Celebrate the 10th Graduating Class from the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator!


The Fuerza Local Business Accelerator is a six-month program designed to teach underserved micro-entrepreneurs important basics for financial literacy and business development. Participants attend weekly classes on a variety of topics including marketing, business planning, cash flow management, and many more.

Local First Arizona Foundation launched the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator in 2013 as a direct response to the influx of predatory lenders that target low- income Latinos who often lack financial literacy and access to resources that help build thriving businesses.

This summer, we are celebrating our 10th class of graduates from the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator!



Investing in underserved communities through entrepreneurship is a successful strategy that has seen incredible job creation and business expansion, along with a reduction in reliance on social services.

Creating opportunities for small business development in low-income communities helps build an Arizona we are proud to call home.

Join us in celebrating the 10th graduating class of the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator by giving $10 to support this innovative program that is building prosperity in Arizona!


Give $10 per month and receive special perks by becoming a Localist!

Hear From Some of Our Graduates: 

Proven Results

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Join us in building opportunity in Arizona.

Systems change isn't usually the result of top-down decisions – it's built by the resourcefulness and collaboration of local leaders, often innovating out of necessity. We know that those who are most deeply impacted by the inequities of our current economy have been creating solutions for decades in their own communities.

Your investment in Local First Arizona Foundation is an investment in those communities. Will you give back to your community today by helping us build opportunity in Arizona? Your support will allow us educate more entrepreneurs to help them achieve their dreams and to grow the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator to other communities.

Donate today and make a difference!


By giving $10 per month, you will receive:

  • Localist membership with Local First Arizona Foundation
  • Early-bird purchasing window for signature events (Devour, Savor, Timeless Phoenix, WeekendZonas).
  • Invitation to specially-curated insider events where you can meet the people that grow our food, power our economy, and enrich our small towns.
  • Exclusive Donor updates.
  • Emailed annual report.