We’d like you to meet David Longoria. Member of the Venture Café Phoenix community.
As a Program Officer for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC Phoenix), I help pool resources and coordinate efforts for capacity building in underserved communities and among small businesses throughout the Phoenix Metro area, in order to build up the Equitable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem here locally.
We recently received an SBA grant to fund a two-year pilot program which provides one-to-one direct support and technical assistance for disadvantaged small businesses, entrepreneurs of color, and women-owned businesses who have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this program, we hope to serve as many as 500 small businesses and create new opportunities for growth and sustainability for them.