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SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative Expands to Help Entrepreneurs Grow and Succeed

Seven-month intensive, executive entrepreneurship education series now available in 51 Cities and Communities Across the United States


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Emerging Leaders executive-level training series is launching in 51 cities and communities across the country this year.

The Emerging Leaders training focuses on small, poised-for-growth companies with potential for job creation.  The seven-month intensive, executive entrepreneurship education series includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time per participant and provides the opportunity for small business owners to work with experienced mentors, attend workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders and financial communities.

“The SBA’s expansion of Emerging Leaders last year to over 20 new locations made this invaluable training accessible to more entrepreneurs than ever before,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet.  “The training, mentorship and resources that these small business owners receive help them take their enterprises to the next level, spurring business growth, job creation and stronger communities.”

“The initiative has trained more than 3,000 promising small business owners in underserved communities since its inception in 2008, and its impact continues to expand, Contreras-Sweet continued.”

There are three new locations joining the initiative for the first time – Sacramento, Calif., Montpelier, Vt., and Concord, N.H.  The expansion means the successful training initiative will now be available to entrepreneurs in a total of 51 cities across the United States.

The Emerging Leaders initiative has been a catalyst for expanding opportunities for underserved communities.  Graduates have reported that nearly 70 percent achieved revenue growth and over 80 percent created new jobs or retained all existing jobs.  Graduates have secured federal, state, local and tribal contract awards over $700 million.

Local recruitment for the 2016 training cycle is underway at selected SBA district offices, and classes are scheduled to begin in April.  Information on how interested small business owners can apply and eligibility criteria can be found at

The hosting locations for the 2016 Emerging Leaders initiative classes are as follows:

Albuquerque, N.M.                             Miami, Fla.

Atlanta, Ga.                                        Milwaukee, Wis.

Austin/San Antonio, Texas                 Minneapolis, Minn.

Bakersfield, Calif.                               Nashville, Tenn.

Baltimore, Md.                                    Concord, N.H.*

Birmingham, Ala.                                Newark, N.J. 

Boise, Idaho                                        New Orleans, La.

Boston, Mass.                                     New York, N.Y.

Charlotte, N.C.                                   Oklahoma City, Okla.

Chicago, Ill.                                        Philadelphia, Pa.

Columbus, Ohio                                  Phoenix, Ariz.

Dallas, Texas                                       Pittsburgh, Pa.

Denver, Colo.                                      Portland, Ore.

Detroit, Mich.                                     Providence, R.I.

El Paso, Texas                                     Sacramento, Calif.*

Fargo, N.D.                                         Salt Lake City, Utah

Honolulu, Hawaii                                San Juan, Puerto Rico

Houston, Texas                                   Seattle, Wash.

Indianapolis, Ind.                                Spokane, Wash.

Jackson, Miss.                                     St. Louis, Mo.

Las Vegas, Nev.                                  Syracuse, N.Y.

Little Rock, Ark.                                 Tampa, Fla.

Los Angeles, Calif.                             Montpelier, Vt.*

Louisville, Ky.                                    Washington, D.C.

Memphis, Tenn.                                  Wichita, Kan.

Youngstown, Ohio

*New locations for 2016.

For more information about Emerging Leaders, or to contact the respective local SBA District Office in that area, please visit


The Women Business Center of Kentucky
 Simmons College
The Small Biz College Workshop Series
Thursday, February 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
Time – 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Lunch will be provided
Location – Simmons College,

1000 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40203
Cost – $10.00 per class

Steps in Writing a Business Plan
Sharron Johnson, Director WBC of Kentucky


Understanding Bookkeeping and Cash Flow 
Sherry Thomas, CPA Faculty Simmons College
What to Expect as a Small Business Owner
Ivy Brito, State Farm Agent/Owner 
Grow your Business with Business First
Debbie Denton, Business First
Show me the Money
Local Lenders


Don’t miss the opportunity to learn how to develop your business plan, understanding the steps in record keeping, how to review your cash flow, marketing your business, business insurance, and local lenders in your community.     
Registration Information
 Margaret Prince, 566-6076 or
Time – 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Men and Women are Welcome!

sba-logo-op_original_cropLunch & Learn Webinar – Access to Capital Utilizing the SBA’s Online Portal

Join us for a lunch and learn webinar as we discuss how to navigate the SBA LINC system – Leveraging information and networks to access capital is a simple way for you to connect with prospective SBA lenders based on our business needs.

February 10, 12:00 – 12:30

The session will cover:

  • how to get started
  • SBA lenders participating and the process
  • key things to include to access lenders
  • how the program works and what are the options available

Brief overview of the SBA loan programs’ basic eligibility and terms:

  • Microloans
  • 7(a) (highlighting SBA Express, Veteran’s Advantage and Community Advantage)
  • 504 loans

SBA Resource partners:

  • WBC
  • SBDC

Registration is required.

SBA Lender Fair – February 26th

Capital August

SBA in conjunction with the North County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be conducting a free Lender Fair, where you will be able to connect with various local lenders and also with SBA and our local resource partners for free business counseling.

When: Friday, February 26, 2016 – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Escondido Public Library, 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: FREE
Register at:
Contact: Maria Hughes, 619-727-4871,

Please bring your tax returns and financial statements

Participating Lenders and Resource Partners: 

  • Home Bank of California
  • JP Morgan Chase Bank
  • Sun West Bank
  • Comerica Bank
  • Miramar Fed Credit Union
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Banc of California
  • Primary Funding
  • CDC Small Business Finance
  • Accion
  • North San Diego SBDC
  • SBA

SBA’s participation in this activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any participants, person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact: Maria Hughes, 619-727-4871,

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