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 5,000 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 51 locations in 2023 to assist high-potential growing entrepreneurs nationwide.

2023 locations

State District Office Cities
AL, Birmingham Alabama District Office Birmingham and Mobile
AK, Anchorage Alaska District Office Anchorage
AR, Little Rock Arkansas District Office Little Rock
MD, Baltimore Baltimore District Baltimore
ID, Boise Boise District Office Boise
CO/WY, Fort Collins/Cheyenne/Laramie Colorado District Office Fort Collins, CO, and Cheyenne, WY
OH, Columbus Columbus District Office Columbus
TX, Dallas Dallas/Fort Worth District Office Dallas
DE, Dover Delaware District Office Newark
PA, Philadelphia Eastern Pennsylvania District Office King of Prussia and Harrisburg/Lebanon
GA, Atlanta Georgia District Office  Atlanta
TX, Greater Houston Houston District Office Houston and Greater Houston
IL, Chicago Illinois District Office  Chicago and Springfield
IN, Indianapolis Indiana District Office Indianapolis
KY, Louisville Kentucky District Office Northern Kentucky and Louisville
CA, Los Angeles Los Angeles District Director Los Angeles County
LA, New Orleans Louisiana District Office Baton Rouge 
TX, Corpus Christi Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office Harlingen and Corpus Christi
ME, Portland Maine District Office Brunswick
MA, Boston Massachusetts District Office Boston
MN, Twin Cities Minnesota District Office Twin Cities
MS, Jackson Mississippi District Gulfport and Jackson 
NV, Las Vegas Nevada District Office Las Vegas and Reno
NM, Albuquerque New Mexico District Office  Albuquerque
ND, Fargo North Dakota District Office Fargo
FL, Orlando North Florida District Office Gainesville
OK, Oklahoma City Oklahoma District Office  Oklahoma City
OR, Portland Portland District Office  Portland
PR, San Juan Puerto Rico & USVI District Office Northern Puerto Rico and Southern/Western Puerto Rico
TX, Austin/San Antonio San Antonio District Office San Antonio
CA, San Diego San Diego District Office San Diego
WA, Seattle Seattle District Office Seattle and Spokane
SC, Charleston South Carolina District Office Charleston
SD, Sioux Falls South Dakota District Office  Sioux Falls
FL, Miami South Florida District Office Miami
TN, Nashville Tennessee District Office Nashville
UT, St. George Utah District Office St. George
VT, Williston Vermont District Office Williston
DC, Washington Washington Metropolitan Area District Office (WMADO) Washington, DC
TX, Lubbock West Texas District Office (Lubbock) Lubbock
WY/CO, Cheyenne/Laramie/Ft. Collins Wyoming District Office  Cheyenne,WY, and Fort Collins, CO


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

Last updated March 28, 2023