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SBA signs partnership agreement to strengthen entrepreneurship

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) -

This is a news release from the Small Business Administration

At 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 9th at the GreaterJackson Chamber Partnership, the U.S. Small Business Administration Mississippi District Office will enter into a cosponsorship with a coalition of local economic and business development entities which include the City of Jackson, GreaterJackson Chamber Partnership, Mississippi Development Authority, Mississippi e-Center @JSU and the Mississippi Minority Business Alliance, Inc. SBA District Director Janita Stewart and Deputy Director Gary Reed will provide information to the partners on this initiative new to the Jackson area.

The partnership agreement signifies a joint effort by the SBA and local resource partners to promote SBA's Emerging Leaders Initiative training program which is committed to providing entrepreneurial training and support to small businesses in Mississippi.

Mississippi is one of 22 new cities nationwide selected to launch its 2015 Emerging Leaders executive-level training series. Introduced in 2008 as E200, the initiative has trained more than 2,400 promising small business owners in underserved communities. Emerging Leaders is an intensive training initiative to accelerate high-potential small businesses' growth in America's urban areas. The collaboration with the provides qualifying small businesses access to an extensive curriculum and tools that catapults them to the next level and help them emerge as growing, self-sustaining businesses in their community.

Developed by the SBA and drawing on the experiences of advisors and business leaders, selected businesses will participate in 60-80 hours of intensive executive-level training over a seven month period with experienced mentors, their peers, city leaders and financial communities to help them accelerate the growth of their small business.

Eighteen small businesses were accepted into the SBA Mississippi Emerging Leaders training program from the Jackson metro-area. The 2015 Emerging Leaders classes begin on April 14th.

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