Starshine AZ

StarshineAZ, a West Valley collaborative community for women business owners, is hosting “Collaborations and Cocktails,” from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at its 6801 N. Glen Harbor Boulevard, Glendale Airport.

Part of National Small Business Week, which runs through May 5, the event celebrates the value of small businesses, entrepreneurs, solo practitioners and their impact on the local economy.

The free event encourages attendees to mix and mingle, hear thoughts from local dignitaries including Peoria Councilwoman Bridget Binsbacher and Glendale Councilwoman Joyce Clark about the value of small business in the West Valley. They can also meet other business owners.

The event will include food, wine and music. It is open to the entire West Valley.

“At StarshineAZ, our goal is not to be your mother’s networking group,” said Susan F. Moody, StarshineAZ cofounder. “Here, it’s about making face-to-face connections, developing mutually beneficial relationships and collaborating in order to create a more organic networking experience. It’s not just about handing out business cards.

“We want to support and connect small businesses, women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs, with the tools and resources they need to be successful.”

National Small Business Week was introduced in 1963 and recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. According to the Small Business Administration, more than half of all Americans either own or work for a small business today, and small businesses create roughly two out of every three new jobs in the United States each year.

The Collaborations and Cocktails event will be co-hosted by Women Owned Women Operated Business (WOWOB) and My Office Business Suites.

For tickets, visit eventbrite.com.