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Are you ready to T.H.R.I.V.E?

THRIVE: Are you a SMALL Business Owner? T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined may be a great fit for you.

Are you a high-performing small business owner or a C-level leader ready to "THRIVE"?

T.H.R.I.V.E. is a FREE six-month intensive business training for small business entrepreneurs and executives to help them get unstuck and take their business to the next level.

“T.H.R.I.V.E. -Train, Hope, Rise, Innovate, Venture, Elevate”. We have room for 20 hard-charging, high-performing small business owners and/or C-level executives within a small business. 


Cohort applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant’s Role in the business: (Owner, Founder, Partner, President, VP, CEO, COO, CFO)
  • Business employees: Must have at least one employee other than applicant
  • Business revenue: The business must have at least $250,000 annual revenue
  • Business age: The business must be operational for at least 3 years

After applying, applicants will be screened by the SBA for further consideration.


Cohort applicants should be aware of the following dates governing the program:

  • APPLICANT INTERVIEWS  May 23 – June 24
  • COHORT PERIOD: July 5 – Dec 15

T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined provides world-class education, coaching, and mentoring, plus access to the tools that growth-oriented entrepreneurs need to develop as leaders and scale their businesses. Gain practical skills to elevate your business with topics like Financing and Cash Flow, Market Research, Growing Brand Awareness, Driving Sales, and Hiring a Strong Team.

To learn more about this program, please visit SBA THRIVE

Click here to APPLY for the THRIVE program.

Events This Month

webinar: resources for small businesses or small business


HUBZone Workshop

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