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Scoble to Keynote Revolution in Marketing Conference March 1

The Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference organizers (we are among them) announced today that Robert Scoble, the original Microsoft blogger and now the producer of “The Scoble Show” on Podtech.net will be the keynote speaker at the Arizona Entrepreneurship mini-conference: The Revolution in Marketing. The conference is scheduled for March 1st from 7:00 AM – Noon in the Ethington Theatre at Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ.

Social media is changing the way all businesses deal with customers, and Robert Scoble wrote the book on how this will work in the future.

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Exciting News About the Next OTEF Conferences

OTEF is not a traditional charity, it’s a nonprofit dedicated to teaching entrepreneurship skills, and we are trying to develop into a true social venture: a business with a double bottom line (a mission and a margin). We have two annual fundraisers, both of which are educational.

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One data point

The first person going through our entrepreneurship training, Jerry K., has begun his handyman business. He has now secured his second handyman job, which he uses to pay expenses that are more than his “day job” will cover. But for him, a former felon, it’s not about the money. For the first time, he sees options and opportunities. For the first time, he’s not afraid that if he gets laid off, he will not be able to pay his restitution and will get put back in prison. He feels hopeful that he will be able to support himself and live as a man.

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Revolution in Marketing

by Francine Hardaway

MiniConference for National Entrepreneurship Week:

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AZEC

The first annual Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference

by Francine Hardaway

Is it true that Arizona is a great place to start a business? Or is it true that we lack capital and seasoned management teams? On November 8, 2006, Arizona’s entrepreneurs and aspirants will find answers to these questions at the First Annual Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference, presented by The Business Journal of Phoenix, Stealthmode Partners, and The Opportunity Through Entrepreneurship Foundation, and sponsored by Grand Canyon University, Shea Commercial, Core Purpose, Inc., the City of Tempe Economic Development Department, and Ephibian. Michael Gerber, author of the best seller The E-Myth: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It, will be the lunch speaker. The conference, to be held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel from 8 AM to 4 PM will feature a day of great content and connections for Arizona companies in both startup and growth mode.

Other confirmed speakers include Marianne Hudson, Director of the Angel Capital Foundation, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; William Cockayne, innovation specialist and Director of Stanford University’s Humanities Lab; and former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson, a real estate and a technology entrepreneur.