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Local Small Business Owners Graduate from SBA Emerging Leaders-Fargo

Seven-month program provides framework for businesses on the brink of growth to produce high-impact results
Release Date: 
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
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FARGO, ND – Thirteen small business owners graduated from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Emerging Leaders program, a “mini-MBA” training initiative for local business on the brink of growth. A graduation ceremony was held October 29th with keynote address given by Kara Jorvig of Allegro Group and 2017 Alumna of the Emerging Leaders program.

This is the fourth year the SBA North Dakota District Office has provided the seven-month executive education series. The program includes approximately 50 hours of classroom time, connects small business owners with a network of industry experts and peers, and supports the creation of a three-year strategic growth action plan.

“The Emerging Leaders course is a great learning experience for these small business trailblazers by teaching them to improve their business management skills,” said SBA North Dakota District Director Alan Haut. “The course teaches them to better understand their financial statements, create more productive marketing strategies and highlights the importance of long-term strategic planning. The results are more successful businesses, creating more jobs and continuing to fuel our local economy.”

For more information about the Emerging Leaders initiative – including how to apply for the 2019 class – visit

The following are the 2018 SBA Emerging Leaders graduates:

Dante Battocchi – Elinor Specialty Coatings

Dernel Denning – Central Business Systems, Inc.

Mary Gilbertson – Northern Plains Contracting

Dan Hurder – Great Plains Hospitality

Kathey Llewelyn – My Professional Concierge

Brian Martin – Martin Mechanical Design, Inc.

Nick Paulson – The Audio Garage

Zac Paulson – True | IT

Phyllis Poss – Poss Woodworks & Design, Inc.

Michelle Roeder – Heartland Candies

Russell Schell – RJ Energy Solutions

Savanah Simmers – Probitas Promotions

Karla Wolford – EHP CrossFit/Elevate Human Potential