Fuerza Local is excited to welcome its third class of Spanish-speaking business owners into its 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 also 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.
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.
Please help us in welcoming the new class for the Fuerza Local Accelerator Program!
Diego Rios - The King Cleaning Services Ceci Melendez - Cake Art Studio Leticia & Jose Gamiz - Los Gamiz Imports Jorge & Zaira Pineda - Zaipi's Raspados Factory Delfina & Guillermo Maqueda - Maqueda's Party Rental Celia Ramos - Polar Express Cooling & Heating Aracelys Gonzales - Latinos Creciendo Nydia Espinosa - Arizona Food Carts Jose & Karen Bautista - The Detailing Pros Benjamin Carrillo - Benson's Barber Shop Jaime Garcia - Construcion De Casas Luis Ventura