Chris Pirillo to Live Stream in to AZEC08

Chris Pirillo To Speak at the Third Annual Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference

Our annual fundraiser, the biggest gathering of entrepreneurs in Arizona, is coming up on November 19th. If you’d like to support us, register here: A stellar group of entrepreneurs will gather to hear some of the biggest names in recent startup history, and the proceeds will come to us!

Chris Pirillo, Geek, Entrepreneur, Early Adopter, and Media Personality, will live stream into the Third Annual Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference from Seattle.

The Women OTEF Helped Have Opened Their Business!

The National Advocacy & Training Network (NATN)/SEEDs program opened Cup O’ Karma: Community Café for a Cause, which offers great coffees, teas & beverages; on the job training for SEEDs residents while generating revenue to support the non-profit agency’s programs and services.

We are hosting two upcoming events at the cafe (details below) located at 1710 W. Southern Ave, suite B-7, Mesa, 85202 (formerly Into the Bean, between Longmore & Dobson, across from MCC). Invite your family, friends and colleagues. Proceeds to benefit the SEEDs program. Hope to see you there!!! Please RSVP.

Jewels by Parklane:

Gods Garden Treasures

Event Date: Thursday, August 21st at 6:00 pm

Event Features:

– Free flower tea for attendees.

– Jewels by Park Lane showing and purchasing options

– Brief presentation from NATN/SEEDs

The Bravery Project

Reception Date: Thursday, September 4, 2008 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Showing Dates: September 1 – September 30, 2008

Reception Features: Live music, free food and one (1) free beverage. The evening will include a brief presentation from The Bravery Project, Support, Education, Empowerment and DirectionS (SEEDs) and a SEEDs woman who participated in the Project.

Update on the Foundation’s Programs

by Francine Hardaway

I am so thrilled to report that, at long last, the business plan we helped the women from SEEDs write last year is about to be executed. They closed today on a coffee shop in Mesa, which was sold to them for $1.00 by someone who was tired of running it. The women will take it over, change the name (Cup o Karma) and begin to run it.

The Workforce Investment Act will provide funds to employ the women as they learn job skills. I believe this is a wonderful use of WIA funds, because the women will be working in their own business, and they will be very motivated.

I think Mona Lou Collery, the the Executive Director of SEEDs, is a true entrepreneur herself, because not only did she start the non-profit safe house, but she also started the business for the women.

I’m practically in tears over this. I can’t wait to help them make it a success, and Ed and Phil feel the same way. When I started this foundation, I wanted to do exactly this!!!!!

In other news, the Conference ( our major fundraiser) looks like it will be a big blow-out this year. We have more and better presenters than ever, and a wonderful committee of volunteers helping me organize, including most of our Board members.

Tumbleweed and the promise of youth

We Begin the Tumbleweed Program!

drop in gallery Originally uploaded by a_hoss
What a fabulous morning! We met with twelve Tumbleweedprogram managers in our first FastTrac(R) New Venture session. We are going to help them expand the Drop In Gallery and the accompanying t-shirt printing businesses safely (without risk to Tumbleweed) and train the managers to train Tumbleweed youth to intern at the DIG and start their own ventures.

One of the most exciting facets of this business is that Tumbleweed has a program for refugee youth. Many of them will not be able to stay in the United States, so the goal is to send them back to their own countries (mostly Central America) with skills to start their own businesses or create crafts that can be imported by Tumbleweed and sold at the DIG.

As usual, I feel blessed to provide some help to Tumbleweed, which helps so many others. And I’m doubly blessed because, as usual, I have the strong support of Phillip Blackerby and Ed Nusbaum, two fantastic facilitators and business counselors.

Drop-In Gallery front view

Here’s the Drop In Gallery

This is where, after the transient youth create the art, it is sold and 70% of the proceeds returned to the artists.

Cameron places the screen on the blank shirt

Here are the Tumbleweed kids in their nascent t-shirt business. This is the program OTEF is helping to launch. They have many orders coming in already.

Announcing a new program with Tumbleweed

by Francine Hardaway


This morning I made my first visit to The Drop-In Gallery (DIG) at 917 N. 5th Street in Phoenix. The Gallery is operated by Tumbleweed Youth Development Center, a drop-in shelter for runaway youth. The shelter has started a program through which young people who stay at the center can create art, which is then framed and sold at the First Friday Art Walks in downtown Phoenix. The kids get 70% of the proceeds of their art; the remainder goes to the Center to pay for the art supplies.

Steve Serrano, who runs the drop in shelter down the street from the Gallery would like to learn how to expand the business beyond selling art to selling custom designed and printed t-shirts created by the kids.nmThat is where OTEF comes in. We are going to offer our entrepreneurial education program to the artists this spring, at the gallery itself.


This won’t be an academic exercise; the business is already up and running. Our goal is to expand it. I was so excited that I can’t wait to start!

This is a perfect example of what can happen to the lives of ordinary people through entrepreneurship and creativity. We are so happy to be working with Tumbleweed.

If you live in Phoenix, drop in at the Gallery. If you don’t, find the Tumbleweed Drop In Gallery on MySpace and friend it.

Second Annual Arizona Entrepreneurship Puts OTEF in the Spotlight

by Francine Hardaway

This is Michael Gerber, author of “The E-Myth” wrapping up the Second Annual Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference by telling the audience that entrepreneurship isn’t about money, it’s about meaning. He urges entrepreneurs to find out what they are passionate about, and to “dream big, think small, act even smaller” in creating a small prototype of what they hope to achieve one day.

Michael is all about transformation, and about the transformative power of entrepreneurship. The conference was outstanding, and two of the SEEDs women got to attend, thanks to Wells Fargo, who donated their seats.

More on the Stealthmode blog and on Flickr.

Our Big Fundraising Event is November 8, 2007

by Francine Hardaway

Once a year we have a major fundraiser for OTEF. Not a ball, not an auction. Instead, we have a day in which we help entrepreneurs who can afford to pay a small fee for the information, and raise money for those who can’t. Our registration site is live, so register early and help us continue our entrepreneurship programs.

So if you are looking for funding or need a new go-to-market strategy or a partner, you can find them all at the Second Annual Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference – a must-attend for anyone in or contemplating an entrepreneurial venture.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Success” – yours and that of such Arizona successes as Limelight Networks, Jigsaw Health, and Zenter. Don’t know them? You SHOULD…

Phoenix Airport Marriott Hotel
November 8, 2007 from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Reception and meet-up starts at 4:30 PM

You can register at