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SBA Celebrates the Graduation of Nine Local Businesses from its Emerging Leaders Class

Release Date: 
Thursday, November 7, 2013
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Advisory Date: 
Friday, November 29, 2013
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Jacksonville, Fla. – Nine Jacksonville based businesses have graduated from the North Florida 2014 Emerging Leaders Program. The graduation ceremony was held on November 6, 2013 at the JAX Chamber. The program started in 2010, and is offered in select cities nationwide.


This program is designed to accelerate the growth and development of existing businesses through strategic planning, networking, and training. The Emerging Leaders Initiative advanced training series was only open to small business owners and executives that have annual revenues of at least $300,000, have been in business for at least 3 years, have at least one employee, other than the owner, and were also located in Jacksonville.

The Emerging Leaders Program in Jacksonville has a wide range of support from the community and business leaders. The following groups co-sponsored the 2013 Emerging Leaders Program: Jacksonville Women’s Business Center, SCORE, Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida, Beaver Street Enterprise Center, Wells Fargo, Advantage Business Magazine, Nova Southeastern University, Jacksonville Student Education Center (SEC), and Bank of America.

Wilfredo J. Gonzalez, North Florida District Director stated “The Emerging Leaders program helps small business leaders in Jacksonville grow and create jobs. I congratulate each of the participants on first being selected to participate in this competitive program, and then for completing the intensive nine month curriculum. We expect to see great things from this group in the future.”

Congratulations to the following small business owners and executives:  

Renee Sharp, Vice President, F&R Professional Cleaning, Inc.

Kelly Huber, Chiropractor, Chiropractic Plus

Pam Gibson, President, Idea Staffing

Printella Bankhead, President, EBS Security, Inc.

Sara Slettebo, President, ReMilNet

Steven J. Davis, President and CEO, Construction and Engineering Services Consultants, Inc.

Douglas Dixon, President, Legit Partners/Deeway Towing

Judi Tripp, President, RJ Tripp Inc. dba JL Tripp Builders

Loribeth Dunman, President, Dunmar Group, Inc.

For more information on the Emerging Leaders program, or to join the interest list for the 2014 program, please contact Natalie Hall at (904) 443-1902 or through email at


Cosponsorship Authorization #13-0491-56. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.