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SBA Emerging Leaders – Registration Open


From the U.S. Small Business Administration http://www.sba.gov/emergingleaders

SBASBA Emerging Leaders Initiative

Press Release: SBA Launches 2014 Emerging Leaders Initiative

Blog: SBA Looking For Emerging Leaders to Grow Their Small Businesses and Lift Underserved Communities

The SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative is a federal training initiative that specifically focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities. The initiative provides these executives with the organizational framework, resource network, and motivation required to build sustainable businesses and promote the economic development within urban communities.

SBA’s outreach in these communities has resulted in entrepreneurial success that generates new jobs, attracts investment, and provides a more sustainable economic base in distressed areas. The Emerging Leaders Initiative has aided over 2,000 small business owners in sustaining and growing their businesses.The results of the Initiative show significant employment growth among participating companies with over 1940 new full-time employees.  Participants accessed over $20M in new financing since graduating the program.  In addition, participants have secured federal, state, local and tribal contracts with a cumulative total of nearly $300 million. This figure has increased each year since the initiative’s inception.

Training Overview

Over the course of seven months, participants are given the opportunity to work with experienced mentors, attend specialized workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and the financial community. Recruitment for the Emerging Leaders Initiative occurs on an annual basis, beginning in February and classes typically begin in April. The Initiative incorporates a curriculum that is research-based and nationally scalable (expanding from 10 to 27 communities since 2008), enabling participating businesses to engage in focused development and expansion strategies, including options for accessing new capital and securing government contracts.

Government statistics confirm that underserved small businesses are the engines of sustained economic growth and job creation. Small businesses in underserved cities added close to three times as many jobs to their local economies as large companies over the last decade. SBA launched the Initiative to capitalize on this proven capacity for stimulating jobs and growth in America’s cities.

Eligibility and Requirements

The Emerging Leaders Initiative is an intensive executive-level series intended to accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses in America’s underserved cities.  Developed by SBA and drawing on the experiences of advisors and business leaders in urban communities across the country, this comprehensive curriculum provides the tools to catapult your company to the next level and help it emerge as a force in your community.

Do I qualify to participate?

This training is for established business owners and is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business. The Emerging Leaders Initiative advanced training series is open to small business owners and executives that:

  • Have annual revenues of at least $400,000
  • Have been in business for at least 3 years
  • Have at least one employee, other than self

What are the key program highlights? 

  • Customized training for “C” (CEO, COO, etc.) level executives with demonstrated business sustainability of at least 3 years in business and annual revenue of at least $400K
  • Participant recruitment begins in February through SBA’s local district offices and classes typically begin in April
  • A three-year strategic growth action plan with benchmarks and performance targets to help the participant emerge as self-sustaining businesses that creates jobs and build communities
  • Includes 100 + hours of professional specialized training and peer-to-peer counseling delivered over the course of seven months
  • Specialized areas of training include:
    • Growth Strategies Plans
    • Financing and Access to Capital
    • Government Contracting
    • CEO Mentoring

What types of businesses participate in the program?

There are currently no restrictions on the types of businesses that can participate. Some examples of participating businesses include:  manufacturers, retail/wholesalers, contractors, professional services and food service.

In what ways does the training help my business?

The training is specifically designed to stimulate and support the expansion of your business. The curriculum provides strategies to help you 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 end result of the executive education prepares and encourages small businesses to move to the next level on their growth trajectory and to help them emerge as self-sustaining businesses that create jobs and build communities.  At the conclusion of the training, entrepreneurs produce a three-year strategic growth action plan with benchmarks and performance targets that will help them access the necessary support and resources to move forward.

Is participation in the Emerging Leaders Initiative free?

YES! The only cost is your time and commitment to complete the curriculum over the course of seven months. All other costs are covered by SBA and our local partners.

How do I sign up?

Business executives interested in participating should complete the online registration form.  For registration follow up questions, contact your local participating SBA District Office.

For information, contact emergingleaders@sba.gov.

The Emerging Leaders Initiative is based on available funding and currently hosted in the following cities:

  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Detroit, MI
  • Fresno, CA
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Memphis, TN
  • Miami, FL
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • New Jersey
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Portland, OR
  • Seattle, WA
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Syracuse, NY
  • Wichita, KS
  • Youngstown, OH
  • Washington, DC


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How to Raise an Entrepreneur

Tips from the Wall Street Journal on  on putting your kids on the path to running their own businesses.

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Small Business Start Up: Laws and Taxes – Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 6pm

Come hear Mark Taylor, Senior Counselor in the Memphis office of the Tennessee Small Business Developement Centers, explain basics.

Location: Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library

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The Secrets to Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur—It’s Not What You Think! 2/28/12

The Secrets to Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur—It’s Not What You Think!


Please join Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South as we welcome Shayna Rattler, Author and Entrepreneur, as she discusses her recent book and answers your questions about entrepreneurship…



Tuesday, February 28, 2012

5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Junior Achievement of Memphisand the Mid-South

307 Madison Ave



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Building Your Future-Entrepreneur Workshop 9/29/11 10-12


Faith Keepers Ministry Presents”Building Your Future” Entrepreneur Workshop  


Guest Speaker

Mr. Charles Sims, CEO of Sims Financial    

Financial Advisor
As a Certified Financial Planner and active member of my community, I am dedicated to helping individuals and businesses build their financial futures. To stay on top of my field and develop my professional skills, I have regularly attended industry training and certification programs. This includes completing the curriculum and passing the rigorous exams for the: CFP, CMFC and LUTCF Designations.

  My education, experience and professional affiliations have fostered my practical approach to offering financial services and advice to my clients. Rather than just recommending a hodgepodge of unrelated products, first I will consider your specific financial goals and investment objectives. 

 Working together, we’ll formulate a strategy to help you achieve your goals. Then I’ll recommend the appropriate products and services to help you execute your strategy.

Maintaining a strong sense of community and a solid professional foundation are very important to me.


Entrepreneur Workshop/”Building Your Future”
Free Registration, Refreshments, Gifts, Notepads, and  Pens, to All Attendees

Thursday September 29, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT

The Benjamin Hooks Central Library

3030 Poplar Ave, Room C Memphis, TN 38111

Driving Directions

Thursday September 29, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT
This workshop will focus on interests in small business, financial planning of starting a business,how to start a business, where to search resources for your business, how to prepare a business & marketing plan and much more. Their will be a  Certified CPA and attorney on site from The Sims Financial Group along with Mr. Charles Sims to  assist in detailed questions.Even though the economy changes from month-to-month, year-to year, we can have confidence in our future by preparation and gaining knowledge from one of the state’s most influential entrepreneurs. 
Register Now!
Mrs. Diane Winbush/Administrator 
C/O Faith Keepers Ministry

1-800-587-0864 ext. 6

 3362 Jewel Road Memphis, Tennessee 38128



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Raising Future Entrepreneurs

Barbara Haislip’s article How to Raise an Entrepreneur: Tips on Putting your Kids on the Path to Running Their Own Businesses in the Wall Street Journal (6/13/11)  offers pointers on how to turn your kids into business owners.

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