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SBA's Emerging Leaders Program Helps Entrepreneurs Accelerate Growth


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WHAT: Emerging Leaders is an intensive, executive-level training initiative designed to accelerate the growth of small businesses with potential for job creation. During the course of seven months, participants are given the opportunity to work with experienced mentors, attend specialized workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders and the financial community. 

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COST: This program is FREE. The only cost is your time and commitment to complete the curriculum, which includes 100 hours of combined classroom, homework and peer-to-peer mentoring.


·        Does your business have annual revenues of at least $250,000 

·        Does your business employ at least one other individual other than yourself?

·        Have you been in business at least three years?

BENEFITS: You will engage in focused development and expansion strategies, including options for accessing new capital and securing government contracts. Upon graduation, you will have a three-year strategic growth action plan with benchmarks and performance targets to help you emerge as self-sustaining businesses that creates jobs and builds communities.

To apply for the Columbus Emerging Leaders program, contact Shannon Feucht, Economic Development Specialist, at  To apply for Dayton Emerging Leaders program please contact Alex Kohls, Area Manager