Eastern Arizona College SBDC Business Analyst, Torey Cranford, accelerates certification to strengthen support for Gila Valley entrepreneurs – The Gila Herald

By Kris McBride EAC Photo THATCHER — Torey Cranford, a business analyst at Eastern Arizona College’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), has completed the rigorous 60-hour business training required for her initial Business Analyst Certification, accomplishing this milestone in half the standard time. This achievement underscores Cranford’s dedication to enhancing support for local entrepreneurs in the Gila Valley. Having been a client of the EAC SBDC for several years, Cranford’s extensive experience and fervor for the center’s mission have propelled her to contribute actively to the region’s business growth. “Continuous learning is key to being effective in your role,” Cranford emphasized, highlighting the importance of her certification. “The benefits for me are the knowledge that I can share with my clients.” Typically, EAC SBDC business analysts have a 12-month window to fulfill the 60-hour training requirement, covering various business aspects. Cranford not only met but exceeded this requirement, accumulating 80 hours of training within an impressive six-month timeframe. This expedited process reflects her commitment to acquiring knowledge that will better serve the EAC SBDC’s diverse clientele. The Business Analyst Certification involves a comprehensive approach, including training lectures, webinars, and hands-on learning. Cranford, who instructs the DreamBuilder program at EAC, utilized this opportunity to both teach and re-learn the program. Additionally, she actively participated in the Arizona Commerce Authority’s Small Business Bootcamp, leveraging insights gained to benefit both herself and EAC SBDC clients. This accomplishment holds significant implications for the Gila Valley community as Cranford, armed with an enriched knowledge base, is better positioned to guide local businesses in their growth endeavors. Gila Valley residents aspiring to start a new business or elevate existing ventures are encouraged to reach out to Cranford at the EAC Small Business Development Center. Expressing her enthusiasm for sharing knowledge, Cranford stated, “The more knowledge I have, the more knowledge I can share and guide them in the right direction.” For inquiries or assistance, entrepreneurs are invited to contact Torey Cranford at the EAC Small Business Development Center by phone at (928) 428-8590 or via email at sbdc@eac.edu. About EAC SBDC About EAC SBDC

The EAC Small Business Development Center is part of a national and statewide network of small business assistance providers. The Center’s main goal is to give local small businesses the tools and training needed to be successful. The Center is funded by Eastern Arizona College with assistance from a grant provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC provides  no-cost counseling  to assist entrepreneurs with finding answers to the numerous questions that arise when starting or operating a business. The SBDC works in cooperation with the SBA, local Chambers of Commerce, and other community partnerships. To take your business to the next level, contact us at sbdc@eac.edu or call (928) 428-8590. About Eastern Arizona College About Eastern Arizona College

Since 1888, Eastern Arizona College has been the undisputed Smart Higher Education Destination, shaping student dreams into reality. With a faculty of qualified and caring instructors, EAC is committed to preparing students for high-demand careers and advanced studies at top universities. Offering a diverse range of over 90 degrees and certificates, EAC is home to the state’s premier nursing school, a fine arts program featuring Arizona’s only community college marching band, and an engineering program that equips students for success at top-tiered firms and universities. Beyond academics, EAC is a vibrant community where students thrive, forging connections that last a lifetime. Experience on-campus housing, engage in over 30 clubs and organizations, participate in dynamic intramurals, and cheer for nationally ranked athletic and e-sports teams. What sets EAC apart is its commitment to financial accessibility, allowing most students to graduate with $0 debt. Choose EAC as your Smart Higher Education Destination. For more information, contact admissions@eac.edu or call (928) 428-8272.