12 Tucson firms tapped for Thryve Next biz training
A dozen local companies have been picked to take part in the second round of Startup Tucson's business training program, funded under a $1.5 million Small Business Administration grant to train Southern Arizona small business owners.
The second phase of the 10-week mentorship program will begin next week.
In February, 12 companies were tapped for the first round of the program, which was one of just seven programs selected nationwide by the SBA, and the only community in the west to be chosen out of more than 60 proposals for funding.
The second-round businesses are, according to Startup Tucson's Tony Ford:
An educational technology company currently offering conference and continuing education Q&A session and document management via their mobile applicaiton. 2Shoes seeks to expand nationally and into new industry segments with their mobile solution.
ABC CONTAINERS, LLC
A corrugated cardboard packaging manufacturer seeking to expand regionally and internationally in the package manufacturing space.
After a recent shift from bottled water to more environmentally friendly drinking water businesses, AquaPure Hydration is expanding in numerous markets in the water technology and distribution space.
Offering CPR training in the Tucson region to first responders, health workers and the general public CPR2U is preparing for national expansion of their business model.
Darling Environmental & Surveying
A technology company specializing in 3D modeling, scanning and technical surveying. Darling Environmental & Surveying seeks to expand their current global customer base while better leveraging key proprietary processes.
Fed By Threads LLC
Online and brick and mortar clothing retailer with a proven social track record of feeding the hungry globally. Fed by Threads is expanding via a national “clicks and mortar” strategy.
G&H Industries, LLC
As one of the few mat board manufacturers in the western US, G&H Industries seeks to leverage strong initial web based sales into a rapid expansion in the art/hobby space.
An agricultural technology company, iCropTrak offers custom analytics platforms to farmers large and small and is building a rapidly growing business in Tucson.
Talon Radio Carriers, LLC
Created by first responders for first responders, Talon Radio Carriers seeks to grow their rapidly adopted specialty radio holster product line to solve the practical needs of radio users in mission critical use cases.
The Arizona Bilingual Magazine, LLC
As the leading bilingual newspaper in Southern Arizona and Sonora, Arizona Bilingual Magazine is developing plans for regional expansion to serve numerous border communities with their community oriented content and educational mission.
The Underestimated City
A clothing and design brand created in Tucson but spreading nationwide. TUC plans for national expansion of their product line to other underestimated cities and communities.Yellow Brick Coffee With rapid early growth of their sustainable coffee roasting business, Yellow Brick Coffee plans to take their unique origin-farmer relationship focused brand into new products and markets nationally.
The program "focuses on the broader knowledge and skills required to expand an established company rapidly," Ford said in a news release. "The program requires executives to commit to two to three days per week of workshop or seminar time during the evenings and weekends over the next three months. Mentors for Thryve Next are drawn from the Southern Arizona business community and include successful startup executives, entrepreneurship educators, service providers, investors and industry professionals who have expertise in helping companies grow rapidly."