you grow your business!

Exclusively for Tempe Chamber Members, the 2024 Tempe Chamber Business Academy is an opportunity for businesses and business leaders to gain the knowledge they need to grow their companies and strengthen our community. Leaders can attend individual classes or the entire series.

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Academy Series

Speakers & Topics:

Topic: AI in Small Business

Speakers: Jason Reiche & Gordon Inman, Rio Salado College

In this session, attendees will learn about trends and new developments in artificial intelligence from Rio Salado College instructors. Our speakers will share best practices, case studies and resources small business owners can use to increase productivity and efficiency within their business.


Topic: Build a Business with Amazon

Speaker: Daniel Corcoran, Program Manager Small Business Partnerships & Education, Amazon

In this session, learn how you can build a business with Amazon, such as building a brand and creating content, self-publishing with Kindle Direct Publishing, and the various opportunities to deliver packages with Amazon. We will discuss programs including Amazon Influencer, Merch on Demand, Delivery Service Partner, Amazon Flex, and much more. Finally, discover tips and tricks for leveraging Amazon's vast array of resources and programs tailored to support small businesses, ensuring you have the tools to help enable your success.


Topic: Google My Business & SEO

Speakers: Matt Crouch, Owner, Maricopa Digital Media

Learn about how to leverage Google to drive more traffic to your website, bring more customers to your business & increase your sales revenue. Find out how your website and Google My Business profile could be helping or hurting your search results. Attendees will leave this session with simple strategies and resources to help them have a stronger digital presence.


Topic: SBA Lending & Non-traditional Financing

Speakers: Ashley Mapes, VP Relationship Management, Arizona Capital Source

Access to capital can change the trajectory of a business, allowing it to grow and scale when the time is right. Attendees will learn about how to access financing from sources like the Small Business Association (SBA), credit unions, CDFI’s, microlending & more. Our instructors will guide you through how to qualify for additional financing and what to do if you are denied.

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