Join the SBA's Emerging Leaders Class of 2021

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Apply Today for the Class of 2021 Emerging Leaders!

SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the launch of the 2021 Emerging Leaders initiative for executives of small businesses poised for growth in underserved
markets. Since its inception in 2008, Emerging Leaders has trained more than 4,000 small business owners, creating over 7,000 jobs, generating over $500 million in new financing, and securing over $4 billion in government contracts. Local area recruitment for the 2021 training cycle is currently underway, and we are pleased to share that we have a seat reserved for one of your clients to be in this year’s class cohort.

The SBA’s Emerging Leaders provides free entrepreneurship education and training for executives of small businesses that are potential job creators. This intensive executive entrepreneurship series includes nearly 100 hours of classroom time, which will be conducted in a virtual environment this year due
to the pandemic. Emerging Leaders provides participants with the opportunity to work with a network of experienced coaches and mentors, attend specialized workshops, and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and the financial community.

At the conclusion of the training, entrepreneurs produce a three-year strategic growth action plan with benchmarks and performance targets that will help them access the necessary support and resources to move forward. As a result, Emerging Leaders helps build sustainable businesses that promote economic development within their communities.

This training is for established business owners, is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business, and for a business that is currently not in “survival” mode in general or due to the pandemic. The Emerging Leaders Initiative advanced training series is open to small business owners and
executives that:

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

If you or someone you know is interested in applying please complete the online registration form by May 31, 2021. For any additional information or registration follow up questions, please contact Outreach and Marketing Specialist, Megyn Rodriguez at 202-941-8050 or megyn.rodriguez@sba.gov. 

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