Sign up for email updates from SBAReceive helpful business tips and upcoming events in your area.

Wisconsin District Office
310 West Wisconsin Ave. Suite 580W
Milwaukee, WI 53203
United States
Phone: 414-297-3941
Fax: 414-297-1377
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
SBA Seeks Emerging Leaders Applicants | SBA District Director Ness to Share Details on WNOV-AM February 1

Advisory Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Advisory Number: 14-1
Release Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Related State:
Contact: Shirah Apple (414) 297-1096/

MILWAUKEE–-SBA’s Wisconsin District Office is seeking 15 applicants for its Emerging Leaders Initiative.  The goal of this federal training course, now in its sixth year, is to attract owners of established urban small businesses with high growth potential and to provide them with resources to build a sustainable business of size and scale.  

Businesses must be located in the City of Milwaukee and/or meet SBA’s criteria for small disadvantaged businesses. They should also be at least three years old, have at least one employee besides the owner, and have gross annual sales of at least $400,000.  The application deadline is March 21; the course begins in April.

This seven-month-long intensive course, which is free for participants, includes 100 hours of classroom time as well as networking and mentoring opportunities.  The Milwaukee instructor for Emerging Leaders also directs the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Lubar Executive MBA program.  Interise, a Boston-based business- and management-training company, developed the curriculum, which is based on their “streetwise MBA.” 

Eric Ness, SBA’s Wisconsin District Director, and a 2013 Emerging Leaders graduate will be interviewed on Milwaukee’s WNOV-AM “Heart and Soul” talk show (860 AM radio) on Saturday, February 1, 8:00 am.  There will be a call-in segment.

“Emerging Leaders can help small business CEOs build the skills and relationships to manage and grow their companies,” according to Eric Ness, SBA’s Wisconsin District Director.

More than two-thirds of past participants reported seeing their companies' revenues rise, and three-quarters said their companies were able to maintain or create new jobs.

To learn more about Emerging Leaders in Milwaukee, contact Mary Trimmier at 414-297-1093, visit the Wisconsin District SBA website at, or visit  To apply, go to

Encore Entrepreneurs

An Introduction to Starting Your Own Business


Need Help Writing a Business Plan? Our step-by-step tool makes it easy.  Start Your plan.

Get Local Assistance Right in Your Area

Counseling, mentoring, and training from an SBA District Office, SCORE Chapter, Small Biz Development Center or Women’s Biz Center in your area.