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.”


University of Arizona College of Medicine New Home to the Valley’s Favorite Heart-Healthy Happy Hour!

Heart disease and stroke claim more lives than any other disease, putting people of all ages – from infants to the elderly – at risk. It is also the number one killer of women – taking the lives of more women than all cancers combined. While 1 in 31 American women will die from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 will die of heart disease – approximately one woman dies of heart disease every minute. The annual Red Dress Cocktail Party seeks to educate women on the dangers of heart disease and make them aware of what they can do to prevent it.

Please join Dr. Martha Gulati, Division Chief of Cardiology, Banner – University and University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix for the 9th Annual 2017 Red Dress Cocktail Party on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. This heart-healthy happy hour will include food, fashion and fun along with raffles and life-saving information on how to prevent heart disease.

The Red Dress Cocktail Party is a grass roots event started by valley resident and heart advocate Maria Benson. Benson created the event after losing several female family members (including her mother) to heart disease. The primary purpose of the event is to raise awareness about heart disease. While heart disease is the number one killer of women, only one in five American women believe heart disease is their greatest health threat.

The party has grown tremendously since its inception – starting out as a small gathering of friends evolving into a highly anticipated event with more than 300 attendees. A guest favorite aspect of the event will is the fashion show. We are proud to announce that Steve Irvin of ABC Channel 15 News will return as the celebrity emcee.

The Red Dress Cocktail Party Team is excited to partner with Banner – University Medicine and the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix in hosting the 2017 event and is looking forward to making a greater impact locally this year. The proceeds from the event will benefit Banner Health’s Women’s Heart Center – the first center in Arizona to focus on cardiovascular disease in the female population and provide comprehensive programs and education for healthcare providers and the community. The public is welcome. Tickets to the event are $50 and the fee is tax deductible. To order tickets, please visit

Event Snapshot
Red Dress Cocktail Party

April 12, 2017, 6-8 p.m.
University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, 505 E. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Admission: $50 (tax deductible donation)