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SBA Emerging Leaders Training Initiative April - October. APPLY NOW!!

News Release: Alaska District Office

Release Date:  Feb. 7, 2018

Contact:, 907-474-4878
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SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative Debuts in Fairbanks
Free “Mini-MBA” Program Provided by SBA Offered in Alaska for First Time Gives Business Owners Tools to Spark Sustainable Business Growth, Job Creation

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - For the first time in Alaska, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Alaska District Office is offering the Emerging Leaders training initiative for local small businesses on the brink of growth.

The SBA Emerging Leaders initiative provides free entrepreneurship education and training for executives of small, poised-for-growth companies that are potential job creators. 

This intensive executive entrepreneurship series includes nearly 100 hours of classroom time.  It also provides opportunities for small business owners to work with experienced coaches and mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections with their peers, local leaders and the financial community.
“I love the Emerging Leaders program!  Where else will you find an executive leadership program of this caliber offered to the owners of growing small businesses, and at no cost to them?” SBA Alaska District Director Nancy Porzio said.  “I worked with this program in another SBA office and the participants raved about the curriculum and format of the classes; in fact several of the graduates continue to meet informally to this day to  discuss their businesses. ”

Since its inception in 2008, the SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative has trained more 5,000 small business owners across the country.

SBA Emerging Leaders graduates have created more than 6,500 jobs, generated more than $300 million in new financing and secured more than $3.16 billion in government contracts.

“For every $200 the SBA invests in the Emerging Leaders program, a new job is created,” SBA Regional Administrator Jeremy Field said. “That’s a substantial return on investment for small business owners ready to grow and actively contribute to our economy and communities.”

The SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative has grown to be offered in 60 cities across the U.S. during 2018.

Basic eligibility requirements to participate in the SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative include the following:
• Be a small business owner or head decision-maker
• Have business annual revenues between $250,000 and $10 million
• Have been in business for at least three years
• Have at least one employee, other than self
• Make the time commitment required of the course
• Demonstrate the business is on the brink of growth or transition

The SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative is free to small business owners, but space is limited. There are 18 available seats for the 2018 program in Fairbanks.

The SBA Alaska District Office is now accepting online applications at through March 1. The program will run from April to October 2018.

For more information about the SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative, visit or contact Scott Swingle at or 907-474-4787.

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. For more information visit

About the SBA Alaska District Office:
The SBA Alaska District serves the whole state of Alaska with locations in Fairbanks and Anchorage. SBA Alaska District staff provide resources and services in three areas referred to as “the three C’s” – counseling, capital and contracting. Visit or follow @SBAPacificNW for more information including resource partners, lenders, workshops, success stories and other resources to help business start, grow and succeed.

Scott Swingle 
Senior Area Manager
2175 University Ave S.
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709
U.S. Small Business Administration
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