The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the launch of the 2021 Emerging Leaders initiative for executives of small businesses to increase their growth opportunities. Recruitment for the 2021 training cycle is currently underway. Interested small business owners can learn more regarding eligibility, how to apply and class schedules at The Emerging Leaders program provides participants with the knowledge, know-how, resources and connections to help them grow their businesses strategically. This comprehensive approach has helped thousands of small businesses across America significantly increase revenue, create new jobs, and strengthen local communities. This innovative program is an intense 26 week course that offers approximately 100 hours of training per participant and provides the opportunity for small business owners to work with experienced professionals and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and financial communities. Over 3,500 small business owners around the country have completed the program.


The only cost is your time and commitment to complete the curriculum over the course of seven months (about 100 hours). All other costs are covered by SBA.Program eligibility criteria:
  • In business for at least 3 years 
  • Annual revenue between $250,000 and $10,000,000
  • At least one full time employee besides the owner
  • Interested in growth
  • Attend the 13 workshops and seven mentoring sessions
  • Complete required homework and group assignments
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 $250K 
  • Participant recruitment begins in February through SBA’s Boise district office and classes typically begin in April
  • 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

Application Period is now:

Boise District Point of Contact:  Irene Gonzalez, [email protected]  208-334-1673 

Related posts

0 comment(s)