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SBA Seeks Emerging Leaders Applicants | SBA District Director Ness to Share Details on WNOV-AM February 1

Release Date: 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Release Number: 
Advisory Date: 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Advisory Number: 
14-1
Contact: 
Shirah Apple (414) 297-1096/rachel.apple@sba.gov

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 mary.trimmier@sba.gov, visit the Wisconsin District SBA website at www.sba.gov/wi, or visit www.sba.gov/emergingleaders.  To apply, go to www.interise.org/SBAEmergingLeaders.

Related State: 
Wisconsin