Meet Carol Farabee – CEO of Arizona Business Incubator


Written by Sarah Waschler

Carol is a Navy Veteran, author, entrepreneur, professor, business owner, has 3 nonprofits and is active in the community. She sits on several boards and is a Commissioner for the city of Chandler’s Military and Veterans Affairs Commission. Carol is a grant writer and teaches grant writing as well as writes grant in these impact areas: Social, Environmental, Economic, Education, and Arts and Culture.

Carol worked 30 years in Corporate America and 22 years as a University Professor teaching technology, management, leadership, entrepreneurship and Government theory and other government classes. She has taught technical writing, thesis, and research methods and is currently a writing coach for several authors. Her Publishing company, Farabee Publishing, works with authors as a writing coach, edits and formats their books. She is a member of the IBPA (International Book Publishers Association.) Carol’s bestselling book ‘Marketing through Authorship’, teaches business owners how they can increase their credibility, improve their business, and many other benefits by receiving the recognition and prestige of being a published author. The book breaks down the process of writing a book into easily digestible steps that simplify the creative process.

Carol has a BA in Sociology, MBA in Management, and an MS in Systems Engineering, PhD(abd) in Applied Management. She has held positions as Quality Engineer, Production Manager, Documentation and Training Manager, Consultant, Database Administrator, Production Artist as well as President, CEO and Vice President. Carol has written 50 books. She has a 20 book series about Teens in the West. A 9 books series following the 20 book series characters and 15 books are currently on Amazon and other websites. Carol has been involved in community service for nonprofits for the past 20 years. She has 23 certifications in nonprofit management. She founded the Young Writers Foundation (501c3) and works with many to build their writing skills and career development. The Cooperative Collaboration Coalition was created to work with nonprofits to help them partner with other organizations to strengthen the health of the community and common good. Arizona Business Incubator (501c3) works with nonprofits and for-profit entrepreneurs for economic growth and prosperity. The Stop The Hurt Club (501c3 works with all social impact areas to support them to stop the hurt in our society. Carol is a grant reviewer for the US Department of Education, and other departments. Please visit me on LinkedIn, and, or Email her at or

How did you hear about Venture Café Phoenix?

Have you had any memorable connections at Venture Café Phoenix? If so, please tell us how you met them, who they are and how they have impacted you and your organization?
Great meeting many people interested in grants and strategic planning. Meeting a lot of them after Venture Cafe.

What inspires you?
Working with people to see their dreams come true. Entrepreneurs are those that stand outside any norm. They are special to work with. We enjoy seeing the dreamers realize their dreams.

Tell us a little more about your current role with your organization and how it has impacted the start-up ecosystem here in the greater Phoenix region.
Grant writer, proposal developer, strategic planning specialist, Mentor, Consultant, etc. Our current program is divided into 4 phases. Planning the Business, Launching the Business, Managing the Business, and Grow the business. In these phases of building the relationship it helps us to know what phase the business is working in. There are also the 7 stages of the business life cycle. Seed & Development, Start up, Growth, Expansion, Maturity, Decline, Exit. We work with a lot of the Seed & Development and start up stages.

Can you discuss your experience at Venture Café Phoenix and any impact the event has had on your organization?
Growth and inspiration to interact more with Venture Cafe Phoenix. Entrepreneurs that are looking for growth but more they are looking for those connections that they can build a relationship with.

Any final thoughs on Venture Café Phoenix?
Open your minds on what is possible. Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers, Donald Hall and Lindbergh were only a few of the leaders of our economy that did not give up.

Join the movement of innovators building the center of gravity here in the Valley. Join us every Thursday and meet people like Carol, 5-7 PM, free to attend, free parking, two free drinks.

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