MRC opens multifaceted business, training center to enhance regional business development and pathways into a leading global industry

November 1, 2019 / West Phoenix — Maryvale Revitalization Corporation (MRC), an established nonprofit serving the Maryvale village for over 25 years, opens a dual-sided development center focused on enhancing small businesses and filling a high-demand sector with a pipeline of career-ready individuals. Maryvale Revitalization Corporation, whose mission is to serve as the motivating catalyst for the collaborative renaissance of the Maryvale village, officially marks the opening of the Maryvale Business Center and Maryvale Spark Center this week.

Centrally located in the heart of west Phoenix and well positioned between the Valley’s major highways, the Maryvale Business Center is the newest hub created for everyone from freelancers to entrepreneurs and small businesses which offers a combination of co-working spaces, private office suites, a conference room, and a training room. “Maryvale is a prime location to open a collaborative business workspace and offer entrepreneur training. There are hundreds of small businesses here, as well as across the west valley and central Phoenix, who can benefit from affordable office space and an experienced network of leaders. This is one of many ways MRC is committed to supporting the village through the continued economic growth of our vibrant community,” said Jeff Armor, Executive Director at MRC. Members have 24-hour access to an affordable workspace that includes a variety of perks, from a stocked kitchen with coffee and snacks to views overlooking the American Family Fields of Phoenix, home of the Milwaukee Brewers spring training facility. Maryvale Business Center offers members an inclusive package of business essentials, such as WIFI, color copying/printing/scanning, meeting rooms and even business coaching.

Working within a shared workspace offers built-in networking and collaboration, as well as opportunities to engage with and impact the broader community through Maryvale Revitalization Corporation’s regional efforts and partnerships. Steve Yamamori, President/CEO of Reveille Foundation, a nonprofit supporting holistic services to veterans and transitioning military, chose the organization’s home office to be a part of the Maryvale Business Center. “I am hard pressed to think of a better place to house our organization than in Maryvale, where John F. Long created a vibrant community focused on the holistic needs of families. The rich history and strong community partnerships in Maryvale are valuable to our efforts,” Yamamori said. Norma Parraz, President of NNR Multicultural Business Development and member of the Maryvale Business Center agrees, “Maryvale Revitalization Corporation’s mission and strategic vision, along with its deep roots and strong community partnerships are why NNR is here – in the heart of the greatest opportunity zone in the Valley.”

Maryvale Revitalization Corporation also opens the Maryvale Spark Center to provide career training and placement with an emphasis on cyber security. Advanced Business Learning (ABL), an Arizona licensed vocational school, will launch its second Cyber Academy and Cyber Range inside the Spark Center. Entry-level to advanced students can engage in courses and career pathways in IT and cyber security with ABL’s critical hands-on skill development model. The Cyber Range is a unique and collaborative space for students to develop new skills and practice ethical hacking in a safe environment. 

ABL’s mission is in concert with the Governor’s strategy to make Arizona a Center of Cyber Excellence. With MRC and ABL’s efforts, valley residents will be trained for the 1.9 million unfilled positions in the global cybersecurity workforce. More than 200,000 jobs in the U.S. are unfilled today and there are currently 7,000 cybersecurity positions open in Arizona. Tom Jenkins, CEO of ABL, actively participates on the Governor’s Arizona Cybersecurity Team: “ABL’s graduates have achieved so much success from attending our flagship Academy in Tempe.  When MRC invited us to be a partner and have a location in Maryvale, we felt privileged and honored to contribute to the advancement of MRC’s mission to support workforce initiatives in Maryvale and beyond, while creating a safer world for everyone.” ABL’s model works and is proven to be effective for clients like the Department of Defense and Fortune 1000 companies. ABL graduates are passing their certification exams at a better than 90% rate and their job placement rate is over 85%. With Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant funding, eligible individuals can earn two certifications with no out-of-pocket-costs.

Maryvale is well-positioned to fill the sector’s significant employment gaps as it is home to the largest concentrated workforce in Arizona: over 94% of Maryvale residents are workforce age, with the median age of residents being 26 years old. Today, Maryvale is home to Arizona’s current and future entrepreneurs, workforce, and industry leaders. Armor shared, “It is our strong belief that the residents of the Maryvale village are the best untapped resource of human capital in the valley.”

These are just a few of the many ways MRC is executing its mission to bring opportunity, awareness and collaboration to the Maryvale village.

Maryvale Revitalization Corporation will open the Maryvale Business Center and Spark Center with a grand opening celebration, along with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 10 AM located at 3802 N. 53rd Avenue, Suite 290, Phoenix.  For more information on the event and MRC, visit: www.maryvalelife.com.


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