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SBA Honors 2015 Atlanta Emerging Leaders Graduates

Advisory Date: 
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Advisory Number: 
Angel Davis 404-331-0100

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration recognized 19 small businesses in the SBA Emerging Leaders graduation ceremony today at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia.  The SBA Emerging Leaders initiative is a federal training initiative that specifically focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities. The initiative provides these executives with the organizational framework, resource network, and motivation required to build sustainable businesses and promote the economic development within urban communities.

Through the Emerging Leaders initiative, the SBA has identified urban-based business owners across the country with high growth potential and immersed them in a condensed, MBA-like curriculum designed to enhance their business savvy and experience.  The six-month training program provides those business owners with the network, resources and motivation required to build a sustainable business - both in size and scale. 

“We are proud to graduate the eighth Emerging Leaders class in Atlanta,” said David Perry, Georgia Deputy District Director.  This program is geared to assisting existing small businesses in developing their three year strategic growth plans. During the course of the program, their plans were vetted by peers and business experts. The plan is also based on their individual business’ situation and goals.  This is the first year that the SBA Georgia District Office has received a Proclamation from the Atlanta City Council declaring October 27, 2015, as SBA Emerging Leaders Day in the city of Atlanta.

Graduating businesses recognized for completing the program include: 

  • All That Maintenance, LLC - Michelle Bernard
  • Ankobia Group, LLC - Nzingha Asantewa
  • August Networks - Ravi Mudigonda
  • CFO Leasing, Inc. - Kevin Grimes
  • GMI Group, Inc. - Kayla Dang
  • Gowdy Vision Associates - Sheila Gowdy
  • Hummingbird Risk Advisors, LLC - Kymberlee Doughtery Tysk
  • International Trade Imports, LLC - Julio Bayona
  • Ketch Partners - Russell Day
  • Milton Brown & Associates - Milton Brown
  • MMHB & Associates - Moses Brown
  • Mooring Tech, Inc. - Michael Cayes
  • PCPlus Networks, Inc. - Shan Dholaria
  • Platinum Print Group, LLC - Lawrence Stewart
  • POSolutions, Inc. - Shandron Pemberton
  • Raine & Company, LLC - Machelle Redmond
  • Synergy Tech Consulting - Fred Merritt
  • Twin City Realty, LLC - Stacy Hall
  • WellMed/Atlanta - Roger Carter, II

For more information on the program, contact Dorothy Atkins at the SBA Georgia District Office at (404) 331-0100 ext. 305 or visit: