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SBA Emerging Leaders - Seattle and Spokane

Is your business on the brink of major growth?

Apply for the 2020 class of SBA Emerging Leaders, a free executive education course
provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration.


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About the program:

The Emerging Leaders Initiative provides free entrpreneurship education and training for executives of small, poised-for-growth companies that are potential job creators. This “mini MBA” program enables you to set aside approximately two days a month to work on your business instead of in your business.


Benefits of participation:

Upon completion of the seven-month course, you will have a three-year growth action plan and a network of peers and industry experts that will stimulate and spport the expansion of your business. The training provides strategies to help you access new avenues of capital, offers practical tools to pursue new paths for business development, and surrounds you with a network of governement resources and local business leaders prepared to invest time and energy in your business. The end resulty prepares and encourages your business to move to the next level of growth and emerge as a self-sustaining business that creates jobs and building your community. 

Eligibility requirements: 

The training is for established business owners and is not for the start-ups or people thinking about starting a business. The program is open to small business owners and executives that: 

  • Are a small business owner or C-level executive (CEO, COO, etc.)
  • Have annual revenues between $250,000 and $10 million
  • Have been in business for at least three years
  • Have at least one employee, other than self
  • Make the time commitment required of the course (100+ hours over seven months)
  • Demonstrate the business is on the brink of growth or transition



  • Seattle
  • Spokane 



  • Currently accepting applications through late March/early April
  • Early to mid-April - applicant interviews and final participants selected 
  • Late April/Early May through October/November – program runs


Apply online:

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Who should I contact with additional questions?
Emerging Leaders Seattle Project Manager: Desiree Albrecht | 206.553.2664 | 
Emerging Leaders Spokane Project Manager: Joel Nania | 509.353.2810 |