SBA's Emerging Leaders Initiative to Help Growing Entrepreneurs Open for Recruitment Now Until April

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February 15, 2018

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the launch of the 2018 Emerging Leaders initiative for executives of small businesses poised for growth in emerging markets.  Local area recruitment for the 2018 training cycle is currently ongoing at designated SBA District Offices.  Classes are scheduled to begin this spring with specific dates differing by location.  Interested small business owners can learn more regarding eligibility, how to apply, and class schedules at the SBA’s Emerging Leaders website.

The Small Business Administration’s Emerging Leaders initiative provides free entrepreneurship education and training for executives of small, poised-for-growth companies that are potential job creators.  This intensive executive entrepreneurship series includes nearly 100 hours of classroom time.  It also provides opportunities for small business owners to work with experienced coaches and mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections with their peers, local leaders, and the financial community.


Since its inception in 2008, the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative has trained over 5,000 small business owners, creating over 6,500 jobs, generating over $300 million in new financing, and securing over $3.16 billion in government contracts. 


“Given the success of SBA’s Emerging Leaders, we have expanded the initiative to include a total of 60 locations to help growing entrepreneurs in emerging markets,” said Allen Gutierrez, associate administrator of the SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development.  “I am excited for the positive economic impact that each of this year’s Emerging Leaders participants will make when using this training to take their business to the next level.”

Business Executives who want to join the 2018 Emerging Leaders can find locations online at, or by contacting your local SBA district office. 


Cecelia Taylor
(202) 401-3059