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SBA El Paso, Texas District Office

Emerging Leaders


U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) El Paso District Office is seeking participants for the 2016 Emerging Leaders executive-level training series launching in 51 cities and communities across the country to include  businesses located in El Paso County and the far west Texas counties of Hudspeth, Culberson, Reeves, Jeff Davis, Loving, Pecos, Terrell, Brewster and Presidio. This will be the second year offered to the El Paso District SBA business counties.   To qualify and be eligible as an Emerging Leader participant the small business candidate must at least be in business for three years, have one employee and have sales of $400,000.

The Emerging Leaders training focuses on small, poised-for-growth companies with potential for job creation.  The seven-month intensive, executive entrepreneurship education series includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time per participant and provides the opportunity for small business owners to work with experienced mentors, attend workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders and financial communities.

The Emerging Leaders initiative has been a catalyst for expanding opportunities for underserved communities.  Graduates have reported this course as an eye opener and have secured federal, state, local and tribal contract awards over $700 million.   Nearly 70 percent of the participant business owners achieved revenue growth and over 80 percent created new jobs or retained all existing jobs. 

“This entrepreneurial education initiative is a priority for our Agency because it trains already successful small businesses in how to become prosperous medium and large size businesses which are able to propel America’s economy forward,” said SBA Regional Administrator Yolanda Garcia Olivarez. “An added bonus is that class participants gain the opportunity to establish strong networks, share best practices, success stories and be a part of building each other’s dream of entrepreneurship.” 

“Emerging Leaders is a great value and I wish it would’ve been available much earlier. The course opened my eyes about business planning and the importance of understanding financial statements. The development of the growth plan set out a process that will definitely impact my sales, profits, and employment opportunities to El Pasoans,” said Emerging Leaders graduate Luis Luna, President of Synergy Project Consultants Inc.

For more information visit www.sba.gov/emergingleaders or contact Rita Madrid at (915) 834-4626, email rita.madrid@sba.gov, register at www.interise.org/sbaemergingleaders