ACEDC Members Complete SBA Emerging Leaders Program

VT Entrepreneurs Complete Course to Expand their Companies

Two Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) members were among twenty VT entrepreneurs who recently completed a seven-month executive education series at Vermont Technical College in Williston. The 2016 class members included Sarah Kaeck of Bee's Wrap in Bristol and Andrea Murray of Vermont Integrated Architecture in Middlebury.

The Emerging Leaders program, sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration, is the only federal training specifically tailored for small business executives poised for growth. The free program includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time, connects small business owners with a network of industry experts and peers, and supports the creation of a three-year strategic growth action plan. The curriculum is specifically designed to stimulate and support the expansion of a business. Expansion could be into new markets, increased revenues or increased capacity.

The 20 members of the Vermont Class of 2016 came from nearly every corner of the state and represented various industries including, manufacturing, medical, energy, media and software. To be considered, each entrepreneur’s business must have annual revenues of $400,000 or more, been in business for at least three years, and have employees. For more info, click here.