First Southwest Community Fund (FSWCF), has received the 2023 Spirit of Alamosa Award by the Alamosa County Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented at the Alamosa County Art Gala held on May 19 at The Grove Theater.
“On behalf of the team at First Southwest Community Fund, we are honored to be recognized for our contributions to this community,” stated Azarel Madrigal, Executive Director. “We thank the Alamosa County Chamber of Commerce for supporting our work.”
The Spirit of Alamosa award is given to a business or organization that has contributed a high level of time, skills, and/or resources to the Alamosa County Chamber and community of Alamosa.
FSWCF has a primary mission of supporting tangible economic opportunities throughout rural Colorado by making much needed non-traditional capital (loans) available to emerging and existing businesses, which in turn create, retain and grow jobs.
For example, when Denise Vigil, Alamosa native and owner of Friar’s Fork, needed funding to launch her vision of opening her own restaurant, she turned to FSWCF. She now runs a successful business and was recently named a semifinalist for the prestigious 2023 James Beard Award Best New Restaurant! Funding provided by FSWCF helps entrepreneurs like Denise realize their dreams.
(Photo L-R: Yani Rodriguez, FSWCF Entrepreneur Success Coordinator; Naya Rodriguez, FSWCF Lending Specialist; Azarel Madrigal, FSWCF Executive Director; Kassidy Anderson, FSWB Senior Loan Processor)