New Business Development Center

Where Local Entrepreneurism Meets Job Creation


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, hive @ central, DAS Foundation, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Glendale Chamber of Commerce, 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.


  • Client-Centric
  • Integrity
  • Excellence
  • Respect
  • Collaboration

Value Proposition

  • Individualized gap analysis
    • Offer consultancy in the form of training, coaching or mentoring
  • Serve as a prerequisite for Phoenix entrepreneurship eco-system incubators and accelerators

Contact the New Business Development Center

For more information on the center and becoming a participant, contact Eduardo Borquez.


GCU's Colangelo College of Business

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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.

Canyon Challenge

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.

Canyon Angels

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

Success Story

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.