Fuerza Local Business Accelerator Program Application Now Open

The Fuerza Local Business Accelerator is now accepting applications for its eleventh cohort.

The Fuerza Local Business Accelerator is currently accepting applications for its eleventh cohort with programming taking place in Phoenix, Mesa, Maryvale, and South Phoenix. The program, an initiative of the Local First Arizona Foundation, trains underserved Hispanic entrepreneurs on the basics of running a successful business, in turn promoting self-reliance and building prosperity in their communities. The application will be open until June 8, 2018, and training will begin in August 2018. The exact date will be confirmed once all applicants have gone through the interview and selection process.

 Accelerator participants celebrate at the graduation ceremony.

Accelerator participants celebrate at the graduation ceremony.

During the 6-month program, entrepreneurs learn some of the fundamentals to launch or develop their business, creating a firm foundation for their goals. Lessons on accounting, business planning, social media, marketing, and many other important topics are taught completely in Spanish by industry professionals and experts, giving students the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the Valley in their native language.

I recommend the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator to everyone. As small as your project may be, Fuerza Local teaches you how to build a strong foundation so that you can reach your goal. We are in the land of opportunities, and those that really want it and are willing to work for it, achieve it. No one ever said it was going to be easy, but it is possible with the help of Fuerza Local.
— Maria Vega, Owner of MV Snacks and Sushi, Graduate of Ninth Cohort

Requirements for participants of the Accelerator Program are:

  • Have a business idea that can be set in motion within 6 months to a year or have an existing business already

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Be a resident of Arizona

  • Be fluent in Spanish

More than 200 business owners have already completed the program since its launch in 2014 and have generated more than $5 million in gross sales. The program has also impacted female entrepreneurs, with more than half of all the graduating businesses being women-owned.

“The business accelerator program is tailored to help Spanish speaking Latino entrepreneurs take their business to the next level,” said Tanairí Ochoa-Martínez, Director of Fuerza Local. “We are building a community of entrepreneurs will contribute to Arizona’s local economy and have formed a unity that exemplifies the meaning of being a part of the Fuerza Local community.”

Those interested in applying for the eleventh cohort of the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator Program can apply online at https://www.localfirstazfoundation.org/fuerza-aceleradordenegocios-phoenix-aplicar.

For more questions or more information please contact Director of Fuerza Local, Tanairi Ochoa-Martinez at tanairi@localfirstaz.com or at 602-956-0909 ext. 9.

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Thank you to our Sponsors! 

Fuerza Local’s Business Accelerator Program is supported through funds from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Maricopa County IDA, Phoenix IDA, APS, Marisol Federal Credit Union, Arizona Community Foundation, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, Arizona Community Action Association, Bank of Arizona, City of Phoenix, Maricopa County, GoDaddy, SRP, APS, Arizona State University, and CopperPoint.