Register Now for SBA’s Emerging Leaders Program!


Think you have what it takes to motivate and improve Charlotte’s business community?

You might be just what the SBA is looking for! From now until March 4, 2016, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking 16 Charlotte area business owners to apply for the city’s second SBA Emerging Leaders Class. Interested executives are invited to register here.

SBA North Carolina District Director Lynn Douthett said the following:

“We are seeking firms to participate in this rigorous training that focuses on business executives poised for growth in historically challenged communities. In 2016, we aim to provide executives from 16 additional small businesses the same opportunity to provide the organizational framework, resource network, and motivation required to build sustainable businesses and promote the economic development within the community.”

This is the SBA’s second year welcoming Charlotte’s business leaders to their Emerging Leaders Program. Last year’s 16 graduates came from across the area, and the group’s feedback was overwhelmingly positive, as many found the experience to be eye-opening and constructive.

Participants of this program can expect to learn something new every week, as they work to discover and understand new, beneficial approaches to running their business. In addition to completing relevant and challenging coursework, the class also features expert instructors and outside speakers.

Have we piqued your interest yet? Here are a few characteristics executives eligible for this program must possess:

  • The owner and principle in an established small business
  • Have annual revenues of at least $400,000
  • Been in business for at least 3 years
  • Have at least one employee other than the owner
  • Live in the Charlotte, NC commuting area
  • *Most importantly* the executive must be dedicated to attend 13 evening training sessions and complete required homework

A few local partners for the SBA Charlotte Emerging Leaders program include the following:


Small business owners have until March 4th to register to join the 2016 Emerging Leaders Program. Don’t delay; register now! More information about the program can be found here.

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