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EAC’s SBDC Graduates Four at DreamBuilder Ceremony

Graham Graduates – Back Row – Tory Cranford, Mary Duggan, Karin Artman, Yensenia Gonzalez, Kelly Reid, Alexandria Rose, Emarea Davis, Jennifer Roberts, Chelsea Candela. Front Row – Kelly-Marie McNair, Debbie Nelson, Vianna Young, Loa Beals, Aunalisa Haynes Greenlee Alumni – Joan Hernandez, Emma Horrocks, Crystal Soto, Tory Cranford.Not in the picture Jimi Jones

By Torey Cranford

Thatcher, Arizona — The Eastern Arizona University Small Business Development Center (EAC SBDC) held a graduation ceremony for four local women who completed the 2023 Greenlee County DreamBuilder Cohort on May 3 at the Morenci Lounge. Online courses and supplemental workshops taught by EAC SBDC Business Analyst Torey Cranford began on her February 22nd and ran weekly until her graduation.

“Over the past eight years, 94 Graham and Greenlee women have graduated from the DreamBuilder program. It’s a relationship and an opportunity to get to know other female entrepreneurs,” Cranford said.

Funded by Freeport-McMoRan and created by ASU Thunderbird School, DreamBuilder is a unique online business training program designed to help women start or grow their own businesses. Her DreamBuilder program consists of 13 online courses that guide users through the basics of starting a business while simultaneously creating a plan for her business. EAC SBDC has developed nine in-depth workshops to accompany the online program. These supplementary lessons provide a richer learning experience for participants.

EAC SBDC attended and spoke with alumni Martha Lujan, Social Performance Manager, FMI Morenci Operations, Hannah Colvin, DreamBuilder Project Manager, ASU Thunderbird School, and Laura Dorrell, 2016 DreamBuilder Alumni and Mayor of Clifton. Thank you for doing this.



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