Green Flag Mesa supports student entrepreneurship

MESA, Arizona – March 27, 2018 -- Mesa Community College and the Mesa Chamber of Commerce establish Green Flag Mesa, a new business development center for Mesa Community College (MCC) students. Officially opened for business March 7 the facility bolsters development of small businesses operated by MCC students.

The remodeled space located at the Mesa Chamber of Commerce’s new office at 165 N. Centennial Way, Suite 208, Mesa; provides work space for up to 10 small businesses for up to a year. Qualified MCC students rent the space for a modest $10 monthly fee.

“A majority of brilliant business ideas introduced by students rarely materialize due to inexperience, limited capital and lack of resources,” said Daniel Piercy, MCC Business & Information Systems faculty. “Green Flag Mesa provides students with the professional mentoring, office space, equipment and the knowledge resources needed to launch and bring their business ventures to fruition.”

Christopher Cole, operator of Lorde Cole, a men’s style and design business, is one of the first MCC students to take advantage of Green Flag Mesa resources and supports.

"Green Flag Mesa will help me connect with the community and hopefully expand my influence," said Cole.

“This is just the beginning,” said Sally Harrison, Mesa Chamber of Commerce president and CEO. “Our plan is to partner with Chamber members to continually expand the resources available to students, further stimulating the growth of current and emerging businesses in the East Valley.”

MCC students with a fully developed business idea, one that is ready to launch, may apply by contacting Dan Piercy at 480-461-7871 or

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Media contact: Dawn Zimmer, or 480-461-789

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018