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Emerging Leaders 2020

The SBA is now accepting applications for Emerging Leaders, a free executive-level, mini-MBA style training program in the Twin Cities  and Fargo/Moorhead metro areas. The deadline for small to medium-sized business owners and CEOs to apply is March 27, 2020, and classes are scheduled to begin the last week of April.

The seven-month intensive, entrepreneurship education series is for small, poised-for-growth companies with potential for job creation. It includes approximately 100 hours of class time per participant and expands opportunities for small business owners with access to experienced mentors, workshops, and connections with their peers, city leaders and financial communities.

SBA’s Emerging Leaders has been a catalyst and highly beneficial for small businesses. This is the 10th year the program will be held in Minnesota and recent alumni report positive outcomes, including:

  • 100% would recommend the program to others
  • 62% of recent alumni responding created or maintained jobs
  • 50% increased or maintained revenue
  • 81% reported being profitable

A maximum of 20 Emerging Leaders spots are available and classes will be held every other week from April through October. To participate, small businesses must:

  • Be in Twin Cities, Fargo/Moorhead or the surrounding metro areas
  • Generate revenues between $400,000 and $10 million
  • Have been in business for at least three years
  • Have at least one employee besides the CEO participant
  • Attend 13 workshops and seven mentoring sessions
  • Complete required coursework

More information about the initiative can be found at

To apply in the Twin Cities metro area, go to and go to the From Our Office section. From there you can download and fill out a one-page application. Send the completed form to Sarah Swenty at with Minnesota Emerging Leaders Application in the subject line.

Northwestern Minnesota business owners should apply at and   contact Sherri Komrosky at with any questions.

The deadline to apply is March 27, 2020.

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