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Miriam Ortiz
Program Coordinator
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VBOC Program Coordinator

I grew up in a Military Family and then became a Military Spouse. Over my span of 40 years it's been challenging, exciting, and not without sacrifice, and I love it. God has been good to us. I quickly learned that it's about service, sacrifice, and have embraced being an Army Wife. I have enjoyed traveling the world. I have met a lot of Military Families and we have all supported each other.

I graduated from Georgia Tech with my Radiology degree 2012 and am working on finishing up my Business Management degree . I joined the VBOC team that is hosted by A New Leaf located in the Mesa area back in 2021. I have the pleasure of supporting our Veterans of any era with any questions regarding the Veterans Business Outreach Center.

Ken James
Sr. Small Business Specialist

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Sr Small Business Specialist

I joined the AZ VBOC team as Sr. Small Business Specialist in March 2022.  During this time, I've had the opportunity to work with hundreds of active-duty service members, veterans and their spouses / family members.  


I am an Arizona native that was born in Phoenix, raised in Glendale near Luke AFB and raised my family in Sierra Vista outside the gates of Fort Huachuca.


After completing my bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University (Go 'Jacks!), I served a 26-year career in Public Administration alongside my own small business endeavors. I brought that experience along with an entrepreneurial spirit to VBOC.  Thanks for your service, I now look forward to assisting you!

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