The Emerging 200, e200 for short, is an intensive training initiative to accelerate growth of high potential small businesses located in America’s inner-cities. Developed by the U.S. Small Business Administration, e200 offers qualified business owners powerful benefits including innovative strategies to grow, acquire financing, access new markets and leverage networking.
Congratulations to the second class, which graduated on November 13, 2012, and consisted of Kayla Mays-Madkins of Ability Building & Restoration, LLC; Kelly Hamilton of ALIVE Media Group/Alive Magazine; Jeffery W. Kelley of Chameleon Integrated Services; Juan Kuanfung of Quanteq, Inc.; Sekhar Prabhakar of C-Edge Software Consultants LLC; John Peters of Alliance Contracting; L.C. Robinson of L.C. Painting; and Alma Bright of R.I.S.C. Consultants, LLC. Juan Kuanfung said of the class, “The E200 program provided a valuable process that ensures all issues in the business are throughly addressed and achieved. Their comprehensive approach, business worksheets and interaction with other CEOs empowered me, as an entrepreneur, in the art of doing business!”
Last years’ class included Eliza Simington of City Design Group, Inc.; Harish Sundaram of Simple Tech, Inc. d/b/a Only Link; Vicki Dunn/Wolfe of Global Environmental, Inc.; Susan Morton of Data Dash, Inc.; A. Keith Turner of TurnGroup Technologies, LLC; Christine Bierman of Colt Safety, Inc.; Gloria Carter-Hicks of Hick-Carter-Hicks, LLC; Marvin Woods, CCE, of Project Controls Group, Inc.; Natasha Conley of PSRI Technologies, LLC; Roger Spearman of A-1 Private Investigations, LLC; and Kimberly MacLean of Druids Woodworking, Inc.
The attendees came from a variety of fields but they had common goals of growing their companies and improving their management skills. Marvin Woods said, “e200 is one of the best educational experiences that I have attended. By participating in the program, I accelerated my development as a business owner. Not only did I take away an incredible educational experience, I also developed relationships and friendships with other business owners that will last a lifetime. I am honored to have been given the opportunity to participate in the e200 Program.” Every participant mentions the relationships which they develop in the class. A network of peers and contacts become invaluable as an owner grows his or her business. They become informal advisors and often refer business to each other.
The next class will start in the spring, but applications are now being accepted. The only costs are time and commitment to complete the curriculum. All other costs are being assumed by the U.S. Small Business Administration and local partners. The e200 advanced training series is open to small business owners and executives. Businesses with annual revenues of at least $400,000, which have been in business for at least three years and located in the inner-city will receive the most benefit from this initiative. This training is not recommended for start-ups.
If you are interested in joining the next e200 class, please contact Angie Wells. She can be reached at 314-539-6600 extension 223 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.