Best Small Business Resources in the Tucson Area

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Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Arizona has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Tucson area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in Arizona.

Resources Available in your Area

YWCA of Southern Arizona

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning

Description

The YWCA of Southern Arizona hosts a variety of business-oriented organizations that can assist people in entrepreneurship. These programs are usually open to all people and offer services such as workshops, seminars, and one-on-one counseling. A unique offering at the YWCA is a community kitchen where entrepreneurs can experiment with new recipes using commercial-grade equipment. Most services are free and many are offered in both English and Spanish.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

525 N. Bonita Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85745
520-884-7810
info@ywcatucson.org


Arizona Center for Innovation

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Product Development
  • Networking

Description

AzCI is a University of Arizona affiliated incubator that supports companies involved in technology or science related endeavors. They offer traditional facilities and mentoring assistance, as well as access to a network of partnered local businesses offering legal, marketing, and insurance services among others. AzCI features office space and conference rooms, and wet/dry laboratory space. Created in 2003, AzCI already boasts a strong record of success, having launched over 100 companies so far.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

9040 S. Rita Rd, Suite 1270
Tucson, AZ 85747
520-382-3260
info@azinnovation.com


Connect

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking

Description

Connect is a co-working space in the heart of Tucson, home to over 90 companies, university programs, non-profits, and remote workers. More than a fluorescent-lit office space, Connect features a vibrant, diverse community of passionate individuals working toward a myriad of goals. Connect endeavors to create a culture of collaboration among this diverse array of people, supplementing this natural workstyle with shared workstations, kitchens, refreshments, and lounge areas. They offer a variety of rental plans ranging from flexible access to private offices.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

33 S. Fifth Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
520-333-5754
hello@connectcoworking.com


Pima Community College SBDC

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

401 N. Bonita Avenue, Suite A-250
Tuscon, AZ 85709


Startup Tucson

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Networking

Description

Startup Tucson serves as a networking hub for entrepreneurs, hosting social events that bring together local members of the Tucson startup scene. They also host the celebrated week-long Tenwest Festivel that celebrates entrepreneurship, arts, and technology in Tucson. Beyond social networking events, Startup Tucson offers a 10-week incubator program called Thryve, which seeks to arm startups with as much knowledge as possible in a short time span. Thryve offers mentorship from experienced leaders to impart the knowledge needed to develop a venture, brand it and raise capital, then enter the market successfully.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

100 North Stone Ave., Suite 120
Tucson, AZ 85701
520-477-8278
info@startuptucson.com


Tucson SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.


Women's Business Center of Southern Arizona

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Networking

Description

Women's Business Centers are nationwide programs established by the SBA to assist women in starting small businesses. Some of these centers are combined with other local organizations and use that relationship to offer even more services. Each Women's Business Center has counselors who can provide mentorship and assistance with business planning. Women’s Business Centers also provide a network of other businesses, and some have loan programs available

Restrictions

The Women's Business Centers are, as the name implies, meant for women primarily.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

243 W. 33rd
Tucson, AZ 85713
520-884-7810
info@ywcatucson.org