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SBA offers free executive-level business training

February 23, 2019

The Herald-Dispatch

CHARLESTON - The Small Business Administration is seeking 20 entrepreneurs throughout West Virginia to participate in a free executive-level business course starting in April.

SBA’s Emerging Leaders program is a free executive-level business training program for established business owners poised for growth, according to a press release from the SBA.

Over the course of seven months at the University of Charleston’s Innovation Center, each participating entrepreneur will learn immediate ways to improve their business and create a three-year strategic growth plan to build a sustainable business of size and scale.

The program is for established business owners and is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business. To be considered, businesses must be for-profit enterprises, been in business for at least three years, have full-time employees, and have annual revenues between $250,000 and $10 million.

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

Business owners interested in the program should fill out the online application at www.sba.gov/emergingleaders by March 1.