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20 Local Business Execs Begin Seven Month SBA Program

Release Date: 
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Release Number: 
16-06 SADO
Nina Ramon | 210-403-5920

SAN ANTONIO – The U.S. Small Business Administration, San Antonio District Office held the first session for their 2016 Emerging Leaders training series, April 5.

Twenty business executives were selected to attend the seven month program. The San Antonio District is one of over 50 communities across the country to host the free program. This is the second year the SBA San Antonio District has hosted this training.

Anthony Ruiz speaks to class“Each of you was handpicked not only because you meet the basic requirements for the course,” said Anthony Ruiz, SBA San Antonio District Director. “But through the application process, you have showed the motivation and stamina needed to complete this intensive entrepreneurship program.”

This executive-level training series focuses on small, posed-for-growth companies with potential to promote economic development within their community. The program provides business executive with business knowledge, management skills and access to new networks.

Rick Grohman, Master Electrician for All Star Electric, is one of the selected participants for the district’s 2016 class. Just by chance, he received an email from the district office about the program and was immediately interested.

“I’m always looking to grow - to get growth strategies,” said Grohman. “And to brush up on marketing strategies because that is not my strong suite.”

He also looks forward to “talking amongst peers to find out things that have worked for their business and things that haven’t,” said Grohman. “Compare notes so to speak.”

In 2008 the SBA selected Interise as the national instructional provider for the Emerging Leaders initiative which uses a copyrighted curriculum called the StreetWise Steps™ to Small Business Growth.

The end result of the executive education prepares and encourages small businesses to move to the next level on their growth trajectory and to help them emerge as self-sustaining businesses that create jobs and build communities.  At the conclusion of the training, entrepreneurs produce a three-year strategic growth action plan with benchmarks and performance targets that will help them access the necessary support and resources to move forward.

Guest speaker and Emerging Leaders Alumni Sergio Muniz stated, “Whatever you are good it, this class will make it better”. Muniz is the president of CYFOR Technologies.

To learn about the SBA’s Emerging Leaders initiative visit,