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Grow Your Business - Apply for the Emerging Leaders Initiative

Note:  links to our application form, Q&A section, and class schedule can be found at the bottom of this document

The Fresno SBA district office has been funded again to host another year of our acclaimed Emerging Leaders mini MBA-type business development curriculum program.  In 2011 SBA, a member of the federal Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative in Fresno, inaugurated the program in collaboration with several local partners.  Since then we have graduated approximately 24 of the most talented and dedicated business owners in the Valley and the outcomes with respect to growth and job creation  has simply exceeded our expectations .  These businesses are now poised and prepared for growth, and are making a tremendous impact as the result of taking this growth-proven copyrighted business development curriculum. 

We are currently accepting applications for our 2013 class which will start in mid April.  We have included information regarding the program and ask that you consider applying for this training program.  In addition, please let your clients, customer and community contacts know that SBA is currently enrolling business owners in our 2013 program which will be offered again totally without any cost to the participant.

The goal of the program is to identify 15 businesses in Fresno that show a high potential for growth and to provide them with the networks, resources and motivation required to build a sustainable business of size and scale.  The program’s business model follows a growth-proven curriculum called StreetWise Steps™ which has interactive learning and networking components.  The curriculum is owned  and taught by Interise, a prominent non-profit out of Boston.  Small businesses located within the City of Fresno are especially encouraged to apply.

As a reminder, our eligibility criteria include:

  • In business for at least 3 years
  • Between $400,000 and $10 million in annual revenue
  • At least one full time employee besides the owner
  • Interested in growth
  • The business is in good financial shape and does not face tax, legal or other significant challenges

We look forward to identifying another class of high-growth firms that will contribute to this Region’s economy.  Deadline for application submission is March 22, 2013.    Should you have any questions please contact Lupe Cota, Emerging Leaders Coordinator or me at 559/ 487-5791. 


Carlos G. Mendoza
District Director
Fresno District Office

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