For Immediate Release:
Nov. 10, 2015
Release #: FY15-14
11 Local Small Business Owners Graduate from SBA Emerging Leaders Program
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fifteen small business owners across the state of Ohio graduated from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Emerging Leaders program, a “mini-MBA” training initiative for local business on the brink of growth.
This is the first year the SBA Columbus District Office provided the seven-month executive education series. The program includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time, connects small business owners with a network of industry experts and peers, and supports the creation of a three-year strategic growth action plan.
Since the SBA started offering the Emerging Leaders program in various locations across the country, graduates have created more than 2,400 new full-time jobs, accessed more than $73 million in new financing, and secured federal, state, local and tribal contracts worth more than $1 billion. The 2015 graduates from Ohio represented various industries including engineering, billing services, security consulting, food services, graphic design, recruiting and staffing.
“Small business owners often know where they want to take their business, but struggle with how to get there. The Emerging Leaders initiative provides the tools and expert guidance to spark sustainable growth,” said Martin Golden, district director of the SBA’s Columbus District Office.
“There is great value for small business owners to dedicate time to work on their business rather than just in their business,” Golden continued. “Emerging Leaders participants are contributing to local economies by providing new employment opportunities and by bringing growth and innovation to their communities.”
The following are the 2015 SBA Emerging Leaders graduates in Ohio:
Linda Buel, SRMC
Michael Chow, Metro CD Engineering
Anthony Frazier, Urban Chefs
Kristen Harris, Portfolio Creative
David Henry, DEH Electric, LLC
Lori Hubble, Buckeye Skilled Trades
John Larkin, Electronic Systems Consultants
Melissa Skaggs, TBC Services
Barb Shea, 2Shea Creative, LLC
Teresa Sherald, Diversity Search Group
Judy Wells, Designers Midwest
For more information about the Emerging Leaders initiative – including applying for the 2016 class – visit www.sba.gov/emergingleaders
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