Capital Pathways is Coming to the Valley!

CONTACT: Krysta Jones                                                  

PHONE: 202-463-8722
DATE: May 8, 2017

The Black Chamber of Arizona Brings Access to Capital Opportunities for Minority Small Business Owners

PHOENIX – On Saturday, May 20, 2017, the USBC Community Economic Development Corporation (USBC CEDC) in partnership with the US Black Chambers, Inc., and the Black Chamber of Arizona (BCAZ), will hold Capital Pathways, a free workshop for minority businesses that showcases growth strategies to expand their enterprises. Business owners will learn ways to leverage credit and financing options and will meet with experts who will guide them on the path to scale to the next level.

The workshop and business networking sessions will be held at the Edward Jones Training Facility, 8333 S River Parkway, Tempe, AZ. Online registration is now open at Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the program runs from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided for attendees.

The Capital Pathways-Phoenix workshop is designed for diverse business owners with at least $100,000 and more in annual revenue and infuses local partnerships, highlights home-grown founders and CEOs, and promotes inter-generational connections for collective economic growth and empowerment. Participants will learn how to effectively fund and expand their business ventures, and become a part of a network of the nation’s most established entrepreneurs. Presenters include representatives from the National Foundation of Credit Counseling, Small Business Administration and SCORE.

“There are 2.6 million black-owned businesses and their number one concern is access to capital,” said Ron Busby, Sr., President and CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. “Since 2009, the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. has led the way to ensure that our small businesses are in the best position possible to succeed. With Capital Pathways, we are helping Arizona’s small businesses grow and scale to build a stronger economy and more productive communities.”

“The Black Chamber of Arizona is focused on providing substantive programs to our membership and the community,” said Marchelle Franklin, BCAZ Board Chair. “We are excited to work with the USBC to introduce Capital Pathways to the valley. As the program is free to all, we hope our small businesses take advantage of this tremendous opportunity.”

About Capital Pathways: The Capital Pathways program is a series of 10 workshops across the nation funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency’s Broad Agency Announcement, and managed by the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. Community Economic Development Corporation. The USBC CEDC designs, develops and delivers financial education and business improvement programs to underserved communities nationwide. For more information on the Capital Pathways program, please visit

About the Black Chamber of Arizona: The Mission of the Black Chamber of Arizona (BCAZ) is to improve the economic development of our business entrepreneurs and the communities we serve. The BCAZ serves as the cornerstone for educational training, resource programs, resources and economic growth opportunities with a specific emphasis on “Business In Action.”