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Lower Rio Grande Valley District
Corpus Christi Branch Office

u s small business administration

Five Reasons to Apply for
Emerging Leaders - South Texas Cohort

Ready to grow your business? Sign up for SBA's Emerging Leaders Initiative.

The SBA Emerging Leaders program is a “mini MBA” that enables you to set aside approximately two days a month to work on your business instead of in your business.  The following are five reasons to apply for Emerging Leaders South Texas aimed to grow your business.

  1. Valued at $10,000, this seven-month course is at no cost
  2. 70 percent of businesses who graduated from SBA Emerging Leaders reported an increase in revenue
  3. Firms who graduated also obtained over $550 million in government contracts
  4. Emerging Leaders graduates secured over $100 million in new financing
  5. $160 million in institutional and corporate contracts went to businesses who completed the course

Resource: Interise Business Growth Assessment 2016-2018

Business owners or CEOs interested in growing their existing business are invited to attend a free one-hour information session...

Friday, March 20th from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
the Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office
2422 E. Tyler Ave., Suite E. Harlingen

The purpose of this meeting is to share information about the program requirements, curriculum and objective.

Emerging Leader graduates from the 2019 cohort will be in attendance to answer questions. 

For more information or to register your attendance to the informational meeting please click here.

Preliminary qualifications to participate in the program:

  • An established business (in existence for at least 3 years)
  • Annual gross revenues between $250,000 and $10 million
  • Have 3 or more employees (highly recommended)
  • Time commitment of the business owner, or executive "decision-maker", to dedicate themselves to attend all 13 classes and develop a strategic growth plan (a 100 hour commitment).

If you want to apply for the Emerging Leaders Program you may apply online by clicking here

For more information about the program contact; Angela Burton at (956) 427-8533 Ext 231 or email to