Reminder: Build Your Business Through SBA's Emerging Leaders Program

Oklahoma District Office 

u s small business administration

Information Session Wednesday!

Initiative to Help Growing Entrepreneurs Opens for Recruitment

Emerging Leaders

Business owners seeking to grow their business have a unique opportunity through the 2019 Oklahoma Emerging Leaders Class. Local area recruitment is now open for the class which has helped numerous businesses across Oklahoma expand. Interested small business owners can learn more regarding eligibility, how to apply, and class schedules at the SBA’s Emerging Leaders website.

“This is an opportunity for Oklahoma small businesses to develop a comprehensive growth plan for their business,” Dottie Overal, Oklahoma District Director for the Small Business Administration said.  “Emerging Leaders has a proven track record of helping small businesses in Oklahoma. Graduates of the program have increased their revenue, created jobs and helped drive local economic growth in their communities.”

The Oklahoma District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration will hold its 2019 Emerging Leaders executive-level intensive entrepreneurship training initiative for small business owners at Rose State College beginning in April.  An informational session featuring a past graduate of the program will be held March 13th from 2-3:30 pm at the Rose State College Professional Training Education Center, 1720 Hudiburg Drive, Room 213, Midwest City, OK 73110.

The Small Business Administration’s Emerging Leaders initiative provides free entrepreneurship education and training for executives of small, poised-for-growth companies that are potential job creators.  This intensive executive entrepreneurship series includes nearly 100 hours of classroom time.  It also provides opportunities for small business owners to work with experienced coaches and mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections with their peers, local leaders, and the financial community.

Since its inception in 2008, the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative has trained over 5,000 small business owners, creating over 6,500 jobs, generating over $300 million in new financing, and securing over $3.16 billion in government contracts. 

Information on how interested small business owners can apply and on the eligibility criteria can be found at; or by contacting John D. Veal, Jr., Deputy District Director, 405-609-8020 or .

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