*|FNAME|*, I wanted to share a message from our partners at the US Small Business Administration:
The SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative is a federal training initiative that focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities. The initiative provides participants with the organizational framework, resource network, and motivation required to build sustainable businesses and promote economic development within urban communities.
The Emerging Leaders Initiative has aided over 4,000 small business owners in sustaining and growing their businesses. Over the course of seven months, participants are given the opportunity to work with experienced mentors, attend specialized workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and the financial community.
This training is for established business owners and is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business. Eligibility and requirements include:
Have annual revenues of at least $250,000
Have been in business for at least 3 years
Have at least one employee, other than self
The program is free of charge and will run from April 2019 to October 2019. Interested small business owners may register their interest by applying online byFriday, March 8that:www.interise.org/sbaemergingleaders
Thank you Rep. Jon Santiago (D-9th Suffolk) for supporting MIDA Boston's Community Through Hospitality Initiatve! (l-r: Segun Idowu, Chef Douglass Williams, Rep. Jon Santiago)
WE HAVE A NEW OFFICE!
We are excited to share that we have a new office at WeWork, a co-working and private office space provider with locations all over the world. We believe it is important to collaborate with Black businesses and organizations and have a voice at the table with elected and appointed government officials. In order to continue connecting our member businesses to important contract opportunities and individual members to family-sustaining jobs, we determined that this move will put us in direct contact with those whose decisions impact our goals. We look forward to welcoming our members to our new space through future programming!