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Northeast Times | September 26, 2021

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SBA Dallas/Fort Worth District Seeks Small Business Owners in Underserved Communities for Training Initiative

SBA Dallas/Fort Worth District Seeks Small Business Owners in Underserved Communities for Training Initiative

The U. S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Dallas-Fort Worth District Office is seeking small business participants for the 2014 Emerging Leaders Initiative executive level training class which begins in April through November, 2014. The class is free.

“Dallas/Fort Worth District has been the flagship for the Emerging Leaders Initiative” said SBA District Director Herbert Austin. “Graduates of the program have increased their revenue, created jobs and helped drive economic growth in their communities.”

Shawn Dollar, president of Sturm Welding, Inc., saw a tremendous growth in sales by 25% after graduating from the 2014 Emerging Leaders Initiative in 2012. The Pilot Point-based business specializes in all aspects of the custom fabrication and welding industry. Sturm has been able to create five new jobs and retained eleven jobs

“The Emerging Leaders Initiative was a life changing experience for me and my company. It has opened up so many networking opportunities. We have increased sales and hired more people.” Dollar said.

The eight-month training includes about 6 hours a month of classroom time and provides the opportunity for small business owners to work with experienced mentors, attend workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and financial communities. The intensive and comprehensive curriculum is focused on developing growth strategies, utilizing local resources and attracting capital to fuel growth. To sign up, contact the Program Manager, Billy Medina at 817-684-5517 or billy.medina@sba.gov.

Since 2009 the Emerging Leaders initiative has helped 62 promising small business owners in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, in underserved and urban communities, to sustain and grow their businesses to the next level.

Applicants who qualify for the class must have been in business at least 3 years with sales and revenues between $400,000 and $10 million. Also, the company must have at least one employee and the CEO or owner must commit to participate in all the classes.

For more information about the Emerging Leaders Initiative, go to http://www.sba.gov/emergingleaders.