Small Business Resources

Many NAU graduates choose to start their own businesses and organizations. The resources listed here can help you learn about this professional path, develop a network of other entrepreneurs, and get off to a strong start. 

The Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce has compiled a directory of small business resources, specific to starting a business in Arizona.

The W.A. Franke College of Business offers a variety of opportunities for professional development, interaction with leaders of large and small businesses, and more.

NACET, Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, is Northern Arizona’s business incubator.  Business incubators nurture the development of entrepreneurial companies, helping them survive and grow during the start-up period, when they are most vulnerable. These programs provide their client companies with business support services and resources tailored to young firms. The most common goals of incubation programs are creating jobs in a community, enhancing a community’s entrepreneurial climate, retaining businesses in a community, building or accelerating growth in a local industry, and diversifying local economies.

The mission of SEDI, Sustainable Economic Development Initiative, is to promote sustainable economic prosperity in northern Arizona through ecological health, social equity and a resilient economy.  A variety of events and resources are available to entrepreneurs.

Students at NAU can explore the entrepreneurial career path through a variety of opportunities, including a First Year Seminar “In the Business of Change". This seminar utilizes guest speakers from the community, graduate students, and professors in the college of business to give students a full view of how to successfully take their ideas, learn about the community, and create successful businesses. Students from any degree path can participate in the annual start-up weekend. Franke College of Business hosts an entrepreneur in residence, with opportunities throughout the semester for students to learn from an expert.