Business: Powering our Communities

  1. A year and a half after facing one of the largest challenges of our lifetimes, the economy is beginning to bounce back. Retail sales are jumping, unemployment is down, and there’s a feeling of relief that the worst times are behind us. The Federal Reserve of Philadelphia predicted in February that US output would grow […]
    Oct 8, 2021
    4 min read
  2. It was the year 2000, the turn of the millennium, when Joyce Feickert and Marv Kirchler finally bought the farm. More specifically, the couple purchased a 1920s farmhouse to renovate into the new home of Hem & Her Bridal Design Studio, the business they’ve run together for more than 20 years. Over the next two […]
  3. When they arrived in Tucson from Los Angeles, artist Mel “Melo” Dominguez found that they needed to find a sense of community. That’s when they met Melissa Brown-Dominguez. They found voices like those of their community missing from the local arts scene. To provide representation to those they felt were underrepresented, they opened Galeria Mitotera, […]
  4. After noticing his neighborhood fall into disrepair, David Garcia decided to take matters into his own hands and created Barrio Restoration, an initiative that aims to clean up neighborhoods in Tucson with the help of his community. Watch the story of David’s heroic quest to make Tucson a place where we take pride in our […]
    Apr 19, 2021
    1 min read
  5. Tiffany Nakatani started Boss Women Unite as a platform to connect women seeking business advice. Her organization has grown into a diverse community of women using the group’s expertise and feedback to uplift each other and make their businesses stronger. See how Tiffany is empowering her community in a new installment of Thrive. To learn […]
    Nov 16, 2020
    1 min read
  6. Tucson-based Dancing in the Streets uses the art of classical ballet to instill confidence, skill, and perseverance into the youth of the city’s south side. See for yourself how art can transform our community in a new episode of Thrive. To learn more about Dancing in the Streets, visit their website at THRIVE spotlights the innovative […]
  7. Keeping true to their name, Pivot Produce revamped their business after the pandemic hit and they lost 90% of their business in one weekend. The business pivoted to providing fresh, locally-sourced produce to Tucsonans who lack access while maintaining its mission to create a sustainable agricultural system in Southern Arizona. To learn more about Pivot […]