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

Center for American Indian Economic Development

NAU Road Scholar

Rural Policy Institute

ABBOC's Clients

ABBOC's Affiliations