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Entrepreneurship: Getting Started

A guide to resources for students at PVCC and the greater PVCC community.

WELCOME to the Entrepreneurship Resources Guide



This guide is designed for use by PVCC students and community-based and  affiliated entrepreneurs. 

If you are not affiliated with Paradise Valley Community College (as faculty, staff, or student), you will have to come to the Entrepreneurship Education Center or the Buxton Library in order to access most of the electronic resources. 

Community members who are Arizona residents and over 18 years of age can obtain a community borrower card for use of the library and all of its' resources at the PVCC Welcome Center to check-out print/media materials and access the Internet. The process on how to obtain a Community Borrower ID card is listed below.

 Community Borrower Process

1.To obtain a library ID the community member needs to go to the PVCC Welcome Center to enroll as a Community Borrower.

2. Once enrolled, it takes approximately 30 minutes for a unique ID# to be issued.

3. Once the ID# has been issued, the community borrower will need to go Student Life in KSC to have their picture taken and the actual card printed.

4. Even though the community borrower ID card has been printed, it still might take 24 hours for the community borrower to be entered into the computer system.

5. If the community borrower has problems with their ID card they should go to the PVCC Help Desk located in the Computer Commons to make sure that they are in the system.

6. The brochure (below) gives the community member more information on what they can do with their ID card besides checking out books and DVDs but they also have access to printing & copying (which is not free at the library), Microsoft programs, Internet wireless access, and all of our electronic resources and databases which can only be accessed ON CAMPUS.  There is no remote access use by community members unless they are PVCC students, staff, or faculty.

7. There are six computer workstations dedicated for community member use in the library and more workstations located in the Entrepreneurship Education Center in K117 for community use. In order to use the computers log on with your ID card and enter your MEID (Maricopa Enterprise Identification alphanumeric number) and password.


We generally recognize a couple dozen people each month. Check out our lists so far. You’re bound to know someone here.

Local retailers: 19 business owners putting local first

Drinks:15 Arizonans helping us drink smarter

Entrepreneurs: 25 self-starters.

Design: 25 influencers in fashion, graphic design, more.

Health and fitness: 30 experts helping us live healthier.

Givers: 23 Arizonans helping our neighbors in need.

Food: 32 honorees spicing up the restaurant scene.

Arts: 30 painters, dancers, sculptors, actors and more.

Communications: 23 professionals helping Arizona find its voice.

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Self-Starters in Arizona Business

35 Entrepreneurs 35 and Younger: The innovators of Arizona

The entrepreneurs honored in this year's "35 Entrepreneurs 35 and Younger" competition lead a variety of companies, with products and services that include medical devices, advertising, meal delivery, software development, wearable technology, retail, wealth management and e-commerce. Kopparthi, 25, is co-founder and chief executive officer of NeoLight, a medical-device company that develops phototherapy technology to cure jaundice in babies. Doerfler, Sue. Arizona Republic [Phoenix, Ariz] 01 Nov 2015: E.4.

Entrepreneur Education Center Classes

Current Classes Offered In Entrepreneurship (click) 
& Business (click)

EPS150 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Overview of entrepreneurship. Includes the entrepreneurial process and the skills required to be successful, including starting, planning, financing, marketing, and managing a business. Prerequisites: None.

MGT253 - Owning and Operating a Small Business

Starting, organizing, and operating a small business, including location, finance management processes, advertisement and promotion, credit, inventory control and ethics. Prerequisites: None.


Greater Phoenix SCORE 

PVCC has partnered up with Greater Phoenix SCORE to provide mentorship for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. Entrepreneurs and small business owners can make appointments to meet with SCORE representative every Wednesday in the EEC via the SCORE website.

Learn more about SCORE mentor Michael Schaffert at

Here are the instructions for scheduling a SCORE appointment.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) on Thursdays!

If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur with a business idea or already a small business owner in need of support or mentorship, Maricopa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can help you! Stop by the Entrepreneurship Education Center in room K117 at the PVCC Union Hills campus on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for entrepreneurial counseling with an SBDC representative for every step of the entrepreneurial process! Unlike our Greater Phoenix SCORE mentorship sessions, no appointment is necessary!

Follow the link to learn more about our representative, Jenny Herschaft:

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Startup Help

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Each monthly event, hosted in over 185 cities and 70 countries, features a successful local founder, innovator, educator, or investor who shares their story and the lessons they learned on the road to building a great company. These events provide networking opportunities with amazing startups and local entrepreneurs, and give entrepreneurs inspiration for the startup journey ahead. Google for Entrepreneurs is powering Startup Grind as they grow their reach internationally and using Google tools to connect local chapters.

Seed Spot logo

Founded in Phoenix, AZ in 2012, SEED SPOT is a nonprofit organization with a mission to educate, accelerate, and invest in entrepreneurs who are creating solutions to social problems. At SEED SPOT, we fundamentally believe that everyone has a seed of an idea inside of them, but very few have the courage to pursue it. SEED SPOT was named for that reason, as the spot where courage could be found and seeds of ideas could grow into organizations and companies that change the world.



Small Business Administration logo

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. 




ASU Intrepreneurship & Innovation



Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the 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.


City of Phoenix

Entrepreneur Resources

The City of Phoenix ​is emerging as a renowned entrepreneur hub with the escalating growth of local Incubators, Accelerators, Coworking and Maker spaces. National attention is focusing on the Phoenix region as a result of several successful startups causing various funding sources to explore the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.


#yesphx is not another accelerator, agency, angel group, app, authority,bank, blog,coworking space commercializer, contest, council, firm, fund, incubator, infrastructure, institution, movement, nonprofit platform, program , song, or university.  There are already enough of those in town (arguably). We are a growing community committed to improving Arizona’s startup ecosystem by helping each other.



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