T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined

T.H.R.I.V.E. stands for Train. Hope. Rise. Innovate. Venture. Elevate - an executive-level training series designed to accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses across the United States


Eligibility and requirements

T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined is an executive-level training series intended to give ambitious small business leaders a challenging opportunity to accelerate their growth through targeted training led by motivating leaders in small business development. T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined revolutionizes the rich history of executive-level training for small businesses poised for growth.

The Office of Entrepreneurial Development is committed to transforming our learning ecosystem to be timelier, more relevant, and to meet small businesses where they are right now. We embody this approach with T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined.

Do I qualify to participate?

This training is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business. T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined advanced training series is open to small business owners and executives that:

  • Have annual revenues of at least $250,000
  • Have been in business for at least three years
  • Have at least one employee, other than self

What are the key program highlights?

  • Mentoring
  • In-person coaching for C-level executives
  • Self-paced instruction with demonstrated business sustainability
  • A hybrid model that includes virtual and classroom sessions
  • Micro-sessions customized for small businesses’ unique needs
  • Experienced subject matter experts
  • Removing the one- size fits all model in exchange for engagement, problem-solving, and peer-to-peer interaction within the cohorts

What types of businesses participate in the program?

There are no restrictions on the types of businesses that can participate. Participating for-profit companies include all industries including manufacturers, retail/wholesalers, contractors, professional services, and food services to name a few.

How can training help my business?

The training will stimulate and support the expansion of your business through strategies designed to help access new avenues of capital. It offers practical tools to pursue new paths for business development. It surrounds you with a network of government resources, and local business leaders prepared to invest time and energy in your business.

What are the overall benefits of participation?

The program allows participants to work with a network of experienced subject matter experts in core business topics.  In addition, the new 2022 format promotes an eco-system of business connections among business peers, government leaders, and the financial community. As a result, T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined helps build sustainable businesses that promote economic development within their communities.

Additionally, entrepreneurs produce a three-year strategic growth action plan with benchmarks and performance targets to access the support and resources necessary to move forward.  

Is participation free?

Yes! There is no direct financial cost upfront, but participants must invest their time and commitment to complete all training sessions over the six months. SBA and our local partners cover all other costs.

Training overview

T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined provides entrepreneurship education and training for executives of small, poised-for-growth companies. This intensive executive entrepreneurship series offers opportunities for small business owners to work with professional coaches and mentors, gain skills needed to grow, and develop connections with peers, local leaders, and the financial community.

Since its inception as E-200 in 2008, SBA’s Emerging Leaders has trained over 8,000 small business owners, creating over 11,000 jobs, generating nearly $1 billion in new financing, and securing over $4 billion in government contracts. 

T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined continues the success of SBA’s executive-level training to small business, reaching 67 locations in 2024 to assist high-potential growing entrepreneurs nationwide.

2024 locations

State District Office Cities
AK Alaska District Office Anchorage
AL Alabama District Office Birmingham and Mobile
AR Arkansas District Office Little Rock
CA Los Angeles District Office Los Angeles/LA County
CA Sacramento District Office Sacramento and Redding
CA San Diego District Office San Diego
CA San Francisco District Office Bay Area
CO Colorado District Office Denver
DC Washington Metropolitan Area District Office (WMADO) DC
DE Delaware District Office Georgetown
FL North Florida District Office Jacksonville
FL South Florida District Office Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Tampa
GA Georgia District Office  Atlanta
HI Hawaii-Pacific Islands District Office Guam
ID Boise District Office Boise
IL Illinois District Office  Chicago and Chicagoland
IN Indiana District Office Indianapolis
KS Wichita District Office Manhattan
KY Kentucky District Office Louisville and Northern Kentucky
LA Louisiana District Office Baton Rouge
MA Massachusetts District Office Boston and Worcester
MD Baltimore District Baltimore
MI Michigan District Office Detroit and Grand Rapids
MN Minnesota District Office Twin Cities
ND North Dakota District Office Fargo
NJ New Jersey District Office Newark
NM New Mexico District Office  Albuquerque
NV Nevada District Office Reno and Las Vegas
NY Syracuse District Office Syracuse
OH Cleveland District Office Cleveland and Toledo
OH Columbus District Office Columbus (Spanish)
OK Oklahoma District Office  Oklahoma City
OR Portland District Office  Portland
PA Eastern Pennsylvania District Office King of Prussia and Lebanon
PR Puerto Rico & USVI District Office PR North/Metro, PR Central/South, and USVI
SC South Carolina District Office Greenville and Charleston
SD South Dakota District Office  Sioux Falls
TN Tennessee District Office          Nashville and Memphis
TX Dallas/Fort Worth District Office Dallas/Fort Worth
TX El Paso District Office El Paso / Las Cruces
TX Houston District Office Houston and Greater Houston
TX Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office Harlingen and Corpus Christi
TX San Antonio District Office San Antonio
TX West Texas District Office (Lubbock) Amarillo
UT Utah District Office Kaysville and St. George
VT Vermont District Office Williston
WA Seattle District Office Seattle and Spokane
WY Wyoming District Office Gillette


Interested in participating? Visit T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined’s website for more information.

Short URL: sba.gov/emergingleaders
Last updated April 22, 2024