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2019 Emerging Leaders Program Returns to Worcester

Deadline to Apply is March 8th
Release Date: 
Friday, February 8, 2019
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Contact: / 617-565-8510

BOSTON — The SBA Massachusetts District Office announced the 2019 Emerging Leaders Initiative will be returning to the City of Worcester.

“The inaugural Worcester Emerging Leaders cohort proved that promising small businesses in central Massachusetts are making significant contributions to the vibrant economy,” said District Director Robert H. Nelson. “We’re bringing Emerging Leaders back to Worcester to continue shining a light on these entrepreneurs and provide a boost to help them reach their full potential.”

The SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative is a federal training initiative that focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities. The initiative provides participants with the organizational framework, resource network, and motivation required to build sustainable businesses and promote economic development within urban communities. 

The Emerging Leaders Initiative has aided over 4,000 small business owners in sustaining and growing their businesses.  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.

This training is for established business owners and is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business.  Eligibility and requirements include:

  • Have annual revenues of at least $250,000
  • Have been in business for at least 3 years
  • Have at least one employee, other than self

The program is free of charge and will run from April 2019 to October 2019.  Interested small business owners may register their interest by applying online at:



About the U.S. Small Business Administration

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