The State Forty Eight Foundation, an off shoot of the Chandler apparel company State Forty Eight, has launched a seven-part virtual series for aspiring entrepreneurs.
“By bringing together some of Arizona’s most remarkable founders, CEO’s and knowledgeable industry experts, this series will provide direct access to professional resources that will inspire innovation and propel local business growth,” a spokeswoman said of this weekly series.
She added that listeners will be able to ask questions of the speakers and that some listeners will be entitled to grants.
The speakers and topics are:
Sept. 8: “Identifying Your Vision & Your Why.” David Freedman, CEO and founder of Freestar and Carly Figman, market research & validation lab coordinator at CEI
Sept. 15: “From Dream to Reality: Business Goal Setting: with Julia Peixoto Peters, founder and co-owner of Peixoto Coffee;
Sept. 22: “Cover Your Bases: Legal and Financial Planning” by Talia Offord, associate general counsel, and Kim Reedy, president/CEO of OneAZ Credit Union.
Sept. 28: “Building a Brand & Creating Retention Through Sales and Marketing” by Lorena Garcia, CEO/co-founder of Majka and Dominic Orozco, chief strategic marketing officer at Gila River Hotels & Casinos.
Oct. 6: “Help! Identifying Resources” by Charlie Lewis, vice president of venture development and physical sciences at Skysong Innovations, and Sarah Benken, CEO and founder of KNOW Women.
Oct. 13: “Maintaining the Entrepreneur Mindset & Learning from Your Mistakes” by Templeton Walker, entrepreneur and investor, and John Shufeldt, NextCare, MeMD and author .
“We believe that sharing knowledge is the strongest answer to activating the state’s entrepreneurial landscape and cultivating local talent,” said Mike Spangenberg, CEO and Co-founder of State Forty Eight.
The sessions will be a mixture of motivation, storytelling, and practical advice, including direct access to professional resources and tools provided by series speakers.
In addition, those who attend and fulfill all requirements will be eligible to apply for a grant in the amount of $500 to put towards their business venture. The requirements are at sfef-speakerseries.org/#scholarship.
Grants have been made possible thanks to series sponsors like the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, Stellar Technology, and Soulpod.
“The foundation believes that access to information should never be a barrier to success,” said State Forty Eight Foundation Executive Director Alyssa Moore. “With this series we hope to offer Valley entrepreneurs with the foundations they need to succeed.”
The foundation has partnered with more than 45 different charities, engaged 260 volunteers and has raised over $93,000 in donations for various causes. It has four primary goals: creating meaningful partnerships, activating our community, supporting and empowering our youth and fostering the entrepreneurial spirit.
Meanwhile, the Chandler firm AvAir has partnered with State Forty Eight to create custom shirts with $1 from every collaboration t-shirt donated back to support the State Forty Eight Foundation.
“Similar to a mural in AvAir’s headquarters, the shirt design represents Arizona’s beautiful sky and serves as a reminder to always reach higher,” a company spokesman said.
“We’re thrilled to select State Forty Eight for this collaboration as they’ve made a name for themselves as not only talented designers, but a group dedicated to improving our community,” said AvAir Director of Business Development Zach Hall. “Giving back is extremely important to AvAir, so it made sense to work with a business who has the same values.”
Spangenberg added, “Zach has been a longtime supporter of our company and is an asset to our State Forty Eight Foundation board of directors. We’re thrilled AvAir chose us as their T-shirt partner and are really happy with the unique design we co-created with them.”
For more information about AvAir, visit AvAir.aero.