SBA Emerging Leaders Program coming to Brunswick for 2019!

Posted March 14, 2019

The Maine District Office is pleased to announce that SBA’s Emerging Leaders Program will take place in Brunswick this year! We need your help to recruit interested small businesses.

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

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 run from April through August. The Initiative incorporates a curriculum that is research-based and nationally scalable, enabling participating businesses to engage in focused development and expansion strategies, including options for accessing new capital and securing government contracts.

Eligibility
This training is for established business owners and is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business. This is a free course for the selected participants—but does require a significant commitment of time from the participants. The Emerging Leaders Initiative advanced training series is open to small business owners and executives that:

  • Have annual revenues of at least $250,000
  • Have been in business for at least 3 years
  • Have at least one employee, other than self

Thanks to the generous hospitality of MRRA, this year’s Emerging Leaders Program will take place at Brunswick Landing. Only 20 Maine small businesses will be selected to participate in this year’s program and we need your help in spreading the word. Please encourage interested businesses to apply at https://www.interise.org/sbaemergingleaders or contact Brad Currie at bradley.currie@sba.gov or 207-248-9040. Thank you for your continued support of SBA and Maine’s small business community!