The Microbusiness Advancement Center (MAC) is a non-profit organization that helps with the growth and development of small at businesses by providing quality business consulting, training and finance. MAC assists clients throughout Southern Arizona with programs that include:
- Business Planning and Development
- Financial Management and Resources
- Technical Assistance for Loans
MAC serves all aspiring and existing business owners at any stage of growth through its varied menu of classes and workshops. MAC receives partial funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the City of Tucson, and corporate and individual foundations.
Established in 1990, MAC has been providing support to small business owners through its comprehensive hands on training programs, individual professional counseling, and lending assistance. MAC has accomplished in Tucson what few cities have done by creating a one stop shop for small business services, supported by the SBA. All of these programs have enabled MAC to successfully develop entrepreneurs and help fuel a thriving and varied small business community in Tucson. Last year, our programs and technical assistance were responsible for placing over $10 Million in business loans in southern Arizona, created 511 new jobs, 137 new businesses, and assisted over 1200 entrepreneurs.
Programs are available; in both English and Spanish and include the following:
- Pima County Women’s Business Center designated in 2002 by the U.S. Small Business Administration providing training and technical assistance with a focus on, but not exclusive to women owned businesses. There are currently 114 SBA Women Business Centers throughout the United States, with this center being the only one in Arizona.
- MAC’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) providing direct professional counseling service to businesses at not cost to the business owner. Our local SBDC is a part of a statewide network of 26 other locations funded by the SBA to support local business development through cost free consultation.
- In 2004, with the help of the SBA Microloan Program, MAC began providing alternative funding capacity to new micro businesses unable to qualify for traditional bank loans. MAC continues to be a resource for financing assistance through various partnerships and bank lenders who offer loans of all sizes and terms.