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Philadelphia businesses complete SBA Emerging Leaders program

Advisory Date: 
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Advisory Number: 
20151021-001
Contact: 
Robert Goza (610) 382-3084 | robert.goza@sba.gov
Inner-city small business owners graduate SBA executive training course Oct. 28

PHILADELPHIA– The U.S. Small Business Administration honors entrepreneurs for completing its Emerging Leaders Program at a graduation ceremony Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Liberty View Ballroom of the Independence Visitors Center in Philadelphia.  Media are invited to attend.

Emerging Leaders are SBA-identified inner-city business owners demonstrating high growth potential who are provided free executive training that includes in-depth business education in organization management, growth strategies/management, market development and strategic planning.  This year’s Emerging Leaders’ Philadelphia class was led by Hugh Connelly, an experienced entrepreneur and facilitator/trainer.

WHO: Scheduled speakers include

Natalia Olson-Urtecho, U.S. Small Business Administration Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator

Antonio (Tony) Leta, U.S. Small Business Administration Eastern Pennsylvania District Director

Hugh Connelly, Emerging Leaders Instructor and President of Univest Capital, Inc.

Chad Shank, M&T Bank Vice President, Business Banking and Relationship Manager

WHAT: Philadelphia Emerging Leaders graduation ceremony for the following small businesses:

  • Au Naturale, Inc.
  • Avant Gardens, Inc.
  • Blasco Contractors, Inc.
  • Down Dog Healing Café
  • East Hill Video Production Company, LLC
  • Delaware Hispano Magazine
  • Kettle Creek Corporation
  • Main Line Waterproofing, LLC
  • Mathnasium of Andorra
  • Maytav Bus Company
  • Memorable Moments Learning Center, Inc.
  • MFR Consultants, Inc.
  • Network Design Technologies, Inc.
  • Smith Flooring, Inc.

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 6-8 p.m.

WHERE: Liberty View Ballroom (2nd Floor), Independence Visitors Center, 1 N. Independence Mall W. 599 Market St., Philadelphia, PA  19106

Philadelphia is just one of many Emerging Leaders participating cities across the nation including: Syracuse, NY; Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Milwaukee, WI; Portland, OR; Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN; Seattle, WA; Dallas, TX; Honolulu, HI; New Orleans, LA; St. Louis, MO.

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NOTE: Separate interviews and photo opportunities with key participants will be available following the program’s conclusion.