East Valley Entrepreneurial Center

Contact Program Director

Kristine Ouzts  


Southern & Dobson

Office: BP 43A


The East Valley Entrepreneurial Center - EVEC,  is a stepping-stone to small business success through participation in courses targeted to the needs of the smaller venture.

Whether your business is just an idea or one that has stood the test of time, you can improve your chances for success. It can be as simple as one class on a topic of specific need, or the pursuit of a program of study that leads to a certificate or associate degree in small business management.

Faculty of the EVEC courses are proven professionals that are committed to mentoring and guiding students toward needed resources. EVEC also serves as a starting-point for other technical, financial and consulting services in the East Valley small business community.

Degrees and Certificates:

For more information on these programs, please click on the links below.

Small Business Applied Science Associates Degree

Small Business Certificate

International Trade Certificate


  • Lunch and Learn: Every month, the EVEC hosts a “Lunch and Learn” series to offer  students and the community added value to continue to grow their small business ventures. (Calendar of events in progress)

Speakers include: SBA, SCORE, City of Mesa Economic  Development, US  Commercial Service, local lenders, chamber of commerce, and successful business owners.

  • Swim with the Sharks: This is an yearly competition event  in conjunction with the Mesa Chamber of Commerce.  Swim with the Sharks offers entrepreneurs  (both starts-ups and established) the chance to develop, or improve, and present their business plans or ideas for the opportunity to win cash prizes. (Details will be posted shortly)

Clubs and Organizations:  

SIFE SIFE,  Founded in 1975, SIFE is a global non-profit organization that  helps students develop communication skills through learning, practicing, and teaching the principles of free enterprise  on their campuses, in their communities, and beyond. SIFE also emphasizes teamwork, leadership, and community outreach.  With more than 1,600 participating colleges and universities in 40 countries and territories, SIFE is one of the largest university-based organizations in the world.  At MCC, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) is an organization open to students with multiple talents who are committed and dedicated to developing community outreach projects that reach SIFE's six educational criteria:
  • Market Economics
  • Success Skills
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Literacy
  • Business Ethics
  • Program Sustainability

For information on programs and events contact:

Kristine Ouzts
Faculty Business Management - EVEC
Email: kristine.ouzts@mesacc.edu
Phone: 480-461-7720