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SBA St. Louis Seeking Emerging Leaders Class Applicants

Free business training gives small businesses a boost
Release Date: 
Monday, January 26, 2015
Release Number: 
SLDO 15-1
Trish Freeland

ST. LOUIS – For a fifth straight year the U.S. Small Business Administration’s St. Louis District Office is bringing its Emerging Leaders training program to small businesses in the St. Louis area. To kick off this year’s program, SBA St. Louis is hosting an information session Friday, Feb.13 from 2-4 p.m. at Webster University.

Emerging Leaders is an intensive executive-level training initiative designed to accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses located in America’s cities. Developed by the SBA, the Emerging Leaders program draws on the experiences of advisors and business leaders and provides the tools to catapult small businesses to the next level and helps them emerge as forces of economic development in their communities.

“The Emerging Leaders Program helps small business owners grow into their potential, which in turn helps their companies grow,” says Dennis Melton, SBA’s St. Louis District Director. “Participants learn a tremendous amount and perhaps more importantly, form networks of peer mentors and subject matter experts.”

This training is for established business owners and executives who have annual revenue of at least $400,000, have been in business at least three years and who have at least one other employee besides themselves.

“Many small business owners are so involved in the day-to-day operation of their business they have little time to devote to how they’re going to reach their growth goals,” says   Angie Wells, SBA St. Louis Program Manager. “This program provides them with an opportunity for them to work on their business, not just work in it.”

The Emerging Leaders curriculum provides more than 100 hours of professional specialized training and peer-to-peer counseling delivered over a seven-month span from April to October. Over the course of the program students will develop three-year strategic growth action plans with benchmarks and performance targets to help them emerge as self-sustaining businesses that create jobs and build communities.

Emerging Leaders program graduates also receive specialized training in areas such as Growth Strategies Planning; Financing and Access to Capital; Government Contracting
and CEO Mentoring.

The St. Louis District Office is currently accepting applications from businesses interested in participating in the program. There are a limited number of spaces available so interested businesses should apply as early as possible. For an online application, visit For more information regarding the Emerging Leaders initiative, please go to

SBA St. Louis hosts an Emerging Leaders information session Friday, Feb.13 from 2-4 p.m. at Webster University’s East Academic Building, Room 253/262. Parking is available in the garage across the street.

Register online at: or contact Angie Wells at 314-539-6613 or by email at

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