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Philadelphia businesses graduate SBA Emerging Leaders program Inner-city small business owners complete SBA “Mini-MBA” course Nov. 13

Advisory Date: 
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Advisory Number: 
20131012-002
Contact: 
Robert Goza (610) 382-3084 | robert.goza@sba.gov

WHAT: The U.S. Small Business Administration will honor entrepreneurs completing its Emerging Leaders Program at a graduation ceremony Nov. 13th. SBA identified inner-city businesses across the nation demonstrating high growth potential and provided these small businesses with a free “mini-MBA” program: a course of in-depth business education in organization management, growth strategies/management, market development and strategic planning.

Philadelphia-area businesses honored at the Philadelphia Emerging Leaders graduation ceremony:

  • Alexander Perry, Inc.
  • Appligent Inc.
  • Cognis IT Advisors, LLC
  • Brio Solutions
  • CHPlanning
  • Dennis M. Jackson Insurance Agency, Inc.
  • Derisory Designs
  • Divine Insurance Group, LLC
  • Ervina White Beauford Funeral Service
  • Gibson Music & Arts
  • Hua Da Construction
  • Rising Sun Medical Center, Inc.
  • Storevision North America, Inc.
  • The Westwood School
WHO: Scheduled speakers include
Natalia Olson-Urtecho, Regional Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
Kevin Dow, COO & Deputy Commerce Director, City of Philadelphia
David Dickson, Philadelphia District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration
Hugh Connelly, Emerging Leaders Instructor, President of Univest Capital, Inc.
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2 p.m.
WHERE: Philadelphia City Hall, Mayor’s Reception Room, 1 Penn Sq., Philadelphia, Penn.
NOTE: Separate interviews and photo opportunities with key participants will be available following the program’s conclusion.

This year, the Emerging Leaders’ Philadelphia class was honored to have class instructor Hugh Connelly, an experienced entrepreneur and facilitator/trainer.

Philadelphia is just one of the Emerging Leaders participating cities. Others include: Albuquerque, NM; Denver, CO; Jacksonville, FL; Oklahoma City, OK; Syracuse, NY; Atlanta, GA; Detroit, MI; Los Angeles, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Tulsa, OK; Baltimore, MD; Farmington, NM; Memphis, TN; Phoenix, AZ; Youngstown, OH; Boston, MA; Fresno, CA; Milwaukee, WI; Portland, OR; Chicago, IL; Helena, MT; Minneapolis, MN; Seattle, WA; Dallas, TX; Honolulu, HI; New Orleans, LA; St. Louis, MO

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Related State: 
Pennsylvania