SBA Launches 2014 Emerging Leaders Initiative

Release Date: 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
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Cecelia Taylor - 202-401-3059

Entrepreneur Training Initiative Sparks Small Business Growth, Job Creation

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched its 2014 Emerging Leaders (formerly e200) executive-level intensive entrepreneurship training initiative for small business owners in 27 cities and communities across the country.  Entering its seventh consecutive year, the initiative has trained more than 2,000 promising small business owners in underserved communities, and continues to expand its impact helping small businesses grow and create jobs.  This year our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., has been added along with Miami, Wichita, and Newark.

“Emerging Leaders has a proven track record of helping small businesses in underserved communities,” said SBA Acting Administrator Jeanne Hulit. “Graduates of the program have increased their revenue, created jobs and helped drive local economic growth in their communities. Adding new locations this year builds on this success and provides even more entrepreneurs in underserved communities with the support, resources and skills to succeed.”

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Philadelphia District Office is accepting applications for its 2014 Emerging Leaders executive-level training initiative. Companies from Philadelphia, the City of Chester, Norristown, and Pottstown that have been in operation at least 3 years and have annual revenue of $300,000 are encouraged to apply. Local recruitment for the 2014 training cycle started Feb. 1 through SBA district offices, and classes are scheduled to begin in April, applicants should apply immediately for consideration.

Companies interested in applying to the program go to the online registration form at For more information about Emerging Leaders go to or contact Solomon Wheeler at SBA’s Philadelphia District office at 610-382-3077 or

“It has been clear from the very first Emerging Leaders session that what we have here is lightning in a bottle,” said David Dickson, District Director of SBA’s Philadelphia District Office, which is administering the program in Philadelphia. “Mayor Nutter sounded the rallying cry at the program’s Philadelphia launch in March 2008 and we’ve been going strong ever since. Members of the urban small business community should seize the opportunity to join in this Program. The rising stars who have participated in the program came into this training with their businesses poised on the brink of real growth, and there is no limit to what they can accomplish with the tools and relationships they will take from program.”

The Emerging Leaders initiative has been a catalyst for expanding opportunities for underserved communities.  Surveyed Emerging Leader graduates have created nearly 2,000 new full-time jobs have been created since the program’s inception.   These graduates also reported having secured more than $73 million in new financing for their businesses, and an increase in confidence when competing for government contracts. After participants in the Emerging Leaders training graduate, companies have reported they were awarded federal, state, local and tribal contracts, worth more than $1 billion. Sixty-two percent of surveyed participants reported an increase in revenue while 72 percent of those surveyed reported maintaining or creating new jobs in their communities.

In 2013, the initiative graduated nearly 400 small business owners, representing the largest graduating class since it began in 2008.

The seven month executive intensive entrepreneurship education series includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time per participant and provides the opportunity for small business owners to work with experienced mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and financial communities.

Local recruitment for the 2014 training cycle is underway at selected SBA district offices, and classes are scheduled to begin in April. Information on how interested small business owners can apply and on the eligibility criteria can be found at

The cities hosting Emerging Leaders initiative classes in 2014 are:

  • Albuquerque, N.M

  • Atlanta, Ga.

  • Baltimore, Md.

  • Boston, Mass.

  • Chicago, Ill.

  • Dallas, Texas

  • Denver, Colo.

  • Detroit, Mich.

  • Fresno, Calif.

  • Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Newark, N.J.

  • Los Angeles, Calif.

  • Memphis, Tenn.

  • Miami, Fla.

  • Milwaukee, Wis.

  • Minneapolis, Minn.

  • New Orleans, La.

  • Oklahoma City, Okla.

  • Philadelphia, Pa.

  • Phoenix, Ariz.

  • Portland, Ore.

  • Seattle, Wash

  • St. Louis, Mo.

  • Syracuse, N.Y.

  • Washington, D.C.

  • Wichita, Kan.

  • Youngstown, Ohio