The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the launch of the 2019 Emerging Leaders Initiative for executives of small businesses poised for growth in emerging markets. Recruitment for the 2019 training cycle is currently ongoing at designated SBA District Offices. The application deadline for this year’s Virgin Islands cycle has been extended to Wednesday, March 20. Interested small-business owners can learn more regarding eligibility, how to apply, class schedules and locations at www.sba.gov/emergingleaders or by contacting their local SBA District Office.
“The U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Agency (USVIEDA) is delighted to help recruit USVI entrepreneurs and executives for this free small business growth training program as an immediate next step in the Strategic Alliance Memorandum we signed with the SBA on March 14,” said Kamal I. Latham, CEO of USVIEDA. “The USVIEDA team and I congratulate the SBA on their work in launching this year’s Emerging Leaders Initiative, and we look forward to inviting and encouraging our talented local business leaders to apply and participate in this program,” said Latham.
The SBA’s Emerging Leaders program provides free entrepreneurship education and training for executives of small businesses that are potential job creators. This intensive executive entrepreneurship series includes nearly 100 hours of classroom time. Participants are provided with the opportunity to work with a network of experienced coaches and mentors. They attend specialized workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders and the financial community in order to build sustainable businesses that promote economic development within their communities.
“Since inception in the Puerto Rico and Virgins Islands
District, SBA’s Emerging Leaders program has graduated over 20 companies based in the U.S. Virgin Islands. We encourage business executives and established entrepreneurs to apply to this outstanding training series and lead their companies to the next level,” said SBA District Director Yvette T. Collazo.