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The Colibri Collective Named Arizona Minority Small Business Champion of the Year 2024

Updated: May 3

Gaby Cardenas, CEO & Founder, The Colibri Collective receives SBA Minority Small Business Champion of The Year
Gaby Cardenas, CEO & Founder, The Colibri Collective receives SBA Minority Small Business Champion of The Year

PHOENIX (May 2, 2024) - In celebration of National Small Business Week, April 28-May 4, The Colibri Collective announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has honored CEO and founder, Gaby Cardenas, with the Arizona Minority Small Business Champion of the Year award.


“I founded The Colibri Collective seven years ago to give an opportunity to women of color and people of diverse backgrounds,” said Cardenas. “As the Valley’s first Latina-owned, digital marketing agency, I am deeply honored to have been recognized with this prestigious award by the SBA.”



Geoff McGivern, Senior Vice President of Business Development at TMC Financing, nominated Cardenas for this distinguished award, with letters of support from Adrian Fontes, Arizona Secretary of State, and Mary L. Mitchell, Co-CEO of Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine.


Fontes, who currently oversees the business services division for Arizona, said “Gaby took the bold and often misunderstood step to start her own business in 2017. I have witnessed Gaby’s work in the professional space and her passion to be an inspiration to the next generation of business leaders. She is relentless in her desire to give back to the community.”


Cardenas’ journey is the true immigrant American success story. Born in Mexico City, she grew up in Southern California and Peoria, Arizona, before finding a passion for marketing. She founded The Colibri Collective in 2017 from her kitchen table and has since grown the company to 17 states.


Gaby Cardenas & The Colibri Collective Team
Gaby Cardenas & The Colibri Collective Team

The Colibri Collective is a full-service marketing agency that focuses on creating positive change through meaningful partnerships and delivering strategies that create results for a diverse set of clientele. With a commitment to creating positive change, Cardenas’ focus extends beyond profit margins to meaningful partnerships. Specializing in marketing for causes that aim to build a better world, The Colibri Collective boasts a diverse portfolio, including K-12 and higher education institutions, human rights advocacy organizations, political, and healthcare services, transit, foundations, and nonprofits.


Robert Blaney, District Director, Small Business Administration. Gaby Cardenas & Sandra Cardenas, The Colibri Collective
Robert Blaney, District Director, Small Business Administration. Gaby Cardenas & Sandra Cardenas, The Colibri Collective

“It is an honor to recognize Gaby and The Colibri Collective with a National Small Business Week award,” said Robert J. Blaney, the District Director of the SBA in Arizona. “They are risk takers, innovators and employers who fuel our economy and daily serve our communities as mentors and leaders. We celebrate her success and thank her for her commitment.”


More than 99% of the businesses in Arizona are small businesses - businesses that drive innovations and job growth; that are vital to the state’s dynamic economy. The SBA honored Arizona entrepreneurs, small business champions, and lending partners for their contributions to the economy. The Colibri Collective and the other winners will be recognized during the local National Small Business Week awards presentation at the annual AZ Small Biz Con 2024 hosted by the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) on May 2, 2024. To attend the local Arizona awards ceremony, please visit: www.asba.com/events


For more information about The Colibri Collective, or to learn more about their work, visit www.thecolibricollective.com



 


About The Colibri Collective

The Colibri Collective is a full-service marketing agency. Serving a wide range of clients from the political, non-profit and education sectors, The Colibri Collective delivers elevated strategies for memorable data-driven campaigns that ignite emotion and amplify a brand. Our creative bandwidth spans digital marketing, brand identity and development, media strategy, creative services, media buying and planning, multicultural strategy, public relations and communications. Learn more: www.thecolibricollective.com


About National Small Business Week

In the spirit of National Small Business Week, we celebrate the unprecedented growth of entrepreneurship in the United States, marked by 16 million new business applications since the Biden-Harris Administration took office. This surge highlights the dynamism and innovation that America’s entrepreneurs bring to our local communities. The SBA will continue to champion the endeavors of small businesses and the vital role they play in driving economic prosperity across the nation. 


About the U.S. Small Business Administration 

The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow, expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

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