President Biden announced important changes to the PPP, including a two-week window for businesses with fewer than 20 employees.


Release Date: 
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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Advisory Date: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Dawn Golik (559) 487-5791 x2705

 Seeking 17 Bakersfield Businesses for Free ‘mini-MBA" Program

FRESNO – On Friday, March 6, 2015, from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, at University of LaVerne’s Bakersfield Campus at 1201 24th Street, Suite D-200, local Chambers of Commerce, Bakersfield business organizations, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are hosting an information meeting about the Emerging Leaders Program, a seven month ‘mini-MBA’ program that will be held in Bakersfield starting in April.


Acceptance into the program is competitive, and 17 Bakersfield business owners will be selected to participate. Applications will be available at the Information Meeting, or Bakersfield small business owners can apply online by March 13, 2015 at Company owners must meet strict eligibility criteria to be selected for Emerging Leaders including:

 In business for at least 3 years

 Between $400,000 and $10 million in annual revenue

 At least one full time employee besides the owner

 Interested in business growth

 The business is in good financial shape and does not face tax, legal or other significant challenges

Entrepreneurs who are chosen to participate in the program will work with experienced mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections with other Bakersfield small business owners, city leaders and financial organizations. Tuition for the program will be paid by SBA, so there is no cost to business owners to participate. The program runs from April until November, and includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time at University of LaVerne’s Bakersfield campus. Classes will be taught by an instructor with Interise, a Boston based non profit agency.

The information meeting will include an overview of the Emerging Leaders program, and success stories from San Joaquin Valley business owners who graduated from previous Emerging Leaders classes, and have grown their businesses as a result.

The Small Business Development Center, SCORE, Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Kern County Black Chamber, Mission Community Services Corporation’s Women’s Business Center, the Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce, University of LaVerne, and SBA invite Bakersfield businesses to attend the information meeting to learn how this opportunity can help them grow their companies. For more information about Emerging Leaders, please visit, contact the Fresno SBA District Office at (559) 487-5791, or speak with any of SBA’s local Bakersfield partners who are assisting with this program.