Forty-five Hispanic entrepreneurs from Maricopa County and 10 from Yavapai County are boosting the statewide economy as they prepare to graduate from Local First Arizona’s Spanish-language business accelerator Fuerza Local. The Hispanic startups from Cottonwood, Sedona, Mesa, Maryvale, central Phoenix and south Phoenix range from restaurants to photography and life coaching to construction.

Fuerza Local is a six-month business training course offered in Spanish at no cost to local business owners to support them in obtaining the necessary resources and tools to have healthy and successful businesses. 

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With a goal of building an inclusive, sustainable Arizona economy, Local First Arizona has graduated more than 800 leaders since 2013 from Fuerza Local and more than 40 leaders since 2020 from its Black-centered business academy, We Rise.

The programs aim to end age-old racial wealth gaps and unfair banking and lending practices by connecting Hispanic and Black business owners to mentors, customers, the community and sources of capital. 

During Fuerza Local, entrepreneurs learn everything from basic fundamentals to advanced skills to develop their businesses, creating a firm foundation to achieve their short- and long-term goals. All classes are taught by professionals and experts in the area, offering participants the opportunity to learn from years of experience and knowledge.

“I couldn’t be more proud of these graduating cohorts. Their hard work and dedication inspire everyone,” said Local First Arizona CEO Kimber Lanning. “More than 800 small business entrepreneurs have graduated from this six-month program, which is helping to shape the future of Arizona, in our rural and urban areas alike. Our most sincere congratulations to all of these amazing business owners.”

The two graduation ceremonies celebrating the entrepreneurs’ dedication and hard work also will include displays of their products and services for attendees and future clients.

Space is limited, so secure your seat now.

Graduation for Maryvale, Mesa, central Phoenix and south Phoenix:

WHEN: 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 

WHERE: Versalles Palace Event Center, 4344 W. Indian School Road #100, Phoenix, AZ 85031


Graduation for Cottonwood/Sedona:

WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27

WHERE: Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona, AZ 86336


Fuerza Local in Maricopa County is sponsored by the City of Mesa, Arizona Community Foundation, MariSol Federal Credit Union, Hensley Beverage Company, Thunderbirds Charities, Maricopa County, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, Arizona Financial Credit Union and APS. 

Fuerza Local in Yavapai County is sponsored by the City of Sedona, City of Cottonwood and Prestamos CDFI, a division of Chicanos Por La Causa.

Visit to learn more about the program, donate or apply.

Here are the 55 up-and-coming Hispanic startups that are strengthening Arizona’s economy top to bottom:

Cottonwood and Sedona


Bocha’s Restaurant Mexican & Amercian Food

Constantino and Son’s Landscaping

Dulce Desert Cakes

Heaven’s Flowers

Jalisco’s Landscaping & General Work

K&G Cleaning Services

Martha Sandoval Cakes

Villalpando’s Landscaping

Verde Valley Weed Control


AC Cool Valley 

Antojitos Puro Jalisco 

Desert Gold Concrete 

Elegancee Entertainment International 

Jabon Artesanal Joven Gonzalez 

La Canasta de Luz

Mariscos y Clamatos AAA 

Mireya’s Boutique 

Ohh Senoor 

Sisters Party 

Sweet Life Creations 



AG Insurance Brokers 

Blanca’s House Cleaning Az 


El Sazon Emi Dos Almas

Family Life Coaching


Mis Frutisnacks

New Heritage Painting & Cork 


The Michoacana Yummy Yummy Place 

Central Phoenix

A & MES Investments 

Bertha’s Bakery 

El Tamaluki 

Hobby Print 

Human & Training Services Marla 

Liz Cleaning Service 

Majestic Lux Studio 


Sabor y Alegria Mexicana 

Sonora Granite

Tacos Monkey 

South Phoenix

Arellanos Truck Equipment Services 

Armored Frame Construction 

Cakes Coffee & More By Blanca 

Chunky Tacos 

Colocha Creations 

Conce’s Cleaning


El Taco Dorado y Postres

Embroidery Plus Az 

JJM AC Tech 

Paletas de Queso 

This Is Jess Photography