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SBA’s Emerging Leaders Helps Small Underserved Businesses to Grow

By Tameka Montgomery, SBA Official
Published: February 2, 2016

If you’re looking for a solution on how to grow your small business in 2016, the SBA may have the answer.

Recruitment for the SBA’s Emerging Leaders 2016 training cycle is now underway at selected SBA district offices, and we’re looking for interested small businesses.

Since 2008, Emerging Leaders has trained more than 3,000 promising small business owners in underserved communities, and continues its impact in helping small business owners grow and create jobs.

How Emerging Leaders Works

Emerging Leaders is an executive-level training program that provides tools and resources to help underserved small companies to sustain and grow. Now in its ninth year, Emerging Leaders is an intensive entrepreneurship education series for small businesses that have the potential for quick growth and job creation.

The initiative has been a change-maker in increasing opportunities for underserved communities, and it provides participating businesses with an organizational framework, as well as a resource network, that helps to form sustainable companies and promote economic development within urban and rural communities.

What Emerging Leaders Can Do for You

The benefits of the training series are well documented by the hundreds of entrepreneurs around the country. The initiatives success is highlighted in these numbers. Graduates of Emerging Leaders have reported

  • $17 million in new financing.
  • Nearly 70 percent saw revenue growth.
  • Over 80 percent created new jobs or retained all existing jobs.
  • Over $700 million secured in federal, state, local, tribal and corporate contract awards.

Hear first-hand from past participants about their experience with Emerging Leaders and the impact made on their businesses in this two-minute video Why You Should be Part of SBA's Emerging Leaders.

How to Learn More

If you are a small business owner interested in applying for the 2016 training cycle, be sure to first learn more about the full eligibility requirements for participants.

Eligible small businesses must be represented by a CEO, COO or CFO, have three years of business operation, at least one employee besides the business owner, and generate between $400,000 and $10 million in gross annual revenues.

The Locations for Emerging Leaders

There are three new locations joining the initiative for the first time – Sacramento, Calif., Montpelier, Vt., and Concord, N.H.  The expansion means this successful training initiative will now be available to entrepreneurs in a total of 51 cities across the United States. Hosting locations for 2016 are as follows:

Albuquerque, N.M.                             Miami, Fla.

Atlanta, Ga.                                          Milwaukee, Wis.

Austin/San Antonio, Texas                Minneapolis, Minn.

Bakersfield, Calif.                                Nashville, Tenn.

Baltimore, Md.                                    Concord, N.H.**

Birmingham, Ala.                                Newark, N.J. 

Boise, Idaho                                         New Orleans, La.

Boston, Mass.                                      New York, N.Y.

Charlotte, N.C.                                     Oklahoma City, Okla.

Chicago, Ill.                                           Philadelphia, Pa.

Columbus, Ohio                                  Phoenix, Ariz.

Dallas, Texas                                        Pittsburgh, Pa.

Denver, Colo.                                       Portland, Ore.

Detroit, Mich.                                       Providence, R.I.

El Paso, Texas                                      Sacramento, Calif.**

Fargo, N.D.                                           Salt Lake City, Utah

Honolulu, Hawaii                                San Juan, Puerto Rico

Houston, Texas                                   Seattle, Wash.

Indianapolis, Ind.                                Spokane, Wash.

Jackson, Miss.                                      St. Louis, Mo.

Las Vegas, Nev.                                   Syracuse, N.Y.

Little Rock, Ark.                                    Tampa, Fla.

Los Angeles, Calif.                               Montpelier, Vt.**

Louisville, Ky.                                       Washington, D.C.

Memphis, Tenn.                                   Wichita, Kan.

  Youngstown, Ohio

**New location for 2016.

Added information on the Emerging Leaders is available online. You can also contact your local SBA District Office in the participating cities to learn more.

Make a ‘New Year’s Solution’ and sign up now. Classes are scheduled to begin in April. 




About the Author:

Tameka Montgomery
Tameka Montgomery

SBA Official

In her role as the Agency’s Associate Administrator for the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, Tameka Montgomery is responsible for overseeing the agency’s counseling and training resources and programs for America’s entrepreneurs.


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