Two local groups help small businesses and start-ups

Introducing the Small Business Development Center

The Pima Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is part of a nationwide network of Centers funded by the Small Business Administration. Their goal is to help for-profit businesses start, grow, and succeed in Pima and Santa Cruz counties.

The counselors on-staff are a seasoned team of professionals, and they offer no-cost one-on-one business counseling, low or no-cost trainings, group in-person classes, and referrals to professionals in the community to help with the legal and financial issues that come with owning a small business. The center has been awarded the Center of Excellence for their commitment and assistance to clients.

They help with everything from starting your business to marketing and launching a product.

If you need business counseling the Pima Community College’s SBDC can be reached by phone or email:

Telephone:  520-206-4580
Address: 4905 E Broadway, Bldg C Room 117, Tucson, AZ

You can see and search Arizona SBDC workshops and events on their calendar at

Introducing SCORE

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) provides many free resources to small business owners and nonprofits, including:

  • one-to-one virtual mentoring
  • webinars
  • an online resource library

Upcoming webinars include sessions regarding Web3, social media, and Artificial Intelligence. If you can’t make a particular seminar, register anyway and you will get a link to the recording. Also, previously recorded webinars are available.

Connect with SCORE

Find more resources on our IGNITE page