In 2016, Grand Canyon University (GCU) and the Colangelo College of Business (CCOB) launched the Small Business Consulting Center, later renamed the New Business Development Center (NBDC), in support of local entrepreneurism and job creation. The goal of NBDC is to help local business owners grow in their knowledge and ultimately help their businesses thrive in the West Valley.
Led by an ambassador team and mentors volunteer team, the center offers entrepreneurship training for students, alumni and the small business community in the Canyon Corridor. New Business Development Center manager and Colangelo College of Business faculty member Eduardo Borquez, along with several dozen GCU student ambassadors, provides the services and support to local business leaders.
The NBDC has been featured in GCU Today, inBusiness Magazine, Phoenix Business Journal and La Voz Arizona. Our community supporters include Seed Sport, Local First AZ, Hustle PHX, The Hive, DAS Foundation, Chicanos Por La Causa, Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Love International Church and Canyon State Credit Union.
To create economic sustainability in low-income communities through entrepreneurism.
To support entrepreneurs by consulting them in the form of training, coaching and mentoring, while empowering them to positively impact their local economy through conscious capitalism.
The Colangelo College of Business is founded on three pillars: servant leadership, ethics and entrepreneurism. Learn more about our mission and our leading-edge business degree programs by visiting our website.
Each spring, the Colangelo College of Business hosts the Canyon Challenge to give student-run businesses at GCU an opportunity to pitch their idea to professionals from the community to fund their business. Prospective business owners also have an opportunity to attract investors for additional capital investment during this event. Finalists are selected based on quality, professionalism and viability of the business idea.
Do you have the next big business idea? The Canyon Angels provide an opportunity for those in the community to pitch their idea to investors. You may receive capital for your business! Canyon Angels is a 501(c)(6) organization that serves as a facilitator to filter investment opportunities for our members. Find out more at canyonangels.org.
The New Business Development Center has already helped dozens of local businesses get their feet off the ground by providing personalized consulting sessions and training seminars. Watch one success story from a GCU business school graduate and her family.