SBA Seeking VT Entrepreneurs for Leadership Program

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking 20 entrepreneurs throughout Vermont to participate in a free business course starting in April. Emerging Leaders is a free executive-level training program for established business owners poised for growth. Over the course of seven months at Vermont Technical College's (VTC) Williston campus, each participating entrepreneur will learn ways to improve their business and create a 3-year strategic growth plan to build a sustainable business of size & scale.

Emerging Leaders is for established business owners and is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business. To be considered, firms must be for-profit enterprises, been in business for at least three years, have at least one full time employee other than self, and have annual revenues between $400,000 and $10 million.

There are no restrictions on the types of businesses that can participate. Some examples of participating businesses include manufacturers, retail stores, wholesalers, contractors, professional services and food service.

The deadline is March 1 for business owners interested in the program to fill out the online application at: Interise, a non-profit organization specializing in entrepreneurial education, oversees the Emerging Leaders nationwide. The SBA reviews the applications and selects the class participants.

For more information, visit, email or call 802-828-4422 ext. 203.