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Emerging Leaders Comes to Brunswick

March 22, 2019

Emerging Leaders Comes to Brunswick

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 October. 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.

Last year, nationwide graduates created jobs at 11x the rate of the private sector as a whole, with an average salary for new jobs of $61,300 - that’s $10,800 above the national average salary.

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
  • Must have decision making authority

This year’s Emerging Leaders Program will take place at the TechPlace facility on 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. Application deadline is March 31, 2019.

Specific class dates and times details forth coming.

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. 

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