The City of Scottsdale successfully concludes the spring 2017 small business training series

SED Spring TrainingSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The City of Scottsdale Economic Development Department in partnership with the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center and Stealthmode Partners recently concluded its spring, five-week Small Business Training Series. Entrepreneurs, startups and business owners gathered at SkySong where area business leaders provided insight on topics covering:

"This series is getting better every year as we better hone in on the needs of Scottsdale small businesses and continue to provide what they need,” Said Francine Hardaway of Stealthmode Partners. “The attendance goes up as the needs get met. This is how it should work!"

More than 70 attendees participated in the series, 10 direct mentoring appointments were held and seven industry leaders presented on their areas of expertise. Fourteen [CD1] participants attended three out of the five presentations; these participants were congratulated and presented with a certificate of completion at a recent City Council Subcommittee on Economic Development June 8.

Steven Haase, a series participant said, “The information presented and speakers who were made accessible are great resources for entrepreneurs like myself.  It’s also very encouraging to see cities like Scottsdale recognizing the importance of cultivating startups and Entrepreneurship.  Its partnerships like this that really help move the whole startup business ecosystem forward.”

“There is a tremendous value in economic development working directly with entrepreneurs to provide services and resources they need to build and grow their businesses,” said Economic Development Specialist, Mark Paratore. “The training series is a great way to cultivate a prosperous small business ecosystem in Scottsdale by working with our strategic partners, industry leaders and entrepreneurs. We look forward to continuing this series in the fall.”

Congratulations to the following participants which earned a certificate of completion:


William Kowal WDK Analytics

Douglas Reeve                  Topline Cardio

Dierk Seeburg                   IcoText

Michael Connor Catalyst Sale LLC

Jordan Tuten cmdR Consulting

Monica Nicodemus Joyridesaz

Kirk Nicodemus Joyridesaz

Bill Horner

Chris Swatty C3 Technology Solutions LLC

Matt Kalina Kalina Enterprises

Mike Simmons Catalyst Sale LLC

Thomas Kee

Alex Wasson

Steven Haase

Visit for more information and resources provided by Scottsdale Economic Development’s small business training programs.



About the City of Scottsdale

Scottsdale is one of the state’s leading job centers, with a diverse economy built on medical research, high-tech innovation, tourism and corporate headquarters. Scottsdale is home to nearly 18,000 businesses supplying over 150,000 jobs. The high-tech innovation center SkySong, located just a few miles from Downtown, is designed to help companies grow through a unique partnership with nearby Arizona State University. The Scottsdale Cure Corridor is a partnership of premier health care providers and biomedical companies seeking to advance medicine and patient care through cutting-edge research. For more information, visit



City of Scottsdale
Christian Green, 602-363-2306
Economic Development Manager