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Our business mentoring program teaches small-business owners important skills and resources to help their companies succeed. Advisers share their experiences with an eye toward promoting economic health and stability within the Phoenix metropolitan area.
 
about our program

The APS Diverse Supplier Training Program (DSTP) is a business mentoring program designed, sponsored and administered by Arizona Public Service.

Since 1997, over 200 small businesses in the Phoenix metropolitan area have attended business training classes, built networks, developed resources and met with individual advisors all geared toward assisting them in reaching their next level of business success.

 

​This focused and integrated mentoring has resulted in over 200 DSTP graduates currently in some phase of the DSTP process. All of these businesses have gained knowledge, support, insight, resources and skills that have allowed them to succeed and thrive in their chosen business.

Many of the DSTP companies have increased their revenues and net profits, increased their workforce, strengthened their market position and increased their business space which adds to the economic impact to the area. In addition, several DSTP companies have been recognized for their achievements through various award programs.

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2015 DSTP date information
  • June 30, 2015 - Applications due
  • July - August 2015 - Interviews conducted
  • September 2015 - Program participants selected/announced, program pre-work begins
  • September 2015 - Program begins. Two 8 hour sessions a month for 9 months
Sessions are held at the DSTP office on the 16th floor of 400 N 5 St., Phoenix.
eligibility

Participants must be a certified or certifiable diverse business enterprise. A diverse business enterprise is a company that is at least 51% owned and controlled by an individual whose business is defined as: Minority Business Enterprises, Woman Business Enterprise, or Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. Eligible participants must provide a product or service that a utility can reasonably be expected to utilize. Ideally the participant will be the majority business owner or significant decision maker of the business.

The only cost is the time commitment of the participants. We require 90% attendance for all participants.

what you should know
APS is seeking applicants who provide a service or product to the utility industry. Business owners who quality as certified minority, certified woman owned and Services Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business will receive mentoring and training in the 3 major areas:
 
  • Utility Specific Skills and Tools
  • Business Growth Tools
  • Strategic Planning Tools
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what is DSTP?

DSTP is a training and mentoring program designed to develop sustainable electric utility focused suppliers. This 9-month program will utilize a unique combination of practical and proven business growth tools, innovative strategic growth tools with a customized mentoring component. There will be an emphasis on developing utility-specific skills and tools needed to succeed in the utility industry.

 



mission

The DSTP mission is to support the successful growth of small, minority- and women-owned enterprises in order to enhance economic health and stability within the region.

 



qualifications
Participants must be a certified or certifiable diverse business enterprise. A diverse business enterprise is a company that is at least 51% owned and controlled by an individual whose business is defined as: Minority Business Enterprises, Woman Business Enterprise, or Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. Eligible participants must provide a product or service that a utility can reasonably be expected to utilize.


participation
Ideally, the participant will be the majority business owner or significant decision maker of the business. If there are two partners, it is recommended that both partners attend and participate. This may vary based on the specifics of each company.


the process

DSTP begins a new class once a year, with applications due by the end of June. After the initial review of the applications, interviews are conducted in July. The selected companies will begin classes in September. The classes will be 8 hours long and will be held at least twice a month at the DSTP office.

 



applications

Applications are accepted between January and June annually, with all applications due by the last Friday of June of each year.

 



additional material requests

DSTP requests a variety of information so that our selection panel can make an assessment of where the applicant is in its business cycle. This information is kept confidential, no copies are made, and all applications are shredded after the selection process. This information is helpful in making the assessment as to whether the resources of DSTP are a good match for the needs of the applicant.

 



class size

Each year, DSTP creates a group based on the number of qualified applications received and needs of the qualified applicant pool. We have a target of 6 – 10 companies each year.

 



attendance

It is recommended that the DSTP participants attend as many meetings as possible to maximize the DSTP process and resources. We require 90% attendance for all participants.

 

cost

There is no fee for participation in DSTP. However, we do require a commitment of time on the part of our participants.