SBA Emerging Leaders Program

SBA Emerging Leaders Program — Now Accepting Applications for WV – Deadline is Feb. 25th

The Emerging Leaders Initiative is an executive-level series intended to accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses in America’s underserved cities.  Developed by the SBA and drawing on the experiences of advisors and business leaders in urban communities across the country, this comprehensive curriculum provides the tools to assist business owners with catapulting their company to the next level and to help them to emerge as a force in their community.

The Emerging Leaders Virtual Program equips key decision makers with knowledge, tools, and networking connections to help to advance their business. Participants will leave with a better understanding of their business capacity through an individualized three-year growth plan.

Do I qualify to participate?

This training is for established business owners and is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business. The Emerging Leaders Initiative is an advanced training series 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
  • Commit to one mid-morning meeting every other week from April to October online for approximately 100 hours of combined classroom time, homework, specialized workshops, and virtual meetings with peers and local business leaders.


How do I apply?

If interested, participants should complete the online application by the deadline of Thursday, February 25, 2021 at and select Fairmont, WV under the Program Location pull-down menu.

Click here for additional information.

Businesses interested in SBA’s Emerging Leaders Program are invited to learn more by contacting Melissa Loder, program manager, at [email protected] or at (304) 623-7448.