In Phoenix, Sinema Talks Economic Opportunities, Challenges with Local Women Small Business Owners

Jul 25, 2023

Senator discussed rebounding from the pandemic, accessing government resources, applying for business loans, and meeting workforce needs with the women-owned small businesses

PHOENIX – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema held a roundtable with local women small business owners to discuss the economic opportunities and challenges facing their businesses – including meeting workforce needs, applying for business loans, and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over 99% of Arizona’s businesses are small businesses. Throughout her time in Congress, Sinema has maintained a sharp focus on advancing pro-growth policies that promote economic competitiveness and ensure small and mid-sized businesses have the resources needed to thrive.
“Hearing from Arizonans inspires my work in the Senate. I’ll continue cutting through red tape and advocating for our exceptional small businesses so they can continue serving our communities, creating strong careers and fueling our local economy for generations to come,” said Sinema.
During the roundtable, Sinema discussed a host of issues facing Arizona’s small business community. The Senator heard from the women business owners about their needs and how to better share resources scaling their businesses through incentives such as tax credits, grants, loans, and workforce development programs for small businesses. 
Sinema held the roundtable with the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (AZHCC) – a non-profit organization providing products, programs, and services related to market intelligence, capacity building, advocacy and education to benefit its members, corporate partners, and the wider Hispanic and minority communities.
In February, Sinema urged the U.S. Department of Commerce to support the AZHCC’s application for the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Capital Readiness Program funding for the Capital Compass project. The proposed project funding will support business development services and provide direct assistance to Arizonans that are building or growing a business. It will allow business owners to have the necessary resources and financial education needed to acquire capital.
Participants in Sinema’s roundtable included representatives from the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, NABEDC, Falcon Engineering Corporation, JackRabbit Development, Holy Hands Painters, Afterleaf, Aloha Island Market, Zaniya ProClean, Avem Systems, and more.