Several weeks ago, Fuerza Local graduated their second class from the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator Program. The six-month program is designed to teach Spanish-speaking business owners important basics for successfully owning and operating their business. Students attend a series of twelve courses on a variety of topics, including marketing, business planning, customer service, and others. Students are taught about the importance of financial management by participating in an eMoneyPool, an online tool that harnesses the power of group cooperation to help members of that group save for their goals. At the end of the program, each student has saved $1,000 through the eMoneyPool, which is then matched by a scholarship from Fuerza Local. Each student also opens a line of credit at Arizona-based MariSol Federal Credit Union.
By learning these important skills and gaining access to new capital, these business owners are better able to successfully manage and expand their businesses. This brings greater wealth and opportunity to themselves and their communities, as they contribute to the local economy by hiring locals and using local business services.
Fuerza Local, meaning "Local Strength" in Spanish, is Local First Arizona's Spanish language initiative. Local First Arizona was the first local business organization in the country to implement such an initiative. In addition to the Accelerator Program, Fuerza Local also hosts the annual Tianguis Festival and is out in the Spanish-speaking community on a regular basis to raise awareness about the importance of supporting local businesses in Arizona. Fuerza Local also hosts regular networking mixers to connect Spanish-speaking business owners with one another.
We are incredibly proud of our second class of entrepreneurs and are excited to see what they will contribute to our economy and community. Congratulations to the graduates!
Rafael Garcia - Doctor Mecanico Luis Elizalde Corona - No Establecido Victor Montenegro - 123 Tech Solutions LLC Omar Mora – Inflables Genesis Martin Aparicio - M Mechanical L.L.C. Becky Cervantes – Memours By Becks Ignacio Figueroa – Encino Costume Furniture Bernie Reina – Colados Coffee Roman Alejandre - Ram Handy Man Becky Strand – Almar Services Aldrin Giral - Abadia Clean LLC Ivan Garcia – Pop Corn & More
Fuerza Local has launched their 3rd class for the Accelerator Program with twelve new business owners. Click here to read about Fuerza Local's first graduating class from the Fuerza Local Accelerator Program.