Summer 2017 Program

This summer, OTEF is working with SySTEM Schools to provide organizational support to its founder, Angelica Cruz, an entrepreneur who undertook the very difficult task of starting a STEM middle school for underserved students, mostly Hispanic, in the Phoenix inner city. We have helped Angelica bring in a human resources consultant, and when the board…

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.