Alliance Bank Business Outreach Center: An EDA University Center

The Alliance Bank Business Outreach Center (ABBOC) was founded in 1999 and re-invigorated with generous support from Alliance Bank in 2012. ABBOC comprises the outreach service units of Northern Arizona University–The W. A. Franke College of Business and serves over 10,000 individuals annually throughout Arizona. Each of these well respected entities came together with the purpose of pooling their professional expertise into a strong, collaborative team. As this union evolved, the mission of ABBOC was established: to enable Arizona’s rural, tribal, and northern business communities to succeed by delivering training, information, technical assistance, and support services.

ABBOC provides high-quality business-related training, education, consulting, and information resources to individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, tribes, and government agencies throughout Arizona’s rural and northern communities. These services consist of:

  • Economic Impact Analyses
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Business Skills Training
  • Computer Skills Training Facilities
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education
  • Market Research
  • Business Plans and Consulting Services
  • Professional Development
  • Economic Development Consulting

The four units that comprise ABBOC are AHRRC, CAIED, NAU Road Scholar, and RPI. The units work closely together yet each has their own areas of expertise. After a review of the following information you may realize that one or more of the units can be of assistance to your business or organization.

In 2012, ABBOC received a 5-year grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration to become one of a select number of “University Centers,” and the only EDA-supported University Center in the State of Arizona. AHRRC, CAIED, and RPI fall under the grant. To find out more about ABBOC as an EDA Center, click HERE.

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Arizona Hospitality Research & Resource Center

the Arizona Hospitality Research & Resource Center (AHRRC) was created in 1989 by the Arizona Legislature to provide research for one of the state’s largest industries – Tourism. Specializing in customized market research (surveys, economic impact, etc.), AHRRC also provides workforce training programs (online or in-person) for hospitality enterprises. We help you understand your tourism market, measure its impact, and improve workforce efficiency. Learn more about the AHRRC HERE.

Center for American Indian Economic Development

The Center for American Indian Economic Development (CAIED) was established in 1985 by the Arizona Legislature. Their purpose is to stimulate and nurture entrepreneurship on Arizona Indian lands and provide technical assistance to the Arizona Indian nations, tribal sub-political entities, tribal enterprises, and Native American businesses and organizations. Learn more about CAIED HERE.

NAU Road Scholar

NAU Road Scholar offers over 80 different Life-long Learning programs throughout the year, tailored to a variety of interests and geographic areas. Since our beginning in 1983 as an Elderhostel sponsor we have proudly hosted over 90,000 participants throughout the Four Corners and the Southwest. Learn more about NAU Road Scholar HERE.

Rural Policy Institute

The Arizona RPI pays particular attention to the information needs of northern Arizona and rural communities throughout the state. Involvement in statewide, regional, and national economic and business research activities is critical to the bureau's goals. Learn more about RPI HERE.

ABBOC's Clients

Some of ABBOC’s clients:

  • Apache County
  • Arizona Community Center
  • Arizona Craft Brewers Guild
  • Arizona K12 Center
  • Arizona State Railroad Museum
  • Black Mesa Pipeline
  • BNSF Railroad
  • City of Flagstaff
  • Coconino County
  • Colorado River Indian Tribes
  • Decker Outdoor Corporation
  • Ecological Restoration Institute
  • Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona
  • Flagstaff Medical Center/Northern Arizona Healthcare
  • Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Flagstaff Unified School District
  • Gila River Indian Community
  • Hopi Tribe
  • Indigenous Community Enterprises, Inc.
  • Lake Havasu City
  • Lowell Observatory
  • NAU President's Office
  • Navajo County
  • Navajo Nation
  • Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise
  • Nestle Purina
  • Northern Arizona Center for Energy Technologies
  • Peabody Western
  • Project New Start
  • Salt River Indian Community
  • San Carlos Apache Tribe
  • State of Arizona
  • United Way of Northern Arizona
  • W.L. Gore and Associates
  • WestCor
  • Yavapai-Apache Tribe

ABBOC's Affiliations

Arizona American Indian Tourism Association

Arizona Native American Economic Coalition

Arizona Association of Economic Developers

Association for University Business and Economic Research

CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association)

Economic Development Administration

Northern Arizona Center for Emerging Technologies

Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce

National Executive Education Program for Native American Leadership

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