National and Local Resources
Service Corps of Retired Executives
SCORE’s mission is to foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education. With the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, SCORE has helped more than 11 million entrepreneurs since 1964.
AMERICAN DREAM U
For Transitioning Service Members
American Dream U offers two main services for transitioning veterans: Online programs and educational workshop events.
American Dream U’s online programs are catered to helping veterans become successful professionals in the world of business, with breadth in courses; everything from entrepreneurship to the intricacies of setting up a LinkedIn profile.
American Dream U’s workshop events are fueled by the same purpose; offering unique, differentiating benefits when paired with the online courses such as networking and connecting with other veterans, as well as hearing personal success stories of post-service careers.
Small Business Development Centers
SBDCs are America’s nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers.
A partner program of the SBA, SBDCs are hosted by universities, colleges, state economic development agencies and private sector organizations.
Our mission is to help start and grow small businesses.
Small Business Administration
Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.
TUCSON METRO CHAMBER
Champion an environment where your business thrives and our community prospers.
Founded in 1896 The Tucson Metro Chamber is a membership-based business advocacy and community development organization that represents 1,500 businesses, employing more than 160,000 employees in Tucson and Pima County. The Tucson Metro Chamber is committed to being the connector of leaders and influencers, catalyst for business growth, and champion for a stronger community.
A Division of Chicanos Por la Causa
Prestamos CDFI, LLC (“Prestamos”), is a Community Development Financial Institution(“CDFI”) and a Community Development Entity(“CDE”) that provides high-quality financial products and services for small businesses and impactful economic development projects.
Arizona Commerce Authority
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state's leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy.
TUCSON HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Tucson Hispanic Chamber is the largest Latino business organization in the State of Arizona and one of the top ten Hispanic Chambers in the nation. In 2014, the chamber launched its affiliate chambers in Sierra Vista, Nogales and Douglas. In 2015, a strategic partnership with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry was announced which integrates membership.
Business Development Finance Corporation
Business Development Finance Corporation (BDFC), a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to economic development by providing affordable financing for Arizona businesses. We are one of Arizona's most experienced SBA lenders, and we have tools and resources that simplify the SBA 504 loan process.
Arizona Technology Council
The Council was established in 2002 after the Arizona High Tech Industry Cluster merged with the Arizona Software & Industry Association. We have since grown to over 800 members and counting. In 2016, the Arizona Optics Industry Association merged with the Council and now serves as our Optics Valley Committee.