Accelerate Your Business Growth with the Emerging Leaders Initiative

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New England Regional Office  - February 19, 2021

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SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative

The Emerging Leaders Initiative is an intensive executive-level series intended to accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses in America’s underserved cities.  The comprehensive curriculum provides the tools to catapult your company to the next level and help it emerge as a force in your community.

Is Emerging Leaders right for you and your business?

This training is for established business owners and is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business.  This is an advanced training series open to small business owners and executives that:

  • Have annual revenues of at least $250,000
  • Have been in business for at least 3 years
  • Have at least one employee, other than self

How will this help my business?

This training is designed to stimulate and support your business.  The curriculum provides strategies to help you access new avenues of capital.  It offers practical tools to pursue new paths for business development. It surrounds you with a network of government resources and local business leaders prepared to invest time and energy in your business.  More specifically, at the end of the training, you will produce a three-year strategic growth action plan that will help you access the necessary support and resources you need to move forward.

Is Emerging Leaders available in my community?

In New England, classes will be starting soon in Brunswick, Maine, Springfield, Massachusetts and Williston, Vermont. Read on to find out more about the program in your state.

Brunswick, Maine

SBA Maine is now accepting applications for Emerging Leaders. Due to COVID Restrictions, this year's program will be held virtually. Maine small business owners with questions on the Emerging Leaders Program can e-mail program coordinator Brad Currie at

Springfield, Massachusetts

Small business owners interested in the Springfield, Massachusetts program can learn more regarding eligibility, how to apply, class schedules and locations at 2021 SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative, or by reaching out to Springfield Branch Manager Oreste Varela at:  

Williston, Vermont

Small businesses throughout the entire state of Vermont are encouraged to apply. The Vermont Emerging Leaders Program is a collaborative effort between the SBA, Interise and Vermont Technical College. For more information call 802-828-4422 ext. 203.


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