The Phoenix metro area is still in a recession. There are too many empty office buildings, too many unfinished projects and too many tax increases and service cuts being discussed by state and local government.

If small and local organizations want to make it through, they’re going to need to help themselves. We can’t wait for Phoenix to construct a better Downtown and we can’t sit on our laurels for local politicians or corporate leaders to make good on urban promises they have been dodging for years.

Enter CenPhoCamp. Organized by local activist Yuri Artibise and Tyler Hurst, CenPhoCamp is designed to allow small businesses to help small businesses. The afternoon-long camp will have three presentations per hour, with an accompanying roundtable session. The agenda will be written on a white board outside room 252. It will be set up along these tracks:

  • Beginner: teaching those new to marketing about basic approaches
  • Technology: offering instructions on the latest Web apps
  • Community:  businesses enable their customers to be their best advertisers
  • Roundtable: discussions led by industry experts

The event, free of charge and staffed by volunteers, isn’t your typical conference. The camp designation signifies an “unconference” that encourages audience participation, leaving one session for another and break-out conversations based on material learned. The presenters should be thought of as conversation moderators, as they usually get as much out of the interaction as attendees do.

Please register at cenphocamp.com/registration.
Location: Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
555 N. Central Ave. — light rail station at Central/1st Ave and Van Buren
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Date/time: January 23, 1:30 to 8 p.m.
Web: cenphocamp.com
Contact: tyler@tylerhurst.com or yuri.artibise@gmail.com


  • This looks like a really great event. Excellent story, too.