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SBA Offers Emerging Leaders Initiative to Small Business Owners

February 21, 2014

As one of the most influential pro-business advocates in Georgia, the Cobb Chamber understands the important role that small businesses play in the community and the economy.  The Chamber prides itself on providing members with unparalleled resources to help their organizations grow and thrive in the business community.  The U.S Small Business Administration, a federal government organization dedicated to providing support to small businesses across the nation, has implemented a new program to help drive the growth of business in urban communities.

The Emerging Leaders Initiative is an intensive training initiative aimed at accelerating high-potential businesses’ growth in America’s inner-cities. This comprehensive curriculum provides tools to catapult participating companies to the next level. By providing executives with the organizational framework and network resources needed to be successful, the program helps build sustainable companies and promote economic development in urban communities. In Atlanta, the Emerging Leaders initiative is proudly supported by a partnership of local businesses and economic development entities.

Over the course of several months, participants are given the opportunity to attend specialized workshops and develop relationships with their peers, city leaders and the financial community. Participants are required to actively participate in 60 to 80 hours of classroom instruction. The instructor-facilitated curriculum is designed to enable participating businesses to engage in focused development and expansion strategies, including options for accessing new capital and securing government contracts. Additionally, program participants get the opportunity to meet and work in smaller CEO Peer Mentoring Group sessions. The topics covered in the curriculum include business and leadership assessment, finances, marketing and sales, business development resources and growth action plan.

The program is open to the president, managing partner, CEO, CFO, or COO of small businesses located in Cobb County, among other counties in Georgia. Participating businesses must have been in active operation for at least three years, generated an average annual revenue of at least $400,000 not to exceed $10 million and have at least one employee besides the owner. The 2014 Emerging Leaders Initiative will begin on April 21, 2014 and is provided at no cost to participants.

For more information, visit sba.gov/emergingleaders, or  contact Dorothy Atkins at 404-331-0100 ext. 305 or Charlotte Johnson at 404-331-0100 ext. 405. Formal expressions of interest must be received by midnight, March 21, 2014.

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