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SCCA Member: Jim Welna, Welna II Hardware

Free Mini-MBA from the Small Business Administration to Minneapolis Businesses

The Minneapolis office of the SBA is offering a free intensive training course to area businesses. A few of the past 22 Minneapolis participants include: Alexander’s Import Auto Repair, CorAzon, Gandhi Mahal, Guaranty Commercial Title, Manny’s Tortas, Mother Earth Gardens, Olu’s Home, On-Demand Group, and Saffron restaurant. The full list is online here.

WHAT: The US Small Business Administration’s Emerging Leaders program is an intensive training initiative to accelerate growth of high potential small businesses located in US cities.

WHO: The Emerging Entrepreneurs training is open to small businesses located in the Minneapolis metro area with annual revenues between $400,000 and $10 million that have been in business for at least three years. This training is not for start-up businesses. Emerging Entrepreneurs is considered a mini-MBA type of training with the case study being the owner’s business.

WHEN: Thirteen classes will begin early/mid April and run through early November. Space is limited to one C-level executive per business.

HOW MUCH? The only costs are the business owner’s time and commitment to complete the curriculum. Anticipate 100 hours of combined classroom, homework and peer-to-peer mentoring.

HOW DO I REGISTER? Interested small business owners are invited to learn more about the initiative and request to have the one page application emailed by contacting the SBA office: Cindy Collett at 612-370-2312, cynthia.collett@sba.gov or Katherine Roth at 612-370-2320, Katherine.Roth@sba.gov. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MARCH 11, 2014

Please let SCCA know if you decide to participate – we’d love to talk about your experience in our newsletter and share what you learn.

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