March 21, 2021

Longtime

Long-time Tucson business development leader, Ellen Kirton, dies | Business News



Ellen Kirton helped Tucson entrepreneurs start and expand their businesses. She’s shown with one of her clients, Ray Montoya of Engineering and Environmental Consultants, in 2015.




Ellen Kirton, longtime director of the Pima Community College Small Business Development Center, died Sunday after complications from an illness.

After a long career in banking, Kirton became director of the Pima County SBDC in 2012.

The SBDC joined Pima Community College’s Workforce Development Division in 2016.

“Through her work assisting and inspiring entrepreneurs in starting, growing and expanding their small businesses, Ellen created a lasting economic

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