Startup Resources

The Phoenix region is booming in entrepreneurial activity and the Gilbert OED staff is focused on fostering entrepreneurship and innovation within the community. From free education and business resources to working with regional partners to build an Angel Investor Network, our staff is dedicated to helping startups find success in Gilbert.

SizeUp Tool

SizeUp is a free online tool designed to help businesses grow by making smarter decisions through data analysis. SizeUp allows you to easily obtain highly specific data on revenues, salaries, health insurance costs, suppliers, competitor information and much more. With SizeUp you can:

  • Find where your customers are located, and where your competitors are not, so you can grow your business
  • Discover nearby suppliers that you didn’t know were there
  • Find the best places to target your marketing to help promote your business
  • Get your scorecard – determine what percent of businesses are outperforming you in your industry
  • Map the best performing areas around you in order to help determine where to expand into a new location

Resources

SPARK Spot

SPARK Spot is a partnership between Gilbert, Arizona and the Southeast Regional Library, to deliver free business workshops, entrepreneurship programs, and business resources for companies.

Entrepreneurs can expect to find:

  • Free business programs, workshops, webinars, etc.
  • Access to the library database and workforce development resources
  • Access to Town resources and business assistance
  • Free WiFi
  • Study and conference room reservations are available for free through the library’s reservation system

SPARK Spot is also in partnership with the Town’s SPARK App League. SPARK App League is focused on SPARKing creativity through coding and competition. Students of all experience levels gather for a two-day competition to learn the importance and power of coding from industry experts while competing for prizes. Created by Gilbert, Arizona in 2012, the non-profit program is hosted in partnership with Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and is sponsored by Google. For more information on the SPARK App League, please visit http://www.sparkappleague.com/.

For more information and upcoming events, please contact Dean Sheppard at 480.503.6972 or Dean.Sheppard@gilbertaz.gov.

Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state’s leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: recruit, grow, create – recruit out-of-state companies to expand their operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to grow their business in Arizona and beyond; and partner with entrepreneurs and companies large and small to create new jobs and businesses in targeted industries. Every step of a start up leads to questions. The ACA aims to provide answers and tools to help you navigate the many stages of your business. From events to success stories, this is your one stop for everything start up.

AZ STEP Program

With funding from a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and matching funds contributed by the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), the ACA runs Arizona’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). AZSTEP assists Arizona small businesses to enter export markets for the first time or to expand into new markets. This will enable these businesses (which account for 98% of the businesses in Arizona) to increase their revenues via international sales and to thereby be even more significant engines for job creation and economic growth in Arizona.

Small Business Alliance

The Small Business Alliance (SBA) is an organization dedicated to serving local small business interests. The SBA supports its members through aggressive advocacy of municipal policies, education of local issues, and individual assistance for small businesses facing obstacles. The SBA also provides a vibrant and productive atmosphere for business networking and collaboration between business owners. The SBA is committed to accountability, productive action, and free enterprise principles.

PHX East Valley Angel Investor Initiative

Gilbert is a proud partner of this regional effort to catalyze economic growth by raising awareness of the importance of angel investing and enhancing access to early-stage funding for PHX East Valley tech startups.

View more information about the initiative and upcoming event information or download the fact sheet.