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SBA Seeks Emerging Leaders in South Texas for 2021 Initiative

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HARLINGEN, TX – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office announces the launch of the 2021 Emerging Leader initiative for executives of small businesses in South Texas.  A one-hour informational webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 4:00 PM. 

The Emerging Leaders Initiative provides “no-cost” advanced “mini-MBA” training for small business owners and executives who inspire to elevate their businesses.  The course includes nearly 100 hours of classroom time and opportunities to work with experienced coaches and mentors and develop connections with their peers, local leaders, and the financial community. 

“The program’s goal is to build sustainable businesses that promote economic development and job creation in South Texas,” Angela R. Burton, district director, SBA’s Lower Rio Grande Valley District, said.  “As small businesses persevere through a period of recovery and resilience, SBA will continue to provide resources such as Emerging Leaders to help businesses grow even stronger and return to prosperity,” she added. 

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To be eligible, program candidates must:  

  • Generate revenues between $250,000 and $10 million, 
  • Have been in business for at least three years, 
  • Have at least one employee besides the executive participant, 
  • Attend 13 workshops and seven mentoring sessions (about 100 hours) 
  • Committed to building a growth plan and complete required coursework 


Register for the one-hour informational webinar on Tues., March 2 at 4:00 PM at https://bit.ly/3kfAy8t

For more information on the eligibility criteria and to apply by Friday, March 5, 2021, go to https://www.sba.gov/emergingleaders; or call Angela Burton, District Director, 956-793-0224 or email to angela.burton@sba.gov

Classes will be conducted virtually and will begin in late April 2021.  The Emerging Leader Initiative has limited seating. 

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