Licensed Mesa Business Owners Can Earn College Credits in Classes at MCC

~ Mesa small business owners now have the opportunity to gain college credits for nearly free through the Mesa Business Builder (MBB) Educates U Program. The City of Mesa Office of Economic Development has partnered with Mesa Community College (MCC) to provide qualified participants access to 17 programs of study that will help them level up their business skills and increase their competitiveness.

The MBB Small Business Assistance Program is the first step for businesses looking to enroll in the available certificate programs. To be eligible, businesses must be for-profit, physically located in Mesa, and have a valid Mesa General Business License. Applications can be found on Mesa HUUB, the City's online business support resources portal:

Bill Jabjiniak, Economic Development Director for the City of Mesa, said "Education is key to elevating a small business owner's skills. These college business certificates will help equip them with the knowledge they need to succeed, and that is good for Mesa's economy."

Anthony and Erin Williams are co-owners of Turn Em Red Seasonings and plan on signing up for classes soon. Anthony said "As we continue to grow as a business, we have identified areas in which we are lacking. We need to improve these in order to better compete with others in our space." He added "The more we know about managing a business and how to create better visuals to sell our products will only enhance everything that we offer to our customers."

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Diane Meza, director of Maricopa Information Technology Institute-East Valley (MITI-EV) at MCC expressed her excitement about working with the City of Mesa Office of Economic Development and small business owners by saying "We are thrilled to be building resiliency and increasing the possibility of success for entrepreneurs through college-level training and education."

MBB Educates U covers tuition and course fees for 17 select business certificate programs. Eligible participants may enroll in up to two classes per semester for up to two people per business. Enrolled participants are responsible for MCC's $15 registration fee, books, and other class materials. Additionally, MCC provides a Navigator who helps guide businesses through registering for classes. The spring class schedule is currently available with registration beginning October 9th and classes starting January 13th 2024.

The MBB Small Business Assistance Program has been running since 2021 and has helped over 200 businesses during this time period by providing free services such as customized professional consulting, boot camps, and education opportunities until April 30th 2024 or until funds are exhausted.

Businesses looking into applying must first apply online at where they can find FAQs regarding licensing fees which are currently $10 until 2023 ends. For more information or assistance contact

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