SBA seeking applications from entrepreneurs

The regional office of the U.S. Small Business Administration Office is taking applications from entrepreneurs for an intensive leadership training program.

Twenty established entrepreneurs from across the 72 counties in the SBA’s Dallas-Fort Worth will be selected for the free, seven month Emerging Leaders Executive Training Program. This will be the 10th year of program for the DFW district.

The program is designed for entrepreneurs who have been in business at least three years, employ full-time workers and have annual revenues between $250,000 and $10 million. The program is open to all types of businesses, including manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, contractors and professional service providers.

“This is a great opportunity for small business to take advantage of and learn strategies on how to increase their sales and profits,” said Herbert Austin, director of the SBA’s Dallas-Fort Worth District.

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The program offers small business owners the opportunity to interact with experienced coaches and mentors, attend workshops and connect with other small business owners, local leaders and financial experts. The program also includes about 100 hours of classroom work and CEO group mentoring.

The program begins in April and runs into October.

To learn more, visit or contact SBA Deputy District Director Elsie Collins at She may also be reached at 817-684-5530