University Of Arizona, U.S. Consulate Offer Training For Women Entrepreneurs In Mexico

Published: Monday, December 10, 2018 - 5:05am
Updated: Monday, December 10, 2018 - 10:37am
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The McGuire México Scholars program will providing training in entrepreneurship for women in northern Sonora.

The University of Arizona is working with the U.S. Consulate in Nogales to offer a training program for women entrepreneurs in Mexico.

The new program is focused on empowering women and working toward gender equality in northern Sonora, Mexico, by teaching women how to develop an idea and turn it into a business, said Carlos Alsua. He’s a faculty member in the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship in the Eller College of Management, the UA department working with the consul to provide the training.

Up to 50 McGuire Mexico Scholars will be picked for the free program — funded by a State Department grant — based on their motivation to succeed and willingness collaborate, he said.

“We want people who really want to take the time and be willing to do the work to get the most out of this experience.”

Program leaders are also prioritizing applicants who wouldn’t normally have access to these resources.

“I mean training opportunities in innovation and entrepreneurship, those do exist, but often times some of these are offered to people who either have the money to pay for them, or who have, who knows somebody, who knows somebody who knows somebody,” Alsua said. “So we’re especially mindful of the women who have the abilities, who have the skills, who might have the education, but who don’t have those connections.”

Women from Nogales, Sonora, and 17 other cities in northern Sonora can apply to take part in the program until Dec. 10.

Those selected will attend seven six-hour workshops starting in February 2019, then have an opportunity to present their ideas and business plans to experts and community leaders.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Carlos Alsua's name.

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