Business Development and Planning
ADOT Business Development Program — This multi-tiered Business Development program is designed to provide certified Disadvantaged Enterprise (DBE) firms with general and firm-specific training and technical assistance to help them become more competitive within the heavy highway construction industry. This program will give DBE firms an opportunity to gain that competitive edge within and outside the highway industry. Learn more on the DBE Supportive Services section of the ADOT website.
Arizona Small Business Development Center Network —This is a collaboration between a number of different organizations designed to provide one-on-one business evaluation and guidance, as well as workshops and seminars. See their brochure or visit the Arizona Small Business Development Center website to learn more.
Arizona Workforce Connection —This website is provided by the Workforce Arizona Council (WAC) to provide a variety of resources to both employers and employees. The website provides information and links for a variety of issues, from recruitment and training to tax credit programs and business consulting. It also provides tips and advice for business success. Learn more on the Arizona Workforce Connection website.
Arizona Small Business Association — The Arizona Small Business Association is a membership organization dedicated to helping small businesses grow and achieve success. They provide education, mentoring, and one-on-one counseling. Learn more on the Arizona Small Business Association website.
Arizona Small Business Resource Guide —The Arizona Small Business Resource Guide is published by the U.S. Small Business Administration to share useful services and information with small businesses. It contains resources, advice, and stories highlighting particular businesses. It can be found on the Small Business Association website.
Arizona Commerce Authority Small Business Support — This website is dedicated to providing information, incentives and support for small businesses. It provides event calendars, information about incentives for small businesses and a customized checklist program to help navigate the complexities of starting a new business. Learn more on the Arizona Commerce Authority website.
ADOT Company Bio Tool — ADOT has created an easy-to-use tool for DBEs and SBCs to create one-page company biographies to help market your company. You can find it on the Idea Gardener website.
Business Plan Template — Building a business plan can be confusing, and it can be hard to know where to begin. A simple, one-page template to get you started can be found on Businessplantemplate.net. You can also explore the site for more helpful templates.
SCORE — SCORE is a national nonprofit organization that provides advice and support to small businesses. Various business planning templates and tools can be found on the SCORE website. You can also simply explore the SCORE website to see whether they can help you to get started or grow. For local services, see the local SCORE websites from Northern Arizona, Southern Arizona, or the Greater Phoenix Area.
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) — The OSDBU is a section of the U.S. Department of Transportation devoted to ensuring that small businesses and DBEs have the maximum opportunity to participate in the USDOT contracting processes. This means they provide various types of assistance and help small businesses develop the industry relationships necessary to compete for USDOT funded contracts. You can read their brochure to learn more or just visit the OSDBU website.