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NACCE2014 Off-site Tours
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NACCE2014 Off-Site Tours

If you are ALREADY REGISTERED for the conference, and wish to participate in one of these offsite tours, please click HERE to sign up

If you are not yet registered for the conference, you can register for all HERE.

Sunday, October 12, 2014
7:30am – 9:00am

Nature lovers and exercise enthusiasts will enjoy this one hour scenic hike through Arizona’s unique desert wilderness. A knowledgeable guide will direct the hiking or walking tours towards spectacular views on the South Mountain Preserve. Experience the natural side of Arizona as you explore the local terrain and learn about the desert vegetation and animals indigenous to the Sonoran Desert.

**Highly recommended for this hike: Sunscreen, a hat and closed toe walking shoes. 

MAX registration for this hike is 24 people. (So register fast!)

Price includes professional safety certified guides and bottles of waters.

$15.00 – Pre-conference purchase
$20.00 – On-site purchase (Cash only)

  • 7:30AM : Walk from hotel to South Mountain Preserve
  • 7:45AM: Begin Tour through South Mountain Preserve
  • 8:45AM: Walk back to Arizona Grand Resort and Spa
  • 9:00AM: Arrive at Arizona Grand Resort and Spa


Scottsdale and Old Town City Tour:  
Monday, October 13, 2014
6:00pm – 10:00pm

As you depart the resort for Scottsdale for this 4 hour tour, the knowledgeable tour guide will share fascinating facts with you about the areas you will see on your way including Tempe, home of Arizona State University, as well as the Native American reservations in the area and their impact in the local community. At our first stop, you will be able to get out and stretch your legs while you experience all that Scottsdale has to offer!

Downtown Scottsdale pulses with a vibrant energy all its own. By day, shopping, gallery-hopping and dining alfresco are among the most popular pastimes. After dark, Downtown takes on a whole new glow with evening ArtWalks, performing arts and more than 80 sophisticated nightclubs, wine bars and lounges. Want a more Western experience? We’re heading over to Old Town Scottsdale. Old Town is a neighborhood within Downtown Scottsdale that features a taste of the Old West with restaurants, shopping, and Western bars. With wooden beams, wagon wheels, and cowboy hats aplenty, you’re sure to feel like you’ve traveled back in time to the era of outlaws and saloons. 

Attendees are on their own for dinner in Old Town.  Restaurant suggestions can be found here:

Price includes transportation, professional guided tour. 

$40.00 – Pre-conference purchase

$50.00 – On-site purchase


  • 6:00pm: Depart from hotel to Downtown Scottsdale
  • 6:45pm: Arrive in Downtown Scottsdale to take in the sights
  • 7:45pm: Bus departs for Old Town
  • 8:00pm: Arrive in Old Town. Attendees are on their own for dinner.
  • 9:30pm: Conclude dinner and return back to Arizona Grand Resort and Spa

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Incubator Tour:
Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI) & Fahrenheit Labs
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 
2:45pm – 5:00pm

Incubators are centers that spark innovation and ignite local economies. Tour CEI and learn how Gateway College partnered with the City of Phoenix and the Economic Development Administration to create a diverse space for entrepreneurs in the biosciences, renewable energy, technology services and software industries.  Meet their start ups and hear from the founding staff on their lessons learned. View the NEW Listening Lab which provides competitive intelligence in real time via the interwebs and The Rapid Manufacturing Lab, which accelerates the rapid protyping process.

Then walk "next door” to Fahrenheit Labs, the first and only incubation program available for eligible students of the Maricopa Community Colleges. In this unique student incubator, co-located with the local SBDC, learn how to attract and screen students to the incubator, meet the first student business and learn how servicing for student businesses is different.

Price for transportation and education panel. 

$35.00 – Pre-conference purchase

$45.00 – On-site purchase


  • 2:45pm: Depart from hotel to Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation
  • 3:00pm: Arrive at Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation
  • 3:15pm: Begin Tour of CEI and Fahrenheit Labs
  • 4:45pm: Conclude tour and return back to Arizona Grand Resort and Spa

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
6:00pm – 9:15pm
Small businesses are often at the heart of economic development projects and the revitalization of a Downtown area. Visit The Phoenix Public Market Café and hear how it opened as Phoenix Public Market Urban Grocery and Wine Bar, closed, and reinvented itself to be the popular venue it is today. Hear how this local small business got started, the challenges it faced and how it utilizes local resources to make it one of the best local venues in Phoenix.  
And EAT! This visit includes a full course dinner and a complimentary beverage.
The Phoenix Public Market Café serves fresh market cuisine crafted with seasonal ingredients, many sourced directly from the adjacent farmer’s market. Created by the team responsible for St. Francis restaurant, the Phoenix Public Market Café is a natural extension of the Market’s efforts to bring the local food community closer together.
Price includes transportation, presentation, *dinner.
$60.00 – Pre-conference purchase
$70.00 – On-site purchase

  • 6:00pm: Depart from hotel for Phoenix Public Market Café
  • 6:45pm: Educational Insight about the Phoenix Public Market Café
  • 7:00pm: Dinner 
  • 8:45pm: Conclude dinner and return back to Arizona Grand Resort and Spa
*Note: Only one beverage is included in price.  Participants will be responsible for the purchase of any additional beverages. There will be special dietary options. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.
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