SPARK Spot is uniquely designed for Gilbert-based entrepreneurs.

SPARK Spot is a partnership among Gilbert, Arizona, Southeast Regional Library, and Arizona State University Entrepreneurship and Innovation Department to deliver ASU Startup School and business resources for companies. In FY15, the Office of Economic Development (OED) worked collaboratively with the Parks & Recreation department to deliver entrepreneurship programs in the Southeast Regional Library (SERL).

Entrepreneurs can expect to find:

  • Free Business programs; workshops, webinars, streaming videos, etc.
  • Access to the library database and workforce development resources
  • Access to town resources and business assistance
  • Free WiFi
  • Study rooms are available for free through the library's reservation system

The SPARK Spot is also in partnership with the Town’s SPARK App League. SPARK App League is focused on SPARKing creativity through coding and competition. Students of all experience levels gather for a two-day competition to learn the importance and power of coding from industry experts while competing for prizes. Created by Gilbert, Arizona in 2012, the non-profit program is hosted in partnership with Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and is sponsored by Google. For more information on the SPARK App League, please visit http://www.sparkappleague.com/

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UPCOMING CLASS SCHEDULE

All courses and workshops are located in the library. Room location varies, but attendees will be notified of the location or any changes prior to their scheduled course or workshop.

ASU Startup School

ASU Startup School: Finding Your Business Idea: Is it viable?

Location:  Southeast Regional Library, 775 N Greenfield Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234

February 1 & February 8  |  March 22 & March 29  

Time: 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Is owning a business one of your 2017 goals?  This 2-part workshop will help find a business idea and determine if it has potential to make a profit.   You will leave with a business idea that you can pursue.  This course will be taught by Kristine Ouzts, Mesa Community College Business Faculty in cooperation with ASU Entrepreneurship + Innovation, at no charge to students.

ASU Startup School: Making Your Business Real and Successful

Location:  Southeast Regional Library, 775 N Greenfield Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234

February 15, February 22, March 1, & March 8  |  April 5, April 12, April 19, & April 26 

Time: 6:30PM – 8:30PM

If you have a new business idea, or are a business owner this 4 week workshop will help you improve your business. ASU Startup School sessions will address several aspects of your businesses and teach you practical, relevant ways to improve value for your customers. You will learn a new mindset to evaluate your business and create business success. You will leave with steps that can make your business more profitable. Come prepared to think differently about your business. The course is taught by Kristine Ouzts, Mesa Community College Business Faculty in cooperation with ASU Entrepreneurship + Innovation, at no charge to students. It is not necessary to attend “Finding Your Business Idea” to attend this workshop.  

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SPARK Spot program offerings can be found at the Southeast Regional Library at 775 North Greenfield Road Gilbert, AZ 85234. For more information about SPARK Spot please contact Hilary Hirsch, Gilbert Office of Economic Development at Hilary.Hirsch@gilbertaz.gov or 480.503.6873.