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TUCSON LUNCH & LEARN: Access to Capital, What Everyone Should Know: Demystifying Business Lending

Presented by Pima Community College Small Business Development Center and National Bank of Arizona

Small business financing need not be a mystery

Small businesses generate a huge economic impact in our economy that creates new jobs, increases revenues, strengthens and diversifies the formal economy, and promotes local economic stability and growth. These entrepreneurs deserve the support they need to navigate the process or starting or growing a small business to help businesses launch, grow and become sustainable.

Please join us for this invaluable presentation!

Sponsored by National Bank of Arizona

Topics and Takeaways

  • Thinking about buying equipment or a building?
  • Using credit to help you grow
  • Manage the maze of talking to a lender
  • Changing rate environment, what should you know?

Who Should Attend

Content will be most valuable to startups and entrepreneurs who are ready to find capital to begin or grow their business.

Our Presenter:

Ellen Kirton, Center Director for the Small Business Development Center

Ellen Kirton spent 35 years in the banking industry, with her last position as a Senior Vice President and Business Banking Manager at Bank One/Chase.  Currently, she is counseling, training and teaching as the Pima Community College, Small Business Development Center as its Director.  Ellen has adopted as part of her DNA, serving military and veterans.  She is so appreciative of her contributions to our freedom.  In addition to Boots to Business, she and her team host an annual Veterans Conference with hundreds in attendance.  The priority to her is to inform and inspire.

Concurrently, she is a co-owner of an Internet-based human resource company.  Her community service includes both with professional organizations and charities.  She is a past President of NAWBO, sits on the  board of the BBB, and is a past president for the Catalina Council of Boy Scouts of America.  She also serves on the Ambassador Board of Make a Wish as well as the Advisory Board of our WFG.  Ellen served on the board and as President of New Beginnings for Women and Children (now Our Family).  She is the author of “Cinderella is Still Dancing” and is a public speaker. In this past 12 months, she was recognized both locally and nationally.  She has been twice honored as  a “Woman of Influence” from Inside Tucson Business newspaper, next she was chosen as the “State Star” for Arizona and recognized at the ASBDC National Conference in San Francisco. Also, she was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Minority and Small Business Alliance.  Ellen’s belief is that it important to give back to the community you live and work in to help make a difference for others.

About the Pima Community College Small Business Development Center

The Pima Community College SBDC is one of ten AZSBDC Service Centers. 
The AZSBDC is here to help launchgrow and sustain small businesses in Arizona. 

We are Arizona’s largest most comprehensive and accessible statewide source of assistance 
for small businesses in every stage of development. The Network consists of two teams – 
the Arizona Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) which provide tools, training and 
one-on-one business counseling, and the Arizona Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) 
which help businesses seeking federal, state and local contracting opportunities.

We provide no cost confidential one-on-one business counseling plus no or low cost workshops and training.

Plenty of parking is available in the only parking lot on the south side of the college.  Room A-109.

Lunch will be served.


Pima Community College Room A 109 First Floor
401 N. Bonita Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85709


Wednesday January 17, 2018


11:30AM to 1:00PM


  • AZTC Members $0, Non-Members $15


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