Accepting Applications for SBA's 2017 Emerging Leaders Class

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SBA Arkansas District Office

Attention Business Owners!

If you’re looking for a solution on how to grow your small business in 2017, the SBA may have the answer.

Recruitment for the SBA’s Emerging Leaders 2017 training cycle is now underway at selected SBA district offices, and we’re looking for interested small businesses.

Since 2008, Emerging Leaders has trained more than 4,000 promising small business owners in underserved communities, and continues its impact in helping small business owners grow and create jobs. 

How Emerging Leaders Works:

Emerging Leaders is a FREE executive-level training program that provides tools and resources to help underserved small companies to sustain and grow. Now in its ninth year, Emerging Leaders is an intensive entrepreneurship education series for small businesses that have the potential for quick growth and job creation.  The initiative has been a change-maker in increasing opportunities for underserved communities, and it provides participating businesses with an organizational framework, as well as a resource network, that helps to form sustainable companies and promote economic development within urban and rural communities. 

Sessions are held in the evenings, on a bi-weekly basis. Participants commit approximately 40 hours of in-class time, divided over 13 in-person sessions. Participants will also spend at least 12 hours over the course of the curriculum in self-directed CEO mentoring groups. All instructional in-class sessions, CEO Mentoring Groups and session preparation are interconnected and of equal importance.  In total, each participant can expect to commit approximately 100 hours to analyzing their business and planning for growth. 

What Emerging Leaders Can Do for You:

The benefits of the training series are well documented by the hundreds of entrepreneurs around the country. The initiatives success is highlighted in these numbers. Graduates of Emerging Leaders have reported:

  • $17 million in new financing.
  • Nearly 70 percent saw revenue growth.
  • Over 80 percent created new jobs or retained all existing jobs.
  • Over $700 million secured in federal, state, local, tribal and corporate contract awards. Hear first-hand from past participants about their experience with Emerging Leaders and the impact made on their businesses in this two-minute video: Why You Should be Part of SBA's Emerging Leaders. How to Learn More: If you are a small business owner interested in applying for the 2017 training cycle, be sure to first learn more about the full eligibility requirements for participants. Please take a minute to register your company’s interest here: Emerging Leaders Registration for consideration for the 2017 cycle.  Added information on the Emerging Leaders is available online. Sign-up now, classes are scheduled to begin in April.   

Questions?  Contact Karen Musick at