Emerging Leaders Sought from Memphis Area

Release Date: 
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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Advisory Date: 
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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David Tiller

Successful Program to begin Seventh Year of Training Small Business Owners

Memphis, Tenn.--The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has launched recruitment for its 2014 Emerging Leaders executive-level training initiative, formerly known as e200, in the Memphis area. 

There are 15 slots available this year for established small business owners in Memphis/Shelby County to receive approximately 100 hours of free training and the opportunity to work with experienced mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and financial communities.  Recruitment is now underway with the deadline for applying continuing through March 21, 2014. 

Classes are scheduled to begin in late April and will be held Wednesday evenings at the Renaissance Center, 555 Beale Street, in Memphis  Eligibility requirements include:  having annual revenues of at least $400,000, being in business for at least 3 years and have at least one employee, other than his or her self.  As a part of the program, each participant will develop a three-year strategic growth action plan with benchmarks and performance targets to help their company emerge as self-sustaining business that creates jobs and contributes to the economic growth of Memphis. 

Eighty-nine business owners in Memphis have graduated from the program over the past six years of Emerging Leaders classes.   According to SBA Tennessee District Director, Walter Perry, “we anticipate a large number of applicants for the Class of 2014 as this is an opportunity for qualified Memphis-area small business owners to benefit from a ‘mini MBA’ curriculum that enables them to develop a growth plan specific to their business.”

To apply, go to www.sba.gov/emergingleaders and complete the on-line application.  For more information, contact Keri Wolfe of the SBA Tennessee District Office at 615-736-7274, or keri.wolfe@sba.gov