The SBA Emerging Leaders Program is a federal training initiative that focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth.

The initiative provides these executives with the organizational framework, resource network, and the motivation required to build sustainable businesses and promote the economic development within our communities.

SBA’s outreach to these communities results in entrepreneurial success that generates new jobs, attracts investment, and provides a more sustainable economic base in distressed areas. The Emerging Leaders Initiative has helped more than 4,500 small business owners in sustaining and growing their businesses.

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 Emerging Leaders is going on now, and classes are scheduled to begin March 30th. The Initiative incorporates a curriculum that is research-based, real-world proven, and nationally scalable. It enables 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. We invite businesses from throughout Utah to apply.

Eligibility and Requirements

The Emerging Leaders program is an intensive executive-level series intended to accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses. Developed by the SBA and drawing on the experiences of advisors and business leaders in 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 Program is open to small business owners and executives that:

· Have annual revenues of at least $400,000 (there may be some flexibility)

· Have been in business for at least 3 years (there may be some flexibility)

· 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 is going on now. Go to to apply

· 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?

This course prepares and encourages small businesses to move to the next level on their growth trajectory helping them emerge as self-sustaining businesses that create jobs and build communities. At the conclusion of the training, entrepreneurs come away with 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.

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