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2018 SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative Comes to Worcester

Informational Webinar on Thursday, January 25th at 10am
Release Date: 
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Release Number: 
Norman Eng 617-565-8510

BOSTON – The SBA Massachusetts District Office announced the 2018 SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative will be held in the City of Worcester.

The SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative is a federal training initiative that specifically focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities. The initiative provides these executives with the organizational framework, resource network, and motivation required to build sustainable businesses and promote the economic development within urban communities.  SBA’s outreach in these communities has resulted in entrepreneurial success that generates new jobs, attracts investment, and provides a more sustainable economic base in distressed areas. The Emerging Leaders Initiative has aided over 4,000 small business owners in sustaining and growing their businesses. 

“SBA Massachusetts is bringing the Emerging Leaders/E200 initiative to the City of Worcester to further develop high-potential small businesses in central Massachusetts,” said District Director Robert H. Nelson. “The program is a proven framework for business growth that will accept a cohort limited to 15 C-level executives, aimed at helping design a business development and growth plan.”

Applicants accepted into the program will participate without any fees.  Over the course of seven months, participants are given the opportunity to work with experienced mentors, attend specialized workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and the financial community.

Thursday, January 25th, 2018 at 10am – the Massachusetts District Office will conduct an informational webinar for the 2018 Emerging Leaders Initiative; to register online, visit:

For more information or questions, please contact: David Polatin, Deputy District Director; (617)565-5562 /


About the U.S. Small Business Administration:

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012, has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.  To learn more, visit