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Successful Business Owners to Share Insights With Aspiring Entrepreneurs From PCC

January 6, 2014

Tucson, AZ – Five successful local small business owners will share their insights with aspiring entrepreneurs on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at an event sponsored by Pima Community College Workforce and Business Development.

“This is an opportunity for our entrepreneurship program graduates to network and to hear from folks whose businesses form the backbone of the local economy,” said Stan Steinman, academic of PCC’s Workforce and Business Development program. “It’s also a chance for them to thank the many local business development organizations for their support and guidance.” [See attached program for list of business partners.]

In a panel discussion, the five Southern Arizona entrepreneurs will share how they started their businesses and deal with the everyday challenges of ownership. They are:

  • Tom Alfonso, owner of Alfonso Gourmet Olive Oil & Balsamics, an olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting bar
  • Marion Hook, owner of the Adobe Rose In Bed and Breakfast and creator of Adobe Rose Inn Buttermilk Scone Mix
  • Cecilia Mata, owner of AllSource Global Management, a defense-related firm, as well as a professional security services company and a real estate holding company
  • Christina Schlesinger, founder of Best Finishing Inc., which provides expertise and supplies in the metal finishing industry
  • Ari Shaprio, owner of Xoom Juice, a maker of all-natural fruit smoothies; Sparkroot, a coffee shop/wine bar; and the restaurant Falora

Michael B. Landy, executive director of the Microbusiness Advancement Center, will be the master of ceremonies and PCC Chancellor Lee D. Lambert will make remarks at the start of the event.

PCC’s Workforce and Business Development is devoted to the custom design and delivery of education and employee training and or businesses and organizations in Southern Arizona.

It offers the Entrepreneurship Boot Camp and Academy through a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA’s funding should not be construed as an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA-funded projects are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made. if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the campus Disabled Students Resource office at 206-6688 to begin the accommodation request process.

C.J. Karamargin
Vice Chancellor for Public Information and Federal Government Relations
(520) 206-4850