With the continued growth Gilbert is experiencing in anchor institutions and population, the need for advanced business services is at a steady increase.
Businesses based in Gilbert benefit from a highly educated workforce, with over 40% of the community holding a bachelor’s degree or higher, and an entrepreneurial spirit that includes one of the largest concentrations of home-based businesses in Arizona.
Specialists in accounting, financial analysis, law, design, marketing, insurance, architecture, engineering, venture capital, investment banking, real estate, and data centers, among others, will find a growing client base in Gilbert and its surrounding communities. These firms will be able to service clients globally with access to a workforce of 1 million individuals, and 67 percent of the area’s advanced business specialists, within a 30-minute commute.
Gilbert’s enterprise-friendly environment has underwritten success for businesses ranging from small home-based operations to mid-sized and large companies.
In addition, Gilbert’s proximity to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, as well as easy freeway access, provides convenience in regional and international travel.
A principal provider of information technology consulting services for the education market, Unicon, Inc. has tripled in size since locating its headquarters to the community in 2009. Unicon operates a 30,000 sq. ft. office with 134 high-wage employees.
GoDaddy.com, a worldwide leading Internet domain registrar and web-hosting company that also sells e-business-related software and services continues to expand within Gilbert, adding another 18,000 sq. ft of space and $2.49 million in capital investment in 2011. And, with the addition of another 200 employees, GoDaddy continues to be one of the community’s largest employers with over 700 total employees.
Spain-based Mapfre Group chose Gilbert for an insurance center that houses the western claims center, automobile and homeowner’s claims staff, underwriters and marketing representatives.
And, Aquinity Interactive, a privately held, fast growing internet marketing company, recently chose Gilbert for its 1,100 person call center. Absorbing over 22,000 sq. ft. and investing $1 million in capital investment, Aquinity chose Gilbert as a result of the community’s emphasis on technology and high-tech job creation.
EchoStar Corporation, a leader in service to satellite, IPTV, cable, terrestrial, and consumer electronics markets worldwide, operates an uplink facility from the Gilbert community. Highly trained engineers, technicians and operators work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to ensure superior signal transmission while continuously improving signal quality for customer satisfaction.
The nearby presence of Arizona State University (ASU) Polytechnic and Chandler-Gilbert Community College not only train and educate tomorrow’s business leaders, they also provide an environment of innovation and entrepreneurship.
New and existing businesses can participate in a variety of programs at the ASU Knowledge and Enterprise Development center, and the ASU College of Technology and Innovation allows students and faculty to work together across disciplines to create, design and develop innovative solutions to real-world problems. Labs directly benefiting the advanced business services sector include: