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SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative provides free training to entrepreneurs

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The Small Business Administration is offering free business training to entrepreneurs.

The 2021 Emerging Leaders Initiative provides training for executives of small businesses poised for growth in underserved markets. The SBA is recruiting entrepreneurs for its 2021 training cycle at designated SBA District Offices.  

“I am proud of Emerging Leaders’ success to date, and the impact the training has made in helping to take small businesses from across the country to the next level,” said Allen Gutierrez, associate administrator of the SBA’s office of entrepreneurial development. “As small businesses are recovering from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, SBA will continue to provide key resources to help businesses to grow even stronger and return to prosperity.”

The SBA said since the Emerging Leaders program launched in 2008, it has trained more than 4,000 small business owners, creating more than 7,000 jobs, generating over $500 million in new financing, and securing over $4 billion in government contracts.

The program provides free entrepreneurship education and training for executives of small businesses that are potential job creators. This series includes nearly 100 hours of classroom time.

Emerging Leader participants work with a network of experienced coaches and mentors, attend specialized workshops, and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and the financial community.  

Additional information on the program is available at the SBA’s website dedicated to the 2021 SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative.


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