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SBA Expands e200 Emerging Leaders Initiative to Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – SBA District Director Bernard J. Paprocki and Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25) hosted a press conference on February 23 to announce the details of a new SBA initiative to help increase growth opportunities for Syracuse small businesses.

Since 2008, the e200 Emerging Leaders initiative has helped more than 600 promising small business owners across the country grow their businesses with support, resources and skills to succeed. Developed by SBA, e200 offers qualified small business owners powerful benefits including innovative strategies to grow, acquire financing, access new markets and leverage networking. Syracuse has been selected as one of the newest cities to host e200 for 2011.

The eight-month program offers approximately 100 hours of training per participant and provides the opportunity for small business owners to work with experienced mentors and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and financial communities. Classes begin the week of April 11 at The Tech Garden in downtown Syracuse and will be held every other week through early November.

Small businesses that are located in Syracuse, generate revenues between $400,000 and $10 million, and have been in business for at least three years, are eligible to participate. Interested small business owners are invited to learn more about the initiative by contacting the SBA office at 315-471-9393 (Cathy Pokines x 241 or or James Quackenbush x 252 or

SBA has partnered with nine leading Syracuse business organizations to help launch this major initiative: CNY Technology Development Organization, CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity, Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship, Manufacturers Association of Central New York, Onondaga Small Business Development Center, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse SCORE, The Tech Garden and the WISE Women’s Business Center.

For more information about the e200 initiative, visit the SBA website at, view the Syracuse e200 flyer.

If you are interested in participating in Syracuse e200 initiative, please fill out the Expression of Interest form.