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Marisol Flores-Aguirre to Lead the Women’s Business Center

Expanded Training Will Serve Entrepreneurs Working Along & Across the Border

July 9, 2015 (Tucson, AZ) - Marisol Flores-Aguirre has joined the staff of the YWCA Southern Arizona as the new Director of the Women’s Business Center (WBC).The WBC is leveling the playing field for women, minority and low income entrepreneurs in Southern Arizona by providing business training and no cost business counseling. It is partly funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Flores-Aguirre has a business career spanning more than 15 years, managing accounts totaling more than a million dollars annually across four states and in Mexico for national and multinational corporate clients. Her areas of specialty include marketing, advertising and public relations in emerging markets and private, public and non-profit sectors. A proud graduate of Tucson High School and two time alumni of the University of Arizona, Flores-Aguirre earned an Executive MBA from the Karl Eller School of Management and was named one of the 40 Arizona Hispanic Leaders Under 40 in 2011.

Kelly Fryer, CEO of the YWCA, said Flores-Aguirre is also the WBC’s first bi-lingual, bi-cultural director, which will enable the WBC to expand programming for the Spanish speaking and immigrant community and for entrepreneurs who want to do business along and across the Border. “Under Marisol’s leadership, the WBC will be on the forefront of equipping Southern Arizona entrepreneurs for this new economy,” Fryer said.

Flores-Aguirre says her background is a good fit for this new position. “As a young woman I learned first hand what it takes to be an entrepreneur, working at my family's company and supporting operations at all levels of the organization,” Flores-Aguirre said.

“Marisol brings a wealth of business experience and knowledge to the WBC. Combined with her commitment to community empowerment and passion for the upward mobility of disenfranchised communities, she is going to make the WBC a powerful force in Southern Arizona.”

Flores-Aguirre’s first official day on the job is Monday, July 13, 2015.

The YWCA Southern Arizona works to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Key YWCA programs include workforce education and leadership development. In 2015 the YWCA expanded programming to include business classes and counseling by assuming management of the Microbusiness Advancement Center of Southern Arizona (MAC). That agreement brought the WBC under the umbrella of the YWCA. More than 30,000 people annually receive YWCA services and programs at the Frances McClelland Community Center, the YWCA’s main campus located at 525 N. Bonita Avenue, Tucson. For more information visit