On behalf of the Minority & Small Business Alliance of Southern Arizona and the U.S. Small Business Administration, we would like to recognize the following Members of our Community for the dedication and support of others throughout the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic. The unexpected pandemic took us by surprise and conducting business completely changed. During these difficult times, these business owners and organizations have found a way to adapt to change while supporting others throughout our Community. We thank you for your selfless efforts and would like to recognize you as Heroes of our Community.


Through an extensive network of partnerships representing a cross-section of the community from public and private businesses, governmental agencies and organizations, the Minority and Small Business Alliance provides educational workshops and programs, providing information, resources, business development, mentoring and access to programs and services.

All of this to assist with increasing the economic power, success and growth of Small Businesses throughout Southern Arizona.

Alliance Members

Jo Anne Arvizu (Chair)

Andrew Volendesta

Michael Boreale

Ricardo Carlo

Nick Dugan

Maria Larios

Rich Pesqueira

Mark Stine

Carmen Arroyo

Veronica Ruiz-Ronquillo

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The Minority and Small Business Alliance scholarship award has provided funding to assist in the completion of my graduate certificate. The funding reduced the burden of student loans as my academic scholarship from the University of Arizona expired upon completion of my undergraduate degree. This scholarship helped to purchase required books and study materials needed to further my education. I have been able to complete my program and begin to study for the Certified Public Accountant exam with the help of this award. I would like to thank the Minority and Small Business Alliance for awarding this scholarship and assisting in my success!
Zachary Fleming 
2018 MSBA Award Recipient 
I only seen awesome stuff happening to my web developing business since joining MSBA!
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