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Fuerza Local Business Accelerator celebrates largest graduation in program’s history

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Fuerza Local welcomed the newest group of graduates from its Business Accelerator program with the help of hundreds of community members and supporters from across the Valley. 58 businesses took the stage to receive their certificates of completion presented by program director Edgar Olivo and Local First Arizona Foundation Director Kimber Lanning.

From new business registrations to winning large contracts, the most recent graduating class has already created a great impact on the economy. Since starting the program, the 8th cohort generated more than 76,000 new social media followers for all their businesses, three business expansions, including new locations to meet growing demands, and collectively put away $58,000 for business savings, an astonishing amount that was matched by a grant awarded to each of the graduating businesses.

Another powerful statistic from the most recent graduating cohort: more than half of the graduating businesses were founded by women.

“These entrepreneurs worked tremendously hard to make sure that they could get to this point,” said Olivo. “Today they graduate. Tomorrow will be a new start to their journey to success, and we know they’re well equipped with the proper resources to get there.”

Thanks to community support, the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator Program was able to expand to more cities and impact more underserved Hispanic entrepreneurs than ever before. For example, the previous cohort graduated 35 participants from Phoenix and Mesa. The eighth nearly doubled that with its expansion to Phoenix, Mesa, Maryvale, and Avondale. A total of 155 businesses have graduated from the program since its inception in 2013.

“Dozens of new job positions and millions of dollars in new revenue were created by graduates of this program,” said Lanning. “We’re investing in more than just small businesses; we’re investing in vibrant communities and strong local economies.”

With their business plans, certificates, scholarships, and new skills in hand, the 58 businesses are ready to work towards their goals. Graduates specialize in a variety of industries, including fashion and beauty, janitorial services, construction, food and beverage, among others.

The following is the roster of the seventh cohort graduating class:
Fuerza Local

Magical Costumes
Event Key
Moo Granola
Cindy G Castillo
JGM Electric
Botanas La Bahia
Sonoran Taco Grill
La Perrera Hot Dogs
Four Lizard Studios
Jewelry Designs by David
BHM Remodeling
Leyva’s Tacos
Primavera Cleaning Solutions
What A Rollo Sushi & Snacks
DS Lawn Service
Construyendo Futuros
Innova Spaces
MEM Cleaning Services
Vazquez Multiservices
American Toner Laser Solutions
AG Couture Designs
Basaca Art Photography
The Holistic Sea
A.L. Catering & Party Rentals
Escape Massage Day Spa
Phoenix Coqui
Magic Beauty Makeup Hair
Green Blessing
Pure Peru
Advanced Cleaning Solutions of Arizona
We Share Knowledge
Chica Events and Flowers
Santi’s Catering
Fixtek Solution
Chula’s Cosmetics
Easy Numbers Consulting
Sunny Sun Day Care
Mi Yoga
AM Auto Center
Vidas Cleaning
Eco Facility Services
A to Z Building Maintenance
The Boss Taxi Service
Life Photography Arizona
Barberos Unidos
Chic Hair Salon
Cocos Stamped Concrete and Landscape
T & T Cleaning Services
Haircuts & Color by Cristy
Luis’ Paining
K-Bella Beauty Spa
iRun Plumbing SVC
Arredondo Design & Organizing Solutions
Cadiks Computer Services

Apply to join Fuerza Local Accelerator

Interested in joining the program? Applications open Oct. 10 and will be available for one month. Only 48 applicants will be accepted. There is no cost to join. Classes begin in late January. Learn more.

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