Maricopa has a growing business community as well as organizations with resources to help business owners build their companies.
Maricopa Chamber of Commerce is “an organization of business leaders who work to improve their community and the area’s business climate,” in hopes it “strengthens the community by identifying needs, problems and opportunities.”
The organization also directs residents to local resources and visitors to tourism information.
An elected volunteer board of directors governs the Maricopa Chamber. The organization is dependent on the support of its 300 members and their involvement.
Per its mission statement, the “Maricopa Economic Development Alliance is Maricopa’s private-public partnership for economic development. As a 501(c)3 corporation, the organization champions strategies and solutions that foster economic growth and prosperity in the City of Maricopa by bringing together the business, government, education and civic sectors to identify and advance forward-looking policies that facilitate investment, growth and workforce development.”
MEDA’s governing board includes executives of Maricopa’s largest businesses representing financial institutions, health-care facilities, education and utilities. Members of the Maricopa City Council, city management and Economic Development department serve on the board as well.
Small Business Development Centers provide technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. Working through CAC, the Casa Grande center runs an office on the Maricopa campus to foster local and regional economic development. As a result of the no-cost business advising, low-cost training and other specialized services SBDC clients receive, the program remains one of the nation’s largest small business assistance programs in the federal government.