SBA brings training program to Colorado

Registration is under way for courses designed to help small business owners grow their ventures.

The U.S. Small Business Administration expects to offer its Emerging Leaders training series in 50 cities across the country this year — including a course beginning in April in Englewood in Colorado.

There’s no cost to participants, but interested business owners must apply for the limited number of seats available. Information on applications and eligibility criteria is available online at the Web site at www.sba.gov/emergingleaders. Additional information also is available from the Colorado Districrt SBA office by contacting  Sarah Hughes by telephone at (303) 844-6505 or e-mail at sarah.hughes@sba.gov.

The training focuses on the owners of small companies with potential for job creation. The seven-month training program includes about 100 hours of classroom time per participant and also provides opportunities for small business owners to work with experienced mentors, attend workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders and financial communities.

“The SBA’s expansion of Emerging Leaders last year to over 20 new locations made this invaluable training accessible to more entrepreneurs than ever before,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. “The training, mentorship and resources that these small business owners receive help them take their enterprises to the next level, spurring business growth, job creation and stronger communities.”

The Emerging Leaders initiative has been a catalyst for expanding opportunities for small businesses since its inception in 2008. Graduates have reported that nearly 70 percent achieved revenue growth and over 80 percent created new jobs or retained all existing jobs. Graduates also have secured federal, state, local and tribal contracts worth a total of more than $700 million.