Enrollment open for Emerging Leaders Training


In 2016, the training initiative graduated 400 emerging small business owners with 65 percent of participants reporting a 70 percent increase in revenues.   File photo

The U.S. Small Business Administration's 2017 Emerging Leaders Training Initiative is accepting trainee applications in Irving and Las Colinas.

With classes scheduled to begin in April, the seven-month executive entrepreneurship training series includes 100 hours of classroom instruction and gives small business owners the opportunity to acquire mentors, attend educational workshops, and network with leaders of local government and financial sectors. 

"Graduates of the initiative have measurably increased their revenue helped create jobs and drive economic growth in their local communities," Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet said. 

In 2016, the training initiative graduated 400 emerging small business owners with 65 percent of participants reporting a 70 percent increase in revenues. Initiative graduates have been able to acquire over $1 billion in government contracts while obtaining $73 million in new financing.  

Since the Emerging Leaders Training Initiative's 2008 start, it has been successful in assisting graduates with creating 2,000 new full-time employment opportunities in their local communities. The training initiative has facilitated the growth of over 2,400 emerging small businesses across the United States.

The next trainee application cycle has begun locally at 4300 Amon Carter Blvd., Suite 1144, in Fort Worth. For more information and eligibility requirements visit www.sba.gov/emergingleaders. All other inquiries may contact Billy Medina, program manager at 817-684-5517, email: billymedina@sba.gov

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