The Small Business Technology Tour is produced by Ramon Ray, Editor & Technology Evangelist of Smallbiztechnology.com with the help of the Arizona Technology Council and Arizona State University’s College of Technology and Innovation at the Polytechnic campus in Mesa. In 2010, Ramon had a vision to help small businesses, not only in the New York City area, but around the country. The tour is now in its third year and is making its first visit to Phoenix. For the Phoenix edition, you’ll find smart speakers, insightful content, networking and more. You’ll learn a variety of relevant and current topics related to how you can use technology as a tool to grow your business.
Employees of small businesses (marketing, sales, finance, human resources, information technology fields) as well as small business owners and organizations looking to sell to small businesses.
7:30am | Registration, Networking and Breakfast
Come early, network and grab a light breakfast and some caffeine.
8:00am | How Small Companies Can Do Big Things With Technology
Small Business 3.0 is all about leveraging mobile technology, cloud computing, social media and more to do a lot with a little. It’s about running a highly competitive, lean and profitable business. Introductions by Steven G. Zylstra, President and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council and Ramon Ray, Smallbiztechnology.com and Infusionsoft.
9:00am | Making Your Office Productive Using Technology Presented by Eric Townsend of Intel
Forget GHz: What’s new - and important - in business PCs. Throw out that old checklist. Today’s business PCs are designed for the unique demands of small business. More responsive, more secure, easier to manage, in innovative designs like “All in One” PCs and new business ultrabooks. Whether you have IT support or not, we’ll show you some cool new PCs that were designed with your needs in mind.
10:00am | Are You Leveraging Your Superfans?, presented by Baochi Nguyen of RingCentral
Your customers are one of the most important assets your business has. Identifying and leveraging your superfans as brand ambassadors can be an important strategy to boost referrals, create repeat business and overall grow your revenues.
11:00am | Your Local College and Your Local Business: Partners For Growth, presented by Mitzi Montoya, Ph.D., Dean, College of Technology and Innovation and Vice Provost, Polytechnic Campus; Anshuman Razdan, Ph.D., Director, Research Development and Executive Director, the Collaboratory and Richard Filley, Director, iProjects and eProjects
Local colleges and your local business can partner to work together for GROWTH. In this session you'll learn how ASU has done this in its local community with local businesses. ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation (CTI) offers a variety of support services for small businesses in the areas such as research, technology prototyping and commercialization and professional development. The CTI Collaboratory is the college's model for value creation in partnership with businesses both large and small; it brings faculty, students and external partners together to solve real problems. For instance, the iProjects program has helped many businesses from startups to Fortune 500 to solve real-world challenges and develop IP. CTI leadership, will discuss the impact that partnering with the college can have on your business.
12:00pm | Lunch Break
12:30pm | 7 Steps: Dating Your Leads. Marrying Your Customers, presented by Ramon Ray of Infusionsoft
This fresh and informative presentation will give you the 7 steps you need to get prospects to say YES and customers to become loyal customers. You’ll learn that a customer’s “no” sometimes means not yet – and how to turn those “no’s” into a sale!
2:00pm | Tour the Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus
Please join us in visiting one of the region’s hidden gems, and experience what ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation has to offer. Discover why the future belongs to the creative and the innovative, and how engaged learning and use-inspired research are at the root of this premier East Valley asset. Some of the facilities you’ll tour include:
- The Ottosen Air Traffic Control Simulation Laboratory: This is one of the most advanced air traffic simulation centers in a university setting in the country. The new simulator equipment from Adacel is similar to what is being used at the FAA Air Traffic Control (ATC) Academy in Oklahoma City. The Tower Simulator System displays a virtual 315-degree view of an airport area, depicting the operational movement areas, taxiing aircraft, ground vehicle movement, and arriving and departing aircraft. The four radar simulator systems depict enroute and terminal airspace and the associated air traffic movement.
- The Laboratory for Algae Research and Biotechnology: With more than 40,000 identified species, microalgae are one of the oldest and most diverse groups of organisms on Earth. They also hold enormous untapped potential for helping to solve some of humanity's biggest problems. The Laboratory for Algae Research and Biotechnology, is conducting basic research on algae and cyanobacteria as well as applied research into renewable energy.
3:30pm | Event Ends
Free for AZTC members and Non-Members, courtesy of Intel
Includes a light breakfast and lunch at the event.
*Big thanks to Intel for enabling AZTC members to attend the 3rd Annual Small Buisness Technology Tour Phoenix at a discounted rate: use discount code AZTC for your ticket below.
Location:Cooley Ballrooms/Student Union at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic Campus
7001 E. Williams Field Road
Mesa, Arizona 85212