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CNY Entrepreneurs Invited to SBA Program Recruitment March 4

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Small business owners are invited to a free recruitment kickoff to learn more about the U.S. Small Business Administration's Emerging Leaders program.

Central New York executives of small, poised-for-growth companies are ideal candidates for this intensive executive entrepreneurship series, which include nearly 100 hours of classroom time with other CEOs. Companies across the region have participated in the Emerging Leaders program, and applications for the class of 2019 are now being accepted.

On March 4, 2019 from 9:15-9:45 a.m., join the SBA Emerging Leaders program managers and Mello Velo Bicycle Shop & Café owners for a free recruitment kickoff: Mello Velo Bicycle Shop & Café, 790 Canal Street, Syracuse, NY 13210.

Held in Syracuse, the Emerging Leaders program 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---all at no cost to the small business owner. Since its inception in 2008, the SBA's Emerging Leaders program has trained over 5,000 small business owners nationwide, creating over 6,500 jobs, generating over $300 million in new financing, and securing over $3.16 billion in government contracts.

“Our program helps small business owners analyze their business financials, identify sales trends, leverage resources, learn new management skills, and plan how to sustainably expand their business. Any entrepreneur ready to strategically grow their company is invited to learn more about the program at the recruitment kickoff hosted by Mello Velo Bicycle Shop & Café,” said Bernard J. Paprocki, SBA Syracuse District director.

Host Sara Morris, co-owner of Mello Velo Bicycle Shop & Café, Class of 2014, said, “Emerging Leaders truly helped me get out of the weeds, and gave me the confidence to make big decisions, and to take our business to the next level. I never would have thought that examining financials, processes and procedures, and networking with other businesses would be exciting, but I learned so much through the diverse perspectives of my classmates, instructors, and programming. The healthy business habits I gained continue with me to this day, as well as the inspiration to keep learning and growing."

Small business owners can register for the free recruitment kickoff with Grace Conners [email protected] and Steve Barr [email protected] To learn more about the Emerging Leaders program, please visit or contact the SBA Syracuse District Office at 315-471-9393.

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