About

The Maricopa Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC) provides advising, training, online courses and resources for businesses throughout the valley. Our 8 conveniently-located Centers assist business people like you in every aspect of business development and management. The Maricopa SBDC delivers services to anyone who owns or operates a business or is planning to start a business. We work with businesses in every industry and at every stage of growth from start-ups to well-established companies. We’re Arizona’s largest and most accessible statewide source of assistance for small businesses. We have been opening doors to opportunity in Arizona since 1988.

Overview

We’re here to provide assistance in all aspects of small business management by providing you with:

  • One-on-one advising at no cost
  • Training including live informational sessions that meet once, in-depth classes, and online webinars
  • Online resources including business articles, tips and book recommendations
  • Programs in areas like Small Business Management that can include classroom education, one-to-one coaching from an advisor, and networking with owners of other small businesses who are participating in the program

The Maricopa SBDC gives Maricopa County entrepreneurs the tools and resources to turn their own innovative ideas into leading-edge, reputable, and successful businesses. Our services and programs provide clients with fundamental business skills such as finance, marketing, and human resources management. Additionally, we instruct and assist businesses with mission-critical strategies to remain competitive in today’s global marketplace. Such topics include research and development planning, social media marketing, blogging, Web site design, and e-commerce — everything they need to start, grow, and thrive within and beyond Arizona’s borders.

Think of us as a support team to make your business more successful. Our knowledgeable advisors have a wealth of business experience to share with you. To meet with an advisor, register now.

How Much Does It Cost?

The Maricopa Small Business Development Center Network provides confidential, one-to-one advising at no cost to Maricopa County businesses and to people in our communities that are starting a new business. How do we deliver top quality services without charging you? We’re funded by the US Small Business Administration and our host the Maricopa Community Colleges. There are nominal fees for some of our trainings, online courses, programs, and other resources. For more details, go to these areas of the website.

Our mission is to help build Arizona’s best businesses and strengthen the economy by assisting businesses like yours.

Our Impact

One of our primary goals through assisting small businesses in Maricopa County is to simultaneously create economic impact. Our assistance and creation of economic impact is measured by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) as related to the creation of businesses, jobs, jobs retained, capital formation, expansion of business, improvements as related to marketing or management, retained sales, and increased sales.

The Maricopa Center met most of its AZSBDC goals for 2012, despite continued poor economic conditions for the County. With our assistance, our clients reported the following impacts:

  • 604 new jobs
  • 154 retained jobs
  • 95 startups
  • Loans totaling $6.3 million
  • 11 SBA loans
  • Owner investment of $6.2 million
  • Total capital acquisition of $19.2 million
  • Sales increases of $54.2 million
  • 97 Government Contracts totaling $82.3 million

How Do I Get Started?

If you are a new business, visit the New Business section of our website. If you are an existing business, visit the Existing Business section. You must complete the online Request for Consulting application that will be forwarded to the Maricopa SBDC office.

Within three business days you will be contacted by a Maricopa SBDC Counselor to get started on your path to success.