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.

The Coconino Small Business Development Center provides advising, training, online courses and resources for businesses throughout the Northern Arizona. Their two conveniently located centers assist business people like you in every aspect of business development and management. They are part of a statewide network of centers that deliver services to anyone who operates a business or is planning to start a business. They work with businesses in every industry and at every stage of growth from start-ups to well-established companies.  

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. 

Future Entrepreneurs!  The dates have been set for the summer Basic Business Empowerment (BBE) program.  If you are interested in attending the class, please contact Kim Crugnale, the program coordinator, to set an appointment for registration.  Her email is and phone number is 928-679-7458. Registration takes about 30–40 minutes and requires an Arizona ID (driver’s license, state ID, etc.) and a check for $99 for the course, the materials, guest speakers, refreshments, etc. Classes will be filled on a first come first serve basis.  

    The dates for the classes are as follows:

  • Saturdays - May 30 and June 6 from  9am to 5pm
  • Tuesday evenings - June 9, 16, 23, 30 from 6pm to 9pm 
  • Tuesday evenings – July 17 and 14 from 6pm – 9pm