SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative Expands to Help Entrepreneurs Grow and Succeed

Release Date: 
Monday, February 5, 2018
Release Number: 
18-03
Contact: 
Nina Ramon | 210-403-5900

SAN ANTONIO – The U.S. Small Business Administration, San Antonio District Office is launching its 2018 Emerging Leaders Initiative in Austin, Texas. The executive-level series targets small businesses with high-growth potential in underserved cities across the nation.

Registration ends March 1 and classes are scheduled to begin in April. Interested small business owners can learn more on

The program provides participants with the knowledge, know-how and connections to help them grow their businesses, create jobs, and strengthen their communities. This innovative program is an intense seven month program that offers approximately 100 hours of training per participant and provides the opportunity for small business owners to work with experienced professionals and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and financial communities. Over 2,500 small business owners around the country have completed the program.

“This entrepreneurial education initiative is a priority for our Agency because it trains already successful small businesses in how to become prosperous medium- and large-size businesses which are able to propel America’s economy forward,” said Anthony Ruiz, SBA San Antonio District Director.

The program begins in the month of April, Class location to be determined. Classes will be held from 4pm-7pm Bi-Weekly through October. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018. Interested small business owners are invited to learn more about the program eligibility and how to apply at the SBA’s website: www.sba.gov/emergingleaders or by contacting Eric Spencer at 210-371-7745, Eric.Spencer@sba.gov.

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