For the first time ever, the SBA Seattle District Office is offering the Emerging Leaders training program in both Seattle and Spokane for businesses on the brink of growth.

The intensive entrepreneurship education series includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time during seven months. Upon completion of the course, participants have a three-year growth action plan and a network of peers and industry experts.

“The beauty of the SBA Emerging Leaders program is it provides the framework for local entrepreneurs to work on their business instead of in their business,” said SBA District Director Nancy Porzio.

There are a limited number of seats available for both classes; applications are being accepted through Tuesday, March 1.

“Small business owners often know where they want to take their business, but can find themselves struggling with how to get there,” said Calvin Goings, SBA Regional Administrator. “The Emerging Leaders initiative provides business owners with the tools and expert guidance to spark sustainable business growth, which we’ve seen in Emerging Leaders graduates across the country who have reported a 62 percent increase in revenue.”

“Every class and homework assignment is a chance to remove yourself from the daily grind and focus on what’s important,” said 2013 Emerging Leaders Graduate Reeves Clippard, CEO of A&R Solar in Seattle. “We’re becoming more focused on what we need to do to make growing in the future easier.”

For more information:

  1. Visit the Emerging Leaders page on the SBA Seattle District Office website
    (includes downloadable promotional fliers and FAQs at the bottom of the page)
  2. Attend an Emerging Leaders information session webinar Feb. 19
  3. Contact Melanie Norton ( | 206.553.7082) for Seattle
    or Joel Nania ( | 509.353.2810) for Spokane.