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15 Local Small Business Owners Graduate from SBA Emerging Leaders Program

Seven-month program provides framework for businesses on the brink of growth to produce high-impact results
Release Date: 
Monday, October 26, 2015
Release Number: 
Melanie Norton, 206-553-7082

SEATTLE – Fifteen small business owners across the state of Washington graduated from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Emerging Leaders program, a “mini-MBA” training initiative for local business on the brink of growth.  

This is the sixth year in a row the SBA Seattle District Office provided the seven-month executive education series. The program includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time, connects small business owners with a network of industry experts and peers, and supports the creation of a three-year strategic growth action plan.  

Since the SBA started offering the Emerging Leaders program in various locations across the country, graduates have created more than 2,400 new full-time jobs, accessed more than $73 million in new financing, and secured federal, state, local and tribal contracts worth more than $1 billion.  

The 2015 graduates from Washington state span the Puget Sound area, Spokane, and Yakima; and, represent various industries including aerospace, manufacturing, health and wellness, publishing, biotechnology, retail and food services.  

“Small business owners often know where they want to take their business, but struggle with how to get there. The Emerging Leaders initiative provides the tools and expert guidance to spark sustainable growth,” said SBA Seattle District Director Nancy Porzio.

“There is great value for small business owners to dedicate time to work on their business rather than just in their business,” Porzio continued.  “Emerging Leaders participants graduate as more confident CEOs with a clearer and more strategic vision for their business’ future.”

According to Seattle Emerging Leaders Instructor Mary Marshall, “every $200 the SBA invests in the Emerging Leaders program creates a new job in the local economy.”

The following are the 2015 SBA Emerging Leaders graduates in Washington state by city:


  • Carolyn Hurst – Barker Creek Publishing, Inc.
  • Cheryl Sands – POWTEC Solutions, Inc.


  • Daniel Cardenas – Sierra Media


  • Daniel Barghelame – Deck and Spas / SunSauna, LLC


  • Ana Judeh – RA Beauty, Inc.


  • Shannon Aldrich Payne – Maya Whole Health Renton, LLC


  • Teferi Gebretsadik – The UPS Store #5749
  • Meghann Lawrence – Ummelina
  • Phebe Rossi – Nuflours
  • Olga Sagan – Piroshky Piroshky Bakery


  • Jeanne Small – Quantum Northwest, Inc.


  • Wes Gano – RealityCharting
  • Tad Papineau – PSI Solutions, Inc.


  • John Patterson – Washington Wine Company


  • Timothy Logozzo Sr. – Wild Fire Services, Inc. / WFS Environmental, Inc.

 For more information about the Emerging Leaders initiative – including applying for the 2016 class – visit

About the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Seattle District Office:  The SBA Seattle District serves Washington state and northern Idaho with office locations in Seattle and Spokane. Today’s SBA stands for more than Small Business Administration; it stands for Smart, Bold and Accessible. SBA staff provides resources and services in three areas referred to as “the three C’s” – Counseling, Capital and Contracting. Visit for localized information including resource partners, lenders, events and workshops, success stories, news and updates, and other information aimed to help business start, grow and succeed.