Jun 12, 2012 6:44 PM

3 major companies kick off national small business tour with event tonight

TUCSON - A nationwide small business marketing and financing workshop series is kicking off in Tucson this evening - several national companies have teamed up to provide small business owners with local resources to help grow their company.

The event is free and begins at 5:30 p.m. at the City of Tucson Resource Campus, 320 N. Commerce Park Loop.

The tour, a partnership between NYSE Euronext, national Microlender Accion, and online review site Yelp, will "provide small business owners across the U.S. with access to local resources to help finance their entrepreneurial dreams and increase their online marketing power by learning best practices for engaging with online review sites," according to a news release from Euronext.

This event marks the first component of the NYSE Big Startup, a nationwide job creation and business growth initiative that connects small businesses with established corporations, and includes a $1.5 million Job Growth Fund commitment by NYSE Eurp next.

"The NYSE Big StartUp is a nationwide jobs-growth initiative that connects young companies and entrepreneurs with corporate America, by providing small companies with the resources they need in order to accelerate their growth," said Scott Cutler, Co-Head of U.S. Listings and Cash Execution. "As our nation turns its attention to the important role that small businesses play in the U.S. economy during National Small Business Week, we're excited to launch an initiative that will help small and locally owned businesses grow and succeed."

"The most frequent questions that Accion receives from small businesses relate to how they can market their businesses on a budget," said Gina Harman, CEO of Accion's U.S. Network. "Additionally, national data continuously suggests that access to capital is a barrier to business growth. The Small Business Connections tour will bring together leading national organizations in small business marketing and financing to increase access to these resources for hardworking small business owners looking to grow and create jobs."

Click here for more information and to register for this event.


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