Fuerza Local's Business Accelerator Program Graduates Another 46 Hispanic Business Owners

The Fuerza Local Arizona Program continues to serve participants in the newest cohort. 46 Hispanic entrepreneurs will be recognized as the latest group to graduate the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator Program. 

The Fuerza Local Business Accelerator Program is a six-month training program offered at no cost to underserved Hispanic business owners in the Valley. During the program, entrepreneurs learn some of the fundamentals to launch or develop their business, creating a firm foundation for their goals. Lessons on accounting, social media, marketing, and many others are taught completely in Spanish by industry professionals and experts, giving participants the opportunity to learn from some of the best and most experienced in the Valley.

We appreciate all the support Fuerza Local has given us. It doesn’t matter how much experience you think you have in running a business, this program has allowed us to better understand the simplest to the most complex business concepts. They give us the tools. It is up to us to put them into practice.
— Rebeca Azul, Owner of El Charro Hipster, 10th Generation, Mesa.
 Mesa Classmates

Mesa Classmates

260 business owners have already completed the program since its launch in 2014, and have made well over $8.1 million in gross sales.

It’s an honor to witness the transformation of the Latino business owners who go through our program. Their commitment to positively impact the economy in Arizona is not only demonstrated by the jobs they’ve created but also in their collaboration with locally owned businesses.
— Tanairí Ochoa-Martínez, Director of Fuerza Local
 Maryvale Classmates

Maryvale Classmates

The graduation is a one-of-a-kind event where you get to see these businesses shine . Friends and families come out to celebrate and the room is filled with excitement and energy for a bright, new future. The graduation is a touching display of excitement and gratitude for the opportunity to participate fully in the Arizona market place.
— Kimber Lanning, Founder and Executive Director of Local First Arizona Foundation.

The community is invited to celebrate the achievements of these entrepreneurs at a graduation celebration on Wednesday, July 25, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Legends Event Center-4240 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 85019.

The event is free to attend and will include a business expo featuring the program graduates, networking opportunities, and the graduation ceremony.

Guests can RSVP on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/2076674409247250/

 Phoenix Classmates

Phoenix Classmates

Fuerza Local’s Business Accelerator Program is sponsored by Local First Arizona Foundation, Arizona Community Foundation, Phoenix Community Development Investment Corporation, Pakis Foundation, Marisol Federal credit union, Desert Financial federal credit union, GoDaddy, APS, City of Mesa, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona , CopperPoint Mutual, Macayo’s, Thunderbirds Charities, Hensley Beverage Distributing.