CEOs Ready to Get on the Fast Track to Grow in 2018

SBA Recruits for Emerging Leaders Initiative
Release Date: 
Monday, February 26, 2018
Release Number: 
HDO 18-6
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Apply by March 2 to Accelerate Business Growth


HONOLULU– The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched recruitment for the 2018 Emerging Leaders Initiative, a seven-month executive-level training series targeting small businesses with high-growth potential and the entrepreneurial drive to follow through with their new skills and planning tools.  For the seventh consecutive year, the Hawaii District Office will offer this valuable course at no cost to fifteen qualified entrepreneurs.

“Emerging Leader graduates represent the amazing range of diversity, talent and experience that we find among entrepreneurs in Hawaii and this course really focuses in on tools for their success.  We’ve had bakers, builders, electricians, healthcare executives, IT professionals, designers, retailers, agri-tourism, architects and engineers join the course and all find that they are truly engaged and excited about it,” said District Director Jane Sawyer.

The SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative delivers entrepreneurship education and training focused on small, poised-for-growth companies that are potential job creators.  This intensive executive entrepreneurship series provides the interaction and consultation with experienced coaches, mentors, and lenders, facilitated exercises, and focused networking with their peers, local city leaders and the financial community. Classes are scheduled to begin in mid-April.

To be eligible for the course, the CEO or owner must have been in business for three years, have annual revenues over $350,000, have at least one employee on staff, and have the desire and potential for growth.  The competitive application process includes completing a one page form, personal interviews, and the commitment to complete course work and participate in all class sessions.  Applications are due to SBA by March 2, 2018.  For information, call 808 541 2990.