Mesa Summer Neighborhood Entrepreneurship Programs

For the past two summers, OTEF has offered five-week programs in entrepreneurship skills to residents of West Mesa, Arizona, a neighborhood impacted by an aging population, changing demographics, and light rail construction. The West Mesa, Arizona neighborhood is now considered a low-income portion of a Phoenix suburb. To offer our programs, we partner with The West…

Join us at AZEC11 on November 16th

Last week in a board meeting, I listened as the chairman opened his remarks with the opening quote from Dickens’ classic novel A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” There is no doubt that the last few years have been challenging ones for entrepreneurs at…

Giving away my last dollar

A message from OTEF Chair Joan Koerber-Walker I am now officially ready for Christmas.  Yesterday I gave away my last dollar. Before you start rallying the troops to come to my aid, I am not going hungry this Christmas.  And hopefully someone else won’t either.

A look back at AZEC10 in Pictures

One of my favorite days of the year is when the AZEC photos are posted by our photographer.  This year, looking back at the photos on Flickr from the Fifth Annual Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference on 11/17/10 at the Desert Willow Conference Center is no exception.   Over 200 entrepreneurs, investors, and community leaders gathered to connect,…