SBA Emerging Leaders program graduates 13

Thirteen small business owners graduated Wednesday from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s inaugural Emerging Leaders program in South Florida.

The intensive Emerging Leaders program selected a small group of business leaders who were owners or principals in small businesses that have annual revenues of at least $400,000; been in business for at least 3 years; and have at least one employee other than the owner. Each business owner committed to attend 13 training sessions — 100 classroom hours — held between April and October and covering business and strategy assessment; financials; marketing and sales; resources (people, accessing capital and government contracting); and strategic growth planning.

The SBA partnered with the Small Business Development Center at Florida International University to put on the free program, and the progress of the businesses will be tracked. James Brooks, spokesman for the SBA’s South Florida district office, said there was so much interest in the inaugural program the SBA will likely hold the next class in the spring. Email for more information. Emerging Leaders programs have been held around the country.

Nancy Dahlberg