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1st Women's Business Center in Phoenix opening Thursday

The first Women’s Business Center in Phoenix is opening this week. The center will provide resources for all small-business owners, but will focus specifically on providing support for female entrepreneurs.

The center will provide resources to help build strong foundations for small businesses. Amber Cordoba is with the center, and she says the goal is to help entrepreneurs, who can then, in turn, help others. 

“We really want to help people to set the foundation in order to really operate their business in a way that helps them be more financially stable. Hopefully it will help them create jobs within the community, create jobs for other women or other individuals that have barriers to employment," said Cordoba. 

The center’s resources are specifically designed to help launch or grow a small business. Cordoba says this could be anything from drawing up business plans to marketing advice. The center will have its grand opening on Thursday, and it will be located within the Buckeye Commerce Center on Buckeye Road.

Reyna Preciado started her internship with KJZZ in August 2021. She is a senior at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, focusing on community-related stories.She previously had been pursuing a major in biochemistry, but switched directions after becoming a server. During her time serving, she found that so many people had stories to share and so many voices deserved to be heard.She loved to write in her AP English classes in high school, so she made the decision to use her writing and communication skills to major in broadcast journalism. It was always a dream of hers to become a news anchor after being cast as an anchor in a fourth-grade newscast. It was silly, but it stuck with her, and she was eager to follow her dream when she was finally inspired to change directions. Now, she continues being inspired by the many voices within her community that have been waiting for an opportunity to be able to address what's important to them.When she is not working on a story, she likes to cook, sing and hang out with her crazy toddler.