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connect local. buy local. eat local. 

Startup Tucson received a grant from the USDA to create a virtual market for Tucson local entrepreneurs to showcase their products and/or experiences. We are partnering with Visit Tucson to ensure Tucson tourists and locals can easily take advantage of shopping local and experiencing what our wonderful city has to offer all in one convenient location. 

As a Virtual Tour of Gastronomy member, you will receive the benefits of a Visit Tucson Freemium Member. These benefits include:

  • One free, basic listing on the Visit Tucson/Tour of Gastronomy website. Basic listing includes one image, one logo, contact info and a link to your website. Three products and/or services will be included on your website.

  • Discounted partner rates at both in-person and virtual Visit Tucson events.

  • Limited access to the partner Extranet to allow updating of account details. Partners are responsible for maintaining accurate and up-to-date listings.

For more information email tyler@startuptucson.com

REQUIREMENTS FOR LISTING

LOCATION

  • Tucson is one of your target markets

  • You're located in Pima County

  • Headquartered in Arizona

TYPE OF BUSINESS

  • Sell fresh products, value-added agricultural products, food-related experiences, and/or use heritage ingredients (ingredients tied to the history and cultures of southern Arizona and the Sonoran Desert)

  • Locally owned

  • Privately Held (not traded on the stock market)

  • Not a franchise

interested?

We are currently taking applications on a rolling basis. If you meet the requirements above, apply today!

Example company page

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Ideal for: value-added food products & beverages

Ideal for: anyone selling something food-related through eCommerce (e.g. growers, value-added and beverage producers, food experiences, etc.)

Ideal for: anyone selling something food-related (e.g. growers, value-added and beverage producers, food experiences, etc.)

Website Launchbox

Only 14% of regional agricultural producers and value-added food entrepreneurs have a modern eCommerce website set up. Building your online presence and also creating opportunities for direct-to-consumer purchases can help increase revenues and improve your business. However, developing, launching and maintaining a website can be intimidating for many entrepreneurs.  ​

As part of this program, supported by the USDA, we are building 30 free websites for food-related businesses. Our team will walk you through the whole process and provide you with training to successfully maintain the site. 

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Food Accelerator: Recipes for Success

Recipes for Success is a free, food business program for existing and aspiring food entrepreneurs. We offer training in early-stage food business development including sustainable business operations, food safety, food costing and financial literacy, small business marketing and communications strategies, permits and licensing and more.

Courses will be primarily in person, with some online modules as well as one-to-one mentorship and coaching. 

Benefits 

  • Weekly class sessions taught by food industry experts 

  • Interactive peer learning with a cohort of 15-20 fellow emerging food business owners

  • 1-1 mentorship sessions with experienced food business experts.

  • Participation in the annual showcase to meet industry stakeholders 

  • Participation in IdeaFunding with a chance to win $5,000 for your business

  • Access to all of the Startup Tucson Network Membership benefits​

OUr Partners

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University of Arizona Department of Agricultural Education, Technology and Innovation 

If you would like to contact the project team,

please email Liz Pocock at liz@startuptucson.com 

Funding for this project was made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through grant GRANT13114986. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.