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Local entrepreneurs accepted into executive-level training program

Release Date: 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Release Number: 
17-05 SADO
Nina Ramon | 210-403-5900

SAN ANTONIO – The U.S. Small Business Administration, San Antonio District Office selected participates for a thirteen week, executive-level training course. The first session began on April 11 at the Broadway Bank located on McCullough.

The SBA established the Emerging Leaders program in 2008 to assist entrepreneurs in urban communities, currently over 50 communities across the country has been selected to offer this course. This is the third year the SBA San Antonio District has hosted this training.

SADO Emerging Leaders 2017“I am looking forward to another energized, paradigm-shifting year for an inspired group of business owners,” said Hal Brown, Interise Instructor. “My goal is to help them change their way of thinking, so that they may really learn how to set and achieve goals and grow their businesses to a greater level of success in the next three year. This is one of the most satisfying things I do each year.”

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.

This executive-level training series focuses on small, posed-for-growth companies with potential to promote economic development within their community. The program includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time, connects small business owners with a network of industry experts and peers, and assists with the creation of a three-year strategic growth action plan.

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.

Emerging Leaders is for established business owners and is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business. There are no restrictions on the types of businesses that can participate.

To be considered, firms must be for-profit enterprises, been in business for at least three years, have at least one full time employee other than self, and have annual revenues between $400,000 and $10 million.


This year’s participants are:

Shirley Crandall

Crandall & Associates, Inc

Jeffrey Jaime


Daniel Barrett

Barrett insurance services

Patricia Fierro

M& A professional contractors llc

Gary Zimmerman

Aer Potentia LLC

Priscilla Contreras


Marcia Winkler

Longhorn Office products

Betty Corona

Alamo and Austin Helicopter Tours

Rossie Ortiz

SANA INTL Commerce

Neelu Raman Kaur

Bestica inc.

Andy Little


Kermit Cruz

NBCP Sourcing & Technology

Reynaldo Martinez

Woodeez Stone & Laser Imaging

Christopher Greer

John's Landscaping

Carl Dugart

Vertical Technologies

Jane Gonzalez

Medwheels Inc

Monica Harris

Accu Aire Mechanical LLC

Cesar Cantor

Colmex Services



Top (L:R) Christopher Greer, Marcia Winkler, Betty Corona, Jane Gonzalez, Rossie Ortiz, Cesar Cantor, Jeffrey Jaime, Kermit Cruz, Hal Brown

Bottom (L:R) Ashley Morales, SBA Emerging Leaders Project Manager; Patricia Fierro, Neelu Raman Kaur, Monica Harris, Reynaldo Martinez


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



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