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Success Stories

Meet members of our community who have been helped by our programs.


Bajo Tierra Kitchen

The first recipients of a loan from the CIC and Community Food Bank lending partnership were business partners Cynthia Smith and Elianna Madril, whose business, Bajo Tierra Kitchen, sells Sonoran kimchi—the classic Korean fermented cabbage dish with a local twist...

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5 Points Market & Restaurant

On nearly any weekend morning, seating is at a premium at the bustling 5 Points Market and Restaurant.  It is proof that Tucsonans are buying what owners Brian Haskins and Jasper Ludwig are selling – a focus on foods and ingredients sourced from local...

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Pivot Produce

Pivot Produce is a produce distribution company active in the farm-to-table movement and a member of CIC's Food Entrepreneur Loan Program with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Founder and chef, Erik Stanford, has built a consortium of...

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Copper Brothel Brewery

“The team at CIC was easy to work with during a time in the financing process where it was welcomed and refreshing. This is a great bridge program for rural area communities.” –Bob Jesser, Copper Brothel...

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“Working with Community Investment Corporation has been a great experience! From the beginning, I felt like the staff truly cared about my business and made it a comfortable process. They are always encouraging and very understanding. I definitely recommend CIC when...

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Dish for Dosha

“CIC is the hero who propelled Dish for Dosha into the raw juice market by helping us fund our dream with their startup capital. They believed in me since the first day I arrived at their office; even when I had nothing tangible to back up my wishful dreams. I can now...

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