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Boise 2020 Emerging Leaders Initiative

The SBA Emerging Leaders program provides free entrepreneurship education and training for executives of small, poised-for-growth companies that are potential job creators. 

Over the course of seven months, participants are given the opportunity to work with experienced mentors, attend specialized workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and the financial community. Recruitment for the Emerging Leaders Initiative occurs on an annual basis, beginning in February and classes typically begin in April. The Initiative incorporates a curriculum that is research-based and nationally scalable, enabling participating businesses to engage in focused development and expansion strategies, including options for accessing new capital and securing government contracts. 

Government statistics confirm that underserved small businesses are the engines of sustained economic growth and job creation. Small businesses in underserved cities added close to three times as many jobs to their local economies as large companies over the last decade. SBA launched the Initiative to capitalize on this proven capacity for stimulating jobs and growth in America’s cities

What are the key program highlights?

 Customized training for “C” (CEO, COO, etc.) level executives with demonstrated business sustainability of at least 3 years in business and annual revenue of at least $250,000

A three-year strategic growth action plan with benchmarks and performance targets to help the participant emerge as self-sustaining businesses that creates jobs and build communities

Includes 100 + hours of professional specialized training and peer-to-peer counseling delivered over the course of seven months

Specialized areas of training include:

o   Growth Strategies Plans

o   Financing and Access to Capital

o   Government Contracting

o   CEO Mentoring

Do you qualify?

Does your business have annual revenues of at least $250,000 to $10 Million?

Does your company employ at least one person in addition to the owner?

Have you been in business at least 3 years?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you may be a great fit for the SBA Boise District Emerging Leaders Program.

The program will run from April to October 2020.  The only cost is your time and commitment to complete the curriculum over the course of seven months. All other costs are covered by SBA and our local partners.  

Register intent:

For more information about the SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative contact Irene Gonzalez at or (208) 334-1673