GPAz Welcomes New Executive Director – Andre T. Whittington

November 9, 2022

Growth Partners Arizona is excited to announce that Andre T. Whittington will be serving as Executive Director! Andre will work with stakeholders and clients from across the state. He is


Meet the Team!

April 12, 2022

Martin serves as Loan Program Manager. Contact him for any questions about your loan, or to begin your loan application! Martin can help you understand the loan process, review your


The Dunbar: Revitalizing our Communities

August 25, 2021

2020 brought the world unprecedented challenges. Among them – losing our communities as we remained home isolated from friends, family and neighbors. As we resume activities, The Dunbar Pavilion, a


Roberto Valdez-Beltran joins Growth Partners Arizona as Loan Program Manager

May 3, 2021

“This is an important position,” says GPAz Executive Director Lesli Pintor. “Roberto Valdez-Beltran will help increase awareness of our small business and nonprofit loan programs, building relationships with business owners


Affordable and flexible small business loans

February 26, 2021

Does your small business need financing but you’re not quite ready for a bank loan? Perhaps a nonprofit community lender like Growth Partners Arizona can help. Our affordable and flexible


Growth Partners Arizona loans benefit Dillinger Brewing Company

February 16, 2021

Eric Sipe and his business partner (and college friend) Aaron Long will open a second speakeasy-esque taproom on 4th Avenue in Tucson in 2021 with help from two Growth Partners Arizona


We’re hiring a Loan Program Manager!

January 19, 2021

Growth Partners Arizona is hiring a Loan Program Manager who will report to the Executive Director. The Loan Program Manager is responsible for building community relationships and sourcing new loans


Small Business Loan supports Block Azteca

January 15, 2021

Block Azteca owner Felipe Noperi is one of Growth Partners Arizona’s newest borrowers. The Small Business Success Loan is helping him grow his paver business, which he started in 2018


Frank Crump joins GPAz Board of Directors

November 13, 2020

Frank Crump is the newest member of the Growth Partners Arizona Board of Directors. He has 40+ years of senior level corporate, entrepreneurial and international experience. Most recently, he is


Kiva Tucson Gift Guide 2020

November 25, 2020

The new Kiva Tucson Gift Guide is out! Kiva Tucson invites you to support local businesses during this holiday season. Check out our gift guide to find fresh ideas for


Kiva Tucson: Food Truck offers the tastes of Puebla, Mexico

November 12, 2020

A distinctive mole sauce is one of the many delicious items on Analy and Leobardo Guzman’s food truck menu. Her mom Maria Antonieta makes it regularly in Puebla, Mexico, and


Kiva Tucson: Berry Best Phlebotomy Training Academy

October 5, 2020

Kelly Ellsberry started Mobile Medical Services 3.5 years ago and is now opening a second business with a loan from Kiva Tucson, the Berry Best Phlebotomy Training Academy. She has


Small Business Loan supports Tacos Apson

August 4, 2020

Yazmin & Francisco Aldecoa-Durazo are opening a 2nd Tacos Apson August 2020 in northwest Tucson. They’ve been in business for 20 years at their 1st location near I-10 and 12th


More than a Loan: Consulting & Coaching

June 18, 2020

Consulting and coaching that helps small businesses and nonprofits ensure sustainability and, at some point if needed, qualify for traditional bank loans, is a key part of the mission of


Evelyn Casuga Elected Chair of GPAz Board of Directors

June 1, 2020

Certified Economic Developer Evelyn Casuga was elected Chair of the Growth Partners Arizona (GPAz) Board of Directors. Business Development Finance Corporation President Gary Molenda will continue as Vice Chair and


Carie Davis is Kiva Tucson’s Capital Access Manager

April 16, 2020

No-interest, no-fee, community-backed business loans from $1,000 to $15,000 are crowdfunded on Kiva’s world-wide online platform with support from local Arizona Capital Access Manager Carie Davis. Kiva is an international


Growth Partners Arizona expands access to loans for small businesses and nonprofits

March 18, 2020

Growth Partners Arizona has added two loan options for small businesses in Arizona—Kiva Tucson crowdfunded loans and the Small Business Success Loan. Because of the unfolding economic challenges, these two


National Bank of Arizona Makes CDFI Investment

March 6, 2020

National Bank of Arizona (NBAZ) generously signed an agreement for $100,000, 10-year Equity Equivalent (EQ2) CDFI investment in Growth Partners Arizona (GPAz) . EQ2 investments allow Community Development Financial Institutions


Judie Scalise Joins Growth Partners Arizona Board of Directors

March 6, 2020

As Founder and Principal of ESI Corporation, Judie Scalise specializes in economic development and pre-development planning services for government agencies, corporations, private developers, and utility companies. Prior to forming ESI


Cash Flow Loan Helps Theatre Renovate New Campus

February 16, 2020

Congratulations to Live Theatre Workshop! After renting for more than two decades in the same location, renovations of a new campus are underway and the Tucson-based nonprofit arts organization will


“With a clear path for re-payment, taking out a loan made the most sense for the market.”

October 9, 2019

Who doesn’t love more shade in Tucson? A loan from Growth Partners Arizona means the nonprofit Heirloom Farmers Markets (HFM) can quickly add 25% more shade at their Rillito River Park


Every business decision is a financial decision.

September 9, 2019

Think way ahead, be strategic about managing cash flow, and understand the power of properly structured debt as a financial tool to achieve nonprofit and for-profit business goals.   When


Bridge Loan Meet Needs of Nonprofit

September 6, 2019

Funding from a major university was slower than anticipated, but soon will be available to Kore Press Institute. Growth Partners Arizona provided a bridge loan to help Kore with cash


Debt financing can be a way to achieve financial stability and sustainability.

August 16, 2019

Many nonprofit leaders and boards are uncomfortable with the thought of borrowing money, but properly structured and utilized debt can be a tool to achieving an organization’s strategic goals. A


Homeless Veterans will have more options

June 19, 2019

50,000 veterans are homeless every night, according to Esperanza En Escalante. The nonprofit is doing something about that by providing transitional and permanent housing for homeless veterans and their families.