Award-Winning Business Accelerator Graduates 45 Hispanic Entrepreneurs

Contact: Tanairi Ochoa-Martinez, Fuerza Local Arizona, (623) 289-1061


Successful Business Accelerator Program Graduates 45 New Hispanic Entrepreneurs
Fuerza Local fosters new entrepreneurship through award-winning program 

Phoenix, AZ (January 23, 2019) – After a rigorous six months, 45 Hispanic entrepreneurs will be graduating from the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator program at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30 held at the Legends Event Center, (4240 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 85019).

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 entirely 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 receive same quality of education at no cost versus paying a university degree. You obtain both practical knowledge from content experts who are also business owners and continued mentorship outside of classes.” Marcos Santana, Marcos Printing & Signs LLC

“It’s an honor to witness the transformation of the Latino business owners who go through our program,” said Tanairí Ochoa-Martínez, Director of Fuerza Local.  “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.”

Three hundred and four business owners have completed the program since its launch in 2014, and have made $14.1 million in gross sales, created 536 jobs, and generated additional tax revenue for the state.

“The graduation is a one-of-a-kind event where you get to see these businesses shine,” said Kimber Lanning, Founder and Executive Director of Local First Arizona Foundation. “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.”

The community is invited to celebrate the achievements of these entrepreneurs at a graduation celebration from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan 30 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

Fuerza Local Business Accelerator Program 11th Cohort Graduation
Date: Wednesday, January 30
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Legacy Event Center, 4240 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 85019

About Fuerza Local Business Accelerator Program:

 Fuerza Local’s Business Accelerator Program is a six-month business training program taught entirely in Spanish for entrepreneurs. The 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 Credit Union, GoDaddy, APS, City of Mesa, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, CopperPoint Mutual, Thunderbirds Charities, and Hensley Beverage Distributing.

About Local First Arizona Foundation

Local First Arizona Foundation (LFAF) is an award-winning organization focused on community and economic development throughout Arizona in order to build self-sufficient, healthy and prosperous communities. LFAF is creating a movement that has proven results across a wide variety of measurables including youth retention, job creation, and economic opportunity. More information is available at