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SBA Honors Detroit Emerging Leaders Graduates

Release Date: 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Release Number: 
Catherine Gase, (313) 324-3609, catherine.gase@sba.gov

DETROIT – The U.S. Small Business Administration will recognize 11 small businesses in the SBA Emerging Leaders graduation ceremony on November 10, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Tech Town, located at 440 Burroughs, Detroit, MI  48202.  Emerging Leaders is a nationwide training program targeting promising urban-based small businesses with a curriculum designed to create jobs and stimulate local economies.

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.  As part of the curriculum each participant has designed a three year strategic growth plan.  Detroit was one of 27 cities selected to participate in Emerging Leaders, and this year marks the sixth year for Detroit to receive funding for this valuable program.

Graduating businesses recognized for completing the program include:

  • C Ray Baker Associates, Charlton Baker
  • Global ET, Mark Stanczak
  • IC Data Communications, LLC, Dwayne Carson
  • Integrity Contractors, Inc., Steve Cato
  • KBTS Technologies, Andy Chiranjeevi
  • McClure’s Pickles, Joseph McClure
  • Rehab Innovations and Case Management, Nicole Ulrich
  • Reliable Underground Services Technicians, Timothy Corbett
  • Secure Beginnings, LLC, Julie Andreae
  • STEM.org, Andrew Raupp
  • Wireox LLC, Haroon Siddiqui

“An important priority for the SBA is to bridge opportunities to our underserved markets.  The Emerging Leaders Program has proven to be a great success in empowering small business owners located in inner city areas with the tools they need to grow and succeed and at the same time bring job creation to our underserved communities.  I congratulate the graduates today for what they have accomplished and what they will accomplish in the future,” says Marianne Markowitz, Regional Administrator.

“This is an extremely valuable opportunity for urban-based small businesses,” said Gerald Moore, SBA Michigan District Director.  “The commitment made by these individuals will pay dividends long into the future as they implement their growth plans and capitalize on the relationships they’ve made through their participation in Emerging Leaders.”  

The Detroit Emerging Leaders effort is a collaborative one.  Joining SBA in bringing Emerging Leaders 2014 to Michigan as co-sponsors are:

  • Automation Alley
  • Center for Empowerment and Economic Development
  • Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
  • Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Michigan Economic Development  Corporation
  • Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center
  • TechTown

For more information on the program, contact Nancy Grose at the SBA Michigan District Office at (313) 324-3610.