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Philadelphia businesses graduate SBA Emerging Leaders program

Advisory Date: 
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Advisory Number: 
20141004-001
Contact: 
Robert Goza (610) 382-3084 | robert.goza@sba.gov
Inner-city small business owners complete SBA “Mini-MBA” course Nov. 5

WHAT: The U.S. Small Business Administration honors entrepreneurs completing its Emerging Leaders Program at a graduation ceremony Nov. 5th at 2 p.m. at La Calaca Feliz Restaurant, 2321 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130. SBA identified inner-city businesses across the nation demonstrating high growth potential and provided these small businesses with a free “mini-MBA” program: a course of in-depth business education in organization management, growth strategies/management, market development and strategic planning. Media are invited to attend the Emerging Leaders graduation event. 

Philadelphia-area businesses honored at the Philadelphia Emerging Leaders graduation ceremony:

  • Antenna Star Satellites, Inc.
  • Art of Wellness, LLC
  • Chester County Linens,  Inc.
  • CoyoteLight, Inc.
  • Environmental Construction Services, Inc.
  • Feliz Restaurants
  • In Touch Medical Associates, Inc.
  • Logic Eye Care, Inc.
  • Mitchum-Wilson Funeral Home, Inc.
  • Morgan Construction Management
  • North American Roofers, Inc.
  • OPS Security Group
  • Roman Sentry Security Systems, Inc.
  • Salus Health Inc.
  • Tiagha & Associates

WHO (Scheduled speakers include):

Natalia Olson-Urtecho, SBA mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator

Evelyn Smalls, CEO & President of United Bank of Philadelphia

Mark Quinn, Acting Philadelphia District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration

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

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m.

WHERE: La Calaca Feliz Restaurant, 2321 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130 

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

This year, the Emerging Leaders’ Philadelphia class was honored to have returning class instructor Hugh Connelly, an experienced entrepreneur and facilitator/trainer. Philadelphia is just one of the Emerging Leaders participating cities. Others include: Albuquerque, NM; Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Fresno, CA; Honolulu, HI; Los Angeles, CA; Memphis, TN; Miami, FL; Milwaukee, WI; Minneapolis, MN; New Jersey; New Orleans, LA; Oklahoma City, OK; Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; St. Louis, MO; Syracuse, NY; Wichita, KS; Youngstown, OH; Washington, DC

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