Swearengin to kick off SBA jobs initiative

The 2012 Emerging Leaders Initiative begins April 25 at the SBA office at 801 R Street in downtown Fresno.The 2012 Emerging Leaders Initiative begins April 25 at the SBA office at 801 R Street in downtown Fresno.Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin will open the 2012 U.S. Small Business Association’s Emerging Leaders (e200) Initiative April 25 at the Fresno SBA office, the SBA announced today.

SBA District Director Carlos Mendoza will also be on hand to welcome the 17 local small business owners that will participate in this year’s e200 initiative, which is designed to help increase growth opportunities for Fresno’s small businesses.

“During the e200 selection process, SBA was looking for businesses that have the potential for job creation and job growth,” Mendoza said in a statement. “These 17 selected entrepreneurs have great potential and are poised for success. We look forward to seeing their small businesses grow and become major employers in our area.”

This is the second year in a row that Fresno was selected a one of the cities to host the program, due in part to the city being designated as a participant in the Strong Cities, Strong Communities program.

“This intensive training program is another example of how the Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative brings federal agencies together to promote economic development and job creation in Fresno,” said Scott Stollman, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Fresno team leader for the program.

The April 25 event will begin at 4 p.m. at 801 R Street, Suite 201, in downtown Fresno. The eight-month program is based on the nationally acclaimed StreetWiseSteps curriculum and provides small business owners with innovative strategies to grow, acquire financing, access new markets and leverage networking.