Providing Skills, Support, Sustainability
America was built by entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship fuels the American dream. We are a land of second chances and here in Arizona we have built a community of pioneers who together have built a home in the desert.
But for some, the dream of economic self-sufficiency, let alone having the opportunity to own a business, seems very far away. Here at OTEF, the Opportunity Through Entrepreneurship Foundation, we are working to change that through a community that provides education, mentoring, and support to at risk populations to assist them in becoming economically self sufficient by starting and growing small businesses.
Entrepreneurs understand what it means to start fresh, to need a hand… and to lend one. Since 2005, Arizona entrepreneurs have come together to connect, engage, and to help those who need a hand up.
At OTEF, everything we do has the entrepreneur and our mission in mind. Our fundraising has been accomplished via AZEC, the Arizona Entrepreneurship Conferences. Our programs are delivered in conjunction with local communities or local organizations including SEEDS, Tumbleweed, Arizona Job Connections, SARRC, Gangplank, and the City of Chandler.
Our Success is Built on a Strong Foundation of Community Support:
OTEF’s strength come from the many great partners, volunteers and sponsors who make our programs possible. Our thanks go out to…
Amanda Vega PR, Angel Capital Education Foundation, Anil Jain, Annie Loyd, Arizona Small Business Association, Arizona Angels, Arizona Department of Commerce, Arizona Internet Professionals Association, APS, Arizona Republic, Arizona State University, Arizona Technology Council, AZ Webcasting, Barbara Daniels, Blackerby Associates, Brain Savers, Brent Richardson, Business Journal of Phoenix, Callaman Ventures, Chris Heuer, Chris Pirillo, City of Mesa, City of Tempe Economic Development Department, City Of Phoenix, Clay Stubblefield, Club Entrepreneur, CorePurpose, Dave Cooke, Dave Lee, Dave McClure,Deru Internet Services, Dan Morrison, Dixon Golf, Don Henninger, Ed Nusbaum, EmpowHer, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Ephibian, Essential Event Technologies, Faith Weese, FlyPaper, Flowtown, Francine Hardaway, Funding Universe, Gitenstein & Assadi Public Relations, Infusionsoft, ,Gangplank, Henry G. Miller, Howard Lindzon, Gary Vaynerchuk, Grand Canyon University, Grid7, Ignite Phoenix, International Research Center , Jigsaw Health, Joan Koerber-Walker, Kathy Sacks, Kauffman Foundation, KFNN, KTAR, Linda VandeVrede, Lisa Ellis, Lon Safko, Lynn Paige, Marianne Hudson, Maryanne Weiss, Marc Canter, Maricopa Chamber of Commerce, Mark Goldstein, Matt Mullenweg, McMinn HR, Merlin Ward, Metro Studios, Michael Gerber, Mike Hawksworth, Michelle Hanna, PhD, Michelle Robson, Microsoft, MIT Enterprise Forums, Morris Callaman, MSS Technologies, NetworkingPhoenix.com, Pam Slim, Pat Sullivan, Patrick Sullivan, Paul E. Bendheim, MD, Paul Sanders, Paula Satow, Perfect Power, Peter Burns, Peter Thomas, Phillip and Alice Blackerby, Phil Gordon, Phoenix Innovation Foundation, Pillsbury Wine Company, PodCampAZ, PourMasters, Raleigh Pinskey, RiboMed Biotechnologies, Rick Gibson, Robert Dunaway, Roberto Guerreri, Robert Scoble, Sacks Public Relations, Sam Pillsbury, SCORE, Sherry Azzarella, Shwaag, Snell and Wilmer, Social Media Club Phoenix, SRP, Stealthmode Partners, Steven Groves, Swartz and Associates, Susan Assadi, Tara Hunt, Telesphere, Teri Spencer, TheSocialMediaBible.com, TIE Arizona, U.S. Small Business Administration,William Carey, WordCamp Phoenix