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Key Partnerships & Business Resources

The City of Tucson partners with educational and research institutions, and business organizations to provide direct services to local and prospective businesses. Scroll down for Business Resources.


The Arizona Commerce Authority works as a team with the City of Tucson to provide an integrated, solutions-based approach to business development.

The Arizona Center for Innovation is a high tech incubator associated with the University of Arizona responsible for promoting the development of high technology companies in Southern Arizona through a disciplined program of business development.

The Business Development Finance Corporation is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to economic development by providing affordable financing for Arizona businesses.

The Critical Path Institute, established with funding from the City of Tucson and other institutions and individuals, is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to bringing scientists from the FDA, industry, and academia together to improve the path for innovative new drugs, diagnostic tests and devices to reach patients in need.

The City works closely with the Downtown Tucson Partnership to provide services to downtown businesses through the Business Improvement District and special projects to revitalize downtown and the urban core.

The Drachman Institute is a research and public service unit of The College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at The University of Arizona dedicated to the environmentally sensitive and resource-conscious development of neighborhoods and communities.

The Industrial Development Authority of the City of Tucson was created to provide financing of community development projects where traditional sources of funding may be unavailable. The Industrial Development Authority has established a Small Business Loan program and also manages the City’s application process for the HUD Section 108 Loan Program.

Established and funded by City of Tucson and Pima County, the Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau promotes Tucson to leisure and business travelers, and provides local business access to the $3 billion+ tourism annually brings to the local economy.

The Metropolitan Pima Alliance (MPA) leads the charge in facilitating dialogue between members of the development community with those in the public sector. Land development is the foundation of economic development and their role in the community is to advocate for balanced land use policies that stimulate economic development that reasonably preserves our natural environment.

The Microbusiness Advancement Center (MAC) is a non-profit organization that helps individuals start, fund and grow their businesses by providing quality business education and access to capital. MAC drives the development of small businesses in Southern Arizona by providing clients with Training Programs, Resources and Microloans. Programs and courses are often provided in Spanish as well.

The Pima Association of Governments was established in in 1972 as a 501(c)4 nonprofit association with programs focusing on cross-jurisdictional planning issues, such as air quality, water quality, transportation and population growth. PAG's Transportation Planning Division also manages a Travel Demand Management program including Ride Share and alternative transportation options.

The Regional Transportation Authority manages the 20-year RTA plan approved by Pima County voters on May 16, 2006. RTA also funds the MainStreet small business assistance program to help businesses affected by road improvement projects in the RTA plan.

Solar One Stop is a multi-agency, collaborative effort led by Pima County and the City of Tucson to spread the news about affordable, quality, and efficient solar technologies for homes and businesses. 

The Technology Commercialization Resource Directory at the University of Arizona's Office of Economic and Policy Analysis (OEPA), is a directory of organizations in Southern Arizona that assist in technology innovation and commercialization.

The Tucson Film Office attracts film, video and photo shoots to Southeastern Arizona and facilitates tax incentives for the State of Arizona.

The Tucson-Pima Public Library has a Business Information Center providing services and resources that promote the development of successful businesses.

Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc. (TREO) was formed in 2005 to serve as the lead economic development agency for the greater Tucson area and its surrounding community partners.

The University of Arizona has a number of business initiatives and programs to expand and educate the local workforce and to provide benefit to the local economy.



Workforce and Employment Services

Pima County's One-Stop Career Center provides easy access to a range of private, public, and nonprofit partners who have expertise regarding employment services. Every Monday and Wednesday they host a Direct Connect Job Club is held to have employers are invited to network with job seekers and present mini-workshops to enhance job seekers skills.

TREO’s Job Portal

Pima Community College provides Training and Workforce & Business Development services.


Workforce Training Agencies

The City of Tucson contracts with the following organizations to provide training support and services:

Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona (GISA) provides a wide array of employment, training, and job search services that increase access to economic opportunities and living-wage employment.

JobPath is a 501(c)3 non-profit workforce development organization that sponsors unemployed and underemployed low income adult residents of Tucson and Pima County in long-term education and job training opportunities. JobPath provides sponsorship for underserved adults who are pursuing a two-year degree or certification at Pima Community College in a career where there is a demand for skilled workers in our community.

The YWCA Tucson's YWorks program is designed to address the employment needs of women who are unemployed, underemployed or are transitioning in the workforce. The YWorks program services are also provided in Spanish through the Mi Carerra program.


Other Business Resources

The Southern Arizona Chamber of Commerce Alliance (SACCA) is an alliance of eight chambers of commerce in Southern Arizona formed to coordinate and advance the common business interests of Southern Arizona.

The Arizona Technology Council produces over 100 events each year that drive networking, promote continued education, and offer opportunities for new business growth.

The Entrepreneurial Development Center (EDC) offers online training, tools and templates to help you get started and grow your business. Through these short video segments, you can learn the basics of small business finance, marketing, management and technology.

Pick the training topic that interests you. Then, watch, listen and learn. It’s fast and free!

The Mercado San Augustin Commerical Kitchen is available to foster to foster small business growth in the commercial food services industry.

With a membership of almost 5,000 members, representing over 300,000 employees, the Arizona Small Business Association (SBA) is the second largest trade association in the state and the only statewide association dedicated to serving small businesses

The National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) is the world’s leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship. Each year, it provides thousands of professionals with information, education, advocacy and networking resources to bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage companies.

The National Small Business Association (NSBA) The National Small Business Association, Inc. (NSBA) was established for the purpose of providing small business owners, their employees and retirees access to innovative services, programs, information and benefits that would help their businesses to succeed and improve the quality of their lives.

Pima County Small Business Development Center provides high-impact consulting and training to companies with one to 200 employees in any type of business.

SCORE Tucson is the local chapter of a national nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of the nation's small businesses. Also visit their online resources at e-Business Now for free online workshops, guides and business templates

Small Business School is a weekly, half-hour television show and interactive, searchable web site with resources and information for the 25 million small business owners (USA), their employees and customers, and for all those who aspire to be a business owner.

Tucson - Local First Arizona (LFA) is a non-profit organization working to strengthen communities and local economies through supporting, maintaining, and celebrating locally owned businesses throughout the state of Arizona. Business Owners can register on the directory of Tucson businesses and be sure to consider other local businesses for your purchases as well.

Starting out as a municipal airport in 1919, the Tucson International Airport is a non-profit corporation that operates 65 daily non-stop departures to 15 destinations.

Operating since 1892, Tucson Electric Power Company, serves more than 375,000 customers in Southern Arizona.


Local Trade Associations

The Tucson Alliance of Construction Trades is a non-profit trade association representing over 295 specialty trade contractors and material suppliers in the construction industry for the past 25 years.

Chartered in 1984, the Tucson Utility Contractors’ Association is a non-profit association encompasses the full range of stakeholders in the construction industry, working together to provide high-quality products and services that enhance the region’s planning, growth and development.

The American Institute of Architects, Southern Arizona Chapter (AIA Southern Arizona), is based in Tucson, Arizona and represents more than 250 members, including 175 architects. The Chapter covers all of southern Arizona, including Sierra Vista, Green Valley, Tubac, Nogales, Bisbee, Marana, Oro Valley, and Tucson.

The American Society of Interior Designers, Arizona South Chapter represents local members of ASID, the oldest, largest and leading professional organization for interior designers.

The Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Tucson is a professional trade association whose members either own or manage commercial real estate or provide goods and services to the industry. Greater Tucson members alone manage over fifteen million square feet of commercial property.

Arts Marketplace is a non-profit program for individual artists and creative entrepreneurs by providing training and tools for professional development, mentoring, networking and money management.

The Arizona Association of Environmental Professionals a non-profit organization provides a forum to facilitate the exchange of ideas while promoting professional excellence, and provides career development opportunities for a range of individuals involved with environmental issues.

International Business Resources

The Tucson Export Assistance Center, and the related  Arizona District Export Council are part of the U.S. Commercial Service, and are federal offices dedicated to helping Arizona companies develop international markets.

Does your company provides professional services that U.S. firms use to conduct international business? If so you can leverage the Arizona International Business Service Provider Directory to promote your company internationally.

SALEO, Southern Arizona Logistics Education Organization, is your gateway to education and workforce development in logistics and to a network of Arizona-Mexico logistics service providers and users. SALEO's goal is to promote and improve the safe and efficient movement of freight in an environmentally responsible manner.

Tucson is part of the Global Advantage network of international cities committed to working collaboratively to enhance mutual technology-based economic development.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the preeminent US manufacturers association as well as the nation’s largest industrial trade association, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. They also provide personal service and market analysis to find new markets and expert advice on shipping and logistics through their Export Portal.

The National Law Center for Interamerican Free Trade is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational institution affiliated with the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

The Small Business Exporters Association of the United States (SBEA) is a non-partisan, non-profit industry association of companies dedicated to promoting the creation and growth of small and mid-size business exporters in the United States. As the nations oldest and largest non-profit association representing small-business exporters, SBEA encourages the exchanges of ideas and information on improving and reducing the barriers to trade for small business. They are also the international trade arm of the National Small Business Association (NSBA).

U.S Chamber of Commerce

The US Chamber of Commerce's International Division works in collaboration with more than 100 American Chambers of Commerce in countries around the world. The Chamber also runs the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), a program of the National Endowment for Democracy.

Advertise in Commercial News USA, the official export promotion magazine of the U.S. Department of Commerce. This magazine offers exporters an inexpensive way to promote your products and services to nearly half a million buyers in 176 countries.  

State and Federal Resources

Statewide Assistance
Arizona Department of Commerce

Environmental Issues
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality

Liquor Licenses
Arizona Department of Liquor License & Control


Commerce Connect helps helps businesses more easily access the 70+ programs at the U.S. Department of Commerce
The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is an entrepreneurially focused organization committed to wealth creation in minority communities. The Agency's mission is to actively promote the growth and competitiveness of large, medium and small minority business enterprises (MBEs).

The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy.

U.S. Small Business Administration