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Local Small Business Owners Graduate from SBA 2017 Emerging Leaders Program

Seven-month program provides framework for businesses on the brink of growth to produce high-impact results
Release Date: 
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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Sheri Weston, (701) 239-5044

ND Emerging Leaders 2017 Graduation Class

Fargo, ND – Fifteen small business owners graduated from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Emerging Leaders program, a “mini-MBA” training initiative for local business on the brink of growth. A graduation ceremony was held October 16th with keynote address given by Matthew Mohr of Dacotah Paper Company.

This is the third year the SBA North Dakota District Office has provided the seven-month executive education series. The program includes approximately 50 hours of classroom time, connects small business owners with a network of industry experts and peers, and supports the creation of a three-year strategic growth action plan.

“Small business owners are often experts in what their business does, but rarely are they experts in small business management. The Emerging Leaders course gives them tools to evaluate where their business is headed,” said SBA North Dakota District Director Alan Haut. “With help from the classes, these individuals and their businesses will continue to grow, hire more employees and drive our local, state and national economy.”

For more information about the Emerging Leaders initiative – including applying for the 2018 class – visit

The following are the 2017 SBA Emerging Leaders graduates:

Ryan Benz – Salon 3|5 By Ryan Benz

Sandy Beyer – Crow Wing Cabinets, Inc.

Seth Carlson – Dakota Timber Company

Troy Derheim – Derheim, Inc.

Ryan Evelyth

Andrew Jason – Spotlight Media

Kara Jorvig – Allegro Group

Carrie Leopold – Inspire Innovation Lab

Karrin Lindow – Nevis Lumber, Inc.

Sylvia Lunski – Design Direction, Inc.

Ashley Morken – Unglued

Jim Newenhouse – The Door Men

Roque Rossetti – Galaxy Enterprises

Mike Troje – Midwest Construction Group

Dawn Van der Lith – J&D’s Riverview Market, LLC

CUTLINE: Front row, from left: Ashley Morken, Karrin Lindow, Ryan Evelyth, Ryan Benz. Middle row, from left: SBA District Director Alan Haut, Roque Rossetti, SBA Business Opportunity Specialist Sherri Komrosky, Andrew Jason, Emerging Leaders Instructor Karen Froelich, Sylvia Lunski, Mike Troje. Back row, from left: Carrie Leopold, Jim Newenhouse, Kara Jorvig, Troy Derheim, Dawn Van der Lith, Seth Carlson. Not pictured is Sandy Beyer.

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