One primary resource for Greater Phoenix SCORE business mentors and their clients is the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA). The overall mission of the ACA is to advance economic development by recruiting out-of-state companies to relocate their operations in Arizona; to work with and grow existing companies in Arizona, and to partner with entrepreneurs large and small to create new jobs and businesses.

The ACA is overseen by a public-private sector board appointed by the Governor. Its day-to-day management team has programs and services to assist with every stage of a start-up, specifically Small Business Services (SBS). Small Business Services has two primary focuses-first by advocating for and developing policies and programs addressing the needs of the small

business; and second (and most important to the SCORE business mentor and client) to provide information on business licensing and statewide resources for every stage of the business development.

As you navigate through the ACA’s website, you will find the Arizona Entrepreneur’s Edge (AzEE). This is a resource guide to starting, operating and growing a business. Topics are broad and comprehensive ranging from business structures, registration and licensing to labor guidelines and workforce assistance.

The website provides a Checklist Program with tools to help the SCORE business mentor and client navigate quickly the business licensing required to start and operate a business in Arizona.

Along with the Checklist Program is a resource, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and quick links to state, county, and city licensing offices.

SCORE Partner – Arizona Commerce Authority