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Residents Have Help in Starting a Business

I’m sure a lot of you at some point in your lives have come up with an idea for a new product or service or dreamed of starting your own business. But, for many, the tasks required for getting a new product or business off the ground seemed too daunting.

Now there’s help!

The city’s business incubator program is helping turn residents’ entrepreneurial aspirations into reality by helping start-up and early stage companies get up and running. In fact, one of the first users of the city operated program has grown from just three employees to more than 100 and has moved into new 10,000-square-foot corporate office space in our city.

Located in the former Surprise City Hall building at 12425 W. Bell Rd., the AZ TechCelerator focuses on new innovation and technology related businesses and currently houses a myriad of startups, ranging from tele-medicine, mobile dentistry and high-tech companies to video game designers and software developers. Several of these startups were “home grown” by Surprise residents!

The city offers a low-cost, graduated leasing program for furnished space in its 60,000-square-foot facility. But, that’s only a fraction of the benefit as the AZ TechCelerator serves as a one-stop “networking shop” that enables program participants the opportunity to collaborate with industry specialists and business coaches. Some of the available mentors at the site include business planning and grant writing consultants, intellectual property attorneys, accountants and marketing and branding professionals.

This approach provides new business operators the support necessary, from concept thru commercialization. The collaborative and supportive setting at AZ TechCelerator gives start-up businesses a chance to become successful without the everyday stress of potentially draining finances and feeling secluded and alone in their venture.

By assisting and providing entrepreneurs a starting point to “hatch” their companies at our business incubator, the program demonstrates just one way in which the City of Surprise is using innovative, “out-of-the-box” approaches to increase economic and business vitality in our community.

If you are interested in starting a business, increasing your business “know-how” or learning how to avoid costly mistakes, the city is presenting a free Small Business Forum from 10 a.m. – noon on Tuesday, January 27. The forum, featuring local, regional and federal small-business experts, will be held in the AZ TechCelerator Building D Conference Room. To register or for more information, please contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov. Space is limited.

If you haven’t visited the AZ TechCelerator yet or if you’d like to learn more about how this city program can help your business pursuits, I encourage you to contact AZ TechCelerator Manager Julie Neal at 623.222.3322 or Julie.neal@surpriseaz.com.