WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched its 2014 Emerging Leaders (formerly e200) executive-level intensive entrepreneurship training initiative for small business owners in 27 cities and communities across the country.
In Minnesota, the program will begin the second or third week of April. The training will take place at the Ewald Conference Center, UEL Building, 1000 Westgate Drive, St. Paul, MN 55114.
The deadline for applications is March 11th. At that time, the screening committee will review potential candidates and ask the finalists in for an interview.
Entering its seventh consecutive year, the initiative has trained more than 2,000 promising small business owners in underserved communities, and continues to expand its impact helping small businesses grow and create jobs. This year our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., has been added along with Miami, Wichita, and Newark.
“Emerging Leaders has a proven track record of helping small businesses in underserved communities,” said SBA Acting Administrator Jeanne Hulit. “Graduates of the program have increased their revenue, created jobs and helped drive local economic growth in their communities. Adding new locations this year builds on this success and provides even more entrepreneurs in underserved communities with the support, resources and skills to succeed.”
The Emerging Leaders initiative has been a catalyst for expanding opportunities for underserved communities. Surveyed Emerging Leader graduates have created nearly 2,000 new full-time jobs have been created since the program’s inception. These graduates also reported having secured more than $73 million in new financing for their businesses, and an increase in confidence when competing for government contracts. After participants in the Emerging Leaders training graduate, companies have reported they were awarded federal, state, local and tribal contracts, worth more than $1 billion. Sixty-two percent of surveyed participants reported an increase in revenue while 72 percent of those surveyed reported maintaining or creating new jobs in their communities.
In 2013, the initiative graduated nearly 400 small business owners, representing the largest graduating class since it began in 2008.
The seven month executive intensive entrepreneurship education series includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time per participant and provides the opportunity for small business owners to work with experienced mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and financial communities.
Local recruitment for the 2014 training cycle is underway at selected SBA district offices, and classes are scheduled to begin in April. Information on how interested small business owners can apply and on the eligibility criteria can be found at www.sba.gov/emergingleaders.
The cities hosting Emerging Leaders initiative classes in 2014 are: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fresno, Honolulu, Newark, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, St. Louis, Syracuse, Washington, Wichita, and Youngstown, Ohio.
For more information about Emerging Leaders, or to contact the respective local SBA District office in that area, go to www.sba.gov/emergingleaders.