Women’s Business Center
The Womens Business Center of Tucson/Pima County was established in 2006, hosted by the Microbusiness Advancement Center (MAC) and partially funded through a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration is a program of the Microbusiness Advancement Center, a non-profit organization, partially funded through a federal grant from the U. S. Small Business Administration. Our Center is part of a national network of 111 Womens Business Centers, and the only one located in Arizona.
Our mission is to educate, counsel, and cultivate entrepreneurial women and men of socially, ethnically, and economically diverse backgrounds by providing access to information, resources and the support necessary to create and sustain businesses. WBC offers affordable training, supportive one on one counseling, and financial assistance for access to capital and loans through banks and microlenders as well as SBA Loan programs. All services are offered in English and Spanish on a regular basis.
Continuous business trainings include, Introduction to Business Ownership, Business of Childcare, Technology Basics, Technology Tools for Marketing Your Business, Government Procurement, and a comprehensive Business Planning Course divided into three rotating clusters; Cluster 1: Business Organization and Concept Development, Cluster 2: Planning and Marketing, and Cluster 3: Financial Development. At the completion of the Business Planning Course, participants have a professional business plan ready for implementation or to assist with the acquisition of new loans.
To learn more about the Women’s Business Center of Tucson/Pima County, register for a free weekly orientation session, Small Business Resources. Once you have attended the introductory session you will have access to the many entrepreneurial services being offered including free business counseling low cost business training programs.
Registration for a FREE Orientation session is required to attend classes.
Director, Women’s Business Center (WBC)
Susann comes to MAC and the WBC after almost two decades in marketing, communications and project management. With a degree in Advertising Art & Design, she has managed marketing and communications efforts including national marketing campaigns with the Make-A-Wish Foundation National Office. In the for profit world, her experience as a project manager in Interior Design allowed her to streamline standard operating procedures, build teams, brand, and manage design projects from concept to installation. Creating internal structure, employee training, and management are elements she brings from both the ‘for profit’ and ‘non profit’ worlds. Susann relishes in being part of a creative environment where organization, innovative thinking, process improvement, positive management and client amazement are the end product. She thrives on developing and implementing programs that positively impact the community. She is enthusiastic to be a part of the MAC team to lead efforts in supporting Women in business in Southern Arizona.
Business Analyst, Training Manager, Women’s Business Center
Tim Bruchman has been active in the high technology/biomedical industries for over 25 years with his career focus being on high performance optical systems and imaging techniques. Most recently Tim held the position of Business Development/Major Accounts Manager at SRI International-Sarnoff in Princeton, NJ (formerly RCA Laboratories). Tim is a graduate of the University of Arizona in Biochemistry with a Graduate Certificate in Business Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently involved with the local University of Arizona Alumni Association Tucson, “CactusCats” Chapter as the Board Secretary, the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Tucson “Saguaro” Chapter and volunteers with the Primavera Foundation.
Training Manager-Spanish Speaking Programs, Women’s Business Center
Jose is a graduate of the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico UNAM as an Attorney with a Master’s in International Trading, and has been a business consultant for small business for 15 years. He has consulted for the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, Mount Hood Community College SBDC, and Clackamas Community College SBDC. His teaching experience includes Business Planning, Economic Development, Economics at the University of the Southeast, and SBDC. Jose coordinates and teaches all of MAC’s Spanish curriculum classes in Entrepreneurial education.