Celebrating the Impact of the AZNavigator Program

We at CIC are deeply moved by the profound impact of the AZNavigator Program. Launched in 2022, this statewide initiative has transformed the support landscape for small businesses and entrepreneurs across Arizona. We’re honored to be one of the 10 organizations that collaborated to bring this program to life. From startups to established enterprises, our lending team has played a crucial role in stabilizing, educating, and scaling businesses in diverse sectors throughout Pima County.

Through the AZNavigator Program, our team has been instrumental in providing no-cost 1:1 coaching and group training on business finance and access to capital, in addition to providing funding to businesses across southern Arizona. We’re proud that these services have been accessible in both English and Spanish, ensuring that language is never a barrier to success.

The initiative enabled us to deliver:

  • 440 hours of 1:1 technical and financial assistance
  • 32 workshops on access to capital 
  • 65 loans issued to support business growth in Southern Arizona

We are deeply grateful to our partners for their collaborative spirit and unwavering support: Growth Partners AZ, Local First Arizona, Startup Tucson, and StartUp Unidos. Special thanks to  Local First Arizona for managing this program and inviting us to be a part of it. The success of the AZ Navigator Program stands as a testament to the collective impact we can achieve in uplifting our community.

At CIC, our mission is to foster economic inclusion for all residents of Southern Arizona, irrespective of their socioeconomic status. We firmly believe that no one with the desire and determination to participate in our economy should be left on the sidelines. The AZ Navigator Program exemplifies this principle in action, and we are committed to continuing this important work for the betterment of our community.

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